The beginning of 2022 included a host of fascinating sales including luxury jewelry, 20+ year-old rye whiskey and even a Steinway grand piano. Also, don’t miss the Potomack Company’s auction of former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s art and memorabilia.
Coming later this month:
THE POTOMACK COMPANY
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Modern Art, Memorabilia
The late Supreme Court Justice’s art and memorabilia collection will be auction in a two-day session April 27 and 28. Among RBG’s treasures include Picasso ceramic pieces and an Eleanor Davis caricature of Ginsburg which hung in the Justice’s chambers. Davis signed the piece with the inscription “For Justice Ginsburg.” The collection will be on view at Potomack’s Old Town gallery April 12-26 (excluding April 16 and 17) for in-person preview. The catalog was posted online as of April 12. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Washington National Opera.
Belle Epoque Platinum, Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Pearl Pendant, France, with Platinum and Diamond Chain
Sold for: $23,940
This spectacular piece included a dozen pear-shaped diamonds measuring approximately 3.20 carats, European-cut and round diamonds approximately .35 carats and small, old-mine single cut diamonds. A flexibly set drop-shaped pearl and fancy-shaped rubies were included. The necklace measured 20 inches in length.
SOTHEBY’S AUCTION HOUSE
LeNell Red Hook Rye 23-Year-Old Barrel #3 68.8 abv NV
Sold for: $37,500
Part of the Bourbon & Rye Whiskey American Muscle Collection and The Three Continents Collection Part III, this barrel number 3 bottle 182/192 sold for nearly $40,000. The bottle was signed “LeNell” and had slight wear.
Native American Redstone Pipe with Decorated Wood Stem
Sold for: $4,400
Weschler’s sold a Native American Redstone Pipe with an inscription that read: “Rosebud/South Dak/September 1895.” The pipe measured 27 inches in length and was part of a March Metro Online: Timed Auction.
Steinway and Sons Ebonized Grand Piano
Sold for: $43,750
A Steinway grand piano circa 1996 New York sold for nearly $50,000. It was said to be in fine and playable condition with very minor wear consistent with age and use. Proceeds from the sale benefitted the National Museum of Women in the Arts.