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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work on display at Christie’s new Tokyo office

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:35

Standing Figure of Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-Headed Kannon)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century)  Wood  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

TOKYO – Christie’s Japan will present an exhibition of works by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. On view Dec. 7-8, the exhibition is being held to recognize the artist for his design of the new Christie’s Tokyo office.

An internationally acclaimed Japanese artist with a celebrated body of work, Sugimoto produces art in a variety of mediums. Recognized for his accomplishments in contemporary art and architecture, Sugimoto is also known as an avid collector, passionate for a wide range of art, from ancient artifacts to contemporary works. Comprising a series of his photography presented alongside a selection of works of art from his personal collection, the exhibition will be held in the gallery of the Christie’s Tokyo office, designed by the artist.

The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Christie’s Japan, and to coincide with this auspicious achievement, Christie’s Japan has relocated to a prewar stone building designated as “Important Cultural Property” in Marunouchi, one of Japan’s most prestigious business districts, and located between Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace.

Sugimoto oversaw the design of the entire Tokyo office, with special emphasis placed on the aesthetics of the entrance area, gallery space and the main meeting room facing the outer garden of the Imperial Palace.

“What manner of design might befit the Tokyo office of Christie’s, to best reflect its leading role in the booming world art market? I posed this question to myself as an architect,” said Sugimoto. “Artworks both soothe and enrich the human spirit. No matter how opposed we as people might be politically, the artworks gathered here under one roof from so many different countries will surely please our eyes. Accordingly, I based my design for the entrance area in keeping with Prince Shotoku’s injunction to ‘uphold harmony as to act with respect’ that appears at the very beginning of the Seventeen Article Constitution of Empress Suiko’s reign.”

Ryutaro Katayama, managing director of Christie’s Japan, noted that Sugimoto has created a space where the East and the West harmonize, and the past and the present blend together seamlessly.

“This interior marks the artist’s latest aesthetic achievement and one with which Christie’s is proud to be associated,” he said.



ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

Standing Figure of Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-Headed Kannon)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century)  Wood  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Asahi Breweries  (Architect: Philippe Starck)  1997  Gelatin silver print  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Gyodomen (Gyodo Mask)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century) Wood and gold leaf over lacquer  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:08
 

Leica camera snapped up for $2.18M at Westlicht auction

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Monday, 26 November 2012 13:00

Only four of these Leica cameras (M3D-1 to M3D-4) were produced, this one for American photographer David Douglas Duncan.It sold for $2.18 million. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Westlicht Photographica Auction.

VIENNA, (AFP) – A custom-built Leica camera that once belonged to influential American photographer David Douglas Duncan fetched more than 1.6 million euros at a Vienna auction Saturday.

Duncan used the 1955 black M3D Leica when he worked for Life magazine. The final sale including fees was 1.68 million euros ($2.18 million).

Leica built the camera specially for Duncan, according to the Westlicht photo gallery, which ran the auction in the Austrian capital.

Its estimate had been between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.

Duncan is best known for his combat photos, including pictures taken during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and his close friendship with Pablo Picasso.

Saturday's sale also included thousands of NASA vintage photographs and slides that went for 200,000 euros.

Another batch of photographs of Russia's space exploration was sold for 60,000 euros.



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Only four of these Leica cameras (M3D-1 to M3D-4) were produced, this one for American photographer David Douglas Duncan.It sold for $2.18 million. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Westlicht Photographica Auction.    

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 14:30
 

Rago Dec. 4 open house to include jewelry talk

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:37

Tiffany & Co. bicolor gold ruby brooch, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – The Rago Arts and Auction Center will host an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 4, featuring a talk by Newark Museum curator Ulysses Grant Dietz.

The talk, "The Lower End of Splendor: Middle Class Jewelry in Context," focuses on the story of Newark, N.J., as a jewelry manufacturing center, its decline during the Great Depression, through its demise in the 1990s.

By the eve of the great Depression, in 1929, Newark produced 90 percent of the gold jewelry in the United States (including 50 percent of the 18-karat jewelry). The mass of this jewelry, which was not sold under Newark maker's names, but retailed through jewelry stores in every corner of the nation, was small scale, finely crafted and very wearable. It was characterized by small diamonds, colored stones, enamel, in modern designs, for men and women. Millions of cufflinks and brooches, signet rings and wedding bands, poured out of Newark's factories six days a week.

