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Heritage auctions off Renoir’s personal effects for $1.28M

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:27

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DALLAS – The single largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s personally owned objects—from his signature polka-dot scarf, which realized $3,750, to the most ambitious sculpture executed by Renoir and Richard Guino, La Grande Venus Victrix, which realized $545,000—led an expansive grouping dedicated to the Impressionist icon in Heritage Auctions’ the Renoir Estate Collection Signature Auction, Sept. 19 in New York, which totaled $1,285,563.

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“This collection provided an intimate glimpse inside the personal and professional life of Renoir,” said Brian Roughton, managing director of fine arts at Heritage Auctions, “and the worldwide interest generated by the event, and the significant prices realized, show that Renoir is still as relevant and beloved today as he has ever been.”

The widespread interest in the collection translated into spirited bidding across the auction, with a majority of lots, especially Renoir’s correspondence and personal papers, selling well in excess of their original estimates.

This museum-level collection is significant for its completeness in revealing volumes about Renoir, his art and his personal life. The Heritage event also represents the last time this collection will appear assembled ever again.

Highlights of the 143 lots sold included:

  • Les Becasse (The Woodcocks), one of, if not the last painting done by Renoir in the final hours of his life. Realized: $125,000.
  • Original copper engraving plates of Renoir works along with glass plate negatives of Renoir, his family, models and paintings. Realized: $35,000.
  • Renoir’s spectacles. Realized: $6,250.
  • Renoir’s cigarette holder: Realized: $1,563.
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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:49
 

Clars caps $13M fiscal year with $1.6M sale Sept. 7-8

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Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:22

Chinese huanghuali armchairs. Clars image.

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sept. 7-8, Clars brought to auction impressive offerings from distinguished private collections and museums. Collectors and buyers on the phone, saleroom floor and Internet fueled competitive bidding resulting in $1.6 million, the firm’s second strongest September sale in its history. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Redge Martin, president of Clars, commented after the sale, “While this sale was not a record for the firm, more importantly, it concluded our fiscal year pushing our annual sales to over $13 million, the strongest in our history. It reflects an increase of 14 percent over last year and 6 percent over our 2011 fiscal year which previously was our best.” He added, “This sale had a great deal of strength across the board with all departments performing exceptionally well, and with many of the lots offered selling solidly over high estimate.”

The Asian category took top lot for the sale with a pair of Chinese huanghuali official’s hat armchairs surpassing high estimate by over $10,000 selling for $38,675. Furthering the unexpected high prices for Asian offerings was a Chinese Qing dynasty brocade textile hanging that was expected to achieve $3,000 to $5,000 but sold for an impressive $23,800. Following suit in this trend was a Chinese carved hardwood export settee, Republic Period, that achieved five times high estimate selling for $21,420.

European paintings and sculpture highlighted the fine art offerings. A handsome portrait of a gentleman that was attributed to Angelica (Maria Anna) Kauffman (Swiss, 1741-1807) surprised the crowd selling to one of the numerous European phone bidders for $29,750, well over its $5,000 estimate. Works by British artists held their own as well with a charming painting by Margaret Dovaston (1884-1955) selling for $16,660 followed by a modern, maquette sculpture by Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009) which sold for $15,470. French artwork had stellar results too with a bronze by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) titled S.A. Le Prince Imperial selling for $19,040, followed by a painting by Jean Jansem (1920-2013) titled Les Femmes us Marche which sold for $10,700. A lovely painting by Austria’s Alexander Demetrius Goltz (1857-1944) titled Nude in the Garden tallied an impressive $11,900. Italian paintings also fared well with Carlo Maria Mariani’s Allegoria Profetica selling for $19,040 and Natura Morta con Girasole by Fausto Pirandello fetching $9,520.

On the American side, a charming landscape by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) titled Hills Through the Oaks” sold for an impressive $15,470 followed by a rare, and equally as charming, silkscreen and acrylic on canvas of Marilyn Monroe by Richard Pettibone selling for $13,090 with numerous bidders from all over the world participating.

