Gallery Report: March 2015
Written by KEN HALL
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:47
ATLANTA – On the 1st of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
Rosewood center table, $86,637, Neal Auction
An American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood center table attributed to John H. Belter, circa 1850-1860, sold for $86,637 at a Winter Estates Auction held Jan. 31-Feb.1 by Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. Also, a beautifully carved late Qing Dynasty jadeite censer garnered $57,360; a 1941 oil painting by Clarence Millet (New Orleans, 1897-1959), titled The Bayou at Lafitte, rose to $53,860; and a pair of late Regency gilt bronze figural lamps by Messenger & Sons were a hit for $25,095. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.
1490 edition, Aesop's Fables, $24,780, Michaan's Auctions
A circa 1490 edition of the book Aesop's Fables, one of the first of 25 editions, sold for $24,780 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Asian Art & Jewelry Auction held Feb. 7 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a mid-15th century astronomical medical calendar hammered for $10,030; a pair of jewelry coral suites fetched $4,720 and $3,835; a Pomo Degikup coiled basket brought $4,130; and an ornate Asian rosewood chair with intricate mother-of-pearl decoration went to a determined bidder for $1,652. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Ten letters, British Royals, $4,320, L.A. Auction House
A trove of 10 personal letters written between 1948 and 1950 by British Royals, mostly from Queen Elizabeth II to Sharman Douglas (Princess Margaret's close personal friend) and Douglas' mother, Mrs. Lewis Douglas, sold for $4,320 at a Winter Fine & Decorative Arts Sale held Jan. 15 by Los Angeles Auction House in Santa Monica, Calif. Also, a Madoura ceramic chouette, or wood owl, vase by Pablo Picasso fetched $16,800; and an 1894 color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Elvis Presley memorabilia, $5,000, Ahlers & Ogletree
A framed collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and autographs, including a Presley-signed copy of the sheet music for I Got Stung! (recorded in Nashville in 1958), plus photos of Elvis singing on stage and playing the piano, sold for $5,000 at a Winter Estates Auction held Feb. 8 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a mid-to-late 1950s Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine by Vendo, restored, bright red, fetched $3,000; and a baseball signed by hall-of-famer Ty Cobb and dated “12/16/59” made $2,250. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.
Copy of Batman No. 1, $237,300, Philip Weiss
An unrestored copy of Batman No. 1, DC Comics, spring 1940, graded 7.5 out of 10 for condition, sold for $237,300 at a sale of Comics, Comic Art & Sports Items held Feb. 15 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a copy of Batman No. 2, summer 1940, graded 9.2, finished at $39,550; a copy of Adventure Comics No. 40, with the first appearance of Sandman, graded 6.5, realized $25,990; and a copy of Action Comics No. 23, with the first appearance of Lex Luthor, hammered for $20,905. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.
Queen Anne tray-top table, $299,000, Cottone Auctions
An 18th century Queen Anne tray-top tea table sold for $299,000 at an auction held Feb. 21-22 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. The lovely mahogany table, with scalloped skirt and pad feet, is believed to have been made by Peter Scott, a cabinetmaker in Williamsburg, Va. It was originally thought to have been produced in England. Also, a gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (American, 1907-2002), one of three signed by Rickey in 1987, stainless steel, 8 feet 9 inches tall, realized $115,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Ming Dynasty Quanyin, $189,600, James D. Julia
A bronze figure of a Quanyin from the Ming Dynasty period sold for $189,600 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 4-6 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a set of 25 carved and painted shore birds by master decoy carver A. Elmer Crowell soared to $82,950; a natural jadeite emerald green pendant with a carved depiction of a Quanyin went for $54,150; and a trove of original sheet music, broadsides and photographs relating to the piano virtuoso “Blind Tom” Wiggins topped out at $29,625. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
1891 Coca-Cola calendar, $150,000, Morphy Auctions
An 1891 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint condition, one of only two known and the only one of its particular type, sold for $150,000 at an Antique Advertising & Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 5-7 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1902 Coca-Cola poster emblazoned with “Drink Carbonated Coca-Cola in Bottles” climbed to $40,800; an R.W. Martin Brothers stoneware Wally Bird tobacco jar, 1890, with blue eyes, made $37,200; and an 1898 Manhattan Electrical Supply telephone hit $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Winchester 1866 rifle, $25,875, Rock Island
An Ulrich-engraved, factory documented Winchester 1866 rifle sold for $25,875 at a Regional Firearms Auction held Feb. 19-22 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a lot consisting of Nazi-style daggers, accoutrements and artifacts sailed past its estimate of $1,000-$1,600 to realize $8,625; a U.S. Ordnance semiautomatic copy of the Vickers machine gun, with tripod and accessories, fetched $7,475; and a W.J. Jeffrey & Co. custom bolt-action safari rifle, chambered in .404 Jeffrey, hit $6,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Florentine marble frieze, $66,000, Fairfield Auction
A Florentine marble frieze depicting the Madonna and Child sold for $66,000 at an auction held Nov. 16 by Fairfield Auction in Monroe, Conn. Also, a bronze by Franz von Stuck titled Monna Vanna rose to $43,200; a 3.4-carat diamond solitaire ring sold for $30,000; another ring, with a 2.5-carat diamond center stone, finished at $14,400; a still life painting by Nikolaus Gyzis went within estimate for $13,200; and a Buccellati sterling silver shell-form centerpiece realized $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Pierre Mignard portrait, $81,250, Doyle New York
A portrait by Pierre Mignard (French, 1612-1695) of Louis Francois Marie Le Tellier (1668-1701), appointed secretary of war by King Louis XIV in 1691, sold for $81,250 at a sale of Important English & Continental Furniture and Decorations & Old Master Paintings held Jan. 28 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an Empire gilt-metal mounted giltwood gueridon with white marble top soared to $62,500; and an 18th century English School portrait of Queen Carolina Wilhelmina, Princess of Wales, rose to $43,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Toulouse-Lautrec litho, $60,000, Auctionata
An 1893 lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec titled Jane Avril sold for $60,000 at a Modern Masters Auction held Jan. 22 by Auctionata in New York City. Also, a lithograph by Pierre-Auguste Renoir titled Enfants Jouant a la balle fetched $36,000; an oil on paper by Alexander Archipenko titled Two Figures (circa 1919-1922) realized $24,000; a color lithograph after Marc Chagall from 1949 titled Les Coquelicots brought $24,000; and a watercolor by Paulemile Pissarro titled Le Viaduc hit $1,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Elephant weather vane, $17,000, Locati Auctions
An early 20th century elephant-form copper weather vane sold for $17,000 in an online auction held Dec. 1-15 by Locati Auctions in Maple Glen, Pa. Also, a diamond engagement ring sold for $17,500; a 1960 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone hit $4,200; an artwork depiction of a reclining nude surrounded by animals, after Leonard T. Foujita (Japanese/French, 1886-1968) brought $3,200; and an oil on panel of a horse by Frances Mabel Hollams (British, 1877-1963) fetched $3,300. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.