Newark's jewelers knew their market well. Their clients were not the Vanderbilts or (later) the stars of the silver screen. Their customers saw high society and celebrity in magazines, and wanted jewelry that evoked that glamour, but which they could buy in their local jewelry stores and, more importantly, could afford.

Newark was the king of jewelry manufacturing in America, employing thousands of people, until the consumer base was eroded by the Great Depression, World War II and the rise of costume jewelry. By the 1950s Newark's industry had shrunk to half its former size, and by the 1990s the last of the factories closed forever. Newark's story as a jewelry center is remarkable. Come see what the industry was up to.

Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of decorative arts at the Newark Museum since 1980. He has been collecting items for the Newark Museum for over 30 years.

The talk takes place during preview week for Rago's Silver, Jewelry and Great Estates auctions, to be held on Dec. 7-9.

The auction house opens on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at noon. A reception begins at 5 p.m. Dietz will speak at 6 p.m.

RSVP to 609-397-9374 ext. 119 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Unable to rsvp in advance? Please attend if possible. All are welcome.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Tiffany & Co. bicolor gold ruby brooch, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.  

Art Nouveau enameled gold flower brooches, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Nine gold dragon, griffon or serpent stick pins, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate; $900-$1,200. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:23
 

Carrolls clarifies date of its antiques auction: Nov. 23

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Monday, 19 November 2012 10:49

Image courtesy of Carrolls Auctioneers.

GUILFORD, Conn. – Carrolls Auctioneers & Appraisers of Guilford, Conn., is advising potential bidders that the correct date for its upcoming Coins, Jewelry, Antiques & Collectibles Auction is Friday, Nov. 23.

The company’s management told Auction Central News that an inadvertent error on their catalog had indicated an auction date of Tuesday, November 20, 2012. They would like for all approved registered bidders and those who may wish to sign up for the sale that the sale will take place the day after Thanksgiving, starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Time / 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog and to sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Image courtesy of Carrolls Auctioneers.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 12:40
 

Neal Auction selling unique trumpet Nov. 17 to benefit Satchmo fest

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Written by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:44

Custom-made by Jason Harrelson, the trumpet features a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece receiver, engraved 'Satchmo,' with transcription of Louis Armstrong’s solo for the song 'A Kiss to Build A Dream On,' a tuning slide mounted with the iconic New Orleans water meter cover, and multiple finger button inlays in blue, purple, green and black onyx. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Trumpet-maker Jason Harrelson said he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument – Louis Armstrong.

Harrelson's specially made brass “Satchmo” trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score for Armstrong's trumpet solo in the song, A Kiss to Build a Dream On. It also has a tuning slide mounted with a small replica of an iconic New Orleans water meter cover.

The trumpet is set to hit the auction block Saturday with proceeds benefiting Satchmo Summerfest, the free, three-day festival in the French Quarter held each year in early August around Armstrong's birthday. Some of Harrelson's custom trumpets are valued at more than $10,000, but there is no minimum bid for the “Satchmo” trumpet.

Harrelson, a Louisiana native who now lives in New Brighton, Minn., said he's attended the festival the past two years but has been an Armstrong fan since childhood. As a fifth-grader, he said, he wrote a book report about Armstrong – and he later took up playing the trumpet because of his admiration for the jazz great.

“I could relate to his story, to his coming from poverty and making music his life,” said Harrelson, who was born in Leesville, La., and was 19 when he started making trumpets.

Armstrong was born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901 and died in 1971 after a stellar career as a trumpet player, vocalist and bandleader. He remains one of the best-known figures in jazz, with a career that extended into motion pictures. The city's international airport is named for him.

Now 38, Harrelson has his own shop in New Brighton and provides instruments to musicians worldwide. In New Orleans, more than a dozen musicians use his trumpets, including Kermit Ruffins, Shamarr Allen and members of the city's brass bands. His instruments also are used by New York jazz band leader Jeremy Pelt; Ray Riccomini, a member of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in New York; and San Juan's Latin jazz artist Charlie Sepulveda, whose recording credits include the soundtrack for the 1992 movie The Mambo Kings.

“We're just so honored that he's giving this trumpet to us,” said Marci Schramm, executive director of French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces Satchmo Summerfest. “The hardest thing about producing free festivals is that it's so expensive, and every little bit counts.”

