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Aswan Dam model might top $100K at Heritage Auctions Sept. 13-14

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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:32

Omar Ramsden (1873–1939), a Sheffield-born silversmith, created this ceremonial model of the Aswan Dam for King Farouk I of Egypt. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS – King Farouk I’s silver ceremonial model celebrating the completion of Egypt’s mighty Aswan Dam – presented Jan. 25, 1939 as Farouk himself laid the final stone in the structure that tamed the indomitable Nile River – is expected to sell for $100,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 13-14 Fine & Decorative Arts Including The Gentleman Collector Signature® Auction. The two-day auction offers nearly 1,300 lots of fine art paintings, silver smalls, more than 100 lots of jewelry.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

“The Aswan Dam is a modern engineering marvel and this ceremonial model owned by King Farouk I himself commemorates all three distinct stages of the dam’s completion, from 1902-1939,” said Nick Dawes, vice president of Special Collections and curator of the Gentleman Collector Auction. “The model itself was made by Omar Ramsden of London and is true king’s treasure.”

Additional highlights in the Gentleman Collector portion of the auction include a French bronze Orientalist group after Alfred Dubucand, of an Arab warrior on horseback chasing an ostrich (est. $20,000+), and a 19th century Continental White Marble Sculpture of Lorenzo de’Medici, Duke of Urbino (est. $5,000+).

A selection of decorative arts is led by a George II japanned quarter-striking tall case clock, circa 1740, attributed to Isaac Nickals of Wells, Somerset, England (est. $3,000+), and a French Empire-style mahogany and gilt bronze mounted gentleman’s desk, circa 1900, adorned with a gilt bronze frieze and pay foot pedestal bases (est. $1,500+).

A selection of fine art, photographs, and original posters includes a rare, 1930 Triplex automotive poster, signed and dated by the influential artist A.M. Cassandre (est. $15,000+) as well as a KPM porcelain plaque of a nobleman with weapon, circa 1880, painted by Hans Kundmuller (est. $7,000+).

A selection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe includes a 1962 gelatin silver with hand-tint photograph titled Marilyn with Blue Roses, from photographer Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe” (est. $6,000+).

Rarities suited for a gentleman’s library include a ship model of the U.S.S. Constitution, presented in a wood case (est. $1,500+) and a framed fossil palm dating to 56 million years ago from the Fossil Lake area of Kemmerer, Wyo., (est. $8,000+).

A collection of silver match safes is led by a rare Tiffany & Co. example, circa 1892-1902, engraved with playing cards, centered with a monogrammed cartouche and playing cards representing the queens from each suit on the reverse (est. $700+).

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Omar Ramsden (1873–1939), a Sheffield-born silversmith, created this ceremonial model of the Aswan Dam for King Farouk I of Egypt. Heritage Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:49
 

Classical, ancient, prehistoric art at Artemis Gallery auction Aug. 27

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:53

Lot 485: Ubaid culture jug, 6000-plus years old, Mesopotamia, ca. 5500 to 4000 BCE. Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500. Artemis Gallery image.

BOULDER, Colo. – Classical antiquities, ancient pre-Columbian Art, prehistoric Native American and additional ethnographic artifacts can be found among the 475 lots to be sold at Artemis Gallery’s auction on Aug. 27.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding.

“Several times a year we like to auction a wide variety that nearly anyone can afford,” says Teresa Dodge, Artemis Gallery’s executive director, in announcing the End-of-Summer Variety Auction.

"We've planned our last auction of the summer to be a fun showcase a wide variety of collecting genres so that entry-level buyers, seasoned collectors and price-conscious dealers could walk away with quality items at auction-friendly prices," Dodge said.

Every Artemis Gallery auction features desirable, solidly provenance classical antiquities, and the Aug. 27 event is no exception. Lot 2 is an Egyptian steatite Isis and Horus sculpture, dating to Egypt’s Late Dynastic period, ca. 700 to 330 BCE. The piece shows Isis suckling Horus, as the child god sits upon her lap. Lot 13, a cast bronze Egyptian Apis bull, exhibits wonderful presence and patina, and its provenance is rock-solid coming from Sotheby’s. It measures 2 7/8 inches long by 2 3/4 inches high, and dates to 662 to 330 BCE. It is entered in the sale with a $2,500-$3,000 estimate.

Drinking vessels are found in every culture. Their styles and the materials from which they are made reflect the status of their original owners and the types of beverages they were meant to contain. Lot 17 is a fourth century BCE Greek Apulian kylix designed for drinking wine. It likely came from a wealthy household and used as an everyday drinking vessel. Eight inches wide to the handles, the pottery vessel is intact and has a beautiful, deep metallic glaze with only minor surface wear. Bidding will open at $600. A second vessel of note is Lot 25, an Etruscan bucchero kantharos (wine cup) with two elongated loop handles. Dating to the fifth century BCE, it has a starting bid of $500.

Ancient coinage will be priced at 50 percent of the lowest retail price that Artemis Gallery could confirm. An example from the selection is Lot 23, a tetradrachm featuring Demetrius I, made of solid silver from the Greek Empire (modern-day Syria). A typical starting price on such a coin might be $700; the coin in the Aug. 27 auction opens at $200.

As with Artemis Gallery’s July 23 auction, the upcoming sale will also feature more beautifully glazed ancient Islamic ceramics from the ancient Near East, dating from 1100 BCE to 1300 CE. A highlight is Lot 56, a Persian kashan glazed jar with spectacular fiery iridescence. It carries a $400-$600 estimate. Additionally, several Dong Son Vietnamese and Cambodian bronze pieces dating to 800-400 BCE will be offered, including four Khmer cast bronze sculptures of Buddha Muchalinda, Vishvakarman (the celestial architect) and the goddess Uma.

The Pre-Columbian section includes a wide variety of pottery, textiles, stone and metal from the ancient Americas. Highlights include Lot 86, a bridge-spouted whistling vessel from the Chancay culture, ca. 800-1300 CE, Lot 102, another whistling vessel in the form of a rotund owl from the Ica culture of Peru, and Lot 106, a Panamanian Cocle polychrome fruitera. Estimated at $2,000 - $2,500, bidding starts at just $950. All of the pieces are nice examples, absolutely authentic and intact. Also in this section is a collection of more than 240 lots from the estate of Lynn Langdon, an amateur archaeologist who traveled extensively throughout Mexico, especially the western coast, in the 1950s. Not artistically important on their own, but taken as a collection, they show the wide variety of daily implements used by these indigenous cultures. Most lots from the Langdon collection start as low as $75, and many group lots guarantee exceptional values for collectors and dealers alike.

One piece of special note is Lot 483, a 6000-year-old pottery jug from the Ubaid culture of ancient Mesopotamia. Pre-dating those from Sumeria or Babylonia by thousands of years, this 10 1/2-inch-tall vessel is remarkably intact with only minor wear. Estimated at $1,200 - $1,500, this scarce example starts at $500.

Other ancient cultures represented in this sale include Holy Land, Indus Valley, Neolithic Danish, Celtic, Asian, Indian, Prehistoric Native American, as well as African / Tribal, PNG. With 475 lots there will be something for every collecting interest. All lots are priced to sell, selling without reserves to the highest bidders.

For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 485: Ubaid culture jug, 6000-plus years old, Mesopotamia, ca. 5500 to 4000 BCE. Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 2: Egyptian Steatite Isis and Horus Sculpture, Late Dynastic period, ca. 700 to 330 BCE. Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 17: Greek Apulian Xenon Swan Kylix, southern Italy, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. Estimate: $800 - $1,200. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 31b: Roman green glass jar, Roman Empire, ca. second to fourth centuries CE. Estimate: $600 - $1,000. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 65: Rare Viking bronze cross pendant, northern Europe, ca. 10th century CE. Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 72: Khmer bronze Vishvakarman - celestial architect, Cambodia, ca. 11th to 13th century CE. Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 106: Panamanian cocle polychrome fruitera, Pre-Columbian, ca. 800 - 1000 CE. Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500. Artemis Gallery image.