1942 DiMaggio jersey, $169,400, Goldin Auctions
A jersey worn during the 1942 baseball season by New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio sold for $169,400 at a Winter Auction held Feb. 7 by Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a 1920 autographed Chicago White Sox baseball featuring six players banned in the Black Sox scandal – including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson – was a hit for $81,070; a 1952 Topps baseball card set, near-complete and graded, made $72,600; and Al Pacino's 1973 Golden Globe award for the movie Serpico gaveled for $62,920. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.
1632 Shakespeare folio, $114,000, PBA Galleries
A 1632 second folio edition of William Shakespeare sold for $114,000 at a sale of Rare Books & Manuscripts held Feb. 8 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco, Calif. Also, a rare inscribed presentation of James Lind's 1753 work, A Treatise of the Scurvy, in which he suggested that sailors who had scurvy could be cured by adding fruits and vegetables to their diets, went for $66,000; and a 10-line fragment of an ink manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton on Christ's capacity to open “the sealed book” of Revelations hit $24,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Cromwellian table, $5,462, Carlsen Gallery
A Cromwellian plank-top table with carved apron sold for $5,462 at an auction held Feb. 8 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas painting titled Portrait of Maria Von Dongen changed hands for $12,650; an oil on canvas titled Cliffs and Surf ('96), signed W.T. Richards, climbed to $11,500; a diamond solitaire of around 4.1 carats, set in platinum, hit $5,175; a signed Webb cameo vase, 6 ¼ inches tall, made $4,888; and a 19th century gilded copper running horse weather vane went for $4,600. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
JFK and Jackie photos, $32,500, RR Auction
A photographic proof booklet containing 27 previously unreleased images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon's Cape Cod beach shack in August 1961, sold for $32,500 at an auction held Feb. 19 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Also, an Albert Einstein letter in which he discusses God, creation and his theory of relativity brought $75,000; and an autograph collection of nearly every president from Washington to George W. Bush hit $40,625. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Ali-Liston boxing gloves, $956,000, Heritage Auctions
The boxing gloves worn by both Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in their infamous second battle, held in Lewiston, Maine, also known as “The Phantom Punch Fight,” sold for $956,000 at a Platinum Night Sports Auction held Feb. 21 by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the 1921 season was a smash for $717,000; and Sandy Koufax's game-worn Brooklyn rookie jersey from 1955, the first year the Dodgers won the World Series, hit $573,600. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.
Saul Steinberg collage, $20,000, Swann Auction
A pen and ink drawing with collage by Saul Steinberg, titled Equivalent of 8 and first appearing in the Nov. 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker magazine, sold for $20,000 at a sale of Illustration Art held Jan. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, two pen and ink drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, titled Young Tough and A Miser, brought $13,750 and $11,875, respectively; and a mixed media with acrylic, wash and watercolor on board from Susan Beatrice Pearce titled Dreamland (1913) made $13,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Ned Burgess bluebill, $21,850, Guyette & Deeter
A rare bluebill by Ned Burgess sold for $21,850 at the third annual Decoy Auction held Feb. 14 by Guyette & Deeter, St. Michaels, Md., in conjunction with this year's Southern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C. Also, a decorative pair of bluewing teal by the Ward Brothers went for $18,400; a white wing scooter by Jim Schmiedlin fetched $11,500; a rare widgeon by A. Elmer Crowell made $11,500; a mallard by the Ward Brothers rose to $10,925; and a plover by Leffert Squire gaveled for $9,200. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:11
Gallery Report: February 2015
Written by KEN HALL
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:18
ATLANTA – On the 1st of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
WWII Purple Heart, $5,100, Mohawk Arms
The Purple Heart awarded to U.S. Cpl. Joseph E. Oleskiewicz, one of the “Filthy Thirteen” dropped into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 during World War II, sold for $5,100 at Auction #72, an Internet and catalog auction that ended Dec. 5-6 at Mohawk Arms Inc., in Bouckville, N.Y. Also, a German Luftwaffe silver pokal (footed chalice) awarded to the Nazi flying ace Karl Nordmann realized $9,912; and a Civil War Confederate wooden canteen with iron bands and strap loops in good condition made $4,200. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Pair of Tiffany silver vases, $33,600, Nadeau's Auction
A rare and monumental pair of Tiffany & Co. silver vases, 23 inches tall and Art Nouveau repousse, sold for $33,600 at a New Year's Day Auction held Jan. 1 by Nadeau's Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, an 18K yellow gold Van Cleef & Arpels convertible duet pin, set with two large diamonds and 13 pearls, went for $36,000; a Patek Philippe men's wristwatch, rectangular form and 18K gold, fetched $9,600; and a painting by Frederick H. Kaemmerer (Dutch, 1839-1902), titled Avery, hit $20,400. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Mills Violano Virtuoso, $34,100, Stanton's Auctioneers
A Mills Violano Virtuoso, an automatic player single violin with automatic piano, sold for $34,100 at an auction of antique music machines and related items held Nov. 20-22 by Stanton's Auctioneers in Charlotte, Mich. Also, a Cremona Orchestral “K” nickelodeon with excellent panels of stained and leaded glass breezed to $33,000; a Regina 27-inch “dragon front” automatic changing disc Style 8 music box with oak cabinet hit $17,600; and an Edison Class M Concert cylinder phonograph rose to $16,500. Prices include a 10 percent buyer's premium.
Mercantile Bank of India note, $18,270, Archives International
A 1948 Mercantile Bank of India (Hong Kong issue) $500 specimen banknote sold for $18,270 at an auction held Jan. 10 by Archives International Auctions (based in Fort Lee, N.J.) in Hong Kong. Also, a 1907 Deutsch-Asiatische Bank (Peking branch ) $1 banknote hammered for $16,750 (both lots were discovery notes, possibly unique); a 1932 $1 “Birds Over Junk” Chinese coin gaveled for $1,980; and a Chinese Hunan Government Bank 1906 error note, saying 5 “Teals” and not “Taels,” made $2,130. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
Georg Kolbe bronze nude, $56,120, Palm Beach Modern
A bronze nude rendering by German sculptor Georg Kolbe (1877-1947), 21 1/2 inches tall, sold for $56,120 at a modern design and luxury goods Auction held Jan. 17 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible sped off for $43,920; a set of eight Afra & Tobia Scarpa “Pigreco” chairs hammered for $10,370; a Wendell Castle coffee table, “Parallelogram,” coasted to $19,520; and a White House book signed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought $4,575. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.
