Woody Auction features finest quality art glass March 18

Daum Nancy signed French cameo art glass covered jar in a rare shape and with a rare winter scene décor. Woody Auction image


DOUGLASS, Kan. – Woody Auction is offering a surefire cure for cabin fever with what it’s calling the finest art glass auction ever held at its Douglass gallery, opened in 2015. Offered will be over 350 lots, featuring three core collections of mainly art glass and art pottery. The sale will be held Saturday, March 18, starting at 9:30 a.m. Central time. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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French paintings crème de la crème at Michaan’s Estate Auction March 11

Attributed to Albert Marquet (French 1875-1947), ‘Ship in Harbor,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


ALAMEDA, Calif. – Exciting estate paintings, furniture, jewelry and silver will draw collectors to Michaan’s on March 11. Absentee bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Oz books could be best-sellers again at PBA Galleries auction March 9

‘The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book,’ first edition, first state. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz headlines the PBA Galleries sale on Thursday, March 9. The collection gathered by Dollar over several decades features the major Oz works by L. Frank Baum and his successors, plus non-Oz works by Oz authors and illustrators, original artwork and more, with many rarities. In addition, nearly 300 lots of captivating children’s books, rare illustrated works, original art, finely bound books and handsome sets, fine press books, miniature books and more round out the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Army surgeon’s estate at core of huge sale by Roland Auctions NY March 4

Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1839) framed lithograph made for the 10th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, Published in 1928 by K. Kriz, Prague. Estimate: $5,500-$6,500. Roland Auctions NY image


NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will present a colossal single-day sale of nearly 1,000 lots on Saturday, March 4. Featured in this sale are 500 lots from estate of a former U.S. Army combat surgeon and Purple Heart recipient. Absentee bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage Auctions to sell Sylvester Stallone’s library of rare books March 8

Walt Whitman VII-volume set. Estimate: $4,000. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – Sylvester Stallone’s personally owned library of rare and collectible books will debut in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books auction March 8 in New York. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palm Beach Modern hits $1.8M with sale of art, Picasso pottery, Studio 54 celebrity photos

W. PALM BEACH, Fla. – “When you have what the people want, word gets out,” said Rico Baca, auctioneer and co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), commenting on the company’s $1.8 million auction of modern and contemporary art, Picasso pottery and unique Studio 54 photos from a famous photographer’s estate.


Palm Beach Modern Auctions co-owner and auctioneer Rico Baca presiding over the sale


Many different types of collectors were attracted to the sale, which was held Feb. 4 and 5, 2017 at the company’s West Palm Beach venue. “With each successive auction, we attract new buyers of modern and contemporary art; and we always have a great turnout from our loyal following of modern furniture collectors,” Baca said. “But this time around there were two specialty categories that made headlines everywhere – Picasso pottery, and Studio 54 photos from the estate of photographer Richard P. Manning, known in the disco days as ‘RPM.’ We had a 100% sell-through rate on both the pottery and the photos, and an excellent overall sell-through rate of 85%.” All seven PBMA phone lines buzzed with bidder activity, Baca said, while the Internet delivered approximately 2,000 bidders per session from all over the world. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.


Richard P. Manning a k a RPM (American, 1941-2013), copyighted gelatin silver print of a youthful David Bowie at Studio 54, $3,175


Major feature articles about the Studio 54 photos appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror newspapers, with additional coverage in the New York Post and other U.S. daily newspapers from coast to coast. Celebrities depicted in Manning’s silver gelatin prints included Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Brooke Shields, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, Rod and (then-wife) Alana Stewart, Jerry Hall, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Truman Capote and many others. A candid portrait of a young, smartly dressed David Bowie (shown above) leaning back and taking in the surroundings sold for $3,175; while an artistic shot of a free-spirited couple on the dance floor made $4,763. All prices quoted are inclusive of 27% buyer’s premium.

There was intense global interest in the eight pieces of Picasso pottery entered in the sale. Among those vying for the desirable ceramics were representatives from two different museums in France. The lot garnering the greatest pre-sale interest was a bird-form vessel (shown below) known as “Pichet Anse Prise (Pitcher with Seized Handle).” The actual artist’s proof for a small 1953 edition of 200, it was originally held in the private collection of Picasso’s close friends Georges and Suzanne Ramie, owners of the Madoura studio where Picasso pottery was made. It sold for $24,130, a world auction record for the form.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), ‘Pichet Anse Prise (Pitcher with Seized Handle),’ artist’s proof for 1953 edition of 200. Provenance: Madoura Pottery Studio, Vallauris, France; private collection of Georges & Suzanne Ramie, Christie’s South Kensington 2012 auction of Ramie Collection; Florida private collection. World record auction price for the form: $24,130


The top lot of the sale (shown below) was a sculpture by Harrry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) titled Sonambient. Made of beryllium copper and brass, and accompanied by a COA from the artist’s son, Val Bertoia, it settled near the top of its estimate range at $58,420.

