Record number of students see ‘Modern Masters’ at High

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Girl before a Mirror, 1932.’ Oil on canvas, 65 x 51 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Girl before a Mirror, 1932.’ Oil on canvas, 65 x 51 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Girl before a Mirror, 1932.’ Oil on canvas, 65 x 51 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

ATLANTA – More than 75,000 students have seen or are scheduled to visit the current “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters” exhibition at the High Museum of Art, a record for the institution.

The High has also announced that of those students, 43,000 will visit as part of the museum’s Art Access program, which allows free admission and bus travel for students at Title I schools. In January the High broadened the reach of the Art Access program, allowing any Title I school in the state to participate. Since that announcement, 23,000 students from 174 schools were booked to visit the museum from 51 of the surrounding counties in Georgia.

“The High’s Art Access program serves such an important purpose as an educational resource for the schools and students of Georgia,” said Patricia Rodewald, the High’s Eleanor McDonald Storza director of education. “The response that we have received from the Title I schools in our community to take advantage of our offer to see “Picasso to Warhol’ free of charge shows the great need for arts education in our community schools. We take great pride in providing this learning experience to students and hope that others will follow suit in supporting this initiative.”

“Picasso to Warhol,” an unprecedented exhibition of 129 masterpieces from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, will be on view until April 29. In addition to presenting masterpieces from MoMA’s collection, the exhibition provides an introduction to 14 of the most important artists of the 20th century, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, and presents information about the most important artistic developments of the modern age.

Art Access is an all-inclusive field trip program for students that offers free admission, transportation (if required) and “Welcome Back” cards that allow each child to return to the museum with his or her family one time, free of charge. The Art Access program was created in 2004 with the goal of removing economic barriers to visiting the High for more than 15,000 public school students each year.


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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Girl before a Mirror, 1932.’ Oil on canvas, 65 x 51 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Girl before a Mirror, 1932.’ Oil on canvas, 65 x 51 1/4 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

One dead, one injured in shooting at Newport antique shop

View of antique buildings on Mary Street in Newport, R.I., with the Inntowne Inn, now operating as America's Cup Inn, in foreground. Photo copyright Matthew Trump, 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

View of antique buildings on Mary Street in Newport, R.I., with the Inntowne Inn, now operating as America's Cup Inn, in foreground. Photo copyright Matthew Trump, 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
View of antique buildings on Mary Street in Newport, R.I., with the Inntowne Inn, now operating as America’s Cup Inn, in foreground. Photo copyright Matthew Trump, 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – A woman who died in a shooting at a Rhode Island antiques store threatened workers and stabbed one before apparently turning the gun on herself, police said Wednesday.

Authorities said 32-year-old Jennifer Allen of Tiverton arrived at Franklin & Co. Interiors in Newport on Tuesday morning and confronted a 28-year-old woman with a handgun and large knife. The woman told officers that Allen asked her “How do you want to die… pick one.”

Allen stabbed the woman twice in the torso and once in the head. The woman was treated and released at Newport Hospital.

Authorities believe Allen targeted the woman because she believed she was having an affair with her husband, Capt. Russell Hayes told The Newport Daily News.

The woman told police that she knows Allen’s husband but does not have a personal relationship with him.

Allen also threatened other employees of the store and forced them to lie on the floor, police said.

Police Lt. William Fitzgerald said Allen apparently fatally shot herself in the head as officers entered the building owned by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Allen was pronounced dead inside Franklin & Co., which is an antiques and interior design store located on a main street lined with boutiques and restaurants.

Wednesday’s incident resulted in the lockdown of the nearby Hall of Fame and several other buildings in the seaside city famed for its mansions and music festivals.

Newport is a picturesque New England resort town known for its opulent Gilded Age mansions. For many years it was home to the America’s Cup yacht races.