1902 Marklin locomotive, $121,000, Noel Barrett
A Marklin locomotive with tender and two cars produced in 1902 to replicate the high-speed Stephenson's Rocket (in service from 1829-1840) sold for $121,000 at an antique auction held Dec. 5-6 by Noel Barrett in New Hope, Pa. Also, a quarter-scale display model of a 1932 Hudson car, made for the New York Auto Show and one of only seven known, in all-original condition, sold for $29,040; and an original C.W. Parker striding carousel camel, the only one designed to move up and down, made $17,470. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.
Tibetan thangka, $18,800, Michaan's
An 18th or 19th century Tibetan thangka featuring a Medicine Buddha sold for $18,800 at a New Year's Estates Auction held Jan. 4 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a custom-made sapphire, diamond and 18K white gold ring and earrings set brought $5,605; an Indian carpet gaveled for $3,245; an original pen and ink Charles Schulz drawing for the musical score of Charlie Brown by Roger Bullock achieved $2,360; and a New England walnut painted creamery retail cupboard realized $1,416. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Sevres portrait tea service, $17,035, Kaminski Auctions
A complete Sevres portrait tea service composed of 11 pieces on a cobalt blue background with finely detailed portraits sold for $17,035 at a New Year's sale held Dec. 28 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a painting by Le Pho (Vietnamese, 1907-2001), titled Roses Tremieres, hammered for $13,200; an Italian carved gilt mirror with beveled glass and intricately carved frame hit $15,600; and a bronze sculpture on a marble base by Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947), titled Ayouta, made $13,200. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Titanic survivor letter, $11,875, RR Auction
A three-page letter handwritten by Titanic survivor Lady Duff-Gordon, dated May 27, 1912, penned on her personal stationery and signed “Lucy Duff Gordon,” sold for $11,875 at an auction held Jan. 22 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, punk rocker Johnny Ramone's 1965 Mosrite Ventures guitar fetched $71,875; an Apollo 11 Robbins medal originating from the family of Neil Armstrong rose to $56,250; and a letter from Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia to a Vogue cover model brought $32,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Chippendale desk, $665,000, Christie's
Chippendale carved cherry wood desk-and-bookcase made circa 1765 in Lancaster, Pa., sold for $665,000 at an American furniture, outsider and folk art auction held Jan. 23 by Christie's in New York City. Also, a Major Luther Metcalf Federal brass-mounted inlaid mahogany tall-case clock, made in 1796 in Medway, Mass., went for $329,000; a Chippendale figured mahogany serpentine front chest-of-drawers (Mass., circa 1765-1785) realized $209,000; and a Queen Anne turret-top card table (circa 1740-1760) hit $149,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
1793 U.S. copper penny, $2.35 million, Heritage
A United States copper penny (or one-cent piece) sold for $2.35 million at a numismatic auction held Jan. 7-12 in Orlando, Fla., by Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, Tex. The coin is nicknamed the “chain cent” because the design on the back shows 15 linking rings, symbolizing the 15 U.S. states at the time. It is rare because the design changed soon after its striking, in March 1793, because too many people thought the chains suggested slavery. The coin first appeared at auction in 1876, when it sold for $76. The recent price includes a 17.5 percent buyer's premium.
Pooh illustration, $471,750, Sotheby's
E..H. Shepard's original ink drawing of Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh on the famous “Poohsticks” bridge from the book Winnie the Pooh sold for $471,750 at an auction held Dec. 9 by Sotheby's in London, England. It was a new world record price for any book illustration at auction. First published in A.A. Milne's celebrated The House at Pooh Corner in 1928, the drawing is one of the most famous book illustrations of the 20th century. It had been in a private collection for the last 40 years. The price includes a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Diamond and emerald ring, $11,250, Schwenke Auctioneers
A European 18K gold cut diamond and emerald ring, size 7, with paired diamonds one carat each and an emerald center stone also about one carat, sold for $11,250 at the annual Holiday Fine Estates Auction held Dec. 7 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Martele sterling silver monogrammed centerpiece bowl, with the mark of Gorham Mfg. Co. (Providence, R.I., 1913), rose to $7,500; and an English bone or ivory chess and checkers set made by G. Merrifield (1819-1855) hit $5,000. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Chinese celadon vase, $35,700, Clars Auction Gallery
A Chinese Longquan-type celadon vase from the estate of U.S. Navy Capt. Edward S. Pearce sold for $35,700 at an estates auction held Jan. 17-18 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, one lot of three 19th century Royal Worcester urchin and dolphin compotes went for $10,115; a color woodblock print titled Nude (1950), by Kiyoshi Saito breezed to $14,280; a 19th century Continental pietra dura side table made $7,700; and a circa-1890 French gilt bronze lighthouse clock and barometer rose to $7,100. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.
Lincoln collection, $803,889, Heritage
The Dow Collection of Abraham Lincoln assassination memorabilia sold as individual lots for a combined $803,889 at an Historical Americana Auction held Jan. 24 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The display of photos and autographs related to Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot and killed Booth. Included were four paintings created for a carnival side show displaying mummified remains – supposedly Booth's – and a letter written in 1861 by Booth. The price includes a 25 percent buyer's premium.
