I thought I’d revisit the Brooke Astor auction which just wrapped up, and show you the estimate and then the actual hammer price. The auction raised more than twice what was expected – $18.8 million - although there is some conjecture that the estimates were set low so that regardless of what things sold for, it would look like a raging success.
First up, the Haseltine Pig. I received an e-mail this afternoon about this pig, apparently Herbert Haseltine and Buddy Marshall were second cousins which is, no doubt, how she came to possess this piece of sculpture - they were both great-grandchildren of Charles Marshall, head of the Black Ball Line between NYC and Liverpool…
HERBERT HASELTINE 1877 - 1962
MIDDLE-WHITE SOW: WHARFEDALE ROYAL LADY
ESTIMATE $10,000-15,000 USD SOLD: $43,750
Here’s the link to the catalogue so you can browse through and see what things were hammered down for. Everyone loved Mrs. Astor, and the money raised is going to her favourite charities, ones which she supported for years, so it’s all good.