News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - On an unseasonably warm New Year's Day a snowy Manhattan scene by artist Birge Harrison stole the show. Hammering for $120,000 and realizing $141,000, the painting was the highest selling lot 20th Annual New Year's Day Auction. Over 700 bidders registered for the auction and the auction floor was packed right through the end of the marathon sale, which ended at 12:06am on January 2nd. A trio of auctioneers worked in tandem to sell over 125 lots per hour, and when the dust settled the 1500 lots that hit the block had combined for more than $2.25 Million in sales. Art brought strong prices, with a group of Arthur Szyks exceeded their estimates and selling for a combined total of $90,850. Modern paintings by artists Rafael Canogar and Carla Accardi brought $86,250 and $28,750 respectively, and an Arthur Garfield Dove sold for $97,750.00. A Constantine Korovin oil on board sold for $57,500.00. The real bidding frenzy started late in the evening when a large group of designer handbags, shoes and accessories hit the block. Leading the way was a Vintage Hermes steamer truck which realized $14,950 and a black crocodile Hermes Kelly bag which realized $10,637.00 the designer goods combined to realize over $175,000. Despite the high prices there were still bargains to be had, one ecstatic Darien local purchased a gold bracelet set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and stylized coral strawberries for $7,475, and another local private literally walked out of the auction house wearing a Christian Dior golden sable coat she had purchased for $5,175. There we a record number of private bidders in attendance, and many more participating via telephone and eBay liveauctions. Carpets also did well, with a fine 19th Century Kirman realizing $16,100, and a Persian Carpet selling for $14,375. A fully illustrated catalog along with prices realized can be found online at www.stamfordauction.com.