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Ken Hall | Gallery Report

Gallery Report: May 2015

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Written by KEN HALL   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:35
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:

Pair of huanghuali stools, $448,400, Quinn & Farmer



A pair of 17th or early 18th century huanghuali stools, one of them retaining a label from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, sold for $448,400 at an auction held April 18 by Quinn & Farmer in Charlottesville, Va. Also, a 17th or early 18th century zitan kang table brought $247,800; a mahogany with oak secondary George III dressing chest crafted by William Gomm made $76,700; and a late 19th century palace-size Serapi carpet, measuring 19 feet 6 inches by 11 feet 4 inches, hammered for $25,960. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Nine portrait miniatures, $94,163, Louis J. Dianni



Nine oval miniature on ivory portrait paintings of prominent men and women from colonial-era America, all of them rendered by Charles Willson Peale (Md./Pa., 1741-1827), sold for a combined $94,163 at the 6th annual Palm Beach Auction, held Feb. 14-16 by Louis J. Dianni, LLC (based in Palm Beach, Fla.) at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The top lot of the group was a portrait of Robert R. Livingston (shown), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It sold for $23,600. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese jadeite cabbage vase, $59,520, Elite Decorative Arts



A Chinese late Qing Dynasty carved multicolor jadeite figural cabbage vase, 6 3/4 inches tall, sold for $59,520 at a fine decorative arts and estate jewelry auction April 11 by Elite Decorative Arts in Boynton Beach, Fla. Also, a large Chinese early Qing Dynasty white He Tian jade figural floral vase, 9 1/4 inches tall, made $31,000; a Tiffany & Co. 18K white gold 32-carat aquamarine and diamond ring brought $8,773; and a Schlumberger Tiffany & Co. 18K yellow gold floral brooch pendant topped out at $8,470. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.

 

 


Double eagle historical flask, $57,330, Norman C. Heckler



An early Pittsburgh district double eagle historical flask, made circa 1820-1840 and with a bright yellow green color with an olive tone, sold for $57,330 at Auction #120, an Internet auction held by Norman C. Heckler & Co. of Woodstock, Conn., ending on March 18. Also, a “North Bend – Tippecanoe” historical cabin bottle, probably made by Mount Vernon (N.Y.) Glass Works, circa 1840, fetched $25,740; and a “G.W. Stone's” (Lowell, Mass.) medicine bottle, circa 1860-1870, hammered for $18,720. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Clarence Millet painting, $18,300, Crescent City



An oil on canvas painting by New Orleans artist Clarence Millet (1879-1959), titled Studio Courtyard, sold for $18,300 at an estates auction held April 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a Sevres-style champleve and gilt bronze mounted porcelain vase, circa 1900, 28 1/2 inches tall, realized $9,760; an 18K yellow gold minute repeater pocket watch, early 20th century, by A. Golay Leresche Fils (Geneva) made $4,740; and a painting by Alexander Drysdale (1870-1934) hit $5,333. Prices quoted include the buyer's premium.

 

 


Thomas Brooks etagere, $63,250, Stevens Auction



A rosewood rococo etagere with a bonnet top, crafted by 19th century furniture maker Thomas Brooks, sold for $63,250 at an onsite estates auction held April 18 in Meridian, Miss., by Stevens Auction Co., Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a mahogany heavily carved Chippendale-style grandfather clock with nine tubes and Elliott works of London, circa 1890, chimed on time for $12,650; and a rare rosewood laminated recamier in the Rosalie With Grapes pattern, attributed to J.H. Belter, circa 1855, made $12,650. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Peters Ammunition poster, $12,540, Showtime Auction



A rare, antique Peters Ammunition poster with a bold and imposing graphic of a bear on a mountain ledge, sold for $12,540 at an auction held April 10-12 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, an oil painting by Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928), done in 1892 and showing two English setters on the scent, rose to $12,000; an Ithaca (N.Y.) Sign Works tin sign with a picture of motorists in a Locomobile brought $10,080; and an ivory poker buck, or chip, in fine original condition, with the words “You Deal,” made $9,000. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.