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View of antique buildings on Mary Street in Newport, R.I., with the Inntowne Inn, now operating as America's Cup Inn, in foreground. Photo copyright Matthew Trump, 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
View of antique buildings on Mary Street in Newport, R.I., with the Inntowne Inn, now operating as America’s Cup Inn, in foreground. Photo copyright Matthew Trump, 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Leland Little sells Stieglitz photo collection for $1M

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, 'View from Studio,' was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, 'View from Studio,' was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, ‘View from Studio,’ was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. opened the 2012 auction year with a landmark $2.4 million auction, anchored by a collection of photography by Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), who was husband to famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

This sale follows three consecutive $1 million sales the company conducted during 2011, in June, September and December. All auction results are available on their company’s website, www.llauctions.com.

The auction gallery was at capacity with nearly 250 floor bidders attending the sale. Bidders unable to attend the sale left over 1,900 absentee and phone bids. In addition, over 1,200 bidders watched and participated in the auction on-line, from more than 50 countries around the world, through LiveAuctioneers.com.

LLAES Ltd. continues to acquire and offer top-level consignments from the Southeast region, with owner Leland Little saying, “Our current state-of-the-art auction facility, combined with the investment of this team, continues to reward both sellers and buyers.”

The showstopper of the sale was the Rhoades collection of Alfred Stieglitz photographs, which included the top lot of the auction, View from Studio, which sold for $519,200. Studio 291, also from the Rhoades collection, sold for $200,600.

The remainder of the 866-lot cataloged auction saw strength and consistency from start to finish. All prices include the 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Fine arts offerings were diverse and of top quality, including a portrait of Gen. Andrew Jackson, by Thomas Sully (Pennsylvania, 1783-1872), which, driven by strong phone and online bidding, achieved $73,750. A striking floral still life by Sebastian Wegmayr (1776-1857) brought $16,520.

Jewelry demonstrated strength, led by a round brilliant cut unmounted diamond that sold for $13,570. A Michalis designed gold and ruby lariat sold for $12,980, and an Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring by J.E. Caldwell achieved $9,145. Strong online bidding drove the price of a vintage 18-karat gold man’s watch by Patek Philippe to $5,900.

Other lots of interest include an antique Chinese hand scroll that attracted international bidders and soared to $212,400, a modern Bakalowits and Sohne “Miracle” chandelier that sold for $7,375, and a Meissen porcelain figural clock and stand that achieved $18,880.

Offerings from the Lamont Estate were strong, featuring the Michalis designed gold and ruby lariat and antique Chinese hand scroll mentioned above, and an etching by James A. M. Whistler (1834-¬1903) titled The Wine Glass, that sold for $6,490.

Sculpture was highlighted by two bronzes, one by Harriet Frishmuth (New York, 1880-1980) which achieved $21,240, the other by Aase Texmon Rygh (Norwegian, b. 1925) that sold for $8,555.

Fine silver was led by an important Baltic parcel gilt silver monteith that soared to $56,640 and a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver water pitcher that sold for $2,360.

The fine wine session, which was held the evening of March 16, was energized by four bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that climbed to $4,248.

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd. and Iron Horse Auction Co. will hold the Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., April 25-26. LLAES Ltd. will also hold their two-day cataloged Summer Estate Auction at their auction gallery in historic Hillsborough, N.C., on June 15-16.

For details call 919-644-1243, email at info@llauctions.com or visit their website at www.llauctions.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, 'View from Studio,' was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.
 

An Alfred Stieglitz photograph, ‘View from Studio,’ was the leading lot in the auction, selling for $519,200. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Antique Chinese hand scroll. Realized: $212,400. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.
 

Antique Chinese hand scroll. Realized: $212,400. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring by J.E. Caldwell. Realized: $9,145. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring by J.E. Caldwell. Realized: $9,145. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Important Baltic parcel gilt silver monteith. Realized: $56,640. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Important Baltic parcel gilt silver monteith. Realized: $56,640. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Thomas Sully (PA, 1783-1872), Gen. Andrew Jackson. Realized: $73,750. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Thomas Sully (PA, 1783-1872), Gen. Andrew Jackson. Realized: $73,750. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Harriet Frishmuth (NY, 1880-1980), Bronze Nude, 'Crest of the Wave.' Realized: $21,240. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Harriet Frishmuth (NY, 1880-1980), Bronze Nude, ‘Crest of the Wave.’ Realized: $21,240. Image courtesy Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales Ltd.

