Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Ten letters, British Royals, $4,320, L.A. Auction House
Recent Auction Results From Near & Far
By Ken Hall
A trove of ten personal letters written between 1948 and 1950 by British Royals, mostly from Queen Elizabeth II to Sharman Douglas (Princess Margaret’s close personal friend) and Ms. Douglas’s mother, Mrs. Lewis Douglas, sold for $4,320 at a Winter Fine & Decorative Arts Sale held Jan. 15 by Los Angeles Auction House in Santa Monica, Calif. Also, a Madoura ceramic chouette (or wood owl) vase by Pablo Picasso fetched $16,800; and an 1894 color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.