Alexander Palace Forum

Discussions about Russian History => Imperial Russian Antiques => Topic started by: Forum Admin on December 04, 2005, 03:35:21 PM

Title: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Forum Admin on December 04, 2005, 03:35:21 PM
We rarely will post auctions here in the Forum, but Bob and I were both so struck with the quality and selection of the pieces in this Auction to take place at the oldest auction house in the world, Stockholms Auktionsverk, in Sweden, on December 9, that we decided to let you know about it.  The provenance of many items is of itself noteworthy, including the Swedish Royal Family and Alfed Nobel.
http://www.auktionsverket.se/

Lots include: A group of postage stamps given by the Grand Duchesses to a tutor, Spectacular Russian "Jacob" furniture, Imperial Porcelain, fine Silver, several lots of genuine Faberge, a rare copy of the original Imperial Coronation  book of 1896 with Samokiche illustrations, and an amazing selection of Russian paintings, including works by Aivazovsky, Lev Bakst, Alexei Bogoliubov, Natalia Goncharova, Konstantin Gorbatov, Boris Grigoriev, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Larionov, Isaac Levitan, Konstantin Makovsky, Mikhail Nesterov, Vasili Polenov, Ilya Repin, Feodor Rokotov, Ivan Shishkin, Konstantin Somov, Sergei Sudeikin, Nikolai Sverchkov, and Mikhail Vrubel., as well as period portraits of Alexander III.  The star of the show, though is lot 84, an amazing original portait of Nicholas II by Lipgart, dated 1896. "Presumably from an Imperial Palace in St. Petersburg; Acquired from a private collection in France. It is possible that the painting was in the possession of a member of the Imperial Family who emigrated to France, or that it was sold off by the Soviets at auction in the 1920s or 30s."
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Belochka on December 04, 2005, 07:04:05 PM
Thank you FA, I enjoyed viewing the Russian paintings and drawings.

Hopefully many will return to Russia and can be appreciated by all in her museums and galleries. ;D
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Robert_Hall on December 04, 2005, 07:10:35 PM
Unfortunately, the catalogue state "without illustrations" ? Considering the recent magnificent Sotheby's royalty auction catalogues, seems a bit of a dissapointment.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: David_Pritchard on December 05, 2005, 01:08:02 AM
I have had at least a half dozen catalogues from Stockholms Auktionsverk since they became a private company and I do remember them being at least partially illustrated. I find it hard to believe that their catalogue for such a high end sale is unillustrated like an old Sotheby's Arcade sale or the even partially illustrated like the even older Sotheby's Belgravia sale. One can only imagine how many businessman types will be in attendance, hoping to impress their equally unsophisticated friends back in Moscow by bring home a prized work of Russian art to hang on the wall in their new three story dacha filled with all possible conveniences known to man.

David
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Fontanka38 on December 05, 2005, 02:39:31 AM
I think there has been a misunderstanding..."Catalogue without illustrations" is just an option for those with slow download speeds. One can see all the illustrations by pressing on the option above it, "All objects"; and then, if one clicks on the pictures, one actually gets huge blow ups. On the contrary, the Scandinavian countries are so internet savvy that their websites tend to be much better illustrated than most. In this catalogue you can even look at the backs of pictures and the frames, as well as get close ups signatures...
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Robert_Hall on December 05, 2005, 12:25:12 PM
Thank you Fontanka ! ` Makes sense to me now !
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Arleen on December 05, 2005, 03:00:08 PM
Thank you so much Rob for posting this auction.  People like me would never have access to anything like this.  

I've spent several hours studying everything listed.  Some of the paintings are to die for.  The Nicholas painting by Lipgart is the most beautiful I've seen of him.  I can only hope that we can find out who buys it and thus know where it will reside.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if an American museum would buy it.....just dreaming.

I was very interested in the painting done by Marie Pavlovna.  I love that little painting of the red tulips.   I'd never seen anything she painted before, and the same with Olga A.  The three little paintings by Olga are also priceless to me. I wish I could bid for them.

