Leland Little keeps string of million-dollar auctions intact
This exciting auction was in pace with the companies’ previous catalog sales and marks the eighth consecutive $1 million-plus auction conducted by the North Carolina auction company.
LLAES Ltd. was pleased to host over 500 floor bidders who attended the three-day sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale placed over 2,700 absentee and telephone bids. In addition, over 1,000 bidders watched and participated in the auction online, from more than 50 countries around the world.
Fine jewelry offerings dominated the sale, being led by a very fine loose round diamond climbing to $30,680 and a Large Edwardian diamond solitaire that soared to $22,420 (all prices include 18 percent buyer’s premium). A single-owner collection consisting of five lots of platinum, diamond, and emerald jewelry, including a stunning Art Deco diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, totaled $41,477.
Photogravures were led by works from Alfred Stieglitz (American 1864-1946), with The Terminal selling for $82,600 and The Steerage selling for $23,600 and Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), with Buggy, Bucks County selling for $31,860.
Regional pottery demonstrated exceptional strength with a North Carolina pottery Chester Webster stoneware jug, circa 1870, selling for $23,600 and a rare North Carolina pottery Issac Lefevers 3-gallon jug, circa 1832-1864, surging to $12,980. A Newcomb College pottery vase, 1917, sold for $10,915.
North Carolina furniture commanded attention with an important 18th century North Carolina china press achieving $35,400, a North Carolina Hepplewhite cellaret, circa 1800, bringing $17,700, and a North Carolina Needham School chest of drawers, circa 1800-1820, selling for $8,850.
Other lots of interest included an abstract steel sculpture, untitled, by Richard Howard Hunt (Illinois, b. 1935) rising to $5,900 and a stunning Castle Landscape silver pitcher by Samuel Kirk, circa 1828, that sold for $4,012.
The rare and fine wine session of the three-day sale was celebrated with a well-attended opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. As guests socialized, enthusiastic wine bidders participated in the sale, which was led by a fine selection of first growth wines; 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild sold for $7,375, 12 bottles of 2002 Chateau Haut Brion achieved $3,068 and six bottles of 1983 Chateau Margaux sold for $2,478.
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