1959 Corvette, Pottier & Stymus rosewood bedroom suite, Whitney Houston stage-worn gowns up for bid Rare vintage cars, including a 1959 Corvette convertible, a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda and a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible – all in mint condition, plus many other items will be sold Saturday, Jan. 7
News-Antique.com - Dec 06,2016 - ABERDEEN, Miss. – Rare vintage cars, including a 1959 Corvette convertible, a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda and a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible – all in mint condition – plus other items ranging from a 1905 Eagle floor model cotton gin to stage-worn gowns from the collection of singer Whitney Houston, will all come up for bid Saturday, Jan. 7, at Stevens Auction Company.
The auction will be held in Stevens’ gallery, located at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen, starting at 9 am Central time, plus online, at LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. An open house preview will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, from 10-6, and from 8-9 am on auction day. Many of the lots can be viewed online, in color, at www.stevensauction.com.
“This auction is an absolute must for car collectors, but it will be packed with many other items in a broad range of categories,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, adding select items in the sale have been pulled from a prominent estate in St. Joseph, Missouri, along with other wonderful estate items from Bullard, Texas; Florence, Alabama; and Jackson, Mississippi.
The 1959 Corvette convertible is red with white accents and features the original 283 engine, a four-speed transmission, hard and soft tops, red leather seats and a 10-disc CD changer. The 1970 Dodge Challenger underwent a frame-off restoration and is in like-new condition. Only 378 of the cars were made. “Either one of these cars would be a perfect Sunday driver,” Stevens said.
Other vehicles, in addition to the 1965 Barracuda, will include a garage-kept 1980 Corvette L-82 with 87,000 miles and a 2007 Pontiac Solstice convertible. For open road warriors, there’s also a 2010 Itasca Cambria model 28B motor home, 29 ˝ feet long, fully loaded in excellent condition, with 41,500 miles on the odometer, two slide-outs and a manual satellite antenna and receiver.
The auction will also feature a breathtaking matched pair of mantle mirrors; several full tester and Victorian beds; a fine collection of sterling silver; china; wonderful antique clocks; Old Paris porcelains; bronze pieces; exquisite handmade rugs; brilliant cut glass; original artwork; and hundreds of other magnificent items of Southern finery.
Period furniture by renowned cabinet makers such as A. C. Richards, John Henry H. Belter, Alexander Roux, Thomas Brooks, the Herter Brothers, R. J. Horner, Pottier & Stymus, Mitchell & Rammelsberg, P. Mallard and others will also be sold on January 7th to the highest bidder.
Possibly the rarest, most valuable item in the auction is a two-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite with bronze plaque and bronze bust in the crest (signed “P.S.” for Pottier & Stymus), with a 90-inch-tall bed and a 98-inch-tall dresser. Pottier & Stymus was a prominent American furniture and design firm of the Victorian period. Some of its work can be seen at the Brooklyn Museum.
Pottier & Stymus was started in 1859 in New York City by August Pottier, an immigrant from France, and William P. Stymus, Sr. The