Published: January 28, 2020
NEW YORK CITY — A private collector bidding on the telephone paid the highest price of any lot sold during Americana Week when they purchased Edward Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom” for $4,575,000 at Christie’s Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Silver Sale on Friday, January 24. The iconic work, of which the artist made more than 60 known versions, had been consigned from a private New York collection and estimated at $1.5/3.5 million. Competition on the lot came from two phone bidders and a trade buyer in the room; the result elicited applause from the audience when auctioneer John Hays brought the gavel down to a near-capacity saleroom. The sale achieved a total of $9.5 million in a week of sales that grossed $14.7 million. A more extensive recap will follow in a future issue.
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