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Hal Hunt sells Belter bed for big bucks

NORTHPORT, Ala. – An exceedingly rare pierce-carved laminated rosewood bed, crafted by John Henry Belter (circa 1850s) and one of only two known, soared to $201,250 at a multi-estate sale held Feb. 21 by Hal Hunt Auctions.

Pass the ke-tsiap

Over the centuries, humankind has developed the prosperity to tease, torment, titillate and please its taste buds with all manner of edibles.

The French Provincial auctioneer

In December I wrote about a typical English provincial auction house, the century-old and now third- and fourth-generation Hartleys Auctioneers and Valuers in Yorkshire. There can be no French equivalent, for three simple reasons.