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Seller Story: Melissa Galt, Atlanta, GA


“My great grandfather was Frank Lloyd Wright. I never met him, but from him I got the expression for how I live my life, which is ‘Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.’ I’ve been a designer for 23 years.

My mother knew him quite well. She was an actress, Anne Baxter; she’s probably best known for being Eve in All About Eve with Bette Davis, and then she was in Ten Commandments. Mother would send Frank unedited versions of her films, and he would make his own versions. That’s how he rolled.

Mother was real big on museums and travel. She would take off 30 days every summer and take us on a trip. The house we grew up in was very international. Mother traveled widely, and she collected on her travels. She picked things up and just found places for them. She also collected when she was on the sets of films, so, for example, there’s a little Spanish hand organ that came from one of mother’s film sets. Quite possibly it came from when she did a murder mystery filmed in Spain.

She gave me the travel bug and she gave me the collecting bug. A lot of the pieces in that sale are from travels I’ve taken, and I just decided that I’m at a point where less is more. I’m still keeping some treasures that I have, but I have a lot more of the memories now, and I need fewer treasures. I’d rather share them with people.”

Seller Story: Melissa Galt, Atlanta, GA
Seller Story: Melissa Galt, Atlanta, GA
Japanese Imari Ware Porcelain Bowl

Japanese Imari Ware Porcelain Bowl

Final Bid:
$79
Pin Up Style Photograph of Actress Anne Baxter

Pin Up Style Photograph of Actress Anne Baxter

Final Bid:
$56
Vintage Black Amethyst Glassware Grouping

Vintage Black Amethyst Glassware Grouping

Final Bid:
$65
Embossed Metal Table lamp

Embossed Metal Table lamp

Final Bid:
$134
Betty Evans Cook Watercolor Painting of Costumed Woman

Betty Evans Cook Watercolor Painting of Costumed Woman

Final Bid:
$14
Wedgwood & Co Ltd "Springtime" Porcelain Plate

Wedgwood & Co Ltd "Springtime" Porcelain Plate

Final Bid:
$15
Batik Fabric Panel

Batik Fabric Panel

Final Bid:
$50
Vintage Color Photograph of Anne Baxter

Vintage Color Photograph of Anne Baxter

Final Bid:
$22
Vintage Cream Lace Women's Blouse

Vintage Cream Lace Women's Blouse

Final Bid:
$35
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Apricot Summer"

Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Apricot Summer"

Final Bid:
$180
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Mei"

Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Mei"

Final Bid:
$285
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish With Projectile Point

Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish With Projectile Point

Final Bid:
$80
Hand Painted Chinese Glass Snuff Bottle With Crane Motif

Hand Painted Chinese Glass Snuff Bottle With Crane Motif

Final Bid:
$110
Nepalese Hand-Stitched Appliqué and Embroidery Wall Hanging

Nepalese Hand-Stitched Appliqué and Embroidery Wall Hanging

Final Bid:
$54
Vintage Italian and Spanish Decorative Plates

Vintage Italian and Spanish Decorative Plates

Final Bid:
$1
Virginia Fergus Limited Edition Offset Lithograph "Southern Seat I"

Virginia Fergus Limited Edition Offset Lithograph "Southern Seat I"

Final Bid:
$85
Vintage Handmade Embroidered Chinese Skirt

Vintage Handmade Embroidered Chinese Skirt

Final Bid:
$455
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Untitled (Woman With Anthuriums)"

Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Untitled (Woman With Anthuriums)"

Final Bid:
$325
Latticino Hand Blown Venetian Art Glass Vase

Latticino Hand Blown Venetian Art Glass Vase

Final Bid:
$162
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Island Noon"

Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Island Noon"

Final Bid:
$120
Jo Lathwood Watercolor of a Field of Flowers

Jo Lathwood Watercolor of a Field of Flowers

Final Bid:
$50
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish

Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish

Final Bid:
$110
Richard A. Carlson Acrylic Over Gesso on Wood Panel "Earth Spirit II"

