Auction results - Snuff bottles at Sotheby's sell, but below high estimate
And they’re of… Sotheby’s Asian Week series in New York started Tuesday with The Joe Grimberg Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The sale totaled $4.93 million, comfortably within the pre-sale estimate, but well below the $6.5 million high estimate which had first been put on the collection. This indicates that while buyers were there, they weren’t jumping up either.. About 83% sold by lot and 90% by value. The highlight of the collection was an imperial enamel on copper snuff bottle from the Palace Workshops with a Qianlong Mark (1736-1795) which doubled the low estimate to sell for $662,500. The second top lot, an enamel on yellow glass snuff bottle with a Qianlong mark sold for $314,500, well above its $100,000 - 150,000 estimate.