Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ West Palm Beach saleroom had standing room only on Saturday and was full of enthusiastic pink and green clad Lilly lovers. With pieces culled from the estate of the celebrated designer of preppy-chic attire, the Lilly Pulitzer auction’s low estimate was $132,310, but it realized nearly $600,000 with a 100% sell through rate. Fans flew in from all over the country to own a one of a kind piece of Palm Beach history.
“I think Lilly would have been thrilled. So many of her admirers were able to take home a memory of her wonderful life,” said Leslie Hindman, founder and CEO of the auction house.
Live bidding in the saleroom, internet and telephone resulted in most lots tripling and quadrupling their pre-sale estimate. Highlights included a printed canvas whimsical map of Palm Beach, estimated at $40-60, which realized $16,250; a Victorian bamboo and lacquer bedroom suite, estimated at $1,000-2,000 brought $22,500; and a whimsical Victorian painted conservatory birdcage from Lilly’s dining room realized $12,500.
Chinese porcelain throughout the sale was in strong demand. Internet bidding drove a pair of Chinese export porcelain covered urns to $42,500 as well as a Chinese export porcelain jardiniere to $40,000.
The sale proved just how much Lilly’s fans adored her worldwide, with property selling to collectors as far as China, Ireland, Texas and New York.