Americana auctions at Bonhams Skinner bring in $1.4 million in sales

Marlborough, MA — Bonhams Skinner held an online sale of Americana August 6-16 and a live sale August 13 at Bonhams Skinner Galleries in Marlborough. Featuring excellent items from the collections of Warren N. Little and Cogswell Grant, the auctions generated great interest from bidders, and both auctions achieved impressive results across the board. Possessing a collector’s eye just like his parents, Warren N. Little has amassed a rich collection with many uniquely sourced items. With several of the best lots coming from his collection, bidders left no doubt of their confidence in his taste and discernment.

Leading both sales was the original handwritten diary of “Cleopatra’s Barge On A Voyage Of Pleasure”, which fetched $100,000. The hand-written journal contains twelve original paintings of ports and other sites along the voyage, including the Rock of Gibraltar, and is an eyewitness account of the maiden voyage of America’s first pleasure yacht. The impressive price achieved for the newspaper was closely followed by an Andrew Clemens Patriotic Sand Bottle with Eagle, Locomotive and Tender and a double-sided relief sculpted portrait of General George Washington by architect and craftsman Samuel McIntire, both of which sold for 75 $000. Featured in Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style, Washington’s sculpted profiles were a well-known and exciting sight to many. Another Andrew Clemens sand bottle (Patriotic Sand Picture in a Bottle) also attracted a lot of interest, selling for $23,750 on an estimate of $8-12,000, once again attesting to the strong interest in sand bottles. Clemens at auction.

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