Recent Auction Results Ran The Range Price-Wise

This month’s international auction had many highlights, and a couple of disappointments.

Highlights included the Tiffany window, consigned to us by a Tampa Bay collector: It achieved 50% over the reserve, landing at $127,500 – the third-highest for a single Tiffany window in the last 10 years.

Other highlights included the sale of dozens of items from Kirstie Alley’s estate, including the art nouveau chandelier from her Tampa Bay home, which went for almost $6,000, with her designer shoes attracting a lot of attention (a pair of Valentino platform pumps brought over $600).

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Auction Results Can Sometimes Surprise Us

A consigned Miro lithograph finished at $5,000 and a Tampa retiree’s Gibson guitar brought just under $5,000.

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A disappointment that we warned about in a previous column resulted in a $4,000 loss for us: the incredible Cartier “Black-a-moor” flower bouquet brooch finished at $3,700, about half of what we paid for it. Its artistry was overshadowed by the unpopular and considered gauche subject matter.

Other highlights were a Patek Philippe with rare enamel dial that brought almost $30,000; a Tiffany sapphire and
diamond platinum ring we payed $20,000 for went for $21,000; and a Picasso ceramic plate that brought over $7,000 consigned from a Tampa heiress.

One can easily see why USF, MOSI, the Tampa History Museum, the B&O Railroad Museum, the US Bankruptcy Court, the Shriners and many other museums and estates trust Hess Fine Art. If you have something to sell or consign for auction, contact us!

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