Toulouse Lautrec’s Divan Japonais

Mishne Estate Auction Lands $32,200 for Poster

World wide bidders compete to acquire historians vast collection. Once again the auction gallery in Wellington Ohio attracts large crowd, hundreds of Internet bidders and record prices.

(PRWEB) March 3, 2005 — A personal record was set on the morning of February 26th, 2005 in the gallery of Antiques and Estate Auctioneers and Appraisers of Wellington, Ohio. With a prestigious New York gallery on the phone and many parties via the Internet and present in the gallery itself – a volley of bids was discharged pursuing the hot item – Toulouse Lautrec’s “Divan Japonais”. The gorgeous piece was not even revealed to the auctioneers themselves until well after the first press release announcing the auction, leaving the piece shrouded in mystery. In an offhand manner John Farkas, the presiding auctioneer, announced upon opening the bid at $20,000, “Everyone should be bidding… after all, what do you have Toulouse?”. The wit brought many laughs and the piece fetched a gallery worthy price of $32,200.

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