Pook & Pook Native American arts auction posts 99 percent sell-through rate

These Apache beaded leather items from the early 20th century sold for $2,182 through LiveAuctioneers. Pook & Pook Inc. image

 

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook Inc. conducted a Native American arts auction on May 22 that recorded a 99 percent sell-through rate and came in solidly toward projected high estimates. Absentee and Internet live bidding on this online-only auction was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palm Beach Modern sells Sam Francis painting for $603K at record-setting auction

Sam Francis (American, 1923-1994), Quiet Fruitfulness, 1987, acrylic on canvas, listed in 2011 catalogue raisonne, registered by Sam Francis Foundation, $603,250

 

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.

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James Buchanan 1856 campaign flag posts world record at Heritage Auctions

The President James Buchanan 1856 campaign flag sold for a record-setting $275,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

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.

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20th century fine art drives Rago auction to $2.9M

Yves Klein’s ‘Venus Bleue,’ a 27-inch-high sculpture of pigment and synthetic resin on plaster, led the auction at $137,500. Rago Arts And Auction Center image

 

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.

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1840s Navajo first phase blanket tops Moran auction at $132,000

Consigned from a private Pennsylvania collection, this Navajo Ute-style first phase chief’s wearing blanket was expected to bring $100,000 to $200,000 during John Moran’s Art of the American West session. Bidding topped out at $132,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

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.

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Marklin battleship sails to $150K finish at Bertoia’s $1.9M spring auction

Marklin Battleship HMS Edward VII, well preserved and complete, 20½ inches long, German, $150,000

 

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.

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Rare Gibson guitar takes center stage earning $4,800 at Capo Auction

Gibson acoustic guitar, possibly a 1928 Nick Lucas L1 or L2 model with faux tortoiseshell, black stenciling on the fingerboard and rhinestone inserts. Sold for $4,800. Capo Auction image

 

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.

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Attributed Van Gogh drawing sells for $12,000 at Woodshed Art Auctions

Original ink drawing attributed to Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) on heavy wove paper, titled ‘Garden View of the Church at Auvers.’ Price realized: $12,000. Woodshed Art Auctions image

 

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.

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Heritage confirms robust coin market with recent sale of $517K gold coin

Rare 1866 gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto In God We Trust on a U.S. coin, sold by Heritage for $517,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

 

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.

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Henry Moore bronze maquette tops Cottone Auctions at $195,500

Henry Moore’s bronze maquette of ‘Reclining Figure,’ circa 1935-1936, was the top lot of the sale at $195,500. Cottone Auctions image

 

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.

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