Marie Zimmermann necklace sells for record $53,125 at Rago auction

Marie Zimmermann, enameled yellow gold and gem-set collar necklace. Price realized: $53,125. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s June jewelry auctions brought $1.90 million in two sessions: unreserved jewelry on June 8 and fine jewelry on June 10. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 2051, a rare enameled and yellow gold gem-set collar necklace by master metallurgist Marie Zimmermann, which sold for $53,125, making it the highest price achieved at auction for a piece of jewelry by Zimmermann. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fernando Botero painting tops Heritage Auctions art sale at $275K 

Fernando Botero’s ‘Seated Man,’ 2000, sold for $275,000  Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Fernando Botero’s Seated Man, 2000, sold for $275,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art auction in Beverly Hills, Calif., to a final total of $4,012,587.50. The auction boasted 97 percent sold by value, and 90 percent of the lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Historical gun & militaria collectors compete at Milestone’s May 26 auction

Early World War II German Gewehr G41 sniper rifle, $5,520

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On May 26th, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, auctioned an 872-lot selection of outstanding antique and vintage firearms, and military memorabilia. Spanning several centuries, the varied array of historical guns included many rare and unusual examples made by noted gunsmiths, including one with a British royal connection. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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John Moran Auctioneers posts solid results in May jewelry sale

Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring, est.: $10,000-$15,000; price realized: $13,200. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers continues to achieve strong prices realized for quality jewelry across a variety of design styles in both their Fine and Studio Jewelry Auctions, as evidenced by the company’s May 21 sessions, which proved to be resounding successes with high sell-through rates. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Choice clocks, antiques drive Fontaine’s auction over $1M

The top lot was this E. Howard & Co. No. 57 wall regulator clock, which sold for a record $145,200. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – It’s little surprise that of the top five selling lots at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s May 19 auction, three of them were clocks, by E. Howard & Co., Seth Thomas and R.J. Horner. Fontaine’s sells antiques in most collecting categories but has carved out a niche with choice clocks, especially E. Howard models, setting a few auction records along the way. In this sale, which totaled over $1 million, the leader of the pack was an E. Howard No. 57 regulator clock that set a new world record auction price at $145,200. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Buyers focus on photography, fine art at Millea Bros. auction

The top lot of the auction was a David Hockney photo portfolio from 1976, collection of Ileana Sonnabend, that earned $75,000. Millea Bros. image

BOONTON, N.J. – If a photograph is worth 1,000 words, then Millea Bros.’ Spring Select Auction May 17–19 is worth a book. Boasting over 1,000 lots, all with compelling stories of their own, the auction showcased three estates, featuring a large selection from the late gallerist Ileana Sonnabend’s art photography collection, passed down to her daughter, Nina Castelli Sundell, a curator and scholar until her death in 2014; 1960s–1970s American Modern art from the estate of Sen. Jacob and Marian Javits; and large-scale European and American contemporary art from the estate of venture capitalist Pentti Kouri. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Finn Juhl furniture soars to record heights at Clars Auction Gallery

This set of eight Egyptian rosewood chairs by Finn Juhl for Niels Vodder was expected to sell for $20,000-$30,000 but heated bidding drove the final sale price to $75,600. The chairs sold to a LiveAuctioneers bidder. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery hosted their Important Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction on May 20. Furniture designs by Finn Juhl (Denmark, 1912-1989) stole the show with both pieces offered setting a new U.S. auction record. Both Finn Juhl lots sold through LiveAuctioneers, which provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Signature Sale of fine toys earns $1.9M

Citroen hand-painted clockwork tin ‘Au Louvre’ delivery van, $48,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Family-owned Bertoia Auctions produced another big winner on April 27-28 as their 2018 Spring Signature Sale rang the register at $1.9 million. More than 1,000 lots of high-quality toys, banks, trains and Christmas antiques with prestigious provenance attracted an energetic crowd to Bertoia’s gallery. Hundreds of other bidders battled for favorites over the phone and via the Internet.

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John Moran Auctioneers goes modern with twin-session sale

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004 New York, N.Y.), ‘Study for Sunset Nude with Pink and Yellow Tulips,’ pen and colored pencil on 100 percent rag tracing paper, image: 3.75 in. high x 4.5 in. wide. Price realized: $14,400. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers started out a two-session day April 24 with their 20th-Century and Contemporary Art + Design catalog, which featured 167 lots of furniture and fine art ranging from the Art Deco period through to contemporary works by living artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare Libbey vase tops Woody Auction cut glass sale at $22K

Brilliant Period Cut Glass pedestal crescent vase, signed Libbey in the Herringbone pattern, 12½ in. tall, the largest size in one of the rarest shapes. Price realized: $22,000. Woody Auction image

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A rare pedestal crescent vase by Libbey in the Herringbone pattern sold for $22,000 and a large round tray, also by Libbey, in the Diana pattern, realized $17,000 to take top lot honors at the sale of several outstanding collections of Brilliant Period Cut Glass held on May 12 by Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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