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 report:
Birger Sandzen landscape, $97,200, Case Antiques
An oil on canvas sunset landscape painting by Birger Sandzen (American, 1871-1954) sold for $97,200 at an auction held Aug. 5 by Case Antiques Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, an oil painting by John Frederick Kensett titled Contentment Island hammered for $94,800; a painting by Memphis artist Carroll Cloar (1913-1993) titled The Waiting climbed to $47,360; and an Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph of the Moulin Rouge dancer Jane Avril reached $60,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Van Gogh painting (attribution), $96,000, Woodshed Art Auctions
A tempera and gouache on paper attributed to Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) titled Morning, Going to Work sold for $96,000 in an online-only Prestige Collection Sale held July 26 by Woodshed Art Auctions in Franklin, Mass. Also, a tempera on paper work attributed to Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) titled Study for Gare Saint-Lazare also gaveled for $96,000; and an ink drawing attributed to Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), titled Smiling Woman rose to $32,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Hack Wilson game uniform, $382,812, Goldin Auctions
The jersey and pants that Chicago Cubs slugger Hack Wilson wore in a game in 1930 sold for $382,812 at a Premium Live Summer Auction held July 27 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemeade, N.J. Also, a Boston Red Sox jersey signed and worn by the Hall of Famer Ted Williams in a game from 1959 netted $147,000; a Hillerich & Bradsby model 125 baseball bat used by Mel Ott in 1934-1935 hit $80,850; and a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card made $80,850. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Expressionistic painting, $11,400, Michaan’s Auctions
An expressionistic painting by Louisa Matthiasdottir titled Black and White Sheep sold for $11,400 at a Fine Art, Furniture, Collectibles & Jewelry Auction held July 8 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a pair of Giacometti-style 1978 gilt bronze andirons, made in Italy and retailed by the Horchow Collection, fetched $11,400;and a Buccellati’s Milano 127-piece sterling flatware service climbed to $9,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
First edition of ‘Moby Dick,’ $9,600, PBA Galleries
A first American edition copy of Herman Melville’s classic book Moby Dick (or, The Whale) sold for $9,600 at a Fine Literature & Fine Books Auction held July 27 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a first edition copy of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye went for $6,000; The Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 24 volumes, signed by Doyle, brought $5,400; and Estelle Doheny’s copy of Stephen Crane’s novel The Red Badge of Courage rose to $5,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Peacock dressing mirror, $12,000, Cowan’s Auctions
A peacock dressing mirror in the manner of Tiffany Studios sold for $12,000 at a Summer Fine & Decorative Art Auction held July 29 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a Swiss-made 19th-century Paillard Vaucher Fils four-tune music box brought $8,400; a Regina folding coffin top music box on a stand with 27 discs, $6,300; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, $5,842; and a Meissen lidded bowl with under-tray, $5,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
William R. Leigh painting, $1.1 million, Coeur d’Alene Art Auction
A painting by William R. Leigh titled A Close Call sold for $1.1 million at a Fine Western & American Art Auction held July 29 by the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction. Also, Bob Kuhn’s The Rustle of Mice changed hands for $83,300; W. Herbert Dunton’s October and Ernest Blumenschein’s Mountain Landscape each finished at $50,575; Dean Cornwell’s 1920s painting Bedside coasted to $50,757; and W.H.D. Koerner’s The Pitcher and the Well found a new owner for $47,600. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Ives Railway Lines set, $6,000, Cordier Auctions
An Ives 1134 Railway Lines freight set sold for $6,000 at a Toy & Train Auction held July 2 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a Lionel 199 Ives derrick with red top chugged turned $5,500; an Uncle Sam mechanical bank went for $2,900; and two Lionel Harnischfeger cars in original boxes fetched $2,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Toulouse-Lautrec poster, $96,000, Poster Auctions International
A poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), done in 1899 and depicting Moulin Rouge dancer Jane Avril in a serpentine dress sold for $96,000 at an auction held June 22 by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, a Moet & Chandon diptych and an original nude life study for La Crepuscule by Alphonse Mucha (French, 1860-1939) both made $38,400; and a rare 1938 poster for St. Raphael by Charles Loupot (French, 1892-1962) hammered for $84,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Charles Safford Canada goose, $517,500, Guyette & Deeter Inc.
