Guernsey’s will be conducting an unprecedented, unreserved Auction on March 27, 28 at the historic Tribeca offices of Urban Archaeology in New York City. At auction will be approximately one thousand architectural artifacts discovered by UA over the decades.
For more than forty years, Urban Archaeology has been at the vanguard of saving historic architectural elements from destruction. It has been the organization of choice by leading architects, designers, corporate buyers, and sophisticated home owners who have envisioned the inclusion of dramatically handsome, patinated, vintage objects in their noteworthy projects. Many have visited the firm’s building in the heart of NYC’s landmarked Franklin Street where the display of treasured items resembles more a museum than a showroom. With additional offices in Bridgehampton, Boston, and Chicago, Urban Archaeology has been the go-to source for everything from monumental outdoor statuary to extraordinary wrought-iron estate gates to remarkable, often unique creations of every description in assorted metals, stone, ceramics, glass, and wood.
A review of the Auction Catalogue reveals such revered names as Edgar Brandt, Samuel Yellin and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Prominent structures including The Plaza and St. Regis Hotels as well as the Yale University Library are featured along with such stunning settings as Paris’ magnificent Place de la Concorde and iconic Bon Marche. Simply put, imagine bidding on the original statuesque Mermaid and Merman figures from the Place de la Concorde’s breathtaking fountain or the awe-inspiring Baptistry Gates from Fifth Avenue’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral... fantastique! (It should be noted that there will also be many, many far smaller items suited to just about any space.)
So here’s the story. The unreserved Auction will begin at 1:00 on both Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 live at Urban Archaeology, 143 Franklin Street, NYC. Public Previewing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 24 - 26, from 10am - 7pm at the same location. Internet Bidding is on liveauctioneers.com. To order the Catalogue ($22 in person; $32 US or $50 Internationally by Priority), for telephone bidding, to arrange for an Advance Preview, or for any other questions, please contact Guernsey’s or visit www.guernseys.com. The Urban Archaeology Auction... certain to be memorable.
Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.liveauctioneers.com.
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