Lot 184: Two pre-Columbian Mayan vessels, Mexico, ca. 550 to 950 CE. Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000. Artemis Gallery image.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:36
 

Bloomsbury to sell Andersen’s Fairy Tales at auction Aug. 28-29

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:24

Hans Christian Andersen, ‘Eventyr fortalte for børn.’ Estimate: £10,000-£15,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Bloomsbury Auctions’ London two-day Summer Book Sale on Aug. 28-29 will appeal to all collecting interests. Day one features a rare first collected edition of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales and an impressive collection of important Incunabula, including work by Aristotle. Day two has a different appeal as all lots will be offered without reserve.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Hans Christian Andersen's Eventyr foralte for børn, or “Fairy Tales told for children,” was originally issued in Danish as three small, separate pamphlets between 1835 & 1837 before in 1837 being combined as a collected edition. Unlike most copies to have appeared on the market, this copy comprises the first printing of each part.

In the new preface for this edition, Andersen writes: "With this third pamphlet the Fairy Tales are now gathered in one little volume. It will depend on the impression it makes on the public if this is to be the only one. A poet is always a poor man in his own little country. Fame is therefore the golden bird he has to catch! Time will tell if I catch it by telling Fairy Tales."

The collection of incunabula features many rare and impressive books printed in Europe before 1501, including the first volume of the magnificent Aldine five volume folio edition of Aristotle’s works, issued between 1495 and 1498. This was the first major Greek prose text to be reintroduced in its original form to the western world by the intervention of the printing press and it is estimated at £8,000-10,000 [Lot 208].

One of the earliest and most important vehicles for transmitting Aristotelian concepts to the west is also offered in the sale. Albumasar’s De magnis coniunctionibus, 1489, presents the philosophical and historical justifications for astrology. This first edition of a scarce and significant work is estimated at £6,000-8,000 [Lot 207].

A good selection of natural history works includes a number on conchology, with Philippi's Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Conchylien, 1845-51, one of the rarest German iconographies of shells with 144 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, a standout lot, carrying an estimate of £800-1,200 [Lot 110].

Bloomsbury Auctions’ two-day Summer Book Sale will be held in the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Mayfair saleroom in London on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Hans Christian Andersen, ‘Eventyr fortalte for børn.’ Estimate: £10,000-£15,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Albumasar, ‘De magnis coniunctionibus.’ Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Aristotle, ‘Organon.’ Estimate: £8,000-£10,000. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Rudolph Amandus Philippi, ‘Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Conchylien.’ Estimate: £800-£1,200. Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:15
 

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell hand-built model locomotives Sept. 10

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:04

World War I 2-6-2 Side Tank Locomotive No. 1227. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will conduct the sale of the Dennis Brown Collection of gauge 1 locomotives as part of their September Transport Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire. The sale includes Live Steam and Model Engineering Works of Art.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Brown was a longtime member of the Gauge 1 Model Railways Association, running the models he built all around the North and East of England. Born in 1924, Brown attended an engineering apprenticeship with Marshalls of Gainsborough, before serving in the Royal Navy during World War II. After the war he returned to engineering and, in retirement took up building and running gauge one locomotives.

The first locomotive he ever built was a LNER V2 The Snapper, which took a silver medal at the Olympia Model Engineering Exhibition, and he went on to win many other prizes.

Brown’s models are of exceptional quality, and attract estimates ranging from a few hundred pounds, to over a thousand pounds each. Eighteen out of 20 examples that Brown built will be offered in the Dreweatts’ auction, including LMS Duchess of Sutherland [Lot 28], LNER A3 Gainsborough [Lot 26], GWR Prairie tank and a Stirling Single.

Also on offer is an exhibition standard model of a rare 5-inch gauge AD60 Garratt Locomotive No 6063, wheel arrangement 8-4+4-8-4. This locomotive weighs in at approximately 450 pounds and is some 12 feet in length. It is fully operational, being powered by live steam, and would be every exciting to drive. It has an estimate of £15,000 to £18,000 [Lot 6].

Another large locomotive being offered at a similar estimate is a 5-inch model of the 4-6-2 Merchant Navy class tender locomotive No 35003 Royal Mail [Lot5], built by the late J. Holden of Accrington in Lancashire. Other live steam locomotives include examples of Jubilee, Black 5, Massie, Princess Royal, Torquay Manor and Britannia.

In the Model Engineering Works of Art section, the locomotives on offer are of a very high standard and quality. They include a rare exhibitionquality model of a World War I side tank locomotive in 3 1/2-inch gauge. This model is of a design that took ammunition and supplies to the front lines in France. Also in 3 1/2-inch gauge, is a fine exhibition quality model of a Southern Railways C15 tender locomotive built by the award winning model engineer J. Wingate of Winchester.

Three live steam traction engines will also be on offer and include an award-winning example of a 1-inch scale model of the Agricultural traction engine Minnie and 1 1/2-inch scale model of a Royal Chester to the design by W.J. Hughes and a 3-inch scale Aveling & Porter Showmans engine.

Also included in the sale is a fine collection of over 30 live steam stationary engines, which have been all built by one man and consigned from his collection in the north of Scotland. These include many models based on the designs by Anthony Mounts and Stuart Turner.

Those looking for something a bit different should note that the sale includes a large scale model of the steam tug Englishman powered by a live steam Stuart D10 engine, built by another award-winning builder, C. Putt of Guildford, and an exhibition standard model of a Burton Gipsy caravan.

There will be something for everyone with an interest in live steam and model engineering, including many part built models, steam toys and transport related items in the Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

World War I 2-6-2 Side Tank Locomotive No. 1227. Estimate: £3,000-£4,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Rare 5-inch gauge AD60 Garratt Locomotive No 6063. This steam locomotive, some 12 feet in length, is fully operational. It has an estimate of £15,000 to £18,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Locomotive No 6233 Duchess of Sutherland. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Locomotive No 2597 Gainsborough. Estimate: £800-£1,200. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:43
 

Quinn & Farmer to auction curator's photography collection, Aug. 28

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Monday, 18 August 2014 16:55

Esther Bubley, ‘Third Avenue Elm with Gum Machines,’ est. $200-$500. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Quinn & Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville, Virginia, is hosting an online-only sale through LiveAuctioneers that features the photography collection of George Cruger, former publications manager for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. The auction is now open for bidding, and lots will begin closing at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

For many years, George Cruger held the position of assistant curator of photographs at VMFA. In that capacity, Cruger had the opportunity to research photographic works, recommend additions to the collections, and mount exhibitions. Among the shows Cruger helped produce was the major group show in 1987 titled Portraits: Faces of the ’80s.

Cruger’s personal collection traverses the history of photography as it developed around the world. It includes many notable 19th- and early to mid-20th-century pieces from such photographers as Edward Weston, William Christenberry, Mary Ellen Mark, Roger Mertin, Grancel Fitz, Nickolas Muray and Geoff Winningham. Additionally, his collection of contemporary works dating from 1990 includes prints by Edith Maria Calvo (Italy), Chan Chao (Burma), Kahn & Selesnick (England/USA), Hiroshi Watanabe (Japan), and Claudio Cambon, Lori Nix, and Marla Rutherford (all USA).

Cruger’s support of Richmond’s art community is reflected in the photos he acquired by local artists including Myron Helfgott, Janet Decover, and Joe Seipel, current Dean of VCU Arts (Virginia Commonwealth University) and founding board member of 1708 Gallery, a nonprofit organization that provides a space for new art – both by emerging and established artists – to be displayed.

