Connecticut antiques auction led by vintage jewelry, vintage books and men’s watches

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LITCHFIELD, Conn – Litchfield County Auctions recorded strong sales Nov. 30, 2011 among lots of men’s wrist watches, estate jewelry items and several rare books. The sales came during its 3rd annual holiday jewelry and couture online auction paired with select books and historical documents.


Litchfield County Auctions is Connecticut’s premier auction company for antiques estate auctions and antiques appraisals.

Owner Weston Thorn holds five auctions a year specializing in fresh to market finds and unique discoveries from estates and collections of silver, jewelry and couture, porcelain, glass, Asian art and antiques
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The auction preview opened Nov. 25, 2011 (aka ‘Black Friday’) and was partnered with a tag sale, with more than 100 shoppers ready to enter Litchfield County’s doors. As with all tag sales, there were deals to be had, treasures to be found, and plenty of quality property that went out the door that day. The tag sales are held each sale, in conjunction with the auction preview, for a period of five days. Items featured in the sale are offered at discounts ranging from 20 to 60 percent off.

vintage wrist watchesWristwatches remain popular with collectors and investors at Litchfield County Auctions, with two Cartier gentleman’s steel wrist watches selling for $2,820 and $2,280 and a Vacheron & Constantin 18-karat enamel and pearl ladies pocket watch and chain, which sold for $2,880.

The auction ended online Nov. 30 and received more than 1,000 bids from prospective buyers. This was a slightly smaller sale than Litchfield County Auctions normally holds, as it included jewelry, couture clothing & accessories, together with books, rather than the larger, more frequent sales which feature furniture, fine art, antiques, modernism and Asian arts. In all, the sale grossed more than $215,000, including the tag sale and buyer’s premium with 340 lots sold, registering an 80 percent sell-through rate. Buyers hailed from 21 different U.S. states with several bidders from Canada.

Read more about Litchfield County Auction’s top antique jewelry tips for 2012: Antique Jewelry Market: What’s hot and what’s coming for 2012

antique Sapphire diamond ringThis 6-carat cushion sapphire, diamond and platinum ring, sold for $6,300 after 19 bids.

The top selling lot was a Men’s Rolex Oyster Chronograph Antimagnetic wrist watch, after receiving 29 bids, it sold for $18,720. Following that the top lots included a 6-carat cushion sapphire, diamond and platinum ring, which sold for $6,300 after 19 bids; a Patek Philippe 18 karat gold men’s wristwatch, circa 1950’s-60’s, which sold for $5,520 after receiving 16 bids; and a vintage platinum and round twin diamond ring which sold after 13 bids for $4,380.

Other highlights in the jewelry department were a pair of oval ruby and round diamond platinum earrings that sold for $3,966; a vintage platinum and diamond ring and eternity band that sold for $3,840; a rose diamond, natural saltwater pearl, faux diamond, platinum and gold parrot brooch, sold for $3,360; a Vacheron & Constantin 18-karat enamel and pearl ladies pocket watch and chain which sold for $2,880; and two Cartier gentleman’s steel wrist watches which sold for $2,820 and $2,280.

There were also other great items, including two Cartier Ellipse Deux Têtes Croisées rings; an Indian cabochon ruby,

diamond, pearl and enamel pin; an Erte “A” diamond, gold and black enamel pin; a Tiffany & Co. 14 karat gold, diamond and ruby ‘bow’ brooch; and a group of stone necklaces from Saravati Design Jewelry by Linda Pizzica.

In the couture and designer clothing and accessories part of the sale were highlights including:

  • antique silk drapery panelTwo groups of silk drapery panels sold for $660 at Litchfield County Auctions’ November 2011 auction.

    a lot of table linens which sold for $900;

  • two groups of silk drapery panels which sold for $660 and $468;
  • a group of D. Porthault blue and white floral table linens sold for $450;
  • an antique paisley sold for $576;
  • three vintage handbags by Bottega Veneta & Mark Cross sold for $870;
  • a vintage custom black silk crepe evening dress sold for $600;
  • two leather and suede designer jackets that sold for $540;
  • an Emilio Gucci vintage fur coat for $540;
  • a Saint Laurent Rive Gauche vintage two-piece summer skirt and top and genie pants sold for $450;
  • two groups of 1920’s Chanel Brevete gloves sold for $432 and $288;
  • three Hermes silk scarves sold for $384, $294, and $174;
  • and a pair of Chanel Metallic Ballerina glats sold for $276.
Grapes of Wrath first edition valueThis first-edition copy of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” sold for $1,170.

Items among the books, ephemera, coins and historic documents portion of the sale featured:

  • Kelmscott Press limited edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Poems, 1896, sold for $1,620;
  • a 1776 map of the ‘Provinces of New York New Jersey Pensilvania, and Quebec’, sold for $1,473;
  • a 15-Volume set of Oscar Wilde’s Works, 1908, sold for $1,440;
  • a group of three reproduction Holy Roman Empire Gold Coins, 13.5 pennyweight, sold for $1,320;
  • a first edition of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” sold for $1,170;
  • an early 19th century velvet-bound document on vellum, signed by the King of Prussia, sold for $900;
  • an illuminated manuscript on vellum, in memory of Walter P. Chrysler, circa 1940, presumed only one of four in existence (these were given to each of Chrysler’s four children after his death), sold for $420;
  • an hand-written letter autographed in 1837 by Queen Victoria sold for $585.

Litchfield County Auctions’ next sale takes place in April, featuring auctions of American and European fine art and antiques, Modernism, Asian art and decorations. To learn more contact Litchfield County Auctions.

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