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Carreño, Mario (Cuban, 1913-1999), Concierto de Guitarra, 1946. Oil on canvas, 29" x 27". Signed.

BEVERLY, Mass. – Their Spring Fine Art and Estates Auction was held April 26-27 under the tent at Kaminski Auctions. Many items sold well above original estimates. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative accessories and jewelry hailed from estates in Salem, Hamilton, Swampscott and beyond. All prices reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

A three-piece suite of jewelry once owned by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, wowed auction goers. The pair of yellow gold diamond earrings and matching brooch contained 58 old mine cut diamonds with approximately 4.70 carats total weight. A bidding war ended in a sale to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, with a final price of $24,150.

Top lot of the auction was a painting by Cuban artist Mario Carreño, Concierto de Guitarra, 1946, which brought an astounding $253,000. Carreño, originally from Havana, Cuba, has lived and worked in Spain, Mexico, Paris, New York and Chile.

A painting by Cape Cod artist Ralph Eugene Cahoon, housed in an octagonal metal leaf frame made by the artist, Sirene’s Tonsorial Parlor illustrates Cahoon’s penchant for mermaids as subject matter. The painting fetched a final price of $43,700.

An 18th century, 31-inch-high Chippendale mahogany chest with four drawers realized an impressive $34,500. A rare 18th century Italian walnut secretary desk from the Clark family (Clark Thread Company) of Manhattan, N.Y.,  boasting a checkered inlay writing top with a serpentine front, brought a final price of $24,150.

Surprises of the auction included a pair of 19th century Belter rosewood sofas, estimated $2,000-$4,000, which realized $11,500; a 20th century Rebecca Cauman sterling silver cranberry glass bowl, estimated $300-$400, which brought $4,945; and a lithograph, Native Son, by artist John Wilson fetched a final $5,460, decimating its original estimate of $250-$350.

“I’m thrilled with the turnout for our first outdoor auction of the season,” commented Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “Top-notch consignments, combined with the idyllic weather, really made for an exciting auction.”

For more information, visit www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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Three-piece suite of mid-19th Century Victorian jewelry originally owned by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Includes ladies 14kt yellow gold diamond brooch and earrings. Brooch has 24 old mine cut diamonds, approx. 3.50 carats total weight; earrings have 34 old mine cut diamonds total, approx. 1.20 carats total weight. Descended in the family of Robert Allen, Jr.
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Cahoon, Ralph Eugene (American, 1910-1982), Sirene's Tonsorial Parlor. 18.5" x 24.5". Oil on board in custom octagonal metal leaf frame made by artist.
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Wilson, John (b. 1922), Native Son, 1945. Lithograph, 15.5" x 11.5". Signed and dated.

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