What's It Worth? Adieux To The Last Of The Gay Culverhouse Collection

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Last week we sold the remaining lots of the prestigious Gay Culverhouse art collection. Proud to have been chosen to help settle the estate of Dr. Culverhouse (a textbook “renaissance woman” who was president of the Buccaneers, noted author, philanthropist and art dealer/collector), this sale (which included a few other non-Culverhouse items) fetched under a quarter of a million dollars and was our biggest online auction yet. On Saturday, the 23rd, it was all hands on deck with phone bidders and internet dealers from around the world. Most of the more important works sold last month, but this group was the most eclectic – proving Dr. Culverhouse’s prescient art choices. Highlights of the last two auctions included a photo by Henri Cartier Bresson that fetched $10,000 and a stunning piece by Shinzaburo Takeda Istomo that brought the second-highest amount for the artist on ARTNET at $7,000. A Marclay cyanotype print brought over $6,000, a controversial Mapplethorpe photo brought $12,000. Other highlights included a terrific piece (which had some minor damage) by Robert Rauschenberg, Tibetan Garden Song, that the buyer paid almost $18,000 for. If you have an art collection (or any kind of collection), or an important one-of-a-kind piece, give us a try; we are one of Florida’s most active auctioneers with over $100 million of online sales under our belt. Three former Sothebys.com associates and two art historians on staff. Call or email us if you want to deal with Tampa Bay’s leading auctioneer. We have sold the contents of museums and collections for USF. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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