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Mosby to auction sideshow banners, Coke antiques, pop relics, May 16

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:09


Rare Tom Mix Circus poster. Mosby & Co. image

FREDERICK, Md. – Buyers of rare, early circus sideshow banners had a field day when Mosby & Co., auctioned Part I of an advanced collection that was started in the late 1970s. Now it’s time for Part II to take its place in the spotlight, which it will do on May 16th, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The banner collection is a special highlight of the 300- to 400-lot sale and is the source for 11 of the 14 banners entered in the sale. Three additional sideshow banners were consigned by other private collectors.

The hot ticket within the banner offering is a 46-foot-long example that Mosby’s owner, Keith Spurgeon, says is the largest one Fred G. Johnson (American, 1892-1990) ever painted. “Fred Johnson was the Picasso of sideshow banner artists. His work was even shown at the World’s Fair of 1933. Today, his art is in high demand,” said Spurgeon. “The art on this particular banner is all clowns. It’s immense and would have covered the entire front of a circus tent. It’s a well-known, well-documented piece, probably from the 1960s, and has been in the same collection for many years,” Spurgeon said.

Another example of Johnson's work is the circa-1960s sideshow banner 'Premature Burial.'





Two very rare banners painted by Neiman Eisman (d. 1956), both exhibiting a monkey theme, came from a California collection. “Eisman is the man who got Fred Johnson started, and he worked alongside him as a blocker. Eisman had his own very distinctive style of painting and was known for his highly detailed backgrounds,” said Spurgeon. “We’re very fortunate to be able to offer these two banners, because Eisman’s work just never comes up for sale. Any knowledgeable collector would confirm that.”





From the same California collection comes a small grouping of circus posters covering a 50-year timespan from 1910 to about the 1960s. Among them is an extremely colorful and profusely illustrated poster for the Tom Mix Circus (see top of article), promoting a guaranteed live appearance by cowboy star Mix and his horse Tony, that Spurgeon says he has never seen before, either in person or in print.

The toy section of the sale includes a DC-area collection amassed by a TV production company executive. In addition to many television-themed vehicles – TV camera trucks, cars, jeeps, etc. – the collection features are a number of Coca-Cola-related toys. Additional tin toys to be auctioned include productions by Marx and many other desirable brands. All are in excellent condition.





Some 50-60 pieces of antique advertising were sourced “from a California estate collection built over 45 years that no one knows about,” Spurgeon said. “Everything is in outstanding condition.” Among the items in the collection are early country store items, straight razors and pristine porcelain signs, including one that advertises jewelry and watch repair; and a Van Durk travel agency sign that Spurgeon said he has ever seen before.





Other highlights (from various consignors) include a 1930s Coca-Cola neon clock and circa-1906 Coke tip tray (both pictured below), 1930s themed non-sports collector cards by Goudey and other gum companies; and a pair of circa-1900 matched brass beer taps, each 24 inches tall and designed to replicate swans’ necks.









Some rare and unusual historical aviation relics have been secured for the May 16 auction. An original, unused propeller for a World War I de Havilland DH5 fighter plane presumably never left the aircraft factory where it was made. Only 500 such planes were produced during the First World War, and none of them has survived, Spurgeon said. Also “impossible to find,” according to Spurgeon, is the pair of original wicker passenger seats from a circa-1925 Ford Tri-Motor airplane. “Things like these chairs are found only in museums. Collectors are very keen to find objects of this type, but they never show up at auction, so we might see some strong competition on auction day.”





A popular category in past Mosby sales has been tribal items from the South Pacific/Oceana and Africa. This time the ethnographic attractions come in the form of two Fijian war clubs, a very fine Hawaiian gourd calabash (bowl) and a few African pieces with provenance from the late Irwin Hersey, who was a knowledgeable and respected collector from the 1950s through 1990s.





Bidders should be prepared for many other surprises to surface, Spurgeon said. “Quite a few things haven’t been unpacked yet, including two boxes from a Texas collector who buys across the board but always goes for quality above everything else.”

Mosby & Co.’s Saturday May 16 auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 240-629-8139 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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:48
 

I.M. Chait auction offers colorful Chinese antiques May 17

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 17:01


This colorful Qianlong-style enamel snuff bottle, which is just 2 inches high, depicts European nobles with attendants in a pastoral landscape. Estimate: $200-$300. I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers images

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers will present 500 lots of mostly Asian art and antiques at their auction Sunday, May 17. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will be composed of:

  • Fine Sino-Tibetan bronzes and antique painted thangkas from a prominent Los Angeles collection;
  • Early Chinese dynastic pottery figures including Wei, Tang and Song from a Chicago collection;
  • Chinese ink and color on paper scrolls depicting picturesque landscape scenes from Far East collections;
  • Finely carved jade and hardstone pendants, toggles and scholars' items; together with numerous snuff bottles from a Pasadena collection;
  • A collection of 18th and 19th century Chinese blue and white ceramics from a San Clemente estate;
  • Vintage and antique jewelry including a diamond and sapphire bracelet, together with lavender jade items from a Beverly Hills estate.

