NEW YORK – A Harry Winston diamond ring (above) and other jewels took center stage at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques in New York during their May 21 auction, along with a selection of modern art leading the sale.
The auction featured a wide collection of bronze, decorative items and modern art in addition to the fine jewelry, silver and unique furniture.
Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Online and phone bidding shot up quickly for the Formulation: Articulation I + II by Josef Albers (German, 1888-1976). Two-part portfolio of screenprints (below) on 65 double sheets of Mohawk Superfine Bristol light cardboard (each folded), missing no. 19 of volume II. The artist signed “Josef Albers” on first title page in black felt-tip pen. It was numbered 176 of 1,000 in the colophon in black ink. The work, encased in gray linen cardboard portfolios and gray linen cardboard slipcases, sold for $11,400.
Also, a collection of works by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), 19 signed woodblock prints (below) from the Divine Comedy Series, sold for $3,300.
The excitement level in the room rose during the jewelry portion of the sale. The Harry Winston diamond ring, a platinum band set with 21 marquise cut diamonds, signed “HW” and marked “950,” went for $4,800.
An 18K gold lion brooch pin (below), in the style of Van Cleef and Arpels, with diamond eyes and nose, and wearing a crown, sold for $1,200.
An 18K white gold pendant that featured a 1.03-carat pear-cut emerald within a border of round diamonds (below), sold for $1,080.
A Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, 1872-1955) bronze of a woman (below) sold for $1,080. Cast in 1906, the work was inscribed “Roman Bronze Works.”