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.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 17:39
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:43
Gallery Report: October 2014
Written by KEN HALL
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:33
Pomo burden basket, $23,000, Allard Auctions
A large Pomo burden basket sold for $23,000 at the “Best of Santa Fe” Indian art auction held Aug. 16-17 by Allard Auctions in Santa Fe, N.M. Also, a beautiful Yokuts basket by Florence Jacobs Harrie and an historic Yokuts basket by Waysheemlet each went for $5,750; a Charles Loloma buckle changed hands for $6,325; a unique Yei figured rug fetched $5,175; a Fannie Nampeyo olla garnered $4,885; and a figured Wasco sally bag filled with traditional figures such as condors, deer and sturgeon made $4,313. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Edouard Cortes work, $24,400, Crescent City
An original oil on canvas painting by the French artist Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969), titled Winter Place de la Madeleine (1942), sold for $24,400 at an estates auction held Sept. 20-21 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 14K white gold diamond link necklace, with each of the 102 links having a graduated round diamond, realized $13,035; and a watercolor work by Blanche Nettie Lazzell (W.Va., 1878-1956), titled Abstraction (1936), went for $7,380. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.
Fernando Amorsolo oil, $100,725, James D. Julia
An original oil painting of laborers working the rice fields in the shadow of a distant volcano by Philippine artist Fernando Amorsolo sold for $100,725 at an antiques and fine art auction held Aug. 19-22 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, Montague Dawson's marine portrait of a tall ship in full sail on white-tipped green waves realized $74,062; a rendering of Ernest Hemingway by Waldo Peirce breezed to $53,325; and a late 19th century copper weather vane from a large collection reached $47,400. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
19th century carved eagle, $1,989, Copake Auction
A 19th century carved and gilded pilot house eagle sold for $1,989 at an unreserved estate auction held Aug. 23 by Copake Auction in Copake, N.Y. Also, a Cubist abstract painting signed “LRC” for the Hungarian artist Gyarmathy Tihamer (1915-2005) hammered for $1,638; a 19th century New England farm table in original red paint realized $1,755; and an adjustable hickory Adirondack glider fetched $1,404. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
14K white gold bracelet, $32,400, Morphy Auctions
A 14K white gold tennis bracelet with 46 emerald-cut diamonds sold for $32,400 at a fine and decorative arts auction held Aug. 30-31 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a ladies' ring with cabochon-cut jadeite center stone surrounded by 46 tapered baguette diamonds totaling 5.08 carats went for $31,200; an R.W. Martin & Brothers Wally Bird tobacco jar, signed, 6 1/2 inches tall, changed hands for $25,200; and a Swiss-made Ami Rivenc six-cylinder orchestral music box (circa 1885-1890), also turned $25,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Kammer & Reinhardt doll, $395,750, Bonhams
A rare German Kammer & Reinhardt character doll with plaited auburn hair, blue-gray eyes, lace-sleeved white dress, straw hat and white shoes and stockings sold for $395,750 at an auction held Sept. 24 by Bonhams in England. It was a new world auction record for a doll. Also, a bisque head Kammer & Reinhardt doll modeled after one of the daughters of Lewin-Funcke, the Berlin artist and professor who designed the doll, fetched $278,000; and a Kammer & Reinhardt “Heinz” character doll made $188,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Chinese hanging scroll, $2.629 million, Sotheby's
A Chinese hanging scroll by Zheng Xie (1693-1765) that had been in the same collection for 40 years, titled Bamboo and Rock, sold for $2.63 million at Sotheby's Asian Art Auctions held Sept. 16-18 in New York. Also, a fine and rare celadon-glazed Dragon vase carrying the Kangxi mark and period soared to $2.29 million; and a 15th century Nepalese gilt-copper structure of Indra that had been in the historic collections of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 19th century changed hands for $785,000. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.
Birger Sandzen painting, $43,125, Manitou Auctions
An original oil on board painting by Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), titled Kansas Landscape, sold for $43,125 at an annual auction held Aug. 17-18 by Manitou Auctions in Santa Fe, N.M. Also, a C.C. Starr sterling silver parade saddle made circa 1930s, with engraved initials “MTM,” brought $7,375; a circa-1890 Zuni storage jar, 11 inches tall, changed hands for $10,285; a circa-1930s Panamint basketry bowl with zigzag geometric designs made $3,933; and a circa-1920 Navajo sand painting weaving rose to $5,143. All prices quoted include the buyers premium.