But the opportunity to just look thru the whole catalog was a real treat.  Bob and Rob it was so nice of you to post it.

..Arleen
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Ortino on April 20, 2006, 06:00:09 PM
There is a Sotheby's auction of Russian art coming up on April 26 & 28 if anyone's interested. The pieces include a portrait by Boris Kustodiev of Marie Pavolvna the Elder, the wife of Vladimir Alexandrovich, in court dress. The portrait is estimated at $700,000-1,000,000. So if anyone has a spare couple hundred thousand dollars lying around, take advantage of this auction!  ;)

http://search.sothebys.com/images/home/flash/russian06/index.html
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Margarita Markovna on April 25, 2006, 09:50:53 PM
Hmm, now where's that million dollars I had lying around? I'm sure it's under a stack of laundry or something...
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: GD Alexandra on May 01, 2006, 02:11:26 AM
ha, ha,ha  ;D...well don't worry, my dear, I'll gladly lend you the insignificant sum until you find yours  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Scott on May 02, 2006, 03:50:25 AM
The sale set a new record of $54.4 million for a Russian only sale.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Sean Quinn on May 09, 2006, 10:58:34 AM
I thought that this would be of interest to some of the members of this forum.
 
Ritchies Auctioneers in Toronto, Canada has three sets of Russian Imperial Napkins from the courts of Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II.  These were purchased in Russia sometime after the revolution by the late Vincent Massey while on a trip selling farm equipment for Massey Manufacturing Company, (later Massey Ferguson).  Vincent Massey went on to become Governor General of Canada from 1952 to 1959, and the lots have been consigned by his daughter-in-law).
 
The auction takes place over 3 days, June 6, 7 and 8 with the napkins coming up on the 7th.  The auction starts at 7 p.m.
 
Lots are as follows:
 
Lot 2206
SET OF SEVEN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL SILK TEA NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR ALEXANDER III
Last Quarter, 19th century.  From the court of Alexander III (reign 1881-1894), each silk damask napkin with Imperial double headed eagle crest, each corner with cipher of Alexander III.
37.0 X 37.0 cm. (14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.).
Est.: $700/1,000 CND
Provenance: Estate of Vincent Massey (Governor General, 1952 - 1959), Batterwood House, Port Hope, Ontario.
 
 
Lot 2207
SET OF TEN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL SILK TEA NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
Circa 1900.  From the court of Nicholas II (reign 1894-1917), each silk damask napkin with Imperial double headed eagle crest, each corner with cipher of Nicholas II.
37.0 X 37.0 cm. (14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.).
Est.: $800/1,200 CND
Provenance: Estate of Vincent Massey (Governor General, 1952 - 1959), Batterwood House, Port Hope, Ontario.
 
 
Lot 2208
SET OF EIGHT RUSSIAN IMPERIAL LINEN BANQUET NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
Dated 1914-1915.  From the court of Nicholas II (reign 1894-1917), each linen damask napkin with repeated Imperial double headed eagle crest and crossed sword and sceptre with crown emblem, each corner with cipher of Nicholas II and dates 1914-1915.
86.5 x 71.2 cm. (34 x 28  in.).
Est.: $1,000/1,500 CDN
Provenance: Estate of Vincent Massey (Governor General, 1952 - 1959), Batterwood House, Port Hope, Ontario.
 
You may register to bid live in the house, by telephone, online, or leave an absentee bid.
 
If this notice is of interest to you, or you would like more information please visit our website at www.ritchies.com , or contact me directly by email.  Images can be seen on our website, search 'Russian Imperial'.

 
Sincerely,
D. Sean Quinn
Decorative Arts Department
Ritchies Auctioneers and Appraisers Inc.
288 King Street East,
Toronto, Ontario
CANADA
M5A 1K4
 
Ph.: (416) 364-1864    Fax: (416) 364-0704
 
squinn@ritchies.com
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Arleen on May 09, 2006, 01:35:16 PM
Thank you for posting this information.  I looked at the pictures and wished I had the money.....

