1929 Graham-Paige Dual-Cowl Phaeton, estimate: $200,000-$275,000. Photo by Simon Clay. Image courtesy RM Auctions.

Vintage auto collection of Dr. Barbara Atwood in RM’s Jan. 16 Biltmore event

1929 Graham-Paige Dual-Cowl Phaeton, estimate: $200,000-$275,000. Photo by Simon Clay. Image courtesy RM Auctions.

1929 Graham-Paige Dual-Cowl Phaeton, estimate: $200,000-$275,000. Photo by Simon Clay. Image courtesy RM Auctions.

PHOENIX – RM Auctions announces two private collections will be joining their “Automobiles of Arizona” auction event, Jan. 16, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. RM’s 10th anniversary auction will include approximately 125 magnificent vintage motor cars, including a selection from the esteemed Dr. Barbara Atwood Collection, and a second important private collection that contains early brass-era cars and luxury classics from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The Atwood Collection is the result of a lifetime of discerning collecting by the late Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood. Throughout her life Dr. Atwood shared two passions – caring for animals and collecting automobiles. In the latter, she is renowned as the premier female collector of her time. Twenty-four of her most treasured automobiles will join RM’s Arizona auction lineup in January. Each representing some of the finest examples of their time, highlights of the offering include: a one-off 1929 Graham-Paige Model 837 LeBaron Dual-Cowl Phaeton, built for the 1929 New York Auto Show and specially commissioned by Joseph Graham’s daughters; an award-winning 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat by Weymann, regarded as the final and fastest iteration of the famous Bearcat; a 1937 Lincoln Model K Brunn Cabriolet, ordered and specially customized for Boston socialite and tennis star Eleanora Sears; and a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan, among the last of the Marmons and reportedly Mrs. Marmon’s personal car.

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Romain de Tirtoff Erte bronze sculpture titled Arctic Sea. Image courtesy Thomaston Place.

Fine art, Brother Thomas Bezanson pottery featured at Thomaston Place, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Romain de Tirtoff Erte bronze sculpture titled Arctic Sea. Image courtesy Thomaston Place.

Romain de Tirtoff Erte bronze sculpture titled Arctic Sea. Image courtesy Thomaston Place.

THOMASTON, Maine –  Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present large selections of fine art paintings and sculpture, beautifully crafted jewelry, Native-American artifacts, and rare coins at their first sale of 2009, on Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1. Another important highlight will be a collection of nine pieces of art pottery created by Brother Thomas Bezanson (Vt./Pa., 1929-2007).

Thomaston Place owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said, “We have been working hard to pull together an exciting catalog for our customers. The array of fine art, including works by Jack Lorimer Grey, William Louis Sonntag, Sr., Romain de Tirtoff Erte and Thomas Gainsborough, is truly amazing. And we are thrilled to be able to offer nine Brother Thomas Bezanson art pottery pieces in this auction, as even single pieces of his work rarely come up for sale. We also have a great collection of fresh-to-the-market Native-American artifacts that have been stored under a bed for many years.”

Featured paintings will include: Jack Lorimer Gray’s (N.Y., 1927-1981) oil-on-canvas work, Two Fishermen Pulling Herring Net into Dory on the Outer Banks (est.: $40,000-60,000); an Adirondack valley landscape by William Louis Sonntag, Sr. (Ohio, N.Y., 1822-1900) (est.: $25,000-35,000); an oil on canvas by Aurelio Tiratelli (Italian, 1842-1900) of an Italian  scene with a woman feeding geese under a grape arbor in alley (est.$20,000-30,000); an oil-on-copper painting set on cradled panel titled Dutch Still Life with Flowers, from the circle of Jan van Kessel (est.: $10,000-12,000); Fleurs Rouges, a portrait of a lady by Emilio Grau-Sala (Spanish/French, 1911-1975) (est.: $9,000-12,000); and two important paintings by Charles Warren Eaton (N.Y./N.J., 1857-1937).

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This chrome frame armchair with pony skin seat and back is by Le Corbusier. Photo courtesy Rago's.

Rago channels eclectic treasures to Discovery Auction

This chrome frame armchair with pony skin seat and back is by Le Corbusier. Photo courtesy Rago's.

This chrome frame armchair with pony skin seat and back is by Le Corbusier. Photo courtesy Rago’s.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Great property comes to Rago’s with consignments destined for its high-end cataloged sales, but much arrives via its appraisal days, including jewelry, furniture, Americana, art, rugs, couture and ceramics. The wildly salable among this property goes up for bids twice yearly in Rago’s Discovery Auctions. The next such event will be Jan. 24 beginning at 10 a.m.

