Star power boosts Heritage Auctions to $1M in entertainment sale

‘Forbidden Planet’ French movie poster from the collection of Bruce Willis. Price realized: $7,500. Heritage Auctions image

 

DALLAS – The personally owned collection of movie star Steve McQueen brought $280,618 across 30 lots in Heritage Auctions’ spring Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction March 18 in Dallas. The $1 million sale offered private collections by Bruce Willis and Farah Fawcett, as well as a stellar collection of never-before-seen concert posters. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago Arts & Auction Center posts outstanding results for Mintons, Tiffany

Louis Solon for Mintons, pâte-sur-pâte plaque. Sold for: $15,000. Rago Arts & Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Items manufactured by Mintons sold exceptionally well at Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Great Estates Auction on March 17-18. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Author Larry McMurtry typewriters pound out $37,500 at Heritage Auctions

Larry McMurtry’s two Hermes 3000 typewriters, made in Switzerland by E. Paillard, circa 1963-1970. Price realized: $37,500. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK – Collectors pounced on a pair of historic typewriters author Larry McMurtry used to write Lonesome Dove, selling for $37,500 at a $1.8+ million public auction of rare books held by Heritage Auctions on March 8. The novel was a genre-defining opus and reinvigorated the western literature scene. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Lou Gehrig baseball cards earn MVP honors at Weiss Auctions

The 1934 Goudey card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the legendary ‘Iron Horse’ (left) sold for a $49,450. The signed 1933 Goudy Lou Gehrig card (right) hit $37,950. Weiss Auctions images

 

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A pair of Goudey baseball cards signed by Yankees’ slugger Lou Gehrig, one from 1933 and the other from 1934, sold for $37,950 and $49,450, respectively, at an auction held March 4 by Weiss Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Marc Chagall drawings pace Woodshed Gallery auction

Drawing on white Arches paper by Marc Chagall (Russian/French, 1887-1985), titled ‘Village Berger Descending,’ aka ‘Dream of the Dance.’ Price realized: $16,250. The Woodshed Gallery image

 

FRANKLIN, Mass. – A pair of drawings on white paper by the renowned Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) combined for over $25,000 in an online-only fine art auction held Feb. 22 by The Woodshed Gallery. The sale featured nearly 200 prints and drawings by Old and Modern Masters representing four centuries of artwork on paper. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Impressionist, modern & contemporary art posts solid results at Carlyle’s auction

Andre Vignoles Impressionist-style landscape. Price realized: $11,520. Carlyle Galleries International image

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Carlyle Galleries International Inc.’s latest art auction achieved solid results across multiple categories at its Feb. 9 auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago auction of coins & currency surpasses high estimate

Pan-American Exposition Gold Medal, 1901. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Price realized: $46,995  Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Coins and Currency Auction on Feb. 24 brought $360,042 in sales, 10 percent above the high estimate. Of the 358 lots of rare and ancient coins and currency, gold and silver coins, primarily those of U.S. origin, sold strongest. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Buyers respond favorably to John Moran Auctioneers’ new format

Alan Lowndes (1921-1978, British) was represented in Moran’s Feb. 21 Decorative Art Auction with two oil paintings; ‘An Actor (Charles Laughton)’ realized $10,200. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Feb. 21 Decorative Art Auction featured 413 total auction lots, offered in two contiguous sessions. Buyers came out in droves for Moran’s first Decorative Art Auction Moran’s in 2017. the The first session kicked off with a standing-room-only crowd; throughout the entirety of the auction. Moran’s achieved an 87 percent sell-through rate, with many pieces picked up by buyers casting their bids online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Thiebaud paintings, Met Museum property propel Clars sale to $2M

Wayne Thiebaud’s 1958 ‘Watermelon Slice,’ one of his earliest still life paintings to reach the auction stage sold for $78,650. Clars Auction Gallery image

 

OAKLAND, Calif.– On February 18 and 19, Clars Auction Gallery presented to the market important fine art and prints and the first installment of select decorative art and furnishings deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The sale achieved $2 million with fine art reaching almost $1 million and the collection from the Metropolitan Museum of Art soaring past estimates achieving $285,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palm Beach Modern hits $1.8M with sale of art, Picasso pottery, Studio 54 celebrity photos

W. PALM BEACH, Fla. – “When you have what the people want, word gets out,” said Rico Baca, auctioneer and co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), commenting on the company’s $1.8 million auction of modern and contemporary art, Picasso pottery and unique Studio 54 photos from a famous photographer’s estate.

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