Decorative arts and furnishings offered took several of the top lot spots. Earning just over $24,000 was a beautiful sterling George III covered tureen suite by Robert Sharp, London, 1800. An Italian Urbino, possible 16th century, majolica vase attributed to the Fontana workshop solidly surpassed its high estimate selling for $17,850. Prior to the sale, Deric Torres, vice president and director of decorative arts and furnishings, thought that this piece might be a surprise and indeed it was. From the master of studio art glass, Richard Marquis (American b. 1945), his stunning teapot goblet fetched an impressive $7,140.

An important collection of pre-Columbian vessels and figures from a prominent San Francisco estate performed well with a mixed polychrome cache vessel circa 1200-1521 selling for $7,140. From Hawaii, a collection of koa wood poi bowls was highlighted by an 18th century example that sold for $3,275.

In furniture, a definite surprise was had on a Renaissance Revival carved marble bench, 19th century, that was expected to sell for $6,000 on the high side but earned $10,710. An exquisite Simon Willard tall-case clock, Boston, circa 1800, brought a very respectable $6,545.

Over 100 lots of exceptional antique and fine jewelry were offered. Topping this category was a stunning diamond and 18K white gold bracelet that featured 150 princess-cut diamonds that earned $13,090, followed by a Heyman Brothers diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold pair of earrings set with 62 full vivid yellow diamonds. This pair brought $11,900. A Victorian old-in-quartz 14K rose gold pocket watch, chain and fob sold well over high estimate for $8,330.

One happy winning bidder drove off in a 1968 single-owner Chevy Camaro convertible for $24,990.

For complete information and prices realized for Clars’ Sept. 7-8 auction call 510-428-0100 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Chinese huanghuali armchairs. Clars image.

Chinese settee. Clars image.

Angelica Kauffman portrait. Clars image.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux bronze. Clars image.

Carlo Maria Mariani painting. Clars image.

Urbino vase. Clars image.

Marquis teapot goblet. Clars image.

Diamond and gold bracelet. Clars image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:21
 

Leslie Hindman jewelry, timepieces auction totals $3.89M

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:26

Fine graduated single strand natural pearl necklace. Price realized: $218,500. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Sept. 8-9 auction of fine jewelry and timepieces brought a total of $3.89 million. The highly successful sale included highlights of natural pearls, colored stones, diamonds and vintage signed pieces.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The most sought after jewels in the sale, including the natural pearl necklace and the Kashmir sapphire, attracted enthusiastic bidding from an international audience eager to add rare pieces to their own collections. These items all drew extensive online, phone and in-person bidding, which had to contend with numerous presale order bids that drove opening prices to extremes in many cases.

First of these is an important graduated single strand, natural saltwater pearl necklace from the McIntosh estate. The necklace is composed of 74 finely matched cream-colored pearls of fine luster. In the 1930s the McIntosh family worked with a natural pearl dealer in Chicago to create the exceptional strand. The necklace was so finely matched in color and graduation it took several painstaking years to complete and had remained in the family since the original purchase. A strand of this quality and subtle graduation whose center pearl measures over 10.00 mm in diameter is extremely scarce amid the already rarified world of natural pearls. The necklace well exceeded its estimate range of $30,000-$50,000 to achieve $218,500.

Several other lots in the sale also outperformed estimates, including a vintage platinum Kashmir sapphire and diamond “Bee" ring by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., estimated at $40,000-$60,000, which sold for $134,500 and a platinum and 8.23-carat emerald cut diamond ring which sold for $104,500 against an estimate of $80,000-$100,000.

Other highlights include a 1.50-carat fancy deep pink diamond which brought $158,500, a 7.66-carat round brilliant cut diamond ring achieved $68,500, and a Cartier Art Deco platinum, diamond and moonstone bead bracelet realized $16,250.

