My parents knew that Abigail was a family name, but I was so excited when a friend found this painting up for auction. The Abigail Rose in this painting is one of my relatives. According to the listing on Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, she lived on my family’s farm and this painting was done in 1786 when she was 14 years old. It eventually left the farm somehow along with some of the items in the painting, including her Battersea box and prayer book. I was shocked when I saw the value of the items was estimated at $150,000-250,000. We joked that we should go bid on it, or at least go visit it. After all, these items are a part of my family’s heritage, and I am this girl’s namesake.
After a few delays due to snow, the auction was finally held last weekend. I was so excited to see how much it went for.
Wait for it…
Over a million dollars! I kind of want to know who bought it and what they plan to do with it!