N. C. Wyeth painting, $435,750, Freeman's
A painting by N. C. Wyeth titled I Stood Like One Thunderstruck, Or As If I Had Seen an Apparition, sold for $435,750 at an American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionist sale held Dec. 7 by Freeman's in Philadelphia. Also, Daniel Garber's The River Road realized $327,750; Garber's Up Jericho went for $207,750; George William Sotter's The Hill Road, Winter gaveled for $147,750; and N.C. Wyeth's And No Sooner Had He The Arms In His Hands … went to a determined bidder for $267,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
1891 Russian icon, $250,000, Jackson's
A Russian icon dated 1891, 12 inches by 10 inches, depicting three saints and signed by court iconographer Josif Chirikov, sold for $250,000 at an auction held Nov. 18-19 by Jackson's International Auctioneers & Appraisers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also, an oil on board showing a festive Indian encampment by American artist Laverne Nelson Black (1887-1938) rose to $115,000; and a 39-inch-by-32-inch oil on canvas by Le Pho (French/Vietnamese, 1907-2001), of two women drinking tea, made $40,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Indian raven rattle, $62,500, Bonhams
A Northwest Coast raven rattle sold for $62,500 at a Native American Art Auction held Dec. 8 by Bonhams in San Francisco. Also, a Santa Clara carved blackware jar, 2006, by Tammy Garcia went for $47,500; a San Ildefonso polychrome turtle by Tony Da made $27,500; a Chilkat blanket realized $35,000; a Cape Dorset dancing bear sculpture by Pauta Saila rose to $18,750; a bronze sculpture by Allan Houser, titled Mother's Blessing, went for $35,000; and a Roxanne Swentzell ceramic sculpture hit $25,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Chippendale-style chest, $10,800, Capo Auction
A Chippendale-style mahogany chest of drawers with a serpentine fronted top over four drawers sold for $10,800 at a Holiday Auction held Dec. 13 by Capo Auction in Long Island City, N.Y. Also, a pair of Meissen porcelain urns, 15 1/2 inches tall, each having snake-form handles and classical scene decoration on a cobalt ground, garnered $7,800; a lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), titled Haystack (1938), made $1,320; and a dazzling Mughal Filigree pendant necklace hit $6,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Erte bronze sculpture, $2,875, Direct Auction
An Erte bronze sculpture of a woman, 21 1/2 inches tall, sold for $2,875 at an auction held Nov. 4 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a 1970 Steinway & Sons 5 1/2 foot baby grand piano played a sweet tune for $6,095; an 18K white gold women’s ring with 18.56-carat tanzanite and one carat weight diamonds sold for $2,875; a handsome Herschede nine-tube grandfather clock chimed on time for $1,495; and an oil on canvas painting by John Kelly Fitzpatrick (Alabama, 1888-1953) fetched $4,370. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:22
Gallery Report: January 2015
Written by KEN HALL
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:52
ATLANTA – On the 1st of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
19th century Russian icon, $24,400, Crescent City
A 19th century oil on curved panel Russian icon, possibly of St. Maximus the Confessor, 12¼ inches by 10½ inches, sold for $24,400 at an estates auction held Nov. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a small, circa 1898-1908 Russian icon of Christ Pantocrator in a sterling and enamel riza, by Nicolay Kemper, rose to $14,760; an oil on canvas painting by Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952) made $3,075; and a French Louis XVI-style carved rosewood triple-door armoire hit $3,081. Prices include a sliding-scale buyer's premium.
E. Howard No. 47 clock, $356,950, Fontaine's Auction
An E. Howard & Co. No. 47 astronomical regulator wall clock, one of only three known, sold for $356,950 at a clocks and watches auction held Nov. 22-23 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. It was a new auction record for an E. Howard & Co. clock, eclipsing the previous record of $277,300 paid for a No. 68 astronomical floor clock, also at a Fontaine's Auction clock sale. Also, an E. Howard & Co. No. 25 drumhead astronomical regulator changed hands for $121,000. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.
Black Forest hall rack, $19,600, S & S Auctions
An antique Black Forest hall rack, rare and highly collectible mainly for its finely carved, life-size dog (30 inches tall), sold for $19,600 at an auction held Nov. 16-17 by S&S Auctions Inc. in Repaupo, N.J. Also, an Emile Galle etched art glass vase, just 3¼ inches tall, realized $14,700; an antique gilt carved center table with a pietra dura top brought $11,025; and a French Chronos & Amour gilt and patinated figural bronze clock on a bronze mounted marble base rose to $13,475. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer's premium.
Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, $142,200, James D. Julia
A Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp with a conical shade of mottled blue panels, completed by a chain of seven leaded mottled glass dragonflies, on a bronze trumpet base, sold for $142,200 at a glass and lamp auction held Nov. 12-13 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany Studios chandelier with an openwork bronze top and a curtain of prisms descending from the cap rose to $45,662; and a Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp with pointed dome shade lit up the room for $36,735. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
Winchester Model 1873, $149,500, Rock Island
A deluxe, special order Winchester Third Model 1873 rifle with fine case sold for $149,500 at an auction held Dec. 6-7 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Colt Python Silver Snake Edition rang out at $14,950; and a prewar Colt SAA with carved pearl grips and factory engraving by master engraver Wilbur Glahn hit the mark at $51,750. Overall, the auction grossed about $11.4 million and, with it being Rock Island's final sale of the year, the total gross for 2014 was $47.5 million. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Harry Bertoia sculpture, $48,800, Palm Beach Modern
Three monumental sculptures by Harry Bertoia (including the one in the middle, which sold for $48,800) were a huge hit at a modern art, decorative art and sculpture auction held Nov. 1 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was a new auction record for a work by the artist using the spill cast technique. Also, a painting by Hisao Domoto (Japanese, b. 1928), titled De Cotunuite, realized $43,920; and a metal and wood sculpture by Jesus Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923-2005) went for $21,960. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.
Ward Brothers pintails, $105,000, Guyette & Deeter
A pair of circa-1932 pintail decoys by the Ward Brothers sold for $105,000 at a decoy auction held Nov. 12-13 by Guyette & Deeter Inc., St. Michaels, Md. Also, a circa-1880s widgeon drake by the Stevens Brothers brought $35,075; a pair of circa-1900 canvasbacks by Mitchell Fulcher, Stacey, N.C., realized $28,750; a wood duck by Jim Schmiedlin, Bradfordwoods, Pa., made $28,750; and a circa-1940s perch plaque by Oscar Peterson hit $22,425. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Patek Philippe watch, $23.2 million, Sotheby's
A Patek Philippe watch completed in 1932 and called the Henry Graves Super Complication sold for $23.2 million at a watches auction held Nov. 11 by Sotheby's in Switzerland. It was a new world auction record for a timepiece. Also, a circa-1968 Rolex yellow gold chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6241, titled Cosmograph Daytona (“Paul Newman”), hammered for $245,000; and a Cartier silver gilt, diamond mother-of-pearl smokey quartz and coral mystery clock, made circa 1990, fetched $209,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
1969 Porsche 912 coupe, $8,625, Carlsen Gallery
A tangerine colored 1960 Porsche 912 coupe sped off for $8,625 at an auction held Nov. 29 by Carlsen Gallery Inc., in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a Hudson River School oil on canvas landscape painting, signed “G. Hartwick” (New York) breezed to $9,200; a diamond solitaire ring with platinum with diamond baguettes realized $8,050; a painting by Susan Waters titled Young Lady Holding Basket With Lamb rose to $8,050; a 19th century Herize serape brought $5,750; and a 14K white gold and diamond women's ring made $5,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Natural saltwater pearl, $813,750, Rago Arts