Alexander Eblen, director, fine jewelry and timepieces, will be in Leslie Hindman’s regional offices throughout the month of September to appraise and discuss potential consignments for the December Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auctions in Chicago. Eblen will be in Denver on Sept. 12 and 13, Minneapolis on Sept. 16, Milwaukee on Sept. 17 and 18, and our Naples and Palm Beach, Fla., offices from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. To schedule an appointment, call the offices directly. Phone numbers and addresses can be found at lesliehindman.com/offices.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Sept. 8-9 sale, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

 



ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Fine graduated single strand natural pearl necklace. Price realized: $218,500. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Vintage platinum, 18K yellow gold, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ‘Bee’ ring, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., 6.30 dwts. Price realized: $134,500. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Fancy deep pink diamond, approximately 1.50 carats. Price realized: $158,500. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Platinum and diamond ring, 4.20 dwts. Price realized: $104,500. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Platinum, diamond and moonstone bead bracelet, Cartier, circa 1930, 20.90 dwts. Price realized: $16,250. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 13:42
 

Robots sweep the top 10 at Morphy’s Sept. 6-7 Toy Auction

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:20

Top lot of the sale, Radicon Robot from Masudaya’s Gang of Five series, with original remote control and box, $37,200. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – “We knew the robots were going to take off, but we had no idea the sale was going to turn into such a landmark event for collectors. The excitement level was through the roof,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy, describing the scene at his company’s Sept. 6-7 Toy Auction. LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services.

The centerpiece of the 1,122-lot offering was the renowned Enzo Pertoldi collection of vintage robots and space toys, which had traveled from Italy to take the spotlight at Morphy’s. When the last of the lunar dust had settled, pieces from the Pertoldi group decisively occupied all of the top 10 slots in the $1,032,000 auction. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

The leader of the pack was a battery-operated Radicon Robot from Masudaya’s “Gang of Five” series. Like most of the other robots in the collection, the 14¾in, gray textured-metal Radicon was made in Japan. Accompanied by its unusual remote control and colorful original box, it commanded a winning bid of $37,300 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Another great favorite with collectors was the 7¾ in lithographed-tin wind-up Interplanetary Explorer Robot made by Naito Shoten. The rare, vividly graphic factory box depicting a helmeted explorer in space, his rifle shooting off sparks, played a big part in achieving the runner-up price of $22,800 against a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Not far behind was an 11in tall Nomura Radar Robot, known to collectors as “Topolino” (the Italian name for Mickey Mouse) because of its upright ears. A rare boxed example, it shot to $18,600, more than double the high estimate. Achieving the same money at $18,600, a Masudaya tin-litho Space Patrol with Suctorial Missiles came complete with its original box designed for use as a target. The crude, early space-theme box graphics, coupled with the naïve imagery on the toy, drove the lot to six times its high estimate.

Other high flyers included a futuristic T.V. Space Patrol tin car in sky blue with a bubble top and pictorial box, $16,800 (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a boxed Masudaya Robot Mighty 8 with Magic Color, $15,600 (estimate $4,000-$8,000); and a boxed Nomura Robby Space Patrol, $13,800 (estimate $2,000-$4,000).

“This sale proved that robots are stronger and in greater demand than ever before, especially those that are rare, boxed and in superior condition, like the ones in Enzo Pertoldi’s collection. We had great live, phone and Internet action, and international buyers – especially the Japanese – were very competitive throughout,” said Morphy. “After the auction, our robot expert, Mark Bergin, said we had broken more than 40 individual price records and that it was the strongest robot sale he has seen to date.”

Enzo Pertoldi, who spent 35 years presciently amassing and refining his incomparable collection, also had words of praise to offer. He described the auction results as “extraordinary and unbelievable.”

Part II of the late Ray Jones and Theresa Jones collection of antique occupational shaving mugs, which opened the sale, also brought significant prices. A gilt-finished china mug with a realistically painted image of a greenhouse tripled its estimate at $6,600; while a shipbuilder’s shaving mug depicting a craft under construction sailed to $4,800 against an estimate of $800-$1,200. With crossover appeal to collectors of sports memorabilia, a mug with the image of a baseball player sliding into second base doubled its high estimate to finish at $3,600.

Morphy’s will conduct a Toy & Advertising auction on October 29 and a major Toy & Marble auction on December 13-14. For additional information, call Morphy’s gallery at 717-335-3435 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Morphy’s website, www.morphyauctions.com, for regularly updated details on future sales.

