1959 red Corvette convertible in like-new condition speeds off for $78,775 at Stevens Auction Co. A 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible car, red with white trim and in remarkable like-new condition, sped off for $78,775 at an auction held January 7th by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss.
News-Antique.com - Jan 15,2017 - ABERDEEN, Miss. – A 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible car, red with white trim and in remarkable like-new condition, sped off for $78,775 at an auction held January 7th by Stevens Auction Company, in the firm’s gallery at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen. The car was the top earner of the 420 lots offered in a sale that featured fine items in an array of categories.
The Corvette was a hit with bidders, who were impressed by its original 283 cubic inch engine, four-speed transmission, hard and soft tops, red leather seats, 10-disc CD changer and clean title. But it wasn’t the only classic car in the auction. Also sold were a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible and a 1980 Corvette – all in perfect, showroom condition.
The auction featured select items pulled from a prominent estate in St. Joseph, Missouri, along with other estate items from Bullard, Texas; Florence, Alabama; and Jackson, Mississippi. About 225 people attended the auction in person (an achievement in itself, considering it snowed that day), while another 700 bidders registered to participate online, through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Absentee and phone bids were numerous, too (again, mainly due to the storm), and overall the sale was declared a huge success by Dwight Stevens, the owner of Stevens Auction Company. “This auction was an absolute must for car collectors, but it was also packed with many other items in a broad range of categories,” Stevens said. “There really was something for everybody.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
The runner-up top lot of the sale was a pair of oversize period rococo gold mirrors with cupids, made circa 1860 and impressive at 7 feet 4 inches tall by 4 feet 10 inches wide. The pair brought $23,000. Also, a stunning two-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite attributed to Pottier & Stymus, bed and dresser with bronze plaques and a bronze bust in the crest, rose to $19,550.
Other beds included a king-size, museum-quality gold gilded bed fit for Russian royalty, made sometime between 1650 and 1750, with king stars on the footboard, 10 feet 6 inches in height ($14,950); and a fine mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed, 8 feet 9 inches tall ($6,325).
A very rare, 10-saw cotton gin made circa 1905 by the Continental Gin Company (Bridgewater, Mass.), a floor model in excellent working condition, drew much bidder attention, finishing at $17,250. Also, a walnut rococo oval breakfast table attributed to Alexander Roux, with a nicely carved base showing fruit and grapes, 82 inches long by 65 inches wide, commanded $4,830.
Additional tables included a large rosewood rococo oval parlor table with a marble top attributed to John H. Belter, 46 inches wide, that fetched $2,990; and a rosewood rococo white marble top center table attributed to J. & J. W. Meeks, rectangular and 40 ½ inches wide, garnered $1,840.
A gorgeous brilliant cut class ice cream tray, 15 inches in diameter, got paddles