Autumn Auction Highlights
-Colleen Gleason, Director of Estates and Appraisals
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to offer significant jewelry, works of art and other important objects throughout our upcoming fall auction season. We are pleased to share our Autumn Auction Highlights brochure with you, and our corresponding auction catalogues will be available in the coming weeks.
The fall auction season is a particularly exciting time for our company. Fall is a key season in the auction market, and the time at which we see our hard work over the past number of months come to fruition. The timeline for each consignment is different, but the amount of time our specialists spend with each object is significant. Works of art need to be authenticated. Diamonds and colored stones need to be certified. The provenance for fine furniture needs to be thoroughly researched. Estimates need to be appropriately assigned, and a marketing plan is executed long before our catalogue is even in draft form.
As the Director of the Estates and Appraisals department, I have the privilege of working with many of these objects throughout the various stages of the consignment process. We live for the days that we come across what we know will be the highlight of a future season. We often have the unique experience of seeing those items in the context of a private collection, the opportunity to learn how and why that individual chose to live with these objects. The previous domiciles of upcoming auction lots are varied. Some have been displayed in stately residences. Others have existed in basements or attics for generations, purchased at the time of original creation, unassumingly appreciating in value as market forces continents away drive prices upward.
Our fall auction season showcases the diversity of how collections come into ownership and the manner in which they are enjoyed. The Important Jewelry from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld is a collection of extraordinary examples from renowned jewelry makers, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Belperron, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Harry Winston. Each item was devotedly acquired by a couple that loved to travel, always being sure to return with a precious addition. Our October Period Style auction will include an array of significant furniture and decorative arts, including important English furniture from the Estate of Denise Selz. This furniture was enjoyed by the family for generations, with these key objects passing the test of time. A Collector’s Legacy: Decorative Arts from the Gerard L. Cafesjian will serve as an anthology of Mr. Cafesjian’s passion for decorative arts that consumed his life for more than six decades. The collection comprises decorative objects demonstrating all movements from the 18th century to modern design.
Throughout the fall, all efforts will be directed towards conducting over 25 successful auctions. By the time each auction commences, our specialists have spent months courting, researching, and promoting each object to the fullest extent possible. We welcome you to join us to watch as fine jewelry, works of art and other objects that have been our daily focus for so long command soaring prices in a matter of seconds. The product of this effort is palpable as bidders compete to drive an asking price far beyond our high estimate, and the fall of gavel signifying a new chapter in the enduring narrative of each object.