ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
Marklin steam-powered liner, $59,000, Bertoia Auctions
A circa 1929-1930 Marklin ‘Amerika’ Series II steam-powered liner, exquisitely detailed, sold for $59,000 at an annual Fall Auction held Nov. 11-13 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a circa-1929 Marklin ‘Rheingold’ paddleboat, 30 inches long, sped off for $35,400; a Belsnickle candy container with glass icicle beard, mica “snow” on the coat and hood, and golden beads around the hood, 16 inches tall, realized $26,550; and a Gunthermann eight-man plus coxswain tinplate clockwork scull made $20,060. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
A copy of Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica sold for $3.7 million at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held Dec. 14 by Christie’s in New York. It was a new world auction record for a printed scientific book. Also, an autographed letter written from Mount Vernon, N.Y., and signed by George Washington, dated April 25/May 1, 1788, brought $307,500; and Walt Whitman’s personal copy of Leaves of Grass (N.Y., 1855) made $162,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Cartier Mystery Clock, $504,500, Sotheby’s
A platinum, yellow gold, rock crystal, onyx, mother-of-pearl and diamond-set Mystery Clock made in 1929 for Cartier, designed by Maurice Couet, sold for $504,500 at an Important Watches Auction held Dec. 7 by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, a massive open-face Patek Philippe grande and petite Sonnerie clock watch breezed to $468,500; and a fine and rare yellow gold Rolex chronograph wristwatch, the “Paul Newman” Daytona (Ref. 6241, No. 2084361), went for $275,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Giltwood figure of Amida Buddha, $22,800, John Moran Auctioneers
A handsomely carved Japanese giltwood figure of Amida Buddha, shown seated in a lotus position and clad in flowing robes, dating to the 1930s, sold for $22,800 at a Decorative Art Auction held Nov. 15 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a color collotype after Pablo Picasso titled L’Arlequin et Campagne, made $11,400; and an art vase titled A Summer Queen, a fine example of Amphora’s Art Nouveau portrait pottery, hit $1,560. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Palace-size antique Heriz rug, $2,530, Direct Auction Galleries
A palace-size antique Oriental Heriz rug from a London Ritz-Carlton Hotel by way of a Ritz in St. Louis, reputed to be 130 years old, sold for $2,530 at an estates auction held Nov. 15 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a 14K pendant with a 1.40-carat round diamond brought $2,185; an Omega Speedmaster chronograph watch with box and papers fetched $2,185; and a lithesome bronze mermaid figure, 33 inches long and 23 inches tall, went for $2,415. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Buster Brown comic strips, $47,700, Kaminski Auctions
A collection of six Buster Brown Sunday comic strip original artworks by the illustrator Richard F. Outcault (1863-1928) sold for a combined $47,700, with the top lot titled The Worm Turns Twice (shown, dated March 19, 1916, at a Thanksgiving sale held Nov. 27 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an 18th century French Louis XV basin, decorated with carved putti and figureheads, brought $14,000; and a signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp rose to $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Mickey Mantle rookie card, $183,750, Goldin Auctions
A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card, graded PSA NM7, sold for $183,750 at a Holiday Auction that closed Dec. 3 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Mike Trout’s 2014 MVP season game-used and signed glove soared to $31,850; the handcuffs used by officer Ray Hawkins to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, in 1963 realized $110,250; and a baseball signed by both Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth went for $40,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
29 carat Colombian emerald, $1.03 million, Rago Arts & Auction
An unenhanced, 29-carat Colombian emerald sold for $1.03 million at a Jewelry Auction held Dec. 4 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a pear-shape diamond necklace of 28.67 carats finished at $850,000; a 7.70-carat unmounted pear-shaped diamond realized $68,750; a Tiffany & Co. ruby and diamond ring hit $62,500; and a predominantly natural pearl necklace rose to $56,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Isidor Kaufmann painting, $455,000, Shapiro Auctions
A painting by the Austrian-Hungarian artist Isidor Kaufmann (1853-1921), titled A Business Secret, sold for $455,000 at an auction held Dec. 10 by Shapiro Auctions in New York City. Also, a rendering of an outdoor garden by Henri Martin (French, 1860-1943) brought $350,000; a painting by Alexander Samohvalov (Russian, 1894-1971), titled Girl in an Interior (1940), rose to $131,000; and a 1927 colorful, stylized landscape by Jean Dufy (French, 1888-1964) gaveled for $149,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Alfred Mira street scene, $19,000, Carlsen Gallery
An oil on canvas New York City street scene signed by Alfred Mira (1900-1980), 25 inches by 30 inches, sold for $19,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a pair of cast-iron urns on bases, 43 1/2 inches tall, realized $9,000; a trade sign for Iroquois Beer Co. brought $9,000; an Egyptian marble-top center table hit $6,000; a cast-iron recumbent dog fetched $4,250; and a pair of 19th century mahogany saber-leg armchairs hit $4,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Revolutionary War copy book, $35,966, Alderfer’s Auctioneers