 

 


Grandma Moses painting, $78,000, Nadeau's Auction



An oil on Masonite painting by the iconic American folk artist Grandma Moses (1860-1961), real name: Anna Robertson), titled Sap Gathering (1954) and showing people engaged in snowy winter outdoor fun, sold for $78,000 at the annual Spring Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Auction held April 11 by Nadeau's Auction Gallery in Windsor, Conn. Also, a Chippendale cherry reverse serpentine chest attributed to Eliphant Chapin brought $48,000; and a pair of Federal mahogany knife boxes hammered for $25,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Civil War-era cannon, $350,750, James D. Julia



A Confederate New Orleans-made 12-pound bronze Napoleon on carriage cannon with limber sold for $350,750 at a firearms auction held March 15-16 by James D. Julia Auctioneers in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a factory engraved gold and silver Colt SAA pistol, shown at the 1876 World's Fair, rang out at $333,500; and an English presentation 1855 Charter Oak Colt Root, to William Read, hit $132,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Stevens mechanical bank, $270,000, Bertoia Auctions



A Darky Kicking Watermelon mechanical bank made by the J. & E. Stevens Co. and designed by Charles A. Bailey, one of only four known and patented in 1888, sold for $270,000, at Part II of the Max Berry Toy Collection held March 27-28 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Freedman's Bank mechanical bank, made by Jerome B. Secor, Bridgeport, Conn., circa 1880, gaveled for $228,000; and a Zig-Zag mechanical bank, maker unknown, patent applied for in 1889, hammered for $210,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

 

 


Guy Rose painting, $168,000, John Moran



A seascape painting by Pasadena, Calif., artist Guy Rose (1867-1925), titled Black Rock, Laguna, circa 1915-1916, sold for $168,000 at a California & American Fine Art Auction held March 24 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a painting by the Laguna Beach artist William Wendt (1865-1946), titled Canyon Cottage, soared to $54,000; a still life by San Francisco artist Samuel Marsden Brooke (1816-1892) fetched $48,000; and a landscape by James A. Fetherolf made $19,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Weakley Equipment sign, $125,000, Mecum Auctions



A porcelain neon Weakley Equipment Co. lawn equipment sign from 1948, measuring 96 inches by 138 inches, in original working condition, sold for $125,000 at a sale of the Walker Sign Collection held March 18-19 by Mecum Auctions in West Memphis, Ark. Also, a 1920s-era Goodyear Tires C.O.D. Garage Co. pre-neon back-lit double-sided tin sign with milkglass lettering gaveled for $100,000; and an original porcelain neon factory-rotating Mobil Pegasus sign in working condition made $72,500. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.

 

 


Iaclovleff still life painting, $11,500, White's Auctions



A framed gouache on paper still life painting of a bowl of grapefruits by Russian Federation and American painter Alexandre Evgnenvich Iaclovleff (1887-1938), titled Fruits, sold for $11,500 at an auction held March 1 by White Auctions in Middleboro, Mass. Also, two George Nakashima walnut chairs and a pair of Nakashima triangular paddle-form side tables sold as separate lots for $3,335 each; and a letter hand-written by Nathaniel Hawthorne to George Manning, Esq., on June 8, 1855 hammered for $2,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


18th century highboy, $8,000, Carlsen Gallery



An 18th century tiger-maple bonnet-top highboy sold for $8,000 at an auction held April 12 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas painting signed by Eric Sloane, 24 inches by 42 inches, hammered for $9,500; an oil on canvas signed and dated (1892) by Edmund D. Lewis, titled Lake George, realized $3,750; a pair of bronze rabbits, including one titled Lapin a la Carotte, breezed to $3,250; and a pair of New York Empire scroll-base pier tables went for $3,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.

 

 


Frankenstein poster, $358,500, Heritage



A discarded Frankenstein movie poster – the only 6-foot example from the 1931 Universal horror classic known to exist – sold for $358,000 at a vintage movie posters auction held March 28-29 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a six-sheet poster for The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941) fetched $191,200; a three-sheet poster for the silent film London After Midnight (MGM, 1927) earned $71,700; and a one-sheet for the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz (MGM) changed hands for $65,725. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Pablo Picasso linocut, $93,750, Swann Auction



A color linocut from 1962 by Pablo Picasso, titled Tete de Femme (Portrait de Jacqueline de Face, II), sold for $93,750 at a sale of 19th and 20th Century Prints & Drawings held March 5 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a 1952 drypoint by the New York City printmaker Martin Lewis, titled Glow of the City, realized $52,500; a 1974 color aquatint and etching by Joan Miro, titled Le Permissionaire, rose to $47,500; and Gerald Brockhurst's etching Adolescence from 1932 brought a record $25,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Japanese articulated snake, $118,750, Rago Arts & Auction



A Japanese Myochin School iron articulated snake sold for $118,750 at an estate jewelry and coins and currency auction held April 15-17 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Tiffany Schlumberger enameled gold diamond bracelet achieved $30,720; a U.S. 1839-D gold coin ($2.50) brought $34,945; a collection of Chinese or Baltic amber jewelry went for $5,000; and a cigar store Indian attributed to William Demuth & Co. (American, 1863-1911) hammered for $16,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Emerald-cut diamond, $22 million, Sotheby's



