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Chinese dragon vase fires bidding to $426,000 at Clars auction

This Chinese underglaze blue and white porcelain stick dragon vase sold for an astonishing $426,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This Chinese underglaze blue and white porcelain stick dragon vase sold for an astonishing $426,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s June 27-28 sale featured exceptional offerings of Asian art and antiques, and the international bidding community took note. The highlight of the $1.6 million sale was a Chinese underglaze blue and white porcelain stick dragon vase (above), which came from the Albert Braun estate of Pennsylvania. The vase featured the Qianlong mark and measured 16 1/2 inches high. Bidding opened at $25,000 and competitive phone bidding drove the sale price to $426,000.

LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

Strong results continued in the Asian arts category throughout the sale. Coming from the Dr. Graeme Hanson Collection, a Longquan dish from the Song dynasty, incised with floral sprigs, sold for $22,600 and a Ge-type arrow vase flew past its high estimate of $1,200, selling for $17,900.

Intense bidding on this Chinese enameled plaque drove the price to $27,300, well over its $400-$600 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image

Intense bidding on this Chinese enameled plaque drove the price to $27,300, well over its $400-$600 estimate. Clars Auction Gallery image

The exciting June sale also produced a new record for American artist Julia Thecla (1896-1973). A charcoal and gouache on paper titled Signal-Sketch (1939), achieved the record price of $9,200 soaring past its $800-$1,200 estimate.

A new record for American artist Julia Thecla (1896-1973) was set on this work on paper titled ‘Signal-Sketch’ which sold for $9,200. Clars Auction Gallery image

A new record for American artist Julia Thecla (1896-1973) was set on this work on paper titled ‘Signal-Sketch’ which sold for $9,200. Clars Auction Gallery image

The decorative arts and furnishings category also experienced significant results, particularly on the two important clocks that were offered. A Chinese export automaton bracket clock (below) having a shell-carved crest and a mother-of-pearl marquetry case soared to $27,400. Also achieving an excellent final sale price was a French Sevres-style Japy Freres gilt clock that sold for $15,500.

Estimated at $4,000-$6,000, this Chinese export automaton bracket clock soared past high estimate, fetching $27,400. Clars Auction Gallery image

Estimated at $4,000-$6,000, this Chinese export automaton bracket clock soared past high estimate, fetching $27,400. Clars Auction Gallery image

In special collections, a Marilyn Monroe signed panoramic photo of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School summer class of 1941 realized $6,000.

Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) autographed her 1941 junior high school class photograph, which sold for $6,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) autographed her 1941 junior high school class photograph, which sold for $6,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This stunning 3.05-carat diamond solitaire and 18K gold ring achieved well over high estimate selling for $25,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

This stunning 3.05-carat diamond solitaire and 18K gold ring achieved well over high estimate selling for $25,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

For more information email: info@clars.com.

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

The Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia, paint-decorated yellow pine blanket chest, circa 1800, sold for a record $356,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Rare Spitler chest sells for record $356,500 at Jeffrey Evans auction

The Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia, paint-decorated yellow pine blanket chest, circa 1800, sold for a record $356,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

The Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia, paint-decorated yellow pine blanket chest, circa 1800, sold for a record $356,500. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Americana and Fine Antiques Auction on June 20 was a success by all accounts and boasted strong prices in virtually every category. The sale’s top lot, an important Shenandoah (now Page) County, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, blanket chest (above) decorated by Johannes Spitler, sold for $356,500. The price set a new record for a Spitler-decorated blanket chest at auction. Read more

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Tiffany lamps light up $2.37M fine & decorative arts sale at Heritage

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze floor lamps: On the left is a circa 1910 Peony Border lamp which realized: $131,000. The Turtleback tile lamp, circa 1910, sold for $106,250. Heritage Auctions images

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze floor lamps: On the left is a circa 1910 Peony Border lamp which realized: $131,000. The Turtleback tile lamp, circa 1910, sold for $106,250. Heritage Auctions images

DALLAS – A rare selection of Tiffany Studios lighting took top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ $2.37-plus million Fine & Decorative Arts Auction event, as a Peony Border Bronze floor lamp sold for $131,000 and a Turtleback Tile bronze floor lamp sold for $106,250 June 19-21. LiveAuctioneers.com provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Shoulao weaves auction magic at Michaan’s: $41,300

A Kesi-woven figural panel, 19th century, sold for $41,300. Michaan’s Auctions image

A Kesi-woven figural panel, 19th century, sold for $41,300. Michaan’s Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s June 13 estate auction produced many high-dollar sales, most notably in Asian offerings. The most astounding sale of the day was undoubtedly Lot 246, a 19th century kesi-woven figural panel depicting Shoulao. The auspicious piece featuring the Ancient Chinese Taoist god, his attendant and a deer amazed auction-goers as it rose to $41,300 (est $500-700). LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding services for the sale.