The largest known near-round natural saltwater pearl, also known as the Putlov Pearl Brooch, sold for $813,750 at a jewelry, couture and objets de vertu auction held Dec. 7 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. It was the most ever paid for one lot at a Rago auction. Also, an English natural pearl diamond platinum bracelet fetched $65,625; a Van Cleef & Arpels French diamond platinum clip went for $62,500; and a massive deep orange-red coral bead necklace changed hands for $59,375. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Adamson oil painting, $11,210, Michaan's
An oil painting by Harry Curieux Adamson titled Pintails (1995), depicting a flock of American mallard ducks taking flight amid a marsh setting, sold for $11,210 at an estate auction held Dec. 7 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, Ansel Adams' photograph Young Oaks, Winter realized $2,478; an Allan Clark bronze of an Indonesian dancer topped out at $5,605; an E. Howard & Co., Boston, 18K gold pocket watch rose to $2,360; and a Royal Vienna porcelain plaque depicting Ruth in the Cornfield made $3,540. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Platinum-diamond ring, $228,000, John Moran
A platinum ring centered with a 12.82-carat natural fancy yellow rectangular step-out diamond sold for $228,000 at an auction held Dec. 9 by John Moran Auctioneers in Altadena, Calif. Also, a Van Cleef & Arpels brooch depicting birds on a branch soared to $26,400; a high-karat gold Indian Kasu mala necklace garnered $19,200; a Patek Philippe gentleman's wristwatch featuring an 18K yellow gold case hit the mark for $14,400; and a Tiffany & Co. hand-hammered rose brooch topped out at $5,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Sapphire-diamond bracelet, $21,600, Kaminski Auctions
A 14K gold, sapphire and diamond bracelet sold for $21,600 at an annual Thanksgiving auction held Nov. 30 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a diamond and pearl Art Deco bracelet rose to $9,000; a monumental Russian silver samovar brought $16,800; a Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum center bowl achieved $4,800; a painting by Brian Coole titled The Burning of Charlestown hammered for $8,400; a collection of 106 cigar cutters made $7,200; and an 18th century New England Queen Anne table hit $5,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Action Comics #1, $310,700, Heritage
An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 (DC, 1938), the most desirable comic book in the hobby, graded 3.0 by CGC, sold for $310,700 at a comics auction held Nov. 22-24 by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, Frank Frazetta's original paperback book cover painting for Jongor Fights Back realized $179,250; a collection of Silver Age comic books (led by a copy of Journey Into Mystery #83) brought $179,250; and a copy of Pep Comics #22 (graded 7.0) hit $143,400. Prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Nobel Prize in Medicine, $4.76 million, Christie's
The 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine (or Physiology) given to James Dewey Watson for his work in the discovery of DNA structure, 23K gold, sold for $4.76 million at an auction held Dec. 4 by Christie's in New York. It was a new world auction record for any Nobel Prize. Also, the manuscript of Watson's acceptance speech for the award, written on Grand Hotel Stockholm stationery and dated Dec. 9, 1962, went for $365,000; and the manuscript of a lecture on DNA given by Watson on Dec. 11, 1962 made $245,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Piano from Casablanca, $3.4 million, Bonhams
The iconic salmon-colored piano from Rick's Cafe in the film Casablanca, on which Dooley Wilson plays As Time Goes By (and in which Humphrey Bogart hides the precious transit papers) sold for $3.41 million at a Hollywood Memorabilia Auction held Nov. 24 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, the Cowardly Lion costume Bert Lahr wore in the movie The Wizard of Oz rose to $3.08 million; Dorothy's dress, worn by Judy Garland, fetched $245,000; and a costume worn by Rita Hayworth went for $114,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Babe Ruth baseball cap, $303,277, Grey Flannel
A baseball cap worn by Babe Ruth during the historic 1934 U.S. All Star Tour of Japan sold for $303,277 in an absentee, phone and Internet auction held Dec. 16-17 by Grey Flannel Auctions, based in Westhampton, N.Y. Also, a baseball signed by 23 of the 1932 New York Yankees, including Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other Hall of Famers, topped out at $115,242; a circa 1980s Julius “Dr. J” Erving Philadelphia 76ers game-worn uniform attained $44,428; and a 1950s jacket worn by Roy Campanella made $71,554. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
1795 U.S. $1 coin, $170,375, Legend
A 1795 U.S. $1 off center draped bust coin, graded PCGS MS 64, sold for $170,375 at an auction held Dec. 20-21 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, an 1893-CC U.S. $1 coin graded PCGS PR64BM, soared to $129,250; a 1921 U.S. $1 coin graded PCGS PR66 changed hands for $123,375; a 1913 U.S. 5-cent coin graded PCGS PR63 gaveled for $99,875; and an 1864 U.S. 3-cent piece graded PCGS PR66 went to a determined bidder for $58,750. Prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Paul Evans cabinet/dry bar, $48,800, Palm Beach Modern
A mixed-metal cabinet/dry bar designed by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987), one of 11 of his “Cityscape” pieces up for auction, sold for $48,800 at an autumn-themed auction held Nov. 22 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a pair of large, five-arm Stilnovo sconces fetched $20,740; a monumental “Sputnik”/starburst chandelier with illuminating glass spikes soared to $19,520; a pair of Marco Zanuso “Milord” lounge chairs made $11,590; and an Emil Stejnar chandelier hit $7,625. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.
Zhang Daqian scroll, $236,000, Michaan's
A hanging scroll by the 20th century Chinese artist Zhang Daqian, titled Horse and depicting a lone horse, sold for $236,000 at an Asian works of art auction held Dec. 15 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Another hanging scroll by Daqian, titled Prunis and Bamboo, went for $177,000; a set of four gilt-silver filigree and enameled female warriors chalked up $32,450; a gilt-bronze figure of Yama and Chamunda also brought $32,450; and one lot of four carved snuff bottles, with a jade toggle, made $26,550. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
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Gallery Report: December 2014
Written by KEN HALL
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:04
Chinese bracket clock, $130,900, Clars Auction
A Chinese gilt bronze triple-fusee eight-bell musical automation bracket clock sold for $130,900 at a Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry & Asian Art Auction held Nov. 15-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil on board painting by Dutch artist Isaac Israels (1864-1934), titled Portrait of the Young Woman, realized $95,200; a Chinese huanghuali rounded corner cabinet made $77,400; Twins by Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum (b. 1944) fetched $71,400; and a pair of huanghuali armchairs hit $65,000. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.
Walter Palmer painting, $132,000, Shannon's
A snowy landscape painting by Walter Launt Palmer (American, 1854-1932), titled Winter Shadows, sold for $132,000 at a fine art auction held Oct. 23 by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, a painting by the African-American artist Hughie-Lee Smith (1915-1999), titled Rooftop, fetched $50,400; a precise depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge by American photo-realist painter Richard Estes (b. 1932) garnered $48,000; and a circa 15th /16th century Italian School painting Madonna and Child made $72,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Machine Man robot, $44,850, Philip Weiss
An original, battery-operated Machine Man toy robot, made in Japan in the 1950s by Modern Toys and standing 14¾ inches tall, sold for $44,850 at an auction held Nov. 4 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a circa-1953 fiberglass Roy Rogers 10-cent mechanical horse ride, fully restored, went for $2,300; a tin litho Bing clockwork ferry boat, made in the 1920s for the American market, brought $2,300; and a Marklin 1 Gauge 4-4-2 steam locomotive in olive with eight-wheel tender made $2,242. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.
