George Washington letter to be auctioned in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) – A letter in which George Washington makes an impassioned argument for the ratification of the newly drafted Constitution will be auctioned in New York. Its pre-sale estimate is $1.5 million to $2.5 million.

The letter, written in 1787 to his nephew, Bushrod Washington, will be offered Friday.

Christie’s said the nephew’s English descendants have owned the letter for more than 100 years.

In it, Washington said the Constitution was not “free from imperfections.” But he said, “The power under the Constitution will always be with the people.” He said its adoption by the states comes down to one question – “is it best for the States to unite, or not to unite?”

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The Poinsettia shade on this signed Tiffany Studios table lamp is 18 inches in diameter. The lamp is expected to sell for $45,000-$55,000. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Treadway Gallery auction Dec. 6 celebrates 20th Century Art & Design

The Poinsettia shade on this signed Tiffany Studios table lamp is 18 inches in diameter. The lamp is expected to sell for $45,000-$55,000. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

The Poinsettia shade on this signed Tiffany Studios table lamp is 18 inches in diameter. The lamp is expected to sell for $45,000-$55,000. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

OAK PARK, Ill. – Treadway Gallery has gathered more than 1,100 stellar lots for its latest 20th Century Art & Design Auction, which will be conducted at the John Toomey Gallery, 818 N. Boulevard, on Dec. 6. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Central with an Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau session containing furniture, ceramics, lighting, metalwork, graphics, textiles, paintings and glass.

Appropriate for the Christmas season is a Tiffany Studios table lamp with a leaded glass shade in the Poinsettia pattern. The beautifully colored glass and a fine original patina on the bronze base combine to make the lamp an exceptional example, estimated at $45,000-$55,000.

Another Tiffany Studios table lamp, this one with an unusual bronze base and a 14-inch diameter leaded glass shade in the Leaf and Vine pattern carries a $15,000-$20,000 estimate.

The sale will open with a Gustav Stickley hanging light fixture consisting of five copper lanterns, no. 202, on staggered chains and ceiling caps supported by a nicely replicated oak beam, which is 75 1/2 inches long. It has a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.

Furniture highlights include a large Gustav Stickley chest of drawers, no. 906, with original hardware and finish. The chest consists of two half drawers over four full drawers and measures 41 inches wide, 21 inches deep and 48 1/2 inches high. It has a $7,000-$9,000 estimate.

With the same estimate is a Gustav Stickley director’s table, no. 631. The top, 72 inches by 36 inches, is supported by canted legs and a shoe-foot base. It has been refinished.

Session two will showcase fine art, including American and European oil paintings, prints and watercolors. The third session will consist of 1950s/Modern furniture, lighting, ceramics, Italian glass, jewelry and decorative objects.

For details call 708-383-5234.

View a fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Treadway Gallery’s complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Walter Emerson Baum is best known for painting landscapes of his native Bucks County, Pa. ‘On the Hill’ (Easton, Pa.) is an oil on canvas laid on board. The painting measures 32 inches by 40 inches and is signed lower left. It has a $45,000-$65,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Walter Emerson Baum is best known for painting landscapes of his native Bucks County, Pa. ‘On the Hill’ (Easton, Pa.) is an oil on canvas laid on board. The painting measures 32 inches by 40 inches and is signed lower left. It has a $45,000-$65,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.


Anthony Thieme (American, 1888-1954) painted ‘Garden in Autumn’ about 1925. The signed oil on canvas is 36 inches by 30 inches and has a Rockport Art Association label on verso. The estimate is $25,000-$35,000. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Anthony Thieme (American, 1888-1954) painted ‘Garden in Autumn’ about 1925. The signed oil on canvas is 36 inches by 30 inches and has a Rockport Art Association label on verso. The estimate is $25,000-$35,000. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.


This unusual Gallé vase in marbled glass with a marquetry design of colorful lilies is 8 3/4 inches high. Retaining its original paper label, the vase has a $25,000-$35,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

This unusual Gallé vase in marbled glass with a marquetry design of colorful lilies is 8 3/4 inches high. Retaining its original paper label, the vase has a $25,000-$35,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.


Gustav Stickley’s no. 906 chest of drawers has paneled sides with thru-tenon construction. Marked by a branded signature, the large chest bears a $7,000-$9,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

Gustav Stickley’s no. 906 chest of drawers has paneled sides with thru-tenon construction. Marked by a branded signature, the large chest bears a $7,000-$9,000 estimate. Image courtesy Treadway Gallery.

The MGM musical ‘An American in Paris,’ 1951, won Best Picture and a half-dozen other Oscars. This linen-backed three-sheet featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

Curtain rises on movie memorabilia at Mid-Hudson’s Dec. 5 matinee auction

The MGM musical ‘An American in Paris,’ 1951, won Best Picture and a half-dozen other Oscars. This linen-backed three-sheet featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

The MGM musical ‘An American in Paris,’ 1951, won Best Picture and a half-dozen other Oscars. This linen-backed three-sheet featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – Moviegoers love a good old Saturday matinee. Joanne Grant, principal auctioneer at Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries has announced the acquisition of the Gene Andrewski Collection of Cinema, which will be dispersed in several auctions. The first auction opens Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The entire collection will be sold without reserve or minimum bids, making this series of sales almost unprecedented in the industry, said Grant.