Does anyone know why the silk Tea Napkins have a fringe but the linen ones seem to be more formally hemmed?

Arleen
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Ortino on May 09, 2006, 03:36:24 PM
Quote
Thank you for posting this information.  I looked at the pictures and wished I had the money.....

Does anyone know why the silk Tea Napkins have a fringe but the linen ones seem to be more formally hemmed?

Arleen

Perhaps they were part of Olga's dowry? I have seen almost the exact same napkins, including the fringe, except with Olga's insignia instead of the double eagle. If they were indeed part of her dowry, they would have been finished when she was married.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Forum Admin on May 09, 2006, 06:13:24 PM
Olga's linens would have been made especially for her, only once her separate residence or marriage would have been established. All these linens have Nicholas' cypher, indicating they were meant for the Tsar's household use.

The fringe on the silk tea napkings is actually "fancier" than the plain hemmed edge on the plain linen.  The fringe would be far more delicate than a hemmed silk edge, so these are clearly more decorative and less for "real" use as a napkin.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Tatyana on May 14, 2006, 12:38:09 AM
For everyone's information, the catalogs for the Sotheby's Russian Auctions in London (Bond St & Olympia) 5/31 and 6/1 are online at www.sothebys.com

TATYANA
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Sean Quinn on June 12, 2006, 03:57:42 PM
Well, I am thrilled with the results of the auction of Imperial Russian napkins:

Lot 2206
SET OF SEVEN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL SILK TEA NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR ALEXANDER III
Estimate:$700/1,000
Realized: $6,000

Lot 2207
SET OF TEN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL SILK TEA NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
Estimate: $800/1,200
Realized: $8,400

Lot 2208
SET OF EIGHT RUSSIAN IMPERIAL LINEN BANQUET NAPKINS FROM THE COURT OF TSAR NICHOLAS II
Estimate: $1,000/1,500
Realized: $12,600

Thought you would be interested

Regards,
D. Sean Quinn
Ritchies Auctioneers and Appraisers Inc.
288 King Street East,
Toronto, Ontario,
M5A 1K4

Ph.: (416) 364-1864    Fax: (416) 364-0704

squinn@ritchies.com
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Lucien on October 16, 2006, 11:25:43 AM
"Crowns and Coronets" at Sotheby Amsterdam.A wide range of paintings/works of art,from a juvenile painting of Princess Beatrix to a Dutch Louis XVI buffet table,once belonging to Ella,Baroness van Heemstra,Audrey hepburn's mother,and before that,Count Rehbinder's,St.Petersburg,collections of a Princess Reuss etc etc.

When you look at it,it feels like Santa Claus made an early entry this year,so some of you might get an idea as to what they would like to find in their stocking(s).....

David,George,Robert,Rob,All,...have a look:

http://www.shareholder.com/bid/newsi/BID1013a3.pdf

Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Robert_Hall on October 16, 2006, 11:42:23 AM
Thank you, Lucien. I will consider the catalogue...interesting that I have just recieved a load of new catalogue offers from Sotheby's and yet this was not one of them - yet.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Elisabeth on November 18, 2006, 05:44:31 PM
Do you want to buy something once owned by Nicholas and Alexandra? Then you can fork over 229,000-343,000 dollars (120,000-180,000 pounds) for Nicholas and Alexandra's orange enamel, silver-gilt-encrusted Fabergé thermometer. It's featured in Sotheby's "Russian Sale," scheduled for November 28, 2006. (I have the two catalogs for the auction sitting in front of me. The offerings are incredible. A lot of Fabergé items. A lot of beautiful paintings, sculpture, and jewelry. All lavishly illustrated in color photographs.)

You don't believe this thermometer was really owned by Nicholas and Alexandra? Sotheby's has the documentation to prove it - two bills of sale, presented by Fabergé on December 9, 1898, to the imperial households of the tsar and tsarina, each for half of the total owed amount (only 105 rubles!) - so it truly was a jointly owned thermometer.

