Sarasota, Fl.- Sarasota Estate Auction sold over 800 lots Sunday September 13,2020 at their auction of fine art, Gucci and Fendi collectibles and wonderful antiques. But the big sale was the opening lot of the auction, the life size portrait attributed to Anthony Van Dyke of George Gordon, 2nd Marquess of Huntley [1599-1649]. The winning bidder was the sitter’s descendant, Alastair Granville Gordon, Earl of Aboyne and son of the 13th Marguess of Huntley. After the sale Andrew Ford, owner and auctioneer for Sarasota said “It is indeed a great pleasure to have this wonderful historic piece return to its ancestors and home.”
Ford in a post-sale interview said he spoke to The Earl on the day after who was very pleased the painting will be returning to its ancestral home Aboyne Castle in Huntly, Scotland to mounted in the castle, next to his father and some other notable descendants. The final price of the Masterwork was $44,400 including buyer’s premium.
Of great local interest were the five paintings by the Sarasota resident, Syd Solomon (1917-2004), each selling well into their presale estates. The Solomon painting titled “Lightride” sold for a final price of $11,300 including buyer’s premium.
A Willem de Kooning [1904-1997] known as a painting on a page of The New York Times sold for $11,200 after aggressive bidding.
An Ottmar II Elliger, the younger (Germany, 1666 – 1735) Oil on Canvas titled, “The Banquet of Cleopatra”, was another highlight from the sale. A similar work is in display at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Getty Museum. This work sold for $6500.
The Gucci and Fendi collections were consigned to the sale by Francisco Gittardi, the Italian gentleman who rose through the ranks at Gucci starting in his teens and eventually became head of design and the company. He later left to join Fendi before retiring and residing in Sarasota. Part of his extensive collection included a solid amber cane, which was previously owned by Guccio Gucci. The cane sold for an astounding $7500 including buyer’s premium.
A final item of interest was a Vintage 18k Gold Boucheron Paris Compact Case, Designed as a square gold case with satin finish. It opened to reveal a fitted mirror and powder compartment. Circa 1960. This fine piece sold for $4500.
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