On Sunday evening, November 7th, 2010, when Redge Martin, President of Clars Auction Gallery, dropped the final hammer on the last of over 700 lots he called that day, he knew this sale would go in the record books as Clars largest sale in their 62-year history. $1,670,000 was earned on the major and important offerings fueled in large part by the exceptional works from the Carmen and Allen Christensen Estate.
The most exciting event of the sale was a very rare carved jade, diamond and color gemstone scent bottle. A San Francisco auction house had turned it away. The family strongly believed the scent bottle was Chinese, and even had it appraised by their Chinese Arts appraiser. When we got the piece, we noticed the Tiffany and Co., New York, hallmark for the 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and knew for a fact it was not Chinese. It was executed by Tiffany & Co. for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. One of only two created by Tiffany for this event, its mate resides in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bidding on the scent bottle and accompanying presentation box drew international and national bidding ultimately selling for $236,950. The new owner of this piece of American design history, a museum, ensures that it will never be sold again and will reside in another permanent collection.
An important bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909) entitled “Outlaw” performed exceptionally well. Again, drawing strong national and international bidding, this piece sold for $137,950. The family that consigned it thought the Frederick Remington was a reproduction, and even gave a similar one to the estate gardener long before they considered an auction venue. They were shocked at the prices realized, and were grateful of Clars’ attention to detail with their family collection.