A large Chinese 100 Deer enameled porcelain vase with molded deer handles, probably Minguo Period, 18 1/4 inches high, is expected to sell for $1,500-$2,000.





Standing 60 1/2 inches high, this carved stone figure of a Buddhist deity 
in ornately draped robes, flanked by a mandorla of four flying apsaras and a miniature Buddha above, is estimated at $600-$800.





This archaistic Chinese carved spinach jade libation cup, 6 1/8 inches high, has a $700-$800 estimate.





Typical of the Sino-Tibetan painted thangkas in the auction is this colorful work depicting a large Green Tara. Measuring 30 by 24 inches, it carries a $200-$300 estimate.





For details contact I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers by phone at 310-285-0182 or via email 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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:07
 

Period furniture, fine art highlight Brunk sale May 15-16

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:00
This mahogany desk is attributed with certainty to Robert Walker (1710–1777) of King George County, Va., circa 1750. Brunk Auction images

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A carved mahogany desk attributed to a noted 18th century Virginia cabinetmaker is the star attraction at Brunk Auction’s May 15-16 sale.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This important piece of Southern furniture, which will sell on Saturday, May 16, is attributed to Scottish émigré cabinetmaker Robert Walker (1710-1777) of King George County, who with his older brother William, was in great demand among the wealthiest families in the colony and often worked in tandem building and furnishing houses.

The desk's remarkable iconography – including hairy paw feet, knees carved with lions' heads, and the bust of a Roman statesman raised in relief on its prospect door – is exceptional for Colonial America. It has an estimate of $150,000-$250,000.

Also selling that day will be an elegant set of 12 English George III mahogany dining chairs, circa 1785, which is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.



An outstanding painting in the Friday, May 15, sale is a Frank Earle Schoonover (Delaware/Pennsylvania, 1877-1972) oil on canvas titled I watched them for a few hours but they showed no sign of taking to the bush. (#1291), circa 1926. Estimate: $18,000-$24,000.



Also selling May 15 is Charles Morris Young (Pennsylvania/Maine, 1869-1964) painting titled The Meet at White Horse Tavern, 1923, which has a $12,000-$18,000 estimate.



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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:29
 

Calder’s late-life masterpiece leads May 17 LA Modern auction

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:29


Alexander Calder, ‘Quatre Blancs,’ 1976, sheet metal, wire and paint; signed and dated “CA 76” on blue disc, 19.625 x 20 x 12 inches. Provenance: Galerie Maeght, Paris; private collection, Los Altos, California (acquired from the above throughMaeght USA, San Francisco, California, 1978). Exhibited: ‘Calder: Mobiles and Stabiles,’ Galerie Maeght, Paris, December 1, 1976 - January 8, 1977. Illustrated: ‘Calder: Mobiles and Stabiles.’ Galerie Maeght: Paris, 1976; #37. Estimate: $500,000–700,000. LAMA image

LOS ANGELES – On May 17, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) will auction an important Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976) standing mobile created in the last year of the revered artist’s life. Titled Quatre Blancs, the mobile is the premier entry in LAMA’s sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. It is offered with a presale estimate of $500,000–$700,000.

“The substantial size, the simple construction, the elegant balance, and the primary colors – Quatre Blancs shows Calder’s masterful ability to distill his life’s work into a simple gesture,” said Peter Loughrey, Director of Fine Art & Design at LAMA.

The Calder work has remained in the hands of its original owner since its purchase in 1978 from Galerie Maeght in Paris. Calder created the work – one of the last of his lifetime – expressly for a December 1976 Galerie Maeght show that opened shortly after his death. It will convey to the new owner with a copy of the original purchase receipt.

The prestigious Galerie Maeght has long been a mecca for the postwar avant-garde and art cognoscenti, and has nurtured the careers of several other 20th-century masters, including Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miró.

Also featured in the auction is Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, a 1968 complete portfolio of 10 silkscreen prints.





Other Warhol lots include Mao (1973) and $ (1982), shown below.





Following LAMA’s incredible recent success with Picasso ceramics, the auction house expects great interest in a 1955 turned earthenware pitcher with a knife-engraved image of a bull. It is marked #7 of 100 and is expected to make $50,000-$70,000 on auction day.





Made in 1947, this set of Picasso dishware is hand-painted with a whimsical fish motif and marked #43 of 300.





Additional auction highlights include an Agnes Martin watercolor from 1977, paintings by Karl Benjamin and June Harwood; and a Billy Al Bengston acrylic on canvas titled Augies Riviera, pictured below. It was gifted by the artist to the consignor in 1972.





