THOMASTON, Maine — Rare items were in high demand at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries during a Feb. sale, which saw a framed Centennial stars and stripe cress, circa 1870-80, pull down $7,763.
Adding to the revelry of rarity was the sale’s top lot, a single strand of graduated natural
pearls, which sold for $143,750. The necklace included 75 ivory-colored pearls, and a Tiffany & Co. 18-karate white gold clasp with three European cut diamonds. (All prices include 15 percent buyer’s premium.)
There were also impressive results in the fine art category. Five 1969 color lithographs by Marc Chagall (Russia/France, 1887-1985), all signed and numbered artist’s proofs, attracted bidder interest: “Le Cirque Ambulant” sold for $16,100, “Le Bouquet Rouge” fetched $13,800, “Passage du Midi” and “La Famille au Coq” each brought $9,200 and “La Baou de Sainte Jeannet II” achieved $6,900.
Thomaston Place Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “These results reconfirm the fact that rare items continue to attract interested buyers and high prices at auction.”
Other pieces of estate jewelry also attracted strong interest in this sale. An antique brooch gold, silver and Tahitian pearl brooch containing old mine cut and rose cut diamonds, plus a 2.03 carat briolette diamond, exceeded its $6,000 to $8,000 estimate and sold for $35,650. A Belle Epoch period platinum brooch by Cartier, with sapphire, beryl, pink tourmaline and rose cut diamonds, brought $14,375 against a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate.
A strong performer in the furniture category was a Federal period mahogany two-part breakfront secretary that sold online for $12,650.
Bidders competed aggressively for an early four-part copper engraved map of the Americas and West Africa by Henri Abraham Chatelain, driving this lot to a final selling price of $12,650.
A standout in the early American silver category was an 18th century coin silver bell shaped tankard by Philadelphia silversmiths Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson. This piece surpassed expectations of $2,000 to $3,000 and brought a final price of $5,750.
For more information, visit www.thomastonauction.com or call 207-354-8141. Thomaston Place Auctions’ next event is a sale of fine art, antiques and Native American articles June 1-2.