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

Gallery Report: ‘Tutti Fruiti’ bracelet brings $1.34M 

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.

‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s

A magnificent “Tutti Fruiti” bracelet by Cartier, created circa 1930, sold for $1.34 million in an online auction held April 24-28 by Sotheby’s in New York City. The Art Deco jewel had never before appeared at auction, having been passed down through descendants of an American family for more than 30 years. Pursued by five bidders, the bracelet far surpassed its estimate of $600,000-$800,000. It was the highest price for any jewel sold at auction in 2020, at any auction house.

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Gallery Report: Grahame Sydney painting tops $64K

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.

Grahame Sydney painting, $64,350, Thomaston Place

An oil on linen painting by New Zealand contemporary artist Grahame Sydney (b. 1948), titled Cook House, Home Hills, sold for $64,350 held Feb. 28-29 and March 1 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a rare 35-star flag from the 1864 Lincoln and Johnson presidential campaign brought $38,025; a Cartier Ming Tree platinum brooch finished at $18,720; and a collection of Civil War-related ephemera went for $36,708.

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Gallery Report: Coin-op Pegasus ride soars to $25K

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.

Mobil Oil coin-op kids’ ride, $25,200, Michaan’s Auctions

A 1950s-era Mobil Oil coin-operated children’s Pegasus ride flew out of the room for $25,200 at a Gallery Auction held Feb. 8 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a wood and paper collage by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Untitled, 1957, gaveled for $8,400; an oil on board self-portrait by Jesus Guerrero Galvan (Mexican, 1910-1973), titled Autorretrato de Pinto, brought $7,200; and a Shreve & Co. Art Nouveau sterling silver tea service made $5,100.

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Gallery Report: Paul Henry painting crosses auction block at $45,750

NEW YORK – 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.

Paul Henry painting, $45,750, Alderfer’s

A painting by Paul Henry, titled Lough Derg, sold for $45,750 at an auction event held Dec. 11-17 by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a 14K gold solitaire ring with a 3.19-carat brilliant-cut diamond brought $25,740; an oil on board painting by Jack Butler Yeats, titled Sea and Lake, topped out at $49,725; a Jean Halter winterscape work went for $26,325; and a Joseph Greenberg gilt with undertone and gesso scrolled frame mirror fetched $3,100.

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Gallery Report: Superman cape, Patek Philippe, Black Cat gambling machine

NEW YORK – 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.

Superman movie cape, $193,750, Julien’s Auctions

The original cape worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) sold for $193,750 at an Icons & Idols: Hollywood Auction held December 16 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, two paintings by Frank Sinatra, one from 1965 and one from 1953, both signed, brought $75,000 and $21,250; Dan Aykroyd’s “Raymond Stantz” jumpsuit from Ghostbusters II realized $32,000; and an Alcatraz model used in Escape from Alcatraz made $25,600.

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Antebellum daguerreotype of slaves sells for $324,500

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 (prices include the buyer’s premium):

Antebellum image of slavery, $324,500, Cowan’s Auctions

A rare antebellum quarter plate believed to be the earliest known image of enslaved African Americans with cotton sold for $324,500 at an American History Auction held Nov. 15 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a William S. Soule photo album of Southern Plains Native Americans, 40 albumen images in all, fetched $57,500; and an archive of the postmaster and Indian Agent of Fort Berthold in the Dakota Territory changed hands for $56,250.

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Gallery Report: Coors cow sign comes home at $43,520

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 (prices include the buyer’s premium):Coors Dairy neon sign, $43,520, Morphy Auctions

A complete Coors Dairy porcelain and neon sign with figural cow image, 88 inches by 79 inches, in 7.9+ condition, sold for $43,520 at an Automobilia & Petroliana Auction held Oct. 5-7 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a rare Buffalo Brand Gasoline, Oils & Greases embossed tin sign, 60 inches by 36 inches, in 7.5+ condition, climbed to $43,050; and a Bengal Gasoline (“Pep and Power”) leaping tiger porcelain sign, 66 inches by 36 inches, 8.9+, fetched $40,590.

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Gallery Report: 35-star US flag table marches to $18K

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 (prices include the buyer’s premium):

35-star flag folk art table, $18,000, Woody Auction

A Civil War-era, 35-star, solid wood flag folk art table, honoring West Virginia’s admission to the Union on June 20, 1863, sold for $18,000 at an auction held Sept. 7 by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kan. Also, a Quick Meal Model 407-16 salesman’s sample cookstove achieved $1,200; a classic, three-stone engagement ring with the center stone an emerald cut diamond brought $1,800; and an oak double bowfront corner cabinet realized $1,254.

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Gallery Report: Early Pewabic Pottery vase tops $37K

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 (prices include the buyer’s premium):

Pewabic pottery vase, $37,200, DuMouchelle’s

A 17-inch-tall flowing matte green glaze hand-thrown Thistle vase on a Pewabic white clay body sold for $37,200 at an auction held July 19-21 by DuMouchelle’s in Detroit, Mich. Also, an 11-inch-tall Pewabic luster pottery vase finished at $4,650; an unusual, 5-inch-tall Crater “Lava” glaze vase changed hands for $2,108; a 4-inch copper luster glaze vase with teal and lavender tones brought $2,356; and an 8½-inch diameter copper glaze bowl thrown by Buck Stratton made $2,232.

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