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Celebrity Auctions

English Houses
The Great Houses of the British Isles - at Auction

"When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London."
                - Bette Midler

Public broadcasting in America has made people in the States nostalgic for the lifestyle of the English landed aristocracy. How can Castle Howard compare to Levittown?

Bygone times and grandiloquence are captured in the auction sales of this delicious list of greatness. These catalogues are more than the yard sales of the Right Honorables and the peers.

We are talking contents not real estate.

We are talking about architectural treasures containing taste, style, and a heaping tablespoon of eccentricity.

It's always high tea in 1938... with the sheep lazily mowing the front lawn.

Indulge yourself and turn off Upstairs Downstairs.
English, Irish And Scottish Great Houses At Auction
1880 - 1979

English, Irish And Scottish Great Houses At Auction
1980 - Present

Knight, Frank & Rutley

Great American Houses & Estates at Auction
It all came down to money, celebrity, and economic power.

And location, location, location.

Whether it was big city opulence or horse country expansiveness, the Great American Estate owed much to the country houses of British royalty. Even the names of the homes emulated English landed estates: Blairsden, Florham, Ophir Hall, Belle Vista Castle, Greystone, Georgian Court, Lynnewood Hall.

The contents of these monuments to success were often auctioned.

These auction catalogues as well as the ones below are available for purchase.
Prices upon request. Many of the sales are annotated with buyer's names and hammer prices. Send us an inquiry.

European Looted Art
This list is just the beginning. And perhaps it will never have an end.

Auction catalogues are witnesses to the Nazi confiscations and looting of Jewish art collections in the 1930's and 1940's. Auction houses in many European countries ran forced sales continuously.

We have many of the catalogues from Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and France. Some are of single owners and many are anonymous. We offer this list as the tip of the iceberg.

For researchers, lawyers and scholars we hope to assist you in finding and identifying other auctions that may be pertinent. We can help you with our large inventory of the actual catalogues. We will be expanding the list as our own research continues. Suggestions from our clients and readers will also grow the list.

Auction catalogues may be purchased or for a modest research fee we can provide copies and scans of specific pages.
European Looted Art Provenance Studies

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