One Bellevue property goes up for auction, another sells for $5.5M
THE SWANHURST MANOR HOUSE on Bellevue Avenue in Newport was one of the first mansions built along the historic route in 1851, according to Tresor Estate Sales and Fine Consignment. The company will organize a public estate sale of Swanhurst's entire contents Oct. 18-20.
NEWPORT – Antiques, artwork and furniture from the Swanhurst Manor House, located on historic Bellevue Avenue in Newport, will be up for grabs at a public estate sale following the auction of the mansion scheduled for Oct. 12.
Sale items include Versace Barocco tableware; crystal and glassware by Steuben, Waterford and Murano; high-end lighting and mirror furnishings; French Provençal and English antiques; and Bloomingdales and Lillian August home decorations.
The estate sale of the 7,600-square-foot mansion’s entire contents will be held Oct. 18-20.
“This is rare opportunity for the public to browse the wide collection of items from Swanhurst and there is likely something for everyone,” said Maura Lindsay, owner of Trésor Estate Sales and Fine Consignment, the company organizing the Swanhurst estate sale. “There are items ranging from $5 to $5,000. There are many items that are still boxed and the wide variety of antiques and furniture in pristine condition.”
Built in 1851, Swanhurst was one of the first of a dozen Newport Mansions build along Bellevue Avenue, Trésor said, and features a foyer with a classic stairway, a double living room, a formal dining room with a fireplace and a sitting room.
The Swanhurst auction follows the Oct. 8 announcement of the sale of another Bellevue Avenue property, the historic Audrain Building.
The Audrain property sold for $5.5 million, the highest price garnered for a Newport commercial property this year, according to Multiple Listing Service records.
Located on Bellevue Avenue at the “entrance” to Newport's mansion district, the Audrain Building was build in 1903 by a New York merchant named Adolphe Audrain. The building was designed by architect Bruce Price, known for the Château Frontenac in Quebec and some of New York’s first skyscrapers.
“This transaction, like many other multi-million dollar sales in Newport County of late, is just another positive sign of consumer confidence and spending in our local market,” said Paul Leys, owner-broker of Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty, the real estate firm that brokered the sale.