Review by Greg Smith, Photos Courtesy Eldred’s
EAST DENNIS, MASS.- With a gross total of $2.2 million, Eldred’s principal Josh Eldred called his firm’s August 19-20 Marine Sale one of his best editions of the past ten years.
More notable, perhaps, was when Eldred related a sense of normalcy in the gallery: “We saw a lot of new buyers, a lot more people in the room as opposed to being online. It felt like a normal auction again.”
Among the named collections found within were those of Nantucket collector Ian MacKenzie and Michael Gill. The auction also dispersed the last remaining chunk of belongings from Richard Kelton. At least eight other private collections added to the trove.
The top three lots in the sale were scrimshaw whale’s teeth.
Ian MacKenzie, who passed away in the fall of 2020, fell in love with Nantucket as a teenager. His passion for the island was lifelong as …….