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Treasures of a Banking Icon: The Edwards Auction

In an auction that is expected to realize between $6-$9 million,  is set to sell items from the collection of the late Benjamin Edwards III, former chairman of the national brokerage and investment banking firm, AG Edwards. Edwards' great-grandfather, a West-point graduate and former assistant Treasury Secretary to President Lincoln, established AG Edwards in 1887 while Benjamin Edwards was the fifth direct descendant to head the company.The auction will feature over 400 lots from Edwards' colle

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Treasures of a Banking Icon

In an auction that is expected to realize between $6-$9 million, Christie's auction house is set to sell items from the collection of the late Benjamin Edwards III, former chairman of the national brokerage and investment banking firm, AG Edwards. Edwards' great-grandfather, a West Point graduate and former assistant Treasury Secretary to President Lincoln, established AG Edwards in 1887 while Benjamin Edwards was the fifth direct descendant to head the company.

The auction will feature over 400 lots from Edwards' collection, and is similar to previous auctions of Edwards items held in 2002 and 2004. Taking place on January 26th, 2009, the auction features a selection of items of silver, English furniture, delft, Chinese export, rugs and carpets, items which Edwards had a strong passion for collecting.

So, what are some highlights from the Christie's auction? Click ahead for a selection!

Posted 25 Jan 2010

Photo: Christie's Auctions || Descriptions and price estimates provided by Christie's Auctions