The Andrewski collection consists of more than 20,000 items. Included are movie posters, lobby cards and window cards as well as jumbo, mini and midget cards. Gene Andrewski was largely responsible for introducing midget-window card collecting to the field. Also included are press books, promotional items and 30,000 photographs and negatives. In the cache of studio images are rare and early Bela Lugosi negatives from Murders in the Morgue and Margaret Hamilton as the witch in The Wizard of Oz. Among the portraits of Hollywood Glamour Era actresses are several by Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elmer Fryer, Ernest Bachrach, Ray Jones, Willinger and other noted photographers. A substantial autograph collection is to be presented including inscribed photos, double stock and single weight, as well as signed letters, contracts, scripts and other movie memorabilia. The ’20s,’30s and ’40s of Hollywood cinema are strongly represented in the Andrewski auctions although there is considerable material from the ’50s and ’60s, said Grant.

Gene Andrewski, who was born in Oklahoma, died in 2005 at the ago of 77 after a highly successful career in the theater. His career highlights included the May 15, 1962 revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City as well as the presentation of Sandy Wilson’s Valmouth at the York Playhouse in New York in 1960. He knew the stars of Hollywood and Broadway and moved among them. Those things that he loved in the field of movie collecting were, as a result, more accessible to him than most. He was a former managing editor of The Paris Review. He wrote and contributed photographs to many books including The MGM Stock Company – The Golden Era; The Rise of the Crooners and Mae West (A Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies.)

An aficionado of Hollywood glamour and everything cinema-related, Andrewski’s collection speaks to that era of advertising. The collection is historical in that it tells the story of how dreams were marketed in early Hollywood. The posters had to attract the glimpse of the passer-by and capture the attention of the stroller in a moment. The lithography of the early posters is intense and spellbinding.

Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries will offer live online bidding at www.LiveAuctioneers.com. Prospective bidders must register in advance to participate. Bidders may also bid by telephone or absentee.

The auction will be conducted at The Minuteman, 171 Temple Hill Road (State Route 300) in New Windsor, N.Y.

For details contact Joanne Grant at Mag2715jag@aol.com or by phone 914-882-7356.

The second half of the Andrewski auctions, Love Is in the Air, featuring posters, lobby cards, still and negatives of iconic Hollywood couples of the silver screen will be presented on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and will be available online about Feb. 4.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Perfume Bottles Auction’s complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Judy Garland was just one year removed from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when she starred with Mickey Rooney in MGM’s 1940 hit ‘Strike Up the Band.’ This linen-backed three-sheet is estimated at $1,800-$2,000. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

Judy Garland was just one year removed from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when she starred with Mickey Rooney in MGM’s 1940 hit ‘Strike Up the Band.’ This linen-backed three-sheet is estimated at $1,800-$2,000. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.


Had Oscars been awarded for Best Costume in 1939 (the category didn't exist until 1948) designer Walter Plunkett surely would have won for ‘Gone With the Wind.’ This picture of a gown he designed for Scarlett O’Hara is part of a limited-edition portfolio of signed lithographs. With its original envelope, the set of prints has an $800-$1,200 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

Had Oscars been awarded for Best Costume in 1939 (the category didn’t exist until 1948) designer Walter Plunkett surely would have won for ‘Gone With the Wind.’ This picture of a gown he designed for Scarlett O’Hara is part of a limited-edition portfolio of signed lithographs. With its original envelope, the set of prints has an $800-$1,200 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.


Universal’s ‘Cobra Woman’ from 1943 is a camp classic in Technicolor. Maria Montez played twin sisters – one good, one evil. This linen-backed three-sheet has a $1,000-$2,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

Universal’s ‘Cobra Woman’ from 1943 is a camp classic in Technicolor. Maria Montez played twin sisters – one good, one evil. This linen-backed three-sheet has a $1,000-$2,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.


‘Harvey,’ the film version of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play was released by Universal in 1950. This three-sheet poster, 81 inches by 41 inches, is linen backed and has an $1,800-$2,200 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

‘Harvey,’ the film version of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play was released by Universal in 1950. This three-sheet poster, 81 inches by 41 inches, is linen backed and has an $1,800-$2,200 estimate. Image courtesy of Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 sale features furniture, art from fine homes

Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – If you’ve ever seen the Grace Kelly/Bing Crosby film High Society and marveled at the interiors of the Lord family’s grand Philadelphia Main Line residence, then you have some clue as to what to expect in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale.

The suburban Philadelphia auctioneers are known for their year-round offerings of furniture, fine and decorative art and accessories from area homes, but it’s their Variety Sales that hold the greatest element of surprise. Their upcoming event with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com, comprises 1,400 lots and features dozens of subcategories, with quality as the common thread. Consignments have come from five estates, seven museums, and educational institutions.

