Gallery Report: August 2011

A Britains “picture pack” counter display box with hinged front cover, containing 33 figures, sold for $6,000 at a sale of Rare Military & Civilian Figures held May 21-22 by Old Toy Soldier Auctions in Pittsburgh. Also, a Timpo boxed Hopalong Cassidy set, one of only a few known, realized $5,040; a Timpo Big Game Hunter hit $2,650; a 25-piece Britains set #2112 of the U.S. Marine Band in summer dress brought $1,320; and a Britains set #2099, Venezuelan cadets with officer, rose to $900. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Tiffany Peony lamp, $94,875, James D. Julia Inc.


Abeautiful 18-inch Tiffany Peony leaded table lamp with rich red and pink flowers surrounding its bell shade sold for $94,875 at a Summer Glass & Lamp Auction held June 23-24 by James D. Julia Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a bronze Tiffany Arrowroot table lamp illuminated the room for $92,000; a massive geometric curtain border leaded floor lamp with a decorated senior floor base below an original pigtail heat cap brought $74,750; and a Tiffany Poppy lamp with mottled mauve background made $66,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Lionel 408E train set, $35,396, Noel Barrett


ALionel 408E standard gauge train set with electric engine, four compartmented coaches and original boxes, sold for $35,396 at a “Something for Everyone” sale held May 21 by Noel Barrett in New Hope, Pa. Also, a Marklin Central-Bahnhof train station #2651, hand-painted with candlelit interior and furnishings, finished at $23,600; a Carette (German) gauge 1 #2350 American profile steam loco and tender brought $29,500; and a self-framed Marathon Tires tin advertising sign went for $16,520. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.


Albert Marque doll, $168,000, Frasher’s


A 1914 portrait bisque doll sculpted by the renowned French artist Albert Marque (1872-1939) and originally commissioned for the Paris boutique Margaine-Lacroix sold for $168,000 at an auction held July 9 by Frasher’s Doll Auctions in Kansas City, Mo. Also, an Emile Jumeau Bebe Triste doll, 24 inches long, soared to $15,680; a circa-1870 Louis Doleac signed French bisque poupee changed hands for $9,200; and a circa-1878 Jumeau Premiere Bebe, 15 inches long, went to a determined bidder for $7,280. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.


World’s Fair bank, $45,325, RSL Auction


A rare, multicolored World’s Fair cast-iron mechanical bank, made circa 1893 by J.&E. Stevens Co., sold for $43,325 at a sale featuring the John Jirkofsky collection held June 4 by RSL Auction Co. in Timonium, Md. Also, a Kyser & Rex Butting Buffalo cast-iron mechanical bank realized $33,075; a circa-1880 Kyser & Rex Chimpanzee cast-iron mechanical bank brought $24,500; and a circa-1904 Bing rear-entrance tonneau, hand-painted with rubber tires, 8 1/4 inches long, climbed to $15,926. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer’s premium.



Historic flag fragments, $65,725, Heritage Auctions


Two documented fragments from The Star Spangled Banner, the very flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Sept. 13, 1814, and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words to America’s national anthem, sold for $65,725 at an Arms & Militaria Auction held June 25 by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. Also, the Confederate battle flag of the 37th Mississippi Infantry made $50,788; and a J.H. Dance & Bros. (Columbia, Texas) .44 caliber percussion Confederate revolver #220 brought $56,763. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.


