WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Leighton Galleries’ July 30 auction highlighted a fresh-to-the-market collection of three framed Ansel Adams photographs. Leading off as lots 1 through 3, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico realized $35,000, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley achieved $30,000 and Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 rounded out the trio at $22,000. Prices quoted are hammer prices and do not include the buyer’s premium.
ATLANTA – An artist proof color lithograph on paper, signed in pencil by the renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled Pyramids, 1969, sold for $10,030 at an auction held Aug. 8-9 by Ahlers & Ogletree.
BIRMINGHAM, UK – The atmosphere in Fellows’ crowded saleroom was one of high anticipation as traders and private collectors alike grabbed their last chance to view lots before the auction of antique and modern jewelry got under way on Aug. 13. Bidders were quick to pick up on the trend for colored stones, with lots 384, 399 and 592 all commanding high estimates and even higher hammer prices.
ABERDEEN, Miss. – An original oil on canvas portrait of French fashion designer Coco Chanel done by Andy Warhol sold for $247,000 at a sale conducted by Stevens Auction Co. on Aug. 8. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.
The Warhol, the top lot of the auction, was among the contents of one of Mississippi’s most regal antebellum homes, Lauri Mundi. The auction was held on the grounds of the 1847 mansion.
The stylized portrait painting (above) – a synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas, executed in Warhol’s inimitable style – had been acquired by the seller’s grandmother, an art collector, from a Canadian art gallery in 1985. The piece measured 15 inches by 17 1/2 inches (sight) and had the original stamp from artist to gallery on the reverse.
All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Original to Lauri Mundi and dating to before the time of the Civil War was a massive mahogany Empire bookcase with eight doors, 9 feet tall by 10 feet wide, which sold for $10,350.
A rare and historically significant rosewood étagère with dragon carving and provenance – an original furnishing from the home of former President James Knox Polk in Tennessee – standing 91 inches tall, soared to $26,450.
Also, a four-piece rosewood rococo parlor suite by renowned 19th century American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, in the Stanton Hall pattern, hit $11,500.
Gorgeous beds were quickly snapped up by eager bidders. These included a circa 1850 rosewood half tester plantation bed (below), all original and attributed to C. Lee ($17,825); a 7-foot-tall mahogany Empire plantation bed, queen size and original to Lauri Mundi ($4,485); and a mahogany Empire full tester plantation bed with heavily carved headboard, standing 9 feet 8 inches tall ($10,350).
The lighting category featured a magnificent Baccarat crystal cut glass 16-arm chandelier (below), 42 inches long by 32 inches wide, which brought $12,650, and a cut glass lamp with cut shade, unusually tall at 31 inches, which achieved $17,250.
A matched pair of gilt rococo mirrors with outstanding carving on the crown and sides, made circa 1860 and standing 7 feet 7 inches tall, sold for $16,100.
Also sold that day for $9,200 was a matched pair of cast-iron garden benches, each decorated with the crest of a woman.
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ALAMEDA, Calif. – Contemporary artworks achieved some of the highest prices at Michaan’s estate auction on Aug. 8. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Intenet live bidding.
DENVER, Pa. – An exquisite, high-grade Belgian Browning Superposed 10-gauge over/under shotgun with Germanic styling was the star of Morphy’s $1.44 million auction of antique and vintage firearms held July 24-25. The gun’s heavily engraved frame – with a coin silver finish adorned by four gold repousse game birds in flight – was “a thing of beauty to behold,” said Dave Bushing, head of Morphy Auctions Firearms division. Signed by revered engraver Angelo Bee and accompanied by its original Browning shipping box, the shotgun sold well above estimate at $27,600. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.
BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A World War II uniform worn by German Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Josef Schmid sold for $20,800 at Auction #73, an Internet and catalog auction held June 26-27 by Mohawk Arms Inc. LiveAuctioneers.com provided absentee and Internet live bidding.
DALLAS – Mickey Mantle proved himself the undisputed king of postwar baseball memorabilia on July 30 as a PSA-graded 8 example of his Topps 1952 #311 rookie card (below left) realized $382,400 and a 1966 game-worn New York Yankees road jersey (below right) hit $322,650 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $6.1 million Platinum Night Sports offerings at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
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Not terribly far behind was a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA-graded 9, which streaked to its jaw-dropping $310,700. The presented card is one of the finest known examples and one of just 11 Clemente rookies assessed at a Mint 9 level by PSA.
While baseball memorabilia may rule the hobby overall, treasures from the NFL have been making significant inroads in recent years, especially in the form of Super Bowl rings. During the Platinum Night auction there were significant football fireworks when the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Championship Ring presented to William “Refrigerator” Perry – the largest Super Bowl ring ever created, at an estimated size 25 – soared to an incredible $203,150, the second highest price ever realized for a Super Bowl ring.
One of the stars of auction, a circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card – the earliest team baseball card to ever surface for public auction – which garnered massive international media attention, did not disappoint when it’s time came to cross the block, as it realized $179,250. The card, passed down in the family of player Archibald McMahon for more than 150 years, shattered its high estimate of $50,000. It was offered by western Massachusetts resident and New York native Florence Sasso, 75, the great grand-niece-in-law of McMahon.
PASADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ decorative arts auction July 28 proved enticing, especially to bidders competing via LiveAuctioneers.com. Several of the top lots sold to bidders utilizing LiveAuctioneers’ bidding platform, either online live or through absentee bids.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Southern Federal desk, with unusual stringed instrument inset under its top, was the number one hit at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, to the tune of $63,720 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). It was one of the highest prices ever paid at auction for a piece of Tennessee furniture.