Los Angeles — On December 9, Bonhams Los Angeles achieved more than $2 million in its Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts auction. In the packed sale room, there was feverish bidding amongst a global buyers group, competing against each other in person, as well as via the phone and online.
A group of marble busts on offer brought astounding results and proved to be "in demand" items to bidders. In particular, an Italian carved marble bust of a gentleman sold for an impressive $60,000. Not to mention, seven carved marble busts from the featured collection of Universal Studios, LLC, all sold for a total of $67,500. Also from the Universal Studios collection, an imposing French gilt bronze mounted mahogany commode, circa 1900, sold for $43,750.
The top highlight of the sale came from a Steinway six-foot inlaid mahogany grand piano, which fetched $185,000 from an estimate of $20,000-30,000. There was no denying the exciting atmosphere of the auction as many vied for ownership of the decorative musical item.
Of particular interest to bidders within the French furniture section of the auction was a French Japonism table à thè, attributed to Gabriel Viardot, which fetched $52,500; a pair of Louis XV mahogany pedestals, that sold for $47,500; and a late 19th century matched pair of French gilt bronze and Chinese porcelain fish tanks that sold for an impressive value of $43,750. Lastly, a French gilt bronze mounted parquetry inlaid table à thé by François Linke established his market is as popular as ever, selling at $40,000.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com