Ansel Adams ‘Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958.’ Hammer price: $22,000. Leighton Galleries image

Trio of Ansel Adams photos top $87,000 at Leighton Galleries

Ansel Adams ‘Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958.’ Hammer price: $22,000. Leighton Galleries image

Ansel Adams ‘Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958.’ Hammer price: $22,000. Leighton Galleries image

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Leighton Galleries’ July 30 auction highlighted a fresh-to-the-market collection of three framed Ansel Adams photographs. Leading off as lots 1 through 3, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico realized $35,000, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley achieved $30,000 and Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 rounded out the trio at $22,000. Prices quoted are hammer prices and do not include the buyer’s premium.

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Artist proof color lithograph on paper, signed in pencil by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled ‘Pyramids.’ Price realized: $10,030. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Lichtenstein ‘Pyramids’ litho tops $10,000 at Ahlers & Ogletree

Artist proof color lithograph on paper, signed in pencil by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled ‘Pyramids.’ Price realized: $10,030. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Artist proof color lithograph on paper, signed in pencil by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled ‘Pyramids.’ Price realized: $10,030. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – An artist proof color lithograph on paper, signed in pencil by the renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled Pyramids, 1969, sold for $10,030 at an auction held Aug. 8-9 by Ahlers & Ogletree.

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Large aquamarine and diamonds ring, hammer price: £2,400 ($3,768). Fellows image

Colored gemstone rings now trending at Fellows

Large aquamarine and diamonds ring, hammer price: £2,400 ($3,768). Fellows image

Large aquamarine and diamonds ring, hammer price: £2,400 ($3,768). Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – The atmosphere in Fellows’ crowded saleroom was one of high anticipation as traders and private collectors alike grabbed their last chance to view lots before the auction of antique and modern jewelry got under way on Aug. 13. Bidders were quick to pick up on the trend for colored stones, with lots 384, 399 and 592 all commanding high estimates and even higher hammer prices.

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Original oil on canvas of Coco Chanel by Andy Warhol, which sold for $247,000. Stevens Auction Co. image

Warhol portrait of Coco Chanel no. 1 at Stevens auction: $247,000

Original oil on canvas of Coco Chanel by Andy Warhol, which sold for $247,000. Stevens Auction Co. image

Original oil on canvas of Coco Chanel by Andy Warhol, which sold for $247,000. Stevens Auction Co. image

ABERDEEN, Miss. – An original oil on canvas portrait of French fashion designer Coco Chanel done by Andy Warhol sold for $247,000 at a sale conducted by Stevens Auction Co. on Aug. 8. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

The Warhol, the top lot of the auction, was among the contents of one of Mississippi’s most regal antebellum homes, Lauri Mundi. The auction was held on the grounds of the 1847 mansion.

The stylized portrait painting (above) – a synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas, executed in Warhol’s inimitable style – had been acquired by the seller’s grandmother, an art collector, from a Canadian art gallery in 1985. The piece measured 15 inches by 17 1/2 inches (sight) and had the original stamp from artist to gallery on the reverse.

All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Original to Lauri Mundi and dating to before the time of the Civil War was a massive mahogany Empire bookcase with eight doors, 9 feet tall by 10 feet wide, which sold for $10,350.

Mahogany Empire bookcase with eight doors, original to Lauri Mundi, 9 feet tall by 10 feet wide. Price realized: $10,350. Stevens Auction Co. image

Mahogany Empire bookcase with eight doors, original to Lauri Mundi, 9 feet tall by 10 feet wide. Price realized: $10,350. Stevens Auction Co. image

A rare and historically significant rosewood étagère with dragon carving and provenance – an original furnishing from the home of former President James Knox Polk in Tennessee – standing 91 inches tall, soared to $26,450.

Rare rosewood étagère with dragon carving, an original furnishing from the James K. Polk home in Tennessee. Price realized: $26,450. Stevens Auction Co. image

Rare rosewood étagère with dragon carving, an original furnishing from the James K. Polk home in Tennessee. Price realized: $26,450. Stevens Auction Co. image

Also, a four-piece rosewood rococo parlor suite by renowned 19th century American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, in the Stanton Hall pattern, hit $11,500.

