Hake’s launches all-Star Wars auction of prototypes and rarities, June 2

Boba Fett L-slot rocket-firing prototype action figure, predecessor to the Boba Fett figure in Kenner’s popular 1979 Star Wars toy line, 3.75in tall, AFA-graded 80+ NM (archival case). Encapsulated with notarized CIB COA. Estimate $100,000-$200,000

YORK, Pa. – In the investment-obsessed world of fine art, scarcely a week goes by without some new auction record being set, either for a particular artist or art genre. Hake’s Auctions, the groundbreaking Pennsylvania company that has specialized in pop culture memorabilia since 1967, also rewrites the record books with regularity, but not with Picassos or Van Goghs. It has become known as “The House of Star Wars” because of its consistent ability to achieve world-record prices for prototypes and other rarities from the fabled sci-fi film franchise. With collector demand at an all-time high, Hake’s has responded to the call by adding something new to its roster: an online auction dedicated exclusively to Star Wars memorabilia. The debut “Special Event” has opened for bidding and will run through June 2nd.

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Qianlong vase spotted in English kitchen rockets to $1.7M at Dreweatts

Imperial Qianlong porcelain vase, £1,449,000 ($1.7 million)
Imperial Qianlong porcelain vase, £1,449,000 ($1.7 million)
Imperial Qianlong porcelain vase, £1,449,000 ($1.7 million)

LONDON – A Chinese vase created in the 18th century for the court of the Qianlong Emperor and purchased for a few hundred pounds in the 1980s sold at Dreweatts on May 18 for a staggering £1,449,000 ($1.7 million) against a pre-sale estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

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Christine Biddle Wainwright collection was highlight of Doyle Americana sales

Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500
Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500
Thomas Sully portrait of Commodore James Biddle, $94,500. Image courtesy of Doyle and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Americana Week at Doyle topped $1.9 million as bidders from coast to coast competed during two days of sales on May 3 and 4. Showcased were paintings and prints, high style and country furniture, silver, folk art and Chinese export porcelain. The week was highlighted by property from the Christine Biddle Wainwright collection. With competitive bidding, the sales totaled a successful $1,931,185, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $1,103,025-$1,758,575, with 92% sold by lot and 100% sold by value.

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Platinum sparkler, Remington bronze command attention at Abell Auction, May 22

Frederic Remington, ‘Rattlesnake,’ est. $100,000-$150,000
Frederic Remington, ‘Rattlesnake,’ est. $100,000-$150,000

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will present a fine art, antiques, 20th-century design and fine jewelry auction on Sunday, May 22, starting at 9 am Pacific time. Featuring property from prominent California estates, the online sale will be highlighted by an original Frederic Remington bronze Rattlesnake sculpture, estimated at $100,000-$150,000, and a collection of large diamond rings, Art Deco and important signed jewelry pieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Centuries of American art featured at Skinner, May 25

Charles Courtney Curran, ‘Picnic Supper on the Sand Dunes,’ est. $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Skinner
Charles Courtney Curran, ‘Picnic Supper on the Sand Dunes,’ est. $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Skinner
Charles Courtney Curran, ‘Picnic Supper on the Sand Dunes,’ est. $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Skinner

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers will conduct a live auction of American Art on Wednesday, May 25, starting at 10 am Eastern time at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery. Ranging across centuries from the early Hudson River School to early American Modernism, the sale features masterworks by some of this country’s greatest painters and sculptors. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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French daybed earned a comfortable price at Neue’s April 30 sale

19th-century French tole painted daybed, $4,612
19th-century French tole painted daybed, $4,612
19th-century French tole painted daybed, $4,612

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A dazzling Baignoire de Cartier 18K gold and diamond ladies’ watch slipped onto a new wrist for $9,225; a 19th-century French tole painted daybed realized $4,612; and a pair of Chinese turquoise glaze terracotta foo dogs on stands brought $5,842 in an online-only Fine Interiors, Art & Antiques auction held April 30 by Neue Auctions. The auction featured 381 lots in all.

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Chinese bronze vessel trounces estimate, achieves $128K at Nadeau’s

Chinese bronze ding ritual vessel, $128,000
Chinese bronze ding ritual vessel, $128,000
Chinese bronze ding ritual vessel, $128,000

WINDSOR, Conn. – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery‘s April 30 sale had a 94% sell-through rate, with strong results across all categories.

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Two dozen lamps lead lineup of 70 Tiffany lots at Fontaine’s, May 21

Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp, est. $30,000-$50,000

 

 Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp, est. $30,000-$50,000

Tiffany Studios Tulip table lamp, est. $30,000-$50,000

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present a fine and decorative arts auction on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 11 am Eastern time, featuring 19th- and 20th-century lighting, art glass, leaded glass windows, fine silver, marble and bronze statuary, American and European furniture, jewelry and porcelains. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Carousel animals rode to victory at Potter & Potter

Circa-1890 carousel zebra by the Dentzel Company, $36,000
L-R: Circa-1890 carousel zebra by the Dentzel Company, $36,000; circa-1900 carousel rabbit by Dentzel, $24,000; circa-1925 carousel camel by Charles Looff, $18,000
L-R: Circa-1890 carousel zebra by the Dentzel Company, $36,000; circa-1900 carousel rabbit by Dentzel, $24,000; circa-1925 carousel camel by Charles Looff, $18,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ signature Circus, Sideshow, and Oddities event on April 30 was a thrill ride from start to finish, with antique carousel animals claiming several of the top lot slots.

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Everard to auction fine art from distinguished Savannah citizens, June 1-2

Style of Porfirio Salinas (Texas, 1910-1973), ‘Blue Bonnets,’ oil on canvas. Estimate $2,500-$3,500; starting bid $1,500

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On June 1-2, 2022, Everard Auctions will present a diverse selection of fine and decorative art, featuring property from the Estate of Murray C. Perlman of Savannah, Georgia. Perlman was a prominent Savannah resident who supported numerous organizations dedicated to local historic preservation, including the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was also an owner and partner of Savannah Galleries in historic downtown Savannah, which started selling fine American, English, and French antique furniture in 1968. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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