Richard A. Carlson Acrylic Over Gesso on Wood Panel "Earth Spirit II"

Final Bid:
$110
Framed 1956 "The Spoilers" Lobby Card

Framed 1956 "The Spoilers" Lobby Card

Final Bid:
$62
Photograph Still From "All About Eve"

Photograph Still From "All About Eve"

Final Bid:
$180
Tiara Exclusives Pressed Black Amethyst Glass Circa 1970

Tiara Exclusives Pressed Black Amethyst Glass Circa 1970

Final Bid:
$275
1970s Broadway Poster for Anne Baxter in "Applause"

1970s Broadway Poster for Anne Baxter in "Applause"

Final Bid:
$82
Framed Black and White Photographic Print of Actress Anne Baxter

Framed Black and White Photographic Print of Actress Anne Baxter

Final Bid:
$34
Circa 1950s Belgian Poster for "You're My Everything"/"Tel Père, Telle Fille"/"Zo de Vader, Zo de Dochter"

Circa 1950s Belgian Poster for "You're My Everything"/"Tel Père, Telle Fille"/"Zo de Vader, Zo de Dochter"

Final Bid:
$24
Headshot Photograph of Anne Baxter

Headshot Photograph of Anne Baxter

Final Bid:
$36
Hand-Knotted Baluch War Rug

Hand-Knotted Baluch War Rug

Final Bid:
$325
1940s Belgian Poster for "Crash Dive"/"Requin d'Acier"/"Stalen Haaien"

1940s Belgian Poster for "Crash Dive"/"Requin d'Acier"/"Stalen Haaien"

Final Bid:
$46
Western Arnhem Bark Painting by Larry Nalorlman

Western Arnhem Bark Painting by Larry Nalorlman

Final Bid:
$68
Graceann Warn Assemblage Boxes for Florence and Paris

Graceann Warn Assemblage Boxes for Florence and Paris

Final Bid:
$130
Handwoven and Embroidered Red Wool Pillow

Handwoven and Embroidered Red Wool Pillow

Final Bid:
$31
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Porphyritic Basalt Bear Fetish With Jasper Projectile Point

Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Porphyritic Basalt Bear Fetish With Jasper Projectile Point

Final Bid:
$41
Venetian Hand Blown Latticino Art Glass Vase

Venetian Hand Blown Latticino Art Glass Vase

Final Bid:
$526
Handwoven Sequined Pillow Cover

Handwoven Sequined Pillow Cover

Final Bid:
$50
1970's Tiara Exclusives Black Amethyst Glass

1970's Tiara Exclusives Black Amethyst Glass

Final Bid:
$325
1952 Movie Poster for "O. Henry's Full House"

1952 Movie Poster for "O. Henry's Full House"

Final Bid:
$45
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Seller Story: Melissa Galt, Atlanta, GA

What were some of the first things you started collecting?

In my twenties, it was powerful female imagery, and Pegge Hopper has a lot of that. I have about 5 Pegge Hopper lithographs in the sale, all signed. My father owned originals, but when he became born again — before I started collecting mine— he gave them away! You have no idea how painful it is for me to say that.

There’s a wonderful John Lennon piece. It’s a John, Julian and Yoko, done by John, published post-mortem and signed by Yoko with a stamp signature. I bought two of his pieces at a gallery in Chicago many years ago because I was so captivated by his style.

Any other treasure from your mother’s collection?

There are several of mother’s movie posters. The reason I let those go is because I’ve got the ones that are near and dear to me. And because, as a designer, there’s only certain colors I live with, and those colors aren’t in the ones I’m letting go.

I also included a Carrera marble polar bear. He was a gift to my mother from her late and last husband, a treasured piece.

What’s one of your favorite pieces from your design career?

There is a very large collection of black amethyst glass in the sale from a 20-year collection that started with my first show home. I scoured obscure antique places, backyard sales, everywhere. A lot of people overlook black amethyst because it looks black, but when you hold it up to the light, it turns purple.

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