Marklin trains power Annese collection to $1.8M at Bertoia Auctions

Top lot of the sale: Marklin 0 gauge Third Avenue R.R. Co., trolley set, $72,000 against an estimate of $25,000-$45,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – Hours before Bertoia Auctions’ president and auctioneer Michael Bertoia announced the first lot at the company’s Oct. 11 sale of the Tony Annese collection, there were strong indications that an exceptional day of selling lay ahead. With a standing-room-only crowd, phone lines block-booked for the entire session, and two Internet platforms bustling with bidders, it was clear that antique toy collectors worldwide were ready to play. As a result of the unrelenting competition, the 650-lot sale ran two hours longer than anticipated, and its final tally was nearly $1.8 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Freeman’s devotes Dec. 8 sale to American art, Pennsylvania Impressionists

Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958), ‘By the River,’ oil on canvas, 28 1/8in x 30 1/8in in its original frame. Estimate: $200,000-$300,000. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – On Dec. 8, Freeman’s will hold its highly anticipated biannual American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. As ever, the sale will feature works by distinguished American artists including illustrators N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, Hudson River School painters Jasper Cropsey and Louis Rémy Mignot, as well as Philadelphians Mary Cassatt and William Glackens. Also on offer will be works by famed Pennsylvania Impressionists Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge and Edward Redfield. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Met receives major gift of American decorative arts, paintings

Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), ‘An Indian Summer Day on Claverack Creek,’ 1877-79, oil on canvas. Promised gift of Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore, in celebration of the museum’s 150th anniversary

NEW YORK – Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore have promised 88 superlative examples of American Aesthetic Movement and Gilded Age decorative arts and contemporaneous paintings from their collection – one of the preeminent holdings of late 19th century American art in private hands – to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Native American silver jewelry on tap at Jasper52 auction Nov. 26  

Sterling silver and turquoise vintage squash blossom necklace, 1970s, 25½in long, 169.8 grams. Estimate $700-$800. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present an outstanding collection that showcases the beauty, versatility and tradition of fine Southwest and Native American jewelry in an online auction on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The natural beauty of turquoise and coral is complemented by sterling silver wrought by highly skilled designers and artisans. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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