CRANSTON, R.I. – Collectors were in a frenzy to get telephones and related items at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers‘ recent sale. After receiving 44 bids, the top lot was a group of Gallows Pole early horn transmitter telephone reproductions that sold for $12,000 — thousands more than the estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
The historically important phones were from the collection of the Telephone Pioneers of America Museum of New York, and several other items from this collection were also big sellers, including a Mahogany telephone switchboard box that had 56 bidders and sold for $11,000 — far exceeding its estimate of $200-$300.
The 444-lot Estate Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles Auction featured a selection of listed artist paintings, etchings and prints; a collection of Austrian and Bohemian art glass and figural lamps from a Long Island, New York collection; and a great single-owner collection of Japanese robes. Also offered were a selection of Asian arts; five rare 18th and 19th century Rhode Island and Massachusetts almanacs; a high-end Leica spotting scope; sterling silver chalices; and estate sterling lots, jewelry, sculpture and more.
“Four days into the New Year and we are already starting it with a bang,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.
Another top seller included a 1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit that the winning bidder rolled away with for $11,000. With just 35,000 miles on the odometer, the full-size, British-made sedan is a full-size luxury Rolls that’s been perfectly maintained. It had an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
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