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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Granville Redmond painting sells for $225K at Moran’s

Granville Redmond (1871-1935, Los Angeles, Calif.), wildflower landscape with poppies and lupine, oil on canvas. Price realized: $225,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s first California & American Fine Art auction of the year achieved strong prices for fresh-to-market works from around the country. The online auction brought out many new bidders who battled for the fine works of art in the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

With the launch of the long-awaited “Granville Redmond, The Eloquent Palette” show at the Crocker Art Museum reinvigorating collectors, Moran’s offered a wildflower landscape with poppies and lupine by Redmond. The wildflowers were accented by oak trees and distant foothills and was a favorite heading into the sale. This outstanding example of his work (above) achieved $225,000. Prices quoted include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.

Works by women artists achieved high prices at the auction. A stunning painting from Santa Paula-based artist Jessie Arms Botke featuring cockatoos in an avocado tree started the auction off on the right foot, soaring past its $8,000-$12,000 estimate to bring $87,500 (below).

Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971, Santa Paula, Calif.), cockatoos in an avocado tree, oil and gold leaf on canvasboard. Price realized: $87,500. Moran’s image

A dreamy portrait of a woman in a boat with a parasol by Henriette Mary Shore caused a bidding war as soon as the lot opened, realizing $17,500.

Harriett Frishmuth is prized for her sculptures of women in movement. Crest of the Wave was no exception and brought $11,250.

Harriett Frishmuth (1880-1980, Connecticut), ‘Crest of the Wave,’ patinated bronze on a black marble plinth. Price realized: $11,250. Moran’s image

Scenic vistas captured the imagination during the auction. A stunning work by Florida based artist Albert E. Backus everglades landscape with resting birds under a dramatic partly cloudy sky realized $31,250.

Albert E. Backus (1906-1990, Fort Pierce, Fla.), Everglades with birds, 1989, oil on canvas. Price realized: $31,250. Moran’s image

The busiest lot of the sale was an Alfred R. Mitchell bringing a picturesque Southern California beachscape with caves in the foreground and cottages in the background to life in bright colors, realizing $46,875.

Fleeting moments in time lovingly rendered by California artists shone in the sale. A still life with hollyhocks and bumblebees captured mid-bloom when the flowers are most vibrant is a triumph from Paul de Longpre and brought $25,000.

Paul De Longpre (1855-1911, Hollywood, Calif.), still life with hollyhocks and bees, oil on canvas. Price realized: $25,000. Moran’s image

A moody nocturne of San Francisco with distant searchlight from Jules Page realized $10,000. An Adriatic Harbor scene by Edgar Alwin Payne, a favorite subject of the artist, captured that perfect sunset moment awash in terra-cotta hues. The work caused a bidding war when it hit the block, selling over its high estimate for $43,750.

Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947, Hollywood, Calif.), ‘Adriatic Harbor,’ oil on canvas laid to canvas. Price realized: $43,750. Moran’s image

Moran’s is currently consigning for their fall California & American Fine Art auction, which is already filling up with more finds.

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/

 

Swann’s African Americana sale handily surpasses estimates

Sun Ra in ‘Space is the Place’ movie poster, circa 1974. Sold for $6,500

NEW YORK – Swann Auction Galleries’ Printed & Manuscript African Americana auction on May 7 totaled $741,581 for the 399 lots with an 89% sell-through rate by lot. It was the company’s first live online auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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