Revolutionary War relics and collector firearms tally $8.4M at Morphy’s

Fine and highly important silver-mounted and inlaid presentation pipe tomahawk signed ‘R. (Richard) Butler’ and inscribed to ‘Lt John Maclellan (sic.).’ Extensively exhibited, including at The Smithsonian and The Tower of London. Depicted on cover of ‘Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersman Belt Axes,’ and in several other respected reference books. Sold for $664,200

DENVER, Pa. – An international call to arms resulted in an $8.4 million total at Morphy’s May 27-29 auction, which teamed a “Founders & Patriots Arms & Militaria” session with a two-day lineup of “Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms.” Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Heath Ledger signed photo cracks $10K at RR Auction

The Heath Ledger signed and inscribed color photo sold for $10,236. RR Auction image

BOSTON – RR Auction sold a rare Heath Ledger signed photo sold for $10,236 on May 13. The color satin-finish photograph of Ledger in his Oscar-winning role as the Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, is signed and inscribed, “To Daniel, Big smile! Heath.” The fully illustrated auction catalog with prices realized can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s auctions Revolutionary War tomahawk for world-record $664,200

Extremely important and fine silver-mounted and inlaid presentation pipe tomahawk signed ‘R. (Richard) Butler’ and inscribed to Lt John McClellan. Extensively exhibited, including at Smithsonian. Depicted on cover of ‘Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersman Belt Axes,’ and in several other respected reference books. Sold by Morphy Auctions for $664,200, a world auction record for a tomahawk. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – A circa 1765-1770 Revolutionary War presentation pipe tomahawk made by future army general Richard Butler and inscribed to Lieutenant John McClellan of the Pennsylvania Riflemen was sold yesterday by Morphy Auctions for a staggering $664,200, inclusive of buyer’s premium. It is a world-record auction price for any tomahawk. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Early music machines produce hi-fi results at Breker auction

Le Lioret No. 3 phonograph, with original horn, tripod and three celluloid cylinders, 1897, in perfect plying condition. Sold: €25,660 / $27,700. Auction Team Breker image

COLOGNE, Germany – Auction Team Breker’s first online-only sale on April 4 – a marathon double-bill of photographica and office antiques from the world-famous collection of Tom Russo – set the pace for a winning formula with a 96% sold quota, running almost 11 hours. Breker’s second virtual outing of vintage technology, toys and mechanical music on May 16 built momentum with some impressive results for rare and wonderful inventions. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Diamonds top Moran’s Jewelry & Luxury auction

A diamond ring, price realized: $23,750. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Jewels & Luxury auction realized strong prices and boasted a high sell-through rate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cream jug rises to top of Jeffrey S. Evans glass auction

Blown-molded GV-14 cream jug. Price realized: $7,605. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ spring auction of 18th and 19th glass and lighting was held on May 19-20. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the sale was conducted with remote bidding only. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Company president and senior auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans noted, “We offered five different ways to bid in this auction and competition was intense across all platforms. Prices overall were some of the strongest we have seen in many years. In some instances results were at or above pre-recession levels.”

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Kobe Bryant concrete handprints score $75K at auction

LOS ANGELES – Collectible items from Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career with the Los Angeles Lakers sold for a total of $202,590 in a virtual online event on Thursday, May 21. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Royals’ golden wedding anniversary bowl sells for $60K

Rattray & Co. 9K gold center bowl presented to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, Dundee, Scotland, circa 1931. Price realized: $60,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – The Rattray & Co. 9K gold center bowl presented to Queen Elizabeth’s grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore on their golden wedding anniversary, sold for $60,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Fine Silver & Objects of Fine Vertu Auction May 5 to $834,988 in total sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Diamond-embellished watches excel at Hindman sale

Patek Philippe 18K rose gold and diamond ref. 5980-1á Nautilus wristwatch. Price realized: $75,000. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman saw stellar results from the remotely executed Fine Timepieces auction held on Wednesday, May 13. The 71-lot auction realized over $600,000, surpassing the high estimate and selling 99% of the lots included in the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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High-octane petroliana sets the pace at Morphy’s $1.2M auction

Top lot of the sale: a circa-1940s porcelain sign advertising Harbor Petroleum Products, Long Beach, California, with Boeing 314 Clipper airplane graphic, 8.9+ condition, 39 x 35in. Sold for $44,000

DENVER, Pa. – It pays to advertise, but investing in rare oil and gas company advertising signage pays even better. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from Morphy Auctions’ May 13-14 Automobilia & Petroliana sale, which garnered excellent prices across the board and totaled $1.2 million – 20% more than the overall low estimate. Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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