Quinn’s Auction Galleries launched a series of ethnographic art auctions on Saturday, Oct. 24, with an auction featuring nearly 600 lots of Pre-Columbian, African and Native American pieces of art. The sale featured a wide array of objects for buyers at all price points and all forms of bidding were available, including live bidding via the Internet.
“We’re happy to have a chance to offer fresh items to the market that have come to us from local and nationwide estates that we can sell without reserve,” said Matthew Quinn, vice president of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. “Having collections from the estates of well-known collectors Cora and Laurence C. Witten II and the late Adele Lebowitz, as well as works from prolific private collectors across the country allows us to present a broad range of items to the public.”
The late Laurence Claiborne Witten II, founder of Laurence Witten Rare Books in New Haven was as well known for his collection of Pre-Columbian art as he was for his rare books and maps. Adele Lebowitz and her husband Mortimer, the founders and owners of Morton’s Department Store in Washington, D.C., were distinguished citizens known as Civil Rights activists, philanthropists, and avid collectors of fine and decorative arts. Their collection includes African, Native-American and Pre-Columbian items.