View the fully illustrated catalog for Morphy's Sept. 6-7 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Top lot of the sale, Radicon Robot from Masudaya’s Gang of Five series, with original remote control and box, $37,200. Morphy Auctions image.

Interplanetary Explorer Robot with original box, made by Naito Shoten, $22,800. Morphy Auctions image.

Nomura’s classic Robby Space Patrol with original box, $13,800. Morphy Auctions image.

Masudaya Space Patrol with Suctorial Missiles and original box designed for use as a target, $18,600. Morphy Auctions image.

Boxed Nomura Radar Robot, known to collectors as “Topolino,” $18,600. Morphy Auctions image.

Tin-litho friction Space Rocket with original box, made by Toymaster Japan, $11,400. Morphy Auctions image.

T.V. Space Patrol tin car in sky blue with a bubble top and pictorial box, $16,800. Morphy Auctions image.

Masudaya Robot Mighty 8 with Magic Color, boxed, $15,600. Morphy Auctions image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:24
 

Bed attributed to Prudent Mallard tops $24,780 at Ahlers & Ogletree

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Monday, 09 September 2013 13:24

This magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to Prudent Mallard, was the sale's top lot, at $24,780. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

ATLANTA – A magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to the renowned 19th century American furniture maker Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780 at a Summer Estates Auction held Aug. 4 by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle in Atlanta. The bed was the top achiever of the 650 or so lots that came under the gavel. Internet live bidding was provided by www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

“There was a lot of positive energy in the room and everybody had a good time,” said Robert Ahlers, president of Ahlers & Ogletree of just the young firm’s fifth auction. “Many lots sold for more than what we expected, which was a nice surprise, and others brought about what we estimated them for. Overall it was an exciting event. We got lots of positive feedback.”

Ahlers & Ogletree is fast becoming a rising star in the region's auction industry, having already established itself as a premier player in the Southeastern states after just a handful of auctions.

The Aug. 4 auction featured fresh-to-the-market merchandise from three prominent local estates, plus other consignors. Items included fine works of art, American and continental period furniture, antique clocks, lamps and lighting, art glass, estate jewelry, watches and decorative accessories. Already plans are underway for a Fall Estates Auction, scheduled for Oct. 6. The firm is also handling the liquidation sale on Sept. 21 of Dante's Down the Hatch in Atlanta.

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Lamps and lighting ignited the crowd and illuminated the room. A Tiffany Studios 10-light lily lamp, marked on the gilt bronze lily plant base and having 10 “stems” holding 10 gold iridescent Favrile glass “lily” shades, realized $21,240; and an early 20th century Duffner & Kimberly table lamp with stained and leaded glass shade on a polished bronze base hit $3,835.

The sale’s number three top lot was an original oil painting by the noted magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (Michigan/Illinois, 1899-1976). Done in 1963, the painting, titled 1914 Kentucky Derby, showed the horse Old Rosebud winning the 1914 Kentucky Derby by eight lengths. The work gaveled for $17,700.

Other artwork featured an oil on board painting by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina, 1838-1921). The work, 8 3/4 inches by 14 3/4 inches depicted a sharecropper cabin scene in a pine and gesso molding frame. It fetched $12,980. Also, a mid-19th century unsigned oil on canvas showing the story of Moses, attributed to Constantin Flavitsky (Russian, 1830-1866), hammered for $4,130.

Bronzes and statuary were also offered. A late 19th century bronze bust of an Oriental beauty with red stone drop earrings, singed en verso by French sculptor Henri Ple (1853-1922), 24 inches tall, fetched $11,800. Also, a lifesize garden statue of the mythical creature Pan playing the flute, executed circa 1880-1920, 70 1/2 inches tall, with great patina, made $4,425.

From the furniture category, tables seemed to dominate the list of top lots, led by an R.J. Horner banquet table with nine 12-inch-wide leaves, which sold for $4,720. A classical Federal New York table attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, made circa 1830-1840 with D-shaped drop-leaf ends raised $3,540. A rare undecorated and signed Kelvin and Laverne table with rectangular molded edge made $3,068.