The group's French Quarter Festival, one of the largest free music festivals in the region, draws an estimated 400,000 attendees each year. Satchmo Summerfest draws about 30,000 people, Schramm said.

The “Satchmo” trumpet will go to the block at Neal Auction Co. on Saturday. It's expected to come up for bids between 2 and 3 p.m. CST. Bids are being accepted by phone at 504-899-5329 or 800-467-5329.

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Online:

Neal Auction Co., http://www.nealauction.com

Satchmo Summerfest, http://www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest

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Custom-made by Jason Harrelson, the trumpet features a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece receiver, engraved 'Satchmo,' with transcription of Louis Armstrong’s solo for the song 'A Kiss to Build A Dream On,' a tuning slide mounted with the iconic New Orleans water meter cover, and multiple finger button inlays in blue, purple, green and black onyx. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 10:23
 

Sotheby’s loses $32.6M in third quarter, but total revenue up

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Friday, 09 November 2012 18:30

Sotheby's headquarters at York Avenue and 71st St. in New York City. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK – Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) today announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended Sept. 30. The company reported a net loss of $32.6 million in the third quarter, while total revenues increased.

Sotheby’s reported third quarter 2012 revenues increased 18 percent, to $68.5 million, driven by a $4.9 million, or 50 percent, improvement in private sale commission revenues and a $1.6 million, or 56 percent increase, in finance segment revenues. Largely due to these revenue increases, the company reported a pretax loss of $46.4 million for the quarter, compared to a pretax loss of $57.9 million in the prior year – an $11.5 million, or 20 percent, improvement.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012, Sotheby’s reported a net loss of $32.6 million, which reflects a slight $2.8 million deterioration from the prior year due to an $11.6 million tax benefit recognized in the third quarter of 2011 as a result of the reversal of a valuation allowance against certain Sotheby’s deferred tax assets.

Because of the seasonal nature of the art auction market, third quarter auction sales have historically represented approximately 7 percent to 10 percent annual auction sales resulting in a loss period for the company.

Third quarter results are typically not indicative of expected full year results. Management believes that investors should focus on results for six- and 12-month periods, which better reflect the auction market business cycle.

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 Sotheby's headquarters at York Avenue and 71st St. in New York City. Photo by Jim Henderson.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 10:54
 

Post-storm notice: Leighton Galleries extends consignment times

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 17:33
Among the items already consigned to Leighton Galleries' Dec. 6 auction is this enameled diamond and opal cocktail ring, est. $600-$700. Leighton Galleries image.

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s Leighton Galleries is extending its dates and hours for acceptance of consignments to their planned Dec. 6 auction.

Leighton’s management invites potential consignors to bring items to the company’s gallery from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 and Monday Nov. 12. The Dec. 6 auction features fine jewels, but sterling silver, fine art and other valuable objects will also be accepted for consignment.

Leighton Galleries is located at 6-C Pearl Court in Allendale, NJ 07401. For additional information, call 201-327-8800 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit the company online at www.leightongalleries.com.

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Among the items already consigned to Leighton Galleries' Dec. 6 auction is this enameled diamond and opal cocktail ring, est. $600-$700. Leighton Galleries image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 17:42
 

Castner’s reschedules Nov. 3 auction; new date: Nov. 17

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Friday, 02 November 2012 10:45

Lot 92, pearl necklace and pendant in 18K gold setting, 16 inches long. Est. $200-$500. Castner's Auction image.

BRANCHVILLE, N.J. – Castner’s Auction, Appraisal & Estate Service LLC is rescheduling its Nov. 3 auction due to a power outage following Hurricane Sandy. The 203-lot sale of jewelry, coins, decorative and fine art will now be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, with a start time of 4 p.m. Eastern.

To enquire about any item in the auction, call 973-948-3868.

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

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Lot 92, pearl necklace and pendant in 18K gold setting, 16 inches long. Est. $200-$500. Castner's Auction image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 11:02
 

New Jersey's Bertoia Auctions issues post-storm statement

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:41
Marklin “Jolanda” clockwork luxury yacht with canopy over bow, circa 1915-1925, 16 inches long, est. $25,000-$27,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, N.J. - Situated only 38 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Bertoia Auctions might have seemed an unavoidable target as Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast on Monday. "But miraculously, we were spared," said the firm's owner, Jeanne Bertoia. "In fact, we never even lost our power, telephone or Internet service."

