Erte paintings of Jazz Age beauties star in Auction Life May 7 sale

Auction Life

Two original signed gouache on paper paintings by the French-born Russian artist Erte (1892-1990) will be sold, to include this work (est. $2,000-$6,000). Auction Life Inc. image


BOCA RATON, Fla. – A pair of original artworks hand-signed by the French-born Russian artist Erte (1892-1990), a huge fossil mural from the Green River region of southwestern Wyoming, fashion accessories by Gucci and Chanel and a collection of fine American gold coins will all come up for bid on Sunday, May 7. These are just a few of the nearly 400 intriguing lots that will come under the gavel when Auction Life Inc. conducts its Palm Beach Estate Finds & Spring Cleaning Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

“Lots 1 through 300 will represent the Palm Beach Estate Finds portion of the auction, while the last 90 or so lots will be a Spring Cleaning sale, with many great opportunities to bid on and buy items at prices that can be considerably less than retail,” said Tarek Jabaly of Auction Life Inc., based in Palm Beach County.

Artworks by Erte (real name Romain de Tirtoff) did so well in Auction Life’s last sale, the same consignor decided to part with two other pieces in his collection. Both are signed gouache on paper paintings, one depicting a semi-nude woman in a gold and silver halter top, the other a woman in a purple evening gown and headband (above). Each is estimated to sell for $2,000-$6,000.

The fossil mural from the Green River formation is a true slice of history – 50 million years old, showing the fossilized remains of creatures from the Eocene period. And it’s huge: 47 ½ inches by 72 inches, ready for wall mount and display. The piece has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.


Auction Life

Fossil mural from the Green River, Wyoming, 50 million years old, showing fossilized remains of creatures from the Eocene period (est. $15,000-$25,000). Auction Life Inc. image


Auctions of this nature don’t ordinarily feature a 10-acre ranch, but this is no ordinary auction. The ranch up for bid is located in Deming, in southwestern New Mexico (USA), about 10 miles from Interstate 10. The land is a blank slate – nothing on it – and ready for cattle, horses, a dude ranch, or whatever. And best of all, phone and electricity lines are already on the property itself.

Chanel is a name guaranteed to get attention. Offered will be an iconic medallion tote (below) in a versatile and sleek style, crafted from white quilted caviar leather and featuring dual-rolled tall handles (est. $600-$1,800); and a vintage chocolate quilted caviar leather shoulder bag, sporting a zipper top with gold Chanel monogram zipper charm (est. $500-$1,500).


Auction Life

Iconic Chanel medallion tote in a versatile and sleek style, crafted from white quilted caviar leather, with dual-rolled tall handles (est. $600-$1,800). Auction Life Inc. image


Gucci is another brand to be reckoned with. Lots will include a Scarlett Tote in a unique style with a feminine twist, crafted in “GG” monogram Lurex fabric with a sparkling rose sheen, and tall leather-top handles with interlocking hardware (est. $300-$900).

U.S. gold coins will feature a 1900 $20 Liberty double eagle coin, graded MS62 (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 1924 $20 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coin, MS63 (est. $1,250-$2,500); an 1887-S $5 Liberty half-eagle coin in a window cardboard sleeve (est. $250-$500); a 1907 $10 Liberty eagle coin, MS62 (est. $500-$1,000); and a 1907 $10 Liberty eagle coin, MS61 (est. $500-$1,000).

Lamps and lighting will illuminate the room with a beautiful, 53-light Swarovski element crystal chandelier from the renowned Schonbek, the third largest model (5873) in the Trilliane series, with the “Swarovski Element Crystals” option, a major upgrade (est. $5,000-$15,000); and an equally gorgeous mid-century Italian Murano six-light glass chandelier (below), executed in clear with pink and sky blue accents and 27 inches tall by 30 inches wide (est. $1,000-$3,000).


Auction Life

Mid-century Italian Murano Venetian six-light glass chandelier, executed in clear with pink and sky blue accents (est. $1,000-$3,000). Auction Life Inc. image


Tops in the jewelry category is a stunning vintage Italian 18kt gold graduated articulating snake link bracelet boasting 16 rubies and four sapphires, 7 ¼ inches in length (below), which has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate.


Auction Life

Vintage one-of-a-kind Italian-made 18K gold mesh necklace with buttons, stars, flowers and domes, 17 ¼ inches long (est. $1,000-$3,000). Auction Life Inc. image


For details contact Auction Life Inc. at 561-757-1551 or