Classic cars, petroliana power Preston Opportunities event Sept. 5

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe hardtop equipped with a ‘Turbo-Fire’ 283 engine has been fully rThe 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe hardtop equipped with a ‘Turbo-Fire’ 283 engine has been fully restored. Preston Opportunities image

BYRON, Ga. – Preston Evans of Preston Opportunities is very good at many things – like collecting and being an auctioneer – but he’s terrible at retiring. “I tried to retire,” he said from his home in South Georgia, “and it worked until I was motivated to get back in the auction ring. I found it impossible to sell all my collections in the time I spent trying to put together an event.”

That was four years ago. Since then, at least five important collections have fallen into Evans’s lap (including the estate of his longtime friend and fellow collector, Buddy Austin, recently deceased). Those items, plus Evan’s leftover inventory never before offered for sale, all add up to one thing: a major auction for all of it, planned for Sept. 5. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Ahlers & Ogletree selling items from prominent estate Sept. 12-13

Portrait of Oonagh Guinness (1910-1995), the Anglo-Irish socialite, society hostess and art collector, by Philip de Laszlo (Austro-Hungarian, 1869-1937). Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – Items from the spectacular Atlanta estate home known as White Oaks, featuring decorative arts from high-end retailers and world-class auctions, will be sold in a two-session auction on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12–13, by Ahlers & Ogletree. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Continue reading

Sotheby’s mounts auction devoted to hip-hop Sept. 15

Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie/Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G.) as photographed during the 1997 ‘K.O.N.Y. (King of New York)’ portrait session. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will conduct an online auction celebrating the history and cultural impact of hip-hop on Sept. 15. The s first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction to be presented at a major international auction house, the sale reflects on the impact hip-hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “golden age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s and up to the present.

Continue reading

The Hot Bid: Stack’s Bowers owns coin auction record

Liberty is personified on the obverse of the 1794 ‘Flowing Hair’ silver dollar. Stack’s Bower image

NEW YORK – On occasion, The Hot Bid revisits remarkable antique and vintage collectibles that have sold. Today’s subject is a rare 1794 U.S. silver dollar that sold for $10 million dollars.

What you see: A 1794 “Flowing Hair” silver dollar, described as a “unique superb gem specimen.” Stack’s Bowers auctioned it in January 2013 for just over $10 million and a world auction record for any coin. [Since writing this story, news broke that the coin would go to auction as part of the Bruce Morelan collection in Las Vegas in October 2020.]

The expert: Vicken Yegparian, vice president of numismatics at Stack’s Bowers.

Continue reading