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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French cameo glass a rich delicacy at Woody auction

Signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass pillow vase with carved floral, wasp and spider web design, 4 inches by 4 1/2 inches ($3,250). Woody Auction image

Signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass pillow vase with carved floral, wasp and spider web design, 4 inches by 4 1/2 inches ($3,250). Woody Auction image

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A monumental and gorgeous signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase, 19 1/2 inches tall and with a winter scene, sold for $12,000 at a sale of the large and eclectic collection of Virginia and the late Dr. Jimmie Downing held July 11 by Woody Auction. Read more

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1844 political banner sets world record at Heritage Auctions

The front of the double-sided jugate banner from the 1844 presidential campaign of James K. Polk. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – An outstandingly preserved hand-painted, double-sided jugate banner from the 1844 Presidential campaign of James K. Polk sold for $185,000 and claimed the world record as the most valuable piece of political memorabilia ever sold at public auction in Heritage Auctions’ June 27 presentation of the Merrill C. Berman Collection Part II. The banner took top-lot honors amid more than 350 lots that realized $756,178 and recorded a sell-through rate exceeding 98 percent by value. Absentee and Internet live-bidding services were provided by LiveAuctioneers.

“Simply, this is the finest political banner known to exist and fully deserving of a new world record,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage Auctions. “Not only is this banner historically important to early American political campaigns, it is true work of art unique in the world of Americana memorabilia and American folk art.”

The auction represents just the second time the banner has been seen publicly in more than 30 years. It was first shown publicly when it graced the cover of the catalog for the 1984 exhibition of items from the Berman Collection at the Hudson River Museum. The 171-year-old banner spans 76 by 75 inches, and its colors and portraits of Polk and running mate George M. Dallas remain vivid and vibrant.

A second banner in the auction is also from the 1844 election and featured Polk in addition to his opponent Henry Clay. A delightful folky hand-painted scene depicts Clay giving Polk a sound drubbing below a soaring eagle holding a banner reading “Protective Tariff,” an issue central to Clay’s campaign. The banner sold for $31,250.

A large “pewter rim” engraved portrait of Andrew Jackson under glass sold for $20,000 against a $2,500 estimate. Although quite prolific in its time, few remain, and larger specimens like the example auctioned by Heritage, measuring a full 94 millimeters in diameter, are highly sought after by collectors of pre-Civil War political and presidential memorabilia. A classic Abraham Lincoln ambrotype brooch by George Clark, perhaps one of the most famous of all photographic political badges of all time, quickly surpassed its $5,000 pre-auction estimate to end at $16,250.

The storied Berman collection of pinbacks once again lived up to its reputation as an iconic jugate of Cox and Roosevelt, referred to as the “Americanize America” button, sold for $20,000 despite some minor condition issues. A rare jugate pinback of Davis and Bryan, the Democratic ticket which lost badly to Coolidge and Dawes in 1924, sold for $18,750 and a stunningly vibrant jugate by American Artworks of Coshocton, Ohio, featuring Wilson and Marshall brought $11,875.

Click here to view the auction catalog for Heritage Auctions’ June 27 sale, complete with prices realized.

Polk's slogan: 'Just and equal protection of all,' appears on the reverse of the banner. Heritage Auctions image

Polk’s slogan: ‘Just and equal protection of all,’ appears on the reverse of the banner. Heritage Auctions image

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Rare Florida scene by W.A. Walker tops Neal auction at $152,362

Leading Neal Auction’s Summer Estates Auction was the William Aiken Walker (American/South Carolina, 1838-1921) oil painting titled ‘The Cove at Ponce Park,’ 1895, which sold for $152,362. Neal Auction Co. image

Leading Neal Auction’s Summer Estates Auction was the William Aiken Walker (American/South Carolina, 1838-1921) oil painting titled ‘The Cove at Ponce Park,’ 1895, which sold for $152,362. Neal Auction Co. image

NEW ORLEANS – The highlight of Neal Auction Co.’s Important Summer Estates Auction June 27-28 was a small – 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches – oil painting of The Cove at Ponce Park by William Aiken Walker (American/South Carolina, 1838-1921).  Estimated at $15,000-$25,000, the work sold for a near-record $152,362. Read more

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Lebasque family painting rallies to $271,400 at Michaan’s

Madame Lebasque and Her Daughters’ by Henri Baptiste Lebasque (French 1865-1937) sold for $271,400. Michaan’s Auctions image

‘Madame Lebasque and Her Daughters’ by Henri Baptiste Lebasque (French 1865-1937) sold for $271,400. Michaan’s Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Commanding the top spot in Michaan’s fine art, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry auction on June 19 was Henri Lebasque’s (1865-1937) oil on canvas Madame Lebasque and her Daughters, which sold for $271,400, three times the high estimate. Read more

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Roseberys logs record price for Scottish artist MacGregor

William York MacGregor’s ‘Moonrise,’ oil on canvas, sold for £9,840, a record for the Scottish artist. Roseberys image

William York MacGregor’s ‘Moonrise,’ oil on canvas, sold for £9,840, a record for the Scottish artist. Roseberys image

LONDON – The Scottish artist and landscape painter William York MacGregor hit a high note at Roseberys London Fine Art auction June 30, when an oil on canvas titled “Moonrise” broke the world auction record for a work by the artist, selling for £9,840. Read more

Interlagos metallic blue 2006 BMW M5. Hammer price: $32,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

BMW M5 trumps Ming vase at Ahlers & Ogletree auction

Interlagos metallic blue 2006 BMW M5. Hammer price: $32,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

Interlagos metallic blue 2006 BMW M5. Hammer price: $32,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – A rare Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain vase dating to the Chenghua period (1465-1487), 8 1/2 inches tall and with a milky white glaze, sold for $6,500 at a Summer Estates Auction held June 28 by Ahlers & Ogletree. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding scale buyer’s premium.

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Daubigny self-portrait propels Capo to highly successful result

Pair of Chinese Canton hardstone trees, circa 1800, carved mineral flowers planted in cloisonne pots. Sold for $36,000. Capo Auction image

Pair of Chinese Canton hardstone trees, circa 1800, carved mineral flowers planted in cloisonne pots. Sold for $36,000. Capo Auction image

NEW YORK – Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in Long Island City enjoyed their most successful auction of the year thus far at their June 27 sale, with select rare Asian decorative items, fine art and jewelry pieces bringing in top bids. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding. Read more