A fragment of a Revolutionary War-era copy book belonging to Jonathan Williams (1751-1815), the first superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy and the grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin, sold for $35,966 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 8 by Alderfer’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a land indenture document signed by Benjamin Franklin in 1763 went for $8,061; and a document fragment signed by Sir Isaac Newton gaveled for $8,540. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Patek Philippe watch, $389,000, Antiquorum
A Patek Philippe 18K white gold minute-repeater retrograde perpetual calendar watch sold for $389,000 at an Important Watches & Jewelry Auction held Dec. 8 by Antiquorum in New York City. Also, a Patek Philippe minute-repeater watch with enamel dial in platinum rose to $245,000; a Chopard Imperiale Tourbillon watch with baguette diamonds in pink gold gaveled for $205,400; and a Graff diamond and gold necklace with matching bracelet realized $173,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Harry Bertoia sound sculpture, $24,000, Schwenke Auctioneers
A large, untitled Sonambient sound sculpture by Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), made from beryllium copper and brass and standing 42 1/2 inches tall, sold for $24,000 at a Holiday Fine Estates Auction held Dec. 4 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Gorham sterling silver Aesthetic Movement square pitcher with elephant-head handles made $15,860; and a Chinese porcelain oxblood glazed bowl, bell form and bearing the Yongzheng seal mark, hit $5,700. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Edward Redfield painting, $200,000, Freeman’s Auction
A painting by Edward Willis Redfield titled Road to the River sold for $200,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 and 6 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia. Also, Frederic Remington’s The Bronco Buster soared to $106,250; Winold Reiss’s triptych depicting members of the Black Foot tribe realized $125,000; an illustration by N.C. Wyeth titled The Departure of the Rose (The Mother of the Hero) fetched $112,500; and a Harry Bertoia sculpture titled Sea Anemone (Bush) made $137,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
English butcher shop diorama, $33,600, Pook & Pook/Noel Barrett
An elaborate English butcher shop diorama window display made from painted wood and embossed paper board, with 75 cuts of meat, two butchers and a delivery boy, sold for $33,600 at an inaugural toy auction co-held Dec. 2-3 by Pook & Pook Inc. and Noel Barrett. Also, a Gustave Dentzell carved and painted outside row standard carousel horse, circa 1905, went for $20,400; and a Knickerbocker Toy Co. Mickey Mouse toy, showing Mickey in his Sunday best, rose to $7,800. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Winchester model 1873 rifle, $529,000, Rock Island Auction
A special order John Ulrich-signed, relief engraved and monogrammed Winchester deluxe first model 1873 lever-action rifle sold for $529,000 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held Dec. 2-4 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Savage model 1899 lever-action rifle presented to Horace Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge Brothers Motor Co., rang out at $195,500; and a Colt Paterson No. 1 ring lever percussion revolving rifle hit the mark for $115,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Diamond and 18K 2-tone ring, $72,600, Clars Auction Gallery
A diamond and 18K two-tone ring centered by one round brilliant cut 6.30-carat diamond accented by 43 full diamonds sold for $72,600 at an auction held Dec. 10-11 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a Verdura Spinel diamond and 18K white gold bracelet with 69 oval-shape and 14 pear-shape purplish spinels brought $48,400; a calligraphy by Yu Youren titled Wo yu tian shan realized $20,570; and a Chinese patinated bronze globular tripod censer made $45,375. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.
Fernando Amorsolo painting, $112,100, Michaan’s Auctions
A landscape painting by Filipino artist Fernando Amorsolo, titled Marikina (1927), of a lush countryside and fieldworkers at rest, sold for $112,100 at a Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction held Dec. 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, Etienne Trouvelot’s portfolio of chromolithographs titled The Astronomical Drawings fetched $44,250; and Bernard Buffet’s striking mid-century French landscape titled Coastal Town with Lighthouse netted $31,860. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
1913 Type II buffalo nickel, $58,750, Legend Rare Coin
A 1913 Type II buffalo nickel, graded PCGS PR68 CAC, sold for $58,750 at a Regency Auction held Dec. 15 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1892 $5 US gold coin, PR65, gaveled for $52,875; an 1893 U.S. 50-cent piece, MS66, fetched $45,825, an 1898-O U.S. 10-cent coin, MS67+, changed hands for $36,425; a 1914-D Lincoln head cent, MS66, rose to $30,550; a 1913 Type I buffalo nickel, MS68, realized $28,200; and an 1898-O silver dollar made $18,800. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.
ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:
Pegasus clockwork engine, $12,600, Philip Weiss Auctions
A Pegasus clockwork tin train engine made by Stevens & Brown and patented by E.C. Phelps in 1874, one of only a few known surviving examples, sold for $12,600 at an auction held Nov. 19 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a Butting Ram mechanical bank, attributed to Wagner & Zwiebel Machine Shop in Wisconsin and patented in 1895, brought $4,320; and a circa-1876 nickel-plated cast-iron still bank (“Liberty Proclaimed July 4, 1776,” and “Birthplace of American Independence”) made $4,080. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Cincinnati Art Carved cabinet, $7,380, Great Gatsby’s
A Cincinnati Art Carved cabinet by William H. Fry sold for $7,380 at an estates auction held Oct. 14-16 by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta. The cabinet was commissioned as a wedding present in 1876 and passed down through the original owner’s family. Remarkably, the buyer was Laura Fry of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a great-great granddaughter of William H. Fry, the cabinetmaker. The selling price includes a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese snuff bottle, $5,842, Crescent City Auction Gallery
A 19th century Chinese porcelain snuff bottle, 4 3/4 inches tall, sold for $5,842 at an estates auction held Nov. 12-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 13-piece 19th century Royal Vienna cobalt porcelain tea set rose to $4,920; a German World War II helmet, circa 1944, brought $4,305; an oil on canvas painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (New Orleans, 1870-1934), titled Moss Draped Oaks, garnered $4,612; and a 19th century American rococo mahogany full tester bed made $3,998. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Vintage Chinese table and chairs, $16,250, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
A vintage Chinese hardwood peach-form table and chairs set sold for $16,250 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Oct. 29 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, a French bronze equestrian group of Louis XIV, after a model by Martin van den Bogaert (1637-1694), fetched $15,000; an Impressionist painting of a nude by Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930) knocked down at $9,375; and a landscape painting by Robert Van Boskerck (1855-1932), titled Lazy River, went for $2,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Pair of vintage comic books, $42,148, Hake’s Americana
A copy of All Star Comics #4 (left), from March/April 1941, featuring the first adventure for the Justice Society of America, near mint, sold for $21,275, and a copy of Incredible Hulk #1 (right), with the first appearance of Hulk, went for $20,873 at an auction held Nov. 15-17 buy Hake’s Americana in York, Pennsylvania. Also, the wool-collared leather jacket worn by actor Richard Boone as “Palladin” in the 1957-1963 hit TV series Have Gun, Will Travel finished at $14,421. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Tupac Shakur 4-page letter, $172,750, Goldin Auctions
A four-page letter, handwritten from a prison cell by the late rapper Tupac Shakur in 1995 to Nina Bhadreshwar of Deathrow Records, sold for $172,750 at an October Legends Auction held Oct. 29-30 by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, the glove worn by Bill Buckner of the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series when he let Mookie Wilson’s grounder skip through his legs, allowing the Mets to win Game 6, brought $106,575; and a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card hit $82,075. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.
Matteo Ricci derivative maps, $24,000, Kaminski Auctions
A pair of dark, ripped panels produced for the Korean market of Mateo Ricci’s derivative map of the world, the 1708 edition based on the 25 hand-printed color copies reportedly done between 1605 and 1608, sold for $24,000 at an auction held Oct. 1 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Massachusetts. Also, a 19th century Italian classical marble sculpture of a male torso, unsigned, fetched $14,400; and a large collection of drawings, paintings and correspondence pertaining to the Boston Symphony Orchestra made $7,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Meissen centerpiece, $49,450, Bunch Auctions
A Meissen two-part figural centerpiece depicting Neptune and Aphrodite sold for $49,450 at a Fall Decorative & Fine Arts Auction held Sept. 20 by Bunch Auctions in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Also, a pair of Minton Louis Solon decorated pate-sur-pate vases with covers made $31,625; a Native American carved polychrome kachina doll hit $2,760; an allegorical oil on wood painting by Gregory Gillespie, titled Insects, fetched $41,400; and an ink on paper work by Nancy Grossman, titled Two Heads, went for $19,550. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Julia M. Cameron albumen print, $106,250, Swann Auction Galleries
An albumen print from 1866 by Julia Margaret Cameron titled Portrait of Kate Keown, one of the first in Cameron’s series of life-size heads, sold for $106,250 at an auction titled Art & Storytelling: Photographs and Photobooks, held Oct. 25 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Also, a set of 14 first-editions by Ed Ruscha, some signed, gaveled for $45,000; and a portfolio with 15 silver prints by Yousuf Karsh, from 1941-1970 and printed in 1973, titled Karsh, Fifteen Portraits, sold for a record $87,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Gold and enamel snuff box, $62,500, Heritage Auctions
A Piguet & Capt three-compartment gold and enamel snuff box with concealed automaton and timepiece, made circa 1800, sold for $62,500 at a Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction held Oct. 27 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, a Rolex Ref. 6263 Gold Oyster Superlative Chronometer with Sigma dial, circa 1980, fetched $46,250; a Cartier platinum Art Deco diamond, onyx and seed pearl watch, circa 1915, rose to $42,500; and a 1979 Rolex Steel Cosmograph Daytona hit $33,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Beethoven concerto, $452,400, Bonhams
The sketch-leaf for Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major (Op. 73), the Emperor Concerto, one of the earliest sketch-leafs of this work and possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes, sold for $452,400 at an auction held Oct. 20 by Bonhams in London. The concerto was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s friend, patron and pupil. It is one of only a handful of the sketch-leafs known. The price is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Julian Stanczak artwork, $93,750, Rago Arts & Auction