Also, a modern brass console and mirror by Mastercraft, having six drawers and with Bernhard Rohne acid-etched details, measuring 30 inches tall by 78 inches wide for the console, rose to $4,484; and a late 19th or early 20th century French Art Nouveau table, rectangular, with molded edge and exotic wood veneer marquetry inlay of leaves, 29 1/2 inches tall, made $2,006.

A stunning men’s two-tone Rolex Submariner watch in good condition sold for $8,260. A rare R. Lalique perfume bottle (Jean de Parys L. Gui) with bright gold decoration and original silk tassel breezed to $2,950. A pair of early 20th century French porcelain urns, having a chrome yellow glaze with white interiors, 12 inches tall, rose to $2,360.

An embroidered velvet panel made for the New York Vanderbilt mansion by the Herter Brothers, having a minor tear and wear that was commensurate for its age, went to a determined bidder for $4,425. An important 18th century American mourning silk embroidery, depicting a young woman in classical dress weeping at a tomb set in a landscape, hammered for $4,130.

Persian rugs were a big hit with bidders. A Sarouk hand-knotted rug, brick red ground with a navy border and medallion, 9 feet by 12 feet 3 inches, coasted to $5,310; a Fereghan palace-size hand-knotted rug, navy ground with muted designs, 12 feet by 19 feet, garnered $5,015; and a Meyeler hand-knotted rug, 3 feet 1 inch by 4 feet 9 inches, topped out at $1,121.

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 404-869-2478 or you can send them an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

This magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to Prudent Mallard, was the sale's top lot, at $24,780. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Tiffany Studios 10-light lily lamp on a gilt bronze lily plant base and having 10 stems. Price realized: $21,240. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Gorgeous early 20th century Duffner & Kimberly table lamp with stained and leaded glass shade. Price realized: $3,835. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Oil painting by Haddon ‘Sunny’ Sundblom (American, 1899-1976) titled ‘1914 Kentucky Derby.’ Price realized: $17,700. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Oil on board painting by William Aiken Walker (Amican, 1838-1921) of a sharecropper cabin scene. Price realized: $12,980. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Late 19th century bust of an Oriental beauty by French sculptor Henri Ple (1853-1922), 24 inches tall. Price realized: $11,800. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:23
 

Collectors ‘go ballistic’ over Exploding Trench in OTSA Summer Auction

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 17:11

Circa-1890 Heyde nodding US Artillery officer in 100mm scale, made exclusively for the American market, $2,520. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The battle lines were drawn and bidders brought their A-game to Old Toy Soldier’s Summer Auction held June 21, 22 and 23. Phone and Internet activity (through LiveAuctioneers) was nonstop, and enthusiasm for rare, early figures set the scene for what would become the most successful sale in OTSA’s history. The big three-day event featured 1,674 lots of choice soldiers and figures from prestigious collections, including those of Dr. Arthur Puglisi and the late Paul A. Germain (Part II). After the final salvo of bids had been fired off, OTSA owner Ray Haradin confirmed an auction total of $501,000, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the toy soldiers in this auction performed,” said Haradin. “There were bidders from 26 different countries, many of whom participated online. In all, 55% of the lots were purchased through the Internet, which was a clear sign that collectors felt very confident about our grading and condition reports. It was our best sale ever,” he said.

Haradin said interest ran high for the 600+ lots of Britains that had been cataloged. “Before the sale, I was concerned that it might have been too much for the market to absorb at one time, but that turned out not to be the case at all. The prices held up extremely well on all three days.”

In what might have been described as the blast heard ’round the world, Lot 2001, a boxed circa-1915 Britains Exploding Trench, shot to the top of prices realized when it sold for $7,200 against an estimate of $2,500-$4,500. “Rarity was the main thing that drove up the price on this toy. There are only three boxed examples known, plus two or three others that aren’t boxed,” Haradin said.

“The Exploding Trench is one of very few interactive sets that Britains made,” Haradin explained. “It has a spring-loaded platform with a flag on the side. When it’s hit by a Britains cannon, a spring is tripped and causes the trench to ‘explode.’”

