Brooklyn Museum deaccession sale at Brunk yielded surprising results

Circa 1790-1810 set of brass andirons, which sold for $32,000 ($40,960 with buyer’s premium) at Brunk.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The deaccession sale of antiques from the vast holdings of the Brooklyn Museum in New York yielded some unexpected results from active bidders at Brunk Auctions March 20. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

While many items did well and landed generally within their range, it was a set of brass andirons that produced the most stunning outcome. Dating to circa 1790-1810, with urn finials, engraved floral decoration, and ball and claw feet, the set had a humble $400-$600 estimate going into the event. Bidding began with a $700 offer from a LiveAuctioneers user, only to see the price rise dozens of times to an incredible hammer of $32,000 ($40,960 with buyer’s premium).

Also turning in surprising results were the architectural salvage elements from demolished historic New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina mansions, stored in the museum’s warehouse in Newark, New Jersey. Topping the architectural lots at $60,000 ($76,800 with buyer’s premium) were circa-1820 elements from the Abraham Harrison home formerly located at 1109 Stuyvesant Avenue, Irvington, New Jersey. The lot had been estimated at just $2,000-$3,000.

Dining room woodwork elements from the Cane Acres Plantation House of Summerville, South Carolina, dating to circa 1789-1806, also wildly overperformed. The grand, two-story structure rested on a high brick foundation to avoid the swampy surroundings. Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, the lot sold for $55,000 ($70,400 with buyer’s premium).

The final architectural lot consisted of the elements of the entrance foyer and stairwell of 455 Madison Avenue, New York City, which was part of the Villard Houses at 451-457 Madison Avenue. The elements dated to circa 1882-1884 and hammered for $48,000 ($61,440 with buyer’s premium).

A top-anticipated lot, the Virginia Chippandale walnut fitted cellaret with a Luke Vincent Lockwood provenance, hammered for $95,000 ($121,600 with buyer’s premium), more than doubling its $40,000 high estimate. The other Lockwood provenance item, a Virginia Queen Anne scalloped walnut dressing table, beat its $40,000 high estimate at $50,000 ($64,000 with buyer’s premium).

Raquel Welch Bob Mackie stage-worn dress dazzles in Julien’s April 12 ‘Bombshell’ sale

Raquel Welch stage- and screen-worn Bob Mackie beaded dress, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Julien's.

GARDENA, Calif. — More than 460 lots from the personal collection of actress Raquel Welch come to market on Friday, April 12 at Julien’s Auctions. Titled Bombshell: Raquel Welch, the sale is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Welch (1940-2023) was a multi-talented artist – actress, singer, dancer, artist, and much more. Best remembered for her dazzlingly good looks and figure, she broke through in 1966’s Fantastic Voyage, a science fiction thriller about miniaturizing a submarine and injecting it into a medical patient so that its crew can perform brain surgery. Her turn in Hammer Films’ 1966 release One Million Years BC, in which she wore only a doe-skin bikini turned her into an international sex star.

The sale includes everything from her 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 roadster to her 1975 Best Actress Golden Globe award for her role in the 1973 film The Three Musketeers.

But it is her personal wardrobe that is attracting all the attention. The choices are led by a Bob Mackie beaded dress worn by Welch on several occasions: as part of her mid-1970s stage show; on the cover of L’Express magazine; in an episode of Saturday Night Live that she hosted on April 24, 1976; for a 1978 television appearance opposite Bob Hope during which the two sang the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive; and in a 1978 appearance on The Muppet Show. Mackie’s design of the halter-neck dress is embellished with gold-tone, silver-tone, copper-tone, and dark brown sequins and rhinestones, with sheer chiffon cutouts in the front and a flame hem.

Interestingly, the dress and its appearance on The Muppet Show inspired Ryan Gosling to become an actor. Julien’s notes recount his memory. “I was a lonely child, I didn’t do well at school, and TV was my only friend. Then, one day, I saw Raquel Welch on The Muppet Show … She was the first crush I ever had, and I thought, ‘How do I get to meet this woman?’ And then I thought, ‘Well, she’s on TV, so to meet her I have to get on TV myself.”

The dress is estimated at $2,000-$3,000, though with the market for stage- and screen-worn historic costumes skyrocketing, those numbers are probably exceedingly conservative.

Wilhelm Hunt Diederich sketches, Percival Rosseau oil romp at Doyle’s dog-heavy April 16 sale

Percival Rosseau, 'A Moment's Rest - Foxhounds at a Ford,' estimated at $18,000-$22,000 at Doyle.

NEW YORK — More than 150 lots featuring sporting art and dog portraits come to market Tuesday, April 16 at Doyle New York. The complete catalog is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale features three sketches by famed animal illustrator and designer Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (1884-1953). Born in Austria-Hungary to an American mother and Prussian Army commander who raised and trained horses for the national army, Diederich showed early interest in art. He attended Swiss boarding schools until he relocated to America to live with his grandfather, artist William Morris Hunt, a member of the Barbizon school of painting. Known for his highly stylized fireplace screens, the illustrations in the sale (here, here, and here) all carry individual modest estimates of $1,000-$2,000.

Percival Rosseau (1859-1937) is considered a leading animal artist, even though he didn’t begin painting until age 35. Dog historian A. F. Hochwalt wrote, “[Men] who own high class shooting dogs began to cultivate [Rosseau’s] acquaintance, for artists who can portray the pointer and the setter, as he really appears in the field, those who are able to transfer to canvas an actual hunting scene where the dog is not a mere caricature, are few and far between the world over, but particularly so here in America.” Rosseau’s A Moment’s Rest – Foxhounds at a Ford dates to 1926 and features a lovely scene of a hunting dog pack taking a drink between hunts. It is the sale’s highest-estimated lot at $18,000-$22,000.

Marguerite Louisa Kirmse (1885-1954) is best known for her illustrations and etchings of dogs. Scottish Deerhound on a Moor is from 1915 and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.