An impressive collection of antiques is to be auctioned in Philadelphia tomorrow after spending many years in the possession of Barbara Safford and her husband Robert, who died in 2011, aged 77.
It is believed that some of the pieces in the collection have Russian heritage, which may cause an increase in interest as 2013 marks 400 years since the start of the Romanov Dynasty.
The auction will be held at Freemans, established in 1805 with headquarters based in Philadelphia. The company is also partnered with British firm Lyon & Turnbull.
The vice president of Freemans, David Walker, was asked to select which pieces would be auctioned and there are a total of 300 lots. The Saffords bought Vaux Hill in 1991 and filled it with antiques from all over Europe.
One of the items purchased was a vase which dates back to Imperial Russia and Walker believes that the piece will create quite a stir worldwide, with interest expected from a number of museums. Other Russian pieces include an antique desk made of Rhodonite, which is mined in Russia and is extremely valuable.
Bidders can purchase online or by phone, although buying from an auction is usually more expensive as a buyer’s premium is added to the selling price. Although items as rare as the Russian vase may not be easily found in the UK, it is possible to discover other high end items, like antique desks, in Cumbria and across the country.
Walker admitted to being completely overwhelmed by the collection, stating that it was the most impressive he had dealt with.
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