MEMPHIS, Tenn. – With tens of thousands of fans in the city for Elvis Week to celebrate the life and career of the king of rock ’n’ roll, music fans and collectors in Memphis and around the world participated on site and online in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at The Auction at Graceland. The 208-lot sale grossed approximately $800,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
BOSTON – A wartime letter written by French Gen. Charles de Gaulle to President Franklin D. Roosevelt sold for $33,689 according to RR Auction, which conducted the Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction Aug. 8.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The July 14 auction at Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals was all about history – in more ways than one. It was Case’s first auction in its new, flagship Knoxville gallery, representing a milestone for the 12-year-old firm. And, while there were noteworthy highlights in the categories of European and Western art, Chinese antiques, and Southern Decorative Arts, the smashing success of flags, maps, political and Civil War items made clear that Case is becoming a destination firm for historical artifacts and ephemera. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more
CRANSTON, R.I. – An original model of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson’s very first telephone from 1881 sold for $40,000 and a rare circa 1876 Bell Butter Stamp magneto telephone originally installed at a residence in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1891 brought $27,500 at an historical telephone auction held Aug. 4 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
CINCINNATI – One of the most significant assemblages of Hopewell Culture prehistoric art ever collected sold for $162,000, more than double expectations, at Cowan’s Auctions during Part I of the Collection of Art Gerber: Ancient Art of the Eastern Woodlands. The cache was one of 382 lots offered in the July 28 auction from the estate of famed collector Art Gerber. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – It didn’t come with a sushi roll, ginger salad and miso soup, but a cinnabar bento box, offered together with a cloisonné teapot and dish, gaveled for $23,750 to take top lot honors at a two-day weekday auction held July 25 and 26 by Nye & Company Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
MONROVIA, Calif. – Fine Chinese antiques dominated the offerings at John Moran Auctioneers’ Traditional Collector auction July 17. Top lot status of the night was awarded to a pair of 18th-century carved Chinese hardwood chairs each featuring a relief carving of Zhulong among clouds. Estimated at $20,000-$30,000, the chairs (above) took over three minutes to sell when a bidding war broke out among a few floor bidders and a full phone bank. A phone bidder won out and brought the chairs home for $375,000 (all prices include Moran’s buyer’s premium). Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK (AP) – For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th-century book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965?
BOSTON – A rare handwritten letter by Bob Dylan to an old Greenwich Village friend sold for $29,645 according to Boston-based RR Auction.
BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions held a highly successful summer auction on the weekend of July 14-15 at their gallery. The top lot of the sale was an early 19th-century marble sculpture of a carved skull, which came from an estate in Rome. With an estimate of $3,000-$5,000, the 22½-inch statue was hotly contested both on the phones and Internet before being finally hammered down at $29,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.