Treasure seekers drawn to Ancient Resource auction June 27

Late Period Ptolemaic Egyptian bronze sarcophagus of a lizard, (circa 664-30 B.C.), associated with the god Atum, a nice example with good detail. Estimate: $450-$700. Ancient Resource Auctions image

MONTROSE, Calif. – A lovely Moche portrait vessel made between 100 B.C. and A.D. 500, a Late Period Ptolemaic Egyptian bronze sarcophagus of a lizard, and a gorgeous Cypriot alabaster dish from the fourth or fifth century B.C. are a few expected top lots in Ancient Resource Auctions’ online-only Auction #85, a Summer Antiquities Discovery Sale slated for Saturday, June 27. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Famous folks’ firearms top $21M at Rock Island Auction

Colt Walker revolvers are a favorite with collectors for their rarity and rich history. This particular example came with a detailed history, passed down for generations through a single family. It brought $431,250. Rock Island Co. Auction image

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Three times a year Rock Island Auction Co. transforms its preview hall into a pop-up museum filled with the history, artistry and notable names of the objects offered to collectors. The recently held June Premier Firearms Auction was no exception, sparing no expense to ensure guests were both supremely impressed and safe. With such a star-studded celebration, it should come as no surprise that it was the highest-grossing event of its kind, reaching $21.1 million dollars in the three-day span.

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Lyon & Turnbull sets European record for Harry Potter 1st edition

Rare first edition of ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone,’ inscribed and signed by author J.K. Rowling. Lyon & Turnbull image

EDINBURGH, Scotland – One of the few first edition copies of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, inscribed and signed by J.K. Rowling was sold by Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers in Edinburgh on June 17 for £125,000 ($155,498). The price is a new European auction record. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Washington town issues wooden money to residents in need

This example of a wooden trade certificate was issued in 1953 to commemorate the Washington Territorial Centennial. The stated value was 20 wooden nickels. The wooden certificate, which measures 6in by 2½in, sold recently for $30 at Holabird Western Americana Collections. Image courtesy of Holabird and LiveAuctioneers

TENINO, Wash. (AP) – The blue-cheese salad dressing, butter, ground turkey, cans of dog food and a new toothbrush came to $24.97. Laurie Mahlenbrei handed the cashier a slice of wood marked $25, and walked out.

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7-day Holabird Western Americana auction opens June 25 

Toadlena Two Grey Hills (New Mexico) weaving, 42in x 36in, in excellent condition, with the four corners hooked, as is the center diamond. Estimate: $1,500-$3,000. Holabird image

RENO, Nev. – A Summer 2020 Extravaganza Auction so massive it is being spread over two separate weekends, two weeks apart, is planned for June 25-28 and July 10-12 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, live and online, with start times each day of 8 a.m. Pacific time. The sale features a number of important collections of Americana – over 4,800 lots in all. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman’s presents important Chicago book collections June 23

A fine set of ‘Ainsworth’s Historical Romances’ in a very fine exhibition binding by the Monastery Hill Bindery, circa 1904. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Hindman’s image

CHICAGO – Hindman’s books and manuscripts department will present their spring Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana auction in their Chicago saleroom on June 23. The sale will offer 294 lots of books, manuscripts, Americana, prints and maps representing a variety of collecting categories including: fine bindings, artists’ books, literature, medicine, travel and exploration, signed books, and natural history. View the fully illustrated catalog and bid on LiveAuctioneers.

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Primordial Nike track shoes sprinting to victory

Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman built this pair of waffle spike shoes for Oregon Ducks track star John Mays in the early 1970s. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s is conducting a special single-lot online auction of a pair of waffle spike shoes handmade in the early 1970s by Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of Nike and legendary University of Oregon track coach. The Nike Origins | Bowerman Built auction is open for bidding through June 26.

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Vogt Galleries devotes June 20 sale to luxe fashion, jewelry

Hermes Evelyne 1 shoulder bag GM in Rouge Courchevel calf leather with gold tone hardware. Estimate: $1,800-$2,200. Vogt Galleries image

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Vogt Galleries will sell a curated collection featuring over 350 lots of fabulous estate jewelry, designer handbags, fine Swiss watches and a large selection of gold and diamond jewelry on Saturday, June 20. The items are from San Antonio collectors and estates throughout Texas. The auction will begin at noon Central time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Clars sets record for Warhol ‘Mick Jagger’ portfolio: $817K

Andy Warhol ‘Mick Jagger’ complete portfolio set of 10 screen prints. Sold for $817,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery sold an Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Mick Jagger complete portfolio of 10 screen prints for a record-breaking $817,000 on Sunday. The top lot powered Clars to the most successful one-day online-only auction in the company’s history with just over $3 million in total sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Benefit Shop Foundation to celebrate its 200th auction June 24

This signed oil on canvas abstract scene by Marino Marini has provenance to the Paul David Grant Galleries, 20½ by 26½ inches. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. –  The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. will hit a milestone at its Red Carpet Auction on Wednesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, which is the 200th auction for the auction house that opened in 2016. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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