Gold and turquoise necklace, $5,750, Allard Auctions Inc.
An early 1970s 14K gold necklace set with a #8 spider web turquoise stone sold for $5,750 at a Big Fall Phoenix Auction held Nov. 8-9 by Allard Auctions Inc. in Mesa, Ariz. Also, a circa-1980s black-on-black San Ildefonso water bowl by Carmelita Dunlap rose to $2,587; an early 20th century handcrafted white buckskin Mandan war shirt set with matching leggings brought $1,840; and a circa-1900 deep hard-sided Klickitat basket made $2,300. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
1957 Buick Special, $8,610, Tim's Inc. Auctions
A turquoise-blue 1957 Buick Special in showroom condition sold for $8,610 at an on-site auction held Nov. 1 in Goshen, Conn., by Tim's Inc. Auctions of Bristol and Litchfield, Conn. Also, an antique Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle fetched $4,500; a 19th century walnut grandfather clock with carved angels achieved $6,250; a lovely 19th century rosewood rococo sideboard brought $3,382; and an Elmer O. Stennes banjo clock went for $2,875. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Palestine banknotes, $66,080, Archives International
A pair of rare and high-grade 1939 sequential banknotes from the Palestine Currency Board, each in the amount of 10 Palestine pounds, sold for a combined $66,080 (34,220 and $31,860, one shown) at a three-session auction held Oct. 25 (in New York City) and Nov. 4 (in Fort Lee, N.J.) by Archives International Auctions, based in Fort Lee. Also, an 1862 uncut pair of Assistant Treasurer of the U.S. gold coin certificates went for $16,815; and a Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal hit $2,950. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
1975 International truck, $22,800, Smithey's Funwood
A tan and brown 1975 International pickup truck with just 55.5 miles on the odometer sold for $22,800 at Part 1 of the estate of the late trucking company owner Donald A. Smith, held Nov. 22 on-site, at Smith's trucking business property in Greensboro, N.C., by Smithey's Funwood Auction of Reidsville, N.C. Also, two 1980 Scout trucks (one a Terra) brought $4,400 and $3,850; a 1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, black, reached $6,600; and a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500, powder blue, sped off at $8,800. Prices include a 10 percent buyer's premium.
Goo Goo gum vendor, $42,660, James D. Julia
A rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden base featuring original side panel decals of Brownie-type characters sold for $42,660 at a Fall Toy & Doll Auction held Nov. 7 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a tobacconist figure from the late 1880s attributed to Samuel Robb coasted to $29,625; a marvelous array of Lehmann tin windups fetched $25,515; and an exceptional salesman's sample hay rake with the original carrying case went for $20,145. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
Winchester display board, $19,200, Morphy Auctions
A Winchester shell advertising display board sold for $19,200 at a sale of the contents of Dan Hardesty's Wild West Museum held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Poet Scout Captain Jack Crawford archival collection reached $14,400; a pair of carved bird-shaped pipes from Jefferson County, Ky., hammered for $12,000; a Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver and shoulder stock hit the mark for $11,400; and a pair of Civil War flags – one Confederate and one Union – fetched $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Armin Hansen work, $102,000, John Moran
A Western genre painting by Armin Carl Hansen (California, 1886-1957), depicting bronco busters at the Salinas rodeo, sold for $102,000 at a California & American Fine Art Auction held Oct. 21 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a watercolor rendering of Diamond Head, Hawaii by Millard Sheets (California, 1907-1989) rose to $42,000; and a portrait of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach by Leroy Neiman (New York, 1921-2012) changed hands for $26,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Babe Ruth 1934 contract, $278,300, Goldin Auctions
Babe Ruth's last contract as a player for the New York Yankees in 1934 sold for $278,300 in an online Legends Auction that closed Nov. 1 by Goldin Auctions, based in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a circa 1929-1930 white hickory Babe Ruth game-used bat was a hit for $181,050; Mike Schmidt's 1976 Babe Ruth “Sultan of Swat Award” crown for leading the major leagues in home runs that season gaveled for $55,600; and an untouched complete set of 200 1916 M101-4 Sporting News baseball cards hammered for $121,000. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.
James Purdy shotgun, $42,000, Alderfer Auction
A James Purdy & Sons two-barrel set over under double-barrel shotgun sold for $42,000 at a Firearms Auction held Sept. 23 by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a Winchester Model 21 Grand American two-barrel set side-by-side custom barrel shotgun rang out for $33,600; a Galazan Winchester Model 21 two-barrel set side-by-side double-barrel shotgun hit $16,800; a Boss & Co. side-by-side double-barrel shotgun made $10,800; and a Winchester Model 21 double-barrel shotgun went for $8,400. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Giacometti's Chariot, $101 million, Sotheby's
A painted bronze on wooden base sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, titled Chariot, sold for just under $101 million at an Impressionist & Modern Evening Art Sale held Nov. 4 by Sotheby's in New York. Also, a stone totemic goddess Tete by Amedeo Modigliani realized $70.7 million (a new record for the artist); an oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh titled Nature morte, vase aux marguerites et coquelicots, brought $61.8 million; and Claude Monet's oil on canvas painting titled Sous les peupliers hit $20.3 million. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.
Manet's Le Printemps, $65.1 million, Christie's
An oil on canvas painting from 1881 by Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), titled Le Printemps, sold for $65.1 million at an Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale held Nov. 5 by Christie's in New York. It was a new world auction record for the artist. Also, a bronze with brown patina sculpture by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), titled Stele III, conceived in 1958 and cast in 1962, hammered for $9 million; and an oil on canvas by Joan Miro (French, 1893-1983), titled Tuilerie a Mont-roig (1918), gaveled for $8.7 million. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.
