ATLANTE – The auction highlights items belonging to the iconic Atlanta family:
From a charcoal portrait by Norman Rockwell to a vintage platinum and diamond engagement ring, one-of-a-kind items from one of Atlanta’s most iconic families will go on sale this weekend.
Atlanta’s Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery will hold a virtual auction on Saturday, February 26 featuring over 400 lots from the estate of Nell & Robert Woodruff.
Robert Winship Woodruff was a Georgia native who served as president of The Coca-Cola Company from 1923 to 1955 and continued to guide the company until his death in 1985. Woodruff married Nell Kendall Hodgson of Athens in 1912, and both were active in the community throughout their lives; the Woodruff name remains well known in Atlanta thanks to places like the Woodruff Art Center in Midtown and Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
Ahlers & Ogletree employees say the auctioned items came from the couple’s quartet of homes, including their Tuxedo Road estate known as Windcrofte. Auction lots include a portrait of George Washington painted by fellow President Dwight D. Eisenhower (a friend of the Woodruffs) and a portrait of Robert Woodruff by legendary artist Norman Rockwell. Also on sale are Nell Woodruff’s Tiffany art deco jewelry and various Coca-Cola memorabilia.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saturday’s auction will be entirely virtual and the public can attend for free. Live bidding begins at 10 a.m. For more information on the auction and to view the lots, click here. And hit the video player for our exclusive live auction preview on Good Day Atlanta!
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