Antique Art and Artisanal Rugs in June Auction - Now Sold with NFTs

Coming June 5, 1stbid Offers Antique Art and Artisanal Rugs in June Auction—Now Sold with NFTs

Even as technology advances by leaps and bounds the classic works of painters, sculptors and weavers remain as vital and authentic as ever. Fortunately, you can have both the exquisite artistry of traditional masters with the flash and dash of the digital era in 1stbid’s forthcoming June auction

Over 222 antique and vintage items ranging from 18th century paintings and contemporary sculpture to tribal rugs handwoven by Qashqai nomads will fall under the hammer at this online event running from June-5-7—one in which each item sold also may come with its own digital NFT copy for free.

Leading the pack with a starting bid of $475,000 is a caricatural statue by Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, founder of the slyly exaggerated Boterismo style. Fanciers of New England-style Americana will adore a luminous seascape by painter Alfred Bricher of the 19th century Hudson Valley school opening at $75,000. Lovers of distinctive rugs and wall hangings will be intrigued by Persian Lavar Kerman rugs with colorful bucolic imagery or mythological characters styled after a Francois Boucher tapestry.

Those with more modern tastes will be beguiled by abstract sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Alexander Archipenko and Elie Nadelman, while buyers on a budget will find many exquisitely detailed hand-crafted Persian rugs within their means, with bids starting in the low thousands of dollars.

Reflecting the latest trend in digital art collection, all items sold will also be furnished as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) at no extra charge at the request of the purchaser. That’s right, you can receive a high-quality digital copy of each purchase that is uniquely in your possession at no additional cost. This marks a wonderful opportunity to start collecting NFTs while also acquiring the physical original.

Live bidding kicks off at 2 PM EST on Sunday, June 5 on 1stbid’s auction platform,  as well as on Live Auctioneers, Invaluable and Bidsquare. Prospective buyers are welcome to place bids up to a specified amount prior to the auction if they so wish.

Those interested may contact Mr. Mashihi at for further information, are welcome to visit show rooms in Manhattan and Washington DC (open seven days a week) or may find more online at the 1stbid website. 

Since Moussa Mashihi opened his first store in Cairo in 1916, his family has traded in the finest rugs and objects d’art drawing from a global network of artisans and art dealers. Today, Moussa’s grandson Victor maintains the family legacy and its legendary collection with unique masterworks handwoven in villages in Persia, North Africa, the Caucasus mountains and beyond. In addition to maintaining decorous storefronts in New York and Washington DC, Mashihi remains at the cutting edge of auctioning rugs and diverse other forms of art on today’s digital platforms.