In a statement from his gallery show at Main Art Gallery in 2008, Cruger said he had not been guided in his collecting by “any overarching principle or shrewd strategy,” but rather, that the main impulse that motivated him was that he “liked looking at photographs...it’s really as simple as that.” He added that his enjoyment of photographic art had kept him interested in collecting over a long period of time, albeit “with limited financial resources.”

Among the highlights in Quinn & Farmer’s Aug. 28 auction are Geoff Winningham’s wrestling shot “Tag Team Action,” est. $1,500-$2,000; Hiroshi Watanabe’s “Chikako Suga, Matsuo Kabuki,” $400-$800; and William Christenberry’s “Kudzu with Sky (Winter) Near Akron, Alabama,” $800-$1,200. A photographic three-quarter portrait of Willa Cather, taken by Nickolas Muray, is estimated at $200-$400.

Quinn & Farmer’s Aug. 28 auction is an online-only event. For enquiries regarding any item in the sale, call Emilia Penney at Quinn & Farmer Auctions, tel. 434-293-2904, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Esther Bubley, ‘Third Avenue Elm with Gum Machines,’ est. $200-$500. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Nickolas Muray, ‘Willa Cather,’ est. $200-$400. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Mary Ellen Mark, ‘India,’ est. $500-$1,000. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

William Christenberry, ‘Kudzu with Sky (Winter) Near Akron, Alabama, est. $800- $1,200. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Geoff Winningham, ‘Tag Team Action,’ est. $1,500-$3,000. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Claudio Cambon, ‘Papa John Wallace,’ est. $200-$300. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Hiroshi Watanabe, ‘Chikako Suga, Matsuo Kabuki,’ est. $400-$800. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Underwood & Underwood, ‘Testing the First Gas Masks,’ est. $200-400. Quinn & Farmer Auctions image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:30
 

Estate-fresh antiques, art at Jeffrey Evans auction Aug. 22-23

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Monday, 18 August 2014 14:36
Sample of a collection of apothecary store fixtures and accessories. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will conduct a two-day unreserved auction on Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The first day’s offerings include country store and advertising articles; automobilia; Virginia historical items; a large selection of Shenandoah Valley calendars, advertising and postcards; a massive collection of bottles, insulators, apothecary and medical items; antique and vintage dolls including French and German bisque-head examples; vintage movie posters; antiquarian books; farm items; musical instruments; fountain pens; railroadiana; and kitchen items.

Many of the items being auctioned come from the collections of Joe Yancey of Harrisonburg, Va., and the late Michael J. Parmer of Waynesboro, Va.

The next day, Saturday, Aug. 23, the tone changes, as the auction house offers fine and decorative arts from estates and collections from Washington, D.C., New York City, New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Highlights include a 24-inch-tall Sevres-style ormolu-mounted vase, Old Paris porcelains, artwork and prints, a selection of 18th and 19th English, Continental and American furniture and decorative objects, jewelry, clocks and pocket watches, Native American and Virginia baskets and rugs, as well as American art pottery. There will also be a strong selection of 19th and 20th century silver featuring sets of Philadelphia and London footed open salts and tea services, along with a good group of Tiffany, Warner, Kirk and Stieff articles.

Chinese and Asian material will include porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné, snuff bottles and an early portfolio of woodblock prints after the famous Chinese work Yuzhi Gengzhi Tu.

For further information email Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 540-434-3939.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Sample of a collection of apothecary store fixtures and accessories. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. From a wide variety of decorative arts and collectibles to be sold on Aug. 22 and 23. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. Chinese material from a prominent Washington, D.C., estate including an early portfolio of ‘Yuzhi Gengzhi Tu’ woodblock prints. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. From a large selection of 19th and 20th century silver. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image. Collection of vintage and antique dolls including French and German. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:10
 

Bertoia's Sept. 19-20 auction offers rare toy boats, Marklin trains

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Monday, 18 August 2014 11:23
Chein Popeye Overhead Puncher, circa 1930s, lithographed tin with celluloid punching bag, est. $800-$1,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – No one likes for summer to end, but there’s a silver lining for toy collectors when the sunny season turns a corner and heads into fall. It means that soon it will be time for Bertoia’s Annual Fall Festival Auction. This year the popular, widely diverse sale of antique and vintage toys, trains and holiday items will take place on September 19 and 20 at Bertoia’s spacious auction gallery in Vineland, New Jersey, with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

Nearly 1,400 lots are being prepared for the colorful event, with an exciting list of categories that includes cast-iron and tin, penny toys, lead boats, European trains and stations, paper-over-wood and Fisher-Price toys. Almost 300 lots are dedicated to holiday collectibles, primarily for Christmas, with another 80 uncataloged box lots reserved as an auction epilogue solely for bidders who are in attendance.

“This is an entertaining, A-to-Z toy sale that won’t disappoint,” Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia said. “There’s a lot to see and bid on over the two-day period. We’ll be starting at 10 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.”

Friday’s session begins with a featured collection of 19th-century miniature lead boats by Issmayer, Heyde and others. “I’ve never seen this many in one group, because they’re very hard to find. The consignor is an American who bought primarily in Europe. Many are of the same type seen in some of David Pressland’s books,” said Bertoia.”

There will also be many larger boats docked at Bertoia’s, including an elusive 23-inch Uebelacker riverboat, and a very special craft by Rock & Graner, an example of which is also depicted in a Pressland reference. “When I asked David about it, he confirmed that it’s a tremendous find. If David says that, I’ll certainly take his word for it,” Bertoia said.

American cast-iron vehicles include autos, trucks, ’cycles, farm vehicles and fire engines. Featured highlights are an Arcade panel van, Kilgore Stutz-styled auto and a very rare Hubley 3-ton stake truck.

Coveted Marklin productions lead the train section. Among the highlights from Germany’s premier toy brand are: a lithographed-tin Heinz Tomato Ketchup car, several 1 gauge Pennsylvania Railroad passenger sets, and very nice 1 gauge “windcutter.” Four Marklin stations are entered in the sale, including an especially nice Central Station. A globe-on-arc lamp and a few choice canopy accessories are included, as well.

For collectors of German toys who’d like to visit a very exclusive day spa, Bertoia’s invites them to dip their toe into a Marklin swimming pool similar to those seen at Europe’s luxury hotels of a century ago. The pool is completely railed, with simulated brickwork, and has a diving board and platform. While it is estimated at $6,000-$8,000, Bertoia believes it could well exceed that price range.

Highlights in the automotive section include a connoisseur’s piece: a very early (circa 1900-1902) Carette steam-driven open car with a curious, primitive design; plus several Carette taxis and limos. Also in the lineup are two Alfa Romeo P2 racers – one in red and the other in an even scarcer blue color – as well as a couple of Bluebird racers, including a very desirable lithographed-tin 13-inch version with driver by SY Japan.

Many other European toys will be up for bid, among them an outstanding boxed Ski Rolf by Lehmann, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. “It’s all original and is the nicest one we’ve ever seen. It’s like new/old store stock,” Bertoia said. Also in the mix are more than 50 penny toys, including some colorful autos, an early airplane and a few articulated types.

A comprehensive array of comic character toys – many of them boxed and of Japanese manufacture – runs the gamut of radio, TV and newspaper comic strip characters. Ten Popeye variations, numerous character bands, an army of Marx toys, and many Mickey Mouse and other Disney toys – including celluloid – will be ready to perform and amuse.

Saturday’s session will start with more than 100 pressed-steel vehicles. The centerpiece is a fine fleet of trucks and pedal cars, and although they are from a prestigious collection, all will be sold without reserve. All of the top brands are represented, including Buddy L, Keystone and Sturditoy. A few are old store stock and retain their original boxes. The pedal car selection includes both early, all-original examples and other vehicles that have been restored to perfection. “All levels of buyer will be satisfied,” Rich Bertoia assured.

