J. Garrett Auctioneers' November 2nd-4th auction in Dallas, Texas grosses more than $2 million
An outstanding set of carved alabaster angels having gold-gilded wings and amazing overall detail sold for $28,800 and an important oil on canvas painting of Columbus's discovery of America by Nicolaas Pieneman (Dutch, 1809-1860) brought $41,600.
By: J. Garrett Auctioneers
Pilgrim's Pride was, at one time, one of the largest chicken producers in the United States. Items from Mr. Pilgrim's estate headlined the auction held November 2nd-4th by J. Garrett Auctioneers, online and in the Dallas gallery at 9203 Diplomacy Row. Also offered were items from Richard Horton of Fort Worth, Texas, who amassed a museum-quality collection spanning over 50 years.
"This sale was very reminiscent of the good old auction days," said Julie Garrett VanDolen of J. Garrett Auctioneers. "We had the perfect storm of a big name, some fantastic merchandise and a phenomenal live crowd here on the floor. Many of our best customers and friends flew in to preview and bid. We're thrilled for our consignors and for so many buyers who are taking home some important historical pieces." Ms. VanDolen added the sale grossed more than $2 million.
The alabaster angels – 47 inches tall and shown bearing gifts and playing musical instruments – were the first item up for bid. "Nothing kicks off an auction like hands in the air and a bidding war on the very first lot of a sale," Ms. VanDolen remarked. "These were estimated low, and a floor bidder wasn't leaving without them. Understandable, as they will make for a killer holiday décor. That kind of bidding so early in the day set the pace and the overall tone for a great sale."
The large, 19th century oil on canvas painting by Nicolaas Pieneman, titled Columbus Discovers America, was a stunning depiction, signed lower right, and measured 63 inches by 76 inches in the frame. It met and sailed past its high estimate of $30,000. "The painting is beautiful and was acquired by a prominent art gallery," Ms. VanDolen said.
A healthy in-person crowd made its way to the gallery in person over the course of the three days, while many others registered to bid online via LiveAuctioneers.com. All prices include a 28 percent buyer's premium.
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Julie Garrett VanDolen