Published: January 16, 2001
ELIZABETHTOWN, PA. – Martin Auctioneers, Inc.’s most recent two-day event featured five auctioneers selling simultaneously at Elizabethtown Fairgrounds. Attending the auction were more than 1,100 registered buyers from Europe, Canada and the United States. Various consignors provided 209 catalogued carriages, coaches and sleighs – as well as the private coach house collection -which comprised the first day’s auction.
The catalogue sale ended at midnight and reconvened in a field session at 9 am the following day with the offering of more than 250 coaches, carriages and sleighs, and other rdf_Descriptions. In addition, some 4,000 lots of horse equipment, farm equipment, coaching livery, whips, top hats and equine rdf_Descriptions were auctioned.
A traveling coupe coach manufactured in 1920 was one of five coaches reportedly made by the famous Buggatti Car Co., of Molsheim, France for Mr Ettore Baggatti’s personal use. This chariot-type vehicle, sold with a pair of lamps by Million and Guiet, reached $212,000.
A Concord Abbott & Downing coach, made by Abbott & Downing, a well-known manufacturer, serial #433, built in 1875 for collector E. Farnham, Milton Mills, N.H., with original upholstery and leather slung thoro-braces, sold for $132,500.
A Siamese Phaeton, pony size, built by Buggatti of Molsheim, was also offered. The Phaeton’s name, derived from its unique identical seats forming the body of the carriage, sold for $21,200. A Siamese Phaeton built by Million & Guiet of Paris, France, with its original upholstery, sold for $11,660.
A Park Drag sporting coach used for private driving, built by Million and Guiet of Paris, France, featured deep blue and black coloring with original upholstery and three lead bars. It sold for $46,000.A harness for five horses, possibly made by Buggatti’s craftsmen in his factory at Molsheim, sold for $34,980.
Prices include a six percent buyers premium.
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