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Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery held a 2-day auction at the end of June, auctioning off more than 1,200 lots of fine art, silver, china, jewelry and much more.

"Snowflake" Chandelier by Paavo Tynell

Snowflake Chandelier by Paavo Tynell

There were many surprises, with prices sky-rocketing past their estimates.  A signed Paavo Tynell chandelier called “Snowflake” brought in a flurry of bids, selling at $42,500, well above the $30,000 estimate. Paavo Tynell is called the “man who illuminated Finland” and his stunning midcentury designs are clearly still sought after.

Lucy Krohg by Cecil Howard

Lucy Krohg by Cecil Howard

A marble statue of Lucy Krohg by Cecil Howard doubled its high estimate, hitting $24,000.  A 1902 Cochran, GA $10 bill sold for 1,400 times its face value. One of only 1,240 printed from 1902-1908, its estimate was a more than two thirds less than the final selling price of $14,000.

Sonambient Tonal by Harry Bertoia

A beautiful 1983 piece of Chihuly’s glass art resembling a blue flower sold for $4,000, while a rare sculpture by furniture designer Harry Bertoia called “Sonambient Tonal” sold for $20,000.  A pair of blue and white ginger jars from the Cawley estate

Chihuly Glass

Chihuly Glass

also far exceeded expectations of $1,500, selling for $4,000.


Day 2 was just as exciting as Day 1.  A glass-encased model of the “Sir Lancelot” ship had an estimate of

sir lancelot model ship

Model of Sir Lancelot

$800-$1,200 and sold for $16,000.

A 75 carat aquamarine gem set in 18k white gold sold for $7,500, while a charming portrait of the notorious Countess of Shrewsbury, attributed to the School of Sir Peter Lely, went for $5,000.  A Robert Mendoze oil painting entitled “Vignes aux grand arbres” sold for almost four times its high estimate at $4,500.

75.56 Ct Aquamarine Set in 18k White Gold

Countess of Shrewsbury

There were a number of Russian lacquered boxes up for auction, with the most noteworthy one being a small, round colorful Palekh box depicting cosmonauts signed by the artist Valentin Mikhaylovich Khodov.

Russian Cosmonaut Lacquer Box

Russian Cosmonaut Lacquer Box

The box soared past its high estimate of $500 to sell for $3,500.  Other surprises include a 1970s scrimshaw by A. Douglas Jacobs which sold for $2,750 and a turn of the century Russian icon that sold for $2,250.

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