An artwork by Julian Stanczak titled Walking Shadows sold for $93,750 at a Fine Arts Auction held Nov. 5 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey. Also, Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias’s Bathing in the River soared to $40,650; Lorraine Shemesh’s Exhale, from the Allan Stone Project, went for $46,875; an untitled sculpture by Ousmane Sow also realized $46,875; illustrations by author Chris Van Allsburg fetched $53,125 and $40,625; and M.C. Escher’s Castle in the Air finished at $36,250. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Albert Bierstadt painting, $660,000, John Moran
An early painting of Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt (New York, 1830-1902), titled El Capitan, Yosemite (1866), sold for $660,000 at a California and American Fine Art Auction held Oct. 25 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California. Also, an atmospheric scene of a shepherd leading his flock down a country lane by Granville Redmond (California, 1871-1935), titled Going Home, brought $114,000; and a traditional still life painting by Severin Roesen (Pennsylvania, 1815-1872) went to a determined bidder for $27,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese imperial firearm, $2.46 million, Sotheby’s
The first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark ever to be offered at auction sold for $2.46 million at an auction held Nov. 9 by Sotheby’s in London. The gun, a brilliantly designed and exquisitely crafted musket, was created for the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799) of the Qing Dynasty, arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in Chinese history. Incised on the breech of the barrel were Chinese characters denoting the musket’s peerless ranking: “Supreme Grade, Number One.” The price is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Patek Philippe wristwatch, $276,000, Eldred’s Auction
A Patek Philippe 18K gold chronograph wristwatch sold for $276,000 at a Fine & Decorative Art Auction held Oct. 29 by Eldred’s Auction in East Dennis, Massachusetts. Also, a Black Forest carving of a stag on a wall mount went for $1,800; a lovely and colorful 19th century Baccarat paperweight gaveled for $2,640; a Tiffany Furnaces lamp in the Art Deco pattern, 14 1/2 inches tall, hammered for $1,200; and an unsigned Dutch oil on panel harbor scene measuring 7 ¼ inches by 9 1/4 inches (sight), finished at $2,160. All prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Ward Brothers pintail hen, $201,250, Guyette & Deeter
A Ward Brothers humpback-style pintail hen sold for $201,250 at a Fall Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Nov. 10 by Guyette & Deeter of St. Michaels. It was a new world auction record for a Ward Brothers decoy. Also, a bufflehead drake by Elmer Crowell (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) soared to $143,750; a ruddy turnstone shorebird by Obediah Verity (Seaford, New York) made $57,500; and a canvasback hen by John English (Florence, New Jersey) rose to $51,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Willem de Kooning oil, $66.3 million, Christie’s
An oil on canvas painting by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Untitled XXV, painted in 1977, sold for $66.3 million at a Postwar and Contemporary Art Sale held Nov. 15 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a 1961 oil on canvas by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) titled Les Grandes Arteres finished at $23.8 million; an oil on canvas by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), titled Abstraktes Bild (809-2), painted in 1994, brought $22.1 million; and a 1999 oil on canvas by John Currin (b. 1962), titled Nice ‘n Easy, rose to $12 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Bo Bartlett painting, Lifeboat, $296,000, Clars Auction Gallery
A painting by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955), titled Lifeboat sold for $296,000 at an auction held Nov. 12-13 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. It was a new auction record for a work by the artist. Also, three silkscreens from Andy Warhol’s Sunset series sold for a total of $111,925; and an 1874 painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, 1823-1900) brought $84,700. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Shenandoah Valley valentine, $22,230, Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
A Shenandoah Valley of Virginia cut-work scherenschnitte valentine, dated 1856, sold for $22,230 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held Nov. 12 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Virginia. Also, a Shenandoah Valley embroidered show towel, dated 1854, commanded $12,870; a wineglass cooler from the Andrew Jackson-Franklin Pierce pattern White House service, knocked down for $14,040; and an 18th century American pipe tomahawk went to a determined bidder for $9,360. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Sapphire and diamond ring, $103,500, Cottone Auctions
A dazzling sapphire and diamond vintage ring in a gold and platinum setting sold for $103,500 at a fine art and antiques auction held Sept. 23-24 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a Tiffany Studios leaded glass Geranium lamp with signed shade illuminated the room for $52,325; a two-piece Japanese painting on silk, 76 inches by 51 inches, climbed to $33,500; and a pair of majolica plaques, done in the manner of Benozzo Gozzoli (Italian, 1421-1497), 18 inches by 13 inches, made $42,550. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Albert Bierstadt painting, $386,100, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
A luminist painting by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), titled Sunrise, sold for $386,100 at an auction held Aug. 27-29 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a seascape work by Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837-1908), titled Near Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Maine, realized $175,500; On the Hudson Near Tappan Zee by Francis Augusta Silva (New York, 1835-1886) brought $163,800; and Conanicut Island, Rhode Island by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) hit $117,000. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Flash Gordon original artwork, $60,375, Philip Weiss Auctions
Original Sunday page artwork for the Flash Gordon comic strip dated Jan. 24, 1937, drawn by noted illustrator Alex Raymond (1909-1956), sold for $60,375 at an auction held Sept. 8 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a copy of the comic book Superman #1 (DC Comics, 1939) soared to $32,500; drawings of Hawkman and Hawkgirl by Joe Kubert (1926-2012) sold as one lot for $7,500; and a late 1940s French poster for the The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart topped out at $23,000. Prices include the sliding scale buyer’s premium.
