Schoolgirl samplers get high marks at auction

  • July 19, 2009 20:15

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Virginia Miles' 1844 sampler sold for $18,400 at Brunk Auctions
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a sale heavy with ornate Oriental carpets and elegant English and Tiffany silver, two humble Southern samplers topped all competitors at Brunk Auctions' sale on July 11.  The textile leader was a 17-line sampler by Buncombe County, N.C., resident Orry A. Alexander. Orry was 11 years old when she completed the 17-inch by 17½-inch sampler in 1835. Her handiwork opened strong at $3,000 and sold to a phone bidder for $21,850...

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