Gorgeous beds were quickly snapped up by eager bidders. These included a circa 1850 rosewood half tester plantation bed (below), all original and attributed to C. Lee ($17,825); a 7-foot-tall mahogany Empire plantation bed, queen size and original to Lauri Mundi ($4,485); and a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed with heavily carved headboard, standing 9 feet 8 inches tall ($10,350).

Rosewood half tester plantation bed with fine detail and carving, all original, attributed to C. Lee, circa 1850. Price realized: $17,825. Stevens Auction Co. image

Rosewood half tester plantation bed with fine detail and carving, all original, attributed to C. Lee, circa 1850. Price realized: $17,825. Stevens Auction Co. image

The lighting category featured a magnificent Baccarat crystal cut glass 16-arm chandelier (below), 42 inches long by 32 inches wide, which brought $12,650, and a cut glass lamp with cut shade, unusually tall at 31 inches, which achieved $17,250.

Large 19th century cut glass 16-arm chandelier of Baccarat crystal. Price realized: $12,650. Stevens Auction Co. image

Large 19th century cut glass 16-arm chandelier of Baccarat crystal. Price realized: $12,650. Stevens Auction Co. image

A matched pair of gilt rococo mirrors with outstanding carving on the crown and sides, made circa 1860 and standing 7 feet 7 inches tall, sold for $16,100.

Matched pair gold gilt rococo mirrors, magnificent carving on crown and sides, 7 feet 7 inches tall, circa 1860. Price realized: $16,100. Stevens Auction Co. image

Matched pair gold gilt rococo mirrors, magnificent carving on crown and sides, 7 feet 7 inches tall, circa 1860. Price realized: $16,100. Stevens Auction Co. image

Also sold that day for $9,200 was a matched pair of cast-iron garden benches, each decorated with the crest of a woman.

For details call Stevens Auction Co. at 662-369-2200 or email stevensauction@bellsouth.net.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

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Civil War archive, Browning shotguns attracted collectors to Morphy’s $1.44M Firearms auction

Civil War officer’s slouch hat that belonged to George Roberts, commander of the 42nd Illinois who was killed while Acting Brigadier General at Stones River, Tennessee, 1862. Sold for $8,400. Morphy Auctions image

Civil War officer’s slouch hat that belonged to George Roberts, commander of the 42nd Illinois who was killed while Acting Brigadier General at Stones River, Tennessee, 1862. Sold for $8,400. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – An exquisite, high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed 10-gauge over/under shotgun with Germanic styling was the star of Morphy’s $1.44 million auction of antique and vintage firearms held July 24-25. The gun’s heavily engraved frame – with a coin silver finish adorned by four gold repousse game birds in flight – was “a thing of beauty to behold,” said Dave Bushing, head of Morphy Auctions Firearms division. Signed by revered engraver Angelo Bee and accompanied by its original Browning shipping box, the shotgun sold well above estimate at $27,600. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

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Nazi general’s uniform captured for $20,800 at Mohawk Arms Auction

A World War II uniform lot pertaining to German Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Josef Schmid, with his ‘Soldbuch’ archive (shown), chronicling his Nazi career, sold for $20,800. Mohawk Arms Inc. image

A World War II uniform lot pertaining to German Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Josef Schmid, with his ‘Soldbuch’ archive (shown), chronicling his Nazi career, sold for $20,800. Mohawk Arms Inc. image

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A World War II uniform worn by German Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Josef Schmid sold for $20,800 at Auction #73, an Internet and catalog auction held June 26-27 by Mohawk Arms Inc. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

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One of finest know examples of the 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 rookie card sold for an astounding $310,700. Heritage Auctions image

Mantle, Clemente all-stars at Heritage sports collectors auction

 

One of finest know examples of the 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 rookie card sold for an astounding $310,700. Heritage Auctions image

One of finest know examples of the 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 rookie card sold for an astounding $310,700. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Mickey Mantle proved himself the undisputed king of postwar baseball memorabilia on July 30 as a PSA-graded 8 example of his Topps 1952 #311 rookie card (below left) realized $382,400 and a 1966 game-worn New York Yankees road jersey (below right) hit $322,650 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $6.1 million Platinum Night Sports offerings at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

