WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Bidders from more than 20 countries worldwide brought their A-game to Milestone’s May 1 Spring Spectacular Toy Auction, which ran 13 hours due to sustained bidding, primarily via the Internet. Interest was especially strong for robots, early comic character toys and an extraordinary collection of 150+ vintage toy boats and electric outboard motors in their original boxes.
DALLAS – Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s Beat-up Boy, Football Hero, which appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on Nov. 21, 1914, sold Friday for $4.12 million, shattering the previous world record for a work by the influential illustrator. The painting was a centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ May 7 American Art Signature Auction, alongside masterworks by such revered names as Moran, Bierstadt, and Rockwell. Numerous records for several significant artists were set throughout the day, as the total for the nearly sold-out American Art event surpassed the $10.7 million mark – the first American Art event at Heritage to do so.
MONROVIA, CA – John Moran’s Traditional Collector sale took place on April 28, and it delivered a robust mix of genres in the form of candlesticks, sconces, vases, mantel clocks, and more. Decorative objects came in an array of materials such as silver, bronze, glass, and crystal, and many pieces had gilt details. Paintings and sculptures also did well throughout the sale, pairing nicely with the Louis XVI furniture on offer.
CHICAGO – Hindman presented its spring fine art sales this week, realizing more than $7.4 million across three days of sales, beating presale estimates and setting global auction records. A renowned selection and competitive international bidding brought fantastic results. Strong engagement with works by artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Edward Willis Redfield, Jim Nutt, Bernard Frize, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, and Frank Stella drove remarkable prices to conclude a successful series of auctions.
DALLAS – A five-dollar purchase 40 years ago became a world-record setter on May 1. An advertisement for the 1953 Hank Williams show that never happened sold for $150,000 at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record for the most expensive concert poster ever sold at auction. That stunning record-setter, a bright yellow slice of cardboard featuring the Hillbilly Shakespeare, was found in 1981 in a Canton, Ohio, barn and is one of only three known existing copies.
NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ spring offering of African American Art on April 22 was the second-highest-grossing sale in the 13-year history of the department, with its highest number of participants to date. “I am thrilled to see the continued growth in our African American art auctions with a tremendous sale. Three hundred and ninety eight registered bidders — not counting those on other platforms — competed for eight hours to bid on 220 lots. We set 13 artist records and saw high prices all around for many artists,” noted department director, Nigel Freeman. Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its April 27 American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auction, which achieved an 82% sell-through rate. The auction’s top lot, Washed Ashore by Ralph Cahoon, a playful Massachusetts beach scene, sold for $32,760. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
ATLANTA – Sfera, a polished bronze limited edition sculpture by the Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro soared to $186,000 in an online Spring Fine Estates & Collections auction held March 27–28 by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The work was the top earner in a sale of more than 1,000 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ April 22 Prints & Multiples Signature Auction closed the books at $1.9 million. That sum nearly doubled the pre-auction estimate for the 81-lot event, due in large part to the overwhelming interest in works by Banksy, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, KAWS, and David Hockney, among others. More than 500 bidders from around the globe participated in the auction.
LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A hockey puck used in the final Stanley Cup game in 1928, won by the New York Rangers 2-1 over the Montreal Maroons, sold for $66,000 in an online-only Sports, Non-Sports, Pulps, Comics & Comic Art auction held April 14 by Weiss Auctions. The puck, seen as the ultimate New York Ranger collectible, came with a silver circular engraved plaque.