Bertoia believes her gallery in Vineland avoided the storm's destructive fury because of the particular path it took as it moved across coastal New Jersey toward New York. "The eye of the storm passed right through the city of Vineland. That was what saved us," she said.

Today Bertoia's issued a statement thanking customers for the "many thoughtful phone calls and e-mails" received after the storm. The statement also assured  customers that business has continued without interruption at the gallery.

The statement reads, in part: "We want to assure you that our Saturday, Nov. 10 auction of the Dick Claus Collection Part II will take place as originally scheduled, with a start time of 1 p.m., Eastern US time. If you have arranged for a telephone line or plan to bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com, please be assured that there has been no disruption and there is no reason for concern. Absolutely everything is running smoothly as we make our final preparations leading up to the sale."

Jeanne Bertoia also noted that roads between I-95 and Vineland are clear and unaffected by flooding. "We look forward to greeting a full house of bidders on auction day," she said.

View the fully illustrated catalog for the Nov. 10 auction of the Dick Claus Antique Toy Boat & Nautical Toy Collection - Part II and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOT OF NOTE
Marklin “Jolanda” clockwork luxury yacht with canopy over bow, circa 1915-1925, 16 inches long, est. $25,000-$27,000. Bertoia Auctions image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:37
 

Gray’s Auctioneers reschedules fall auction to Nov. 7-8

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 15:15

Roy Ahlgren (1927-2011) ‘Blue Divide,’ acrylic on canvas. Gray’s Auctioneers image. CLEVELAND – The havoc caused by Superstorm Sandy reached Northeast Ohio on Monday night, prompting Gray’s Auctioneers to postpone their big fine art and antiques auction, which had been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The sale has been moved back one week to Nov. 7 and 8, according to Gray’s CEO Serena Harragin.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. EST each day and will proceed as usual. Preview for the auction has been extended until Tuesday, Nov. 6. Gray's will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

For details visit www.graysauctioneers.com or phone 216-458-7695.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 16:37
 

Storm Notice: Cowan's urges absentee bids for Oct. 31 auctions

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Written by Auction Central News International Staff   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:05

Lot 132 in Cowan's Oct. 31 auction is a female bronze by Erté (French, 1892-1990).  Hand patinated with chemicals and gold leaf, oval shaped granite base, stamped on the base © 1989 CHALK & VERMILION AND SEVENARTS / Erté's signature / 181/395; Ht. 21.5 in. Image courtesy of Cowan's.

CINCINNATI - Cowan's Auctions is recommending absentee bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com as an alternative method for anyone who plans to bid in their Oct. 31 sales and who may be affected by Hurricane Sandy. The 218-lot of modern and contemporary ceramics aucton is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. Pacific). The 207-lot auction of 20th-century art and design, and photographs is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. Pacific) on Wednesday.

"While we are physically located in Cincinnati, Ohio, we recognize that many of you may be affected by Hurricane Sandy. At this time we are still planning to conduct the auction," Cowan's wrote in an e-mail sent out today to those already registered for the sale. "The staff at Liveauctioneers has assured us that there will be no interruption of service in the electronic bidding platform. We recognize, however, that some of you may be without power, and therefore with access to the internet." As an option, Cowan's is recommending absentee bidding through LiveAuctioneers and assures one and all that their bids "will be executed competitively."

Anyone with questions is asked to contact Cowan's at 513-871-1670.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/33220_20th-century-art-design-and-photographs/page1

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Lot 132 in Cowan's Oct. 31 auction is a female bronze by Erté (French, 1892-1990).  Hand patinated with chemicals and gold leaf, oval shaped granite base, stamped on the base © 1989 CHALK & VERMILION AND SEVENARTS / Erté's signature / 181/395; Ht. 21.5 in. Image courtesy of Cowan's.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 08:43
 

Notice of early closure: Skinner Inc. galleries

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Monday, 29 October 2012 11:10

BOSTON - Skinner Inc. advises its galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Mass., will close at 1:00 p.m. today, October 29, 2012, due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 11:17
 

Frederick Rhead tile panel sells for $637,500 at Rago auction

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Monday, 29 October 2012 10:21

The University City four-part tile panel by Frederick H. Rhead sold for $637,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – An important four-part tile panel by renowned ceramicist Frederick H. Rhead sold for $637,500 at an auction conducted by Rago Arts and Auction Center on Saturday. The presale estimate for the unique work was $35,000-$45,000.