Brian Coole oil on board, $19,800, Kaminski Auctions
An original oil on board painting by the English-born American artist Brian Coole (b. 1939), titled Boston From Chelsea Shore, sold for $19,800 at an auction held Aug. 24 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a circa-1920 Provincetown, Mass., seascape by Albro T. Hibbard hit $10,800; James Fulton Pringle's Ship Under Sail shoved off for $7,800; an oil on canvas depiction of waves crashing on rocks by Charles H. Woodbury brought $3,900; and a Ming dynasty Buddha, 35 inches tall, made $8,400. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Pair of Chinese porcelain vases, $1.2 million, Doyle New York
A pair of 19th century Chinese famille rose glazed porcelain covered vases, measuring 16 inches in height and bearing the Qianlong seal mark, sold for $1.2 million at an Asian works of art auction held Sept. 15 by Doyle New York in Manhattan. Also, a pair of 19th century white jade chrysanthemum-shaped bowls, 6 7/8 inches in diameter, realized $100,000; a large zitan table fetched $93,750; and a Qing Dynasty agarwood scepter, 17 1/2 inches long, elaborately carved as a fruiting gourd vine, finished at $81,250. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Nazi paratrooper rifle, $299,000, Rock Island
A World War II fully automatic Class III Nazi Krieghoff FG42 paratrooper sniper rifle with highly desirable accessories, such as a ZF4 sniper scope, the original mount, a grenade launcher and spike bayonet, sold for $299,000 at a premiere firearms auction held Sept. 12-14 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Walker's C Company marked U.S. contract Colt Walker model 1847 revolver went for $161,000; and a Winchester third model 1866 lever action carbine hit $92,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Myochin School iron snake, $37,500, Rago Arts & Auction
A Myochin School iron articulated snake sold for $37,500 at an auction held Sept. 12-14 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a bronze sculpture after Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray, titled Falconer, rose to $20,000; a French champleve clock and barometer garniture breezed to $15,000; a Japanese Meiji sterling tea and coffee service brought $13,750; a Paul Jouve etching on paper titled Walking Panther made $13,750; and a Christofle silver-plated centerpiece hit $13,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Konrad Cramer oil, $9,000, Hudson Valley
An oil on panel surreal landscape painting by Konrad Cramer sold for $9,000 at an auction held Sept. 8 by Hudson Valley Auctioneers in Beacon, N.Y. Also, a Vargueno desk changed hands for $6,000; a lovely swan planter found a new owner for $2,700; a Longwy Aesthetic plant stand garnered $5,400; a Linke cabinet realized $5,700; an oil on canvas painting by Carl Holty titled The White Vase (1948) attained $5,400; a 1947 Holty work titled Unicorn fetched $2,400; and a Buccellati silver bear made $2,400. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.
Arts and Crafts chandelier, $26,910, Stair Auctioneers
A W.A.S. Benson English Arts and Crafts copper and brass three-light chandelier sold for $26,910 at a Decorative Arts Auction held Sept. 5 by Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers in Hudson, N.Y. Also, an Aesthetic Movement ebonized hall chair attributed to Gustave and Christian Herter coasted to $11,700; a glazed stoneware faceted cauldron by Paul Chaleff (b. 1947) finished at $5,560; a pair of Pompeian-style bronze tripod floor lamps with alabaster shades went for $9,945; and a Minton porcelain garden seat hit $1,755. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Qing Dynasty vase, $24.7 million, Skinner
A monumental Fencai Chinese Imperial Qing dynasty vase sold for $24.7 million at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 17 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. It was the most ever paid at auction for a Qing dynasty vase in the U.S. It is believed the Chinese Emperor ordered the vase made. It was fired at the Jingdezhen kilns under the direction of the superintendent Tang Ying (1682-1750). The National Museum in Beijing is home to the only other known example in the same size and decoration. The price includes a 23 percent buyer's premium.
Marklin three-piece train set, $6,000, Pook & Pook
A Marklin three-piece tin windup train set consisting of an engine, a tender and a Speisewagen dining car sold for $6,000 at a Christmas in July Toy Auction held July 15 by Pook & Pook Auction in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a 19-inch-tall French Tete Jumeau bisque head doll, beautifully dressed and with a jointed composition body, realized $3,120; a set of 12 carved and painted wooden soldiers, each one 6 1/2 inches tall, brought $2,880; and a Majestic Mfg. Co. steel iron and tin salesman's sample stove made $4,320. Prices include a 20 or 23 percent buyer's premium.
