Thrilling results of American Indian art sale

Eastern Great Lakes stone pipe. Sold for $180,000.

Sotheby’s auction of American Indian art totaled $3,446,866, far above the high estimate of $2.6 million with 95 percent of lots sold. All the items presented on the sales were in exceptional condition. The top lot of the auction was an early Tlingit or Haida sheep horn bowl, which brought $251,200.

Other highlights of American Indian art sales included a pair of Great Lakes Algonkian beaded and quilled woven pictorial garter pendants, sold for $240,000, an Eastern Great Lakes stone pipe and quilled wood pipestem, sold for $180,000, and a pair of Lorette-Huron moosehair embroidered black-dyed buckskin moccasins, which made $96,000. Among other items were birchbark model canoe and two dolls with assorted equipment, $204,000; an Algonkian quilled and beaded woven pouch, $192,000; a collection of Plains pictographic drawings, $114,000; an Iroquois quilled and beaded hide knife sheath, $108,000.

The majority of extremely rare artifacts came from the Farquharson collection. The auction took place on May 13.

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