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 report:
Elmer Crowell wood drake, $59,000, Guyette & Deeter Inc.
A full-size decorative standing wood duck drake by Elmer Crowell sold for $59,000 at the sixth annual Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Feb. 17 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a bluebill decoy by Lee Dudley gaveled for $30,680; a canvasback drake by Lee Dudley flew away for $23,600; and a bluewing teal hen by James Holly made $21,830.
Chinese porcelain bowl, $200,000, Nye & Co.
An unassuming Chinese green glazed oval footed porcelain bowl with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000 sold for $200,000 at an auction held Jan. 31 by Nye & Co. Auctioneers in Bloomfield, N.J. Also, a Neoclassical parcel gilt mahogany recamier (fainting couch), made in New York City circa 1815-1825, brought $25,000; and a watercolor painting by John La Farge (American, 1835-1910), titled Figure with Wreath, framed, hammered for $15,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium throughout unless noted otherwise.
Jean-Michel Basquiat attribution, $37,500, Woodshed Art Auctions
An untitled skull painting attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988), 12 inches by 22 inches, unframed, sold for $37,500 in an internet-only fine art auction held Feb. 1 by Woodshed Art Auctions in Franklin, Mass. Also, a gouache on paper rendering of the iconic Apple Macintosh logo attributed to Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), done circa 1985, brought $36,000; and a spray paint on cardboard attributed to Banksy, titled go back to bed, went for $10,200.
Chinese jadeite seals, $8,750, Bruneau & Co.
A partial set of Chinese carved jadeite zodiac animal seals, nine in all, sold for $8,750 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 3 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, an American flag rug made by the Boston Wool Association, 77 inches by 144 inches, realized $5,625; a palace-size Persian Oriental rug, 31 feet 4 inches by 12 feet 3 inches, gaveled for $5,000; and an Arts & Crafts Handel Dogwood leaded glass and patinated bronze table lamp made $2,325.
George Ohr Pottery vase, $11,070, Crescent City Auction Gallery
A George Ohr Pottery high glaze bottle form vase, circa 1894, inscribed on the bottom “Jules Gabry” (Newcomb College’s first potter, 1894-1895), sold for $11,070 at an auction held Jan. 27-28 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a four-piece French inlaid mahogany Art Nouveau bedroom suite, circa 1920, made in the manner of Louis Majorelle (1859-1926), rose to $6,600; and a painting by James Mouton titled Rex, Ring of Carnival, went for $4,920.
English Thomason corkscrew, $21,900, CollectorCorkscrews.com
A 20th-century Thomason corkscrew with a brass handle shaped like a serpent, one of a few known, sold for $21,900 in an online auction held Nov. 3-12 by CollectorCorkscrews.com. Also, a 19th-century American corkscrew marked by Tiffany, with a lion, snake and elephant’s head on a silver handle, made $10,200; and an 18th-century French “cage” corkscrew, handcrafted from steel, realized $5,700. The had a 3 percent seller’s fee. There was no buyer’s premium.
Japanese Nihonto katana, $7,475, Jasper52
A Japanese Nihonto steel katana, a traditional sword used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan, circa 1521-1525, sold for $7,475 in an online auction held on LiveAuctioneers.com by Jasper52, based in New York. Also, a wool Persian rug made circa 1900-1939, 9 feet by 11 feet 8 inches, brought $7,187; an El Primero Helios stainless steel men’s watch wound up at $6,900; as did a 14K gold 2.00-carat round diamond engagement ring (HI, SI1).
Art Deco bronze statuette, $1,905, Benefit Shop Foundation
A bronze Art Deco statuette of a nude woman reclining inside a crescent moon, 23 inches tall, sold for $1,905 at an auction held Feb. 21 by the Benefit Shop Foundation in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Also, a pair of Chinese imperial yellow temple lions, circa 1860-1880, from the Nanking province, 17 ½ inches tall, fetched $1,079; and a David Burt Skyscapade art sculpture sheet metal mobile, 64 inches by 30 inches, brought $1,206.
Nazi physician’s Mercedes, $42,000, Milestone Auctions
The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 170V two-door coupe owned by Nazi SA physician Dr. Rudolf Beuring, in excellent running order, sold for $42,000 at a Historic Military & Firearms Auction held Jan. 27 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a grouping of Native American artifacts dug in Lake County, Ohio in the 1890s, which included a large 8 ½-inch pop-eyed birdstone, fetched $18,600; and a Nazi infantry battalion standarte, 50 inches by 50 inches, rose to $16,200.
Wells Fargo reward poster, $10,200, PBA Galleries
An 1875 Wells Fargo reward poster for “Alkali Jim” sold for $10,200 at an auction held Jan. 25 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a copper-engraved chart of the Straits of Singapore from 1711 realized $6,600; a collection of about 92 glass lantern slides and other related photographs, postcards and a diary changed hands for $6,600; and a manuscript edition of The Writings of John Muir, edited by William Frederic Bade, with numerous plates, made $5,100.
