CLEVELAND – It is official: World class auctions have been brought to Cleveland by Deba Gray and her partner Serena Harrigan. They purchased and renovated a building in Cleveland’s Westside Clifton District. Gray employs a core staff of four but on auction days at least ten extra people are needed.
On Saturday, May 17 Gray’s Auctioneers offered all the glamour and excitement of their competitors in New York and London during their 11th fine arts and antiques auction. It was an afternoon of bidding wars between floor bidders, phone bidders, and eBay Live bidders. There were more than 350 approved bidders for Saturday’s auction and they hailed from 24 countries around the globe.
Top lots from this auction included fine art, silver, rugs, furniture and decorative arts from the New York collection of Ambassador Frank Ruddy.
The following are top selling lots from the May auction. A painting by Cuban artist Hugo Consuegra sold for $5,500, well above the estimates of $2,000-$4,000.
A pair of Mappin & Webb modern English silver five-light candelabra sold for $7,500, well above the estimates of $4,500-$5,500.
A Chinese 19th century Louis XV style gilt-metal mounted porcelain vase sold for $2,800, well above the estimates of $600-$800.
A Japanese early 20th century blue enameled vase with floral decoration sold for $3,400 well above the estimates of $600-$800.
A painting by Colin C. Hopper, depicting Kings College Chapel Cambridge sold for $1,300, well above estimate of $200-$400.
Gray’s Auctioneers’ Saturday, June 21 Emporium Auction will be their 12th auction, marking one full year of monthly fine art and antiques auctions.
Gray’s is located at 10717 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. For more information call 216 458 7695 or visit www.graysauctioneers.com.