The iconic Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card, PSA-graded 8, knocked it out of the park selling for $382,400, while from the back end of his career, the 1966 Yankees jersey still hit $322,650. Heritage Auctions images

The iconic Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card, PSA-graded 8, knocked it out of the park selling for $382,400, while from the back end of his career, the 1966 Yankees jersey still hit $322,650. Heritage Auctions images

Not terribly far behind was a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA-graded 9, which streaked to its jaw-dropping $310,700. The presented card is one of the finest known examples and one of just 11 Clemente rookies assessed at a Mint 9 level by PSA.

While baseball memorabilia may rule the hobby overall, treasures from the NFL have been making significant inroads in recent years, especially in the form of Super Bowl rings. During the Platinum Night auction there were significant football fireworks when the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Championship Ring presented to William “Refrigerator” Perry – the largest Super Bowl ring ever created, at an estimated size 25 – soared to an incredible $203,150, the second highest price ever realized for a Super Bowl ring.

One of the stars of auction, a circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card – the earliest team baseball card to ever surface for public auction – which garnered massive international media attention, did not disappoint when it’s time came to cross the block, as it realized $179,250. The card, passed down in the family of player Archibald McMahon for more than 150 years, shattered its high estimate of $50,000. It was offered by western Massachusetts resident and New York native Florence Sasso, 75, the great grand-niece-in-law of McMahon.

The earliest team baseball card to ever come up for public auction, this circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics, sold for $179,250. Heritage Auctions image

The earliest team baseball card to ever come up for public auction, this circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics, sold for $179,250. Heritage Auctions image

This early 1930s Lou Gehrig game-worn New York Yankees cap realized $179,250. Heritage Auctions image

This early 1930s Lou Gehrig game-worn New York Yankees cap realized $179,250. Heritage Auctions image

In near mint (PSA NM-MT 8) condition, the 1914 Cracker Jack baseball card of Joe Jackson, when ‘Shoeless Joe’ played for Cleveland, sold for $101,575. Heritage Auctions image

In near mint (PSA NM-MT 8) condition, the 1914 Cracker Jack baseball card of Joe Jackson, when ‘Shoeless Joe’ played for Cleveland, sold for $101,575. Heritage Auctions image

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog for this sale, complete with prices realized.

Antanas Zemaitis’s (1876-1966 Lithuanian) oil on canvas depiction of campers in a verdant valley landscape proved popular among international bidders. The work blew past the $9,000 high estimate, selling for $15,990. John Moran Auctioneers image

Bidders tap LiveAuctioneers to win top lots at John Moran auction

Antanas Zemaitis’s (1876-1966 Lithuanian) oil on canvas depiction of campers in a verdant valley landscape proved popular among international bidders. The work blew past the $9,000 high estimate, selling for $15,990. John Moran Auctioneers image

Antanas Zemaitis’s (1876-1966 Lithuanian) oil on canvas depiction of a campsite in a verdant valley landscape proved popular among international bidders. The work blew past the $9,000 high estimate, selling for $15,990 to an online bidder through LiveAuctioneers. John Moran Auctioneers image

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ decorative arts auction July 28 proved enticing, especially to bidders competing via LiveAuctioneers.com. Several of the top lots sold to bidders utilizing LiveAuctioneers’ bidding platform, either online live or through absentee bids.

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Museum plucks musical desk from Case Antiques sale for $63,720

This unique Federal desk, labeled by well-documented East Tennessee cabinetmaker J.C. Burgner, featured a hidden stringed instrument under the top. It struck the right chord with buyers, competing to $63,720. Case Antiques image

This unique Federal desk, labeled by well-documented East Tennessee cabinetmaker J.C. Burgner, featured a hidden stringed instrument under the top. It struck the right chord with buyers, competing to $63,720. Case Antiques image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Southern Federal desk, with unusual stringed instrument inset under its top, was the number one hit at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, to the tune of $63,720 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). It was one of the highest prices ever paid at auction for a piece of Tennessee furniture.

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