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Northern Plains Indian shirt could wrap up $30,000

Many lots of Native American artifacts, painting, sculptures and other Indian themed items will headline the Spring Feature auction at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

THOMASTON, Maine — Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is presenting an array of fine art and historical treasures at its Spring Feature Auction May 31-June 1, featuring Native American beaded buckskin artifacts, notable paintings and sculptures, a collection of items from Brooke Astor’s Maine estate, plus estate jewelry, early silver, rare documents, clocks and antique furniture.

Featured among the museum quality examples of Native American craftsmanship will be

Hidatsa Buckskin Shirt

Northern Plains Indians, Hidatsa Buckskin Shirt with dyed quill & seed bead decoration, long fringe, buffalo hair tassels, buffalo head motif on neck flap. Ca 1850-1880. From the Dakotas, Missouri River Valley. 19" shoulder, 32" long, with a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. (Photo courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

an 1850-1880 Northern Plains Indian Hidatsa buckskin shirt from the Dakotas with quill and seed bead decoration, fringe and buffalo hair tassels ($20,000-$30,000). A pair of circa 1880 Northern Plains Indians Lakota Sioux buckskin leggings with seed bead geometric decoration and fringe ($5,000-$7,000) and a circa 1890 Lakota Sioux deerskin beaded pipe bag ($2,000-$3,000), among other examples, will also be presented.

The sale also offers fine examples of Native American carved items, pottery, basketry, jewelry and textiles. Five lots containing important Native American related photogravures by Edward Sheriff Curtis (WA/CA/WI, 1868-1952) will also be offered.
Among the European art offerings are a white marble sculpture by Pasquale Romanelli (Italy, 1812-1887) depicting the goddess Aphrodite with dove and snake ($10,000-$15,000).

Among the many pieces of fine American and Continental furniture will be a George III diminutive walnut, serpentine front bachelor’s chest with ball feet ($4,000-$6,000), Hepplewhite Period huntboard form butler’s desk ($4,000-$5,000), a Russian painted three-drawer chest dated 1851 ($1,800-$2,400) and a Port Clyde, Maine 19th century pine workbench with original gray paint and breadboard ends ($1,500-$2,000).

White gold, emerald necklace

18K white gold, diamond and emerald necklace, (4) pear shaped emeralds suspended from diamond set ribbon forms, emeralds weigh approx. 10.64 cts, approx. total diamond weight 7.0 cts. 16 1/2" long, with a presale estimate of $20,000 to $25,000. (Photo courtesy Thomaston Auction Galleries)

The sale will also present 39 lots of items from the Maine cottage of the late philanthropist, socialite and writer Brooke Astor, such as several autograph collections, rare books and maps and fine paintings and sculptures.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on both sale days. A complete, full-color catalog, with detailed descriptions and photographs can be viewed at In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone and on the Internet (,, and Call 207-354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the Thomaston auction hall.

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