Cowan’s to hold inaugural jewelry auction Mar. 29

Highlighted in the sale is a beautifully made ring containing a platinum setting with a 22-karat yellow gold basket head that features one natural fancy yellow pear-shaped cut diamond. This diamond, approximately 5.05 carats, is flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds and is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.
Highlighted in the sale is a beautifully made ring containing a platinum setting with a 22-karat yellow gold basket head that features one natural fancy yellow pear-shaped cut diamond. This diamond, approximately 5.05 carats, is flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds and is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Highlighted in the sale is a beautifully made ring containing a platinum setting with a 22-karat yellow gold basket head that features one natural fancy yellow pear-shaped cut diamond. This diamond, approximately 5.05 carats, is flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds and is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc.’s inaugural Fine Jewelry and Timepieces Auction will take place on Thursday, March 29, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. The 300-lot sale will be held at Cowan’s Auctions salesroom and will feature a collection of signed and unsigned jewelry, timepieces, handbags and other couture.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

In addition to the sale, two complementary preview events will be held on March 28. Cowan’s has invited staff from Krombholz Jewelers, Cincinnati, to be available from noon until 5 p.m. for private consultations concerning repair, restoration or custom design inquiries regarding items in the auction. That evening, Cowan’s will be hosting a champagne reception from 5-8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to preview the collection in the upcoming auction, while enjoying champagne and light refreshments. Interested parties need to RSVP to the champagne reception at jewelry@cowans.com or 513-871-1670 ext. 17, but may attend the Krombholz Jewelers preview without reservations.

A variety of jewelry will also be featured in the sale. An emerald-cut natural fancy yellow diamond ring is estimated at $25,000-$45,000. A pair of natural alexandrite and diamond earrings is expected to bring $35,000-$55,000. A vintage Cartier 18-karat and enamel cigar ring is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

The auction will also feature a variety of timepieces. A Patek Philippe Calatrava with 18-karat gold mesh band is available and estimated at $5,000-$7,000. A vintage diamond set pocket watch is estimated at $2,500-$5,000 and a Piaget decorated face timepiece with fob is expected to fetch $800-$1,000.

A number of handbags, both vintage and modern, will also be offered in the sale. A vintage Lalique handbag is expected to sell for $800-$1,000. An Alexander McQueen Flora handbag is estimated at $800-$1,200 and a Karl Lagerfeld Couture fan handbag is estimated at $800-$1,000.

“We have a great range of items for every collector’s price point and taste,” said Tara Eggleston-Johnston, director, fine jewelry and timepieces, “My goal was to appeal to every collector, no matter the price point, and I believe this sale accomplishes that.”

For more information about the auction, preview events, or to view the catalog, visit cowans.com or call 513-871-1670 ext. 17. The auction and preview events will take place in Cowan’s Auctions Salesroom, 6270 Este Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232.

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


Highlighted in the sale is a beautifully made ring containing a platinum setting with a 22-karat yellow gold basket head that features one natural fancy yellow pear-shaped cut diamond. This diamond, approximately 5.05 carats, is flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds and is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.
 

