The $25 Investment That Paid Off

seymour card table

The card table Claire Wiegand-Beckmann bought for $25 proved to be a good investment. The table, an 18th-century gem, was sold at Sotheby’s for $541,500.

”I’m flying,” Ms. Wiegand-Beckmann, 71, said after Sotheby’s annual Important Americana furniture and folk art sale.

The retired teacher bought the table more than 30 years ago at a garage sale and displayed it in her home in Bergen County, N.J. ”I’ve always been a garage-sale enthusiast, but I never expected to get this much for anything,” she said.

Israel Sack Inc., a New York dealer of fine American antiques, bought the table, which was one of six made by the Boston furniture maker John Seymour & Son. The meticulously constructed table has its original finish and is considered to be in good condition.

Ms. Wiegand-Beckmann said she had hoped experts would appraise the table around $100,000. It was appraised at between $200,000 to $300,000.

”I knew it would be in the six figures,” she said, ”but I didn’t realize it would be this much.”


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