Exceptional loose gemstones offered in online auction July 23

4.53 carat natural pinkish red ruby from Madagascar (unheated), fine VS-Clarity rich. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A diverse loose gemstones auction will be conducted by Jasper52 on Tuesday, July 23. This 470-lot auction showcases a variety of cuts, stones and colors. From certified diamonds to glowing tanzanites and more, bidders will find unique treasures among this kaleidoscope of colors. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.  Continue reading

Museum firearms at front line of Holabird auction July 26-28

Stevens 1880s-era tip-up, heavy-barrel, black powder, .22 caliber long rifle engraved, ‘From Buffalo Bill to Night-Hawk & Broncho Bill,’ with a historical photo of Buffalo Bill and Dr. D. Frank Powell, aka Night-Hawk. Estimate: $25,000-$75,000. Holabird image

CLAREMORE, Okla. – About 2,400 antique firearms from the private collection of J.M. Davis – part of the largest privately held firearms collection in the world, one spanning multiple conflicts and generations – will be offered in a big three-day auction, July 26-28, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hake’s $1.5M collectibles auction lands in record books

Rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype (L-slot) action figure, 3.75in., AFA 85 NM+ condition, Kenner, 1979. Sold for $112,926, the first Star Wars toy to sell for six figures. World auction record for any Star Wars toy. Hake’s Auctions image

YORK, Pa. – Hake’s, America’s first collectibles auction house, ventured into uncharted territory on July 11 with a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure that sold for $112,926. The 3.75-inch prototype figure from Kenner’s licensed toy line for The Empire Strikes Back had been displayed at the 1979 Toy Fair in New York, but never saw production. Forty years later, the production-line reject was the top seller in a $1.5 million online auction of superior-quality entertainment, sports and political memorabilia conducted on July 10-11.

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Clars posts top earnings on diamonds, Vietnamese ceramics

Setting the pace for the auction was this emerald-cut diamond and platinum ring that achieved $73,800. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery hosted its monthly sale of fine art, decorative art, jewelry, furnishings, and Asian art and antiques on July 14. Discerning collectors of fine jewelry in extraordinary designs and historic Vietnamese art and antiques took note of the select offerings in this sale and drove prices to well beyond expectations. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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1891 Cy Young rookie cabinet card slams in $104,765 at auction

This cabinet card photo, one of only two of its type known to exist, represents Cy Young’s rookie period in baseball. The right-handed pitcher is pictured in a Cleveland Spiders uniform of the 1890s. Grey Flannel Auctions image

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A rare image of Cy Young, one of baseball’s most revered pitchers of all time, has sold for $104,765 in Grey Flannel’s July 17 Summer Games Auction. The 1891 cabinet card with a portrait of the baseball legend was taken by Cleveland photographer John H. Ryder. It is one of only two known to exist.

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Ancient art treasures offered by Jasper52 July 23

Early medieval Merovingian gold cross pendant with foil-backed garnet inlay, sixth century, 38 x 32 mm, 7.48 grams. Estimate: $3,000-$3,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than three dozen objects from the ancient Mediterranean, namely Egypt, the Near East and Europe, are offered in a Jasper52 online auction Tuesday, July 23. The selection is composed of sculptures, amulets, figures, idols and jewelry reflecting the art and cultures of the ancient world. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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