Auction Details

  • Auction:
    November 17 & 18
    Nov. 17 - 11am; Doors open 9am for registration.
    10am for seating.
    Nov. 18 - 12pm (noon); Doors open 10am for registration.
    11am for seating.

  • Viewing at Asherwood:
    (10110 Ditch Rd. Carmel, IN)

    November 10, 11 & 16
    10am to 6pm (each day)

  • Auction Location:
    Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
    3 Center Green, Carmel, IN

  • Online Bidding:

  • Absentee Bidding:
    By e-mail, mail and telephone

Notice to Successful Asherwood Bidders:

• As has been extensively posted, purchases from the Auction of the Asherwood Estate in Carmel, Indiana cannot be picked up or shipped until December 3 at the earliest. This is due to the fact that the Great American Songbook Foundation (owner of Asherwood) is hosting several special events at the estate over Thanksgiving and the following week.

• All items from the Asherwood Auction are physically at Asherwood in Carmel, Indiana.

• Once items have been paid for (by contacting Guernsey’s: 212-794-2280 or, buyers will receive paid invoices. The buyer then has the option of making an appointment (with Guernsey’s) to go to Asherwood to make the pick-up directly, or arrange to have a shipper or representative remove the purchase(s).

• Regarding working with a shipper… Buyers are certainly welcome to choose any shipper they wish. As a convenience, Wheaton Van Lines (an international shipper that happens to be based near Asherwood in Indiana), has spent considerable time at the Estate and is fully capable of carefully shipping anything from the Auction. This would range from small, delicate items to large pieces of furniture and works of art on to the largest outdoor garden objects. Should the buyer wish to consider using Wheaton, the contact person is Dave Belford, cell: 317-558-0369, office: 317-513-9478, email:

• Guernsey’s will have a representative on site at Asherwood from Monday 12/3 to Friday 12/7 to admit paid buyers into the estate to pick-up their items. Paid buyers must make an appointment with Guernsey’s in order to pick-up their items. To make an appointment, contact 212-794-2280 or email:

• If you are using a different shipper other than Wheaton Van Lines, they must provide a copy of the paid invoice as well as a bill of lading for sales tax purposes.

• Unless other arrangements have been made with Guernsey’s, all purchases must be removed no later than December 20.

• When picking up, buyers (or their representatives) must have a copy of their paid invoice. Also, packing supplies are not available at Asherwood. It will be the buyers’ responsibility to remove (and pack if necessary) items from where they currently are located within the Asherwood mansion, the guest house or on the grounds.

• If you are using a different shipper other than Wheaton Van Lines, they must provide a copy of the paid invoice as well as a bill of lading for sales tax purposes.

The Auction

On November 17 and 18, Guernsey's will be conducting a monumental, unreserved auction of the contents of Asherwood, one of America’s most prominent homes.

Situated on more than a hundred acres in Carmel, Indiana (ranked among the nation’s best places to live by many publications), the 50,000-square-foot mansion, massive second home and private golf club house (the grounds include two golf courses) were generously donated to the Great American Songbook Foundation by Bren Simon, wife of the late respected commercial real estate developer Melvin Simon. The auction event and preceding preview dates will provide first-time public access to the fabled estate.

Hundreds of ornate examples of antique and bespoke 20th-century furniture, furnishings and decor, substantial works of art, Oriental rugs and countless smaller objects, virtually all in pristine condition, will be sold. All of the approximately 1,000 lots being sold will be offered without minimum reserve. In addition to these 1,000 regular auction lots, a separate section of the event will be devoted to selling a substantial portion of Asherwood’s vast library of antique books.

Also located in Carmel, the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by accomplished vocalist, pianist and music preservationist Michael Feinstein, will directly benefit from the remarkable sale. Dedicated to preserving America’s rich musical legacy, the Foundation’s efforts focus on the work of such noted composers as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe and many other composers and performers whose collective body of work will live on through the important efforts of the Foundation.

Behind imposing entry gates, at the end of a majestic tree-lined drive, the Asherwood home and surrounding gardens are nothing short of breathtaking. Some say it would cost upwards of $100 million, and many years’ time, to duplicate this remarkable property today. For those who appreciate richly appointed furnishings, this auction will be like no other.

On November 10 and 11, as well as November 16, the public will be invited to inspect the Asherwood treasures to be auctioned.

For those unable to experience the grandeur of Asherwood in person, absentee bidding will be available via, and Please visit for the full event schedule or feel free to contact the auction house in New York.

For more information visit For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact Sydney Masters at 212.580.0835 or


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Great American Songbook Foundation

The mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded in 2007 by five-time Grammy® Award nominee Michael Feinstein, is to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook – the timeless standards of pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood. Headquartered at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, the Foundation advances this rich legacy by curating physical artifacts of its creators, performers and publishers; operating a multimedia exhibit gallery; overseeing the Songbook Hall of Fame; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars and artists; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive. The Foundation is a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum®.

Online Bidding

Those who are interested in participating can view the catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at, and


Interested bidders should also review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form, and the Absentee Bid form.


Guernsey's welcomes inquiries from the media regarding both past and upcoming events. PDF copies of the press release and links to media coverage of our Asherwood Auction are available below:

Press Release (November 17 & 18)