Sioux beaded war shirt, $27,500, Allard Auctions
A late 1800s sinew-sewn Sioux war shirt with lazy stitched beaded geometrics sold for $27,500 at the Best of Santa Fe Auction held Aug. 12-14 by Allard Auctions of Saint Ignatius, Montana. Also, a circa 1900 traditionally made buckskin Sioux warrior’s shirt went for $22,500; a late 19th century Northern Plains buckskin war shirt realized $20,000; and a buckskin Sioux women’s dress, circa 1900, fetched $11,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a sliding scale buyer’s premium.
Set of eight Tiffany windows, $356,950, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
An exceptional set of eight multilayered glass windows, executed by Tiffany Studios in 1913 and depicting the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus (from Matthew 5: 3-10), sold for $356,950 at an antiques estate auction held Sept. 10 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Tiffany Studios curtain border floor lamp with 24-inch domical shade brought $60,500; and a pair of Chinese teak and porcelain floor screens with a 31-inch diameter porcelain center panel, overall 68 inches by 47 inches, hit $54,450. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.
Antoine Blanchard painting, $7,380, Crescent City Auction Gallery
A 20th century signed oil on canvas painting by Antoine Blanchard (French, 1910-1988), titled L’Avenue de l’Opera, sold for $7,380 at an auction held Sept. 16-18 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 20th century Oriental School watercolor with calligraphic inscription, titled Landscape with Children with Firecrackers, knocked down at $14,760; and a pair of oils on board by Clementine Hunter (American, 1887-1988), titled African Headdress, painted circa 1970, sold as one lot for $7,380. Prices include a sliding scale buyer’s premium.
Winchester Model 1866, $483,000, Rock Island Auction Co.
A German silver framed, exhibition quality, panel scene engraved Winchester Model 1866 rifle, with ties to trick shot Chevalier Ira Paine, sold for $483,000 at a firearms auction Sept. 9-11 held by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a gold and platinum handled blade hunting knife owned by President Theodore Roosevelt soared to a record $414,000; and a Model 1866 lever musket, nicknamed “The Three Graces,” also hit the mark for $414,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Henry Clay solid gold medal, $346,000, Heritage Auctions
An 1852 medal honoring Secretary of State Henry Clay, struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of gold, sold for $346,000 at an auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln held Sept. 17 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a signed 1862 carte-de-visite card image of a pensive Lincoln gaveled for $175,000; a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, hit $137,500; and Mary Todd Lincoln’s silk mourning dress ensemble rose to $100,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Big Chief Moon bank, $2,340, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
A Big Chief Moon cast-iron mechanical bank sold for $2,340 at auction held Aug. 27 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an Ohio Art Co. paint-decorated tin parade jack-o’-lantern changed hands for $2,223; a Roseville Della Robbia vase turned $2,340; an 1887 Kalamazoo Bats Bobby Matthews baseball card hit $1,989; and a Christo Cherry glass syrup bottle knocked down at $1,404. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Song Dynasty tea bowl, $11.7 million, Christie’s
A Chinese ‘Oil Spot’ Jian tea bowl from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) sold for $11.7 million at Asian Art Week, held Sept. 13-16 by Christie’s in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a Song Dynasty tea bowl. Also, a superbly enameled pair of yellow-ground famille rose vases with Jiaqing six-character seal marks, circa 1796-1820, brought $2.045 million; and a Chinese peach bloom-glazed “three-string” vase, Laifu Zun, circa 1662-1722, changed hands for $2.045 million. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Louis XIII cognac and decanter, $134,750, Sotheby’s
A crystal magnum decanter of special Louis XIII cognac, engraved with a map of the Americas, sold for $134,750 at a Wine Auction held Sept. 9-10 by Sotheby’s in New York City. Also, 10 bottles of 1985 Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti made $46,550; 12 bottles of 1985 Clos de la Roche, Cuvee Vielles Vignes, went for $42,875; a 12-bottle assortment of 1999 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti fetched $42,875; and three bottles of 2003 Romanee Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti hammered for $31,850. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer’s premium.