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), Sonambient sculpture of beryllium, copper and brass; 55 inches high, $58,420


Another notable metal sculpture was Angel Botello’s (Puerto Rican, 1914-1986) bronze titled Girl Dancing, which sold for $35,560.

Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1914-1986), Girl Dancing, bronze sculpture, circa 1965, $35,560


A signed Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) artist’s proof titled Three Lithographs: One Plate had been donated by the artist in 1986 to Brother, Help Thyself, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit, for inclusion in an AIDS benefit auction. A quintessential Haring image, the artwork sold at PBMA within estimate, for $50,800.


Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), Three Lithographs: One Plate, artist’s proof 9/20, 1985, $50,800


Also among the February sale’s numerous art highlights were: a Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) MERMAID lithograph from a signed edition, $10,795; a Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) The Drunken Horse lithograph, also from a signed edition, $8,890; an Asger Jorn (Danish, 1914-1973) original painting, $21,590; and a Nicola Simbari (Italian, 1927-2012) original painting on canvas, $13,970.


Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), MERMAID, signed lithograph, ed. 51/60, $10,795


Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), The Drunken Horse, signed lithograph, ed. 66/75, $8,890


The furniture section was led by a Philip & Kelvin LaVerne acid-etched and patinated bronze-over-pewter dining/game table, signed and retaining a “Philip Laverne Collection Co.” label. Estimated at $10,000-$15,000, it was bid to $24,130. Six dining chairs in the manner of Jean Royere swept past their $3,000-$5,000 estimate to close at $12,065.

Philip & Kelvin LaVerne acid-etched and patinated bronze-over-pewter dining or game table, signed, Philip Laverne Collection Co. label, $24,130


PBMA co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger made sure the auction’s mood was light and festive throughout – which wasn’t hard to do with a theme like “Studio 54 Revisited.” Guests were greeted by entertainers impersonating “Diana Ross,” who sang on an outdoor stage; and “Divine,” who handed out disco-ball necklaces as souvenirs.


As guests arrived, they were entertained in Studio 54 style by a Diana Ross impersonator (left) and a convincing “faux” version of Divine (right), who passed out souvenir disco-ball necklaces.


During the auction, “Divine” drew the names of two door-prize winners, each of whom received a Richard Manning print.


With the help of an audience member (right) and Divine impersonator (center), auctioneer and PBMA co-owner Rico Baca drew the winners of two door prizes: Richard P. Manning Studio 54 prints.


Guests enjoyed a delicious catered lunch, snacks and drinks, all under the watchful gaze of a suspended Man in the Moon that was an actual prop from the fabled New York City nightclub.


Snack time under the gaze of an actual prop used at Studio 54 in its heyday, a Man in the Moon with spoon


PBMA will conduct a Modern Art, Design & Luxury Auction in April. To discuss consigning to the sale, call 561-586-5500 or e-mail info@modernauctions.com. View the fully illustrated catalog for the Feb. 4-5, 2017 auction online, complete with prices realized, at LiveAuctioneers.com.



Shipwreck silver, offbeat Americana attract bidders worldwide to Milestone’s Jan. 14 sale

Silver bar recovered from the 1622 shipwreck of the Atocha off the Florida Keys, 1045ozt, sold for $36,600. Milestone Auctions image


WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – The fun factor was off the charts at Milestone’s Jan. 14 New Year’s Spectacular Auction, where bidders could view Spanish silver from a 1622 shipwreck, try on amusing antique parade heads or practice a dignified military gait while toting Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s monogrammed personal luggage.

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Gianguan Auctions treats Asia Week buyers to important sale March 11


A Wucai fish jar with cover reflects the porcelain preference of Ming emperors Jiajing, Longqing and Wanli. Ming, with the Jiajing six-character mark. Estimate: $3 million. Gianguan Auctions image


NEW YORK – Gianguan Auctions offers Asia Week buyers an impressive array of historic and contemporary Chinese paintings, ceramics, jade and stone carvings at auction on Saturday, March 11. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Austrian, Philippine artists featured in AIC Gallery auction March 1

Markus Prachensky, ‘Umbria,’ 1986, ink on handmade paper, 56 x 64 cm. AIC Gallery image


VIENNA – AIC Gallery will present an eclectic fine art auction in two parts on March 1. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 auction Feb. 26 devoted to icons of Old World Christianity

Christ Immanuel icon, 17th century, northern Russia, tempera on wooden board, 30.5 x 26 cm. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – More than 100 beautiful antique Russian icons are being offered in an online-only auction by Jasper52 on Sunday, Feb. 26. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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