Portrait of Philo Ruggles, an alumnus of the Litchfield Law School, painted by Ralph Earl


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today the firm will partner with Sotheby’s Auction House to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town of Litchfield, Conn., co-hosted by the Litchfield Historical Society. The event comes as the auction house, the preeminent marketer of the world’s most valuable possessions, marks its own 275th anniversary.

The two-day event begins with a lecture on July 11th from 5:00-7:30pm at the Litchfield History Museum, with a presentation by Erik Gronning, Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s New York and Head of Department for Americana. Gronning is a noted furniture scholar with extensive knowledge on late-17th and early-18th-century American furniture. A reception with drinks and light refreshments will follow at the Tapping Reeve Meadow, a short stroll from the museum. A silent auction will consist of a specialist-led tour of Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, invitations to Sotheby’s Americana reception in January 2019, and more.

Tickets to this evening portion are on sale for $75 per individual, or $250 for a benefactor. All proceeds benefit the curatorial and education mission of the Litchfield Historical Society.

On July 12th, Sotheby’s Auction experts will be on hand at the Litchfield History Museum for a free appraisal event from 11:00am-3:00pm. Members of the public are invited to bring in items such as collectables, modern art, antiques or jewelry for specialists to consult and discuss the consignment process. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty clients are additionally invited to a special VIP appraisal section from 9:30-11:30am. Guests are encouraged to send pictures of their valuables to [email protected] ahead of the event.

“We are proud to welcome the Sotheby’s Auction House to Litchfield County for this extraordinary event in July,” said Kristine Newell, Litchfield County Regional Brokerage Manager for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “I could not think of a better way to celebrate than to bring our Sotheby’s Auction House heritage here to celebrate Litchfield’s rich history and elegant lifestyle.”

To reserve tickets for the lecture and reception, or register for the free appraisal day, visit the registration page here, or contact Kristine Newell at [email protected] or (860) 868-6920.

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