HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales (LLAES) Ltd. held a successful Three-Day Winter Estate Catalogued Auction, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2012, selling more than $1 million in fine art, jewelry, antiques, fine wine and other collectibles. This exciting auction was in pace with the company’s previous catalog sales and marks the eighth consecutive auction resulting in more than $1 million in sales.
LLAES Ltd. was pleased to host more than 500 floor bidders who attended the three-day sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale placed in excess of 2,700 absentee and telephone bids. Additionally, more than 1,000 bidders from around the world watched and participated in the auction online.
Fine jewelry offerings dominated the sale, led by a very fine loose round diamond climbing to $30,680 and a large Edwardian diamond solitaire that soared to $22,420 (all prices include 18 percent buyer’s premium). A single-owner collection consisting of five lots of platinum, diamond and emerald jewelry, including a stunning Art Deco diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, totaled $41,477.
Photogravures were led by works from Alfred Stieglitz (Am. 1864-1946), with “The Terminal,” dated 1892 in pencil, selling for $82,600 and “The Steerage” selling for $23,600. Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) was another hit, with “Buggy, Bucks County” selling for $31,860.
Regional pottery demonstrated exceptional strength with a North Carolina Pottery Chester Webster stoneware jug (circa 1870) selling for $23,600 and a rare North Carolina Pottery Issac Lefevers 3-gallon jug (circa 1832-1864) surging to $12,980. A Newcomb College Pottery vase, 1917, sold for $10,915.
North Carolina furniture commanded attention with an important North Carolina china press (18th century) achieving $35,400, a North Carolina Hepplewhite cellaret (circa 1800) bringing $17,700 and a North Carolina Needham School chest of drawers (circa 1800-1820) selling for $8,850.
Other lots of interest included an abstract steel sculpture, “Untitled,” by Richard Howard Hunt (Ill., b. 1935) rising to $5,900 and a Samuel Kirk “Castle Landscape” silver pitcher (circa 1828) selling for $4,012.
The rare and fine wine session of the three-day sale was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which was led by a fine selection of first growth wines: 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild sold for $7,375; 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Haut Brion achieved $3,068; and six bottles of 1983 Chateau Margaux sold for $2,478.
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