Ancient artifacts, Native American art comprise Helm Auction event June 3

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Giant fluted ax, prehistoric item found in Wisconsin, granite, 14.5in long x 5in x 5in. Wisconsin. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Helm Auction Inc. image


EL CAJON, Calif. – Helm Auction Inc., one of the premier auction houses specializing in Native American relics, is having one of their largest sales to-date on June 3. Customers are able to bid on tribal and Native American items such as Navajo weavings, jewelry, pottery and baskets exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

The 450-lot catalog includes artifacts from all over the world, including Mesoamerican and Egyptian ceramics, and a large grouping of Maori carved wood and stone items, including jade from New Zealand.

This online-only auction goes live on June 3 at 10:15 am Pacific time (1:15 p.m. Eastern).

The man who will be bringing down the hammer on auction day, Craig Helm Sr., is excited about Lot 71, a Roman earthenware amphora.


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Roman clay amphora, circa 2,000 years old, 6.5in x 6.5in x 9.5in tall. Estimate: $600-$1,800. Helm Auction Inc. image


“There are so many excellent Native American artifacts in this auction, it’s hard to settle on one; but the Roman Amphora is just incredible—found at the bottom of the ocean. Who isn’t going to want that?” said Helm.

Typical of the high quality of the Native American items is an 11 1/4-inch Apache basket woven of willow and devils claw in Northeastern Arizona, circa 1920s (below).


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Apache basket, circa 1920s, 11.25in x 11.5in x 1.75in. Estimate: $300-$600. Helm Auction Inc. image


Boasting the highest estimate in the sale is a giant granite ax head (top), which was found in 1927 near the Wisconsin River by a family member of the consignor’s estate. The 14 1/2-inch-long ax head carries a $5,000-$10,000 estimate.

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