A special attraction in OTSA’s June auction was the array of eight beautiful Mignot dioramas sourced from a New York City collection. Several had been special orders created by the French manufacturer, Haradin said. Of the eight, Lot 1498, a diorama depicting Captain James Cook’s South Pole expedition, brought the highest price at $4,440 (estimate: $800-$1,200). An eye-filling presentation, its four tiers were laden with three-dimensional glacial scenes, polar animals, explorer figures, boats and various types of camp shelters, including a tent and igloo.

An assortment of premium-quality Courtenay medieval figures – including a number of boxed knights in jousting armor – found favor with bidders. Lot 2175, a finely hand-decorated Captal De Bugh tournament knight with original store box from Charles Morrell’s retail establishment in Burlington Arcade, London, was bid to $2,520.

Collectors seeking 19th-century Continental pieces responded enthusiastically to Lot 2464, a Heyde nodding US Artillery officer. Made in100mm scale, the circa-1890 figure was produced exclusively for the US market and reached a closing price of $2,520.

Highlights of Old Toy Soldier’s next auction, slated for November 22-24, 2013, include important early Britains from the collection of the late Richard Appleby, the George O. Gillespie collection of toy soldiers, and other select additions from other consignors.

For information on building a collection or consigning a collection to auction, call Ray Haradin at 412-343-8733 (tollfree: 800-349-8009) or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Watch for November auction details online at www.oldtoysoldierauctions.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog from OTSA's June 21-23 auction online, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Circa-1890 Heyde nodding US Artillery officer in 100mm scale, made exclusively for the American market, $2,520. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image. 

Mignot diorama depicting Captain James Cook’s South Pole expedition, $4,440. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image. 

 Courtenay’s Captal De Bugh tournament knight with original box, $2,520. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image.

 ‘Very interesting! No danger!’ says the original factory box accompanying Britains circa-1915 Exploding Trench, which sold for $7,200. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image.

Britains Set #1521 Royal Air Force biplane and pilot with hangar-style box, $5,280 against an estimate of $1,500-$2,500. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image. 

King & Country SAS 2 Jeep, $780 against an estimate of $200-$300. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image. 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:34
 

Variety auction by Jeffrey S. Evans evokes magical results

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:15

Tabby cast-iron mechanical bank, embossed ‘Tabby Bank’ with nodding chick, original paint, by J. & E. Stevens & Co., fourth quarter 19th century, 4 1/2 inches high. Price realized: $5,750 against $300-$500 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – In the company's largest Variety sale to date, an Aug. 24 auction of 1,149 lots, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates sold a Chinese carved jade buckle in the form of a dragon for $7,475. The buckle (lot 785), which dated to the late 19th or early 20th century, was estimated at $100-$200. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Other Asian artifacts brought strong bidding and high prices. A lot of 18 assorted Asian beads in amber and glass court beads (lot 792) realized $4,312.50. The original estimate of $100-$200 was exceeded by Internet bidders, enthusiastic for several different objects in the lot. A lot of three snuff bottles sold for $2,990, against a $100-$200 estimate. The bottles were made of Peking glass and rare stonewares. A Chinese yellow silk altar cloth, which depicted a five-clawed dragon amid chrysanthemums and dated from the late 19th century, sold for $2,070, also against an estimate in the hundreds.

A wooden box made to hold a Magician mechanical bank (lot 167), embossed on one end “J. & E. Stevens,” and dating to the end of the 19th century, sold for $6,900. Such boxes are rare survivors, and the buyer, a New York-area collector, has the bank that fits within the box. Originally estimated at $200-$300, the box became a focus for collectors, with bids on the phone, via absentee bidders and in the room.

The bank box was part of the massive collection of the late Betty Jane Renn of Sunbury, Pa., which included over 375 banks of all types. Of these, a rare “Tabby Bank” by J. & E. Stevens & Co. (lot 178) sold for $5,750 over the $300-$500 estimate. This set a new auction record price for this bank. Bidding was between a phone bidder and a bidder in the house. Another bank, the Black Americana specimen of the “Bad Accident,” (lot 163), sold for $4,025, nearly four times the estimate.