JFK wartime letters, $200,000, RR Auction
A collection of letters from John F. Kennedy to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction held Sept. 17-18 by RR Auction in Boston. The letters were sent by JFK to the family of Harold W. Marney, who was killed when the PT-109 was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Also, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's World War II bomber jacket hammered for $93,000; and a famous photo of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue, signed by the renowned genius, hit $125,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Ty Cobb cigar tin, $18,720, Manifest
A Ty Cobb cigar tin, one of fewer than 20 known, sold for $18,720 at a premiere sale held July 12-13 by Manifest Auctions in Greenville, S.C. Also, a Santa Fe Railroad “The Scout” single-sided sign, 20 inches by 40 inches, realized $11,700; a round H.P. Hood & Sons milk sign with cow graphic and original grommets, 30 inches in diameter, rose to $9,360; a Buffalo Brewing Co. Bohemian Beer charger, 24 inches in diameter, fetched $8,190; and a Five Brothers' pipe tobacco store display bin went for $3,900. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.
British School landscape, $30,000, Carlsen Gallery
A 19th century British School landscape rendering with a waterfall sold for $30,000 at an auction held Sept. 14 by Carlsen Gallery Inc., in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas by Samuel Coleman, titled Coast of North Africa, chalked up $17,000; a signed oil on canvas by Paul Weber, titled Cathedral Rocks Yosemite, climbed to $15,000; an early 19th century classical marble bust and pedestal brought $14,000; and a tangerine and red 1969 Porsche 912 sports car roared off for $9,000. All prices quoted are exclusive of a sliding scale buyer's premium.
Tiffany Studios lamp, $56,500, Clars Auction
A Tiffany Studios (N.Y.) “Venetian” desk lamp, made circa 1910, sold for $56,500 at a fine art, decoratives & jewelry auction held Sept. 13-15 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an original painting by Leonor Fini (French, 1908-1996), titled Dialogue Impossible, also rose to $56,500; a pair of French urns in the Neo-Classical style, attributed to Henry Dasson (Paris, 19th century), gaveled for $32,000; and a large patinated in metal abstract tree trunk table by Silas Seandel (b. 1937) achieved $26,000. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.
Howard Terpning painting, $1.5 million, Jackson Hole
An original painting by Howard Terpning, titled Major North and the Pawnee Battalion, sold for $1.49 million at Jackson Hole Art Auction's eighth annual live auction held Sept. 13 in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Also, a rendering by Carl Rungius, titled Moose, got snapped up for $546,250; Bob Kuhn's Red Fox on Patrol changed hands for $263,250; Martin Grelle's painting titled Strategies (2014) realized $263,250; and Richard Schmid's Yellow Roses went to a determined bidder for $187,200. Prices include a sliding buyer's premium.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:28
Gallery Report: September 2014
Written by KEN HALL
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:48
Kashmir sapphire ring, $129,800, Michaan's
A 3.70-carat natural, certified sapphire stone in a deep royal blue hue, held in a diamond and platinum ring, sold for $129,800 at a Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction held June 6 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a 5.19-carat fancy yellow diamond ring hammered for $76,700; a Rolex 6234 Pre-Daytona model watch fetched $18,880; a Shreve & Co. Patek Philippe pocket watch realized $18,880; and an oil painting by David William Simpson titled Four Rainbows #4 made $10,620. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
Titanic chessboard, $16,385, Philip Weiss
A chessboard made from actual wood retrieved from the doomed ocean liner RMS Titanic in 1912 sold for $16,385 at an auction held July 23 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a block of 15 unused tickets to the Beatles' last concert performance in the United States, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966 (it did not sell out), realized $12,000; and a first-edition copy of Ernest Hemingway's book The Old Man and the Sea, inscribed and signed by the author, changed hands for $3,220. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.
Three sterling sculptures, $18,368, Crescent City
Three early 20th century Continental sterling sculptures of jousting knights on horseback (one shown), with ivory faces and decorated with cabochon agate stones, sold for $18,368 at an estates auction held July 26-27 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a small Russian icon (circa 1898-1908, St. Petersburg) of The Virgin of Kazan, in a sterling and enamel riza by Nicolay Kemper, made $13,035; and a 20th century contemporary alligator motif low table, signed R. Ferguson, hit $7,110. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
Wedgwood Dragon King vase, $74,062, James D. Julia Inc.
