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.
Chinese bronze censer, $30,000, Bruneau & Co.
An 18th century Chinese Qing dynasty bronze tripod censer with the Xuande character seal mark sold for $30,000 at a Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Aug. 17 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a mythical illustrative painting by Heinrich Kley (German, 1863-1945), titled Der Patient, depicting an ill dragon resting on a pillow stuffed with gold, rose to $4,375; and a sculpture of the Greek poet Sapho by Emmanuel Villanis (French, 1858-1914), knocked down for $2,250.
Pair of Chinese vases, $3,750, John Moran
A pair of Chinese vases sold for $3,750 at a Studio Decorative Art Auction held Aug. 25 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a Jackie Robinson-signed Pasadena Junior College yearbook was a hit for $1,375; a set of 12 Steuben water goblets finished at $1,187; and a pair of Chinese lidded ginger jars went to a determined bidder for $2,250.
Chinese/Japanese textiles, $16,380, Jeffrey S. Evans
A group of Chinese and Japanese textiles sold for $16,380 at a Summer Americana & Variety Auction held Aug. 23-24 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sped off the lot for $10,000; a Civil War ambrotype of two Confederate brothers changed hands for $4,095; an oak store cabinet for Dr. Daniels Veterinary medicine rose to $2,691; and a cast-bronze cornucopia/griffin student lamp lit up the room for $2,808.
Signed ‘Toy Story’ poster, $31,250, Nate D. Sanders
A Pixar Animations Studios poster featuring Toy Story characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody, signed by Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs, sold for $31,250 at an auction held Aug. 29 by Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles. It was just the second Jobs poster to be auctioned; in 2017, a 1992 Jobs-signed Networld Expo poster in San Francisco made $19,640. The 24-by-36-inch Toy Story poster, autographed sometime after the movie’s 1995 debut, was signed using a black fiber-tip marker.
James Dean crash photos, $22,498, RR Auction
A collection of 30 original glossy photos, many unpublished, vividly documenting the fatal car crash site of Hollywood actor James Dean in 1955 sold for $22,498 in an online auction held Aug. 8-15 by RR Auction, based in Boston, Mass. Also, a copy of Led Zeppelin’s debut album, signed by all four members of the band, realized $22,956; Jimi Hendrix’s bronze Ming dynasty Buddha went for $19,327; and a BBC 1973 vintage photo signed by the members of the Who brought $15,000.
Chinese Ming-style vase, $387,000, Doyle
A Chinese Ming-style Doucai vase with the Yongzheng six-character mark with double circles and of the period (1723-1735), 9¼ inches tall, sold for $387,000 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held September 9th by Doyle in New York City. Also, an Imperial Tibetan gold woven brocade hanging of the Thousand Buddhas from the Qianlong Period, 57 inches by 128 inches, brought $46,875; and a 19th century Chinese white jade figure of a mythological qilin made $37,500.
Colt Walker revolver, $1.035 million, Rock Island Auction Co.
The last martial Colt Walker revolver, in museum-worthy condition, sold for $1.035 million at Premier Gun Auction #77 held Sept. 6-8 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a John Ulrich Winchester 1895 that once belonged to famed Western author Zane Grey hit the mark for $345,000; a Winchester 1876 Centennial revolver with handsome case hardening and swing-out cylinder rang out at $431,250; and an 1880 Colt single-action revolver hit $402,500.
Jade ‘Dragon’ washer, $1.3 million, Sotheby’s
A massive spinach-green jade Dragon washer sold for $1.3 million during September Asia Week held by Sotheby’s in New York City. Also, a white and apple-green jadeite “Landscape” table screen changed hands for $1.1 million; an exceptional and rare beige and brown jade camel from the Tan dynasty achieved $620,000; and a gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara Padmapani from the Yongle mark and period went to a determined bidder for $620,000.
Parcel-gilt silver bowl, $3.495 million, Christie’s
A Chinese Tang dynasty parcel-gilt silver bowl (618-907 A.D.) sold for $3.495 million at Asian Art Week held in September by Christie’s in New York. Also, an acrylic on canvas by Sayed Haider Raza (1922-2016), titled La Terre (1977) went for $3.015 million; a blue and white “Dragon and Lotus” vase with the Qianlong six-character seal and the mark of the period (1736-1795) made $519,000; and a hanging scroll by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), titled Hibiscus (1948), brought $591,000.
