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.
9.02-carat diamond ring, $193,600, Kodner Galleries
A GIA-certified 9.02-carat rectangular brilliant-cut diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold engagement ring sold for $193,600 at an auction held May 1 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a 36-carat diamond Riviere necklace made $84,700; an 82-carat multicolor, three-strand diamond necklace went for $58,800; and two pairs of Art Deco diamond and platinum earrings hammered for $45,980 and $24,200.
1871 John Stobart painting, $111,150, Thomaston Place
A maritime painting by John Stobart (Mass./Fla., b. 1929), depicting New Orleans harbor in 1871, sold for $111,150 at a Summer Auction held Aug. 23-25 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, Jasper Cropsey’s (N.Y., 1823-1900) 1864 oil on canvas work depicting the famous Pennsylvania Starrucca Viaduct knocked down for $81,900; and a mixed media work by Henri Laurens (French, 1885-1954) titled Le Femme a la Guitare changed hands for $51,000.
Chinese famille rose vase, $22,500, Kaminski Auctions
A 19th century 11-inch-tall Chinese famille rose Deer vase sold for $22,500 at an auction held Aug. 17-18 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an abstract painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat rose to $13,881; a 13th or 14th century Chinese Ming dynasty bronze Buddha figure knocked down for $12,500; a rug based on Fernand Leger’s (1881-1955) Three Women, for Palazzetti Rugs, went for $8,250; and an oil painting of a band playing by Mane-Katz (1894-1962) made $6,250.
Philip Roth’s typewriter, $22,750, Litchfield Auctions
An Olivetti Lettera 32 manual typewriter previously owned and used by author Philip Roth sold for $22,750 at an auction held July 20 by Litchfield Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, two of Roth’s black IBM Selectric typewriters went for a combined $12,740; a vintage oil on canvas painting of Roth changed hands for $19,500; Roth’s antique American oak swivel chair brought $5,330; and a pair of Noguchi Akari BB-55DD bamboo floor lamps lit up the room for $5,330.
Buffalo Bill presentation 1864 rifle, $18,125, Holabird Western Americana
An 1864 J.M. Stevens & Co. presentation rifle engraved “from Buffalo Bill to Night-Hawk & Broncho Bill” sold for $18,125 at an auction of firearms from the private collection of J.M. Davis, held July 26-28 by Holabird Western Americana Collections at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, Okla. Also, a pre-1845 S. Hawken rifle having a Kentucky half-stock of walnut with a full engraved lock that appeared original hit $15,000.
Texaco porcelain sign, $8,400, Milestone Auctions
A Texaco Marine Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign measuring 21½ inches by 11 inches and stamped “MADE IN USA 4-50”, sold for $8,400 at an auction held July 27 by Milestone Auctions, at the firm’s new gallery in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Mettlach 3L #1941 stoneware beer stein painted with the Saxony Coat-of-Arms achieved $7,200; and an Exhibit Supply Co. “Novelty Merchantman” 10-cent digger machine with working miniature steam shovel made $4,200.
German suit of armor, $31,250, John Moran Auctioneers
A 16th century German cuirassier suit of armor sold for $31,250 at a Traditional Collector Auction held July 21 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a Continental rapier knocked down for $2,812; a Paradise Maroon porcelain service by Royal Crown Derby realized $5,937; a pair of Irish Regency mahogany and brass peat buckets went for $5,625; and a circa 1885 painting by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, 1824-1898), titled Young Woman, gaveled for $13,750.
Beatles signed drawing, $7,800, Potter & Potter Auctions
A Yellow Submarine production pencil drawing signed by all four members of the Beatles sold for $7,800 at a Pop Culture Auction held July 27 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a 1951 PSA VG 3 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card No. 253 was a hit for $5,040; a library of astronaut signed books and autographs from the 1960s-2010s soared to $5,040; and a 1968 Topps Mets Rookies Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan baseball card No. 177 made $3,120.
Elmer Crowell pintail drake, $265,500, Guyette & Deeter
An important pintail drake by Elmer Crowell (East Harwich, Mass.) sold for $265,500 at an annual summer decoy auction held July 23-24 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a pintail hen and drake from the Kankakee Marsh brought $82,600 and $153,400, respectively; a hollow carved swimming Canada goose by Nathan Cobb Jr. fetched $76,700; and a carved eagle banner by John Bellamy changed hands for $126,260.
Olympic gold medal, $68,750, RR Auction
The Olympic gold medal for aerial skiing champion Alexei Grishin from the Vancouver 2010 Games, with Canadian aboriginal art and an undulating form, sold for $68,750 in an online auction held July 15-18 by RR Auction in Boston. Also, an Olympic Torch from the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo made $50,000; a Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics set of gold, silver and bronze medals made $25,000; and a Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics silver winner’s medal hit $13,752.
