Monday 23 January 2012

The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring Exceeds Expectations – 22 January 2012

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In addition to the record-setting result for the Mary Antrim sampler, Sunday’s auction dedicated to the celebrated collection of Betty Ring was highlighted by several pieces that greatly exceeded pre-sale expectations: a Fine and Rare Needlework Sampler, Susannah Saunders, Sarah Stivours School, Salem, Massachusetts, Dated 1766 nearly quadrupled its high estimate of $80,000 in achieving $314,500; a Fine and Rare Needlework Sampler, Betsy Gail, Marblehead, Massachusetts, circa 1790 brought $170,500 above a high estimate of $60,000; and a Rare Needlework Sampler, Sarah Cooper, attributed to Ann Marsh’s School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dated 1792 sold for $170,500 above a high estimate of $80,000.


  1. Absolutely fascinating to watch this sale J, but the prices were a tad to high for me:)
    Just wondered who bought them, hopefully museums so we can enjoy them all!

  2. The total sales of the Betty Ring samplers was over $4 million (USD). One sampler went for over $ 1 million!! I think I am going to "keep on stitching...!"

  3. I went last Saturday to see the exhibit. I wish I had stayed on Sunday for the auction. Some of the samplers didn't sell. A few were in my price range. The samplers were amazing, the colors so bright and vibrant. Interesting seeing them hung in an auction house versus a museum. The lighting was so bright you could see all the stitches and they let us take pictures. I am glad I got up at 4:30 am and took the train to NYC..