LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s June jewelry auctions brought $1.90 million in two sessions: unreserved jewelry on June 8 and fine jewelry on June 10. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 2051, a rare enameled and yellow gold gem-set collar necklace by master metallurgist Marie Zimmermann, which sold for $53,125, making it the highest price achieved at auction for a piece of jewelry by Zimmermann. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – Fernando Botero’s Seated Man, 2000, sold for $275,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art auction in Beverly Hills, Calif., to a final total of $4,012,587.50. The auction boasted 97 percent sold by value, and 90 percent of the lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On May 26th, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, auctioned an 872-lot selection of outstanding antique and vintage firearms, and military memorabilia. Spanning several centuries, the varied array of historical guns included many rare and unusual examples made by noted gunsmiths, including one with a British royal connection. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers continues to achieve strong prices realized for quality jewelry across a variety of design styles in both their Fine and Studio Jewelry Auctions, as evidenced by the company’s May 21 sessions, which proved to be resounding successes with high sell-through rates. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – It’s little surprise that of the top five selling lots at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s May 19 auction, three of them were clocks, by E. Howard & Co., Seth Thomas and R.J. Horner. Fontaine’s sells antiques in most collecting categories but has carved out a niche with choice clocks, especially E. Howard models, setting a few auction records along the way. In this sale, which totaled over $1 million, the leader of the pack was an E. Howard No. 57 regulator clock that set a new world record auction price at $145,200. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
BOONTON, N.J. – If a photograph is worth 1,000 words, then Millea Bros.’ Spring Select Auction May 17–19 is worth a book. Boasting over 1,000 lots, all with compelling stories of their own, the auction showcased three estates, featuring a large selection from the late gallerist Ileana Sonnabend’s art photography collection, passed down to her daughter, Nina Castelli Sundell, a curator and scholar until her death in 2014; 1960s–1970s American Modern art from the estate of Sen. Jacob and Marian Javits; and large-scale European and American contemporary art from the estate of venture capitalist Pentti Kouri. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery hosted their Important Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction on May 20. Furniture designs by Finn Juhl (Denmark, 1912-1989) stole the show with both pieces offered setting a new U.S. auction record. Both Finn Juhl lots sold through LiveAuctioneers, which provided absentee and Internet live bidding.
VINELAND, N.J. – Family-owned Bertoia Auctions produced another big winner on April 27-28 as their 2018 Spring Signature Sale rang the register at $1.9 million. More than 1,000 lots of high-quality toys, banks, trains and Christmas antiques with prestigious provenance attracted an energetic crowd to Bertoia’s gallery. Hundreds of other bidders battled for favorites over the phone and via the Internet.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers started out a two-session day April 24 with their 20th-Century and Contemporary Art + Design catalog, which featured 167 lots of furniture and fine art ranging from the Art Deco period through to contemporary works by living artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A rare pedestal crescent vase by Libbey in the Herringbone pattern sold for $22,000 and a large round tray, also by Libbey, in the Diana pattern, realized $17,000 to take top lot honors at the sale of several outstanding collections of Brilliant Period Cut Glass held on May 12 by Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.