Robert Doisneau portfolio tops Swann photograph auction

Robert Doisneau, ‘Robert Doisneau’ complete portfolio with 15 silver prints, 1945-72. Sold for $37,500. Swann Galleries image

NEW YORK – “Our market continues to be dynamic and varied,” said Deborah Rogal, director of the photographs and photobooks department, of the Oct. 22 sale of Fine Photographs at Swann Galleries (the first for Rogal as head of the department). “We saw strength in the FSA and other Depression-era photography as well as in other classical material. The bidding was also lively for Mexican photographers, and of course, the vernacular material continues to attract both niche and fine art collectors.” Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bears, trains, dolls in play at Turner Auctions Nov. 15

Large vintage 1960s Steiff lion FAO Schwarz store display, with original tag and button, in good vintage condition, 31in high. Estimate $400-$600. Turner image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer a Bears, Dolls & Trains sale on Sunday, Nov. 15. The auction presents a wide selection of playthings or collectibles beloved by children of all ages from young to old. With over 230 lots, the sale features many vintage Steiff animals, including large store display models; a variety of vintage dolls; and an array of O and S gauge trains, mostly from American manufacturers, and related accessories and other items. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Esherick items lead Freeman’s $1.3M Pennsylvania Sale

Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) Thunder Table for Hedgerow Theatre. Sold for $187,500. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s newly reintroduced Pennsylvania Sale realized $1.3 million on Oct. 28. With competitive bidding throughout the sale, the 20th century design section performed especially well, achieving a 90% sell-through rate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Political campaign jugates: winning tickets

A large Grant & Colfax jugate flag banner made $32,000 + the buyer’s premium in October 2017 at Heritage Auctions. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Pinback buttons have long been a top political collectible that were designed for people to show off their support for a particular candidate. They are highly sought after with campaign jugates among the most desirable.

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