Gallery Report: December 2013



1792 Washington bond, $265,500, Archives International


A historic U.S. federal bond, issued to and signed by then-President George Washington in 1792, the first year such bonds were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, sold for $265,500 at an auction held Oct. 19 (in New York City) and Oct. 22 (in Fort Lee, N.J.) by Archives International Auctions. It was the most ever paid at auction for a U.S. scripophily item. Also, an early Edison stock ticker hit $8,850; and a stock certificate signed by Buffalo Bill Cody brought $2,360. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium..


Pepsin Gum tin dispenser, $57,000, Showtime Auction


A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for both gum and fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4-6 in Ann Arbor, Mich., by Showtime Auction Services. Also, a mid-19th century E.R. Durkee & Co.’s Salad Dressing etched glass window attributed to the Dorflinger Glass Co. of White Mills, Pa., fetched $27,000; and a Coca-Cola salesman’s sample cooler hit $18,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium (14-20 percent).


Charles C. Curran painting, $192,000, Shannon’s Fine Art


An oil on canvas of a young woman striking a wistful pose in a field by Charles Courtney Curran (American, 1861-1942), titled Far Away Thoughts, sold for $192,000 at a fine art auction held Oct. 24 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, a small rediscovered abstract collage by the abstract expressionist master Franz Josef Kline (American, 1910-1962), untitled, went for $120,000; and an oil on canvas view of Niagara Falls by Ferdinand Richardt (American, 1819-1895) soared to $66,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese red coral sculpture, $66,550, Elite Decorative Arts


A Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture of four Guan Yin – Buddhist deities of mercy and compassion – from the Qing Dynasty sold for $66,550 at an auction held Nov. 2 by Elite Decorative Arts in Boynton Beach, Fla. Also, a Chinese hand-carved red coral figural grouping of two Guan Yin, with flowers throughout, also brought $66,550; a 14 1/2-inch-tall Chinese hand-carved red coral group depicting two maidens holding instruments fetched $41,140; and an oil painting by Pedro Coronel rose to $33,880. Prices include an 18-21 percent buyer’s premium.


Barry McGee street artwork, $52,800, Palm Beach Modern


A monumental work by street-art movement pioneer Barry McGee (San Francisco, b. 1966), 85 1/2 inches by 105 inches and painted on U.S. Army surplus canvas, sold for $52,800 at an auction held Nov. 2 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a signed and dated 1966 portrait of Cookie the orangutan in a rose-colored party dress, by Donald Roller Wilson (American, b. 1938), titled She Had Seen It, realized $22,800; and a lithograph by Gene Davis, (American, 1920-1985), dated 1974, made $9,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


The Rutz clovis point, $276,000, Morphy Auctions


The Rutz clovis point, a North American flaked stone artifact discovered on a mountain in Washington state in the early 1950s, sold for $276,000 at a prehistoric American artifact and arrowhead auction held Nov. 9 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a ferruginous quartz bottle bannerstone found on the Bell Farm in Davidson City., Tenn., in 1910 fetched $38,400; a rattail spud of polished metamorphic material rose to $31,200; and a lot of 20 points known as the Motley Cache went for $28,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Superman cover art, $112,015, Hake’s


The original Curt Swan cover art for Action Comics #309 – believed to be the only surviving original art from the issue DC Comics tried to recall in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination in 1963 – sold for $112,015 at an auction held Nov. 19-21 by Hake’s Americana & Collectibles in York, Pa. The issue’s storyline focused on Superman’s friendship with President John F. Kennedy. Also, a circa 1930s Saalheimer & Strauss tin litho mechanical bank depicting a widely smiling Mickey Mouse hammered for $28,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Chinese carved jade panel, $392,000, Woodbury Auction