The furniture selection encompasses both American and Continental country and formal furniture. Forms include beds, tables, chests, bookcases, cabinets, cupboards, desks and more. Sofas, stools and chairs provide ample seating opportunities. A bonus category is miniature furniture, which is so coveted by collectors.

Fine art includes paintings, engravings, lithographs, fraktur and more.

A full complement of decorative accessories and textiles has been catalogued. Within the grouping are Oriental and hooked rugs, coverlets, quilts, samplers, clothing, glass, metalware and woodenware. Also to be auctioned are clocks, lamps, music boxes, models, mirrors and weapons.

Pottery and porcelain lots include a large Staffordshire collection, luster, redware, stoneware, etc.

Rounding out the sale are baskets, decoys, books, jewelry, bird trees, games, toys, trade signs, cameras and Native-American items.

For information on any lot in the sale, call 610-269-4040. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.


Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.


Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.


Featured lot in Pook & Pook's Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Featured lot in Pook & Pook’s Dec. 3-4 Variety Sale. Image courtesy Pook & Pook.

Exceptional Abraham Lincoln funeral CDV album, estimated to bring $8/10,000

Lincoln funeral photo album in Cowan’s Dec. 9 Amer. History auction

Exceptional Abraham Lincoln funeral CDV album, estimated to bring $8/10,000

Exceptional Abraham Lincoln funeral CDV album, estimated to bring $8/10,000

CINCINNATI – A unique album of 97 carte-de-visite photographs featuring 25 rare images of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession is the headliner in Cowan’s Dec. 9, 2009 American History Auction. Never before has such a comprehensive collection of images related to Lincoln’s funeral been offered by Cowan’s, an international leader in auctions of historical Americana. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The album is comprised of images from three of the nine cities on the funeral route: Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, and Springfield, Illinois. While valuable for its rarity as a whole, the album includes several cartes de visite that are exceptional on their own individual merit, including an image of the processional arch in Chicago, and an image of Lincoln’s bedroom in his Springfield home. Additionally, several photographs are not among those shown in Twenty Days, Kunhardt and Kunhardt’s comprehensive 1965 account of Lincoln’s assassination and funeral.

Also among the images of three of the cities on the route are the railroad car used to transport Lincoln’s coffin, the hearse, the crepe-draped Chicago City Hall, and a view of Lincoln’s horse “Old Bob” and his African-American groom, the Reverend Henry Brown, standing before the Lincoln home in Springfield.

Rounding out the album are interior scenes of the funeral, a tinted image of the Lincoln’s boyhood home, and a number of copy views of Lincoln and his family. The album is estimated to bring between $8,000 and $10,000.

Joining the Lincoln album is a group of 47 albumen photographs illustrating the 1884 rescue of the members of Adolphus W. Greely Expedition to Fort Conger (Lady Franklin Bay, Ellesmere Island, Canada). The tragic expedition, though a success scientifically, resulted in the deaths of 18 of the 25 crewmen, after ships carrying supplies failed to reach Fort Conger. Finally, after a public outcry for the rescue of the doomed expedition, three American ships were sent to attempt to locate the group of explorers. An important archive documenting the golden age of Arctic exploration, the group of photographs is estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000.

What is believed to be the earliest known photograph of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens is to be offered as part of a rare archive of Stephens’ family photographs, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. The collection of 17 images, which descended through Stephens’ heirs via Mary Corry, his great niece, includes a tintype of Stephens’ slave, Pierce, as well as images of Stephen’s extended family and other slaves.

A Georgian by birth, Stephens was elected to Congress in 1843. He supported slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Although as a Democrat, he opposed the election of Lincoln in 1860, and he argued against secession. Lincoln wrote to Stephens emphasizing their similarities in views, other than on that critical issue of slavery. With the formation of the Confederate States of America on February 8, 1861, Stephens was elected Jefferson Davis’ Vice President. However, theirs was an uneasy relationship; Stephens had little respect for Davis and opposed his determination to fight until the end. Stephens made several attempts to talk to Lincoln about ending the war. After the war he was briefly imprisoned before being pardoned by Andrew Johnson. He was elected again to Congress, resigning in 1882 to serve as Governor of Georgia until his death in 1883.

