Treasure seekers and bargain hunters look over items from the estate of David Rockefeller Sr. before they were auctioned off at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor last Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF HANNAH MILLER

Hundreds flock to Rockefeller auction

MOUNT DESERT — The auction of more than 700 lots of artwork, china, home furnishings and other items from the estate of the late David Rockefeller, Sr. took six-and-a-half hours last Friday at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor.

And auctioneer Jerry Miller didn’t take a single break.

“If you take a break, (the bidders) go away,” Miller quipped.

Many of the items in the auction were from Ringing Point, Rockefeller’s long-time summer home in Seal Harbor. Rockefeller died last year at 101.

“There were 292 bid cards given out, which means there were probably 350 people who passed through, and there were two phone bids, one of them from Europe,” Miller said.

He estimated that about a third of the bidders were professional dealers who would re-sell the items. Many of the rest were people who just wanted something that Rockefeller had owned. Miller said nothing was left unsold.

He said Tuesday that he hadn’t finished totaling the amount of money the auction brought in. The majority of the proceeds will go to the Land & Garden Preserve, which owns and maintains three public gardens on Mount Desert Island and more than 1,100 acres of woods and meadows around Little Long Pond. Other non-profits that Rockefeller supported will share some of the proceeds.

“There were no huge, $20,000 items,” Miller said of the auction. “There were a few $3,000 and $4,000 items. A really nice tambour desk sold for over $3,000.

“[Bidding] was consistently solid all day long, and there weren’t a lot of one dollar sales,” he said.

“It was a great success and great fun. People were in really good humor.”



Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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