David Rago claims the upcoming Discovery Auction will be the best to date.

“The Discovery sales are the most fun we get to have all year. It’s the way great country auctions used to be, but with a way broader selection for people who want anything from Knoll furniture to photography by Ansel Adams, Pennsylvania redware to Cartier,” said Rago.

Rago’s never knows what will show up, but it’s always fresh to market. Another remarkable feature of the Discovery Auction is that the high bid always takes the prize; there are no reserves.

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1770 German walnut parquetry bureau cabinet or schreibshrank, 89 inches tall, made expressly for Gernyeszeg, the Teleki family's baroque castle in Transylvania. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy Quinn's Auction Galleries.

Fine art, furnishings of Hungarian nobility in Quinn’s Feb. 7 sale

1770 German walnut parquetry bureau cabinet or schreibshrank, 89 inches tall, made expressly for Gernyeszeg, the Teleki family's baroque castle in Transylvania. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy Quinn's Auction Galleries.

1770 German walnut parquetry bureau cabinet or schreibshrank, 89 inches tall, made expressly for Gernyeszeg, the Teleki family’s baroque castle in Transylvania. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Image courtesy Quinn’s Auction Galleries.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Heirlooms, important artworks and historical jewelry from one of Europe’s most distinguished noble families will be auctioned on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Va. While many high-profile estates and collections have been entrusted to the suburban Washington, D.C., auction house in the past, Quinn’s gallery director Matthew Quinn says the consignment of fine artworks, furnishings, decorative art and jewels from the combined Teleki and Mikes (pronounced Me-KESH) families is without precedent.

“This will be a tremendous sale,” said Quinn. “The 300 to 400 items to be auctioned are from old Hungarian aristocracy, whose combined family tree could be compared to a merger of the Kennedys and European royalty. The consignor, who now lives in suburban Washington, is the son of the late Countess Johanna Mikes Teleki and Geza Teleki, and grandson of two-time Hungarian Prime Minister Pal Teleki (1879-1941).”
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A rare and exceptional Marblehead vase incised and painted with stylized brown and yellow blossoms on a polychrome band, against an olive green ground. Glazed-over firing line to bottom. Ship stamp and paper label. 6 inches by 7 1/2 inches. Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Rago.

Rago moves up to five auctions of Arts & Crafts/early 20th-century design

A rare and exceptional Marblehead vase incised and painted with stylized brown and yellow blossoms on a polychrome band, against an olive green ground. Glazed-over firing line to bottom. Ship stamp and paper label.  6 inches by 7 1/2 inches. Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Rago.

A rare and exceptional Marblehead vase incised and painted with stylized brown and yellow blossoms on a polychrome band, against an olive green ground. Glazed-over firing line to bottom. Ship stamp and paper label. 6 inches by 7 1/2 inches. Estimate $5,000-$8,000. Image courtesy Rago.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s has announced plans for its 2009 Arts & Crafts auction season, outlining three different types of sales with prices at all levels of collecting. While showcasing the top-notch Arts & Crafts and other early 20th-century design in a single, major sale in June, Rago’s will also offer Arts & Crafts period furniture, ceramics, glass, metal and accessories in January, February, August and September events in 2009.

The most important of these sales, in June, will be a two-day, 1,000-lot auction featuring the best material accumulated over the course of the year. Already secured for that auction is Tiffany lighting (including a Venetian table lamp from a private estate), a collection of early Moorcroft ceramics, an important and large Marblehead vase with roses, and a fine assortment of Gustav Stickley furniture including a rare grouping of high-back spindle chairs. This sale is aimed at collectors and dealers looking for high-end property and rarities.

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This 6-carat diamond is one of four unmounted diamonds in the sale. Color is L or M, clarity is I1. Replacement value is $60,847 and its presale estimate is $16,000-$24,000 with a $15,000 reserve. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

Brunk’s Jan. 3-4 sale features art and antiques with a Charleston connection

This 6-carat diamond is one of four unmounted diamonds in the sale. Color is L or M, clarity is I1. Replacement value is $60,847 and its presale estimate is $16,000-$24,000 with a $15,000 reserve. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

This 6-carat diamond is one of four unmounted diamonds in the sale. Color is L or M, clarity is I1. Replacement value is $60,847 and its presale estimate is $16,000-$24,000 with a $15,000 reserve. Image courtesy Brunk Auctions.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The scenic oceanfront city of Charleston, S.C., commands center stage in Brunk Auctions Jan. 3-4 sale. For starters there is Louis Rémy Mignot’s 1854 luminist painting with the poetic title Solitude or Sunset. Mignot, one of Charleston’s most celebrated artists of the 19th century, was only 23 when he completed Solitude or Sunset. It was one of the most important paintings of his career. 