For information on any lot in this auction, call 513-871-1670 or e-mail info@cowans.com. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Greely Expedition Photograph Collection, estimated to sell for $10/15,000

Greely Expedition Photograph Collection, estimated to sell for $10/15,000


An unpublished photograph album of Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, including a tintype of his slave Pearce, est. $10/15,000

An unpublished photograph album of Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, including a tintype of his slave Pearce, est. $10/15,000


Lot 190: Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' Copies of the Appomattox Surrender Terms and General Order No. 9, estimated to bring $10/15,000

Lot 190: Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens’ Copies of the Appomattox Surrender Terms and General Order No. 9, estimated to bring $10/15,000


 An extremely rare Quarter Plate Daguerreotype of a Steam Locomotive, estimated to bring $5/7,000

An extremely rare Quarter Plate Daguerreotype of a Steam Locomotive, estimated to bring $5/7,000


Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women Banners, 1910, estimated to sell for $10/15,000

Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women Banners, 1910, estimated to sell for $10/15,000


A tremendous collection of American Indian Photographs, including a rare image of Red Cloud (Lot 227), estimated to sell for $7/9,000

A tremendous collection of American Indian Photographs, including a rare image of Red Cloud (Lot 227), estimated to sell for $7/9,000


An Ohio family's archive from the California Gold Rush, including a gold nugget, estimated to bring $10/15,000

An Ohio family’s archive from the California Gold Rush, including a gold nugget, estimated to bring $10/15,000


Civil War Archive of Capt. Henry T. Dudley, 15th and 20th Massachusetts Infantry, estimated to sell for $20/25,000

Civil War Archive of Capt. Henry T. Dudley, 15th and 20th Massachusetts Infantry, estimated to sell for $20/25,000

The eight-day time-and-strike movement is on this French doré bronze and marble portico clock is signed ‘Etienne Maxant Brevette.’ It is 22 1/2 inches high and 17 inches wide. The estimate is $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

Soulis Auctions to sell best of old St. Joseph, Mo., families, Dec. 5

The eight-day time-and-strike movement is on this French doré bronze and marble portico clock is signed ‘Etienne Maxant Brevette.’ It is 22 1/2 inches high and 17 inches wide. The estimate is $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

The eight-day time-and-strike movement is on this French doré bronze and marble portico clock is signed ‘Etienne Maxant Brevette.’ It is 22 1/2 inches high and 17 inches wide. The estimate is $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dirk Soulis Auctions will conduct an estate auction Dec. 4-6 that features fine art and antiques from several prominent families from St. Joseph, Mo. The cataloged portion of the sale comprised of 444 premier lots will be offered on Dec. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time and featuring Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The estate auction of John Townsend Smith and Elizabeth Wyeth Campbell Smith represents a confluence of important heirlooms from four of St. Joseph’s oldest and most prominent families.

“This estate really was a time capsule of elegance,” said auctioneer Dirk Soulis.

Lots include antique French and Persian rugs and tapestries; bronze, marble and porcelain decorative arts; choice 19th century French furniture; a Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano; more than 100 lots of fine and sterling silver; numerous paintings and signed prints; and rare Steuben crystal sculptures

The Wyeths, related to the pharmaceuticals firm and the Brandywine artist, came to St. Joseph in 1865 and established a hardware store and saddlery company that was, at the time, the largest in the world.

The Campbells were a family of physicians and professors who held a number of patents on medicines and procedures at the turn of the last century. The Smiths were doctors and wholesale druggists.

The Townsends operated a large chain of department stores, and other branches of the family tree were equally successful. Since 1947 Mrs. Smith maintained the family heirlooms in her St. Joseph mansion until her death earlier this year at the age of 96. To settle her estate the entire contents of her home will be sold without reserve.

The KCI Expo Center is at 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, across I-29 from Kansas City International Airport.

For details phone 816-697-3830.

View a fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Dirk Soulis Auctions’ complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Hans Wegner designed this chair to neatly hang a suit. Johannes Hansen, Denmark, manufactured the chair in 1953. It has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

Hans Wegner designed this chair to neatly hang a suit. Johannes Hansen, Denmark, manufactured the chair in 1953. It has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.


This pair of mid-19th century six-light candelabra with two different figures of cupid, a boy and a girl, both hold gilded bronze floral bouquets. Each measures 28 1/2 inches high and approximately 17 inches across. The estimate is $1,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

This pair of mid-19th century six-light candelabra with two different figures of cupid, a boy and a girl, both hold gilded bronze floral bouquets. Each measures 28 1/2 inches high and approximately 17 inches across. The estimate is $1,000-$3,000. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.


High relief repoussé and chased designs of floral swags above landscapes, lovers and Pan with cherubs decorated this large Hanau sterling silver wine cooler. Dating to the early 1900s, it has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

High relief repoussé and chased designs of floral swags above landscapes, lovers and Pan with cherubs decorated this large Hanau sterling silver wine cooler. Dating to the early 1900s, it has a $1,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Dirk Soulis Auctions.

Affiliated Auctions has placed an estimate of $150,000-$300,000 on the Elvis Presley diamond ring. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

Fit for a king: Ring worn by Elvis to sell at Affiliated Auctions, Dec. 6

Affiliated Auctions has placed an estimate of $150,000-$300,000 on the Elvis Presley diamond ring. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

Affiliated Auctions has placed an estimate of $150,000-$300,000 on the Elvis Presley diamond ring. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A 10-carat diamond ring that Elvis Presley took from his hand and gave to a fan during a 1975 concert will sell Dec. 6 at a catalog auction to be conducted by Affiliated Auctions. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

A unique and original piece of Elvis Presley-worn memorabilia, the ring was given to the consignor, Lloyd Perry, by Presley during a concert in Asheville, N.C.