David Rago said Two Red Roses Foundation of Palm Harbor, Fla., was the buyer. According to the foundation's website, Two Red Roses Foundation is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and public exhibition of important examples of the American Arts & Crafts movement. It was founded by Florida businessman Rudy Ciccarello, who has assembled one of the largest personal collections of Arts & Crafts in America.

Rago described the tile panel as "extraordinary," noting it was created by one of the top ceramic artists of the era.

Rhead created the 20 3/4-inch-square panel, which depicted a peacock, in 1910 during his tenure at University City pottery near St. Louis. The panel was a personal gift from Rhead to friend and Weller Pottery colleague Levi Burgess, for his Zanesville, Ohio, residence.

Rago said the home is still standing in Zanesville, and that he thought the tile panel was removed from the structure about 10 years ago. He said the panel was in excellent condition except for a small flat chip.

The panel, signed "Frederick H. Rhead, U.C. 1910," is documented in Sharon Dale’s book Frederick Hurten Rhead: An English Potter in America, p. 64, fig. 72.

Rhead also worked for the Roseville Pottery, the American Encaustic Tiling Co. and at his own studio in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The sale of the tile panel was one of the many highlights of Rago’s three-day auction of 20th-21st century furnishings and decorative arts.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.


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The University City four-part tile panel by Frederick H. Rhead sold for $637,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:06
 

Robert McNamara’s effects top $1M at NY auction

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Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:20

President John F. Kennedy meets with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in the Cabinet Room on June 1962. Image by Cecil Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK (AP) – A silver paperweight that President John F. Kennedy gave to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara after the Cuban missile crisis sold for $95,500 at an auction Tuesday of McNamara's personal effects, Sotheby's said.

McNamara, who died in 2009, served as the head of the Pentagon from 1961 to 1968, first for JFK and then for President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was part of that decade's major events – including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in April 1961, the Cuban missile crisis, and the escalation of the Vietnam War.

The collection of letters, photographs and other items is “sort of a capsule visual history of the 1960s, which is certainly one of the most divisive yet vibrant decades in American history,” said Selby Kiffer, senior vice president of books and manuscripts and one of the main auction organizers.

Kiffer said the paperweight, with a presale estimate of between $15,000 and $20,000, was one of a relative few that were made.

He noted that the auction coincides with the 50th anniversary of the missile crisis, a tense 13-day nuclear standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Afterward, Kennedy gave McNamara and others the paperweight with the October 1962 calendar page on it, the days of the conflict standing out and his and the recipient's initials on top.

The items up for sale from McNamara's personal archive also included a document signed by Kennedy that formally appointed McNamara to his position. It sold for $20,000 against estimates of $10,000 and $15,000.

Two chairs from the Kennedy administration's Cabinet Room, accompanied by a letter signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, fetched $146,500. It had an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.

Tuesday's auction brought in a total of $1,008,571, Sotheby's said.

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President John F. Kennedy meets with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in the Cabinet Room on June 1962. Image by Cecil Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:40
 

Reality television show to film at auction house in Beaufort, S.C.

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Monday, 15 October 2012 10:37
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort will be the setting for a new reality television show.

The Beaufort Gazette reported that Jeff Lowe of Beaufort Liquidation says his company and auction house will be the focus of an as-of-yet untitled reality show similar to Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Baggage Battles.

Lowe says the show will air on A&E.

People interested in buying and selling liquidated goods at auction are being sought to audition for the program.

Lowe says the crew will film an Oct. 20 auction.

He says the crew wants to see how he operates in taking trucks from stores like Walmart and Kmart.

Lowe says one plot will be the liquidation business and the second will deal with how someone can earn money by selling a pallet of random items.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 10:51
 

James Bond movie prop auction raises $2.6M for charity

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:46

From left: Christie's International Director, Auctioneering Hugh Edmeades, with former 007 Sir Roger Moore, who had a bit of fun with a Daniel Craig face mask, which he holds in his hand. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

LONDON – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, Christie’s and EON Productions presented "50 Years of James Bond – The Auction" on Friday evening, Oct. 5. Offering international fans and collectors the unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Bond memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions as well as donations from Bond cast, the combined evening and online charity auction was 100 percent sold, realizing a total of £1,641,350 / $2,644,442 / €2,034,999.

