Some 2,000 glittering items that belonged to the late entertainer Liberace went on the auction block Saturday with a 19th century Baccarat crystal table going for $44,000.
About 1,000 people attended the auction of the Liberace collection at the Los Angeles Convention Center to benefit the Liberace Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts. The foundation provides scholarships at 28 schools nationwide, auction spokeswoman Brenda Lynch said.Lynch said bidders included "both serious antique dealers and a lot of fans" of the entertainer, who died last February of complications arising from AIDS.
A top-selling item was the crystal center table, reputed to have been owned by a maharajah. Asprey of London purchased the table for $44,000 and plans to exhibit it at the Grosvenor House Fair in London in June, officials said.
Liberace's mirrored Baldwin grand piano went for $46,750, an Italian carved marble statue of the Roman god Mars went for $6,000 and a stone bust of Mozart drew a $175 winning bid.