Next up will be die-cast toys, mostly by Smith-Miller. Some genuine rarities have been spotted in the grouping, including a red-painted wood prototype truck made right after World War II. It is an extremely well designed item with a futuristic look. Even though an artist’s rendering of the finished toy appeared in Smith-Miller’s sales catalog, the toy never actually saw production, making the company-documented prototype even more desirable to collectors.

The last of the wonderful paper-on-wood toys consigned to Bertoia’s by the late Dr. Frank Loveland will be auctioned on day two of the sale. This section is replete with wood trains and Noah’s Ark lots from the Loveland collection and others. Of special note is an ark from Dr. Loveland’s collection that is a “transitional” toy. Intact, it is an ark, but when the top is removed, it takes on the form of a train – two toys for the price of one.

Other toy highlights include a collection of Erzgebirge toys, both of hand-painted wood and paper on wood; a General Grant clockwork “smoker” toy, and approximately 50 Fisher-Price toys, including some of the company’s earliest designs.

One look at the outstanding collection of early Atlantic City tourist souvenirs and there’s no question as to where the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” drew its inspiration. In addition to picture postcards and photos, the collection includes ceramic dishes, etched ruby glass, cups, saltwater taffy boxes, and even a spittoon from an old hotel. “This is a great regional collection,” Bertoia noted. “It’s from a time when the Steel Pier amusement park was billed as the ‘Showplace of the Nation.’ It was the biggest thing on the East Coast.”

As is the tradition at Bertoia’s, the Annual Fall Festival Auction will reserve its final 3-4 hours to Christmas and other holiday antiques. A glittering assortment of glass ornaments, including early hand-painted ones, will be auctioned alongside a fabulous assortment of Dresdens, to serve as the grand finale of the late Tom Fox’s collection. Being a renowned interior designer, Fox had an impeccable eye for form and color, and this is reflected in the ornaments he chose for inclusion in his lifetime collection.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Chein Popeye Overhead Puncher, circa 1930s, lithographed tin with celluloid punching bag, est. $800-$1,000. Bertoia Auctions image Schoenner gauge IV steam locomotive and tender, German, boxed set, est. $3,000-$4,000. Bertoia Auctions image Circa-1900 Rock & Graner battleship, German, handpainted, 19in long, est. $35,000-$45,000. Bertoia Auctions image Alps Twirly Whirly Rocket Ride, Japanese, est. $500-$600. Bertoia Auctions image Lehmann ‘Li-La’ hansom cab with original box, German, clockwork, est. $1,800-$2,000. Bertoia Auctions image Carette steam-powered automobile, 10in long, est. $7,000-$9,000. Bertoia Auctions image American National locomotive pedal car, circa 1927, #9 limited model, est. $2,500-$3,500. Bertoia Auctions image Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel trencher on treads, 1928, est. $2,000-$2,500. Bertoia Auctions image Hubley 3-ton delivery truck, cast iron, circa 1920s, est. $1,200-$1,500. Bertoia Auctions image German belsnickle candy container, composition figure in fur robe, 12in tall, est. $500-$600. Bertoia Auctions image
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 15:26
 

Silverstone Auctions to sell one of Europe’s finest car collections Sept. 4

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Monday, 18 August 2014 10:22
1968  P400. Silverstone Auctions image.

LONDON - Silverstone Auctions is set to offer one of Europe's finest collections of road-going classic cars to come to market, at The Sale at Salon Privé on Sept. 4. Internet live bidding will be available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Henry Pearman, the founder and CEO of Eagle – the world's premier Jaguar E-Type specialist – has overseen the creation of this unique collection of high-quality and original cars, known as the Stradale Collection, applying the same energy, passion and attention to detail for which Eagle is world renowned.

The star of the historic road car collection is considered to be one of the all-time ultimate Ferraris – a rare 1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, estimated at between £1.75 and £2.25 million ($2.9 million-$3.8 million). One of just 122 ever produced, the car was delivered new in 1971 to U.S. casino owner William F. Harrah and has covered just 3,955 miles from new. As a testament to its supreme original state, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2009 and is presented in black with red leather interior.

Other iconic Italian models include one of just 349 Ferrari F50s to be built, this example with just 6,219 miles recorded and estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000, as well as its predecessor, the iconic F40, with only 10,738 miles driven and in exemplary order – also estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000. An example of the original supercar, and regarded by many as the best, is an exceptionally original and mechanically fresh 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 presented in its original striking yellow. It, too, is estimated at £600,000-£750,000.

Some special British models also will be featured, most notably a 1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Blower. Regarded as one of the most charismatic cars of all time, this example is number 25, the final car in the first batch of just 50 produced. Estimated at between £2.2 and £2.5 million, the car enjoyed a trouble-free 3,000-kilometer run in the inaugural Blower Bentley International Rally in 2010, which celebrated the car’s 80th anniversary at Le Mans.

Also within the British models is probably the most famous convertible Aston Martin of all, a sister car to HRH Prince Charles’s DB6 Mk 2 Volante, the model immortalized by His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at their royal wedding. One of only 38 ever produced, and just 17 to feature the preferred manual gearbox, this is estimated at £820,000-£920,000. A rare blue example of a Lotus Elan Drophead Sprint carries an estimate of between £35,000 and £45,000.

Commenting on the Stradale Collection, Pearman said: “Having chosen Salon Privé to launch our Eagle E-Type Speedster to the world back in 2009, as well as to celebrate the E-Type’s 50th anniversary in 2011, we knew the new joint venture between the UK’s finest concours event and Silverstone Auctions was the perfect opportunity to release some of the very best road cars from the collection.

“It is truly a living collection, so is subject to change from time to time, and we’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have recently acquired arguably the very best Audi R8 – the ex-works and 2004 Le Mans winner, to join the growing number of competition cars within the collection.”

The first car for the collection was acquired in 2000 and over the last 14 years has evolved to include some incredibly famous road and race cars, with 14 thoughtfully grouped road-going cars presented under the hammer at Syon House.

“The Stradale collection includes a series of iconic cars from the Daytona Spyder to the F50 and F40. Collectively, they are undoubtedly some of the most desirable cars to come to market in recent years, and The Sale at Salon Privé is the perfect venue at which to sell them,” said Paul Campbell Silverstone Auctions sales manager.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400. Silverstone Auctions image. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Coupe. Silverstone Auctions image. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Silverstone Auctions image. 1971 Ferrari 365GTS 4 Daytona Spyder. Silverstone Auctions image. 1996 Ferrari F50. Silverstone Auctions image. 1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Blower. Silverstone Auctions image. 1970 Range Rover Chassis 001. Silverstone Auctions image.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 11:06
 

Morphy’s opens Pa. Treasury's vault, adds valuables to Aug. 30-31 sale

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1848 Germantown (Philadelphia) fire company parade hat. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Over the weekend of Aug. 30-31, Morphy’s will once again partner with the Pennsylvania State Treasury to auction fine jewelry, rare coins and medals; and other hand-selected valuables from the Commonwealth’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property vault. The 554-lots containing goods from the Treasury’s storehouse are the highlight of Morphy’s 1,360-lot Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, and proceeds from their sale will generate revenue for programs benefiting the citizens of Pennsylvania. All Treasury lots will be offered without reserve; LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live-bidding services for the event.

“The Treasury, under the supervision of State Treasurer Rob McCord, makes an exhaustive effort to locate the rightful heirs of unclaimed valuables from banks and credit unions, police departments, hospitals, nursing homes and many other sources,” explained Morphy’s founder and president, Dan Morphy. “After three years have passed and all due diligence and advertising have been completed, the goods become eligible for auction under Pennsylvania’s unclaimed property law. Morphy’s is honored to work cooperatively with Treasurer McCord and his team in this ongoing joint venture.”