The painting has remained for generations in the possession of the Chazal family, French Catholic entrepreneurs originally from Santo Domingo. The 30 inch by 41 7/8 inch painting is in its original Barbizon gilt-wood frame and is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000, with an $80,000 reserve. 

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Elvis’ jet and Pam Anderson’s glam trailer lounge in Dec. 20 auction

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LAS VEGAS – On Dec. 20, Kruse International will present the opportunity to bid on four celebrity-owned automobiles and aircraft in the auction portion of their 35th Las Vegas Car Collector Auction & Show, at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Those who cannot attend in person can preview the auction catalog and bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.com. 

Headlining the celebrity section of the sale are Elvis Presley’s Lockheed Jetstar, Pamela Anderson’s customized “LoveStream” Trailer Lounge and two of Wayne Newton’s personal vehicles: a 1982 Mercedes Benz and a 2001 Jaguar. 

Starting today and continuing till Dec. 20, bidders can log on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com to place absentee bids. When the sale begins, bidders may then participate in the auction in real time via the Internet. 

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Landscape of haystacks by John Leslie Breck (American, 1860-1899), estimate $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

Diverse consignments featured in Kaminski’s Holiday Estates Auction

Landscape of haystacks by John Leslie Breck (American, 1860-1899), estimate $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

Landscape of haystacks by John Leslie Breck (American, 1860-1899), estimate $10,000-$20,000. Image courtesy Kaminski Auctions.

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier antiques and fine art auction houses, has announced details of its Holiday Estates Auction. The sale features a diverse array of fine art, antiques, collectibles and fine 18th- and 19th-century Italian furnishings from descendants of Conte Gennaro Balamo. Furnishings from early settlers of the Massachusetts towns of Salem, Hamilton and Wenham are also to be offered.

The auction will take place Saturday and Sunday Dec. 27 and 28 at Woodman’s Function Hall, 122 Main St., Essex, Mass. Bidding commences at 10am each day, and preview periods are scheduled Friday, Dec. 26, 4-8pm; and 8-10am on the days of the auction. A complete catalog will soon be available online at www.LiveAuctioneers.com, and the auction will feature live online bidding through eBay Live Auctions.

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PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973), Instruments de musique sur un guéridon, Signed Picasso, Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm., Executed in 1914, Estimate : $40.5M - $54M). Image Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge Collection slated for Feb. 23-25 auction

PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973), Instruments de musique sur un guéridon, Signed Picasso, Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm., Executed in 1914, Estimate : $40.5M - $54M). Image Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973), Instruments de musique sur un guéridon, Signed Picasso, Oil on canvas, 130 x 89 cm., Executed in 1914, Estimate : $40.5M – $54M). Image Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

PARIS – Christie’s is honored to announce the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection, which will take place in Paris on Feb. 23, 24 and 25, 2009 at the Grand Palais, Paris, in association with the Pierre Bergé & Associates auctioneers.

The works of art in the respective apartments of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé at the rue de Babylone and the rue Bonaparte, were brought together to become one of the most important collections ever to come onto the art market. A reflection of 50 years of passionate and detailed search for rare and unique pieces, this
shared collection is a truly moving exhibition of their shared eye. It is one of the most sumptuous private collections of our time, a French paragon of quality and taste, consisting of masterpieces of Modern Art, Art Deco, European furniture and works of art, antiquities, Old Master and 19th-century paintings and drawings. The more than 700 works are expected to realize between $270 million and $404 million.

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Victorian 14K gold, amethyst and pearl pendant necklace. Courtesy Estate Road Show.

Estate Road Show sets new Dec. 14 date for auction of Louise Graham jewelry collection

Victorian 14K gold, amethyst and pearl pendant necklace. Courtesy Estate Road Show.

Victorian 14K gold, amethyst and pearl pendant necklace. Courtesy Estate Road Show.

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Due to difficulties associated with eBay Live’s applet problem of last weekend, the principals of Estate Road Show Auctions have rescheduled their auction of fine and costume jewelry from the Estate of Louise Mondani Graham. The sale originally scheduled for Dec. 7, will now take place on Sunday, Dec. 14.

“Many enthusiastic bidders are looking forward to having a second chance at this incredible collection. It’s going to be an exciting event,” said Estate Road Show’s IT Director, Michael Whelchel.

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