Sam Maloof designed and crafted this handsome Fiddleback maple rocking chair.





The furniture selection also includes custom pieces made by American master George Nakashima.

LAMA’s Sunday, May 17 auction will begin at 12 noon Pacific Time / 3 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design and Fine Art, at 323-904-1950 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:25
 

Roland Auctions NY dives into contemporary art May 12

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:35


Richard Estes painting titled ‘Diana and Charlie,’ 12in x 16 1/4in sight, 14 3/4in x 18 3/4in frame. Estimate $40,000-$60,000. Roland Auctions NY images

NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will present an important sale May 12 featuring over 100 lots of modern and contemporary art and design selected from choice collections – the company's first venture into this growing market.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Notable modern artists in this sale include Richard Estes, Yayoi Kusama, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso, Jesus Soto, Alexander Calder and Salvador Dali. Decorative arts and design items include: a George Nelson mid-century desk, three Picasso Madoura chargers and a Madoura plate, a Victor Vasarely chess set, a Jean Royere coffee table, an Antoni Gaudi “Calvet” chair, and a set of Paul Evans side tables.

Yayoi Kusama’s bold graphic composition titled Dirty Hand is dated 1954. Framed, it measures 21 3/4 inches by 18 3/4 inches. The estimate is $40,000-$60,000.





Jesus Rafael Soto's Incline Bleu et Noir, is signed and numbered “49/100” and measures 17 inches by 15 inches. The estimate is $8,000-$12,000.





Among the Picasso for Madoura ceramics in the auction is this unglazed charger, 16 3/4 inches in diameter. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.





Stamped and signed by Keith Haring Estate, this untitled silkscreen has a $2,200-$2,500 estimate.





Henry Faulkner’s oil on Masonite painting titled Alley carries a $2,000-$3,000 estimate.





For details call our Roland Auctions NY at 212-260-2000.



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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:58
 

Sterling Assoc. to auction estate-fresh modern, decorative art, May 13

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Monday, 04 May 2015 15:57


Period openwork brass and iron telephone console with marble top, manner of Oscar Bach, est. $500-$1,000. Sterling Associates image

CLOSTER, N.J. – On Wednesday, May 13, New Jersey’s Sterling Associates will present a 368-lot Modern & Decorative Art Auction featuring some of the finest fresh-to-market pieces recently obtained from residences in the New York tri-state area. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the top highlights is a breathtaking Louis-Ernest Barrias (French, 1841-1905) seminude bronze titled Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science, which stands 17 inches tall and is signed “E. Barrias.” The work is a testament to detail, as witnessed in every tiny fold on the “cloth” that drapes the female figure. The bronze is also cold-stamped under the base with the foundry mark “SUSSE FRERES EDITEURS PARIS.” Its pre-auction estimate is $8,000-$16,000.





Also entered in the sale is an abstract modern sculpture on marble base by Dimitri Hadzi (American, 1921-2006). Signed and numbered on the lower-back portion of the bronze, this handsome piece stands 10 inches tall and has a broad estimate range of $600-$2,200.





An absolute showstopper, an 18-inch Le Verre Francais “Scarabees” vase exhibits a quintessential Art Deco motif of a large scarab beetle resting on vivid orange glass overlaid with purple glass. Designed by Charles Schneider, the vase is artist-signed and dates to around 1919-1922. It is estimated at $3,500-$5,000.





Another example of Art Deco glass artistry at its best, two matching Auguste Legras acid-cut vases feature a geometrical pattern on clear olive-green glass. Created around 1920-1925, the 17½ inch tapering vessels are entered in the auction with an $800-$1,600 estimate for the pair.





Borrowing from a classical theme, a Boch Freres (Belgian) late Art Deco charger by Raymond-Henri Chevallier depicts a partially obscured nude male holding a torch with plumed flames. Artist-signed, it is also stamped “Boch Freres la Louviere” and dated 1949. It measures 12 7/8 inches wide and is offered with a $1,200-$2,000 estimate.





In the manner of Oscar Bach, a period openwork brass and iron telephone console is stamped with the maker’s mark beneath the marble top. The front and side brass panels are decorated with repousse knights and nude females, each with a velvet background. The piece is elaborately detailed and stands 47 inches tall on paw feet. A most unusual design, it is estimated at $500-$1,000.





From an earlier design era, a Tiffany-style Art Nouveau lamp consists of a triangular base with three intertwined gilt-bronze supports for an inverted leaded and stained glass shade. The honey-colored shade, whose metal framework exhibits natural verdigris, is of a construction similar to Tiffany Studios’ belted turtleback pieces. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.





Another Art Nouveau highlight is a signed and dated Josef Ekberg (Swedish) pottery vase with repeating floral and tree design, estimate $800-$1,600.