A Wedgwood Dragon King vase, the largest piece of Fairyland Luster Wedgwood ever made, sold for $74,062 at a Glass & Lamp Auction held June 11-12 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany table lamp with richly colored poppies having striated orange petals and applied bronze centers against a bed of leaves on a mottled green and yellow background, all on a gold dore base, went for $41,475; and a pair of Moser decorated ewers with overall applied and enameled parrot decoration hit $20,737. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
Louis Apol oil painting, $16,000, Richard D. Hatch
A winter landscape original oil painting, 45 inch by 32 inches, in a period gilt frame by Dutch artist Louis Franciscus Hendrik Apol (1850-1936) sold for $16,000 at an auction held May 23-24 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, N.C. Also, a Rolex 18K gold ladies' President wristwatch with diamond number indicators and a mother-of-pearl dial changed hands for $4,000; and a pair of 1830 French dueling pistols, gold inlay by Lered W. Proze, numbered 1 and 2, went for $1,400. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.
The Phantom movie poster, $203,150, Heritage Auctions
A rare original one-sheet poster for the 1925 horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, one of only four known, sold for $203,150 at a Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction held July 19-20 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a Charlie Chaplin six-sheet for Sunnyside (1919) rose to $71,700; an insert for the cinematic masterpiece Casablanca (1942) went for $83,650; a German poster for the unnerving 1931 classic M realized $50,787; and a large Italian foglio for the film La Dolce Vita made $47,800. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.
1900 Coca-Cola calendar, $210,000, Morphy Auctions
A 1900 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint-plus condition, with an image of model and actress Hilda Clark, the first beauty to appear in Coke's ads, sold for $210,000 at an Advertising & Coin-Op Auction held Aug. 22-24 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Mills Double Dewey upright slot machine, 5/25 cents, with original music, garnered $114,000; an 1896 Coca-Cola calendar in a shadow box with gilt frame made $105,000; and a Pepsi-Cola Art Nouveau china soda fountain syrup urn went for $69,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
‘Shang’ Wheeler black duck, $115,000, Guyette & Deeter
A presentation black duck by “Shang” Wheeler sold for $115,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 29-30 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a “dust jacket”-style plover by Elmer Crowell soared to $109,250; a “pinch breasted” 1932 model pintail from an old California collection breezed to $77,625; a pair of mergansers by Oscar Bibber realized $69,000; and a rare dowitcher by John Dilley changed hands for $57,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Pair of Bohemian decanters, $44,400, Kaminski Auctions
A pair of Bohemian decanters of uranium/vaseline coloring, opaque glass with gilt decoration, sold for $44,400 at one of two Summer Auctions held July 13 and 27 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, another pair of Bohemian decanters, featuring an image of Zill al-Sultan (“Shadow of the King,” the Qajar prince who ruled Iran's capital, 1874-1907), fetched $18,000; and a 21-inch bronze of a nude woman on a marble base titled Crest of the Wave by Harriet W. Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980), hit $26,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Scottish Moor pitcher, $4,888, Jeffrey S. Evans
An unusual Scottish Moor-pattern amethyst opalescent glass water pitcher, dated to around 1890 and possibly made by the West Virginia Glass Co., sold for $4,888 at an Art & Victorian Glass Auction held July 26 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a set of seven Continental two-color cut overlay Rhine Wine glasses rose to vaseline (uranium) bowls, each with Strawberry Diamond and Ellipse design, possibly made by Baccarat or St. Luis, France, gaveled for $2,300. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Anatole Vely painting, $22,800, John Moran
A painting by the French artist Anatole Vely, titled La Reveil du Coeur (“The Awakening of the Heart”) sold for $22,800 at an Antiques & Fine Arts Auction held July 22 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a pair of Maison Millet Napoleon III ormolu-mounted marble urns coasted to $14,400; a gilt bronze-mounted Louis XV-style bureau plait gaveled for $13,200; an American pottery piece by Harrison McIntosh fetched $4,200; and a carved oak grande sonnerie bracket clock chimed on time for $3,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Indian princess figure, $92,250, Skinner Inc.
A carved Indian princess tobacconist figure by Samuel Robb sold for $92,250 at an Americana Auction held Aug. 9-10 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. Also, a carved Punch tobacconist figure rose to $79,950; a life-size Black Forest walnut bear also brought $79,950; a quirky composition statue of a scantily clad woman with full-body tattoos, called Battleship Kate, changed hands for $28,290; and a painted folk art Parcheesi board and a folk art game board both fetched more than $30,000 after spirited bidding. Prices include a 23 percent buyer's premium.
