A set of eight Italian silver "artichoke" salt shakers and eight pepper mills, Missiaglia, Venice, late 20th century. photo Sotheby's

salt shaker marked on base, pepper mill marked on end of stalk. weight 78 oz 4 dwt gross/2438 g. measurements: length of pepper mill 8 in./20.3 cm. Est. 3,000—5,000 USD. Lot Sold 35,000 USD

Sotheby's. Property from the Collection of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman: The London Residence. 28 Apr 10. New York www.sothebys.com