Louis XV petite commodes, $36,000, Brunk Auctions
A pair of Louis XV inlaid petite commodes sold for $36,000 at an auction held Jan. 26-27 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, six first-edition volumes of John James Audubon’s Birds of America hammered for $31,200; a Japonesque painting from 1888 titled Child of Wealth brought $31,200; a Maud Gatewood painting titled Harrowed Field Sunset breezed to $19,200; and a gorgeous Pennsylvania Chippendale mahogany spice cabinet went for $18,000.
Tiffany Studios candlestick, $20,400, Cowan’s Auctions
A Tiffany Studios candlestick from Cleveland’s Rowfront Club sold for $20,400 at an auction held Jan. 26 by Cowan’s Auctions of Cincinnati. Also, one lot of 21 diminutive white jade cat carvings also brought $20,400; a bronze sculpture by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980), titled Extase (1920), made $14,760; a late 19th/early 20th-century mechanical bank by J. & E. Stevens hit $2,520; and a 1905 Steiff center seam cinnamon teddy bear fetched $2,829.
Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet, $137,500, Rago Arts & Auction Center
A sculpture front cabinet from American Modern furniture maker and New Hope native Paul Evans rose to $137,500 at Design Auctions held Jan. 19-21 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a French Art Deco Lalique Palestre vase brought $40,625; a squeeze-bag decorated vase by Frederick H. Rhead for Arequipa garnered $93,750; an enameled copper dragonfly tray by Tiffany Studios hit $37,500; and a sculpture by Albert Paley titled Harlequin made $68,750.
Washington signed book, $138,000, Case Antiques
A leather-bound copy of Volume 1 of The Massachusetts Magazine, owned and signed by George Washington and given to his friend and biographer, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835), sold for $138,000 at an auction held Jan. 28 by Case Antiques in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a painting of stallion Bonnie Scotland and groom Robert Green of the Nashville plantation and thoroughbred farm Belle Meade, by Herbert Kittredge, made $48,000.
Gustav Gurschner vase, $12,500, Freeman’s
A decorated vase made circa 1900 by Gustav Gurschner (Austrian, 1873-1970) sold for $12,500 at a Collector’s Sale held Feb. 7 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a pair of oversize armchairs crafted in 1961 by Richard Koga (American, 20th century) rose to $10,400; a group of 19 American molded flasks, probably 20th century, fetched $9,375; a pair of Viking chairs, circa 1975, by Michael Coffey brought $8,750; and a painting by Lee Lippman (American, b. 1926) went for $6,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
19th-century sugar chest, $263,250, Cordier’s
An early 19th-century folk art painted sugar chest sold for $263,250 at an auction held Feb. 11 by Cordier’s Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. The buyer was Kelly Kinzle, owner of Kelly Kinzle Antiques in New Oxford, Pa. The consignor said their grandmother used it as a toy chest as a child. Family provenance places the 36-inch-tall chest in the South, possibly Kentucky, but Mr. Kinzle suspects it might ultimately trace back to Pennsylvania.
8 carved jade and stone objects, $7,800, John Moran Auctioneers
Eight carved jade and stone objects sold as one lot for $7,800 at a Studio Decorative Art Auction held Jan. 23 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a woodblock on paper artwork by Charles William Bartlett (Hawaii, 1860-1940), of a figure paddling an outrigger canoe, changed hands for $4,200; a group of five woodblock prints depicting California Missions and other scenes brought $4,062; and a patinated bronze sculpture by Mark Rossi (American, b. 1952) made $3,900.
Two stained glass panels, $46,360, Pook & Pook Inc.
Two stained glass panels, removed from a home in Johnstown, Pa., where they had been installed in 1912, sold for $46,360 at an Americana & International Auction held Jan. 27 by Pook & Pook Inc. in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a circa 1770 Philadelphia Chippendale high-chest gaveled for $21,960; a Pennsylvania painted pine dower chest realized $19,520; a Johann Antes American-made cello finished on an up note at $20,740; and a Patek Philippe singing bird music box hit $19,520.
2017 Super Bowl ring, $344,927, Goldin Auctions
A 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI championship ring, with the original presentation box, original Jostens’ “Brady” certificate and 265 diamonds (vs. 283 diamonds in Tom Brady’s actual ring), sold for $344,927 in an online Winter Auction held in February by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, the original UFC V Superfight championship belt created for the Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock fight from April 7, 1995 hit $44,190. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Cover art, Spider-Man #100, $478,000, Heritage Auctions
Original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100, by the legendary comic illustrator John Romita Sr., sold for $478,000 in an auction held Feb. 23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It was a new world record for the most expensive Marvel Comics Silver or Bronze Age cover ever sold at auction. Also, a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940) went for $334,600; and a copy of All American Comics #16 (DC, 1940), featuring the first appearance of Green Lantern, made $215,100. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
21.93-carat diamond ring, $100,000, Doyle
A ring set with a glittering heart-shaped diamond of approximately 21.93 carats sold for $100,000, well beyond the high estimate of $60,000, at a fine jewelry auction held Feb. 21 by Doyle in New York. The sale featured three collections: the estate of Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook; the estate of Barbara Cohen (known as the jewelry designer Barbara D’Oro); and the collection of Noel and Harriette Levine. The auction totaled $2.163 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.