Farahan Sarouk rug, $5,463, Direct Auction Galleries
A 9-by-12-foot red, blue and green Farahan Sarouk Persian rug made in western Iran (Arak) and boasting a beautiful center medallion, intricate floral patterns and a rich, tightly woven pile sold for $5,463 at an auction held Aug. 23 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, an 18K gold Piaget men’s automatic watch with an 18K band brought $3,450; a landscape painting with figures by German painter Ludwig Muninger (1929-1997) made $1,265; and a 19th century French bronze chandelier rose to $1,495. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
School of Rubens mural, $42,500, Litchfield County Auctions
A 17th century Old Master (School of Rubens) Biblical mural painting, offered in two sections and in as-found condition, sold for $42,500 at an art and antiques auction held June 29-30 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a woman’s head ceramic pitcher by Pablo Picasso, 1954, went for $32,500; a papier-mache terrestrial globe, London, circa 1842, hit $6,125; and a pair of large 19th century, bottle-shaped Chinese enamel decorated vases, repurposed as lamps, finished at $5,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Diamond platinum bracelet, $67,276, Kodner Galleries
A stunning diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold bracelet, set with 21 cushion-cut diamonds (21.25 carats total weght) and 21 emerald-cut diamonds (6 carats total weight) sold for $67,276 at a fine art, antiques and jewelry sale held Aug. 31 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a Van Cleef & Arpels-style bracelet rose to $16,093; a set of 10 Canadian 2009 Maple Leaf $50 gold coins finished at $16,819; and a gorgeous diamond and 18K white gold flower ring rang up $13,310. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.
Four Chinese wall panels, $269,000, Doyle New York
A group of four 20th century Chinese famille rose glazed porcelain wall panels, signed Liu Yuceng, sold for $269,000 at an Asian art auction held Sept. 12 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a scroll depicting a landscape by Chinese artist Guan Shanyue (1912-2000) sold for $461,000; a horse painting after Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953) hit $173,000; and a depiction of a boater on a mountain lake by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983) went for $149,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese huanghuali bed, $1.39 million, Bonhams
A rare Chinese huanghuali four-poster bed from the Ming Dynasty sold for $1.39 million at a series of Asian art auctions held Sept. 12-16 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a pair of Chinese 18th century white jade bird boxes knocked down at $305,000; a set of three porcelain plaques depicting birds and flowers by Liu Yucen (Chinese, 1904-1969) topped out at $245,000; and a painting by renowned Korean artist Park Sookeun (1914-1965), titled Gidalim (Waiting), soared to $605,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Silver and cloisonné vase, $38,750, Rago Arts & Auction Center
A Japanese silver and cloisonné vase sold for $38,750 at Coins + Currency and Great Estates Auctions held Sept. 9-10 by Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a pair of Chinese Qianlong porcelain tea bowls realized $18,750; a Walter Meade Black Forest dog with three pups commanded $18,750; a Russian Imperial enameled silver tea set finished at $18,750; a George II mahogany serving table coasted to $16,250; and a 1795 Liberty Cap 1-cent coin made $12,050. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Picasso ceramic sculpture, $14,400, John Moran Auctioneers
A circa 1955 ceramic sculpture by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) for Madoura, titled Lampe Femme, sold for $14,400 at a decorative art Auction held Sept. 10 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 1909 orotone by Western photographer Edward Curtis (Calif., 1868-1948), titled Signal Fire to the Mountain God, hammered for $7,200; and a Danish modern “Papa Bear” chair and ottoman by designer Hans Wegner for AP Stolen made $7,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Leger pencil drawing, $125,000, Swann Auction Galleries
A pencil drawing by Fernand Leger, titled La Lecture, 1924, sold for $125,000 at a 19th and 20th century prints and drawings auction held Sept. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a pair of terre de faience ceramic vases depicting human faces by Pablo Picasso – one titled Laughing-Eyed Face (1969), the other Bearded Man (1953) – realized $42,000 and $25,000, respectively; and a richly inked drypoint work by Martin Lewis, titled Relics (Speakeasy Corner), went for $52,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Chinese Ge-type arrow vase, $63,000, Clars Auction Gallery
A Chinese Ge-type, hu-form arrow vase sold for $63,000 at an auction held Sept. 17-18 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a rare and early oil on canvas painting by Gordon Onslow Ford (American/British 1912-2003), titled Escape (1939), took top lot honors by hitting $78,650; a set of four Yu Youren calligraphy, dedicated to his son Yu Wangde in 1951, went for $57,475; and an oil on canvas painting by Ennio Morlotti (Italian, 1910-1992), titled Studio per Bagnante, circa 1956, changed hands for $54,450. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
