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Andy Williams’ Navajo blankets make a million

All 61 lots in The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo Blankets (actually 58 blankets and three baskets) on Tuesday 21 May at Sotheby’s in New York found buyers, for a total of just under a million dollars. Top lot, as expected, was a rare First Phase Chief-style wearing blanket, which sold to a US private collector for $221,000, while $81,250 was paid for a Classic woman’s shoulder blanket, and $50,000 for a Yokuts polychrome pictorial coiled bowl, also going to private buyers. A European collector paid $28,125 for a striking pictorial blanket. David Roche, Senior Consultant in Sotheby’s American Indian Art Department commented: ‘Andy’s spotlight spilled out across the sale, illuminating the category to a whole new body of collectors. This was a rare auction event, with 100% of the lots finding buyers to bring a total of $979,254, nearing the pre-sale high estimate. The collection included the entire body of Navajo weaving and attracted a global audience to one of the finest and most sought-after areas of all American Art.”

Navajo Classic Man's Chief-style wearing blanket, First Phase with Bayeta.

Navajo Classic Man’s Chief-style wearing blanket, First Phase with bayeta, from the Andy Williams Collection. Estimate $200-300,000, sold for S221,000 at Sotheby’s, New York, 21 May 2012

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