(Hillsborough, N.C.) – An oil on canvas rendering of the Archangel Uriel holding a musket and standing before a mountainous landscape, painted around 1700 by an unknown artist in the Spanish Colonial School, sold for $14,375 at a multi-estate sale held September 13 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
Most of the lots were drawn from seven important and prominent estates and lifetime single-owner collections.
The Archangel Uriel painting came from the estate of former U.S. Ambassador Findley Burns, Jr., of Southern Pines, N.C. “Mr. Burns and his wife only collected choice, worldwide material,” said Leland Little. “It didn’t surprise me his estate drew so much attention from bidders.”
And there were plenty of bidders vying for the largely fresh-to-the-market merchandise. About 250 people packed the showroom in Hillsborough, while record numbers of phone and absentee bids – nearly 1,000, vs. the usual 750 at most Leland Little sales – were posted. In addition, more than 1,400 online registered bidders participated through LiveAuctioneers.com, which facilitated Internet bidding.
Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., has quarterly cataloged auctions planned for December 6-7, 2008, and March 21, 2009. Watch the website for more details: www.LLauctions.com The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (919) 644-1243. Or, e-mail them, at [email protected].