Fine art is led by a colorful and appealing oil-on-canvas painting, possibly by Kees van Dongen (Dutch, 1877-1968), that depicts smartly dressed men and woman at an outdoor event. On verso, a gallery stamp reads “Galerie Louis Carre, Paris.” Measuring 25½ by 21 inches (framed), its presale estimate is set at $3,000-$6,000.





All bidding in Sterling Associates’ auctions is conducted remotely, but the company is a brick-and-mortar establishment where anyone can inspect the goods. Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com. The Wednesday, May 13, 2015 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 11-3 on May 6-8 (inclusive) and May 11 and 12; or at later times by appointment. The gallery is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. For additional information on any item, call 201-768-1140 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . View the fully illustrated catalog online 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.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 16:43
 

Signed photos in all-star lineup at MBA/Seattle Auction House, May 16

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Monday, 04 May 2015 13:47


A photograph of Babe Ruth, autographed by the New York Yankees slugger, is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. MBA/Seattle Auction House images.

RENTON, Wash – An impressive collection of rare 1900s autographed baseball photos stored for decades in safety deposit box going up for auction on Saturday, May 16, at MBA/Seattle Auction House. The sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia auction is highlighted by Dr. Clarence G. “Doc” Steen’s collection of important signed baseball photos.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

In 1910 Steen, a dentist from Scottsbluff, Neb., began collecting photographs of the baseball stars of the era. In 1930 he began writing the players and requesting they autograph the pictures that he mailed to them. These photos consisted mainly of Sporting News M101-2’s and Baseball Magazine M-114 premiums.

Most of the players replied, returning the photographs with nice, bold signatures and since these were handled carefully, the condition of the signatures is outstanding.

Steen continued his hobby until the late 1940s. In a newspaper article published in the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, January 1954,  Steen said that he quit collecting about six years before and had 165 signed baseball photos that he considered the gems of his collection. Included in this collection are signed photos of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Mordecai Brown, Frank “Home Run” Baker, Zach Wheat, John Evers, Eddie Collins, Ed Walsh just to name a few.

Also included in this exciting sale is a photo (Sporting News M101-2) signed by Ty Cobb (below) estimated at $1,500-$2,500.





A warm-up jacket worn by players of the fictional New York Knights in the movie The Natural is expected to hit $500 to $1,000.





A rare 1743 first edition of Thomas Mathison’s The Goff, considered to be the first publication dedicated to the game of golf, is estimated at $80,000-$120,000.







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.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 13:58
 

Wright auction to offer Frank Gehry designed home May 19

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Friday, 01 May 2015 16:20


The Winton Guest House designed by Frank Gehry won House and Garden’s design of the year award and made Time’s 'Best of 87' list. Wright images

CHICAGO – On May 19 Wright will present Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House at auction. The seminal work by one of the America’s most important architects must be moved from its present site in Minnesota. Wright hopes to find a new steward for this important structure.

LiveAuctioneers will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

A seminal work, the Winton Guest House introduces Gehry’s “village concept” where rooms become individual structures, the overall plan foreshadowing his iconic design for the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Composed like a Giorgio Morandi still life, the structure is made up of six geometric-shapes clad in a variety of materials including stone, Finnish plywood and lead-coated copper. Completed in 1987, The Winton Guest House is a breakthrough structure exhibiting the sculptural vision for which Gehry is most well known.





The auction presents a rare opportunity to acquire an architectural masterpiece and preserve this significant work for future generations.

The Winton Guest House is estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million for the sale of the building only; the land is not included, thus Frank Gehry’s iconic structure will need to be relocated.

The sculptural structure will be offered in Wright’s Design Masterworks sale alongside a highly vetted selection of the best and rarest works by architects, designers and artists of the 20th century. Works from the auction will be on view in Wright’s New York gallery and the Winton Guest House will be represented by a model of the house created after the example by Gehry in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Mike and Penny Winton commissioned Gehry to design their guesthouse after reading a feature on the architect in the New York Times in 1982. Their residence, situated on 12 acres on Lake Minnetonka, was designed by Philip Glass. So as not to compete with Glass’s vision, Gehry designed the house as a large outdoor sculpture. In 2002 the Wintons sold their property to Kirt Woodhouse, who subdivided the land and subsequently donated the Winton Guest House to the University of St. Thomas in 2007. The structure was moved 110 miles to the university’s Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna the following year. St. Thomas has since sold the property, and the Winton Guest House now needs to move.





Receptions celebrating Gehry’s Winton Guest House will be held in Minneapolis and New York.

For details contact Wright at 312-235-4181.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 09:04
 

Museum-quality items to be sold at Pangaea auction May 16

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Friday, 01 May 2015 15:27


This Tiffany pre-World War I diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold pin measures 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Estimate: $35,000-$36,000.  Pangaea Auction images

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Pangaea Auctions will offer antiques of the highest quality at a "Museum Collection” auction on May 16. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

This collection was formed from multiple private collections, including that of Chief Joe Dan Osceola of the Seminole tribe.