An important Canada goose by Charles Safford sold for $517,500 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 25-26 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in Portsmouth, N.H. It was the 12th most expensive decoy ever sold at auction. Also, a squaw drake by Joseph Lincoln soared to $143,750; a green-winged teal, also by Lincoln, fetched $74,750; and a full-size decorative yellowlegs by Elmer Crowell flew off for $47,150. The auction grossed just under $2.25 million. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese porcelain fish bowl, $22,500, John Moran Auctioneers
A large Chinese porcelain fish bowl with blue and brown foliate and shell designs on a white ground sold for $22,500 at a Studio Auction held Aug. 8 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a painting by Chang Reynolds (California, c. 1914-1987), depicting Ringling Brothers circus elephants, hammered for $6,000; a pair of early 20th-century French moustache-back leather armchairs brought $4,200; and an untitled painting by Hans Zimmer (Calif., 1910-1996) made $4,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Louis XVI-style console, $4,200, Capo Auction
A Louis XVI-style painted console mirror and marble-top neoclassical console sold for $4,200 at a Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction held July 22 by Capo Auction in Long Island City, N.Y. Also, a black leather Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed changed hands for $3,300; a metal bench in the form of a butterfly fetched $2,640; a watercolor by William Matthews (American, b. 1949) titled Tusca Rora made $2,520; and a Janus et Cie Amalfi Collection garden settee rose to $1,440. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Dorflinger punch bowl set, $114,000, Brunk Auctions
A green-cut-to-clear Dorflinger Montrose punch bowl set made in Pennsylvania sold for $114,000 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held July 21-22 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, a painting of beagles by John Emms titled After the Chase made $45,600; a Southern federal inlaid cherry bottle case attributed to Mason County, Kentucky, fetched $48,000; a New England Amberina cut glass cologne rose to $38,400; and a Kentucky federal cherry sugar desk hit $38,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Pair of Jean Royere chairs, $231,250, Phillips Auction
A pair of low Oeuf chairs from the 1950s by Jean Royere sold for $231,250 at a Design Auction held June 6 by Phillips in New York City. Also, Ron Arad’s 2009 bookcase titled Oh, the Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends, which unites books in a sculptured representation of the continental U.S., realized $298,000; a Jean Proove cabinet, model no. 152, circa 1952, hit $190,000; and Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti’s Madrepore dining table and armchairs set, circa 1950, made $125,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Emil Nolde watercolor, $143,750, Freeman’s
A watercolor painting by German Expressionist Emil Nolde titled Evening Landscape in Northern Friesland sold for $143,750 at a two-session sale (European Art & Old Masters, Fine Timepieces) held June 12 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a painting by Eugene Boudin titled Rivage Aux Environs de Trouville realized $75,000; a Patek Philippe Gondolo Calendario watch, circa 2007, fetched $21,600; and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso moon-phase watch with power reserve made $18,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Edgar Payne painting, $223,500, Bonhams
A painting by Edgard Payne (1883-1947) titled The Jungfrau, one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, sold for $223,500 at a California and Western Paintings and Sculpture Auction held Aug. 1 by Bonhams in Los Angeles. Also, Desert (Prospector) by John Frost (1890-1937), painted in 1924, realized $112,500; a still life with narcissus and anemone by E. Charlton Fortune (1885-1969) hit $106,250; and a painting by William Wendt (1865-1946) of Mount Ranier rose to $87,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1956 Aston Martin DBR1, $22.6 million, RM/Sotheby’s
A 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 racing car sold for $22.6 million at an auction held Aug. 18-19 by RM Auctions/Sotheby’s in Monterey, Calif. It was a new world auction record for a British car at auction. Also, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta sped off for $8.3 million; a 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT prototype finished at $6.8 million; a 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider changed hands for $5.7 million; and a 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III coupe hit $5.3 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Chinese carved bodhisattva, $16,250, Litchfield County Auctions
A Chinese carved wood figure of bodhisattva sold for $16,250 at an auction held July 22 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a Steinway Model A Victorian parlor grand piano brought $6,875; a Chinese porcelain jardinière, famille verte, realized $4,875; a pair of 18th-century Wedgwood & Bentley portrait plaques of Washington and Franklin climbed to $4,750; and a sketch of a church steeple by Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) rose to $4,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Harold Dunbar painting, $78,000, Eldred’s
A figural rendering by Harold Dunbar of a young woman and a captain out on a stroll sold for $78,000 at an auction held Aug. 2-4 by Eldred’s in East Dennis, Mass. Also, an oil on canvas painting by Provincetown artist Anne Packard, titled Truro Beach, fetched $21,600; a circa-1917 blue-winged teal hen decoy by Mark Whipple of Bourg, La., earned $19,200; and a rare George Washington inaugural button in the Linked States pattern changed hands for $5,937. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Norman Rockwell painting, $1.7 million, Heritage Auctions
A baseball-themed painting by artist Norman Rockwell that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1949, originally thought to be a signed copy but then turned out to be an original, sold for $1.68 million at a Platinum Night Sports Auction held Aug. 19-20 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, Lou Gehrig’s 1937 New York Yankees home pinstriped jersey hit $870,000; a 1954 Mickey Mantle jersey made $432,000; and a bat used by Babe Ruth made $408,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
By Ken Hall