Lunar meteorite sells for $612,500 at RR Auction

The Buagaba meteorite, which is composed of six fragments that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing slightly over 12 pounds, sold for $612,500. RR Auction image

BOSTON – A rare lunar meteorite sold for $612,500 at RR Auction on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Big turnout for Morphy’s record-setting Oct. 8 petroliana auction

Outstanding Red Hat Royal 400 Gasoline porcelain sign with red hat graphic, $66,000

DENVER, Pa. – The serious players in automobilia and petroliana collecting canceled any existing plans once the word got out that a spectacular private collection would be headlining Morphy’s October 8 auction. “It was one of the biggest gallery turnouts for a gas and oil sale that we’ve had for years,” said Morphy’s Automobilia & Petroliana division head John Mihovetz. “The attraction was the collection of more than 400 lots that were in 9 or 9-plus condition. There was a lot of buzz about the auction beforehand, and we sensed that bidding would be strong.” Several new records were set during the 747-lot sale, which included absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers and grossed over $2.1 million. All prices quoted here include a 20% buyer’s premium, per Morphy’s pre-stated terms.

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Sterling silver posts solid prices at John Moran auction

An extensive Towle Georgian sterling silver flatware service sold for $11,250 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ Traditional Collector catalog Oct. 2 featured a wide array of Continental furniture and decorative arts, Chinese and Japanese antiques, and American, European and Russian silver, all offered alongside works of art by American and European artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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70-year Americana collection rings up $2.3M at Morphy’s

Fine French fusil de chasse [hunting musket] with wampum bead decoration, dated 1759. Top lot of the sale: $102,000

DENVER, Pa. – Only once in a blue moon does a collector like the late Walter J. O’Connor come along. Those who attended or bid from afar as Morphy’s auctioned the late Mr. O’Connor’s pre-eminent collection of historical Americana could attest to that, whether they knew him or not. The $2.3 million sale held on September 26 showcased his assemblage of early American rarities – most of them antique military firearms, accoutrements and ephemera – that simply had no peer in private hands. From hand-drawn Revolutionary War maps and George Washington signed letters to a grouping of late-17th/early 18th-century engraved powder horns, the 70-year O’Connor collection had them all and had the best.

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Tiffany lamps propel Cottone Auctions to $2.7M sale day

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and patinated bronze Nasturtium table lamp on an adjustable library base, 32in tall, 22in shade. Price realized: $134,520. Cottone Auctions image

GENESEO, N.Y. – Five gorgeous early 20th-century Tiffany Studios table lamps sold for a combined $465,510 and a dazzling five-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond ring fetched $206,500 at a Fine Art & Antique Auction held Sept. 29 by Cottone Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Statement antiques go big at Fontaine’s Sept. 22 auction

The top lot of this auction was a pair of gilt bronze 15-light chandeliers, with three figural maidens, that sold above high estimate at $51,425. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

PITTSFIELD, MASS. – Traditional antiques made a big splash at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques and fine art auction on Sept. 22. The auction achieved robust prices across the board with a wealth of choice antiques from fine art to lighting, including several statement pieces that will transform their new homes. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s Sept. 20 auction of Feldman Colt firearms collection hits $2.2M

1886 factory-engraved, blue-finish Colt Lightning, likely the finest known example of its type. Top lot of the sale: $190,650

LAS VEGAS – When True West magazine compiled its list of “22 Guns that Won the West,” eight of their choices were Colt classics, including the #1 firearm: the Colt Paterson revolver, a model that revolutionized handguns for all time. A new chapter was added to the legend of Colt firearms on September 20 as Morphy Auctions conducted a $2.2 million sale devoted exclusively to the revered 19th-century brand. Held at Morphy’s Las Vegas satellite gallery, the well-attended auction showcased the Dr. Edward Michael Feldman collection of 94 premium-quality Colt productions. Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare grand piano sells through LiveAuctioneers for $27,500

This John Broadwood & Sons amboyna and giltwood grand piano, circa 1845, sold through LiveAuctioneers for $27,500. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Multiple bidders pushed the final price for a bronze sculpture After Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray titled Cossack Herding Horses to $81,250 – five times its estimate – to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction Sept. 21-23. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. A bidder utilized LiveAuctioneers’ online bidding platform to win a rare grand piano (above).

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Manly collectibles a hit at Miller & Miller Auctions

The top lot of the sale was this 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe woody station wagon. Price realized: $35,400 Canadian. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – Men, and the women who love them, turned out in full force Sept. 15 for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s Mantiques: Gentleman’s Collectibles auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Norman Rockwell charcoal study crests at $242K

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) created ‘Study – Crestwood Commuter Station,’ for the cover illustration of an issue of the ‘Saturday Evening Post.’ The double-sided charcoal on paper sold for $242,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND – On Sept. 15-16 Clars Auction Gallery conducted a major Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction, which Redge Martin, company president, described as their strongest sale of the year. The highlight was an original charcoal on paper by Norman Rockwell that sold for $242,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more