A sale of more than 400 items from the personal collection of Bob Timberlake, an artist, raised more than $300,000 (£184,000). The auction, held recently in Hillsborough, North Carolina, included many items from the Civil War era – including antique furniture, art and shotguns.
Some of the prints and watercolours sold were the artist’s own work. A number were signed by Timberlake and, in some cases, included the objects depicted in the painting. A variety of documents, maps and letters from the time of the Civil War – especially around the Battle of New Bern – were for sale. Three watercolours that depicted various stages of the battle, for instance, sold for $36,000 (£22,000). Each drawing had been sketched by an eye-witness, which Timberlake later painted.
A collection of shotguns, along with an antique gun cabinet, were for sale. One gun, a Parker Brothers .410, was sold to a successful bidder for $10,500 (£6,500). Artwork from other well-known artists was also for sale at the auction, including pieces by Andrew Wyeth.
An antique cabinet was just one piece of furniture on sale at the auction, although the bidder may have found an antique cabinet in Ribble Valley UK for a much lower price, as auction houses usually include a buyer’s premium in the final sale price. Some unusual items were included at the auction, like a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali himself. According to Timberlake, the auction had been held to make space in his studio and gallery, while sharing the history of some of the items with others.
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