The July 18 and 19 Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers featured a C. Bechstein gilt bronze mounted marquetry grand piano that sold for $173,000 against a presale estimate of $30,000 – 50,000. Circa 1900, information obtained from C. Bechstein’s record archives indicates that the piano was shipped from Berlin to the firm’s London branch on May 31, 1901. Sold to a West Coast client, the lot drew international attention from 11 bidders in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Egypt and London.
Significantly exceeding presale estimates, the sale totaled 1,240,585. Over 1,100 lots were auctioned, including French, Continental, English and American furniture and decorative arts as well as sculpture, silver, Middle Eastern works of art and Chinese export.
Among highlights of the property sold was an 1817 George III silver-gilt tureen by Benjamin Smith II & Benjamin Smith III from the estate of Ann Downey, Palm Beach. Modeled after the Warwick vase, it sold to a private collector for $55,000 with a presale estimate of $20,000 – 30,000.