NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) annual Americana Week auctions concluded over the weekend in New York with an outstanding total of $19.4 million—the highest Americana Week total at Sotheby's since 2007*. More than 1,000 lots were sold across six auctions, with a strong overall sell-through rate of 80.4%. These results were anchored by the performance of an impressive number of distinguished private collections, including those of George S. Parker II, Iris Schwartz, Ralph and Suzanne Katz, E. Newbold and Margaret Du Pont Smith, and Joan Oestreich Kend, which were viewed by over 5,000 visitors during our week of exhibitions in our York Avenue galleries.
Erik Gronning, Head of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Sotheby's, summarized the week: "The spectacle of this year's Americana Week was rejoiced by collectors as there was something for everybody. It was an honor to handle such a broad diversity of important collections and the spirited bidding ensued resoundingly confirmed that Americana is alive and well. "
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*The highest-ever total for an Americana Week series at Sotheby's is $29.1 million, achieved in January 2007.
*Estimates do not include buyer's premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer's premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.
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