Oh, and BTW, this thermometer is also unusual for a Russian-manufactured thermometer in so far as it is in Fahrenheit and not in Celsius. Perhaps, as the catalog suggests, the English-raised Alexandra was more comfortable using a thermometer that gauged the temperature in Fahrenheit.

I just thought that fans of Nicholas and Alexandra, as well as Fabergé aficionados, would want to be apprised of these recent developments.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: rgt9w on December 28, 2006, 03:21:24 PM
On January 24th and 25th 2008, Christies Auction House host the sale of possessions of King George I of the Hellenes. Articles include important silver and Faberge. Hopefully, they will post the catalogue on their website soon. www.christies.com
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Robert_Hall on December 28, 2006, 08:11:35 PM
The catalogue is available now. I have ordered it.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: rgt9w on December 31, 2006, 07:15:25 PM
According to Majesty Magazine, the collection is comprised of over 850 lots, featuring "an outstanding selection of silver and FAberge together with furniture, works of art, Chinese jade and porcelain, and paintings." It states many of the items were originally housed by King George I at the Tatoi estate. The majesty column states the "sale is lead by a superb collection of English, Danish, Russian, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German silver dating from the 18th to the early 20th century. The sale is to offer approximately 100 Faberge items to include "an impressive clock, stylish boxes and jewelled animals alongside scent bottles and cigarette cases."

I can't wait to see the catalogue!
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: rgt9w on January 05, 2007, 05:33:31 PM
The catalogue for the George I of the Hellenes auction is now online at www.christies.com. It is under the auction calender for January 25th.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: mitia on February 09, 2007, 08:39:28 AM
There will be once more a Russian antiques and Romanov Memorabilia auction sale in Drouot Paris on 14th february 2007, organized by Coutau Begarie. Mainly letters, books, some Faberge pieces and porcelain commemoratives. Most items come from GD Xenia and Prince Felix Youssoupoff personnal belongings once collected by Serge Korganoff who was Felix 's law man or attorney in Paris. Nothing really astounding in this auction, but there is a nice tri-centenary beaker with portraits of Nicholas II and Ivan which was manufactured by the Korniloff factory and which is not that easy to find these days. This beaker is evaluated 700 Euros, which is a lot of money however. One can look at all the items in the auction on www.coutaubegarie.com but one has to be patient, it takes a long time to download the photos. I would say " worth to see " but " not worth to buy " as far as the commemoratives items are concerned. One can still find them at cheaper price on the french antiques market !
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: mitia on February 09, 2007, 08:47:04 AM
Sorry, I should have said the interesting beaker ( but far too expensive  ) is number 187. It is presented together with other items including the dreadful Kodhinka Cup which everybody has and which should not be paid for more than 50 dollars maximum in very good condition, as it was manufactured in abundance and is to be found rather easily on the usual french antiques market.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 22, 2007, 02:32:03 PM
New sale coming up, with FABERGE !
http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/event/EventDetail.jsp?event_id=28227
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Sarai on April 18, 2007, 11:09:45 AM
This story focuses on a tiny Faberge chair that sold for over $2 million and other Faberge items sold:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070418/ap_on_re_us/miniature_chair_auction (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070418/ap_on_re_us/miniature_chair_auction)

This related article is about Russian artwork sales in general, including a painting called "Procession of Ashura'' (1916) by Richard Zommer, which had been owned by Tsar Nicholas II:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aORNDV1MUl20&refer=muse (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aORNDV1MUl20&refer=muse)
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Lyss on April 30, 2007, 10:15:16 AM
On the 4th of may 3500 photo's of the royal Belgian family will be auctioned in Paris. The pictures are of Leopold III's family made by himself. The other photo'sare made by the gouvernese of princesse Marie José (the daughter of king Albert I).
The auction house is Drouot in Paris.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Lucien on April 30, 2007, 11:22:03 AM
More on the sale,courtesy Joris and Eric VdV,BRMB:

http://members3.boardhost.com/Beneluxroyal/msg/1177829387.html

Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Lucien on October 22, 2008, 03:38:22 AM
http://www.christies.com/