NASA Hasselblad camera, $275,000, RR Auction
The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens carried into space during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 and again on the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission the following year sold for $275,000 at a single-lot auction held Nov. 13 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Walter Schirra (pictured) reportedly purchased the Hasselblad 500c camera at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and brought it back to NASA for mission use preparation. The buyer was a collector of space artifacts who wished to remain anonymous. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Calder work on paper, $207,750, Rago Arts
A painting on paper by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), titled Girouette, sold for $207,750 at a fine art auction held Nov. 15 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Another work by Calder, titled The Yellow Sky, went for $111,750. Also, Figura y Constelacion by Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) soared to $43,750; Torch by Rolph Scarlett (American, 1891-1984) realized $40,000; and Soft Blue by the American artist Richard Anuskiewicz (b. 1930) also went for $40,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Virginia watercolor folk art, $27,600, Jeffrey S. Evans
A circa-1819 Wythe County, Va., folk art watercolor and ink on paper fraktur birth and baptismal record, attributed to the Wild Turkey artist, sold for $27,600 at a sale of Americana and Southern decorative arts held Nov. 15 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a circa-1856 half-plate daguerreotype of Main Street in Richmond, Va., brought $21,850; and a circa 1765-1785 Petersburg, Va., Chippendale carved cherry or apple wood corner chair went for $20,700. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Henry Moore sculpture, $1 million-plus, Bonhams
A bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, titled Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt, sold for a little more than $1 million at a sale of items from the estate of the late actress Lauren Bacall, held Nov. 4 by Bonhams in New York. It was a new world record for this bronze model. Also, a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, titled Iris, messagere des dieux, topped out at $509,000; Edgar Degas' painting Danseuses et Contrebasse brought $485,000; and Sonia Delaunay's work Rhythme colore went for $134,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Maxfield Parrish oil, $515,000, Heritage
Artist Maxfield Parrish's touching 1902 oil painting titled The Little Peach, done to accompany a children's poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 at an American Art Signature Auction held Nov. 17 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, Georgia O'Keeffe's circa-1923 work Alligator Pears, one of eight known alligator pear canvases from that year, achieved $461,000; Peaches in a White Bowl (1910) by Charles Sheeler hit $209,000; and The River by Man Ray gaveled for $167,000. All prices quoted include a buyer's premium.
Gabriele Munter painting, $341,000, Doyle New York
An Alpine landscape painting by Gabriele Munter (German, 1877-1962) titled Strassendurchstich (A Road Passing Through), sold for $341,000 at a sale of impressionist and modern art held Nov. 5 by Doyle New York. Also, a post-impressionist autumn view by Gustave Loiseau (French, 1865-1935), titled Le Quai du Pothuis, fetched $167,000; Maternite ou Heureuse Famille by Leon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925) brought $93,750; and a pencil sketch by John Singer Sargent went for $34,375. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
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Gallery Report: November 2014
Written by KEN HALL
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:55
Dorflinger punch set, $132,000, DuMouchelles
A turn-of-the-century 15-piece Dorflinger Montrose green-to-clear glass punch bowl set sold for $132,000 at an auction held Sept. 12-14 by DuMouchelles in Detroit. Also, an American brilliant cranberry cut-to-clear glass and Gorham sterling jug finished at $33,000; a Hawkes Queens glass punch bowl with 12 cups gaveled for $21,600; a Hawkes cut glass Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase climbed to $18,000; and an American Russian pattern brilliant cut glass salads set, circa 1800, went to a determined bidder for $19,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Picasso work on paper, $38,350, Rachel Davis
A pencil, pastel and gouache on paper by Pablo Picasso, titled Pour Dorothee,1961, sold for $38,350 at an auction held Sept. 20 by Rachel Davis Fine Arts in Cleveland. Also, a cast porcelain creation by Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955), titled Balloon Dog, Red (1995), soared to $14,400; an aquatint in-colors figural rendering by Tom Wesselman (American, 1931-2004), titled Nude 1980, numbered (54/100) hit $7,200; and a soft ground and aquatint work by David Hockney (British, b. 1937), titled Restaurateur, made $5,700. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
Netherlands trial specimen, $9,195, Archives International
A beautiful Netherlands Trading Society $5 color trial specimen sold for $9,195 at an auction held Sept. 27 in Hong Kong, China by Archives International Auctions LLC, based in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a 36th year (1947) U.S. $5,000 Short Term Treasury Note of the Republic of China (First Issue) realized $1,839; a 1948 Central Bank of China unlisted 250,000 Customs Gold Units specimen essay issue fetched $1,302; and a Commercial Bank of China 1920 $50 specimen banknote knocked down at $3,678. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.
Hovsep Pushman painting, $50,000, Ahlers & Ogletree
An oil on wood panel painting by the Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), titled Sacred Lotus of the Nile, sold for $50,000 at a fall estates auction held Oct. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a circa 1950 figural bikini vase for Venini by Fulvio Bianconi (Italian, 1915-1996), 14 1/2 inches tall, rose to $12,500; a Louis XVI-style giltwood carved wall appliqué went for $2,500; and a horse and dog bronze sculpture in the style of Paul Edouard Delabrierre (French, 1829-1912) made $3,000. All prices quoted are hammer.
Tiffany Studios window, $71,300, Cottone Auctions
A stunning turn-of-the-century memorial stained glass window from Tiffany Studios, titled Angel of Resurrection, sold for $71,300 at a fall fine art and antiques auction held Sept. 26-27 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a Tiffany Studios Poppy lamp, 24 inches tall with an overlay filigree shade 17 inches in diameter, lit up the room for $69,000; a fine Asian bronze and metal vase with cut glass liner brought $55,200; and a glazed stoneware bird tobacco jar by Martin Brothers rose to $61,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Lou Gehrig signed check, $22,600, Philip Weiss
A two-week paycheck in the amount of $2,198.38, made out to New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig in 1930 and signed by him on the back – and signed on the front by team owner Jacob Ruppert – sold for $22,600 at an auction held Sept. 30 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, four original Peanuts daily comic strips, drawn and signed by the late comic illustrator Charles Schulz, went for a combined $75,000; and a 1929 Kashin R-316 Babe Ruth baseball card signed by the Yankee great made $14,375. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.
Punch cigar store figure, $102,699, Showtime
A 19th century Punch cigar store wood figure, 69 1/2 inches tall and with a contemporary base, sold for $102,600 at an auction held Oct. 3-5 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, an 1890 Brunswick, Balke, Collender “Princess” saloon back and front bar with original mahogany finish achieved $79,800; a Republic Tires “Staggered Tread” paper sign, one of only four known, made $31,350; and a Campbell's Soup porcelain thermometer hammered for $19,200. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.
Chinese imperial seal box, $90,000, Gordon S. Converse
A rare antique Chinese carved imperial seal box fitted with 16 seals of green jade circling a large central Shi-mounted seal, sold for $90,000 at an East meets West auction held Oct. 3 by Gordon S. Converse & Co. in Malvern, Pa. Also, a Qing-era zitan throne chair featuring outstanding carved panels hammered for $30,000; a heavily figured Ming Dynasty lidded jar, 20 inches tall, went for $26,400; and a set of 10 Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica reticulated plates, 8 3/4 inches in diameter, fetched $6,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Winchester Model 1873 rifle, $258,750, James D. Julia Inc.