There is a mix of lots from Chinese, Japanese, African, Indian, Inuit, Native American, and South American cultures, ranging in the form of collectibles, artifacts, sculptures, estate jewelry, weapons and paintings.

Among the top lots of Native American jewelry is an old pawn heavy bear claw, silver, turquoise and coral bracelet (below), which is stamped, "Navajo Handmade J.S." It is estimated at $4,500-$5,500.





A Native American old pawn squash blossom necklace of sterling silver and green turquoise, 29 inches long clasp to clasp, is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.





An Indian or Persian hand-painted ganjifa playing card mounted on a silver amulet with chain (below) dates to the 17th or 18th century. It  has a $1,200-$1,800 estimate.





Estimated at $8,000-$10,000 is a Chinese 18th-century Qing Dynasty ivory carving of a scholar (below) having the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong chop mark carved into the base.





A highlight of the Pre-Columbian artifacts is a gold earring ornament from the Quimbaya Sinu culture dating to the 5th-10th century. Similar ornaments are on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum. Measuring about 2 inches wide and weighing .35 of an ounce, this ancient bauble is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.





A 19th century African Njamji tribal fertility figure is considered rare. The example in the auction came from a collection put together in the early 1900s and now has a $5,000-$6,000 estimate.





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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:59
 

Stephenson’s plans May 8 sale of massive toy & train collection + dolls

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:03


Grouping of German bisque-head dolls. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s Auctioneers, estate specialists based in Bucks County (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will open its doors to welcome toy and train collectors on Friday, May 8, as it presents the John Dieterly collection, Part I. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A vast assemblage formed over a 35-year period, the Dieterly toys filled countless shelves and cabinets in the consignor’s spacious four-story home in Montgomery County.

“It’s such a fascinating assortment of toys, bidders will want to take their time and look at everything. Mr. Dieterly bought from many sources over the years, and as a result, there are some very good trains and toys of all types in his collection,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

In all, 400-500 lots will be offered. The sale will begin with a separate consignment of 150+ lots of dolls, including a nice selection of German bisque-head types. There are many Armand Marseille dolls: two No. 341s, a No. 560A, 351, 390 and 370; as well as Our Ann, Floradora and Kiddiejoy. The doll list also includes a Georgene Averill Bonnie Babe, Kammer & Reinhardt No. 126, Hertel, Schwab & Co. 151; Handwerck No. 119 and 108; and J.D. Kestner No. 249 and 171. There are two Alt, Beck & Gottschalk dolls – a No. 1123 and a 698 with turned bisque shoulder head. A Heubach Koppelsdorf No. 275, Gebr. Heubach No. 8192, several Ginnys, and composition and wax dolls complete the doll category.

The tin toys in John Dieterly’s collection represent some of the most popular brands in the history of American, German and Japanese toy production. A boy on sled is offered alongside other forms of toy transportation manufactured in Dayton, Ohio, including tin friction cars and an armored car. There are numerous amusement park and novelty toys, including boxed examples of J. Chein’s Mechanical Rocket Ride and Playland Merry Go Round; two Marx Busy Bridges, and several Unique Art favorites: a Lincoln Tunnel, Sky Rangers (boxed), Li’l Abner Dogpatch Band and Jazzbo Jim.



(Top and middle) Two variations of Marx’s Busy Bridge and (bottom) a Unique Art Lincoln Tunnel toy. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image



Unique Art Li’l Abner Dogpatch Band. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image



Unique Art Jazzbo Jim. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

The unmistakable colors and clever actions of Marx toys are typified in three toys in particular: a Sunnyside Service Station, Wonder Cyclist, and Joe Penner and His Duck Goo Goo. Marx competitor Ferdinand Strauss produced the Alabama Jigger and a Timber King No. 112 wind-up truck with pressed-steel bed and cargo load of timber logs.

A tin wind-up boat carousel exhibits the charm and workmanship of early German windups, as does a Distler tin-litho Monkeys on Seesaw.



Distler (German) lithographed tin wind-up Monkeys on Seesaw. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

Pressed steel collectors will find the choices much to their liking, starting with a Kelmet Big Boy fire ladder truck, two Keystone water tower trucks, a Little Giant Zeppelin, and Marx Siren Fire Chief car. The selection continues with a Schieble coupe roadster, a Model Toys Jaeger concrete mixer, and Barber Greene bucket loader. Following right along will be a Smith-Miller Silver Streak truck, Keystone express truck, and several Buddy ‘L’ trucks: a Sit N Ride, Fast Freight, and Express Line model. Also from the famed Moline, Illinois manufacturer Buddy ‘L’ comes a Model T flivver coupe.



