Handwritten letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the completion of the Constitution, $2.4 million. Image courtesy of Freeman’s

Washington ‘Constitution’ letter to Jefferson achieves $2.4M at Freeman’s

Handwritten letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the completion of the Constitution, $2.4 million. Image courtesy of Freeman’s

Handwritten letter from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, announcing the completion of the Constitution, $2.4 million. Image courtesy of Freeman’s

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s November 15 Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana auction featured the $2,389,500 sale of the letter George Washington sent to Thomas Jefferson announcing the Constitution’s completion, one day following its adoption by the Constitutional Convention.

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A Mughal Empire gold pendant inlaid with kundan-set green glass, white topaz and rubies sold for $2,500 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2021. Image courtesy of Artemis Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

Mughal Empire artisans raised arts of Asia to new heights

A Mughal Empire gold pendant inlaid with kundan-set green glass, white topaz and rubies sold for $2,500 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2021. Image courtesy of Artemis Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

A Mughal Empire gold pendant inlaid with kundan-set green glass, white topaz and rubies sold for $2,500 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2021. Image courtesy of Artemis Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – In 1526, the Mughals, descendants of the Mongol leaders Tamerlane and Genghis Khan, created an empire stretching from the Indus Valley and northern Afghanistan to sub-continental India. The empire endured until the 19th century, and flourishing trade sparked Mughal artisans to innovate within a wide range of arts and crafts, from textiles to painting to jewelry to beautifully decorated weapons.

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Serrano bronze of St Junipero Serra could earn $120K at Roland, Dec. 3

Pablo Serrano, ‘St. Junipero Serra,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000

Pablo Serrano, ‘St. Junipero Serra,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY will present an important Pablo Serrano Brutalist-style monumental bronze sculpture, St. Junipero Serra, at its upcoming Fine Estates Auction on Saturday, December 3. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The Serrano sculpture, estimated at $80,000-$120,000, was featured in the courtyard of the Spanish International Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.

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Alexander Pope, ‘English Setters,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Woof! 19th-century dog art collection leads the pack at Hindman, Dec. 7

Alexander Pope, ‘English Setters,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Alexander Pope, ‘English Setters,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – Hindman will present property from the collection of Frances G. Scaife as a highlight of its American & European Art auction, scheduled for Wednesday, December 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Mrs. Scaife’s collection of 19th-century dog paintings is one of the most significant private collections of these paintings held in the United States. A lover of all animals, Scaife has been a collector of English dog paintings for many years. Known in New York and Palm Beach for her keen eye and sense of style, this collection is a result of her strong curatorial vision.

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Pop culture rarities, Americana drive Hake’s auction total to $2.4M

Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

YORK, Pa. – Financial markets may be taking a breather, but there’s never a time out for those who pursue investment-grade vintage collectibles. Hake’s, the auction house that lit the fire for America’s pop culture obsession 55 years ago, rang up yet another high-flying auction total on November 15-16, achieving excellent prices across many specialty categories and closing the books at $2.4 million.

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Hermes rose extreme alligator mini Kelly, estimated at $50,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Who wants a luxury handbag? Bid at Heritage, Dec. 8

Hermes rose extreme alligator mini Kelly, estimated at $50,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Hermes rose extreme alligator mini Kelly, estimated at $50,000-$60,000. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – On Thursday, December 8, just in time for the holidays, Heritage Auctions presents its Luxury Accessories Signature® Auction, an event filled with some of the most coveted handbags from Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Goyard. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500

Galle glass wins applause at Woody’s sale of Ron Blessing collection

Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500

Signed circa-1920 Galle French cameo art glass lamp, $93,500

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A pair of early 20th-century signed Galle French cameo art glass pieces, one a lamp and the other a vase, sold for a combined $133,750 in the Part 1 auction of the Ron Blessing estate collection, held live and online October 29 by Woody Auction.

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Palm Beach Modern serves up Tupperware’s corporate art collection, Dec. 3

Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger, co-owners of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, are seated in front of the Richard Mayhew painting. The work was acquired by Tupperware Brands in 1975 and is being seen for the first time outside their campus since then. Image courtesy of PBMA

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. – When Palm Beach Modern’s auctioneer Rico Baca set foot on the Tupperware Brands campus, he knew he was there to look at art that could be sold to the advantage of both firms. What he didn’t expect was the magnitude and importance of the corporate collection, which will be auctioned this Saturday, December 3, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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This 14K gold and diamond tennis-themed shell cameo achieved $5,500 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

Shell cameo jewelry: a traditional must-have for milady

This 14K gold and diamond tennis-themed shell cameo achieved $5,500 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

This 14K gold and diamond tennis-themed shell cameo achieved $5,500 plus the buyer’s premium in August 2018. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Among the most classic pieces in the realm of jewelry is the elegantly simple cameo. Typically featuring portraits of women or mythological scenes, cameo jewelry has been carved for centuries out of hard natural materials such as stone, but shell cameos might be the most beautiful examples of the form.

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Ercole Barovier, Spira Aurata vase, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

20th-century Italian glass showcased at Capsule Auction, Dec. 1

Ercole Barovier, Spira Aurata vase, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

Ercole Barovier, Spira Aurata vase, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

NEW YORK – On Thursday, December 1, Capsule Auctions will present 20th Century Italian Glass, a sale of fine glass objects from a single private collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. Offering designs by big names such as Venini and Barovier as well as designs by smaller houses, the sale acts as a survey of Murano glass-making across seven decades.

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