Americana ascends: Schoolgirl sampler soars to $465,000 at Maine auction

  • Thomaston Place Auction sold this schoolgirl sampler for $465,000.

    Thomaston Place Auction sold this schoolgirl sampler for $465,000.

Thomaston, Maine - From a $40,000-$60,000 estimate, an early American craft swept bidders away to a final six-figure sum that silenced the audience at Thomaston Place Auctions' Aug. 22 sale. Old Lyme, Conn., textile specialist Stephen Huber was all over the 18th-century Boston schoolgirl sampler from the opening bid of $10,000 to his final bid of $465,750, including premium. Auctioneer Kaja Veiulleux says the gorgeous piece was brought to the auction house on a free appraisal day, in a brown paper bag.

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