A work of art depicting a poodle holding a basket of kittens that had an estimated value of around $1,600 has sold for $16,000 (£9,800).
Titled ‘The Christmas Present’, the artwork by Jules Gustave Leroy turned out to be the most surprising sale at the November Cordier Auctions event.
A bidding war took place between an individual present at the auction and bidder over the phone. When the hammer finally came down at $16,000, the room reportedly erupted with rapturous applause.
The Antique and Fine Art auction took place over two days and included a number of highlights. More than 400 people attended the event in person, while over 2,000 people had registered to bid online. In addition to the final sale price, a buyer’s premium will likely have been added.
Antique furniture was sold at the auction, with Chinese pieces from the Qing Dynasty being estimated at $200 to $400 and being sold for $3,900 (£2,400). Pocket watches, fine art, rugs and more were featured. Additionally, a number of clocks and lighting pieces were among the final lots to be auctioned. Perhaps one of the more unusual items was a skeleton, which sold below its estimated value.
Although collectors often visit auctions to bid for items of interest, they may discover pieces at reputable antiques dealers, where they can pay the asking price without any premiums being added. For those who collect pocket watches or Edwardian jewellery, an antique cabinet would be perfect to showcase the collection.
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