DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions
offered select items from the Las Vegas estate of pop-singing sensation Phyllis McGuire in its Estate of Phyllis McGuire Auction Aug. 10.
Like so many of the Rat Pack-era McGuire Sisters songs, the results of the event were a huge hit. More than 1,000 bidders from around the globe took part in the event, leading the sale to perfect sell-through rates of 100% by value and by lots sold, and total sales of $1,853,356.
The Phyllis McGuire Collection was an amazing group of material from a woman who had a fantastic taste and a remarkable sense of style," Heritage Auctions West Coast Director of Trust and Estates, Carolyn Mani said. "Having the opportunity to present all of this in one auction was a great honor and I was thrilled with the results. To see so many people participate across the board was wonderful.
A spectacular Pair of French Napoleon III Gilt Bronze Mounted Covered Urns on Fluted Rouge Marble Columns, 19th century soared to $106,250, more than 13 times its high pre-auction estimate, to stand alone as the events top lot.
A Tabriz Rug, 20th century, one of six rugs sold in the event, brought $62,500, while a Tabriz Rug with Hunter's Motif, 19th century finished at $42,500.
One of the most eye-catching lots in the sale was McGuires B÷sendorfer Model 225 Mahogany and Pearwood Inlay Ninety-Two Key Grand Piano with Conforming Bench, circa 2000, a gorgeous performance instrument that was one of the centerpieces in her home and drew multiple bids en route to $50,000. Also hitting a high note was a French Erard Floor Harp, 19th century, which drew nearly two dozen bids before closing at $19,375 nearly four times its high pre-auction estimate.
In addition to her on-stage talent, McGuire was known for her glamorous style. Not coincidentally, the auction was chock-full of shimmering jewelry, some of which raced past pre-auction expectations.
A dazzling Diamond and White Gold Necklace, replete with approximately 36 carats of diamonds, more than tripled its high pre-auction estimate when it reached $47,500, while a Diamond, Ruby, and Platinum-Topped Gold Bracelet more than doubled its high pre-auction estimate when it brought a winning bid of $40,000. A Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Necklace drew $22,500, while a Diamond, Emerald, and Platinum Bracelet inspired 16 bids before ending at $18,125.
More of the beautiful jewelry from McGuires estate will be offered in Heritage Auctions' Jewelry Auction Sept. 27.
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
A Charles Frodsham Louis XV-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Tall Case Clock, 19th century: $30,000
A Fine Franšois Linke Caned Chair, 19th century: $27,500
A One Hundred and Twenty-Three-Piece Minton Partial Gilt PÔte-sur-PÔte Porcelain Dinner Service for Twelve, second half of the 20th century: $25,000
A French Louis XV-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Bureau Plat After a Model by Jacques B. Dubois, 19th century: $25,000
A Thirty-Seven Piece St. Louis Glass Excellence Stemware Service: $20,000