An internally flawless, 100.20-carat emerald-cut diamond (D color, Type IIa) sold for just over $22 million at a jewels auction held April 21 by Sotheby's in New York City. Also, an oval 22.30-carat diamond ring (also internally flawless, D color, Type IIa) sold for $3.25 million; a 35.02-carat Columbian emerald and diamond pendant known as The Flagler Emerald realized $2.77 million; and an emerald, sapphire, lapis lazuli and diamond pendant-necklace (circa 1924) hit $2.59 million. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Frida Kahlo love letters, $137,000, Doyle New York



A group of 25 love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo from 1946-1949 to Jose Bartoli, a Catalan emigre artist whom she met in New York, consisting of more than 100 pages in Spanish, sold for $137,000 at an auction held April 15 by Doyle New York in New York City. The unpublished letters were secreted away and cherished by Bartoli until his death in 1995. Their affair continued after Kahlo returned to Mexico to her home in La Casa Azul, and her artist husband Diego Rivera. The price includes a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese bracket clock, $10,620, Michaan's



A Chinese Export mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood automaton bracket clock on a matching revolving stand sold for $10,620 at a fine art, decorative arts, asian art and jewelry auction held April 11 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an Eames Herman Miller lounge chair with ottoman changed hands for $4,720 (benefiting the Oakland Museum); a Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamond ring sold for $9,440; and a collection of jade and yellow gold items went for $4,425. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Palestine £5 banknote, $12,980, Archives Int'l



A 1944 Palestine Currency Board £5 note dated 1944, with rare “F” prefix, sold for $12,980 at a sale of U.S. and worldwide banknotes, Federal bonds and documents and security printing ephemera held March 10 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a 1945 Lebanon Banque de Syrie et do Liban specimen for 25 Livres brought $2,950; and two Imperial Bank of Persia notes, for 1 Toman and 20 Toman, went for $3,304 and $7,965, respectively. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:21
 

Gallery Report: April 2015

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Written by KEN HALL   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 17:11
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:

Queen Anne tea table, $299,000, Cottone Auctions



A lovely 18th century Virginia Queen Anne tray-top tea table with a scalloped skirt, pad feet and a fine old refinish sold for $299,000 at a Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Feb. 20-21 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a stainless steel gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Rickey (American, 1907-2002), titled Three M's and One W II (1987), made $115,000; a Sevres cobalt and gold enameled tureen, dated 1812, rose to $59,800; and a rose medallion punch bowl with the monogram of Ulysses S. Grant hit $12,075. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Lalique glass vase, $148,750, A. B. Levy's



A Lalique frosted glass vase titled Nadica, circa 1930, 10 1/2 inches tall, sold for $148,750 at an estates auction held Feb. 19 by A. B. Levy's (based in Palm Beach, Fla.) in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, an oil on canvas painting by Jean Metzinger (French, 1883-1956), titled Paysage aver un Bosquet, realized $177,500; a patinated and gilt figural bronze statue by Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie (French, 1845-1916), titled Gloria Victis, made $108,000; and a Louis XV-style ormolu-mounted malachite bureau plat hit $30,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

 

 


Circa 1900 Sioux dress, $7,475, Allard Auctions



A circa 1900 Sioux dentalium and tradecloth dress that was featured on an episode of Antiques Roadshow prior to auction, sold for $7,475 at Big Spring Phoneix, an auction event held March 7-8 by Allard Auctions Inc. (based in St. Ignatius, Mont.) in Mesa, Ariz. Also, a woman's outfit from the Shoshone plateau tribe of Wyoming, made circa 1960s, made $5,463; and a near-room size Navajo Crystal rug, circa 1940s or '50s, with geometric design, went for $4,025. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


1944 Palestine banknote, $12,980, Archives International



A Palestine Currency Board 5-pound note dated 1944 and with a rare “F” prefix sold for $12,980 at an auction held March 10 by Archives International Auctions, at the firm's offices in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, two Imperial Bank of Persia specimens, for 1 Toman and 20 Toman, hit $3,304 and $7,965, respectively; a Lebanon, Banque de Syrie et du Liban specimen, 1945, for 25 livres, made $2,950; and a Reserve Bank of Australia $1 ND 1979 serial #1 note went for $737. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese wall pocket, $50,000, Ahlers & Ogletree



A late 19th or early 20th century Chinese porcelain urn form wall pocket, hand-painted and in a gilt and red stand, sold for $50,000 at a Spring Estates Auction held March 21-22 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a circa-1960s oil on canvas painting by the legendary Highwayman artist Albert Ernest “Beanie” Backus (1906-1991), titled View of Florida Coastline, brought $20,000; and a second pattern Confederate national flag, possibly issued to the Confederate States Navy, with 13 stars, went for $15,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.

