Guernsey’s invites bidders to a Collector’s Odyssey online auction, Jan. 9


James Rizzi, ‘Fun in a Fish Tank,’ 1994, acrylic on canvas. Est. $2,500-$3,000

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s January 9 online no-reserve auction titled “Collector’s Odyssey” will be a “joyful event, celebrating better days ahead.” Absentee and live online bidding for this 481-lot sale is available through LiveAuctioneers.This auction “has it all,” a Guernsey’s spokesperson said. There are exquisite vintage quilts (19th century, Amish, and folk art examples), confidential FDR WWII documents, and many sizable collections — spanning every imaginable category from felt travel banners to antique wooden tennis racquets, Lalique crystal, Royal Copenhagen porcelain, art pottery, cloisonné, cookie jars, and animaliere bronzes.


American ‘Fan’ quilt, 1930s. Est. $1,500-$2,000

Also featured are original works of art from famed cartoonists Milton Caniff and Ham Fisher, and American pop artist James Rizzi. Lovely illustrations of Princess Diana’s gowns will also be sold.


French linen-backed poster for the film Le Poison (The Lost Weekend). Est. $1,000-$1,500

The auction contains a great Black movie poster collection, with images from the early days of film; along with posters of many other types, including unique handcrafted graphics of mid-century Hollywood icons. Works on paper by B. Shahn, R. Gwathmey and P. Pearlstein are being offered along with meaningful ephemera relating to the lives of such notables as Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford and Medgar Evers.


Lyndon B. Johnson’s rocking chair, with photo. Est. $4,000-$6,000

Chelsea clocks and Waterbury barometers are just a sampling of fine brass instruments to be sold. There are also German and Asian dolls, antique kimonos, vintage alligator bags, collectible Bottecchia racing and Peugeot bicycles, a “Booze Barometer,” and Rube Goldberg Automatic Match Striker.

Log on to LiveAuctioneers and join the action bidding on a dizzying array of fun-filled items in this exciting January 9 sale.

About Guernsey’s

In its 44th year, Guernsey’s has built a reputation as an auction house that brings extraordinary properties to the marketplace. From the largest auction in history (the ocean liner S.S. United States) to vintage racing cars, artwork from the Soviet Union, pre-Castro Cuban cigars and the $3 million baseball, the firm has few rivals when it comes to the presentation of wildly diverse artwork and artifacts. John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, John Coltrane, Dick Clark, Mickey Mantle and Beatles auction events were all conducted by Guernsey’s. The auction house is particularly proud of its work with the Library of Congress in the preservation of the complete Rosa Parks Archive.

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