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Christie’s 14 Hour Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Auction is The Experience

by JoJo's Jots
Christie’s 14 Hour Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Auction is The Experience

Wednesday June 19th 2019

7:15 AM Woke up before 7:30 AM alarm.  Tested hitting the hay with the AC off and woke up drenched at 67 degrees outside with light rain.

8:00 AM Starbucks Hudson & 10th

10:00 AM Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Auction begins. 

12:20 PM Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, AM, & PM snacks all covered. I register as a bidder number 558 and pickup postcards as well as a full auction booklet which is gorgeous.

8:03 PM At lot 324 & I learn so much through out the day. Still going strong. The majority of people have left.

I bid on four items.

Lot 24 

An Agate Archer’s Ring 

India 1775-1825 

$3,000-$5,000

My bid is $1,200.00 & I’m the first to bid.

I am outbidded. 

Lot 100 

An Enamelled and Gem Set Cigarette Case 

North India, Circa 1900

$5,000-$7000

My bid is the first at $1200

I am outbidded. 

Lot 106

An Enamelled and Diamond-Set Gold Peacock

North India, 19 Century

$5000-$7000

My bid is $1500

I am outbidded. 

Lot 301

A Carved Jade Belt-Hook

North India, 18th Century

$1500-$2500

My bid is $800 and tied with another first bidder. Next bid is $900. 

I am outbidded

Goes for $1.8k

Some items go for less than their estimated or “wished” pricing while some grestly surpass like:

Lot 171

A Carved Emerald and Gold Ring

16-17th Century (Emerald)

Gold Hoop of Later Addition

$100k-$150k

Sold for over $500k

One can “call out” lower starting bids if a few seconds roll by with no bidders. 

One can “call out” small increments such as “42k, 42.5k, etc” but it is giggled upon and sometimes declined. 

Phones can ring as they are potential bidders.

Can auctioneers bid for themselves while auctioning an item?

Lot 353

An Enscribed Emerald

Expected sale: $400K winning bid: $1.5 million

14 hours and loads of fun. Goodnight. 

More to come! -JoJo

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