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Sanford L. Batkin: Activist, Collector, & Renaissance Man

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.19.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Sanford L. Batkin (Sandy) in uniform during WWII | BRG

Over the years, we have serviced thousands of estates and their respective families. It's not often that we see estates that fall into the "veritable time capsule" category for the quality of their collections. When we do, we like to highlight them in a special way. But, the real story often comes to light when we dig beyond the tangible "stuff" contained within the estate -- when we get an in-depth glimpse at the person behind the estate. Such is the case with Sandy.

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From Boston to New York and Back Again

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 01.17.20 | Jennifer Ventresca
Spectacular 18th C. English Porcelain Tea Service | BRG

Exposure to tens of thousands of fine works of art over the course of a curator's 30 years career gives her a very discerning eye for detail and quality. This is most certainly the case for one renowned former Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Barbara Stern Shapiro, as evidenced in her lifetime personal curation ... from Boston to New York and back.

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Time Capsule with Ties to Waldorf in Cortlandt Manor Estate

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 11.04.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
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This might be a “made for Hollywood” story based right in Cortlandt Manor, New York with acclaimed hotelier, Claude Philippe, as the main character. Decades after the fully furnished estate was passed to the husband of Philippe’s widow, many of the original contents (hand-picked and curated by Philippe himself) remained relatively untouched — down to the collection of Philippe’s cuff links discovered in the closet.

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What Everyone Must Know About Native American Jewelry

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 07.19.19 | Christie Spooner & Jennifer Ventresca
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Rich corals. Dramatic blue and green turquoise. Beautifully crafted copper and silver work. For millennia, the magnificent history of Native American Indian tribal jewelry making has been passed down from one generation to another. Explore the world of Native American jewelry....

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What Lies Beneath...

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 04.11.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
See what lies beneath.... | BRG

You’ll never believe what we found in a pile of linens! The other day, our managing partner, Grant, motions for me to come to his office. I can tell from his bemusement and expression that he has some secret or surprise to share. The reason for his jovial spirits is still a mystery -- but not for long.

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What do Grant & Christie Have to Share?

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.28.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Fine Jewelry, Art, & More in Exceptional Winter 2019 Sale | BRG

Find out what Grant and Christie have to share during our auction previews. Join BRG managing partners as they bring you some Exceptional Winter 2019 LIVE Auction highlights...

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Four Reasons (Plus a Bonus) Why the Exceptional Winter 2019 is LIVE

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 02.13.19 | Jennifer Ventresca
Going live: BRG’s Exceptional Winter 2019 Live Auction Sale | BRG

What is so special about BRG's Exceptional Winter 2019 sale that would have us dusting off the auctioneer podium and gavel in order to run a live auction? Well, you are about to find out!

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Rodin Revisited

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 12.27.18 | Jennifer Ventresca
Comité Rodin authenticates Buste de Saint Jean Baptiste casting by Gruet Aîné | BRG

The results are in! The Comité Rodin has reached its decision on the authenticity of the Buste de Saint Jean-Baptiste that we offered in auction this past October in our Exceptional Fall Greenwich Auction. It's real! Find out more....

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High-End Hoarding - From Hoarder House to Auction House

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 12.07.18 | Alessandra Leone
High end hoarder vs. ordinary hoarder vs. super collector | BRG

Have you viewed hoarder show episodes on cable television, featuring houses packed-to-the-gills with uncountable and indiscernible things, floor to ceiling piles of stuff? Rooms so jam-packed with things from furniture to trash, that the owners must climb above the debris to get to the next room and sleep on weeks-old food covering their beds. These are the homes that horror stories are written about. Or are they?

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October Greenwich Auctions Break Records & We Have You to Thank for it.

On the Auction Block | PUBLISHED 10.25.18 | Jennifer Ventresca
October Greenwich Auctions Break BRG’s Records | BRG

When it comes to estate auctions, BRG's reach continues to grow -- especially when you look at how online auctions are completely changing the landscape of how estates are bought and sold. Most recently, gross sales reached nearly $1 million in our two-day October auction series (which featured an August Rodin bust which grossed over....

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