The two day auction of the contents of Kluge’s home, Albemarle House was concluded by Sotheby’s on behalf of billionaire Patricia Kluge. There were dealers, collectors and interior designers from all over the world that participated in the auction. The total sale was $15.1 million and exceeded the expectation of $9 million to $14 million.
A week long exhibition preceded the auction at Albemarle House, Kluge’s 45-room English country manor. The overall sales from property of Klunge’s collection brought $20.2 million for Sotheby that included the sixteen pieces of jewelry sold on April 20, 2010.
A magnificent Chinese Imperial Clock the highlight of the historic sale was sold for $3.8 million. It was created by Guangzhou Workshop during Qing Dynasty. Other spectacular pieces included Pair of Classical Landscapes by Hubert Robert sold for $434,500, a set of six Holland & Holland Wildfowl and Wader Guns sold for $350,000, a Faberge Silver Centerpiece sold for $206,500.
Patricia Kluge the former wife of mogul John Kluge is remarried and now is a winemaker and philanthropist. She felt that it was time for her to part with both Albemarle’s enormous estate in Charlottesville and its contents. Back in April, Sotheby had sold Kluge’s jewelry during its Magnificent Jewels Sale.