Kaminski’s realizes $28,750 for the Custis Collection

LYNNFIELD, Mass. – Consignors prospered at Kaminski’s January Estates Auction, held Jan. 27 in Lynnfield. In spite of a snow squall, attendees came from across New England, enticed by an array of consignments including fine furnishings, antiques, furniture, oriental rugs and an important collection of photographs. All prices reflect a 15% buyer’s premium.

Kaminski 1 AT 3-5.jpgA discovery in the January Estates Auction was an impressive collection of photographs by renowned painter and photographer Eleanor Parke Custis. Included in the collection were some of Custis’ most well-known images, most notably Port of Dreams and Three Penguins. The grouping of 63 photographs, many accompanied by various award and exhibition labels, garnered serious interest and sold for $28,750 to a Midwest institution over the phone.

An unusual Anglo Indian spice box brought applause when it was hammered down. The box, constructed of ebony and other exotic woods with a fine ivory inlay and brass hardware, dates to the late 18th/early 19th Century. Kaminski 2 AT 3-5.jpgAfter a feverish bidding war, this unique piece realized a final price of $4,830, nearly five times its high estimate, selling to a buyer in England over the phone.

Kaminski’s next auction takes place in April. The two-day auction will feature estate collections from Massachusetts to California on the first day, and a Fine Art Auction the second day.

For more information, call 978-927-2223, or go online to www.kaminskiauctions.com.