Highlighted in the sale is a beautifully made ring containing a platinum setting with a 22-karat yellow gold basket head that features one natural fancy yellow pear-shaped cut diamond. This diamond, approximately 5.05 carats, is flanked by two trillion-cut diamonds and is estimated to bring $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Hammerman Bros Inc. platinum and Cultured South Sea pearl and diamond ring containing one pearl measuring 13.5mm in diameter, approximately 90 brilliant-cut diamonds equaling approximately 8.1 carats. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Hammerman Bros Inc. platinum and Cultured South Sea pearl and diamond ring containing one pearl measuring 13.5mm in diameter, approximately 90 brilliant-cut diamonds equaling approximately 8.1 carats. stimate: $25,000-$30,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Asscher and emerald cut diamond tennis bracelet, 18-carat white gold and diamond bracelet of 18 Asscher-cut diamonds, 10.04 carats and 18 emerald-cut diamonds, approximately 7.42 carats, 7 inches. Estimate: $45,000-$65,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.
 

Asscher and emerald cut diamond tennis bracelet, 18-carat white gold and diamond bracelet of 18 Asscher-cut diamonds, 10.04 carats and 18 emerald-cut diamonds, approximately 7.42 carats, 7 inches. Estimate: $45,000-$65,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

An 18-karat white gold and diamond straight-line-style necklace with 79 round brilliant-cut diamonds, total carat weight of 42.38 carats, 16 inches. Estimate: $65,000-$85,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.
 

An 18-karat white gold and diamond straight-line-style necklace with 79 round brilliant-cut diamonds, total carat weight of 42.38 carats, 16 inches. Estimate: $65,000-$85,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Sapphire and diamond statement necklace of 18-karat white gold prong set with 23 pear-shaped natural sapphires, approximately 27.36 carats and 288 round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximately 29.25 carats, 16 inches. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.
 

Sapphire and diamond statement necklace of 18-karat white gold prong set with 23 pear-shaped natural sapphires, approximately 27.36 carats and 288 round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximately 29.25 carats, 16 inches. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

A pair of natural Alexandrite and diamond earrings measuring .95 carats and .85 carats set in 18-karat yellow gold. Estimate: $35,000-$55,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

A pair of natural Alexandrite and diamond earrings measuring .95 carats and .85 carats set in 18-karat yellow gold. Estimate: $35,000-$55,000. Image courtesy Cowan’s Auctions Inc.

Dubai to build opera house, museum

The new Dubai opera house and modern art museum is being developed by Emaar Properties, the company behind Dubai Mall, the world's most-visited shopping destination.
The new Dubai opera house and modern art museum is being developed by Emaar Properties, the company behind Dubai Mall, the world's most-visited shopping destination.
The new Dubai opera house and modern art museum is being developed by Emaar Properties, the company behind Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited shopping destination.

DUBAI (AFP) – Debt-laden Dubai will build an opera house and an modern art museum, the government said Wednesday, in the first such project since the Gulf emirate was hit by the global economic downturn in 2008.

The Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District “aims to further strengthen UAE’s emerging role as the cultural hub of the region,” a statement said.

The complex is to be built near Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, added the statement, which said design and architectural elements are now being finalized, and work will begin soon.

Dubai-based real estate giant Emaar Properties which was behind major property developments in the city, including Burj Khalifa and neighboring Dubai Mall — the world’s most visited shopping and tourism destination marking record visitor numbers of 54 million people in 2011.

Dubai had borrowed heavily to finance its rapid economic growth, which came to a screeching halt when international finance dried up.

Estimates vary of Dubai’s total debt, including that of government-linked firms, but most put the figure at more than 100 billion dollars (75.5 billion euros).

Glitzy Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, was buoyed by it rich partner Abu Dhabi and the federal central bank whom together pumped $20 billion into its coffers to meet immediate debt payments in 2009.

In 2008, Dubai announced plans to build a series of cultural projects, such as libraries, theatres and museums and an opera house, but the projects never saw daylight.

Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, is building a huge cultural complex on Saadiyat Island, which will host branches of the Guggenheim, the Louvre and Zayed National Museum.

The Gulf region has been the site of a cultural boom over the past few years with the Arabian Peninsula’s only opera house — The Royal Opera House of Oman — opening in October.

Gas-rich Qatar, which had already established the largest museum of Islamic art in the region, opened the doors of Mathaf, the world’s first museum devoted the modern Arab art late in 2010.