By KEN HALL
Rococo full tester bed, $6,150, Crescent City Auction Gallery
An American rococo mahogany full tester bed made in the mid-19th century sold for $6,150 at an estates auction held July 30-31 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a Russian icon of St. Antonina, circa early 20th century, 11 1/4 inches tall and with silver oklad and the maker’s mark of KK (Moscow), gaveled for $5,842; and an oil on canvas painting by Alfred de Breanski (British, 1852-1928), titled Departing Day, went for $5,535. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Hissing Canada goose, $299,000, Decoys Unlimited
A classic carving of a hissing Canada goose by esteemed carver Joseph W. Lincoln (Massachusetts, 1859-1938) sold for $299,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 22 by Decoys Unlimited LLC in Hyannis, Mass. Also, a life-size, semi-palmated plover in superb condition by A. Elmer Crowell (Massachusetts, 1862-1952) went for $17,250; and a common tern decoy that was carved circa 1870-1890 brought $25,875. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Jacob Eby tall case clock, $10,620, Ahlers & Ogletree
An early 19th century mahogany Federal tall case clock made by Jacob Eby (Mannheim, Pa., 1776-1828) sold for $10,620 at a Summer Collections & Estates Auction held Aug. 27-28 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, an offset color lithograph on wove paper by Roy Lichtenstein, titled Sunrise and pencil signed by the artist, brought $7,080; and a late 19th or early 20th century British School oil on canvas painting titled Battle of Trafalgar, depicting a famous naval battle from the Napoleonic Wars, rose to $10,030. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
8 Indian manuscript pages, $245,000, Kaminski Auctions
A group of eight circa 1800 framed Indian illuminated manuscript pages sold for just over $245,000 at a sale of the estate of the late Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg held July 24 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. The most expensive pages were Royal Tryst and Krishna Dances for the Gopis; both brought $55,200. Also, a 19th century Russian silver kovsh marked “P. Ovchinkova,” showing two Vikings with armor and marked “84” in Cyrillic, made $16,800. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Maryland appliquéd quilt, $9,360, Jeffrey S. Evans
A fine pieced and appliquéd Maryland Lone Star quilt, likely made by Mary Seeds Moon (born circa 1806), the mother of Emily Quail Moon (1844-1906), in Baltimore around 1840, sold for $9,360 at a Textiles & Sewing Auction held July 16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an American patriotic theme whole cloth quilt changed hands for $4,095; an overshot woven coverlet made in Luray, Va., realized $1,111.50; and a Lucy J. Wooding family record sampler sold for $643.50. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Zhang Daqian ink and color, $118,000, Michaan’s Auctions
An ink and color on paper painting by Zhang Daqian sold for $118,000 at an estates auction held July 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a group lot of “eye dZi” beads from the Naomi Lindstrom jewelry collection brought $12,980; a courtly scene woven into a Lavar Kerman rug finished at $5,900; a traditional carved wood Tau Tau figure of a man, rendered by the Toraja, gaveled for $8,260; and a set of early American Punch and Judy folk art puppets went to a California bidder for $4,130. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
Rare 1928 perfume bottle, $33,000, IPBA Convention
A rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy trompe l’oeil presentation “Le Bracelet Miraculeux” perfume bottle, which held five scents and was disguised as an Art Deco bracelet, sold for $33,000 at the 28th annual convention of the International Perfume Bottle Association held May 29 in Portland, Ore. Also, a 1922 enameled Baccarat bottle for Edouardo’s “Egyptian Alabastron” fetched $18,000; and an Art Nouveau style bottle for Millot’s “Kantrix,” design by Hector Guimard in Paris around 1900 rose to $17,600. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer’s premium.
Dilley golden plover decoy, $103,500, Guyette & Deeter
An outstanding golden plover decoy by John Dilley sold for $103,500 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a preening black duck in the original paint, carved circa 1850 by Albert Laing, soared to $97,750; a bronze sculpture of a bighorn sheep by Carl Rungius went for $100,625; and a superlative pair of 1936 model mallards, executed by the Ward Brothers, finished at $97,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Gold egg-form pendant, $3,750, Litchfield County
A 22K gold cage-work and agate egg-form pendant sold for $3,750 at a sale of fine and decorative art and jewelry from the estate of comedienne Joan Rivers, held July 20-21 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a Louise Braithwaite oil painting, possibly commissioned by Rivers, went for $2,750; two Wallace sterling silver water pitchers in the Grande Baroque pattern realized $2,500; and a circa 17th century Greek icon of Christ the Pantocrator in a later frame fetched $2,750. All prices include the buyer’s premium.
