Diamond rings lead Hindman $2.1M fine jewelry sale

This 11.78 carat diamond ring mounted in platinum paced the bidding at $250,000. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman’s Dec. 7 Fine and Important Jewelry Auction realized over $2.1 million in 193 lots with international bidder engagement. Property from the Estate of Louise Hart led the sale, and pieces from other private collections across the country also performed strongly. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.Continue reading

Swann Galleries to sell J.W. Audubon painting Dec. 17

John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862), ‘California Gray Squirrel,’ oil on canvas, 13¾ x 22¼in. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Swann Galleries image

NEW YORK – Maps and atlases, natural history and color-plate books are on the auction block at Swann Galleries on Thursday, Dec. 17. The sale will feature a strong showing of world cartography, as well as a standout selection of historical prints and paintings of the natural sciences. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Conlon photo of Ty Cobb stealing third sells for $390K

Charles Conlon’s original 1910 photograph of Detroit’s Ty Cobb stealing third base at Hilltop Park in New York sold for $390,000. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions

LOS ANGELES – Charles Conlon’s photograph of Ty Cobb sliding into third base is considered by many to be the most hallowed and coveted sports image. An original image of Conlon’s shot sold for $390,000 at Robert Edward Auctions on Dec. 6.

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Online auction Dec. 17 presents melting pot of Americana

Grenfell Mission, Canada, hooked mat, 18½ x 14¼in, 1930s. Estimate: $600-$900. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Like America itself, Americana is a melting pot of objects that not only originated in the United States, but also found their way here from other lands. Many of the antiques offered in a Jasper52 Americana and Folk Art Auction on Thursday, Dec. 17, have such varied disparate pedigrees. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Marilyn images grace One of a Kind Collectibles sale Dec. 17  

Signed and inscribed portrait photograph of Marilyn Monroe, inscribed to ‘Bob’ – likely Robert Mitchum, Monroe’s co-star in the 1953 film ‘River of No Return.’ Estimate: $12,000-$14,000. One of a Kind Collectibles image

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to fellow Founding Father Gouverneur Morris in 1792, requesting that his private chef in France be sent to Monticello, plus a signed glamour photo of Marilyn Monroe, are expected top lots in One of a Kind Collectibles’ online auction on Dec. 17. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vintage jewelry designers: names to know

Rago’s December 2020 jewels auction featured a Jean Despres silver necklace that achieved a strong $65,000 + the buyer’s premium, confirming the artist’s market strength and demand as a fine jeweler. Photo courtesy of Rago Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Beautifully designed jewelry is timeless, whether it is a big statement necklace, an elegant ring or an animalistic bracelet. A great piece has the power to not only add that extra touch to one’s outfit but bring the wearer joy, spark a conversation and in the process become a family heirloom. While most designers worked for big jewelry houses and were anonymous, a few had great success going out on their own and created designs whose popularity has endured over the decades. Let’s take a look at some of the most renowned jewelry designers over the last century.

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