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Lincoln-Deitrich V-12 Rings Up $88,000 At Alex Cooper's

(with 3 cuts)

By Rita Easton

TOWSON, MD. -- Following three days of preview sessions, Alex Cooper's

conducted a three-session auction on May 2 and 3.

American and English furniture and decorations; Chinese Export, Continental,

and other porcelain; glass; paintings; American and English silver; diamond

and other jewelry; Oriental rugs; and a 1932 Lincoln Deitrich V-12 sedan were


"Our sales are getting stronger and stronger," noted Raab Christals of the

gallery. "Of course, the market is strong. The best things sold very, very

high, but the middle-market seemed low -- the market wasn't as strong in the

moderate range. It was a spiky market. A great disparity, as opposed to

previous auctions which were strong throughout. [On the high end], whatever

it's going to go for is what they'll bid. I don't know if this is a trend.

"We sold a mahogany sideboard to someone in Seattle, Wash.," he continued,

"who shipped it out to Seattle [and] bought from the photo in the catalogue.

We've always had buyers from all over -- from Scotland, from Paris -- but to

send something that big all the way across the country!"

The 1932 Lincoln Deitrich V-12 black sedan won the starring bid of $88,000,

sold out of state. Stored in a barn since 1954, the classic model was not in

running condition and lacked a hood.

"It was as big as a house," Christals said, "and I'm not sure anyone knew the

mileage. The canvas roof could be slid back to expose the chauffeur's

compartment, and there was a glass separating his compartment from the

passengers in back. The leather interior was in very good condition."

An American repousse sterling silver 5 piece tea and coffee service, "Durgin,"

circa 1900, weighing 111 ounces troy realized $12,000; a pair of Regency

silver and silver gilt open salts by Robert Hennell, circa 1835, 21.6 ounces

troy, sold at $7,150; a Victorian silver stirrup cup by Bradbury & Hudson,

circa 1885, 23.7 ounces troy, garnered $6,600; and a George III silver creamer

in the form of a cow, by John Schuppe, circa 1775, 4.5 ounces troy, standing

under three inches high, was purchased at $11,000.

An important Meissen porcelain figural group, Nineteenth Century, 19« inches

high by 20« inches wide, went out at $16,500; a Federal inlaid mahogany

sideboard, made in the Middle Atlantic states, circa 1800, achieved $7,700; a

Virginia Federal inlaid walnut sideboard, circa 1790, also made $7,700; a

Pennsylvania Chippendale carved cherrywood and tiger maple step back cupboard,

circa 1780, brought $12,000; and a blind Pennsylvania Federal carved

cherrywood corner cupboard, circa 1790, went out at $4,000.

An engraving in color, after a drawing by J. J. Audubon, by R. Havell, "Yellow

Breasted Chat," 1832, framed, reached $4,250; a Baltimore Chippendale inlaid

mahogany tall case clock, circa 1790, 87 inches high, fetched $6,050; a

Victorian, cast iron, three-piece garden set, two chairs and a settee, painted

white, attributed to James W. Carr of Richmond, Va., circa 1890, went for

$4,250; a tortoiseshell box realized $2,450; and a Tiffany Studios

gilt-bronze, five-piece desk set in the "Venetian" pattern, circa 1910,

reached $1,430.

A Delaware Valley Federal inlaid walnut slant front desk, circa 1780, made an

affordable $1,500, due to the bracket feet having been cut down.

Prices quoted reflect a required ten percent buyers premium.