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Chinese automaton clock soars to $526,750 at S & S auction

This rare 19th century Chinese gilt bronze with enamel automaton clock boasting elaborate jewel work sold for $526,750. S & S Auction Inc.

This rare 19th century Chinese gilt bronze with enamel automaton clock boasting elaborate jewel work sold for $526,750. S & S Auction Inc.

REPAUPO, N.J. – A rare 19th century Chinese gilt bronze with enamel automaton clock boasting elaborate jewel work sailed past its estimate of $20,000-$30,000 to finish at $526,750 in a two-day auction held May 17-18 by S & S Auction Inc.The clock was the top lot in a sale that grossed just over $1.1 million. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.

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UK designer’s vintage fashion collection soars at Kerry Taylor auction

The Ossie Clark 'Heavenly Twins' black and scarlet moss crepe dress (left), 1970, was the top lot from the Celia Birtwell collection, selling for £11,250. The Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell 'Ziggy Stardust' printed chiffon dress, 1973-74, realized £3,500. Kerry Taylor Auctions images

The Ossie Clark ‘Heavenly Twins’ black and scarlet moss crepe dress (left), 1970, was the top lot from the Celia Birtwell collection, selling for £11,250. The Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell ‘Ziggy Stardust’ printed chiffon dress, 1973-74, realized £3,500. Kerry Taylor Auctions images

LONDON – Bidding soared at Kerry Taylor Auctions on June 23 as people in the saleroom battled online and telephone bidders for items from British textile and fashion designer Cilia Birtwell’s collection.

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John Moran auction turns up diverse highlights from June 16 auction

Christian von Schnideau’s (1893-1976, Los Angeles) ‘Sunset Glow on Eucalyptus’ surpassed the high estimate, selling for $2,400. John Moran Auctioneers image

Christian von Schnideau’s (1893-1976, Los Angeles) ‘Sunset Glow on Eucalyptus’ surpassed the high estimate, selling for $2,400. John Moran Auctioneers image

PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ June 16 auction consisted 185 lots of furniture, decorative items and fine art. Bidding activity online was fast-paced, with about a third of sales going to buyers via Internet platforms, which included LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Louis Marx ‘Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd Coupe,’ tin, original box, $5,900. Bertoia Auctions image

Collectors spend $1.57M on rare toys, trains and banks at Bertoia’s

Louis Marx ‘Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd Coupe,’ tin, original box, $5,900. Bertoia Auctions image

Louis Marx ‘Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd Coupe,’ tin, original box, $5,900. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – There was something special to view with every turn of the page in Bertoia’s May 8-9 “In May We Play” auction catalog. The especially diverse 1,521-lot sale crossed the entire panorama of antique toys and banks, a factor that kept the level of interest – and bidding – lively from start to finish. Internet participation was nonstop through LiveAuctioneers, helping to push the total to $1.57 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

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With an interesting use of orange and red, this Mid-century Navajo Teec Nos Pos tapestry brought out the bidders, earning $9,600 at Moran’s May 30 American West Auction (est. $3,500 to $4,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

John Moran stakes a claim with successful American West auction

With an interesting use of orange and red, this Mid-century Navajo Teec Nos Pos tapestry brought out the bidders, earning $9,600 at Moran’s May 30 American West Auction (est. $3,500 to $4,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

With an interesting use of orange and red, this Mid-century Navajo Teec Nos Pos tapestry brought out the bidders, earning $9,600 at Moran’s May 30 American West Auction (est. $3,500 to $4,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

ALTADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers conducted a successful American West auction May 30, achieving a respectable 86 percent sell-through rate. The auction featured California and American Western paintings and works of fine art by notable Native American artists as well as American Indian basketry and weavings.

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Jupiter Robot with original box, $36,000. Morphy Auctions image

Robot collectors ‘spaced out’ at Morphy’s $1.62M toy auction

Jupiter Robot with original box, $36,000. Morphy Auctions image

Jupiter Robot with original box, $36,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Robots and space toys landed at Morphy’s May 30-31 Toy Auction with expectations of dominating prices realized, and they did not disappoint. The prized grouping of 115 extraterrestrials, highlighted by the Robert V. “Bob” Gallegos collection, claimed four positions within the top 10. In all, the 1,843-lot sale totaled $1.62 million, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium. Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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