The daylong sale included a selection of occupational shaving mugs. Of these, a rare example painted with a male gymnast on a horizontal bar (lot 1083), marked for Limoges, France, sold for $4,312.50

In a small but strong section of fine art, an 1846 Philadelphia Circus lithograph print of “Madame Macarte, In Some of Her Favorite Acts,” (lot 66), dated 1847, sold for $2,645 against a $200-$300 estimate. Another print, Georges Rouault’s “Circus of the Flying Stars: The Ballerinas,” (lot 701), dated 1934, sold for $1,725 against an $800-$1,200 estimate. Hisao Domoto’s abstract watercolor/gouache, (lot 656), dated 1966, realized $1,265, nearly three times the $300-$500 estimate.

These are highlights but the entire sale was very strong, and included such collectible areas as dolls, toys, knives, silver, and costume and fine jewelry. In each of these categories bidding was very aggressive and prices were strong. More than 7,000 live and absentee bids came in from Internet bidders in addition to those entered by more 150 phone and in-house bidders at the Evans gallery. The sale realized $281,307 including the 15 percent buyer’s premium, with participating bidders from 18 countries.

After the auction, Jeffrey S. Evans noted, “This was our highest grossing variety auction to date with all categories performing well, especially the banks, knives and silver. Bidders responded very positively to the fresh, quality merchandise that we were able to offer with no reserves and with attractive estimates. In addition, our detailed catalog descriptions including accurate condition reports, instills confidence and draws repeat buyers to our auctions.”

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tabby cast-iron mechanical bank, embossed ‘Tabby Bank’ with nodding chick, original paint, by J. & E. Stevens & Co., fourth quarter 19th century, 4 1/2 inches high. Price realized: $5,750 against $300-$500 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Jade buckle, in the form of a dragon, late 19th or 20th century, 5 1/2 inches long. Sold for $7,475 against $100-$200 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Gymnast occupational shaving mug, lettered ‘Joe Hensley’ above, marked under base for ‘W.G. & Co, Limoges, France’ and ‘E. Berninghaus, Cincinnati, Ohio’ retailer. Price realized: $4,312.50 against the $300-$500 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Hisao Domoto (Japanese, b. 1928), abstract painting, watercolor/gouche, verso dated 1966, framed, 30 inches x 20 inches. Price realized: $1,265 against the $300-$500 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:27
 

Toys showed super strength at VCA’s spring auction

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Atom Jet friction race car. Price realized: $4,200. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

LAS VEGAS – Victorian Casino Auctions has developed a reputation for providing collectors with unparalleled opportunities to buy quality items from diverse genres. Bidders hit the jackpot at VCA's hugely successful four-day event May 30-June 2, which highlighted a spectacular assortment of over 1,000 antique toys. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Many of the toys were Japanese windup designs from the 1950s and 1960s. The auction also featured some highly sought-after items including antique slot machines, coin operated machines, jukeboxes and advertising collectibles.

While in-house bidders kept the place packed throughout, they had to keep pace with the astounding number of both phone and online bidders. Based on the success of the auction, specifically in regard to the reception the antique toys received.

While the entire weekend was a smashing success for VCA, it was the reception the antique toys received that really stood out. Many of the race car and space-related items brought in out-of-this-world prices, including a rare Mobile Space TV Unit with Trailer from the 1950s in near mint condition with the original box, which sold for $4,800. An Atom Jet a-58v friction race car that represents the largest of the toy cars made in the 1950s brought in $4,200. A Space Patrol Volkswagen R-10 that features an astronaut driving a rocket-powered Beetle convertible (because sometimes you just want to cruise along an alien planetary landscape with the top down) fetched $3,000. Superman made a super impression on more than one occasion, with a rare Superman Airplane by Louis Marx from the 1940s in great condition with original box bringing in $1,680. The Man of Steel figured into a equally rare Superman Tank toy in mint condition with original box, which one lucky bidder brought home to his collection for $3,600. Toys featuring other pop culture icons such as Popeye smoking a pipe and Mickey Mouse roller skating fetched $1,265 and $1,560, respectively.

