Gallery Report: Karl Lagerfeld mirror garners $237K at Bonhams

ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world at large. Here’s his May 2021 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

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Gallery Report: Saint-Gaudens statue tops Keno sale at $506K

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Saint-Gaudens statue, $506,000, Keno Auctions

A bronze sculpture of Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), 18 feet tall and originally produced as a weathervane for Madison Square Garden, sold for $506,000 at an auction held Jan. 23 during Americana Week in New York City by Keno Auctions. Also, a Kinsman Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1829), topped out at $356,000; Frankenstein by William Hawkins rose to $41,000; and a Flambé Meiping vase with Qianlong mark hit $21,000. Read more

Gallery Report: 1787 gold doubloon cashes in at $9.4M

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage Auctions

A 1787 gold doubloon coin, the finest example of just the seven known to exist, graded NGC MS65, sold for $9.36 million at an auction of important U.S. coins held Jan. 21 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It was the most ever paid at auction for a gold coin, eclipsing the previous record of $7.59 million for a 1933 $20 Double Eagle, sold in 2002. The doubloon, officially titled the 1787 New York-Style Brasher Doubloon, has been called “The World’s Most Famous Coin.”

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Gallery Report: Sand art bottle soars to $275K

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Patriotic sand art bottle, $275,000, Skinner, Inc.

A patriotic presentation sand art bottle meticulously crafted circa 1885-1890 by Andrew Clemens (1857-1894), 7¼ inches tall, sold for a record $275,000 at an American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction held Nov. 23 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. The bottle, one of a small group that survives today, decorated with an eagle, flag, mortar and pestle, and outstretched arms, was dedicated to Dr. Prosper Harvey Ellsworth, “From Two Friends.”

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Gallery Report: Sideshow banner attracts $28K at Potter & Potter

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Circus sideshow banner, $28,800, Potter & Potter

A circa 1930s or ’40s circus sideshow banner (“Cavalcade of Wonders – Freaks Past & Present”), 90 inches tall and 20 feet wide, sold for $28,800 at a Circus, Sideshow & Oddities Sale held Sept. 26, by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a circa 1965 photograph by Diane Arbus, titled Group Portrait at Hubert’s Museum, rose to $12,000; and a collection of signed circus performer photographs changed hands for $4,320.

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Gallery Report: ‘Blue Dog’ best in show at Crescent City

ATLANTA – 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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

George Rodrigue painting, $25,000, Crescent City

An oil on canvas painting by George Rodrigue (Louisiana, 1944-2013), titled Flames of Hope (1992), sold for $25,000 at an Estates Auction held Sept. 11-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a large watercolor on silk Chinese Thangka, circa 18th century, rose to $22,500; an Hermes Victoria Brown Clemence leather cabas shopper commanded $2,375; and a 140-piece set of sterling flatware by Reed & Barton in the Francis I pattern found a new home for $8,750.

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Gallery Report: Clars sells Zhang Daquan painting for $172K

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Zhang Daqian painting, $172,200, Clars Auction

An ink and color on paper painting by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), titled Red Leaves and Bird, measuring 13¾ inches by 32 inches, sold for $172,200 at an auction held Aug. 8-9 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a pair of famille rose ruby-ground “Medallion” bowls with DauGuang six-character mark, realized $159,900; and a Chinese blue and white “Lotus” vase, 14½ inches tall, inscribed with the Qian Long six-character seal mark, rose to $110,700.

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Gallery Report: Rungius painting scales heights at Abell Auction

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Rungius oil painting, $372,000, Abell Auction

An oil on canvas painting by Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius (1869-1959), titled Alarmed (Big Horn Rocky Mountain Sheep), sold for $372,000 at a Fine Art & Antiques auction held June 14 by Abell Auction in Commerce, Calif. Also, an 18K gold, platinum and fancy natural gray-blue and pink diamond ring realized $300,000; Bob Kuhn’s (1920-2007) painting of a wading elephant titled Aquacade made $114,000; and Bob Kuhn’s Cool, Cool Sand, circa 1987, reached $102,000. Read more

Gallery Report: Bob Thompson painting skyrockets at Hindman

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Bob Thompson work, $212,500, Hindman

A 1961 allegorical painting by Bob Thompson titled The Sack (The Snook) sold for $212,500 at a Spring Fine Art Sale held May 20-21 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, Miyoko Ito’s Irrigation went for $112,500; Roger Brown’s Dancing Houses, The Earthquake of 1994 brought $100,000; Theodore Clement Steele’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monuments of Indianapolis from 1917 fetched $131,250; and Roy Lichtenstein’s prints Crying Girl and Blonde made $32,500 and $35,000, respectively.

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Gallery Report: Magician’s props conjure auction excitement

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 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Magician cups and balls, $14,400, Potter & Potter

A magician’s cups and balls used by industry luminary Johnny Thompson (American, 1934-2019) for his version of the classic sleight-of-hand trick, sold for $14,400 at a Magic Sale held May 2 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Chung Ling Soo’s circa 1915 wig finished at $10,200; a signed circa 1908 notebook of secrets from Harry Houdini’s collection hit $9,000; and a framed poster promoting “Harry Kellar’s Latest Theosophic Wonder” commanded $7,200. Read more