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Leland Little sells Stieglitz photo collection for $1M

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Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:00

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, 'View from Studio,' was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. opened the 2012 auction year with a landmark $2.4 million auction, anchored by a collection of photography by Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), who was husband to famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

This sale follows three consecutive $1 million sales the company conducted during 2011, in June, September and December. All auction results are available on their company's website, www.llauctions.com.

The auction gallery was at capacity with nearly 250 floor bidders attending the sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 1,900 absentee and phone bids. In addition, over 1,200 bidders watched and participated in the auction on-line, from more than 50 countries around the world, through LiveAuctioneers.com.

LLAES Ltd. continues to acquire and offer top-level consignments from the Southeast region, with owner Leland Little saying, "Our current state-of-the-art auction facility, combined with the investment of this team, continues to reward both sellers and buyers."

The showstopper of the sale was the Rhoades collection of Alfred Stieglitz photographs, which included the top lot of the auction, View from Studio, which sold for $519,200. Studio 291, also from the Rhoades collection, sold for $200,600.

The remainder of the 866-lot cataloged auction saw strength and consistency from start to finish. All prices include the 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Fine arts offerings were diverse and of top quality, including a portrait of Gen. Andrew Jackson, by Thomas Sully (Pennsylvania, 1783-1872), which, driven by strong phone and online bidding, achieved $73,750. A striking floral still life by Sebastian Wegmayr (1776-1857) brought $16,520.

Jewelry demonstrated strength, led by a round brilliant cut unmounted diamond that sold for $13,570. A Michalis designed gold and ruby lariat sold for $12,980, and an Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring by J.E. Caldwell achieved $9,145. Strong online bidding drove the price of a vintage 18-karat gold man's watch by Patek Philippe to $5,900.

Other lots of interest include an antique Chinese hand scroll that attracted international bidders and soared to $212,400, a modern Bakalowits and Sohne "Miracle" chandelier that sold for $7,375, and a Meissen porcelain figural clock and stand that achieved $18,880.

Offerings from the Lamont Estate were strong, featuring the Michalis designed gold and ruby lariat and antique Chinese hand scroll mentioned above, and an etching by James A. M. Whistler (1834-¬1903) titled The Wine Glass, that sold for $6,490.

Sculpture was highlighted by two bronzes, one by Harriet Frishmuth (New York, 1880-1980) which achieved $21,240, the other by Aase Texmon Rygh (Norwegian, b. 1925) that sold for $8,555.

Fine silver was led by an important Baltic parcel gilt silver monteith that soared to $56,640 and a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver water pitcher that sold for $2,360.

The fine wine session, which was held the evening of March 16, was energized by four bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that climbed to $4,248.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. and Iron Horse Auction Co. will hold the Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., April 25-26. LLAES Ltd. will also hold their two-day cataloged Summer Estate Auction at their auction gallery in historic Hillsborough, N.C., on June 15-16.

For details call 919-644-1243, email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit their website at www.llauctions.com.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, 'View from Studio,' was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. 

Antique Chinese hand scroll. Realized: $212,400. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. 

Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring by J.E. Caldwell. Realized: $9,145. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Important Baltic parcel gilt silver monteith. Realized: $56,640. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Thomas Sully (PA, 1783-1872), Gen. Andrew Jackson. Realized: $73,750. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Harriet Frishmuth (NY, 1880-1980), Bronze Nude, 'Crest of the Wave.' Realized: $21,240. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:41
 
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