HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. is proud to announce their second consecutive million-dollar sale. As with all LLAES Ltd. cataloged auctions, this sale garnered an international audience and a packed house. Over 1,200 absentee and phone bids were executed on sale day, with an additional 800 bidders registered through LiveAuctioneers.com More than 200 bidders energized the house with traditional floor bidding.
This auction was held at LLAES, Ltd’s auction gallery, which is currently being expanded by 5,500 square feet, bringing their overall space to 15,500 square feet. This expansion will offer 2,000 square feet of additional gallery space, a state-of-the-art walk-in wine cooler, and ample storage space for consignors. Construction is expected to be complete by December.
This landmark auction was led by the catalog cover lot, a 19th century French parcel gilt and gem-set jewel casket, which brought top honors selling for $69,000 (prices include the 15 percent buyer’s premium). Despite strong international interest, this casket will remain in the United States. Another top lot was a bronze by Janet Scudder (American, 1869-1940) which breezed past its estimate to achieve $52,900.
The remainder of the 700-lot catalog auction saw strength and consistency from start to finish. An outstanding Confederate and militaria collection opened the bidding on sale day. A Confederate North Carolina contract forage cap more than doubled its estimate, hammering for $14,375. With fervent bidding between phone and floor bidders a rare Mendenhall, Jones & Gardner Confederate rifle rose to $17,250. Another top lot was a McElroy Confederate foot officer’s sword, which sold for $10,350.
This sale offered an impressive collection of North Carolina and Southern pottery, the quality of which was reflected by bidding activity on sale day. An Alamance County redware plate, circa 1880, North Carolina, which was a property deaccession from the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts to benefit their acquisitions fund, sailed past its estimate to achieve $13,225. Other top sellers include a North Carolina slip-decorated redware plate, which sold for $5,750, and a North Carolina slip-decorated redware pitcher, which hammered for $4,370.
American Furniture brought solid and strong bidding throughout the sale. Top lots include a Southern Federal inlaid serpentine sideboard, which achieved $21,850, and an outstanding American Classical secretary bookcase, which rose to $7,475.
Estate jewelry was led by an Edwardian platinum and aquamarine pendant, which blew past its estimate with heated bidding between phone bidders and brought $13,800. Other lots of note include a 44-carat amethyst, turquoise, diamond and pearl choker, which brought $6,900, and a platinum and three-stone diamond ring, which hammered for $6,612.50.
Asian lots elicited much excitement from both floor and telephone bidders. Two exciting lots to watch were a carved soapstone Buddha, which exploded to $17,825, and a large Chinese porcelain jardinière, which rallied to $17,250 and left with a floor bidder.
Fine arts offerings were diverse and of top quality. Lots of note include an oil on canvas by Lendall Pitts (1875-1938) titled Source of Romanche. which sold for $4,600; a woodcut on wove paper by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), The Annunciation, which hammered for $3,910; an etching by Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610-1685), The Gossips, which brought $2,300; a pencil signed screen print on paper by Andy Warhol (American 1928-1987) which brought $3,910; and an untitled Alexander Calder (American 1898-1976) which sold for $2,185.
The decorative category was led by the sale of an outstanding ormolu and cut glass chandelier, 19th century, which between phone and floor bidding rose to $8,050, and a Northwest Coast polychrome bentwood box, which soared past its estimate and brought $20,700. Another lot of note was a Swedish gilt bronze garniture set, 19th century, which hammered for $4,600.
The fine wine session, which was held Sept. 16 was energized by a magnum bottle of La Tache, vintage 2005, which hammered for $8,912.50. Other top achievers include: four bottles of Chateau Margaux, vintage 1985, which sold for $1,380 and two lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, vintage 1981 and 1985, which both sailed past their $300-$400 estimates to achieve $977.50 and $920 respectively.
The next fine wine auction is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. To discuss buying or selling fine wines contact Mark Solomon, Fine Wine director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.’s two-day Winter Cataloged Auction will be held Dec. 2-3.
For details email the gallery at info@LLAuctions.com or phone 919-644-1243. To learn more about Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. visit their website at www.LLAUCTIONS.com.
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