The size-11, 10-carat ring consists of 14 round-cut diamonds approximately .44ct (each) / F-H color / I-1 to SI-1 clarity; one round-cut diamond approximately 1.29ct / H color / I-1 clarity; one round-cut diamond 1.39ct / H color / I-1 clarity; and three emerald cut approximately .35ct (each) / H-I color / VS-2 clarity. The diamonds are set in 14K yellow gold with a total weight of 27.2 grams.

The estimate for the unique ring is $150,000-$300,000.

It will be auctioned together with a complete file of provenance from the consignor, including an autographed copy of Lee Cotton’s 1975 book Did Elvis Sing in Your Hometown, Too (in which the gift event is referenced on page 208); three copies of the Asheville Citizen-Times and Bristol Herald Courier, both of which include stories about the event; more than 40 original photographs of the event as it occurred, other photos of Elvis wearing the ring at other venues, original tickets from the concert, and a letter of authenticity signed by the consignor.

The following account relates how the consigner became the owner of this ring, in his own words:

“Elvis was coming to Asheville, N.C., for three nights on July 22nd, 23rd, 24th 1975. A friend of mine got us tickets for the 24th and, believe it or not, it was front row seats, right in the middle of the stage. I could reach out and touch him we were so close. Of course, when Elvis came out the crowd went wild. We noticed he kind of looked at our group there in the front. Maybe it was the light and he could see us. Well, two or three songs into the show he turned, walked back to the center of the stage, and then turned around and threw his guitar toward me and this other guy seated next to me. We both caught it and played around with it. It was an old scratched up Gibson guitar, with Elvis Presley written in pearls down the neck.

“Although the other guy kept the guitar, I think Elvis wanted me to have it. After a couple more songs, all of a sudden my wife nudged me and said Elvis is motioning for you to come to the stage. Well, I looked up and went to the stage to shake hands with him, and to my absolute surprise, he was trying to put this ring on my pinky finger. I got him to put it on my ring finger while I was shaking like a leaf. I then went back and sat down.

“I remember the crowd was going wild. Afterwards Elvis walked back across the stage, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Aw, what’s $16,000.” Well, that night Elvis gave away his Gibson guitar and the ring, and the night before is when he gave JD Sumter the horseshoe ring. An amazing night I will never forget.” – Consignor: Lloyd Perry.

Affiliated Auction Galleries’ sale Saturday will also feature a prize piece of World War II German Nazi loot: a Third Reich tapestry that originally hung in the Reichstag and belonged to Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s top henchman.

A member of the 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, removed the tapestry from Himmler’s residence in Berchtesgaden in 1945. It is approximately 7 feet x 9 feet.

“This tapestry is a unique piece of world history, produced by a well-known tapestry maker at the time. You will not find another like it. I expect serious collectors and museums will express heavy interest,” said John Wright, lead military cataloger for Affiliated Auction Galleries.

Along with the Reichstag Himmler tapestry, Affiliated Auctions will sell 600 lots of original collectible military headgear, uniforms, weapons, presentation and gift items, badges, medals, documents and ephemera, arms and armors, and antique firearms.

Affiliated Auction Galleries, headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., is a leading collectibles auctioneer, holding quarterly catalog auctions.

For details contact Affiliated Auctions by calling 850-294-7121 or e-mail Malcolmm@affiliatedauctions.com.

View a fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Affiliated Auctions’ complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Elvis Presley's offhand remark in 1975 indicated the diamond ring cost $16,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

Elvis Presley’s offhand remark in 1975 indicated the diamond ring cost $16,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.


Local newspapers pictured Elvis fan Lloyd Perry wearing the diamond ring Presley gave him during a concert. The newspapers are among memorabilia to be auctioned with the ring. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

Local newspapers pictured Elvis fan Lloyd Perry wearing the diamond ring Presley gave him during a concert. The newspapers are among memorabilia to be auctioned with the ring. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.


The King looked very regal the night he shook hands with Lloyd Perry, who was in the front row at the Elvis Presley concert July 24, 1975. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

The King looked very regal the night he shook hands with Lloyd Perry, who was in the front row at the Elvis Presley concert July 24, 1975. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions.

This distinctive Kuba Kelim rug, 11 feet by 5 feet 7 inches, was woven in northeast Caucasus in the last quarter of the 19th century. It has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Skinner rolls out the carpets for semiannual specialty sale, Dec. 5

This distinctive Kuba Kelim rug, 11 feet by 5 feet 7 inches, was woven in northeast Caucasus in the last quarter of the 19th century. It has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

This distinctive Kuba Kelim rug, 11 feet by 5 feet 7 inches, was woven in northeast Caucasus in the last quarter of the 19th century. It has a $6,000-$8,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. will conduct its semiannual sale of Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets on Dec. 5 beginning at noon Eastern. A full spectrum of palettes and patterns will be offered in room-size carpets, long rugs and saddlebags, and in every size and shape, all presented in Skinner’s Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The sale features a large carpet from Harvard University and several from the estate of Milton Crouch of Burlington, Vt. From Harvard and measuring 26 feet 6 inches x 13 feet 9 inches is a Motasham Kashan carpet (lot 139, est. $25,000-$30,000) from the last quarter of the 19th century, Central Persia. The Crouch estate, which includes more than 30 rugs, is highlighted also by a Motasham Kashan carpet (lot 137, est. $20,000-$25,000) of the same region and period; a Northwest Persian Garrus Bidjar sampler (lot 81, est. $7,000-$9,000); and an 18th-century Chinese rug (lot 119, est. $5,000-$7,000).

