| Friday, February 18, 2005
| AUCTIONS.... AUCTIONS.... AUCTIONS
|$96,000 ROCKER HIGHLIGHTS KENNEDY AUCTION
NEW YORK --
An oak rocking chair that President John F. Kennedy
used to rest his bad back sold for $96,000 to an
anonymous telephone bidder tuesday at the opening of a
three day auction of property from the Kennedy family homes.
The bidding at Sotheby's showroom was brisk, with many lots
selling from 10 20 times their presale estimates.
"For whatever reason, I've always been fascitnated
with Kenneydy," said Doug Ellis of Princeton, NJ., who
paid $1,560 for a pair of brass candlesticks from the
Kennedy's home in Hyannis Port, Mass. "I probably have
600 books about the Kennedys."
$100 sugar bowl goes for $7,200
The auction was expected to be more modest in scope than
a 1996 Kennedy sale at Sotheby's that brought in $34.5 million,
including $2.5 million for Jacqueline Kennedy's engagement
ring from Aristotle Onasis.
The 700 plus lots in the current sale include collection of
ordinary object such as magazines, records and glass jars.
Bidding on most items Tuesday started at way over the auction
house's conservative estimates. A sugar bowl estimated at
$100 to $150 sold for $7,500, and a group of assorted baskets
worth $150 to $250 fetched at $1,560.
Stephen "Skippy" Weinstein, a trial lawyer from New Vernon, NJ,
paid $18,000 for a red flannel blanket monogrammed "JFK".
"I just admired him so much", said Weinstein, who worked as
an aide to a U.S. senator during the Kennedy administration.
(abstracted from CHICSUNTIMES/
Assocciated Press/Karen Matthews)
AN AUCTION SUPREME
ATTICS ARE EMPTYING, IT SEEMS, AS THE
FAMILIES OF JAZZ greats prepare to sell off
their heirlooms at Guernsy's in New York City on Feb. 20,
in the auction ever devoted to the genre. To raise money
for jazz charities, museum curators will compete with
online eBay bidders for some 430 lots, these treasures.
*** LIONEL HAMPTON'S VIBRAPHONE
Originally a drummer, Hampton experimented with
instruments during a 1930 studio session with
Louis Armstrong. His custom made Vibraphone is now
*** THELONIOUS MONK'S JACKET
Custom made smoking jacket with velvet lapels
was one of Monk's favorites on stage and off.
*** BENNY GOODMAN'S CLARINET
The swing era bandleader's 1974 Selmer B Flat clarinet
comes with reeds he used. Proceeds goes to his
foundation for jazz scholarships.
*** JOHN COLTRANE'S SHEET MUSIC
The original manuscript of A Love Supreme
showing how the saxophonists sketched out the
*** MILES DAVIS' PAINTING
Late in life the trumpeter got serious about
the visual arts. Inspired by a movement of
colorful art in Milan, Davis found acclaim
as a painter in Spain and Japan.
(abstracted from TIMEMAG)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:36 AM