Filed under: Auctions
Wall Street is still the center of wealth and ambition in this country although its reputation has dimmed somewhat recently. If you are an antiques collector or American history buff, you have a chance to own an iconic piece of Wall Street at a Christie's sale. On June 22, Christie's will auction off a cobalt-blue porcelain street sign, framed in wrought iron. It stood on the corner of Wall and Broad Streets and dates somewhere between the 1890s and the 1920s. Christie's estimates that the sign could sell between $60,000 and $80,000 but some serious antique collector could easily win this prize with a much higher bid.
Before being consigned to the Christie's sale, the antique sign was on loan to the Museum of American Finance where its temporary home (appropriately) was next to a market fluctuations exhibition. Leena Akhtar, Exhibits and Archives Director, would love to have it back and both she and the consignor hope some generous new owner will agree to loan it once again to the museum.