Two Russian vases which had been in storage for the last decade have been sold to a private buyer for $2.7 million. The vases originally belonged to Frank and Merle Buttram, the grandparents of Randy Buttram. The rare Russian pieces had stood at the entrance of his relative’s mansion in Oklahoma City and no attention was paid to them at the time.
The vases date back almost 200 years, to the reign of Nicholas I. Along with several other pieces, they had been inherited by Randy’s parents, but when they passed away the items had to be sorted out. Dallas Auction Gallery had been called in to help catalogue the items, along with Randy and his brother. An official from the gallery spotted the vases which displayed the date 1833 and had markings which indicated it had been produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Russia.
The president of Dallas Auction Gallery, Scott Shuford admits that he was shocked by the discovery. Although the value of the vases was estimated between $1 million and $1.5 million, they realised $2.7 million. According to Buttram, his grandmother had kept records of items bought on their travels, including boy’s pyjamas made of silk, bought in China.
When buying antiques it is advantageous to visit an antiques dealer as you will be able to purchase items much cheaper than at an auction house. You may also be given more detail of an item, like Victorian dining chairs . Preston is recognised for the reputable antique dealers located there.
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