Parker Brothers shotgun, $60,000, Sanford Alderfer
A Parker Brothers AHE grade side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 28 gauge, with 26-inch barrels, sold for $60,000 at a Firearms Auction held July 15 by the Sanford Alderfer Companies in Hatfield, Pa. Also, an L.C. Smith Crown grade side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 20 gauge, with 26-inch barrels, made $22,800; a Winchester Model 21 grade 6 side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 12 gauge, with 28-inch vent rib barrels, hit the mark for $22,800; and a Parker Brothers DHE grade 20 gauge shotgun brought $12,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
World War I poster, $18,750, Swann Auction
A poster from World War I by H. R. Hopps, titled Destroy This Mad Brute / Enlist (circa 1917), sold for $18,750 at a Vintage Posters Auction held Aug. 6 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a poster by Alphonse Mucha, titled JOB (1896), commanded $21,250; Mucha's decorative four-panel work The Seasons achieved $11,250; James Montgomery Flagg's Wake Up America Day (1917) fetched $8,750; and Howard Chandler's If You Want to Fight / Join the Marines (1915) went for $7,680. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Case, French wine, $48,222, Sotheby's
A case (12 bottles) of 1990 vintage Chateau Petrus French wine sold for $48,222 at a Finest & Rarest Wines Auction held July 16-17 by Sotheby's in London. Also, a case assortment (12 bottles) of 1990 vintage Domaine de la Romanee-Conti French wine also garnered $48,222; a half-case (six bottles) of 2000 vintage Chateau Petrus went for $25,116; a case (12 bottles) of 1982 vintage Chateau Latour climbed to $23,106; and eight magnum bottles of 2000 vintage Carre d'As sold as one lot for $22,102. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Yayoi Kusama work, $269,000, Christie's
A gouache and pastel on paper work, executed in 1957 by Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), titled Nets, sold for $269,000 at a Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction held July 24 by Christie's in New York. Also, an oil on canvas by Alice Neel (1900-1984), titled Portrait of Vivien Leone (1983) topped out at $209,000; an oil on canvas by Milton Resnick (1917-2004), titled Unity (1960), realized $149,000; and a 10 elements / magnesium and tin work by Carl Andre (b. 1935), titled 4 mg Hexatin, changed hands for $118,750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.
Olympic gold medal, $67,642, Grey Flannel
An Olympic gold medal, won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia by Vin Baker of the Team USA basketball team, sold for $67,642 in an auction that closed on Aug. 20 and was held by Grey Flannel Auctions. It was an online, phone and absentee auction, with no live bidding. The medal received a total of just four bids. The first bid was for the minimum (or reserve) of $35,000, but three other bids countered, for a final hammer price of $56,369. A buyer's premium was then applied to that figure, pushing the final selling price to $67,642.
Suzanne Valadon painting, $44,840, Kodner Galleries
An original oil on canvas painting by Suzanne Valadon, titled Vase de Fleurs, sold for $44,840 at an auction held Aug. 6 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a 9-carat emerald and diamond ring slipped on a new finger for $30,680; an oil on panel work by Louis Valtat titled Pommes a la Draperie Bleu, fetched $22,420; an oil on canvas by Dietz Edzard titled Concert aux Sablettes rose to $11,800; and a bronze Egyptian figure by French sculptor Emile Picault went for $10,600. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Pair of Chinese foo dogs, $14,950, William J. Jenack
A pair of Chinese carved marble foo dogs sold for $7,475 each (or a combined $14,950) at an auction held Aug. 10 by William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, N.Y. Also, one lot consisting of six ancient Roman coins hammered for $1,000; a Chinese blue and white covered jar changed hands for $4,600; an ancient Roman Emperor Vitellis denarius brought $690; a bronze Dhyani Buddha fetched $978; and a Macedonian Philip II tetradracrum (circa 359-336 B.C.) went for $1,150. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Wizard of Oz concept art, $45,625, Heritage Auctions
A pair of preproduction concept paintings from the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz sold for a combined $45,625 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction held Aug. 23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. A Lansky Brothers leather coat owned and worn by Elvis Presley hammered for $35,000; and a 1976 Harley-Davidson Model FLH motorcycle previously owned by Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx of the metal band Motley Crue and designed by a mechanic for the Hell's Angels hit $32,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.
Six hanging scrolls, $25,960, Michaan's
A set of six Chinese hanging scrolls of calligraphy brushwork attributed to Yu Youren sold for $25,960 at an estates auction held Aug. 3 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a painted Buddhist scripture on silk crossed the block for $7,080; two Asian famille rose vases depicting birds and beauties hammered for $4,130; a Mid-Century Modern classic Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair with ottoman fetched $7,670; and a pair of jade, diamond and white gold earrings with Mason Kay Report hit $6,490. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.
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