Winchester 1873 rifle, $40,250, Rock Island


A deluxe first model 1873 documented copy of the iconic Winchester “1 of 1,000” rifle sold for $40,250 at a Firearms Auction held July 16-17 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Nimschke marked engraved Winchester model 1866 lever-action rifle rang out at $18,400; a Fabrique Nationale Auto-5 semiautomatic shotgun, engraved and inscribed to “Big Bill” Thompson, mayor of Chicago, brought $8,625; a lot of six swords made $13,800; and a lot of six sabers garnered $11,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


17th-century harpsichord, $43,200, Jackson’s International


A17th-century harpsichord with later carved and gilt gesso decoration in the Verni Martin style sold for $43,200 at an auction held May 24-25 by Jackson’s International in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also, an original oil on panel painting by the popular 19th/20th century artist Eugen Von Blaas titled The Apple Seller soared to $192,000; a carved white jade dragon-decorated brush washer, 8 inches long, fetched $22,800; and an Imperial Russian period Order of the Noble Bokhara Breast Star, 3rd Class, breezed to $19,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


A. Elmer Crowell willet decoy, $57,500, Guyette & Schmidt


Awillet decoy hand-carved by A. Elmer Crowell (East Harwich, Mass.) sold for $57,500 at an annual Summer Decoy Auction held July 19-20 by Guyette & Schmidt Inc., based in St. Michaels, Md. The auction was held at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a rare curlew, circa 1880, by Walter Brady (Oyster, Va.) breezed to $48,875; a circa-1880s running knot from Cobb Island, Va., realized $25,875; and a pair of teal by Mitchell LaFrance (St. Sophie, La.) changed hands for $18,975. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


19th-century Tibetan Thangka, $19,305, Woodbury Auction


A19th-century Tibetan Thangka sold for $19,305 at an Opportunity Auction/Decorative Arts Sale held June 29 by Woodbury Auction in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a pair of framed Asian paintings on fabric (probably Chinese, 19th century) peaked at $7,020; an 1890s Louis Vuitton steamer trunk with inside label knocked down at $1,287; a Georgian-style crystal chandelier hammered for $4,095; a pair of bronze cherub form lamps realized $1,287; and a cast-iron three-tiered fountain changed hands for $1,404. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Leica 0-Series camera, $1.9 million, WestLicht


An extremely rare Leica 0-Series camera, made in 1923, sold to a private collector from Asia for $1.9 million at the 19th WestLicht Camera Auction held May 28 in Vienna. Also, a Leica MP2 went for $750,000; a KBG espionage camera knocked down at $50,000; and a pair of super-fast lenses sailed past their estimates: a Carl Zeiss Super-Q-Gigantar f0.33/40mm brought $85,000, while a Carl Zeiss Planar f0.7/50mm finished at $130,000. Prices were converted from euros into U.S. dollars and include the buyer’s premium.


1797 Half Eagle coin, $132,250, FUN Auction


A1797 16-stars Half Eagle gold coin graded AU53 by NGC and one of only about 25 known, sold for $132,250 at a Summer FUN Signature Coin Auction held July 7-10 in Orlando, Fla. The auction was conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries. Also, an 1880 Mormon $5 piece, graded AU50 by PCGS, commanded $80,500; a spectacular gem proof 1901 Double Eagle with dramatic gold-on-back cameo contrast realized $77,625; and an 1861-O $20 gold piece (AU 58 NGC) made $74,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Running curlew decoy, $257,250, Copley Fine Art


Abeautiful and decorative running curlew carved decoy, executed around 1912 by A. Elmer Crowell, sold for $257,250 at a sale of Decoys and Sporting Art held July 21-22 by Copley Fine Art Auctions in Plymouth, Mass. It is believed to be a new world auction record for a Crowell carving. Also, a miniature Jack curlew, also carved by Crowell, changed hands for $12,650, while an oil on canvas painting of a pheasant hunt by Aiden Lassell Ripley, titled Springers and Pheasants, topped out at $97,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Andy Warhol’s ‘Flowers,’ $1.32 million, artnet


An original Andy Warhol painting from 1978 titled Flowers sold for $1.3225 million at a sale held July 20 by artnet Auctions in New York City. The buyer was a private American collector who wished to remain anonymous. It was a new world auction record for Flowers, a painting boasting brilliant tones of blue and green and measuring 22 inches by 22 inches. It is one of only four Flowers paintings recorded by The Andy Warhol Foundation archive. It had been in a German collection for many years. The prices includes a buyer’s premium.