Jewelry, jades topped Michaan’s Oct. 6 auction
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Rhonda Harness, Michaan’s jewelry department director, was thrilled, noting, “I was absolutely wowed. Although coral is a hot item at auction, this could not have been predicted. Perhaps its link to charity helped push the selling price upwards; in any event, I am extremely pleased.”
The Lace Museum and Guild is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on volunteers and donations. It is one of two museums devoted primarily to lace in the western United States, showcasing an extensive collection of lace and tools.
Jewelry continued to impress throughout the day, with hefty numbers evidenced by jade pieces. The second highest selling lot of the auction was No. 315, a jade, diamond and yellow gold ring that realized a price of $15,340 (est. $15,000-$20,000). A pair of jade, diamond and white gold earrings were also quite successful, surpassing the high estimate at a final selling price of $10,620 (lot 316, est. $6,000-$8,000).
A carved coral suite (lot 330) sold for $3,245, over six times the high estimate. A coral bead necklace more than quadrupled estimates (lot 328, $300-$400) selling at $1,652. A jade bangle (lot 293) offered at $300-$400 realized $1,416. An unmounted emerald-cut diamond (lot 603) of approximately 1.25 carats more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $1,534.
Fine art realized solid numbers. Peter Ellenshaw’s oil painting titled Dunmore Head (lot 116) sold just shy of six times the high estimate at $3,540.
Also noteworthy were two Asian lots. An agate brush washer (lot 422, $400-600, $1,652) and a pair of blue and white dishes (lot 437, $400-$600, $1,416) both more than doubled high estimates.
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