Little Giant pressed steel zeppelin. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image



Buddy ‘L’ Outdoor Railroad ride-on locomotive, caboose and track. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

In the cast iron section, there are horse-drawn carriages, tractors, and a fire pumper; and a sub-collection of toy cannons. Five Arcade vehicles include a touring car, a Model A coupe, cars No. 116 and 113; a Fordson tractor and a contractor’s dump wagon. Dieterly’s Hubley Indian police motorcycle with sidecar retains both the driver and passenger figures, and teams up nicely with another consignor’s Indian bike in red with driver figure intact. Another nice addition is the Kilgore cast-iron Travel Air Mystery Plane.

The railway station will be operating full steam at Stephenson’s, as a broad array of primarily American trains is presented, both from Dieterly’s and other advanced collections. Highlights include two Ives train sets in original boxes, a set of cast-iron trains, and many examples by Lionel, such as an Electric Train Set No. 8 (boxed) and a Rapid Transit motor and dummy. Among the later productions are trains by Lionel, Williams, K-Line and Rail King, many of them in their original boxes. There are several coveted ride-on trains in the sale, led by a Buddy ‘L’ Outdoor Railroad engine, caboose and track; an additional Outdoor Railroad engine, Marx’s Lightning Express loco, and Keystone Railroad loco and passenger car.



(Clockwise from upper left) Buddy ‘L’ Outdoor Railroad, Lionel Electric Rapid Transit trolley, a second example of the same Lionel trolley, and a yellow with red roof tin trolley. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

Stephenson’s Friday, May 8, 2015 Toy, Doll & Train gallery auction will begin with dolls at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Note: John Dieterly’s toy collection will be introduced at 2 p.m. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Stephenson’s Auctioneers online at www.stephensonsauction.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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:27
 

Rodrigue ‘Blue Dog’ painting sets record at Neal Auction

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The $173,275 realized for 'Chairman of the Board' represents a record price for a work by George Rodrigue at auction. Neal Auction Co. images

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction Co.’s Important Spring Estates Auction witnessed excellent results for fine art, furniture and decorative arts. The April 17-19 auction achieved $2.1 million. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet live bidding.

The sale featured a number of notable collections, including property from the estates of Eva and Jerry Gotlib, New York, N.Y., and Fort Smith, Ark. Largely composed of 19th century decorative arts, the Gotlib Collection represented an elegant and timeless balance of opulence and restraint, which appealed to collectors of all varieties worldwide.

The highlight of the auction was a monumental Blue Dog painting titled Chairman of the Board by beloved Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013). The painting more than doubled its low estimate of $80,000, selling for $173,275 to a California collector against fierce competition from four telephone bidders and an enthusiastic bidder on the salesroom floor.

An Internet bidder utilizing LiveAuctioneers.com captured a pair of antique Louis XV-style gilt bronze mounted inlaid kingwood pedestals (below). Inspired by an 18th century Jean-François Oeben bureau at Versailles, the pedestals sold for $20,910 against staunch competition from the telephone bank and the salesroom floor.





A beautiful pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze and Wedgwood jasperware mounted white marble urns (below) from the Gotlib Collection, achieved more than four times its low estimate, selling for an impressive $32,265.





A California phone bidder prevailed on a fine pair of 19th century Chinese blue and white porcelain rouleau vases from a Wrightsville Beach, N.C., estate. Estimated at $1,000 to $1,500, the pair sold for $19,120.





Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter’s The Tour, Melrose Plantation (Self Portrait of Artist Painting on Right) more than quintupled its $3,000 low estimate, selling for $17,080.





A pair of Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934) landscapes, Evening in the Marsh and Bayou Landscape (below), sold for $48,995. The two pendant canvases embody the tonalism of Drysdale’s mature style. Through the hazy mist of atmospheric perspective, Drysdale beautifully captures the reflection of light on the ethereal waterways of Louisiana. Against a $20,000 to $30,000 estimate, the pair sold to a local collector bidding on the telephone.









For details phone Neal Auction Co. at 800-467-5329 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:24
 

Antique lighting, architectural elements share spotlight at Bruhns, May 3

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:45


French Art Deco bronze and red alabaster chandelier, circa 1920, 30in x 16in. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Bruhns Auction Gallery images

DENVER – On Sunday, May 3, Bruhns Auction Gallery will conduct an antique lighting and architectural auction at 50 W. Arizona Ave. beginning at 11 a.m. Mountain Time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The sale will offer antique lighting, architectural, store fixtures, chandeliers, shades, crystal chandeliers, antique gas and electric fixtures, vintage ceiling lights, antique wall sconces and parts. A fine example is the six-arm brass chandelier (below), circa 1900, which has a $500-$750 estimate.





Over 150 French bronze, wrought iron, crystal and brass light fixtures and elegant French bronze figural sconces will be included. An outstanding item in this category is a French Art Nouveau frieze (below) depicting kneeling nude women, gilt on tin, circa 1920. Measuring 10 inches high by 36 inches wide, the piece is estimated at $475-$700.





