Morphy’s offered ‘best of everything’ in a $4M antique auction

Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp, signed leaded-glass shade on signed, decorated bronze base, sold for $141,450. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Fine and decorative art of utmost quality and rarity shared the spotlight alongside premier timepieces and jewelry at Morphy’s Dec. 5-6 auction, which closed the books confidently at more than $4 million. Holding court over the 1,539 lots of elegant antiques and luxury goods was an 18K gold Rolex timepiece that had created a buzz in the watch-collecting community ever since its consignment was first announced. It attracted worldwide bidder interest and ultimately sold over the phone for $578,100. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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19th-century California knife sells for $45K at Heritage Auctions  

Michael Price, San Francisco’s premier 19th-century cutler, crafted this knife that sold for $45,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A collection of exceptional knives and an ornate double-barrel shotgun led the final total for Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction to $1.49 million. The auction included the sale of more than 130 lots to benefit the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum based in Claremore, Oklahoma. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Automobilia generates high-octane results at Miller & Miller

Emile Louis Picault bronze sculpture used as the mascot for the 1906 Ten-Mile Corinthian Automobile Championship. Price realized: CA$43,660. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A patinated bronze sculpture by Emile Louis Picault (French, 1860-1915), used as the mascot for the Ten-Mile Corinthian Automobile Championship of 1906 in Ormond Daytona Beach, Florida, sold for $43,660 at an auction held Dec. 8 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Debut of Inokuma painting exceeds estimates at Market Auctions

Genichiro Inokuma’s ‘Landscape,’ acrylic on canvas, 50 inches x 40 inches, sold for $8,200. Market Auctions image.

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – The Pre-Holiday Sale for Market Auctions Inc. held Dec. 5 and concluded with a number of significant sales. Market Auctions continues to impress with substantial attendance and numerous registered bidders online, on the phones and on the sales floor at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Showroom. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago’s 2-day fine jewelry auction surpasses $2.4M

Tiffany & Co. Lucida Diamond Ring, 6.43 carats in a platinum setting. Sold for: $187,500. Rago image

LAMBERTVILLLE, N.J. – Rago Auctions’ Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 jewelry auctions brought in a total of $2.4million in sales for 147 consignors, increasing Rago’s 2018 jewelry sales by 24 percent over 2017 while retaining a stellar sell-through rate above 90 percent. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Moran Auctioneers postwar prints sale sparks bidding battles

Alexander Calder’s ‘Three Elephants’ sold for $5,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s final prints and multiples auction of the year was filled with a curated selection of fine art prints from important artists including Chuck Close, Alexander Calder, Takashi Murakami and many more. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Flash point: Rare Silver Age comic book sells for $20K

‘Flash #105’ (Feb.-Mar. 1959), featuring the first Silver Age Flash in his own title, plus the first appearance and origin of Mirror Master. Price realized: $20,000. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – A copy of DC Comics Flash #105 (Feb.-Mar. 1959) in superb condition, with a grade of CBCS 9.0, soared to $20,000 at a Toy & Comic Auction that featured many rare superhero comics, including Flash, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and Robin, held Dec. 1 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Keith Haring sculpture commands $537,500 at Jackson’s auction

This Keith Haring painted wood sculpture measuring 41 inches x 35 inches was the top lot of the auction, selling for $537,500. Jackson’s International image

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A flurry of activity and enthusiastic bidding was seen at Jackson’s International auction of Nov. 27, which featured an offering of both modern and vintage masters. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tiffany pocket watch sells for $12,500 at Bruneau & Co.

Tiffany Swiss platinum repeater pocket watch. Price realized: $12,500. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – A circa 1920 Tiffany & Co. platinum repeater pocket watch sold for $12,500 and a 2003 U.S. $25 Liberty Eagle gold coin climbed to a record $4,688 at an estate antiques and fine art auction held Nov. 24 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Diamond ring tops $103K at Miller & Miller auction

Easily the auction’s top lot was this stunning platinum diamond ring, with a massive 11-carat scissor-cut diamond boasting SI1 clarity and J color. It sold for $103,250 Canadian/U.S. $77,091. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A platinum ring with 11-carat diamond center stone sold for $103,250, a circa 1960s Rodania Geometer men’s wristwatch in remarkable condition brought $25,960 and an actual World War II-era Omega ‘Weems’ Royal Air Force pilot’s watch soared to $8,260 at Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s jewelry & watches auction held Nov. 24. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and include the buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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