Cartier emerald and diamond Art Deco bracelet, $3.2 million. Image courtesy of Bonhams

Four premier jewelry collections achieved stellar results at Bonhams

Left: Cartier emerald and diamond Art Deco bracelet, $3.2 million; Right, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Hedges and Rows necklace, $529,575. Images courtesy of Bonhams

Left: Cartier emerald and diamond Art Deco bracelet, $3.2 million; Right, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Hedges and Rows necklace, $529,575. Images courtesy of Bonhams

NEW YORK – Four important private collections realized spectacular results at Bonhams in New York this week across two sales – Style and Substance: The Collection of George and Charlotte Shultz on May 23 and New York Jewels on May 24, featuring the collections of Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan, Lady Sylvia Ashley and Bette Midler. Standout lots include a Cartier emerald Art Deco bracelet from the collection of Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan, which sold for $3,240,375, more than four times its estimate, and from Charlotte Schultz, a Jean Schlumberger necklace for Tiffany & Co sold for half a million dollars.

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Gustave Baumann, ‘Pine And Aspen,’ $21,250

American landscapes flourished at John Moran specialty sale

 

Gustave Baumann, ‘Pine And Aspen,’ $21,250

Gustave Baumann, ‘Pine And Aspen,’ $21,250

LOS ANGELES — The Spring presentation of John Moran Auctioneers‘ semiannual California, American, and Western Fine Art sale was held on May 10. The selection was all fresh-to-the-market, having been consigned from private collections throughout California and the Southwest.

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Circa-1880 diamond brooch, $13,750

Antique diamond brooch glittered at John Moran Spring Jewels Auction

Circa-1880 diamond brooch, $13,750

Circa-1880 diamond brooch, $13,750

LOS ANGELES— On May 3, John Moran Auctioneers presented Spring Jewels, its first fine jewelry sale of the year. Established names such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, David Yurman and Omega graced the auction block, with certain pieces exceeding expectations.

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Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l'oiseaux,’ $37,500

Auction of art collection yields major donation to Douglas Foundation

Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l'oiseaux,’ $37,500

Antoni Clave, ‘L’enfant a l’oiseaux,’ $37,500

LOS ANGELES – Pieces collected by the late Kirk and Anne Douglas drew thousands of bidders to a May 18 sale by Andrew Jones Auctions to benefit The Douglas Foundation. The sale achieved a total of $343,000 as well as white glove status. More than 200 lots of modern art, antiques, tribal works, fine and costume jewelry, personalized accessories, memorabilia, books and ephemera were offered.

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Shepard Fairey, ‘HOPE (Barack Obama),’ $735,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Obama HOPE poster claims record-setting $735K at Heritage

Shepard Fairey, ‘HOPE (Barack Obama),’ $735,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Shepard Fairey, ‘HOPE (Barack Obama),’ $735,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Shepard Fairey’s iconic HOPE collage realized a new record May 19 at Heritage Auctions when one of three original works made for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign sold for $735,000.

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Marc Chagall, ‘Devant la Fenetre a Sils,’ $453,600

Chagall, Moore and Nakashima hit the heights in Freeman’s trio of sales

L-R: Marc Chagall, ‘Devant la Fenetre a Sils,’ $453,600; Henry Moore, ‘Architectural Project,’ $428,400; George Nakashima Conoid bench, $94,500

L-R: Marc Chagall, ‘Devant la Fenetre a Sils,’ $453,600; Henry Moore, ‘Architectural Project,’ $428,400; George Nakashima Conoid bench, $94,500

PHILADELPHIA — In three back-to-back sales, two held on May 11 and one on May 12, Freeman’s brought fresh-to-market modern and contemporary art and design works to auction, including single-owner collections. The trio of auctions was marked by competitive bidding between international buyers, resulting in sales of Henry Moore’s bronze Architectural Project for $428,400, Marc Chagall’s Devant la Fenetre a Sils for $453,600, and a Conoid bench by George Nakashima for $94,500.

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Lightning rifle prop from ‘The Matrix,’ $78,000

Matrix props drove Wachowski collection sale to almost $500K

Lightning rifle prop from ‘The Matrix,’ $78,000

Lightning rifle prop from ‘The Matrix,’ $78,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection sale was as breathtaking as its namesake legacy film. The May 12 event, which totaled $492,000, generated a contribution of more than $300,000 for the Protect and Defend Trans Youth Fund. The offerings included memorabilia, props, awards and concept art from classic movies including The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Sense8, Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas.

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Reginald Arthur, ‘Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream,’ $58,500

Biblical scene from Seymour Stein collection triumphs at Capsule Auctions

Reginald Arthur, ‘Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream,’ $58,500

Reginald Arthur, ‘Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream,’ $58,500

NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions‘ April 28 auction, titled Vistas: American and European Art, was a success. The sale consisted of slightly more than 200 lots and included works from the collection of Seymour Stein. The top lot of the sale was Reginald Arthur’s operatic work from 1895, Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream, from the Seymour Stein collection. The Egyptian Revival oil on canvas, accompanied by a massive and ornate gilt frame, sold for $58,500.

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Maud Lewis, ‘Black Truck,’ CA$413,000

Maud Lewis paintings motored to $390K at Miller & Miller

Maud Lewis, ‘Black Truck,’ CA$413,000

Maud Lewis, ‘Black Truck,’ CA$413,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A pair of paintings by the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1901-1970) blasted through their pre-sale estimates to finish at a combined $501,500 (about $390,000), and a group of letters written by Lewis to a fellow artist and confidante hit $82,600 in an online Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction held May 14 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. All sums given in this story are in Canadian dollars.

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Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner

Ming Imperial dragon carpet set saleroom ablaze at Skinner

Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner

Ming Imperial dragon carpet, $324,500. Image courtesy of Skinner

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers presented its initial sale from the the Jim Dixon collection, commanding widespread interest beyond the centerpiece Ming Imperial dragon carpet. The May 4 auction represented the first of several planned sales from the lifetime accruals of Jim Dixon, a passionate antiquarian and outsized figure in the world of fine woven textiles who passed away in 2020. Sales for both the live May 4 auction and a late April-early May online auction together reached $1,375,805.

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