Jeremiah Theus portrait sells for a record $94,400


2015-06-26 11:56:59


Jeremiah Theus portrait sells for a record $94,400

A new high value for the US artist's work was among the record prices at Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions of North Carolina, US, auctioned 560 lots from the collection of Tom Gray on March 29, including multiple record prices.

Big sales included the sale of a North Carolina Chippendale cellaret made locally by Micajah Wilkes for $165,200. It was a new record for the artist, won by a private collector.

The cellaret sold above a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

Elsewhere, two framed lots also did well with one settinganother record value.

Jeremiah Theus's portrait of Amarinthia Elliot, brought a record $94,400

A circa-1748 oil portrait of young Amarinthia Elliot (1741-1822) of Charleston, South Carolina, by Jeremiah Theus (1716-1774) went under the hammer.

Gray apparently purchased the portrait from Jim Williams, a jailed murderer. The story is told in the best-selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The 15 inch by 13-5/8 inch portrait was won by a phone bidder for $94,400, over an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

The sale is a new record for a Theus piece.

Image: Brunk Auctions

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