 

 


Remington Model 40 rifle, $26,400, Morphy Auctions



A Remington Model 40 sniper rifle, of the type used by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, in original unmodified condition, sold for $26,400 at a Firearms Auction held Jan. 31-Feb. 1 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Custer-era 1875 Springfield U.S. Officers Model trap-door rifle, made under special order for commissioned officers, hit $13,200; and a Civil War-era Sharps New Model 1859 rifle, the type issued in 1862 to Hiram Berdan's 1st and 2nd Regiment of the U.S. Sharpshooters, fetched $10,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Mickey and Minnie display, $29,222, Hake's Americana



A Mickey and Minnie Mouse mechanical store display pair, made circa 1935 for Old King Cole, sold for $29,222 at an absentee and online auction (#214) held March 17 and 19 by Hake's Americana & Collectibles in York, Pa. Also, a single panel Sunday comic page from Nov. 3, 1935, showing a brick throwing scene from Krazy Kat, signed by artist George Herriman, brought $17,014; a 1934 Two-Gun Mickey black-and-white production cel made $13,800; and a Marx Batman factory prototype bagatelle game hit $11,828. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Noguchi ‘Rudder’ group, $110,000, John Moran



A set of three Noguchi “Rudder” stools and table, offered as single lots, collectively sold for just over $110,000 at a Decorative Arts Auction held Feb. 17 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a Regence-style Vernis Martin vitrine cabinet, with gilt bronze mounts possibly by the French bronzier Paul Sormani (1817-1887), gaveled for $60,000; an artwork by Roy Lichtenstein (New York, 1923-1997), titled Best Buddies, realized $18,000; and an Italian Renaissance automaton cabinet rose to $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese fusee clock, $270,000, Clars Auction



A Chinese triple fusee and gilt bronze bracket clock with automaton sold for $270,000 at a Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry & Asian Antiques Auction held Feb. 21-22 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a painting by Wolf Kahn (American/Germman, b. 1927), titled Open Woods (1993) rose to $47,600; an Impressionist oil on canvas by William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), titled Still Life With Cherries and Copper Bowl, also went for $47,600; and a 3-carat diamond and platinum ring went for $26,100. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Boston & Sandwich lamp, $18,400, Jeffrey S. Evans



A Boston & Sandwich cut overlay banquet lamp, 39 inches tall to the top of the shade and made circa 1860, sold for $18,400 at a 19th and 20th Century Glass & Lighting Auction held Jan. 31 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Boston & Sandwich frosted Madonna figural night clock lamp, circa 1875, realized $9,775; a Boston & Sandwich deep fiery opalescent open-work fruit basket on a stand, circa 1850, earned $8,050; and a Tiffany Studios Favrile 4-inch cabinet vase, circa 1905, hit $2,875. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


1875 $20 gold coin, $38,940, Michaan's



A U.S. 1875 $20 Liberty Head gold coin, graded MS64, sold for $38,940 at a sale of rare coins from the estate of Barbara Riggins held March 6 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a 1909 $5 piece changed hands for $15,340; a 1914 $5 coin went for $11,210; a 1902 $20 piece, minted in San Francisco, sailed past its estimate of $5,000-$6,000 to hammer for $17,700; and a pair of multiple lots containing 1878 Morgan dollars each brought an identical price of $2,006. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Alex Diggelmann poster, $30,000, Swann Auction



A poster from 1934 by Alex Diggelmann titled Gstaad sold for $30,000 at a Vintage Posters Auction held Feb. 12 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Also, a poster with four decorative panels by Alphonse Mucha, done in 1898 and titled The Flowers, sold for $30,000; and a poster for Milan, Italy's 1907 automobile and cycle show by Leopoldo Metlicovitz, titled Mostra del Ciclo e Dell'Automobile / Milano, hammered for $30,000. The Metlicovitz and Diggelmann prices were new auction records. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Louis Vuitton trunk, $6,875, Schwenke



A vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk with original label in the interior, having a key but no interior tray, sold for $6,875 at an Americana and Native American Decorative Arts Auction held March 8 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Another vintage Louis Vuitton cabin trunk with iron handles and raised on wheels, brought $2,875. Also, an early, decorated scrimshaw dolphin jaw bone, 15 1/4 inches long, made $5,312; and a carved wood ladle, possibly Northwest coast, on a wrought iron stand hit $2,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese snuff bottle, $48,000, Auctionata