A rare Winchester Model 1873 rifle, 1 of 1,000, sold for $258,750 at a firearms auction held Oct. 7-9 at James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a cased Colt #1 Baby Patterson with a 4-inch barrel went for $172,500; a Walther Armee Pistole with long barrel and matching magazine, alloy frame and original stock, $155,250; a Walther Volkspistole all sheet metal SA prototype, 9mm parabellum, $143,000; and a Boss 410 O/U sidelock ejector single trigger game gun, $138,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Cameo glass Sphinx lamp, $19,200, John W. Coker
An 18-inch-tall cameo-glass Sphinx lamp signed “Arsall” on the shade – referring to an early 20th century French designer – sold for $19,200 at an auction held Oct. 18 by John W. Coker Auctions Ltd. in New Market, Tenn. The lamp was perched atop a finely formed bronze-on-marble base, replicating an elephant, and had a domed shade executed in vibrant shades of orange, yellow and terra-cotta. The central figure was the Great Sphinx of Giza. The lamp had an estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Caille 25-cent roulette machine, $212,500, Victorian / Morphy's
A Caille 25-cent roulette floor machine, made circa 1904, sold for $212,500 at an auction held Sept. 19-21 in Las Vegas, Nev., by Victorian Casino Antiques, in the first auction event conducted since the acquisition of VCA by Morphy Auctions in August. Also, a Mills 5-cent Duplex floor wheel machine, circa 1899, realized $108,000; a Mills 5-cent Violano Virtuoso, patented in 1912, hammered for $51,600; and a Trap the Snake three-reel bell slot machine hit $45,000, possibly a record for a three-reel machine. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Scrimshaw whale's tooth, $123,000, Skinner Inc.
A scrimshaw whale's tooth showing the whale ship Frances of New Bedford, Mass., by Frederick Myrick of Nantucket (circa 1828-1829) sold for $123,000 at an American furniture and decorative arts auction held Oct. 26 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. Also, a mid-19th century American School portrait of a curly-haired, blue-eyed young girl wearing blue shoes, unsigned, made $36,900; and an unsigned oil on canvas painting by Thomas Chambers (American/British, 1808-1860) rose to $25,830. Prices include a 23 percent buyer's premium.
Steinway grand piano, $39,975, John Moran
A Louis XVI-style Steinway Model B grand piano, serial # 99,999, painted with a “fete galante” by Arthur Thomas in 1907, sold for $39,975 at a fall decorative arts auction held Sept. 23 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a Galle cameo glass vase marking the 1914 Battle of Lorraine brought $11,685; a large Meissen allegorical ewer modeled after “Water” in J.J. Kandler's Four Elements series fetched $9,840; and a pair of large Empire-style patinated bronze candelabra went for $5,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Samuel Robb Indian, $40,625, Doyle New York
A 19th century carved, painted cigar store Indian maiden attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb (1851-1928), 56 inches tall, sold for $40,625 at an American paintings, furniture and decorative arts auction held Oct. 1 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an 1894 seascape of Long Island's Rockaway Beach by William Trost Richards (1833-1905) brought $62,500; a second seascape by Trost made $40,625; and a pair of portraits done in 1845 by Joseph Whiting Stock (1815-1855) went for a combined $46,875. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Diego Giacometti table, $204,000, Kaminski
A bronze and glass table creation by Diego Giacometti with birds motif, titled Console aux Oiseaux, sold for $204,000 at a modern and contemporary sale held Sept. 7 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a rare Hans Wegner upholstered Peacock chair brought $42,000, a record for the Danish designer; a tapestry designed by the artist Alexander Calder to celebrate America's bicentennial in 1976, titled Trois Spirales, rose to $11,400; and a watercolor painting by French artist Raoul Dufy made $19,680. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Edouard Cortes work, $36,800, Burns White
A winter scene in Paris oil painting by the French post-impressionist Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969), titled Soir de Hiver, sold for $36,800 at a fine art and antiques auction held Sept. 4 by Burns White Galleries in Tampa, Fla. Also, a second oil on canvas by Cortes, titled Le Louvre, went for $21,850; a painting by Eugenio Zampighi (Italian, 1859-1944), titled Family Kitchen, realized $14,950; and a beautiful set of four antique French doors, possibly from the period of Louis XVI, changed hands for $9,440. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
1955 Porsche Speedster, $198,000, Morphy's
A sleek 1955 Porsche Speedster car, one of only around 1,200 pre-A models built and showing just 49,000 miles on the odometer, sold for $198,000 at an automobile auction held Oct. 11 by Morphy's in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1963 Porsche 356B T-8 roared to $121,000; a 1952 Jaguar XK120 sped off at $88,000; a 1987 Ferarri Testarossa hammered for $85,800; a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible in a sable/biscuit color scheme brought $74,800; and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible made $71,500. Prices include a 10 percent buyer's premium.
John Lennon letter, $28,171, RR Auction
A letter handwritten by Beatle John Lennon to New York broadcasting legend Joe Franklin, in which Lennon makes a case for acceptance of Yoko Ono's music, sold for $28,171 at a modern music auction held online from Oct. 16-23 by RR Auction, based in Boston. The letter was written on Apple memorandum letterhead and dated Dec. 13, 1971. Also, a Dee Dee Ramone-owned and stage-used Fender P-bass guitar fetched $37,694; and 1969 stock transfer forms signed by all four Beatles hit $16,377. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer's premium.
Charles Rohlfs desk, $255,750, Rago Arts
A drop-front desk made by Charles Rohlfs sold for $255,750 at a 20th century decorative arts and design auction held Oct. 18-19 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet changed hands for $183,750; a Harry Bertoia monumental sculpture screen realized $135,750; a Newcomb College tile frieze finished at $81,250; a Galle table lamp lit up the room for $81,250; and a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly floor lamp went for $68,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Apple-1 computer, $905,000, Bonhams
An Apple-1 computer, widely acknowledged as the herald of the personal computer revolution, sold for $905,000 at an auction held Oct. 22 by Bonhams in New York. It was a new world auction record for a relic from the computer age. The buyer was The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich. The lot included the beautifully intact motherboard, John Anderson's original keyboard, power supply and Sanyo monitor. Also included was a Poke-Apple newsletter from 1979 and a video of a 1980 Steve Wozniak speech at Applevention. The price includes a buyer's premium.
Robert McCall spacescape, $245,000, Heritage Auction
Robert Theodore McCall's visionary spacescape Earth Orbit 98, 1977, sold for $245,000 at an Illustration Art Signature Auction held Oct. 17-18 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, Chesley Bonestell's primordial painting Beginning of the World (The Earth is Born), the cover image for the Dec. 8, 1952 edition of Life magazine, hammered for $197,000; Bonestell's Separation Over the Pacific brought $53,125; and three of six paintings in the auction by Patrick Nagel hit $137,000 each. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
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