Madison map of Virginia, $252,000, Brunk Auctions
An early map of Virginia by Bishop James Madison (1749-1812), acquired directly from a descendant of the printer and believed to be the only copy to survive, sold for $252,000 at an auction held March 21-23 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, an Egyptian blue glaze punch bowl from the “Jazz Bowl” series by Viktor Schreckengost fetched $46,500; and an oil painting from 1937 by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (Filipino, 1892-1972), of a Filipino bather, brought $76,800.
Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock,’ $93,750, Heritage Auctions
A first edition copy of Graham Greene’s novel Brighton Rock, one of two copies known to have been brought to auction, sold for $93,750 at a Rare Books Auction held Sept. 5 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a first edition copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses brought $48,125; Agatha Christie’s The Mystery of the Blue Train realized $22,500; and Arthur Rackman’s 1934 image The Pied Piper, from The Pied Piper of Hamelin, done in ink, pen and watercolor, hit $30,000.
M.C. Escher woodblock print, $98,400, Clars Auction Gallery
A 13-foot-long woodblock print by M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972), titled Metamorphosis II (1939-1940), sold for $98,400 at an auction held Sept. 14-15 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil on canvas by Vladimir Becic (Croatian, 1886-1954), titled Landscape, Bosnia #1, soared to $49,200; an Abstract Landscape by Liu Guosong (Chinese, b. 1932) finished at $55,350; and an oil on canvas by James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860-1940) made $28,290.
B.B. King’s Gibson guitar, $280,000, Julien’s Auctions
B.B. King’s stage-played “Lucille” black Gibson ES-345 prototype limited edition guitar, gifted by Gibson to King for his 80th birthday, sold for $280,000 as a sale of property from King’s estate held Sept. 21 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, King’s collection of original 78 rpm blues records fetched $51,200; and a brick “from the grandstand where Elvis Presley performed at the 1956 Miss.-Ala. Fair & Dairy Show” gaveled for $22,400.
Tiffany aquatic fish lamp, $193,600, Fontaine’s Auction
A Tiffany Studios leaded glass aquatic fish lamp sold for $193,600 at an auction held Sept. 14 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Pablo Picasso Taureau faience pitcher, just over 12 inches tall, made $54,450; a large group of religious stained glass windows attributed to Joseph Lauber, circa 1905-1914, realized $36,300; and one lot of 19th century Four Seasons carved marble sculptures, set on marble bases with cartouche shields, finished at $30,250.
George Rodrigue painting, $25,600, Benefit Shop Foundation
A colorful and iconic “Blue Dog” painting by George Rodrigue (American, 1944-2013), dated 200 and with the title, Dreaming of You, handwritten on verso, sold for $25,600 at a Red Carpet Auction held Sept. 11 by the Benefit Shop Foundation in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “This signed painting was acquired by the owner directly from Rodrigue’s New Orleans art gallery and has all the charm and whimsy that fans of the artist look for,” said Pam Stone of the Benefit Shop Foundation.
Arts and Crafts lights, $94,000, Leland Little
Five Arts and Crafts lights by Dard Hunter (Ohio, 1883-1966) for the Roycroft Inn sold for $94,000 at an Important Fall Auction held Sept. 21 by Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, N.C. Also, a one family-owned 1973 Jaguar XKE convertible sped away for $75,000; a rare Southern Queen Anne carved tea table earned $57,000; a painting by Claude Howell (American, 1915-1997), titled Trawlers, went for $16,000; and a platinum and diamond ring brought $13,000.
Olivia de Havilland-worn dress, $8,125, Hindman
A Christian Dior by Marc Bohan haute couture dress and shoes worn by Dame Olivia de Havilland in the 1964 movie Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte sold for $8,125 at a Haute Couture and Luxury Fall Fashion Sale held Sept. 17 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, a Christian Dior by Marc Bohan haute couture ensemble worn by De Havilland for the cover photo of her 1961 book Every Frenchman Has One, and at a special 1961 showing of the film Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, hit $6,250.
Pave diamond cuff bangle, $20,000, Market Auctions
An 18.56-carat diamond and 18K white gold twist cuff bangle sold for $20,000 at an Art, Antique & Jewelry Auction held Sept. 11 at Market Auctions Inc. in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a Charles Hollis Jones Lucite coffee table went for $2,500; an 18K yellow gold Piaget Dancer quartz watch slipped onto a new wrist for $3,125; and a Ron Seff stainless steel Coronet table base with glass top hit $4,375.
By KEN HALL