You´ll find a few Romanov related surprises there,

Title: Sotheby's Auction & Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich
Post by: Dominic_Albanese on April 22, 2009, 06:12:55 PM
See this article and the Sotheby's web site.  So I am guessing that Grand Duchess Marie must be selling of atleast some of the antique's she has (see the article on the Vases below) or how else did these antiques from the late Grand Duke make it to Sotheby's?  I'm just curious.

best,
dca


http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=30271

LONDON.- Sotheby’s will be offering a number of extraordinary objects with Russian Imperial provenance in its spring and summer 2009 Russian Art sales. An Imperial Russian silver tea service by Nichols and Plinke, St. Petersburg, 1879 from the Collection of Anastasia Mikhailovna - grand-daughter of Emperor Nicholas I - is one of the highlights of the Russian Art Sale in New York on 22 April 2009. Sotheby’s biannual sale of Russian Works of Art in London on 10 June 2009 will feature the two largest vases ever offered for sale at Sotheby’s estimated at £1.2 – 1.8 million and formerly in the collection of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich - the son of Tsar Nicholas II’s first cousin.

An Imperial Russian Tea Service
The tea service was made as a wedding gift on the occasion of Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna’s marriage to Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who was related to Emperor Alexander III. It will be on view at Sotheby’s New York from April 17-21. Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna (1860 – 1922), the grand-daughter of Emperor Nicholas I, was an extremely charismatic figure, remembered by friends and contemporaries as “very beautiful, tall and slight with Grecian features, in fact, she seemed the perfect princess.” The Grand Duchess’s great-great grandchildren include Princess Alexia of Denmark and Greece and Prince Pavlos of Denmark, Crown Prince of Greece. The service is estimated to sell for $320/380,000 and will be a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sale of Russian Art on April 22, 2009.

A Magnificent Pair of Imperial Porcelain Vases
The magnificent pair of Imperial porcelain Palace vases (estimate: £1,200,000-1,800,000), with masterfully decorated ornamental plants in two-colour gold and copies of Old Master paintings, comes from the collection of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich (1917-1992). In keeping with the European trend for decorating porcelain with academic subjects, which flourished in St. Petersburg during the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855), this pair features scaled-down versions of Stable Interiors by Philips Wouwermans and beautifully demonstrate the majestic splendour of the court of the Tsar. Traditionally works of such importance and grandeur were intended as presentation gifts for foreign rulers or formed part of wedding dowries and were made at the special request of His Imperial Majesty. From the 1940s, the vases were in the collection of the Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich, who assumed the title Head of the Imperial Family and Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russians upon the death of his father. Vladimir Kirillovich died in 1992 and is buried in the Grand-ducal tomb of the Peter and Paul Fortress of Saint Petersburg – the last member of the Russian Royal family to be laid to rest there.
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Seth Leonard on July 06, 2009, 09:20:54 PM
The vases from the collection of the late Grand Duke Vladimir sold for £2.6 million.

http://en.artron.net/news/news.php?newid=78666&column_id=65
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Annette on October 23, 2009, 03:46:00 AM
Hi

I saw in the paper today that there is an auction of bejewelled Faberge cigarette cases and cufflinks originally belonging (I believe) to GD Marie Pavolva coming up for auction at Sothebys on November 30th. The paper says that these were smuggled out of Russia and "lost" until recently when they came to light in Sweden.

http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/event/EventSearchResults.jsp

I work close to Sothebys so I will definitely visit to check this out beforehand!

Kind regards.