Saturday’s session will open with 150 lots of coins. Lot 5 is a complete Lincoln-head penny set that includes an elusive 1909-S VDB, lot estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Lot 69 contains five proof sets spanning the years 1950-1954, est. $1,000-$1,500; while Lot 86, a US gold type set including 11 gold coins is expected to make $8,000-$12,000. Additionally, the selection includes more than 100 1-oz gold Krugerrands, and a paper currency collection that includes Lot 121, an 1882 $20 gold certificate note, $2,000-$3,000; and Lot 136, a 1901 $10 large note, $2,000-$3,000.

A 30-lot single-owner collection of superior-quality Bakelite jewelry in a rainbow of colors leads the way for 350+ lots of fine jewelry, most of which comes from the Pa. Treasury vault. Lot 234, a ladies ring with 1.8 carats of emeralds and 1.2 carats of diamonds is estimated at $6,000-$9,000. A ring boasting a 2-carat natural brown diamond is entered as Lot 274, with a $25,000-$25,000 estimate. Lot 258, classic 14K white gold tennis bracelet, is set with 46 emerald-cut diamonds and has a total weight of approximately 40 carats. It is estimated at $25,000-$40,000. Other highlights include: Lot 451, a ladies Victorian yellow gold filigree brooch with 29 emeralds (15.5 carats) and 153 mine-cut diamonds (4.5 carats), est. $20,000-$30,000; and Lot 503, a chic 18K gold Tiffany ladies watch with oval lapis lazuli face, est. $7,000-$10,000.

Next up will be a single-owner collection of more than 80 figural napkin rings. Among the many desirable forms are Lot 588, a pair of tennis players, $2,500-$3,000; and Lot 590, a baseball player, $2,000-$2,500.

The Saturday session will conclude with 30+ lots of silver. Lot 631, a Georg Jensen flatware set, includes 344 pieces with a total weight is 381ozt, est. $10,000-$15,000. A William Gale (American) 4-piece sterling tea and coffee set dates to 1862 and weighs in at 138ozt. It is catalogued as Lot 650 and carries a presale estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Sunday’s offering begins with a single-owner collection of more than 100 lots of early firefighting memorabilia. Lot 712, a dated “1848” parade hat for a Germantown (Philadelphia) fire company is estimated at $8,000-$12,000; while Lot 752, an 18in Gamewell ball-top fire gong carries a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. Another firefighting gem is Lot 703, a water bucket for the Columbian Eagle Fire Society. Manufactured in Boston, the pictorial leather container is expected to earn $2,000-$3,000 at auction.

Listen for the thrilling sounds of mechanical music as the next 40 lots take the spotlight. Lot 809 is one of few known examples of Lochmann’s coin-operated duplex disc music box – a double-disc version of their Model 172. Walnut cased with 24 tubular bells and 12 pairs of discs, the machine is from the collection of Dr. Coulson Conn, past president of The Musical Box Society International. Est. $30,000-$40,000.

Described in Morphy’s catalog as “the true and final incarnation of what was known as the ‘orchestral’ style music box,” an elegant six-cylinder box made by the Swiss firm Ami Rivenc was produced sometime between 1885 and 1890. Its six cylinders play 48 melodies listed on the original framed tune label, with six tuned bells, a drum, castagnettes and a 22-note full reed organ. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.

The next 100 lots encompass numerous subcategories of Americana. Lot 884, a weather vane replicating a horse-drawn fire engine, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Lot 861, a handsome Pennsylvania tall-case clock in a George Hoff case, with “Lancaster” written on its face, could reach $5,000-$8,000.

A wonderful 30-lot assortment of stoneware includes Lot 925, a John Bell 1-gallon water pitcher, $5,000-$8,000; and Lot 926, a rare Remmy cobalt-blue paint-decorated chicken water-feeder, $3,500-$5,500. Lot 915, a 3-gallon jug, is richly decorated with the image of a deer standing in a fenced setting amongst foliage, and is impressed “Giles & Company” and “Variety Store Cherry Valley.” Its estimate is $5,000-$8,000.

More than 100 pieces of British, European and American pottery will be auctioned. Two of the section’s top lots were manufactured by R.W. Martin, the turn of the 20th century English company known for its whimsically grotesque – and highly sought-after – bird-shape vessels. Lot 960 is a Wally Bird tobacco jar marked along the neck of its stopper: “Martin Bros London & Southall.” Exhibiting superior color and detail, the 6½-inch figural jar is estimated at $13,000-$15,000. Lot 959 is a 24-inch handled pitcher designed in the form of a standing Eskimo clutching the folds of his full-length, hooded cloak. In excellent condition and incised “R.W. Martin & Bros London & Southall” and 14.9.1903 (Sept. 14, 1903) on its base, it has a presale estimate of $10,000-$12,000.

American pottery highlights include Lot 1040, a Roseville Egypto Arts & Crafts vase, $2,000-$3,000; Lot 1073, a Rookwood iris-glaze urn by Sara Sax, $1,000-$2,000; and Lot 1135, a Weller Sicard lobed vase, $2,000-$2,500.

More than 100 lots of art glass are included in the Sunday session. Among the key pieces are Lot 1153, a 12-inch Daum Nancy cameo vase, $2,000-$4,000; Lot 1162, an 11-inch, signed L.C. Tiffany iridescent art glass vase, $4,000-$6,000; and Lot 1175, a monumental 13-inch Quezal gold-luster Jack in the Pulpit vase, $12,000-$15,000.

The day will close with a single-owner collection of more than 40 beautiful bronzes. Lot 1273, a depiction of a girl in riding attire, holding a crop, is one of Bruno Zach’s most iconic subjects. Cast by Argentor and standing on a marble base, the near-mint 14¾-inch bronze is estimated at $6,000-$7,500. Lot 1274, a 13½-inch bronze nude of a young woman arranging her hair before a cheval mirror, is signed “Pinedo.” Est. $5,000-$8,000.

Commenting on the outstanding array of fine and decorative art to be sold, Dan Morphy remarked that anytime his company announces an upcoming sale will contain unclaimed valuables from the Pennsylvania Treasury’s vault, “the phones start ringing.”

“Typically, jewelry, coins or other goods from safe-deposit boxes are heirlooms or high-end items,” Morphy said. “Each time we’re invited to visit the vault in Harrisburg to help select the items to be auctioned, it’s an exciting treasure hunt for us. We always look forward to it and make an effort to choose pieces we know will appeal to the largest number of bidders and generate the greatest revenue for the Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord commented that the “ongoing partnership with Morphy Auctions has proved incredibly valuable,” noting that long-forgotten items from the Treasury’s vault have achieved $459,161 so far in Morphy sales.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
1848 Germantown (Philadelphia) fire company parade hat. Est. $8,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image 18K white gold and platinum diamond necklace, circa 1890s, with three major mine-cut diamonds and 51 additional graduated, old mine-cut diamonds. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image 18K white gold aquamarine and diamond pin that doubles as a pendant. Est. $9,000-$13,000. Morphy Auctions image Lochmann's coin-op duplex disc music box with tubular bells and 12 pairs of discs. Ex collection of Dr. Coulson Conn, past president of The Musical Box Society International. Est. $30,000-$40,000. Morphy Auctions image R.W. Martin & Brothers Wally Bird tobacco jar, signed, 6½ inches tall. Est. $13,000-$15,000. Morphy Auctions image R.W. Martin & Brothers handled pitcher in the form of a robed Eskimo, 14 inches tall, dated 14.9.1903 (Sept. 14, 1903). Est. $10,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image Figural napkin ring depicting Rip Van Winkle, with rifle and powder horn and accompanied by his dog. Est. $2,500-$3,500. Morphy Auctions image Stoneware 3-gallon jug with deer, heavy cobalt blue decoration, impressed for variety store Giles & Company, Cherry Valley. Est. $5,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions George Ohr crimped bi-colored vessel, signed in script ‘G.E. Ohr.’ Est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image Circa 1880s Lancaster, Pa., tall-case clock with works marked ‘John Belsner at Ephrata, Pa.,’ in 92-inch-tall George Hoff case. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 13:45
 

VIDEO: Riding with the King of Rock 'n' Roll

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:31
From the start, Elvis Presley had a thing for Cadillacs.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” was also the king of the road when he was behind the wheel of one of his many Cadillacs.

