ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions is having a good month. Its Gallery Auction on May 19 and its Luxury Auction on May 22 both turned in strong performances.
The May 19 sale’s furniture and decorative art section exploded early, with the silver section achieving a 98% sell through rate. An Edith Baretto Stevens Parsons figural bronze fountain stole the show when it achieved $7,995.
Fine art choices in the May 19 auction included an illustration for the William Henry Hudson book Green Mansions by Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican, 1904-1957), which realized $6,765. Also, Edgar Alwin Payne proved popular with his sublime Coastal Landscape that sold for $3,250, well above the high estimate.
Gold was best of show in the jewelry section of the auction. Barking its way to the front of the line was a Van Cleef & Arpels ruby, enamel, diamond and 18K gold terrier brooch that brought $7,995. A US gold coin pendant necklace drove a lot of interest and ultimately made $7,380. Also offered was a diamond and platinum ring that sold for $6,150.
Michaan’s Luxury Auction on May 22 posted a very impressive performance indeed. The Bosendorfer concert grand piano garnered a lot of interest online and on the phones. One of the phone bidders won out to the tune of $46,125.
Earning star-lot status was a McKenzie Childs Chicken Palace jewelry chest that achieved $9,840. In addition, a remarkable Buccellati sterling silver soup tureen was closely watched on LiveAuctioneers and eventually realized $6,765. Dale Chihuly’s colorful, shapely art glass is always a crowd-pleaser; his Macchia Bowl Basket sold for $5,227.
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