A Chinese carved two-sided jade panel, roughly 6 inches tall by 8 inches wide and featuring a carved mountain landscape scene on one side and a carved scene of boaters on a lake on the other, sold for $392,000 at an estates auction held Sept. 29 by Woodbury Auction, LLC, in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a sterling silver mounted boar’s tusk cigar clipper fetched $7,200; a vintage diamond-encrusted brooch knocked down at $3,840; and an 1897 oil on canvas painting by William Van Zandt made $6,875. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Indian Chief miniature lamp, $18,400, Jeffrey S. Evans


A bisque miniature lamp depicting an Indian chief with inset glass eyes, thought to be unique, sold for $18,400 at a lighting auction held Oct. 26 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, an English cameo-glass lamp attributed to Stevens & Williams with three-color overlay, decorated with daisies and butterflies, earned $14,950; a signed Thomas Webb & Sons’ Queen Burmese ware miniature lamp hit $8,050; and a Charles Parker Starpoint petticoat brass-frame library lamp made $4,025. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Bill Mazeroski uniform, $632,500, Hunt Auctions


The home uniform that Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski wore in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series when he hit a dramatic, game-winning home run off Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry, sold for $632,500 at a sale of Mazeroski’s personal collection held Nov. 9 at the 10th annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Live Auction in Louisville, Ky., by Hunt Auctions of Acton, Pa. Also, the bronzed bat Mazeroski used to hit the home run realized $322,000. The auction grossed $1.7 million. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Large mural-like composite, $72,000, John Moran Auctioneers


A large mural-like composite artwork by Claremont, Calif., artist Millard Sheets, titled Pinto Herd, sold for $72,000 at a fine art auction held Oct. 22 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a Santa Barbara coastal view by William Wendt, the acknowledged dean of the Southern California impressionists, also brought $72,000; a work by Henry Chapman Ford, titled Santa Barbara Mission, went for $51,000, a record for the artist; and a nocturne by Gordon Coutts fetched $33,000, also a record. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Cigar store Indian figure, $747,500, Guyette, Schmidt


A carved wooden cigar store Indian figure sold for $747,500 – the most ever paid at auction for a cigar store Indian – at the annual fall decoy auction held Nov. 6-7 by Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter, based in St. Michaels, Md. Also, a William Basnight swan decoy went for $183,750, a new record for the maker; a merganser drake by Harry V. Shourds breezed to $97,750; and a hooded merganser drake by the Ward Brothers hammered for $92,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Asawa wire mobile, $627,750, Rago Arts


AA woven wire mobile by Ruth Asawa having five lobes and measuring 61 inches in length sold for $627,750 at an auction held Nov. 16 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, Julio Le Parc’s Series 3 D No. 1 hammered for $87,500; Richard Anuskiewicz’s Crimson Sanctuary changed hands for $75,000; Julian Stanczak’s Summaries of Light rose to $68,750; two works of art by Sol LeWitt (Set 223 and untitled) realized $62,500; and Frederick W. MacMonnies’s Pan of Rohallion made $53,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.


Eugene de Blaas painting, $166,600, Clars Auction


An original painting by Eugene de Blaas (Austrian, 1843-1932), titled The Proposal, sold for $166,600 at an auction held Nov. 10 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a collection of French Cameo glass realized more than $50,000; a collection of Native American textiles, basketry, pottery and 19th century totem poles breezed to $60,000; a Chinese hardwood side table from the Qing Dynasty (17th /18th century) went for $41,650; and a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with 38,000 original miles hit $32,725. Prices include a 19 percent buyer’s premium.


Revolutionary War map, $173,000, Swann Auction


Bernard Roman’s engraved Map of the Seat of Civil War in America (Philadelphia, 1775), depicting most of eastern Massachusetts and portions of Rhode Island and Connecticut, sold for $173,000 at an auction of printed and manuscript Americana held Oct. 10 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, the wartime diary of Connecticut officer John Hutchinson Buell, with a miniature portrait and silver cup, circa 1780-1784, earned $75,000; and a copy of Holder’s Arithmetick (Boston, 1719) hit $15,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.