View “The Daily Bid” episode titled “Elvis and His Engines – A Private Tour of Elvis Presley's Rare Car and Motorcycle Collection” to learn more about his love of motor vehicles. Angie Marchese, Director of Archives at Graceland, gives candid glimpse of Elvis and his penchant for fast cars and motorcycles, and the high jinks they led to on the streets of Memphis.

The video also pictures the last Cadillac that Elvis Presley bought for personal use, a burgundy and silver 1977 Cadillac Seville. This pristine Caddy, from the collection of Elvis super fan Greg Page, will be a highlight of the Aug. 14 Auction at Graceland.

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From the start, Elvis Presley had a thing for Cadillacs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:28
 

Complete series of Coke calendars to star in Morphy's Aug. 22-24 sale

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Monday, 11 August 2014 13:45

1900 Hires tin cutout, 8¼ inches. Est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – “This is our strongest sale so far this year,” remarked Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, summarizing the 2,165 lots in his company’s Aug. 22-24, 2014 Coin-op & Advertising sale. “There’s such a tremendous selection of signs, soda fountain and other advertising, not to mention premier coin-op and gambling items, we decided to make it a big three-day event. The quality across the board is tremendous, and we know collectors are going to be more than pleased.” Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Friday, Aug. 22 session will open with more than 100 tobacciana lots. The big winner in the category could very well be Lot 40, a handsome charger advertising Alcazar Cigars and depicting “America’s Winningest Horse.” Measuring 17 inches in diameter, the charger could cross the finish line at $6,000-$12,000. Among the tins to be auctioned, two of the most desirable entries are Lot 86, a Cardinal Cut Plug Tobacco pocket tin, $2,500-$3,500; and Lot 85, a Torpedo vertical pocket tin, $1,500-$2,500.

Over 400 general store-related items will follow, with many of America’s favorite advertising mascots featured. Included in this group are Lot 168, a Planter’s Mr. Peanut figural papier-mache blinker, and Lot 316, a circa 1905-1910 Sleepy Eye Flour tin sign that colorfully depicts the trademark image of a proud Native American, “Old Sleepy Eye.” Estimate: $4,000-$7,000. A great catch for any antique advertising collection, Lot 294 is an extremely rare convex porcelain sign advertising Red-Top Flour and depicting a little boy climbing over a fence. In near-mint condition, it is expected to realize $15,000-$25,000 at auction.

Other sign highlights include Lot 320, a 1956 Merita Bread embossed-tin depiction of a Lone Ranger-type Western character on horseback, near flawless and in 9.7 condition, est. $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 328, a double-sided Sweet-Orr Union Made Clothes oval porcelain sign with tug-of-war graphics, est. $1,500-$3,000. Also notable are Lot 213, a Heinz pickle-shape string holder, $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 393, an oversize De Laval tin charger, $4,000-$6,000.

“Most of the signs in the auction are near mint and from a single-owner collector who was a condition buyer,” Morphy noted.

The auction’s opening day will wrap with 250 soda fountain-related lots, including 100 antique and vintage glass straw holders. A top pick from the nicely varied assortment is Lot 614, which contains two early rose glass jars with original lids and finely hand-painted details. They are estimated jointly at $1,500-$2,500.

Saturday’s session will open with 400+ Coca-Cola lots. The section is led by the incomparable Gordon P. Breslow calendar collection, which includes an example of every calendar issued by Coca-Cola since 1896. Many of the calendars are the very ones pictured in Pettretti’s Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide, and are regarded as the finest known examples.

Lot 711, Coca-Cola’s 1896 calendar, is believed to be the only surviving calendar from that year that retains its (partial) calendar pad. Presented in a deep shadow box with an ornate gilt frame, it is graded excellent plus to near mint, and is entered with a $30,000-$60,000 estimate.

Lot 719, a 1900 Coke calendar, is one of only two known to exist that are in near-mint-plus condition. It features the first beauty to appear in Coca-Cola ads, the model and actress Hilda Clark. Measuring 16 x 20 inches (framed), it is entered in the sale with a $50,000-$100,000 estimate.

“I can’t even tell you if I know anyone else who has a complete run of Coca-Cola calendars,” said Morphy, commenting on the centerpiece collection of the day. “Many of the calendars in Gordon’s collection are one of fewer than six known, and all are in spectacular condition. The opportunity just doesn’t arise for Coca-Cola collectors to be able to fill the missing slots in their calendar collections, but here we have a collection that includes a calendar from every single year since 1896. I suspect we’ll see some very competitive bidding and perhaps even a world record price.”

Additional Coca-Cola rarities include more than 100 porcelain and tin signs, most in near-mint-plus condition; and Lot 879, a Coca-Cola Chewing Gum bookmark, $2,500-$3,500.

Other early soda brands popular with collectors are represented by Lot 996, a 1909 Pepsi-Cola tin straw holder, $4,000-$8,000; Lot 1035, a rare and desirable 8-inch-tall tin cutout of the Hires boy, est. $4,000-$8,000; and Lot 1034, a petite 1900 Hires “Munimaker” salesman’s sample root beer dispenser. Made of marble, glass, nickel and zinc, it is a line-for-line scale-model replica of a Hires dispenser typical of those used at soda fountains around the turn of the 20th century. It is cataloged with a $40,000-$60,000 estimate.

An appealing selection of more than 150 soda fountain syrup dispensers offers a broad range of price points to suit beginning through advanced collectors. Lot 1091, a dispenser for Grape Julep soda, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000; while Lot 1145, a dispenser for Montelaise Cheriola soda, may be the only extant example, and is estimated at $12,000-$18,000. At the upper end are Lot 1131, a Hires Mettlach dispenser, $25,000-$45,000; and Lot 1090, a Pepsi-Cola pottery syrup dispenser that tops the group with a $30,000-$40,000 estimate.

A standout piece is Lot 1444, a figural circa-1900 leaded-glass street sign with curved ruby acid cutback glass top and bottom panels advertising a drug store and pharmacy. Its gently nipped-in waist is banded with multicolored cabochon “jewels,” which add a quality touch to the artistically crafted, eye-catching sign. Estimate: $15,000-$30,000.

Day three will start off with the clanging and bell-ringing sounds of more than 100 pinball machines, the third such offering from the collection of David Silverman, founder of the National Pinball Museum. Among the machines to be offered are three models by Williams: Lot 1500, “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” $4,000-$6,000; Lot 1507, a 1967 “Beat Time,” $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 1517, a “Satellite” pinball, $800-$1,200.

Next up will be 80+ coin-op and gambling items. Lot 1614, a Pulver Kola-Pepsin gum and chocolate dispenser, could make $4,000-$6,000; while Lot 1548, a Caille 5-cent Busy Bee cast-iron trade stimulator is aiming for $18,000-$20,000. Also made by Caille, a 5-cent New Century Detroit upright slot might reach $15,000-$20,000. But far and away the king of the category is Lot 1649, a Mills Double Dewey 5-cent/25-cent upright slot machine with original music, which is entered with a $100,000-$125,000 estimate.

