Gallery Report: April 2018

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 Gallery Report (all prices quoted include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

 Tiffany Bamboo floor lamp, $241,900, Cottone Auctions

A Tiffany Studios bronze floor lamp having a Bamboo design leaded glass sold for $241,900 and a vintage Tiffany & Co. 5.25-carat diamond ring realized $182,900 at Cottone Auctions’ Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction held March 23-24 in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a watercolor, India ink and pastel painting on paper by Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), brought $64,000; and an oil on canvas painting by William Aiken Walker (South Carolina., 1838-1921), titled Cotton Picker (1886), made $22,420.

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From Civil War to Warhol: Discoveries at Michaan’s sale May 12

Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987), ‘Sneaker,’ 1982, graphite on HMP paper. Estimate: $35,000-$40,000. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s exciting May 12 Gallery Auction offers an exceptional array of unique finds. A leading attraction is the opportunity to acquire a one-of-a-kind pencil sketch by Andy Warhol. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Racing fans revved for Julien’s Richard Petty auction May 12

Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger, the car that he drove to his fifth and sixth Grand National/Winston Cup Series championships in 1974 and 1975. Estimate: $400,000-$600,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will sell memorabilia from the collection of Richard Petty  at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on May 12. “The King’s” spectacular collection of race-winning cars, trophies, racing suits, memorabilia and more will stand atop the auction podium in this grand prix auction event of the season for motorsports fans and collectors. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Extensive photo exhibit opens at Kansas City art museum

Robert Frank, American (b. 1924). ‘Hoboken (Parade),’ 1955. Gelatin silver print (printed later), 14½ × 22 in. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2016.25.3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – An extensive photography exhibit spanning 190 years is opening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Kamelot’s long-awaited Garden Antiques sale May 19

Art Deco cast-iron urns, 30.5 in. high, circa 1930. Kamelot image

PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, May 19, Kamelot Auctions will host their 13th annual Garden and Architectural Antiques sale. Here buyers can purchase one-of-a-kind garden and architectural pieces ranging from traditional to modern. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Arrest warrant issued for Briton in Colorado art attack

A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen, Colorado, art gallery shows the suspect right before he slashed a painting in May 2017. Image courtesy of the Aspen Police Department

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Colorado authorities say the $3 million painting by artist Christopher Wool slashed at an Aspen art gallery last year was vandalized by a British man whose father owned it.

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Landmark David Hockney painting to make auction debut

David Hockney, ‘Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica,’ signed, titled and dated 1990 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 78 by 120 in. Estimate $20-$30 million. Image courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – David Hockney’s Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is the latest addition to the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction. Featured in critically acclaimed retrospectives at the Tate Britain, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this large-scale oil painting is a landmark of Hockey’s career. Carrying a presale estimate of $20-$30 million, Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is poised to break the artist’s record when it makes its auction debut on May 16.

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All-star recalls glory days in women’s pro baseball


Programs from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers, Inc.

MILLSTADT, Ill. (AP) – Barbara Hoffmann owns a DVD copy of A League of Their Own, but has yet to watch it from start to finish.

She played two seasons for the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, but even at age 87 still has too much competitive vigor to relive it as a spectator.

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1932 Lionel store display sells for $12,000 at Milestone Auctions

1932 Lionel #177 Scenic Railway store display, 78 x 57 in., all original, top lot of the sale, $12,000. Milestone Auctions image

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Early trains, German tin windups, cast-iron banks and just about every other category of interest to today’s toy collectors gathered under one roof in suburban Cleveland on April 14 for Milestone Auctions’ 826-lot Spring Spectacular. Most of the consignments came directly from estates or private collections. With all forms of bidding available, there was strong overseas competition, with Internet and phone participants from no fewer than 10 countries. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Benefit Shop auction sets record for a folky Fazzino

A LiveAuctioneers bidder purchased this oil on canvas painting signed Charles Fazzino for a record price of $5,715. Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO N.Y. – Auction records for artists are routinely set at large auction houses in New York City, but occasionally an auction house in the suburbs is able to achieve a record price. Such was the case on April 18 when the Benefit Shop Foundation got to do exactly that in its monthly sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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