The Hot Bid: Civil War Black regiment flag bound for glory at Morphy’s

The 127th Regiment United States Colored Troops (USCT) Civil War battle flag measures 72in. x 55¼in., excluding the fringe. It has a $150,000-$250,000 estimate. Morphy Auctions image

What you see: The battle flag of the 127th Regiment of the USCT (United States Colored Troops), from Pennsylvania, which fought in the Civil War in 1864 and 1865. It was painted by African-American artist David Bustill Bowser.

The expert: Craig D. Womeldorf, chief executive officer, Morphy Auctions.

How rare are battle-used Civil War regiment flags of any kind? It’s such a wide range. There are battle flags from many regiments, Union and Confederate. They had to have flags in battle to identify the regiment. As you can imagine, they were used heavily. Some got lost and destroyed. They’re very rare. Read more

Rare Chinese pottery stands out at Michaan’s June 8 sale  

Rare Chinese ‘number two’ Jun ware narcissus bowl. Estimate: $200,000-$300,000. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – June marks the midpoint of a stellar year for Michaan’s Auctions. 2019 has brought outstanding sales of private art collections, rare ephemera and collectibles, and exceptional jewelry. In May, Michaan’s introduced property from a San Francisco collection featuring many Asian art treasures. The sale of this exceptional property continues at the June 8 Gallery Auction where Chinese porcelains are among the highlights. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Italian designers rule in mid-century modern auction June 5

Art Deco bar cabinet attributed to Osvaldo Borsani, 55¾in. high x 40in. wide x 18in. deep. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Everything needed to decorate a room in mid-century modern décor is offered in an online auction that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, June 5. Seating, cabinetry and lighting, many by renowned Italian designers of the era, are featured in this sale. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction for lunch with Buffett already stands at $3.5M

Photo of Warren Buffett by Mark Hirschey, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The annual auction of a private lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett is again setting records.

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Dragon robes: powerful dress for success

This bright yellow imperial brocade embroidered silk dragon robe earned $120,000 in July 2016 at Augeo Gallery. Photo courtesy of Augeo Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – In the Chinese culture, imperial dragon robes carried gravitas and the best examples were worn by royalty and top consorts as indicators of their identity and status. A robe was akin to a uniform and before the People’s Republic did away with imperial rule and the dragon emblem, dragons were an important motif in robes. Imperial tailors spent thousands of hours painstakingly stitching and embroidering these elegant robes, using gold thread.

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Gianguan Auctions offers classical Chinese paintings June 17

‘Lady with Fan,’ a romantic interpretation of a court beauty by Zhang Daqian, 1949. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – Beginning with Classical Chinese paintings and continuing through collections of bronzes, ceramics, stone seals, and teapots, Gianguan Auctions’ June 17 sale takes collectors deep into their favorite categories. Newcomers to the gallery will discover the quality, consistency and accessibility Gianguan Auctions has stood for since 2002. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Leadville gold specimen tops Holabird Western Americana sale

Wire gold specimen from the Ibex Mine in Leadville, Colorado. Price realized: $11,250. Holabird Western Americana image

RENO, Nev. – A wire gold specimen pulled from the Ibex Mine in Leadville, Colorado, sold for $11,250, a necklace with 25 gold nuggets and a diamond realized $9,375, an 1890 Hawaii Baseball Association stock certificate made $4,500, and an 1870 Northern Pacific Railroad land grant bond fetched $4,400 at a Don’t Lose Your Marbles Auction held May 16-20 by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare Tiffany and Galle lamps lead Morphy’s June 18-19 Fine & Decorative Arts sale

Tiffany Studios Daffodil table lamp on outstanding Tiffany Pineapple lamp base with repousse glass in reticulated framework. Shade and base signed. Est. $120,000-$160,000


DENVER, Pa. – Imagine a selection of fine and decorative art whose quality is so superior, it all might easily have come from mythical Downton Abbey or the grandest of Newport estates. That’s the impression collectors might get while browsing through Morphy’s June 18-19 auction catalog. The expertly curated, fresh-to-market selection of 2,500+ lots would please even the most discerning art connoisseur.

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Paintings, art glass headline Bruneau & Co. auction June 8

Reflective Impressionist painting by Frits Thaulow (1847-1906), signed lower right, depicting a tranquil river with forest embankments and a cluster of farm buildings. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Bruneau & Co. image

CRANSTON, R.I. – An antiques and fine art auction featuring 325 lots from estates across New England – many of them wonderful examples of fine art and art glass – will be held on Saturday, June 8, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. The sale will start at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Lush assortment of treasures up for bid at Fontaine’s June 8

A 20th century musical singing bird automaton music box and clock, 4in. x 2¼in. x 3½in. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Fontaine’s image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will feature sparkling diamond jewelry, well-crafted clocks and furniture, and intricately decorated accessories at its sale on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more