The biggest pieces in the sale are a 1920s American soda fountain back bar and an unusual French Art Nouveau oak back bar (below) with stained glass arched sides. The latter item is 16 feet 3 inches long and has a $4,500-$7,500 estimate.





Fifteen pieces of original artwork will be offered including a large Mexico Valley landscape attributed to José M. Velasco (below), an oil on canvas painting from 1894. It is estimated at $30,000-$100,000.





For details contact Bruhns Auction Gallery by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 303-744-6505.


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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:17
 

Rago to sell more than 500 works at fine art auction May 7

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Alexander Calder, ‘Nuages,’ 1976, gouache and ink on paper (framed), signed, dated and titled; 29in x 43in. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center images

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Thursday, May 7, Rago will hold an auction of 19th/20th century American and European art and postwar/contemporary art. The sale features fresh to market material, with many significant deaccessions from important private collections.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The 19th/20th century American and European Art session starting at 10 a.m. Eastern features a fine collection of works from an important private American collection. Included are works by Reginald Marsh, Carl Sprinchorn, Guy Carleton Wiggins, Don Freeman, Louis Saphier, Philip Evergood, Oscar Bluemner, Miklos Suba, Walt Kuhn, Jack Levine, Manierre Dawson, Preston Dickinson, William Zorach, Marguerite Zorach, Rockwell Kent and Max Weber.

Preston Dickinson is represented by The Drive (below), a 1914 oil on board, 6 3/4 by 13 7/8 inches, which has a $30,000-$50,000 estimate.





Featured in the postwar and contemporary art session, which begins at 1 p.m., is a 1987 toned silver print titled Blue Lisa by brothers Doug and Mike Starn (Americans, b. 1961). Measuring 97 1/2 by 68 1/4 inches, the work (below) is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.





For details contact Rago by phone at 609-397-9374 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 17:05
 

Signed pieces abound in John Moran jewelry auction May 5

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Monday, 27 April 2015 14:49


This stunning white gold and diamond double-clip brooch is expected to bring $25,000 to $35,000 at the John Moran Auctioneers sale May 5. John Moran Auctioneers images.

ALTADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will conduct their May 5 Fine Jewelry and Luxe Auction consisting of approximately 300 lots of fresh-to-the-market jewelry and luxury items from private collections and estates. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will be held at Moran’s headquarters in Altadena, Calif., with a prompt start time of 6 p.m. Pacific.

The first stirrings of spring herald the upcoming wedding season, and those seeking rings for their betrothed will find a number of fine options at Moran’s auction. A platinum ring (below) set with a round-cut diamond and tapering baguette shoulders has been assigned a presale estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.





Signed pieces by quality makers are available at Moran’s May 5 sale. A number of charming spring-appropriate selections hail from Van Cleef & Arpels, including an 18K gold bird brooch set with two cabochon sapphire eyes and offset with a cultured pearl egg (estimate: $1,500 to $2,000).





San Francisco-based maker Marsh & Co. is also well represented in the May catalog. Featuring the company’s signature black patinated steel accented with more traditional diamond and cultured pearl elements, a mid-20th century pearl and steel bracelet is offered for $2,000 to $3,000.





Antique and Art Deco jewelry always brings strong prices at Moran’s fine jewelry auctions, and the expectation is that this sale will be no different. A stunning geometric diamond, emerald and platinum brooch (below) is offered for $1,000 to $1,500.





For more information contact John Moran Auctioneers via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone: 626-793-1833.



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.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 15:01
 

Dallas Auction Gallery to sell dazzling jewelry, watches April 29

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David Webb platinum, sapphire and diamond earrings featuring a pair of natural sapphires of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) origin, 5.71 and 5.44 carats. Estimate: $75,000-$100,000. Dallas Auction Gallery images

DALLAS – Dallas Auction Gallery will be offering 348 lots of fine jewelry, timepieces, silver and couture on Wednesday, April 29. The sale includes incredible pieces by Cartier, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Mauboussin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Henry Dunay and more.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The sale also includes GIA certified diamonds and pearls. The timepiece section of the sale will include 38 timepieces by Rolex, Chanel, Patek Philippe, Jacob & Co, Harry Winston, Audemars Piguet and Tag Heuer.

Lot 191 is a pair of retro Cartier diamond, ruby and sapphire earrings, the gemstones forming an en tremblant floral bouquet, mounted in 18K white gold. Stamped, "Cartier 2347" with French hallmarks, the earrings (below) have a $18,000-$24,000 estimate.





A matching retro Cartier diamond, ruby and sapphire ring mounted in 18K white gold. Lot 203 is stamped "Cartier" with French hallmarks and includes a red Cartier box. It has a $13,000-$18,000 estimate.





