Sitting Bull’s flintlock musket tops $162K

Sitting Bull’s Hudson’s Bay flintlock musket sold for $162,500 on June 9 in Dallas. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A flintlock musket that once belonged to Sitting Bull and Sioux arrows from the Battle of Little Bighorn led Heritage Auctions’ George Armstrong Custer and the Plains Indian Wars Featuring the Glenwood J. Swanson Collection Legends of the West Auction on June 9. The total from the event was $1.6 million, which exceeded preauction expectations by more than 30 percent. Continue reading

Lifetime jewelry collections bound for Turner Auctions July 1

Diamond and gem-set 18K gold butterfly brooch. Estimate: $650-$850. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present more pieces of fine and costume jewelry from the collections of Felicia Michalski and Anita Hellman on Sunday, July 1. Featuring over 210 lots acquired over five decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for ladies, including rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches. Most are crafted of gold, silver or platinum, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, opal, jade, amber, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, pink tourmaline, enamel and citrine. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Marie Zimmermann necklace sells for record $53,125 at Rago auction

Marie Zimmermann, enameled yellow gold and gem-set collar necklace. Price realized: $53,125. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s June jewelry auctions brought $1.90 million in two sessions: unreserved jewelry on June 8 and fine jewelry on June 10. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 2051, a rare enameled and yellow gold gem-set collar necklace by master metallurgist Marie Zimmermann, which sold for $53,125, making it the highest price achieved at auction for a piece of jewelry by Zimmermann. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mass. lawmakers weigh crackdown on ivory trade

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.
Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at its highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, licensed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

BOSTON (AP) – The state Senate is taking up a bill that would largely prohibit the sale or possession of elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn in Massachusetts.

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East meets West in PBA Galleries art, illustration auction June 28

An illustration contained in ‘Toyo Bijutsu Taikwan,’ a 16-volume set with superbly illustrated with Japanese and Chinese paintings and sculpture. PBA Galleries image

 

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, June 28, PBA Galleries will hold an art and illustration auction that will include Asian and Asian-American material. Over 360 lots will be up for bidding, featuring a remarkable gathering of works on the art, culture and literature of East Asia, primarily Japan and China, many with original woodblock illustrations and including screen prints and lithographs by modern Japanese artists.  Absentee and internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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