Ge­orge III ma­hogany chest and Hu­bert Robert land­scapes also sold

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AUCTIONS -

tele­phone bid­ding ses­sion. A Chi­nese col­lec­tor jumped in with an of­fer of $1.2m for the nearly 200-year-old gilt-bras­sand-enamel time­piece, then cast the win­ning bid of $3.78m sev­eral min­utes later.

Sotheby’s of­fi­cials ex­pected about $9m in sales to on-site and re­mote bid­ders dur­ing the two days. This rose to $15.2m by the auc­tion’s close.

A pair of clas­si­cal land­scapes by Hu­bert Robert was pur­chased for $434 500, more than $130 000 higher than the top es­ti­mated price; a six-piece set of Hol­land & Hol­land wild­fowl-en­graved shot­guns sold for $350 000; and a Ge­orge III ma­hogany chest at­trib­uted to cab­i­net­maker Thomas Chip- pen­dale sold for $338 500.

A Ge­orge III ma­hogany bed that came from Hed­ing­ham Cas­tle in Es­sex, Eng­land, sold to an undis­closed phone bid­der for $86 500. Built in the late 1700s, it was com­mis­sioned for El­iz­a­beth Ash­hurst.

Cas­tle of­fi­cials had been hop­ing for a bene­fac­tor to help re-ac­quire the bed, which they h a d s o l d ye a r s b e fo re a n d which ended up in Kluge’s mas­ter bed­room.

Other items in­cluded a circa-1780 Louis XVI gilt­wood sun­burst clock that went for $27 500, more than dou­ble the high es­ti­mate; a 1954 set of The Lord of the Rings books by J R R Tolkien, which brought $17 500, far ex­ceed­ing the top es­ti­mate of $6 000; and a $3 400 mounted bi­son head.

Sotheby’s pre­viewed the 900i t e m c o l l e c t i o n f o r a we e k be­fore the sale, and more than 2 000 vis­i­tors, who paid $65 for the 620-page auc­tion book, at­tended the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion to ex­am­ine the col­lec­tion at the 2 136m coun­try manor.

The pre­view and auc­tion also were a show­case for the 45room brick Ge­or­gian, which also is on the mar­ket. Kluge acquired Albe­marle House, its ac­cou­trements and 3 000 acres (1 214 hectares) in the set­tle­ment of her 1990 divorce from bil­lion­aire me­dia mogul John W Kluge. The cou­ple had been mar­ried for nine years.

S o t h e by ’ s I n t e r n a t i o n a l Realty has listed the es­tate at $48m, re­duced from $100m last au­tumn. The prop­erty also in­cludes about 121 hectares, multi-level English gar­dens and foun­tains, a swim­ming pool and a rus­tic guest cabin.

Kluge and her hus­band, Wil­liam Moses, have moved to a 594m home else­where on the es­tate grounds. She said that they wanted to scale down to fo­cus on trav­el­ling and run­ning their win­ery busi­ness. – Sapa-AP

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