Joseph Gregory, who was once the Lehman Brothers president, is going to be auctioning some pieces of antique furniture and fine art in New York. Included in the collection is an antique desk and a bookcase, which were made by Coxed & Woster, renowned London cabinet makers.
The auction will take place in October at Sotheby’s auction house. The Queen Anne desk and the bookcase date back to the 18th Century, with a value of £250,500. According to a spokesperson from Sotheby’s, the auction will include:
“Important English furniture from some of the most notable cabinet makers, along with European porcelain and decorations.”
Sotheby’s will handle the auction on behalf of Joseph and his wife. The catalogue from Sotheby’s states:
“After many wonderful years designing, decorating and collecting for the house, the Gregorys are moving to a new chapter of their lives, with new projects and a focus on their own charitable organisation.”
The former home of Gregory was recently sold at auction, while he also sold an apartment on Park Avenue and the helicopter he used to get from his home in Long Island to work. Gregory had worked for the bank for over 30 years until its collapse in 2008.
Rather than buy an antique desk at auction, where the price will be higher, a number of reputable dealers in the UK specialise in desks and other items of office furniture. Preston has dealers who are happy to display a selection of pieces for clients to examine.
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