CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK THE RUSSELL B. AITKEN COLLECTION OF SILVER TROPHIES, VINTAGE FIREARMS, ANTIQUE ARMS AND ARMOUR, MILITARIA AND THE SPORTING LIBRARY WITH RELATED MATERIAL APRIL 4TH 2003 THIS LARGE CATALOG CONTAINS 292 PAGES AND 559 LOTS
The collection of Russell B. Aitken (1910-2002) comprising African, American Indian and Oceanic art; arms and armor; military artifacts; medals and decorations; wildlife and sporting art, as well as one of the most significant private collections of sporting books, was sold in a series of sales in New York. The sales to date have totaled $10.5 million. They began in January with the auction of The Russell B. Aitken Collection of Wildfowl Decoys in Association with Guyette and Schmidt, Inc, which was 100 percent sold. The top lot, a preening pintail drake, sold for $801,500 against a presale estimate of $300/500,000, a world auction record for an American waterfowl decoy. ..