NEW ORLEANS — Lots of people knew Gerry Lane. You probably even bought a car or two from him.
But did you know the Baton Rouge car impressio, whose various auto enterprises have rung up more than $10 billion in sales, was also an avid collector?
On Oct. 4-6, New Orleans Auction Galleries will offer an impressive collection of silver, antique furniture, clocks and ivory from the estate of Lane, who died in May after a long battle with cancer.
From nearly 200 lots of silver on the block are tea sets and flatware sets, including a large assortment of Tiffany & Co. patterns.
Clocks include a Napoleon III boulle-work mantel clock by Vincenti et Cie, circa 1855 to 1870. And there’s ivory tusks and carved figures, an 18-karat yellow gold and diamond horse statue and a collection of approximately 190 stick pins.
Visit NewOrleansAuction.com to view items or visit the gallery, 510 Julia St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 3, excluding Sunday. An evening preview reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 3.
In addition to his successful dealerships, Lane was known for his generosity, donating millions to local organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the March of Dimes, LSU’s Rural Life Museum and the Angola Prison Rodeo.