1948 Lincoln Continental hits $11,550 at Four Seasons

A midnight blue, partially restored 1948 Lincoln Continental hot-rod car – retrofitted with a 350 Chevrolet small-block engine and matching transmission, a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker frame, and a Ford 150 differential – roared away for $11,550 at a multi-estate sale held July 29 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery. The car had less than 3,000 miles on the engine and transmission.
“Vintage automobiles just seem to find their way to me, and this one certainly was a one-of-a-kind,” said Steve White of Four Seasons Auction Gallery. “The interior was a midnight blue velvet, to match the paint, and it had a new air conditioning unit just installed that really blew out cold air. All the chrome had been redone, too. It’s going to be a fun drive for the buyer who took it home.”
The car was the top lot in what Four Seasons billed as its Annual Mid-Summer Spectacular Auction, held at the firm’s spacious gallery in the fashionable Buckhead section of Atlanta. By the end of the day, close to 800 lots had changed hands, most of them selling to the estimated 250 people who had gathered there. “For a summertime sale, that’s a great turnout, and a positive sign,” Mr. White said.
Additional highlights from the sale follow. Prices quoted include a 10% buyer’s premium.
Fine period furniture did well, as it does at all Four Seasons sales. Leading the pack was a William IV English secretary-bookcase (90” tall, circa 1840), fitted with a drop front and individual mullioned doors. It crossed the block at $4,125. Another crowd-pleaser was a William IV linen press (87” tall, circa 1830), flame grain mahogany with fitted drawer interior and scroll crest. It made $1,760.
From the art category, a beautifully framed oil-on-canvas shipyard scene of dockworkers loading boats, signed lower left by J. Bale and executed around 1860, achieved $3,850; a huge oil-on-canvas depiction of a ship in distress, signed lower left by Will Williams and done in the early 1800s, went for $2,750; and an oil-on-board scene of an alluring maiden picking flowers (circa 1890) hit $715.
Everybody would love to own a Rolex watch, and the 1989 diamond bezel Rolex Datejust that gaveled for $3,520 was a real beauty. Stainless, with a gold band and blue dial, it came with neither box nor papers, but that didn’t deter bidders who seemed eager to slide it on their wrist. Also, a stunning antique Limoges vase, hand-painted with gilt relief decorations (circa 1890), sold for $990.
A turn-of-the-century Italian mantle clock with bronze mounted case and intricate fretwork designs (17” tall, with numbers 1925 and 56 stamped into the works) commanded $1,760; an antique Art Nouveau lamp, with a beautiful nymph surrounded by flowers hand-painted on heavy cast metal (circa 1910-1920), brought $965; and an antique French screen with gilt gesso over carvings hit $770.
A set of six fine carved French chairs, with backs sporting carved roses and foliate, dainty fluted legs, acanthus knees and gorgeous striped upholstery, went for $2,500 (the two arm chairs of the same group were listed separately and sold for $550 each). Also, a pair of Anglo-Indian armchairs, decorated with figural rosewood carving and inlaid with mother-of-pearl (circa 1930) achieved $550.
A French Art Nouveau table made by Emile Galle (1846-1904) around 1900 and decorated with organic carving and exotic foliate marquetry changed hands for $1,760; a period Georgian chest-on-chest with nice inlaid canted corners (78” tall, circa 1840) crossed the block at $1,650; and an elegant French bowed-front, marble-top commode with floral and drape relief carvings, fetched $1,650.
Four Seasons Auction Gallery’s next big sale will be held the weekend of September 15-16, on-site, at the home of Bernice Shirey, on Chamblee Gap Road in Cumming, Ga. This living estate sale will feature Ms. Shirey’s lifetime accumulation of more than 3,000 personal items, collected over 60 years. The start time for both days will be 11 am, and the auction will be held under tents, rain or shine.
Then, on Sunday, September 23, another on-site living estate sale is planned, comprising the lifetime antique collection and real estate property of Constanee and Harold Zier of Huntsville, Ala. Highlights include a Sohmer & Co. baby grand piano; a Rococo curio on stand; mahogany bookcases; mahogany bedroom suites; a pair of Chippendale sofas; and paintings by James Holland and A. Lewis.
The Ziers will also be selling their home and property, on Gill Street in Huntsville. The house is a 2,600-square-foot brick, two-story structure with detached garage with studio. The three bedroom, 2.5-bath home sits on an 80′ x 250′ lot, with a large, gently sloping front yard. It’s in a nice, mature neighborhood. The auction will begin at 11 am sharp and be held under tents, rain or shine.
Four Seasons Auction Gallery averages nearly 100 auctions a year. The firm is licensed and bonded in five states and offers certified appraisals. It specializes in antiques; estates and fine arts; real estate; vehicles of all types; business liquidations; bankruptcy; court-ordered auctions; and unique collections. Sales may be conducted on-site or in the firm’s spacious 16,000-square-foot showroom.
To learn more about the upcoming on-site auctions slated for Sept. 15-16 and Sept. 23, you may log on to www.fsagallery.com. Four Seasons Auction Gallery holds sales on Wednesday evenings and most weekends, and is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly at (404) 876-1048. Or, e-mail to [email protected]