Annette
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Annette on November 30, 2009, 05:11:30 AM
On Friday I went to the presale viewing of the Romanov Heirlooms, the lost inheritance of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.  There are 102 items, mainly cufflinks and cigarette cases, which were stuffed into a pillowcase during the Revolution and deposited with the Swedish Legation in Stockholm on behalf of the GD, then forgotten about for the next 90 years.  Various sets of cufflinks and cigarette cases were made to commemorate different events in the couple's lives, some of the cigarette cases still contain cigarettes and or matches.  To think that this is just a tiny fraction of the valuables they owned is amazing.  At least one of the cigarette cases is valued at around £50,000.  The staff in Sothebys actually let me pick up and handle some of the items, awesome.  And I am registered to attend the sale this afternoon!
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: newfan on December 01, 2009, 03:42:56 AM
annnette did you get anything?
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Annette on December 02, 2009, 10:15:48 AM
Well, no.  I was there early, a very Russian crowd.  There were about 100 chairs which quickly filled and 10 minutes before the sale Sothebys decided to remove a partition wall and open the adjoining room.  They then put out another 200/300 chairs and still loads of people stood at the back.  The place was packed.  There were about 40 Sothebys staff also doing telephone bidding on top of the bids which the auctioneer had from people who had put in bids before the auction.  It was quite chaotic. 

I did get to bid for some cufflinks but was outbid unfortunately, it was quite a terrifying experience!  The shame of it all, and I may be being harsh here, is that it seemed most people were interested in the intrinsic value of items, especially the Faberge items, where I was actually interested in the Imperial Russian aspect, as any of us from this Forum would be.  There were about 10 bidders who between them bought most items (4 were telephone bidders), of the whole crowd of a good few hundred people only very few were bidding.

The cigarette case that the lovely Sothebys' ladies let me hold on Friday went almost £800,000 (taking into account all the sale charges payable), I read it is the most expensive Faberge cigarette case sold to date.   

There was one particular pair of cufflinks I had  my eye on but they went for way out of my price range.  I was pretty miffed when they were sold and it wasn't to me!

The last two lots in the sale were the two pillowcases in which the jewels had been smuggled out of Russia.  Their estimated sale price was around £200-300 so I was definitely going for those.  However, one sold for around £5,000 and one for £4,000, it was astonishing.  They told me the sale would last just over an hour, in reality it went on for 3 1/2 hours, the bidding was so intense.  I wasn't actually far out with my thinking that most jewellery items would go for around 10 times more than their estimates.  One pair of cufflinks estimated sale price of £3-5,000 went for over £100,000 though!  A guy sitting next to me bought a couple of things. 

One guy who was sitting by me bought something (I didn't see what, the bidding was all over the place) and went off to collect it, bringing it back in a Sothbys carrier bag which he casually dropped into another bag he had between his feet.  I thought "I hope you appreciate that you've just bought a piece of history and that you cherish it accordingly". 

I kept thinking that the items had been all together for over 90 years but now they were all going off to different places, most probably a good percentage never to be heard of again, it made me feel very sad.  It was such a shame that it couldn't be kept all together.  I was also thinking that GDMP ended her days in (relative) poverty whilst now 90 years later her descendants have had a surprise very large lottery win!  I felt very priviledged to have been able to see the items beforehand, to have handled a few, to be present at the sale and to bid.  Just goes to show that even after all these years the Russian Imperial Family that we, in this Forum in particular, know so much about still have a few secrets to reveal to surprise us from time to time, good for them.

Maybe one day...

Annette
 

Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Constantinople on March 17, 2010, 05:57:08 AM
If you want to see all the results, go here


http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotResultsDetailList.jsp?action=J&event_id=29796&sale_number=L09678&lots_per_page=100&page_number=2&show_lot_name=Y
Title: Re: Auctions of royal memorabilia
Post by: Inok Nikolai on October 29, 2014, 03:12:41 PM
This could be put under so many threads, but Paul Gilbert reports on the upcoming auction of Yussupov documents, letters, photos, etc.

http://tinyurl.com/q7xvh54

The full catalogue is mouth-watering.
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/1479cat.pdf