WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – May 6th was a stellar day for Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ (PBMA) co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger. Not only did their 492-lot offering of blue-chip modern art, design and luxury goods set a house record for a one-day auction – $1.9 million – it also showcased an important Sam Francis painting that ended up being the most expensive item ever to cross the PBMA auction block. The vibrant canvas sold for a buoyant $603,250 (all prices quoted inclusive of 27% buyer’s premium). Absentee and Internet live bidding was conducted through LiveAuctioneers.com.
DALLAS – A stunning 1856 campaign flag for President James Buchanan set a world record at Heritage Auctions on May 13 when it sold for $275,000. It shattered the previous record for a campaign flag sold at auction, set by Heritage in 2009. The flag was the centerpiece of a $1.9 million Americana & Political sale that focused on memorabilia from the nation’s Founding Fathers and other historic figures. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s May Fine Art Auctions brought in $2,887,000 in sales on May 6. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 223, Yves Klein’s Venus Bleue, which sold for $137,500 against an estimate of $60,000-$90,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ ambitious three-session auction lineup on April 25 proved a successful endeavor, earning a nearly 90 percent sell-through rate by value and realizing more than $850,000 in hammer prices. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
VINELAND, N.J. – There was no shortage of trains, planes or automobiles in Bertoia’s March 25 Spring Signature Auction, but the ultimate in luxury travel turned out to be an early 20th-century Marklin battleship. An amazingly well-detailed representation of the HMS Edward VII, the 20½-inch craft was complete with original masts, multiple cannons, turrets, lifeboats and guns. Its rarity and impeccable appearance made it the object of fierce competition, with the winning bidder paying $150,000 (estimate $75,000-$100,000) to own the nautical prize. It was the top achiever in the 530-lot sale, which totaled $1.9 million inclusive of buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – Select pieces of contemporary art, including an abstract by Eric Orr, along with a rare Gibson acoustic guitar and a stunning Steinway piano, all took the spotlight at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ April 22 spring auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
FRANKLIN, Mass. – A dark brown ink drawing on heavy wove paper attributed to Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), titled Garden View of the Church at Auvers (1890), signed by Van Gogh, sold for $12,000 in the online-only fine art auction titled Prestige Signature Collection: Master Artworks, held on April 26 by Woodshed Art Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – An Indiana church’s rare, 19th-century gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto In God We Trust on a U.S. coin, was sold for $517,000 amid spirited bidding to take top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) auctions which were held April 26 through May 2. The auctions claimed a combined $32,576,612 across U.S. Coins, World Currency and U.S. Currency.
GENESEO, N.Y. – A bronze maquette for the sculpture Draped Reclining Figure by Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986) sailed past its high estimate of $150,000 to finish at $195,500 in Cottone Auctions’ annual Fine Arts & Antiques Auction, held March 25. It was the top lot in a sale that grossed $2.1 million. Absentee and Internet Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.