Arctic, urban artworks showcased in Kensington sale March 15

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Hebru Brantley (African American, b. 1981) urban graffiti painting, two-part panel, acrylic on plywood, each panel 41½ x 57½ in. Estimate: $6,000-$12,000. Kensington Estate Auctions image

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ March 15 on-line sale is neither for the armchair explorer nor the casual collector. This extraordinary auction is for the seeker and capacious collector. From the nautical prowess of Rear Adm. Parry’s journal to the Afro-Cobra graffiti of Hebru Brantley, these are just the beginnings of this exciting sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Kensington Estate Auctions’ collection of 19th century Arctic adventure and Far North exploration books is from one dedicated owner. This antiquarian collection of first editions, with integrated maps, includes Rear Adm. William E. Parry’s first edition Journal for the Discovery of the North-West Passage.

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‘Parry’s First Voyage,’ first edition, journal with maps. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Kensington Estate Auctions image

A signed copy of Frederick Cook’s: My Attainment of the Pole, exploration volumes from Fridtjof Nansen and Paul du Chaillu and a signed copy of Steven C. Brown’s Art of Magic and Power are also available to bidders. This corpus is topped off by H.J. Arnold’s 1936 woodcut titled The Sled and Dog Team, the 1862 Alaskan Gold 2 Too Wah souvenir token issued from the original gold uncovered in Alaska and hand-woven tribal baskets from the Micmac (Mi’kmaq) First Nation Tribe.

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Alaskan Gold 2 Too Wah Token, 1862. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Kensington Estate Auctions image

From the Afro Cobra Movement of Chicago is a two-panel painting by Hebru Brantley. His FLYBOY and other iconic images are unmistakable.  From the New York City street scene are works of LA II, the famous Keith Haring collaborator.

Also hailing from Chicago is a watercolor by Frederick D. Jones, known as the Black Renaissance Artist. Other noteworthy American artists include original art by Paul Cadmus, John Howard Sanden, Blaustein,  Zierling, George Garland and Lindbloom.

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Frederick D. Jones watercolor. Estimate: $600-$1,200. Kensington Estate Auctions image

For the internationally capacious collector are works from British artists: three military paintings from W.G. Whitaker published in Britain’s The Sphere (1940s), Tirzah Garwood, John Leech and George Soper. Added are a few works from Swedish artist Jan Morgensen, Filipino artist Mario De Rivera, Aung Zaw Win from Myanmar, Haitian artist M.E. Canneus, Israeli artists L. Shlomo and D. Gilboa, as well as Persian manuscripts, Mughal Indian miniature erotic paintings, Tibetan Mandala, illustrations and etchings.

Fine china and crystal include Flora Danica dishes, Moorcroft bowls, an antique Czech art glass fruit basket and crystal French and English cruet sets.

The photography category is far-ranging in its geographic span and imagery, ranging from 1902 Canadian pioneer photographs to the images of iconic musicians performing in Chicago concerts.  Photographs of Charles Mathers depicting trading life between Inuit Indians and the Hudson Bay Company; photographs from the 1930-40s of Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Italy; a rare photograph album from 1937 illustrating the Japanese siege of Shanghai; original signed concert photos from the pop culture photographer NUNU (John Zomot) of Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and others. This grouping also includes signed photographs and communication of noteworthy Hollywood and television film stars, politicians, opera divas, writers and historians.

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Photo album depicting Sino-Japanese hostilities in Shanghai, 1937. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Kensington Estate Auctions image

Dutch designer Ko Verzuu (1901-1971) designed wooden toys from 1925-1962 for ADO. Kensington Estate Auctions will sell a collection of ADO toys.

This on-line auction is augmented by jewelry, maps, acoustical guitar, rugs, Du Barry fashion designs, vessels, Tibetan carpet pillows, African American movie lobby cards and topped off by Dragon Ball Z Goku.


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