Belter Bed Auctions for $33,350

A laminated rosewood bed, made around 1850 by John Henry Belter and with the original finish, sold for $33,350 at a multi-estate sale held June 21 by Grand View Antiques & Auction. The bed, in excellent condition and with seventeen layers of lamination, featured a raised border ending in C-scrolls and fleurs-de-lis. It was the top lot of about 250 lots sold.

The auction was held at Grand View Antiques & Auction’s spacious, 12,000-square-foot showroom, located at 2641 Highway 431 in Roanoke, Ala. Around 125 people attended the event. They competed with the 300 or so registered Internet bidders who participated online via eBay Live and LiveAuctioneers.com. About 150 phone bids and an equal number of absentee bids were also recorded.

“This sale was absolutely packed with high-quality merchandise, from several prominent estates and some consignments up North,” said Jim Sloan of Grand View Antiques & Auction. “I was amazed at all the pure, original pieces, in remarkable condition. The demand was high and the prices reflected that. The good merchandise brought good money. The mid-level items pretty much held their own.”

Grand View Antiques & Auction’s next big sale will be held Saturday, September 13, beginning at 1 p.m. Included will be a collection of period and Victorian antiques from estates in South Carolina, New Jersey, Georgia and Alabama. Featured items will include several bed sets, a Pottier & Stymus half tester bed, parlor furniture, a period Chinese Chippendale server and two urn-shaped knife boxes. Auctioneers for the event will be Greg Norred, AL #1742, and Jim Sloan, Apprentice AL #2769.

Also slated to cross the block will be a period Chippendale bookcase, plus hundreds of other quality items. Click on the Grand View website for details and photos: (www.grandviewauction.com).

The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call them at (334) 863-6040. Or, you may e-mail them, at [email protected]

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