LiveAuctioneers bidder wins classic VW Beetle at RM Auctions

This 1979 Volkswagen Cabriolet sold within estimate to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $22,400. RM Auctions image

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – RM Auctions returned to Florida the weekend of April 6-7 April for the company’s 16th annual Fort Lauderdale sale, where the auction house achieved $19.1 million in total sales and a strong 76 percent of all lots found new homes. The total included noteworthy items purchased by bidders using LiveAuctioneers online.

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Diamond-studded sale a huge success at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Platinum and 18K rose gold, 4.04 carat marquise-cut natural fancy brown-pink diamond and diamond ring. Price realized: $212,500. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – The April 10 and 11 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers offered an outstanding selection of bold vintage jewelry, signed designer jewelry and numerous loose and mounted diamonds and gemstones. Day one of the sale was conducted to a full floor in the Chicago saleroom and with over 1,000 bidders registered on live bidding platforms. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar fetches $250,000 at auction

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1951 Fender guitar. Price realized: $250,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS (AP) – The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances has fetched $250,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago’s Remix Auction attests to allure of classic, modern designs

Pair of Yongzheng-style porcelain loving bowls. Sold for $102,400. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Remix Auction brought $1.27 million in sales on April 7. The auction of nearly 700 lots presented pieces of mid-century modern and 21st century design alongside period furnishings, heirloom silver, Asian and compelling art. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Native American beadwork, birdstones soar at Cowan’s auction

Slate cylindrical-eyed fantail birdstone from the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei. Price realized: $49,200. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – The final opportunity to acquire a piece from one of the most revered prehistoric art collections in history and a truly remarkable assortment of beadwork drove a record number of bidders to Cowan’s April 6 American Indian and Western Art Auction. A capacity crowd in Cowan’s Cincinnati salesroom vied with nearly 500 bidders bidding over the phone and online for well over six hours on the way to a $1.4 million day. All told, the auction featured 689 bidders, a record for a Cowan’s American Indian & Western Art auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Charity benefits as doors to Chelsea Hotel draw 6-figure prices at auction

Chelsea Hotel door to room once occupied by Bob Dylan. Auctioned by Guernsey’s for $125,000. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Guernsey’s

NEW YORK – A passionate crowd filled every inch of both the Ricco Maresca and Flowers galleries as Guernsey’s conducted an unprecedented auction of 52 doors removed from New York City’s landmark Chelsea Hotel. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Map JFK used during Cuban Missile Crisis sells for $138K

President John F. Kennedy presented the ‘victory map’ (inset) to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara (right) following the Cuban Missile Crisis. White House photograph, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Boston

BOSTON (AP) – A map of Cuba that President John F. Kennedy referred to during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 has sold at auction for nearly $140,000.

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French Casablanca poster boosts Heritage sale to nearly $2M

Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1947) first post-war French-release double grande movie poster, auctioned by Heritage for $143,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A rare post-war French release double grande poster from Casablanca soared to $143,400, helping Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters Auction reach $1,958,775 in total sales.

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Western landscapes shine in Moran’s American art auction

Granville Redmond (1871-1935 Los Angeles), California landscape with poppies, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. Estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Price realized: $156,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s biannual California & American Art Auction remains a strong draw for Southern California collectors. The house’s March 27 auction was a standing-room-only event, with heavy telephone bidding adding to the action. Collectors were eager to acquire location-specific works and quintessential examples by important American artists Guy Rose, Granville Redmond and Frederick Mulhaupt. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Many auction records set for artists’ works at Neal Auction Co.

Alexander John Drysdale (1870-1934), ‘Monumental Louisiana Bayou with Live Oaks, Cypress and Cabin,’ 1929, oil on board, 47 x 71 in. Sold for: $304,500. Neal Auction Co. image

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction Co.’s March 24-25 Important Spring Estates Auction achieved a world record auction price of $304,500 for a monumental painting by Alexander John Drysdale, while a rare and important Clementine Hunter mural hit $70,150, setting a new record price for the artist at auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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