Featured Persian rugs include a Bahkshaish carpet (lot 114, est. $15,000-$20,000); a Bidjar Carpet measuring 26 feet x 15 feet 4 inches (lot 43, est. $30,000-$50,000); a large Garrus Bidjar carpet (lot 140, est. $25,000-$30,000); and a Serapi (lot 136, est. $12,000-$15,000) all from the Northwest, last quarter of the 19th century. From the Southeast is a Kerman pictorial “World Leaders” rug (lot 120, est. $5,000-$7,000) and from the West is a Fereghan-Sarouk carpet (lot 138, est. $12,000-$15,000).

Other highlights include a Northeast Caucasus Kuba Kelim (lot 65, est. $6,000-$8,000); and two works from the Southwest Caucasus last quarter 19th century: a Lori Pambak Kazak rug (lot 129, est. $5,000-$7,000) and a Karachoph Kazak rug (lot 123, est. $7,000-$9,000). From West Anatolia is an Ushak medallion carpet (lot 115, est. $15,000-$20,000) and a Bergama prayer rug (lot 117, est. $10,000-$15,000). Rounding out the offerings is a room-sized Indian carpet from the last quarter of the 19th century (lot 113, est. $10,000-$15,000), and a Serab Runner (lot 147, est. $1,500-$2,500) formerly the property of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and sold from their collection by Sotheby’s, and including certificate of ownership.

Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m.

For details phone 508-970-3247.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Skinner’s complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


From the Milton H. Crouch collection is this Garrus Bidjar sampler. which is 6 feet 10 inches x 4 feet 8 inches. It was woven in northwest Persia in the second half of the 19th century. The estimate is $7,000-9,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

From the Milton H. Crouch collection is this Garrus Bidjar sampler. which is 6 feet 10 inches x 4 feet 8 inches. It was woven in northwest Persia in the second half of the 19th century. The estimate is $7,000-9,000. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.


Once the property of Harvard University, this late-19th-century Motasham Kashan carpet is from central Persia. It measures 26 feet 6 inches x 13 feet 9 inches. It has a $25,000-30,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Once the property of Harvard University, this late-19th-century Motasham Kashan carpet is from central Persia. It measures 26 feet 6 inches x 13 feet 9 inches. It has a $25,000-30,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.


Two corners of this late-19th-century Garrus Bidjar carpet from northwest Persia have been rewoven. It is 18 feet x 11 feet 6 inches and has a $25,000-30,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Two corners of this late-19th-century Garrus Bidjar carpet from northwest Persia have been rewoven. It is 18 feet x 11 feet 6 inches and has a $25,000-30,000 estimate. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.


John Lennon and Yoko Ono once owned this Serab runner, which is 17 feet long. It was made in northwest Persia in the last quarter of the 19th century. The lot includes certificate of ownership. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono once owned this Serab runner, which is 17 feet long. It was made in northwest Persia in the last quarter of the 19th century. The lot includes certificate of ownership. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Fans of ‘Fantasia’ remember its troupe of dancing elephants in tutus. Cartier’s ‘Dance of the Hours’ watch was inspired by Disney’s 1940 animated feature. With a J. Schulz 17-jewel Swiss movement, this diamond and platinum lapel watch has a $16,000-$24,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Rago’s Dec. 5-6 Great Estates auction laden with jewelry, silver

Fans of ‘Fantasia’ remember its troupe of dancing elephants in tutus. Cartier’s ‘Dance of the Hours’ watch was inspired by Disney’s 1940 animated feature. With a J. Schulz 17-jewel Swiss movement, this diamond and platinum lapel watch has a $16,000-$24,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Fans of ‘Fantasia’ remember its troupe of dancing elephants in tutus. Cartier’s ‘Dance of the Hours’ watch was inspired by Disney’s 1940 animated feature. With a J. Schulz 17-jewel Swiss movement, this diamond and platinum lapel watch has a $16,000-$24,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – David Rago Auctions will present its annual Great Estates, Fine Jewelry & Silver Auction on Dec. 5-6. The Saturday session features material from the 18th century to the 20th century. The Sunday session of fine jewelry and silver follows the trend of exceptional offerings with items to fit most budgets and tastes. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Coming up in the first hour of Saturday’s session is an 18th-century Queen Anne secretary desk in black lacquer with chinoiserie decoration of exotic birds, flowering branches and landscapes. Its red lacquer interior has pigeonholes and candle slides. The piece stands 85 inches high by 36 inches wide by 20 inches deep. It has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

Also expected to bring $10,000-$15,000 is a 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard in grain paint. On ogee bracket feet, this handsome cupboard is 81 3/4 inches tall, 57 3/4 inches wide and 19 3/4 inches deep.