A single-owner collection of more than 100 straight razors – described by Dan Morphy as “the best [he has] ever seen” – includes Lot 1792, a pair of carved, pearl-handled razors by Joseph Rogers & Sons, $2,000-$3,000. Other barber-related highlights include Lot 1858, a Clauss Cutlery reverse-painted-on-glass corner sign estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 1861, a highly desirable 15-inch Koken salesman’s sample barber chair, $25,000-$35,000.

Over 50 gas- and oil-related lots will be auctioned, with a Strong John Deere 2-sided porcelain sign, Lot 1693, predicted to make $6,000-$9,000. The 150-lot breweriana section, which will close the sale, includes several rare beer cans, notably: Lot 1870, a Williams Purple Cow Lager flat top, $1,500-$2,500; Lot 1874, a Salute Lager Beer (San Francisco/Oakland/Fresno) dome top, $1,500-$2,000; and Lot 1876, an English Lad flat top with jockey-on-horse with lucky horseshoe motif, $2,000-$4,000.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

1900 Hires tin cutout, 8¼ inches. Est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image 

 1896 Coca-Cola calendar, extremely rare, presented in a deep shadow box with gilt frame. Est. $30,000-$60,000. Morphy Auctions image

1898 Coca-Cola calendar framed under glass. Est. $20,000-$35,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Mills Double Dewey upright slot machine, 5/25 cents, with original music. Est. $100,000-$125,000. Morphy Auctions image 

 Callie 5-cent Busy Bee cast-iron trade stimulator. Est. $18,000-$20,000. Morphy Auctions image

Red-Top Flour convex porcelain sign. Est. $15,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Circa-1900 Hires urn syrup dispenser. Est. $25,000-$45,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Alcazar Cigar charger 
depicting ‘America’s Winningest Horse,’ manufactured by Louis Kindler Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Est. $6,000-$12,000. Morphy Auctions image 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 14:27
 

Renew Gallery to auction local collector’s antiques Aug. 28

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Friday, 08 August 2014 08:59

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image.

VANCOUVER – Renew Gallery, formerly Vancouver Architectural Antiques, will launch its inaugural auction of their “Great Estate Auctions” series Aug. 28. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Over 300 lots of antiques and collectibles will go to auction – online only at LiveAuctioneers.com on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. This is only the first portion of an extremely large private collection – fresh to market – belonging to a known Vancouver eccentric and antique collector. This auction will be offering up the best of vintage ephemera, antique furniture, American folk art, vintage movie posters, fine art prints, porcelain, bronze sculpture, lamps, lighting, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, paintings and more. There will be absolutely no reproductions included in this auction – only authentic originals.

An incredible assortment of vintage paper ephemera will be available for bidding, including vintage advertisements, music sheets, lobby cards and large collection of early movie posters – featuring some very special six sheets from the silent film era. Unlike today’s massive distribution of promotional materials, lobby cards and movie posters were packed up and sent to the next city and venue for screening – because Vancouver was the “end of the line” on Canada’s West Coast these paper products were sold off as building materials and eventually used as insulation. In an exciting discovery these beautifully designed and illustrated works were found during the demolition of a local Vancouver home – and have thankfully been saved for preservation and future enjoyment. A few exciting items to look out for include a poster from the 1921 silent movie adaptation of Booth Tarkington's The Turmoil presented by Carl Laemmle (founder of Universal Studios) starring George Hackathorne and silent film star Eleanor Boardman. It is estimated to make $3,000 - $5,000 at auction. Another colorful (and humorous) gem is an original poster from the cinematic mash-up Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Loosely based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the film follows two American detectives on the hunt in London for Dr. Jekyll in connection to a series of murders. The poster is very colorful and in great condition – estimated to sell at auction between $500 - $800. Vintage collectors and graphic design fans will be overjoyed at the release of this collection of quality vintage paper goods.

Exceptional furniture is also to be expected at this one of a kind sale – including a circa 19th century folk art marquetry sideboard, an absolute masterpiece in wood inlay. This sideboard features three cabinets and three drawers with shelving. From Hudson, N.Y., this piece was totally handcrafted by a singular individual, a judge in fact, who crafted this entire piece singlehandedly. The entire process took 15 years to complete, beginning in 1880 and completed in 1895. This remarkable piece has only ever had one owner before entering into its current collection and is a world-class example of American folk art. An absolute marvel of craft for anyone lays eyes on it, it’s estimated to sell at auction for $20,000 - $25,000.Other stunning pieces of antique furniture and decor will also be up for bidding, as well as architectural gems including a collection of leaded and stained glass windows, wood carvings, bronze sculptures and paintings from around the world.

Another specialty item being listed in this auction is an incredible Royal Superior wood stove, a rare find today. Fully cleaned and restored this stove is actually in working condition. From the turn of the 20th century, it is made entirely of cast iron, and is a wood burning Victorian-style stove with all original parts. The oven has been relined and is estimated to sell at auction for $5,000 - $7,000.

For information on any item in the sale, call 604-872-3131 Email inquiries to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 15:03
 

Unique windows featured at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Aug. 28-29

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The Henry Holiday windows were once owned by Led Zepplin’s manager Peter Grant (1935-1995). Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – While the rest of the art world slows for the summer months, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will offer an impressive set of four stained glass windows by Henry Holiday in a two-day summer sale. The auction on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29, spans furniture, works of art, painting and rugs alongside Asian and European ceramics and glass.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Pre-Raphaelite artist Henry Holiday (1839-1927) was an English historical and landscape painter. He joined Powell’s glassworks as a stained glass window designer in 1861, and in 1891 opened his own glassworks in Hampstead. There he produced stained glass windows alongside mosaics, enamels and sacerdotal objects. One of his most famous stained glass designs is the Isambard Kingdom Brunell Memorial Window, 1868, at Westminster Abbey.

Holiday was commissioned to produce these pieces in 1898 by the Institute of Chartered accountants of England and Wales. Each has a figurative panel above the Institute’s coat of arms and motto Recte Numerare [Lot 876].

Designed for institute’s headquarters, Chartered Accountants Hall, in London, the group was purchased by Led Zepplin’s manager Peter Grant (1935-1995) and has since remained in his family.

Grant and Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page shared a passion for antiques, visiting local antique markets and shops between shows.

The sale will be held at Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions’ Donnington Priory saleroom, in Newbury, Berkshire.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Henry Holiday (1839-1927), a set of stained glass windows for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, 1898, each with a figurative panel above the arms of the Institute and the motto 'Recte Numerare.' Estimate: £8,000 – £12,000, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:46
 

Engraved glass sparkles in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Aug. 28

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Marriage goblet signed & dated by A.F. Schurman, 1757. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

LONDON – An important single-owner collection of quality 18th and early 19th century glass, including decanters from the celebrated Irish distillery, Bushmills Distillery, and rare stipple engraved and diamond point engraved drinking glasses, will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ “Fine and Important Furniture, Paintings, Ceramics & other Works of Art” sale on Thursday, Aug. 28.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The collection from County Antrim in Northern Ireland was begun in the mid-1980s with a focus on Dutch engraved glass and Irish glass. It boasts a fine Dutch diamond-engraved commemorative light baluster marriage goblet signed and dated A.F. Schurman, 1757, engraved to Dexter with the arms of Barthold Douma Van Burmania (1695-1766).

Barthold Douma Van Burmania was a Dutch statesman and humanitarian, noted for his efforts to prevent the expulsion of Jews from Bohemia and other parts of the empire.

Fashionable during the 18th and 19th century, skillfully engraved marriage goblets were a given as luxury tokens of enduring love. This fine example, estimated at £6,000-8,000, is by Adam Frederik van Schurman (1730-1783), an amateur engraver related to the famous engraver Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678). Only 11 signed glasses are known by his hand [Lot 402].

