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 unless stated otherwise):
Joan Mitchell drawing, $1.2 million, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
A large, double sheet Untitled (Pastel) drawing from 1991 by Joan Mitchell sold more than $1.2 million at a Postwar and Contemporary Art Auction held Oct. 2 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. It was the highest price realized for a work on paper by the artist at auction. Also, Brazilian Light by Kenneth Noland brought $187,500; 2 Slaves #2 and White Dog 2 by Jonas Wood fetched $131,250; and Black Jack by Gene Davis changed hands for $68,000.
Tlingit Chilkat blanket, $45,600, Cowan’s Auctions
A Tlingit Chilkat blanket, woven in the early 1900s of mountain goat wool in several colors and depicting a man surrounded by totemic imagery, sold for $45,600 at an American Indian & Western: Premier Auction held Sept. 21 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a Pueblo painted buffalo hide shield with cover earned $38,400; a Crow beaded buffalo hide rifle scabbard finished at $19,200; and an acrylic on canvas by John Nieto (American, b. 1936) hit $15,600.
Tiffany Dogwood lamp, $118,800, Bruneau & Co.
A Tiffany Studios Dogwood floor lamp, circa 1910, 63½ inches tall with a 22-inch diameter shade, sold for $118,800 at an Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Sept. 22 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, a blown glass Tiffany Studios table lamp, circa 1910, with a 20-inch diameter Poppy shade, brought $112,800; and a hand-colored etching, Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers, by John James Audubon (1785-1851), for Birds of America, hit $46,250.
Ink and watercolor fraktur, $39,040, Pook & Pook Inc.
An Oley Township Artist ink and watercolor fraktur, showing birds, winged angels and trumpets, plus two curious-looking mermaids, sold for $39,040 at the sale of the collection of Paul and Rita Flack (Part 6) held Oct. 13 by Pook & Pook Inc., in Downingtown, Pa. Also, a Conrad Gilbert ink and watercolor full-page drawing of a gentleman in a red coat also went for $39,040; and a Charles Hoffman watercolor landscape of the Northampton County also gaveled for $39,040.
Chippewa spinner fishing lure, $7,660, Miller & Miller
A Chippewa spinner fishing lure with green back spotted sides, made around 1910 by the Immell Bait & Tackle Co., sold for CA$10,030/US$7,660 at a hunting and fishing collectibles auction held Oct. 19-20 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a Lurette No. 2 lure, made by Canada Needle & Fishing Tackle, fetched CA$4,425/US$3,381; and a Vaughn’s cardboard lure box – no lure, just the box – made by Henry J. Lewis Co., 1930s, made CA$2,124/US$1,622.
Michael Taylor furniture suite, $4,500, Andrew Jones Auctions
A large suite of Michael Taylor’s Montecito garden furniture sold for $4,500 at a DTLA Collections and Estates Auction held Oct. 21 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, a German Expressionist painting of factory workers by Anton “Toni” Wolter (1879-1929) changed hands for $1,060; an Art Deco-style patinated metal ceiling fixture in the manner of Edgard Brandt realized $1,060; and an Art Nouveau pictorial marquetry tray by Emile Galle rose to $800.
Fine French hunting musket, $102,000, Morphy Auctions
A fine French fusil de chasse, a hunting musket, with wampum bead decoration, dated 1759, sold for $102,000 at the sale of the 70-year Walter J. O’Connor historical Americana collection held Sept. 26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an engraved road map powder horn belonging to John Cox of Fort Pitt, Pa., dated 1764, realized $84,000; and a Francis Pfister folding map of the Hudson River Corridor, dated 1758, with the original map case, went for $84,000.
1958 Franklin half dollar, $129,500, Legend Rare Coins
A beautifully toned 1958 Franklin half dollar U.S. coin, graded PCGS MS67+, sold for $129,500 at the 28th Regency Auction held Sept. 26-27 by Legend Rare Coins in Las Vegas, Nev., as part of the PCGS Members Only Show. Also, an 1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar U.S. coin, MS65 CAC, realized $188,000; a 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar U.S. coin, PCGS MS 65, fetched $117,500; and a 1923-S 10-cent dime U.S. coin, PCGS MS66, went for $105,750.
Portrait of a beardless Lincoln, $40,000, Swann Auction Galleries
An oil on board portrait of a beardless Abraham Lincoln by John C. Wolfe, circa 1860s, sold for $40,000 at a Printed & Manuscript Americana Auction held Sept. 27 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Francis W. de Winton’s notes on powwows with Indians went for $65,000; The Aitken Bible, the first printing of the complete Bible in English in America (Philadelphia, 1781) fetched $45,000; and Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis (1776) made $40,000.
Karl Hofer oil painting, $180,000, Brunk Auctions
An oil painting portrait by German artist Karl Hofer, titled Woman in Green, sold for $180,000 at a Premier Catalog Sale held Sept. 14-15 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, Mere et l’enfant by French-Vietnamese painter Le Pho (1907-2001) brought $162,000; a Tiffany & Co. platinum diamond ring with a 2.7-carat center stone made $55,200; and a pair of late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement chairs, French but with a Chinese influence, achieved $72,000.