Also selling Saturday will be American, European and English paintings; bronzes; Asian and tribal items; porcelains and ceramics by Royal Worcester, Meissen, Royal Vienna, Sevres and others; oriental rugs; military and historical ephemera; needlework samplers; late 19th- and early 20th-century baseball cards; Mr. Peanut advertising items; Americana; and unusual items such as a pawnbroker’s trade sign, an English barrister wig in its original tole ware box and a 1950s Reading Railroad Terminal mural.

The first 350 lots on Sunday are devoted to exceptional jewelry and gemstones from Victorian to Modern.

By Cartier, a 3.15-carat diamond ring in platinum with 18 round brilliant diamonds in a pave set has a $50,000-$70,000 estimate.

Also by Cartier, a diamond lapel-watch inspired by a scene in the 1940 Disney animated feature Fantasia has a $16,000-$24,000 estimate. The Dance of the Hours watch in platinum and diamonds was one of a series of gems Cartier produced based on Disney characters from cartoons and animate features. Suspended from the watch are two dancing pave elephants with ruby eyes.

For gentlemen, a T150 Patek Philippe wristwatch in yellow gold, retailed by Tiffany & Co. in 2001, was produced to celebrate the 150-year collaboration of the two companies. Features include 35 jewels, self-winding, annual calendar, center seconds day, date, month and moon phase. In its original box with setting tool and commemorative coin, the watch has a $20,000-$40,000 estimate.

Other companies featured include Rolex, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Parker, Asprey and Faraone.

A dazzling array of Russian enameled silver by Fedor Ruckert, Pavel Ovchinnikov and Antip Kuzmichev will follow jewelry.

The silver section is next follows the fine jewelry, displaying its own selection of breathtaking lots. Included will be a silver loop handled bowl after a Charles Ashbee design by Marcus & Co.; flatware by Jensen, Tiffany & Co., Eliel Saarinen for Dominick & Haff; coffee services by John Black and Crichton Bros.; English, Continental and American hollowware; silver vases, cigar cases and candlesticks.

And, as a new ending to the sale, Rago is featuring 21 lots of American and European coins, silver certificates and paper money from the 18th century to the 20th century.

For details phone 866-724-6278.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Rago Arts and Auction Center’s complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Pavel Ovchinniko created this enameled silver and seed pearl icon of Christ Pantocrator in Moscow circa 1890. It is 4 5/8 inches high by 4 1/4 inches wide and has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Pavel Ovchinniko created this enameled silver and seed pearl icon of Christ Pantocrator in Moscow circa 1890. It is 4 5/8 inches high by 4 1/4 inches wide and has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.


London silversmiths Hunt and Roskell crafted this Georgian silver kettle in 1834. It has profuse floral and roquille decorations. The ornate stand with burner bears the mark of William Elliot, London, 1822. The estimate is $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

London silversmiths Hunt and Roskell crafted this Georgian silver kettle in 1834. It has profuse floral and roquille decorations. The ornate stand with burner bears the mark of William Elliot, London, 1822. The estimate is $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.


Grain painting enhances this Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard, which has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Grain painting enhances this Pennsylvania Dutch cupboard, which has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.


Chinoiserie decoration of exotic birds and flowering branches adorn this 18th-century Queen Anne secretary desk. The black lacquer beauty has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Chinoiserie decoration of exotic birds and flowering branches adorn this 18th-century Queen Anne secretary desk. The black lacquer beauty has a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Richard Hambleton’s untitled ink on paper image is reminiscent of his Shadow Man concept. This work, which measures 87 1/2 inches by 48 1/4 inches, has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

Fuller’s Dec. 5 Fine Art sale adds sparkle to holiday shopping

Richard Hambleton’s untitled ink on paper image is reminiscent of his Shadow Man concept. This work, which measures 87 1/2 inches by 48 1/4 inches, has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

Richard Hambleton’s untitled ink on paper image is reminiscent of his Shadow Man concept. This work, which measures 87 1/2 inches by 48 1/4 inches, has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

PHILADELPHIA – Fuller’s Fine Art Auctions will launch the holiday shopping season Dec. 5 with an electrifying sale of more than 200 lots of fine art, jewelry, handbags, coins and collectibles. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Two large works by graffiti artist Richard Hambleton (American b. 1954) exemplify his early 1980s public art concept of “Shadow Man.” An untitled ink on paper, float mounted to foam core, depicts a silhouetted human form with sparks showering from one of its raised hands. Measuring 87 1/2 inches by 48 1/4 inches, this work is has a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. It is signed on the lower right “R. Hambleton.”

“It’s a dramatic image,” said Marie Woodward of Muller’s Fine Art Auctions. “Hambleton is known for his Shadow Man series and has been associated with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as a street artist.