Also from the collection is another Dutch diamond-point engraved example signed and dated by A.C. Schonck, 1755, estimated at £3,000-5,000 [Lot 400] and a Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed “Friendship” goblet attributed to David Wolff, circa 1785, estimated at £1,500-2,000 [Lot 401].

From the Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim, is a set of three cut and engraved commemorative spirit decanters with two original stoppers. The Bushmills Distillery is widely regarded as the oldest licensed distillery in the world, having recently celebrated its 400th birthday, and is also a popular tourist destination.

The set of three were probably made for a tantalus and are inscribed “THE BUSHMILLS OLD DISTILLERY PURE MALT Co. ANTRIM IRELAND.” Engraved in the center is a pot still, the company’s original trademark from when the Old Bushmills Distillery was registered by Hugh Anderson in 1784. The pot still, a piece of equipment used in the distilling of whiskey, remains a mark of genuine distinction within the company today. The late 19th century set is accompanied by a Bushmills decanter label and together is estimated at £300-500 [Lot 437].

The sale will be held at Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions’ Donnington Priory saleroom, in Newbury, Berkshire, on Aug. 28.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Marriage goblet signed & dated by A.F. Schurman, 1757. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Goblet signed and dated by A.C. Schonck, 1755. Estimate: £3,000-5,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

‘Friendship’ goblet attributed to David Wolff, 1785. Estimate: £1,500-2,000. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

Set of three cut and engraved commemorative spirit decanters with two original stoppers, Bushmills Distillery, late 19th century. Estimate: £300-500. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions image.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 15:19
 

Tonya Cameron taps Back Bay brownstone for auction Aug. 24

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Friday, 01 August 2014 16:09

Henry Wyatt portrait of a young woman, oil on board, signed and dated, 1821, 19 x 17 inches overall framed. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Tonya A. Cameron Auctioneers Inc. will sell nearly 200 lots of period antiques, decorative items and collectibles at an auction Sunday, Aug. 24, at beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Auctioneer Tonya A. Cameron says the items are from a “Boston Back Bay brownstone,” one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country.

Highlights include 17th, 18th and 19th century British, European, Asian and American antiques; signed Royalty autographs and photographs; fine jewelry and coins; many items in sterling silver; and 19th and 18th century paintings.

For information phone 781-233-0006 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Henry Wyatt portrait of a young woman, oil on board, signed and dated, 1821, 19 x 17 inches overall framed. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Romero Britto ‘Lion King’ commissioned artwork, oil on board, signed and inscribed on verso by the artist, 27 x 23 1/2 inches overall framed. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Antique Delft portrait plate, William of Orange, circa 1690; 8 1/2 inches. Estimate: $400-$600. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Pear-shape diamond engagement set, 14K, approx. 2 1/2 carats. Estimate: $1,500-$2,200. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Wallace sterling silver flatware service, including serving pieces, 116.10 troy ounces, without knives 86.48 troy ounces. Estimate: $1,300-$1,500. TAC Estate Auctions Inc. image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:00
 

Ahlers & Ogletree brimming with art for Aug. 9-10 auction

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:19

Two paintings by the noted Swiss-born artist Theo Meier (1908-1982) will come up for bid, including this 1945 oil on canvas titled ‘Balinese Female Nude.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

ATLANTA – Around 1,000 lots of quality, fresh merchandise in a wide array of categories – fine art by noted listed artists, fine period and modern furniture pieces, a collection of antique tortoiseshell items, decorative accessories and more – will be sold at auction the weekend of Aug. 9-10 by Ahlers & Ogletree. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Start times for both days of the Summer Estates Auction will be 11 a.m. Eastern. This will be yet another packed auction for Ahlers & Ogletree, a firm that has made its mark in a short time as one of the top auction houses in the Southeast. For instance, the recent June 6-8 auction was expanded by a day to accommodate the many lots. Quality items poured in, to the delight of eager bidders.

Fine artwork will be a headliner category in the Aug. 9-10 sale. Two works by the noted Swiss-born, but well-traveled, painter Theo Meier (1908-1982) will be offered. One is an oil on canvas titled Balinese Female Nude (1945), 25 1/2 inches by 23 1/4 inches (unframed). The other is a 1950 pencil on paper rendering titled Sketch of a Young Balinese Woman. Both are signed and dated.

Two oil on canvas paintings by the British painter Christopher Le Brun (b. 1951) will also come up for bid. The first is a contemporary abstract painting with imagery of a gray horse in a muted architectural landscape, titled Day Painting (2007). The second is a contemporary painting with abstract imagery suggesting overgrown plant life, titled Trance (2005). Both are signed and dated.

The period furniture category will feature an early 20th century French mahogany and gilt metal mounted Empire-style sofa with custom silk upholstery, an American marble-top Empire-style pier table, a marble-top bombe chest with wine cork motif, an Empire-style ormolu mounted mahogany armchair, and a mahogany and satinwood inlaid game table.

Mid-century modern furniture will include an important Longitude chaise longue made by Maya Lin (American, b. 1959), the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Designed for Knoll International in 1998, the chaise longue has a rectangular maple frame below an undulating plywood top. Also featured in that category are a set of four Diamond wire lounge chairs in black enameled steel, made by Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978) for Knoll International, and a set of seven Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen (Danish, 1902-1971) for Fritz Hansen, with the 1998 Hansen label.

The large and fine collection of 19th century hand-painted fans comes from a private collection out of Rabun Gap, Ga. The same collector has also consigned a strong grouping of antique tortoiseshell items including boxes, calling card cases, and an inkwell. From a different Georgia collector comes a large collection of Rothschild Bird porcelain by Herend.

Returning to artwork, an abstract surrealist color lithograph by the renowned Spanish artist Joan Miro (1893-1983), titled Altamira (1958), pencil signed and numbered “25/75,” is certain to spark interest. Also sold will be an oil on wood panel by the Austrian artist Raphael Ambros (1854-1895), titled The Kitten Seller (1883), showing a girl with a blanketful of kittens.

A pastel on paper work depicting a dark blue sky and ground with the sun rising on the horizon, by Jules Olitski (Amican, 1922-2007), titled August Tenth, signed and dated 1995, is expected to wow the crowd, as will an oil on wood panel by French artist Armand Désiré Gautier (1825-1894), titled Five French Nuns Strolling on Normandy Coast, artist-signed.

A beautifully hand-colored and engraved antique map (second state), executed by the Dutch cartographer Justus Danckerts (1635-1701), showing an early view of America, including one of the first depictions of Philadelphia, is a work of art in its own right.

Rounding out just some of the sale’s expected top lots are two large mid-16th century leather-bound books and a lathe-turned and varnished wild cherry center bowl, carved by the artisan Ed Moulthrop (Georgia, 1916-2003).

Inquiries regarding bidding or the auction may be made via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by phone, at 404-869-2478.

Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, phone 404-869-2478; or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Two paintings by the noted Swiss-born artist Theo Meier (1908-1982) will come up for bid, including this 1945 oil on canvas titled ‘Balinese Female Nude.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Lathe-turned and varnished wild cherry center bowl, carved by the artisan Ed Moulthrop (Georgia, 1916-2003). Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Pair of oil on canvas paintings by the British artist Christopher Le Brun (b. 1951), including this 2007 work titled ‘Day Painting.’ Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Greek-style, finely rendered carved stone sculptural fragment of a classically styled satyr, 11 inches tall. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

The auction will feature two large mid-16th century leather-bound books, like this one shown. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Longitude chaise lounge made by Maya Lin (American, b. 1959), for Knoll International, 1998. Ahlers & Ogletree image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 17:05
 
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