Gallery Report: July 2017

ATLANTA – At the start 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:


1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air, $31,860, Cordier Auctions

A fully restored 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air two-door hardtop sold for $31,860 at an antique auction held May 20 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a painting by Harold Newton (American, 1934-1994), one of the legendary Florida Highwaymen, fetched $3,894; a 1924 Steinway Model B grand piano finished on a high note at $11,800; a 14K gold ring with a 2.16-carat diamond solitaire sold for $12,980; and an Eames for Howard Miller lounge chair brought $2,242. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

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PBA Galleries promotes Travel & Exploration at Aug. 10 auction

Clipper ship sailing card for Wild Rover. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, Aug. 10, PBA Galleries will host an Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography sale of over 450 lots of historical materials relating to the Americas and the world at large, including books, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs and maps. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Italian ‘Casablanca’ movie poster sells for $478,000 at auction

1946 Italian ‘Casablanca’ poster. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS (AP) – The only known surviving Italian issue poster for the classic movie Casablanca has sold for $478,000 in Dallas at a public auction of vintage movie posters. Read more

Neil Armstrong’s gold lunar module stolen from space museum

Neil Armstrong’s gold lunar module by Cartier was stolen from a museum July 28. Image courtesy of the Wapakoneta Police


CLEVELAND (AP) – Whoever broke into an Ohio museum and stole a solid-gold replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module likely intends to melt it down for the value of the gold instead of trying to sell what could be a collectible worth millions of dollars, said a retired NASA agent who has helped recover stolen moon rocks worth millions of dollars.

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Artemis Gallery’s Aug. 3 Fine Antiquities, Asian & Ethnographic Art Auction rich with cultural classics

Circa 7th-5th century BCE Attic/Euboean black-figure neck amphora, 8.125 inches high, est. $8,000-$12,000


BOULDER, Colo. – Some of the world’s greatest private and institutional collections of antiquities and cultural art are represented in a 357-lot auction set for Thursday, August 3 at Artemis Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Acclaimed experts in their field, co-owners Bob and Teresa Dodge have left no stone unturned in bringing together a premier selection of art and objects with sterling provenance. The auction includes a sensational array of Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Asian treasures, as well as tribal art from Viking, Pre-Columbian and Native American cultures. Two featured specialty categories have been added to the lineup as well: geological and zoological fossils; and coveted William Spratling silver and gold designs, including two exquisite pieces that incorporate, or were inspired by, Pre-Columbian jewelry Spratling took directly from his vault. Bidders are invited to participate absentee or live online through

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Explore the ends of the earth in Jasper52 cartography auction Aug. 5

1792 Elwe world map, ‘Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique,’ by J. Elwe after Haukkit’s 1694 map, published in Amsterdam, 18 in. x 24 in., expertly repaired marginal splits and chips. Estimate: $3,200-$3,600. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Journey to the far corners of the earth or trek up the Missouri River with historic explorers in an antique atlas and map auction being offered by Jasper52 on Saturday, Aug. 5. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Allard Auctions offers array of vintage American Indian art Aug. 12-13

Early-to-mid-1900s Southern Plains war shirt, a museum-quality beaded hide war shirt as picturesque as it gets. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Allard Auctions Inc. image


SANTA FE, N.M. – Over 800 pieces of American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles will come up for bid at Best of Santa Fe, the annual auction event hosted by Allard Auctions Inc. the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Edvard Munch paintings making US debut at SFMOMA

Edvard Munch, ‘Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed,’ 1940–43; oil on canvas; 58 7/8 x 47 7/16 in. (149.5 x 120.5 cm); photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo


SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announces the global debut of the exhibition “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed,” on view through Oct. 9. Featuring approximately 45 paintings produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, with seven on view in the United States for the first time, this exhibition uses the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s last significant self-portrait as a starting point to reassess his entire career.

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Patek Philippe watch strikes high note at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch, made in Switzerland circa 2000, powered by a 24-jewel movement. Price realized: $88,750. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image


CRANSTON, R.I. – A men’s Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch soared to $88,750, a platinum 5.99-carat diamond engagement ring sold for $33,750, and three oil on canvas paintings by the Ukrainian expressionist Mychajlo Moroz (1904-1992) sold for a combined $5,062 at a Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers sale July 22. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Blanchard’s Adirondack Auction Aug. 11 chance to outfit grand cabin

Thomas Molesworth, Cody, Wyoming, late 1930s, burled club chair. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Blanchard’s Auction Service image


SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – Blanchard’s Auction Service will conduct its annual summer Adirondack Auction on the second Friday in August at the Mount Pisgah Ski Lodge. This year will be the 10th annual event and will be held on Friday, Aug. 11. It has become a highlight for many of the summer residents in the Adirondack region. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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