The second Hambleton, acrylic and ink on paper, depicts the silhouette of a man against a red background. It is 87 inches by 48 inches and has a $1,200-$1,800 estimate.

A poignant scene by renowned sporting artist Arthur B. Frost Sr. (American, 1851-1928) of a hunting dog sitting near his fallen master was an illustration in the 1904 book Soldier of the Valley by Nelson Lloyd. Titled Sat Little Colonel Wailing, the gouache on paper mounted on board is 13 by 16 inches. It is signed on the lower right “A.B. Frost.” The estimate is $1,000-$1,500, but Woodward said it should go higher.

Fullers’ selection of fine art is underscored by works from Neo-Expressionist Malcolm Morley. The artist is represented with two works on paper, New York Crumbled Post-Card and Study for Camels and Goats, with estimates from $4,000-$6,000 and $5,000-$7,000 respectively.

Highlights from the prints section of the sale include works by artists Albert Hirschfeld, Marc Chagall and Donald Judd. A selection of nine whimsical prints by Hirschfeld depicting celebrities such as Judy Garland, Greta Garbo and Gregory Peck are estimated at $300-$500 to $500-$700. Fuller’s has estimated Chagall’s 1922 Hochzeit, from Mein Leben, to sell for $3,000-$4,000.

A portion of this sale is a continuation of the Betty Gordon Estate. An avid collector and a patroness of the arts, Gordon was equally known for her glamorous sense of style in both fashion and life. A dazzling emerald and diamond ring by Cartier and a GIA-certified Fancy to Fancy Intense yellow diamond ring headline her collection. The square step-cut emerald and diamond ring in a platinum setting “has a lot of pop to it,” said Woodward. It is estimated at $5,000-$6,000. The yellow diamond is approximately 1.37 carats and is flanked with six single-cut round diamonds. Also in a platinum setting, this ring has a $3,500-$4,500 estimate.

Jeweled handbags by Judith Leiber, Chanel bags in leather, satin and velvet, and accessories by Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are estimated from $50 to $700. Proceeds from the sale of Gordon’s estate will support the Devereux Foundation, whose mission it is to nurture human potential of children and adults with emotional, developmental, educational and cognitive disabilities.

Fullers’ sale will open with a charming collection of Christmas-inspired folk art: Belsnickles, feather trees, Lester Breininger ceramics and Barbara Strawser paintings are among the fine assortment.

Important ceramic objects include two plates by Pablo Picasso, including a 1953 Picador estimated at $1,800-$2,400. From the Light Gatherer series, a wheel-thrown glazed porcelain vessel made by Philadelphia artist Rudolph Staffel and exhibited by Helen Drutt Gallery at Temple Gallery in 1989 is estimated to sell for $2,000-$4,000.

Twenty lots of rare coins and paper currency to be sold. A 1908 Indian Head $2.50 U.S. gold coin, PCGS graded MS64 ($1,000-$1,500) and the 1911-D Saint-Gaudens $20 U.S. gold coin, PCGS graded MS62 ($1,000-$1,500) are standouts.

The sale will close with Gordon’s diverse collection of contemporary art and antique books, many autographed by the artist or author.

A preview reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. Previews will also be conducted Saturday, Nov. 28, noon-6 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4, noon-6 p.m.

Principal Auctioneer is Jeffrey P. Fuller, president of Jeffrey Fuller Fine Art Ltd., and an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers since 1984.

For details phone 215-991-0100.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet during the sale at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Click here to view Fuller’s LLC’s complete catalog.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Nine prints of famous entertainers by Albert Hirschfeld (American, 1903-2003) are incuded in Fuller’s auction. This etching and aquatint of Judy Garland, 18 inches by 14 inches, has a  $300-$500 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd. /></a> <a href=
Donald Judd (American, b. 1928) created this untitled aquatint, 1974-1979. It is 40 1/4 inches by 29 3/4 inches and numbered and signed along the lower margin ‘44/175 Judd.’ The unframed print has a $2,000-$2,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

Donald Judd (American, b. 1928) created this untitled aquatint, 1974-1979. It is 40 1/4 inches by 29 3/4 inches and numbered and signed along the lower margin ‘44/175 Judd.’ The unframed print has a $2,000-$2,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

Brassaï, pseudonym Guyula Halasz, photographed many of his artist friends in Paris, including Salvador Dali This silver gelatin emulsion print, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches, is numbered and signed along lower margin ‘11/30 Brassai.’ It has a $2,500-$3,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

Brassaï, pseudonym Guyula Halasz, photographed many of his artist friends in Paris, including Salvador Dali This silver gelatin emulsion print, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches, is numbered and signed along lower margin ‘11/30 Brassai.’ It has a $2,500-$3,500 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.


The largest emerald in this Cartier ring is approximately 1 carat. Set in platinum, it has a $5,000-$6,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.

The largest emerald in this Cartier ring is approximately 1 carat. Set in platinum, it has a $5,000-$6,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Fuller Fine Art Ltd.