Dunbar credenza, $4,830, Direct Auction
A long, blonde wood, four-door Dunbar credenza sold for $4,830 at an estates auction held July 26 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago. Also, a classic design Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman, crafted of leather and molded plywood, with a veneer of Brazilian rosewood, rose to $3,105; a 14K white gold pendant with a large amethyst and diamonds brought $1,265; and a long chrome base bench with gold tufted upholstery by Miles van der Rohe (1886-1969) realized $1,035. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, $606,375, Goldin Auctions
The boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in his epic 1971 fight with Joe Frazier sold for $606,375 at a Summer Catalog Auction that ended Aug. 13 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Michael Jordan’s black road uniform (jersey and shorts) from a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons, played April 13, 1997, reached $69,825; handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur’s personal notebook made $31,850; and a gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hammered for $24,500. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.
Carroll Cloar painting, $51,920, Case Antiques Auction
An acrylic on board painting by Carroll Cloar (Tennessee, 1913-1994), titled Weeping Willow, sold for $51,920 at an Historic Southern Summer Auction held July 30 by Case Antiques Auction in Knoxville, Tenn. It was a new world record auction price for the artist. Also, an abstract oil on canvas painting by Spanish/Filipino artist Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) brought $123,900; and a Continental School portrait of a young man, executed either in the 17th or 18th century, changed hands for $41,300. All prices quoted are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Frank Frazetta comic art, $1.08 million, Heritage
A 1974 color illustration by Frank Frazetta, titled At the Earth’s Core, sold for $1.08 million at a Comics & Comic Art Auction held August 4-6 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It was a record auction price for a work by the artist and the most ever paid for a work by an American comic book artist. Also, a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, graded 5.5 CGC, realized $956,000; and Bernie Wrightson’s original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 from 1972 earned $191,200. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.
Lovely 22-carat sapphire ring, $162,000, Greenwich Auction
A 22-carat sapphire ring surrounded by just under four carats of diamonds sold for $162,000 at an auction held July 10 by Greenwich Auction in Stamford, Conn. Also, a 13-carat diamond bow brooch realized $15,340; a 3-carat diamond ring brought $20,060; and a five-carat Tiffany & Co. diamond watch went for $10,620. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese export clock, $54,000, John Moran Auctioneers
A Chinese export French-style automaton clock sold for $54,000 at a Decorative Art Auction held July 30 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a pair of Sevres-style cachepots with handmade Vincennes-style ceramic flower inserts realized $4,200; a portrait of a woman wearing a nosegay finished at $5,400; a large-scale 18th century Continental School painting of a seated woman of nobility brought $6,000; and a Royal Vienna-style porcelain tea service signed “Wagner” made $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
1955 Jaguar D-type race car, $21.78 million, RM Sotheby’s
A 1955 Jaguar D-Type sports car, chassis no. XKD 501, sold for $21.78 million at an auction held Aug. 19 by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, Calif. It was the most ever paid at auction for a British automobile. The previous record was set last year, when a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato roared off for $14.3 million. Also, a Shelby Cobra CSX 2000, sped away for $13.75 million, a new auction record for an American automobile. The previous record was $11 million, for a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Cahoon seaside painting, $31,200, Eldred’s Auction
A seaside picnic scene with mermaids and a sailor by Ralph E. Cahoon sold for $31,200 at a Summer Americana & Paintings Auction held Aug. 3-5 by Eldred’s Auction Gallery in East Dennis, Mass. Also, a Gilbert Stuart portrait that descended in the family of the sitter and never before sold at auction realized $25,200; a copy of the will of George Washington fetched $3,900; a Theordore B. Starr sterling silver tennis trophy brought $6,250; and a Federal sewing stand with handkerchief top finished at $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
McCleery-Holmes plover, $144,000, Copley Fine Art
A carved plover decoy known as the McCleery-Holmes plover, made circa 1880 in Kingston, Mass., and previously owned by the noted collector James McCleery, sold for $144,000 at an auction held July 24 by Copley Fine Art Auctions in Plymouth, Mass. Also, a watercolor painting by Andrew Wyeth (Pennsylvania, 1917-2009) was the top lot of the sporting art category in the auction, selling for $63,000; and a wigeon drake by the renowned carver John Blair Sr., went for $90,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
5-gallon jug, $9,500, Red Wing Collectors Convention
A 5-gallon Red Wing beehive jug with blue birch leaves and advertising for Straus Brothers Co. Wholesale Liquors, Chicago, sold for $9,500 at the annual auction of the Red Wing Collectors Society, held July 7 in Red Wing, Minn. Also, a 6-gallon transitional ice water cooler with a Union Stoneware oval and a “Red Wing Stoneware Company” front stamp brought $2,200. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer’s premium.
By KEN HALL