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The new Dubai opera house and modern art museum is being developed by Emaar Properties, the company behind Dubai Mall, the world's most-visited shopping destination.
The new Dubai opera house and modern art museum is being developed by Emaar Properties, the company behind Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited shopping destination.

Moran watercolor hits record $1.77M at Brunk Auctions

By far the sale’s top lot and a new record for Thomas Moran was his watercolor on paper, ‘Cliffs of Green River - Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte.’ The 28-x-21 1/4-inch painting is in its original late 19th century gilt wood and composition cassetta-style frame is inscribed verso in ink ‘T. Moran.’ It sold for a record $1.77 million (est. $250,000/$350,000). Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

By far the sale’s top lot and a new record for Thomas Moran was his watercolor on paper, ‘Cliffs of Green River - Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte.’ The 28-x-21 1/4-inch painting is in its original late 19th century gilt wood and composition cassetta-style frame is inscribed verso in ink ‘T. Moran.’ It sold for a record $1.77 million (est. $250,000/$350,000). Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

By far the sale’s top lot and a new record for Thomas Moran was his watercolor on paper, ‘Cliffs of Green River – Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte.’ The 28-x-21 1/4-inch painting is in its original late 19th century gilt wood and composition cassetta-style frame is inscribed verso in ink ‘T. Moran.’ It sold for a record $1.77 million (est. $250,000/$350,000). Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Breaking an auction record by $1 million is probably a record in itself. The Thomas Moran (1837-1926) watercolor that sold for $1.77 million at Brunk Auctions March 10 was a cool $1 million and change more than $690,000. That’s the previous Moran record. Ten bidders on the phone and two in the room all wanted Cliffs of Green River – Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte, a signed and dated (1883) Moran painting.

The watercolor had a lot going for it. Colors were fresh and bright and the artist’s original label verso noted the title and original price of $450. The auction catalog included a photograph of the painting in its original frame in the family dining room, circa 1895. A full provenance showing descent in the consignor’s family was awarded the winning bidder.

And that was Baird W. Ryan, a private New York City dealer bidding on the phone for a client. Ryan scaled a mountain of competition to buy the painting.

“The size, quality and detailed provenance were all factors for me to bid above the previous record price,” said Ryan in a phone conversation after the sale. “I am always looking for works by Thomas Moran of this quality and the market will always accept them.”

“I got louder and louder as we reached $1 million,” said auctioneer Andrew Brunk, who recently succeeded his father as owner of Brunk Auction. Excitement hit the ceiling when an in-house bidder broke the $1 million barrier. It went through the roof less than a minute later with a hammer of $1,500,000. The $1.77 million selling price includes the buyer’s premium.

Two lots from the estate of noted author and Duke University professor Reynolds Price (1933-2011) topped $100,000. Many of the 1,600 on-line registrations were from Durham, the home of Duke University, and its environs. Price purchased Taos Moonlight, an oil-on-canvas by American Indian painter and photographer Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) in 1998. Taos opened at $20,000 and sold to a phone bidder for $118,000 (est. $25,000-$35,000). Results include the buyer’s premium.

Price valued ancient art especially his collection of carved Greek, Etruscan and Roman heads of deities and warriors. The clear standout was the Roman marble head of Apollo, A.D. 125-150, which opened and closed at its $130,000 reserve ($153,400 with buyer’s premium).

Other antiquities from the Price collection did well. A carved marble head of Hephaestion that dated from the late fourth early third century B.C. sold for $47,200. A carved marble torso of a satyr from the first century lacking head, arms and legs was $37,760. A bronze leg which Price purchased from Royal-Athena Galleries in New York City in 2001 brought $29,500.

Also from the Price collection was a Picasso etching on laid paper that continued the antiquities theme. Deux sculpteurs devant une statue (Two sculptors before a statue) was signed in pencil lower right. Its presale estimate of $2,000-$4,000 was demolished when a phone bidder ran it to $25,960.

