New art fair finds a niche in Naples

  • March 08, 2011 11:41

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Jewelry from Graff.

Veteran show organizer David Lester estimated that sales soared to between $10 million and $20 million at his inaugural Naples International Art & Antiques Show. About 80% of visitors to the new 4-day show were locals from the southwest Florida city of Naples, but Lester told that he anticipates the annual fair will eventually attract international collectors as well.

Among the heavy-hitting sales were a Norman Rockwell painting which sold for $2.7 million and an 1889 Jean-Leon Gerome painting that went for $1.4 million, both from New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques.

David and Lee Ann Lester have planned a contemporary art show, Art Naples, at the same location, their newly retrofitted Naples International Pavilion, from March 18-21.

The couple's company, International Fine Art Expositions, also manages prominent shows in Miami, Palm Beach and London, as well as the traveling SeaFair.


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