Japanese toys were not the only hit, as German toymaker Lehmann made quite a few notable sales. One example is a Man Da Rin No. 565, which features two coolies carrying a Chinese man in a sedan chair. It sold for $2,280. Another, the Duo-Rooster Pulling Rabbit windup carriage from the 1930s, sold for $1,680.

There was plenty more besides toys, with a large collection of rare cookie jars piquing bidders’ interest. An American Bisque Herman & Katnip cookie jar, one of only six known to exist, sold for $1,560. A Sinclair Oil Green Dinosaur cookie jar from 1943 sold for $1,800.

Other diverse highlights include a 5-cent early countertop bicycle trade stimulator from 1898 that went for $9,000, a life-size replica of the Lost in Space B9 Robot that brought in $8,625, a pair of Belcher Mosaic stained-glass windows in wooden frames (from the former Liberace’s Restaurant) that sold for $6,000 each, and a Henry Gautschi & Sons cylinder wooden music box from the 1890s that sold for $4,313. Most likely the single highest priced item was a 1-cent Pulver’s Kola-Pepsin Happy Hooligan Gum vending machine from 1899 that fetched $15,680.

For more information or to learn about consignment, call Dan Sidlow at 702-382-2466 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Atom Jet friction race car. Price realized: $4,200. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Marx battery-operated Smoking Popeye sold for $1,265. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Space Patrol Volkswagen R-10 rocketed to $3,000. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

One-cent Pulver’s Kola-Pepsin Happy Hooligan Gum vending machine from 1899. Price realized: $15,680. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Life-size replica of the ‘Lost in Space’ B9 Robot. Price realized: $8,625. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Pair of Belcher Mosaic stained-glass windows. Price realized: $6,000 each. Victorian Casino Antiques image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:00
 

Top shakers impact Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates auction

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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:53

Made by Mount Washington Glass Co., this fig-shape sugar shaker in cased cranberry with polychrome floral decoration sold for $3,335 against the $1-2,000 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates conducted an auction of salt, pepper and sugar shakers on July 27 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Collectors. The sale realized $192,246, with nearly 1,100 registered bidders from 18 countries. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

Top lot of the day was Lot 144, a Mount Washington Glass Co. fig or beet sugar shaker, in cased cranberry with polychrome floral decoration. Standing 3 7/8 inches high overall, the fig-shape shaker dated to the fourth quarter of the 19th century. The shaker was in remarkable condition, and came from collection of the late Richard and Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, Ohio. It sold for $3,335 against the $1,000-$2,000 estimate.

Lot 98, a Findlay onyx sugar shaker done in deep butterscotch with amber flowers, neck ribs with alternating light rose and ivory columns, with a period lid also performed really well. By Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Co., of Findlay, Ohio, and made circa 1889, this 5 3/8-inch-high shaker sold for $2,990 against its estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

The most expensive salt and pepper shakers were Lot 281, a set of blue Aurene shakers, of hexagonal form, with nonmatching sterling period lids, attributed to Steuben Glass Works, 1912-1922 measuring 3 1/8 inches high. The set was published in Lechner's The World of Salt Shakers II, p. 18, bottom left and p. 182, bottom right from the Krauss collection. Estimated to sell for $500-$800, they realized $2,760.

Reached after the auction, Jeffrey S. Evans said, "The AGSSSC convention drew over 50 members from all corners of the U.S. from Maine to Florida to California. The club and the auction were covered in the New York Times. Rare and unusual examples brought good prices with several shakers reaching new record high prices. Middle market shakers were soft. The groups of lower-end shakers sold surprisingly well to online bidders suggesting that some new collectors have entered the field."

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Made by Mount Washington Glass Co., this fig-shape sugar shaker in cased cranberry with polychrome floral decoration sold for $3,335 against the $1-2,000 estimate. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Findlay onyx sugar shaker done in deep butterscotch with amber flowers, by Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Co., of Findlay, Ohio. Price realized: $2,990. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Blue Aurene shaker set attributed to Steuben Glass Works, 1912-1922. Price realized: $2,760. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:13
 
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