Highlighting the women’s watches is lot 179, a Chopard La Strada 18K gold and diamond watch (below) having a mother-of-pearl (estimate: $35,000-$55,000).





Men’s timepieces include a Patek Philippe platinum annual calendar wristwatch (below) having 35 jewels, with three subsidiary dials for month, day and 24 hours, date aperture in a platinum case (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).





For more information about how to participate in this sale or offer items for future auctions, contact Dallas Auction Gallery at 214-653-3900.



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Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 13:06
 

Ferrari, rare '57 Chrysler 300C lead Morphy’s May 16 Automobile Auction

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1988 Ferrari Testarossa, Rosso red with tan leather, all original, flat 12-cylinder engine, 22,400 miles. Estimate $80-000-$100,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Since the days of Henry Ford, Americans have had a love affair with cars – driving them, showing them off, and collecting them. Morphy Auctions’ automobile division caters to the luxury, sports and classic car collector with its boutique sales of rare, premium-quality vehicles, such as the 53-lot event planned for Saturday, May 16 at the company’s flagship gallery.

Sleek examples of motoring and design perfection, the cars entered in the auction are in magnificent condition and ready for their close-ups. Leading the five-star fleet is Lot 37, a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible coupe with push-button Torqueflite transmission, consigned by a collector from Hershey, Pa.





“Fewer than 500 of these cars were produced, so it’s very rare,” said Bill Windham, VP of Morphy’s automobile division. “It has a 375 horsepower Hemi engine, which, at the time of the car’s production, was the most powerful engine available in any street car. The combination of a 300C, a Hemi engine and the fact that it’s a convertible makes it especially desirable.”

RM of Canada undertook the complete body-off restoration of the mighty Chrysler. “One can only imagine the hours and attention to detail that went into the job. It’s a masterpiece,” Windham said. The pre-sale estimate has been set at $175,000-$200,000.

Lot 42, a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon is the stunning reflection of the nut-and-bolt restoration that elevated it to incomparable status.





“It might well be the finest ’46 Ford Woody in existence,” Windham said. “Every single nut and bolt was taken apart and reassembled – a project that took 20 years to complete. The wood, alone, is a work of art and exemplifies the owner’s passion for quality and attention to detail.” Equipped with a 239/100 engine and 3-speed manual transmission, the like-new Woody could cruise to a $90,000-$110,000 winning bid on auction day.

Chevys will be out in force, started with Lot 39, the 1967 Indy Pace Car Camaro SS/RS convertible.





With appropriate Pace Car cowl-trim tag coding, this rare classic is even more desirable due to its factory 4-speed transmission. Described in Morphy’s catalog as a “total rotisserie restored example,” its engine bay and underside are spotless, and the drive train has been completely disassembled and rebuilt to factory specifications. With its 350/290 V8 engine, this matching-numbers example is a confident candidate for any motoring enthusiast’s collection and is estimated at $75,000-$90,000.

Following as Lot 40, its stablemate is a 1970 Chevelle SS LS6, the highest-horsepower model to roll off Chevrolet’s production line.





It has a 454 cubic inch 450 h.p. motor, Turbo 400 automatic transmission, 4.10 rear axle, positraction and many extras. The original Black Cherry paint and Ivory interior are flawless. “Jim Brady of Super Sports oversaw the frame-up restoration on this car, which will transfer with full documentation. This is an investment-grade muscle car,” Windham said. Estimate: $75,000-$100,000.

Making it a Chevrolet trifecta, Lot 41 is a 1953 Corvette, fully restored and finished in the Black with Red-interior color scheme.





Thousands of dollars were spent on the high-quality frame-off restoration, with particular attention paid to originality. It has a 235 in-line 6-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, and is one of the finest of the original 3,640 first-year Corvettes available on the market today. It is expected to make $70,000-$80,000 at auction.

The speediest of the European sports cars in the sale is Lot 31, a Rossa Corsa Red 1988 Ferrari Testarossa that has clocked only 22,400 miles. The sound of its flat-12 engine through a 5-speed transmission is spine tingling.

“Manual-shifting Ferraris, or what aficionados call three-pedal Ferraris – are really taking off in the marketplace,” Windham said. “Ferrari no longer produces a manual-shifting model, and although later ‘paddle shifters’ – which operate hydraulically – produce faster gear changes, they eliminate a large component of driver interaction and skill. Enthusiasts enjoy the full relationship between driver and car that a manual clutch provides.”

Windham said Testarossas have appreciated 20% in the past 12-18 months.




“A few years ago, this car could have been bought for $55,000 to $60,000, but with the current demand for three-pedal Ferraris, this one is entered in the auction with an $80,000 to $100,000 estimate,” Windham said.

The Saturday, May 16 Automobile Auction will start at 12 noon Eastern Time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any automobile or motorcycle in the May 16 auction, call Bill Windham at 717-335-3435; 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.
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:07
 
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