Bids were received from 42 countries around the world, with new clients to Christie’s accounting for 40 percent of the bidders within the online auction.

On Global James Bond Day, Christie's and EON Productions presented a live evening charity auction of 10 star lots of memorabilia directly from EON's archives, plus one surprise addition, in celebration of 50 years of James Bond on screen. The auction realized £752,050 / $1,214,448 / €934,046 with proceeds from each lot set to benefit specific charitable institutions. Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades led proceedings, assisted by several guest auctioneers including Sir Roger Moore, Michael G. Wilson, Dame Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Lucy Fleming, David Walliams, Lindy Hemming and Maryam d’Abo.

The top lot of the live auction was an Aston Martin DBS used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum Of Solace and sold to benefit Barnardo's. A bidding war between the Internet, telephones and those in attendance resulted in the final price of £241,250 / $390,101 / €299,633. The car was purchased by an anonymous telephone bidder.

An Automatic Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean wristwatch, by Omega, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, a unique piece specially made in titanium for action scenes in Skyfall was sold to benefit ORBIS. The winning bid came from a telephone bidder, who bought the wristwatch for £157,250 / $254,273 / €195,305.

A pair of swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale and sold to benefit Women For Women realized £44,450 / $71,876 / €55,207. The trunks were purchased by a bidder in the room.

A surprise late addition to the sale was the orchestral score for the theme song Skyfall, signed on the cover by Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth, which sold for £13,750 / $22,234 / €17,078 to a bidder in the saleroom.

Those who were unable to take home a piece of Bond from the evening auction continued bidding online until 2 p.m. on Monday. The online auction realized £889,300 / $1,429,994 / €1,100,953. Launched on Sept. 28 on Christies.com, the online sale consisted of 42 lots encompassing props, costumes, jewelery and more, from every one of the 23 official James Bond films, including the forthcoming Skyfall sold to benefit UNICEF. Within the first 90 minutes of the auction every item listed had received bids.

A pre-production replica BMW Z8 roadster made for The World Is Not Enough more than doubled the estimate to sell for £84,000 / $135,072 / €103,992 to a private UK collector.

A poker table from The One & Only Ocean Club in Casino Royale as well as a collection of prop One & Only Club poker chips, money and playing cards proved to be an incredibly popular lot, selling for £84,000 / $135,072 / €103,992.

An original prop Solex Agitator used by Christopher Lee as Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun, central to the plot and seen throughout the film realised £54,000 / $86,832 / €66,852.

Nicolette Tomkinson, director, Christie’s commented, “It has been a privilege to be a part of EON Productions’ global celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of "James Bond. 50 Years of James Bond – The Auction" was an unprecedented event, presenting memorabilia directly from EON’s archives, from every official Bond film ever made. The excitement surrounding Christie’s sale and exhibition, which welcomed over 1,000 visitors per day, is testament to the enduring appeal of the Bond film franchise, whose fan base is truly worldwide, spanning several generations.”

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers, EON Productions commented, “What better way to celebrate the 50 year anniversary than by supporting UNICEF and the 11 additional charities who will be benefitting from the auction items donated by the Bond archive and supporters. The generosity and dedication of Bond fans will enable the charitable organizations to continue their good work.”



ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

From left: Christie's International Director, Auctioneering Hugh Edmeades, with former 007 Sir Roger Moore, who had a bit of fun with a Daniel Craig face mask, which he holds in his hand. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

Top lot of the sale was (left) a 2008 Aston Martin 6-Liter V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace.' It sold at Christie's to an anonymous phone bidder for $390,101. Image courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Lucy Fleming, niece of James Bond author Ian Fleming. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

From left: Kristina Tholstrup (wife of Sir Roger Moore), Sir Roger Moore, and EON Productions' Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

Auction front row (left to right): English comedian and actor David Walliams, British conservationist David Mills, Dame Judi Dench, who stars as 'M' in the James Bond film series; and Lindy Hemming, who designed costumes for the James Bond films from 'GoldenEye' (1995) through 'Casino Royale' (2006). Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

Pierce Brosnan poses, in his role as James Bond, with the pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster made for the film 'The World is Not Enough.' It sold to a private UK buyer for $135,072 in Christie's online auction celebrating 50 years of James Bond.

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