Published: June 29, 2004
Eric Nathan’s recent single-owner estate auction of the John Woodard and Ike Ingles home in Greenwich, N.Y., known as Bend O’ the River, was a success, according to the auction house.
The two-day cataloged auction, conducted at the Equinox Hotel, had a lot to offer, and all but one of the 960 lots were sold; an Eighteenth Century sterling silver tankard that did not meet its $10,000 reserve on the block but was sold subsequently.
In the 1970s, John Woodard purchased a maple tea table out of a barn in Battenville, N.Y., for $25. It sold in Saturday’s session for $29,700 to a determined Nathan Tuttle of Gardner, Me., who drove all night to win the lot in person.
Tuttle was waiting for auctioneer Eric Nathan at the gallery when Nathan arrived at 7 am.
Just after the table sold, Nathan asked Woodard how he now felt about his consignment. Woodard replied with a huge smile, “I’m just glad to get my $25 back.”
A 1955 Bentley went on the block shortly after the tea table. The car sold for $22,000 after a protracted bidding duel to a local woman whose husband works in the film industry. Her husband said that the Bentley might end up in Hollywood.
The rest of the auction was solid and went off without a hitch, according to Nathan.
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