James Bond Aston Martin, $6.4 million, RM Sotheby’s
A fully restored version of the Aston Martin DB5 car made famous by the character James Bond in the 1960s thrillers Goldfinger and Thunderball, sold for $6.4 million at an auction held August 15 by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, Calif. The car was identical to the one used on the set of those two films, but it didn’t appear in either one. It did have full Bond modifications, however, such as a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender and wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers.
William Edmonson sculpture, $240,000, Case Antiques
A limestone carving by William Edmonson (Tenn., 1874-1951), titled Miss Amy, an Uplifted Lady, sold for $240,000 at an auction held July 13 by Case Antiques in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a diamond ring featuring a 7.32-carat oval diamond and two fancy intense yellow diamonds more than one carat each gaveled for $168,000; an Impressionist coastal landscape by Henry Moret (French, 1856-1913) climbed to $132,000; and a diminutive Edgefield, S.C., face jug made $40,800.
Seaworth Bitters bottle, $25,740; Glass Works Auctions
A Seaworth Bitters Co. (New Jersey) bottle, circa 1880-1890, aqua in color and almost identical in form to the Cape May Lighthouse in New Jersey, sold for $25,740 in an online auction ending July 22 by Glass Works Auctions, based in East Greenville, Pa. Also, a smaller version of the same bottle, amber in color, made $9,945; a Fish Bitters bottle, made in Pennsylvania circa 1866-1875, medium lime green, brought $32,760; and another Fish Bitters, yellowish lime green, rose to $12,870.
Pair of antique dolls, $212,500, Theriault’s
A mid-1700s wooden doll made in England and called Miss Timber (left) sold for $155,000 and a circa 1915 22-inch-tall French bisque doll in her original Red Cross nursing costume finished at $57,500 at a Marquis Doll Auction held July 22 by Theriault’s in Annapolis, Md. Also, a doll made by German firm Kammer and Reinhardt in 1910 from an original sculpture by Arthur Lewin-Funcke went for $75,000.
Prendergast painting, $704,075, Bonhams
A highly detailed, complex painting executed circa 1916-1918 by Charles E. Prendergast (American, 1863-1948), titled Fantasy, sold for $704,075 at an American Art Sale held May 22 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a work by Stephen Hannock (American, b. 1951), titled The Oxbow, for Lane Faison with Betty and Agnes Mongan, realized $250,075; an exotic jungle scene by Orville Bulman, titled Entente Cordiale, hit $112,575; and Alton Pickens’ The Acrobat hit $93,825.
Mike Trout rookie card, $186,960, Goldin Auctions
A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout signed rookie baseball card sold for $186,960 in an online auction ending Aug. 2 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1916-1917 Honus Wagner game-used Louisville Slugger Model 125 bat was a hit for $442,800; a 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Kris Bryant signed rookie baseball card brought $111,930; and a 1999 Pokemon first edition complete card set, featuring #4 Charizard, went for $107,010.
Frederic Remington oil, $981,750, Coeur d’Alene
An oil on canvas painting by Frederic Remington (1861-1909), titled Casuals on the Range (1909), 18 inches by 26 inches, sold for $981,750 at the Coeur d’Alene Western & American Art Auction held July 27 in Reno, Nev. Also, an oil on canvas by Victor Higgins (1884-1949), titled Taos in Winter, 24 inches by 30 inches, reached $833,000; and an oil on canvas by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), titled Crow Encampment, Montana, 30 inches by 36 inches, made $892,500.
1936 Roosevelt poster, $7,250, Swann Galleries
William Sanger’s 1936 political poster for Roosevelt and Lehman (“Vote American Labor Party”) sold for $7,250 at a vintage posters auction held Aug. 7 by Swann Galleries in New York City. Also, a set of four decorative panels on silk from 1900 by Alphonse Mucha, titled The Seasons, realized $14,300; Ludwig Hohlwein’s Mercedes / Daimler – Motoren – Geselleschaft (1914) brought $10,0000; and a 1970 Porsche poster featuring Steve McQueen went for $7,000.
Copy of ‘Captain America #1,’ $915,000, Heritage Auctions
One of the finest known copies of the comic book Captain America #1 (Timely, 1941), graded CGC NM 9.4, sold for $915,000 at a Comics & Comic Art Auction held Aug. 1-3 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, Frank Frazetta’s original cover art painting for Creepy #17 (Warren, 1967) soared to $264,000; a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940), graded CGC VG/FN 5.0, realized $204,000; and Carl Banks’ original painting for Rug Riders’ Last Flight (1975) brought $156,000.
Edgar S. Paxson painting, $76,700, March in Montana
An oil on canvas painting by Edgar S. Paxson (1852-1919), titled Two Scouts Watching Custer’s Command (1916), sold for $76,700 at the 32nd annual March in Montana auction held March 22-23 in Great Falls, Mont. Also, an oil on canvas by Olaf C. Seltzer (1877-1957), titled Trail of the Diamond R, Great Divide, Montana (1936), went for $46,750; an oil on canvas by Tucker Smith (b. 1940), titled Silver Tip, made $41,300; and Ross Stefan’s The Listeners rose to $38,350.