A Chinese carved white jade snuff bottle from the 18th or 19th century sold for $48,000 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held March 15 by Auctionata in New York City. Also, a Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Phoenix ewer gaveled for $31,200; an 18th or 19th century Sino-Tibetan Kubera hammered for $22,800; an 18th century Sino-Tibetan Dakini also changed hands for $22,800; and an 18th or 19th century Chinese carved yellow jade abstinence plaque went for $8,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Huanghuali kang table, $341,000, Bonhams



An 18th century Chinese huanghuali table sold for $341,000 at a sale of Chinese Works of Art from the Scholar's Studio held March 18 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, an 18th century album by Li Shizhuo (1687-1770) hammered for $56,250; an album by Chen Hongshou (1768-1822) went for $75,000; an anonymous Ming Dynasty hanging scroll soared to $149,000; and an ink and color on paper hanging scroll by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), titled Fish and Flowers (1981), topped out at $93,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Chinese Shi Lu scroll, $3.5 million, Christie's



A Chinese scroll by Shi Lu (1919-1982), titled Prunus Branch and Rock, ink and color on silk, framed, sold for $3.525 million at a sale of Chinese Furniture, Scholars' Objects and Chinese Paintings (Part III, the Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection) held March 18 by Christie'a in New York. Also, a pair of huanghuali “Four-Corner's Exposed” official's hat armchairs (Ming dynasty, 17th century) went for $2.05 million; and an ink and color on paper scroll by Pan Tianshou (1897-1971) titled Lillies hit $1.57 million. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

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Mary Martin’s Tony Award, $43,750, RR Auction



The 1959-60 Tony Award given to Mary Martin (far left), for her performance in The Sound of Music on Broadway, sold for $43,750 in an auction held March 19 by RR Auction in Boston. The award was originally acquired from the estate of actor Larry Hagman, Martin's late son. Also, an extensive archive of material owned and relating to the legendary Hollywood B-movie cult figure Ed Wood realized $13,750; and an archive celebrating Jimmie Rodgers, “The Father of Country Music,” fetched $5,625. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Jim Bowie signed note, $62,500, Heritage Auctions



A rare promissory note drafted and signed by the legendary frontiersman Jim Bowie sold for $62,500 at a Texana Grand Format Auction held March 14 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, one of two known copies of Sam Houston's historic broadside, appealing to the citizens of Texas for aid on the day the state declared its independence, soared to $52,500; a hand-colored 1867 map of Texas by Charles W. Pressler made $50,000; and a letter penned and sent by Davy Crockett changed hands for $37,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Puiforcat flatware service, $40,625, Doyle New York



A circa 1930 flatware service by Jean Puiforcat (Paris), in the Monaco pattern, sold for $40,625 at a Belle Epoque Auction held Feb. 18 by Doyle New York. Also, a circa 1974-1978 assembled Elizabeth II silver-gilt service by C.J. Vander (London), in the Pierced Vine pattern, brought $34,375; a late 19th or early 20th century KPM painted porcelain plaque of Psyche, after Wilhelm Kray, fetched $37,500; and a Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze and champleve mantel clock retailed by Tiffany & Co. hit $25,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Gerhard Richter oil, $46.3 million, Sotheby's



A 1986 oil on canvas painting by Gerhard Richter, titled Abstraktes Bild, sold for $46.3 million at a Contemporary Art Evening Auction held Feb. 10 by Sotheby's in London. It was a new record for the artist at auction. Also, an oil on canvas in two parts by Francis Bacon, titled Two Studies of Self-Portrait (1977) made $22.4 million; a waterpaint on canvas by Lucio Fontana titled Concetto Spaziale, Attese (1965), realized $12.8 million (also a record); and a 1959 painting by Yves Klein changed hands for $9.3 million. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

 


Tennessee inlaid chest, $19,470, Case Antiques



An East Tennessee Federal inlaid chest of drawers with extensive inlay sold for $19,470 at a Winter Auction held Jan. 24 by Case Antiques in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a pair of portraits depicting the Reverend Hardy Murfree Cryer and, most likely, his wife garnered $24,780; a Confederate CSS Shenandoah diary and archive went for $19,470; an oil on canvas landscape painting by Maurice Braun rose to $24,780; and an abstract oil on fabric pillowcase painting by Beauford Delaney changed hands for $24,180. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:49
 

Gallery Report: March 2015

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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.

 

 

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Gallery Report: February 2015

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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.

 

 

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Gallery Report: January 2015

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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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