Another lot that defied the odds was a Byzantine glass jug from the sixth or seventh century. It came from the 30-lots consigned by the estate of Dr. Joseph Chandler Battaile Sr. (1934-2011), a Memphis, Tenn., psychiatrist and benefactor of the arts. The 9 1/2-inch jug rose from a modest presale estimate of $400-$600 to $11,210, making it the top lot in the Battaile collection.

Thomas Moran’s Wyoming landscape was not the only scene from the American west in the sale. An Ansel Adams photograph of Half Dome and Moon, purchased by the consignor in 1965 with Adam’s personal recommendation, sold for $44,840 (est. $20,000-$30,000).

A 1972 casting by Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) held special significance for the late Alvin J. Myerberg, a Baltimore philanthropist. Of the 15 important works of art that Myerberg donated to the Nasher Museum at Duke University, he retained this one for his family. It brought $70,800 (est. $50,000-$70,000).

Total receipts for the March 10-11 sale with buyer’s premium were $4.2 million. That made it the second highest sale in the history of Brunk Auctions.

For information on upcoming sales, contact Brunk Auctions at 828-254-6846 or visit www.brunkauctions.com.

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


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


By far the sale’s top lot and a new record for Thomas Moran was his watercolor on paper, ‘Cliffs of Green River - Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte.’ The 28-x-21 1/4-inch painting is in its original late 19th century gilt wood and composition cassetta-style frame is inscribed verso in ink ‘T. Moran.’ It sold for a record $1.77 million (est. $250,000/$350,000). Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

By far the sale’s top lot and a new record for Thomas Moran was his watercolor on paper, ‘Cliffs of Green River – Wyoming Territory, view of Castle Butte.’ The 28-x-21 1/4-inch painting is in its original late 19th century gilt wood and composition cassetta-style frame is inscribed verso in ink ‘T. Moran.’ It sold for a record $1.77 million (est. $250,000/$350,000). Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

Joseph Henry Sharp lived on the Crow reservation in the early 1900s. His signed oil on canvas of 'Taos Moonlight,' 16 1/8 x 24 1/4 inches, was the third highest lot in the sale at $118,000. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

Joseph Henry Sharp lived on the Crow reservation in the early 1900s. His signed oil on canvas of ‘Taos Moonlight,’ 16 1/8 x 24 1/4 inches, was the third highest lot in the sale at $118,000. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

This signed Pablo Picasso etching, 8 3/4 X 12 1/4 inches, soared above its estimate of $2,000-$4,000 to sell for $25,960. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

This signed Pablo Picasso etching, 8 3/4 X 12 1/4 inches, soared above its estimate of $2,000-$4,000 to sell for $25,960. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

An important carved marble head of Apollo in white marble, 11 x 9 x 9 inches, sold for $153,400. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

An important carved marble head of Apollo in white marble, 11 x 9 x 9 inches, sold for $153,400. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

In translucent blue iridescent glass, this 9 1/2-inch high Byzantine jug with wheat and cross decoration in relief sold for $11,210. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

In translucent blue iridescent glass, this 9 1/2-inch high Byzantine jug with wheat and cross decoration in relief sold for $11,210. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

A 1972 bronze construction by Joan Miró with a foundry stamp for Clementi Cire Perdue was $70,800. The work measured 20 1/4 inches x 25 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

A 1972 bronze construction by Joan Miró with a foundry stamp for Clementi Cire Perdue was $70,800. The work measured 20 1/4 inches x 25 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

This Ansel Adams (California, 1902-1984) photograph, ‘Half Dome & Moon, Yosemite National Park,’ with a signature lower right with the artist's Carmel Studio stamp verso made $44,840. It measured 19 5/16 x 14 7/8 inches. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

This Ansel Adams (California, 1902-1984) photograph, ‘Half Dome & Moon, Yosemite National Park,’ with a signature lower right with the artist’s Carmel Studio stamp verso made $44,840. It measured 19 5/16 x 14 7/8 inches. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.