Sotheby's sale of The Collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt: Highly Important American Silver brought a strong total of $4,738,789, well within pre-sale expectations. Leading the sale, a Rare Pair of American Silver Bottle Stands sold for $389,000, above its high estimate. A Rare American Silver Two-Handled Cup and Cover also sold for $389,000, within its pre-sale esimate.
Sotheby’s is proud to offer the Americana collection of Roy and Ruth Nutt. Mr. Nutt, a computer pioneer and one of the developers of the FORTRAN programing language, and his wife Ruth celebrated American history through their collection of important American furniture, Folk Art, paintings, and Chinese Export silver, which will offered on Friday, January 23rd. After his death, his wife continued to purchase, building the most important collection of Early American Silver in private hands. Ranging from great masterpieces to rare regional items and intriguing smalls such as school prizes and Masonic medals, almost half of the Silver offering is estimated at less than $5,000, and will be offered Saturday, January 24th.