Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Winter Sale Achieves $1.92 Million

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CHICAGO, IL.- A George II red lacquered secretary consigned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta sold for an astounding $207,400 on Sunday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The secretary, decorated with a pierced carved crest and Chinoiserie figures and motifs, was donated to the High Museum in 1961. Thirteen telephone bidders vied for the lot before a British dealer bidding in the saleroom won the lot with a raise of the eyebrows. Also deaccessioned from the High Museum was an important 19th century silver and marble garniture that brought $134,200. Each of its parts depicts an allegory of the four seasons, over marble bases decorated with dolphins, mask fountains and aquatic birds. The garniture sold to a European buyer, one of twenty phone bidders competing against bidders in the saleroom and on the internet. “The market for quality and fresh property is truly global,” said auctioneer and president Leslie Hind