‘A Playland for All’ mural, $21,600, Michaan’s Auctions
A Playland for All, a mural by Dan Fontes and Ed Cassell, with a painted wooden sign, sold for $21,600 at a Playland-Not-At-The-Beach Auction held Sept. 15 by Michaan’s Auctions in El Cerrito, Calif. Also, an original Laughing Sal, with a Jim Smith authentication, made in Ohio, rose to $18,000; a Dark Ride car from the Dark Mystery ride, possibly from Playland at the Beach (Pretzel Mfg. Co.) reached $9,000; and a Williams Monster Mash pinball machine hit $9,600.
Richards painting, $143,750, Doyle
A 1904 painting by William Trost Richards (American, 1883-1905), titled Stormy Seas with Whitecaps, sold for $143,750 at an American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 3 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a circa 1820 Brown Fitzhugh armorial platter from the Manigault service topped out at $31,250; a Federal grain-painted corner cupboard went for $28,125; and a Federal mahogany brass mounted tall case clock by Levi and Abel Hutchins (New Hampshire) hit $6,875.
Pair of gilt bronze chandeliers $51,425, Fontaine’s Auction
A pair of gilt bronze 15-light chandeliers with three figural maidens sold for $51,425 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Sept. 22 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a carved Carrara marble sculpture titled Sogno D’Amore (Cupid Dreaming), 56½ inches tall, knocked down for $36,300; a Regina-style 35-disc changer music box in a mahogany bow- front case earned $30,250; and a Tiffany Studios lamp with 16-inch Apple Blossom shade rose to $26,015.
Ed. Fey gambling machine, $40,800, Potter & Potter
An Ed. Fey one-cent Finger Striker gambling machine, circa 1910, sold for $40,800 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Sale held Sept. 29 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a Mills 10-cent panorama floor model movie machine changed hands for $7,500; an animated 5-cent fortune telling machine achieved $6,600; a Bryans automatic machine works disappearing disc went for $5,760; and a Pull the Tiger By the Tail one-cent strength machine made $5,520.
Bottle of Macallan 1926, $843,200, Sotheby’s
A bottle of Macallan 1936 60 Years Old (Sir Peter Blake label) whisky sold for $843,200 at wine auctions held Oct. 13-14 by Sotheby’s in New York City. It was the highest price for any spirit ever sold at auction in North America. Also, two bottles of Romanee Conti 1945 brought $558,000 and $496,000; three bottles of Romanee Conti 1937 sold for $310,000 each (a world auction record for a magnum); and three bottles of La Tache 1945 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti hit $297,600.
Swiss tall case clock, $16,250, John Moran
A Swiss carved linden wood tall case clock sold for $16,250 at a Traditional Collector Auction held Oct. 2 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an oil on panel church scene with women waiting for devotion, rendered in 1868 by Juliaan de Vriendt (Belgian, 1842-1935), realized $11,250; a George III sterling silver soup tureen by Paul Storr, London, 1812, brought $10,000; and a pair of Russian Imperial porcelain vases changed hands for $8,125.
Pierre Soulages etching, $15,210, Jeffrey S. Evans
An abstract etching by Pierre Soulages (French, b. 1919) sold for $15,210 at a Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 12-13 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a Mount Washington Royal Flemish art glass water pitcher changed hands for $9,560; a Tiffany & Co. 18K gold pocket watch knocked down for $7,605; and a Newcomb College art pottery vase finished at $5,265.
Tiffany flatware service, $37,500, Freeman’s
A Tiffany & Co. sterling silver 23 flatware service for 18, circa 1900, sold for $37,500 at a British & European Furniture, Decorative Arts & Paintings sale held Oct. 16 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a 17th-century Italian School painting titled The Three Graces realized $28,600; a painting by Peter Van Lint (Flemish, 1609-1690), titled Virgin and Child, brought $27,300; and a palatial 16th-century Italian Renaissance carved marble and walnut doorway made $21,250.
12-pound moon rock, $612,500, RR Auction
A rare 12-pound lunar meteorite, discovered in the desert of Northwest Africa in 2017, sold for $612,500 in an online auction held Oct. 18 by RR Auction in Boston. Also, astronaut Dave Scott’s flown Apollo 15 Lunar Landmark Maps book, which he carried to the moon, soared to $74,182; a Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin letter written three weeks before the launch of Apollo 11 fetched $30,318; and Gordon Cooper’s Mercury-era journal made $28,658.
Russian bronze sculpture, $81,250, Heritage Auctions
A Russian bronze sculpture after Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray titled Cossack Herding Horses, circa 1920, sold for $81,250 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Sept. 21-23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. Also, a John Broadwood & Sons (London) amboyna and giltwood grand piano, circa 1845, went for $27,500; a 14K egg-form clock in the manner of Faberge, late 20th century, made $21,250; and Nobility of Time (1984) by Salvador Dali gaveled for $18,750.