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:
1966 Austin Healey Mark III, $24,575, Alderfer Auction
A 1966 Austin Healey Mark III 3000 British sports car sold for $24,575 at a fine and decorative arts auction held May 31 by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. The car sold to a phone bidder in France. It was a “barn find” – driven into storage in 1981, where it remained until this year. The vehicle sported its original top, manual transmission with electric overdrive and 47,729 miles on the odometer. The car attracted a packed house and record number of phone bids. The price includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Fritz Bultman painting, $23,750, Bruneau & Co.
A large collage of painted papers by the American abstract expressionist Fritz Bultman (1919-1985), titled Cape May II, sold for $23,750 at a Summer Antiques & Fine Art Auction held June 3 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, an Art Nouveau hand-wrought copper vase by Ludwig Vierthaler (German, 1875-1967) for Winhart & Co., Munich, finished at $5,938; and an oil on canvas by Herbert C. Farnum (Rhode Island, 1866-1925), titled Glouster, Mass., rose to $3,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
John Chamberlain collage, $70,200, Tremont Auctions
A mixed media collage by John Angus Chamberlain (1927-2011), signed and dated 1962 and made of painted paper and metal mounted to fiber board with staples, sold for $70,200 at an auction June 4 conducted by Tremont Auctions in Newton, Massachusetts. Also, a group of Edward Steichen photo murals and related items created for the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago and installed in the Hall of States as part of the New York State exhibition sold as two lots for a combined $67,860. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Set of 11 French dining chairs, $2,706, Crescent City Auction
A set of 11 French Louis XIII-style carved beech upholstered dining chairs, in floral upholstery with iron tack decoration, sold for $2,706 at an estates auction held June 24-25 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a French ebonized ormolu mounted center table, circa 1870, brought $2,460; an American Aesthetic gilt and gesso pier mirror and marble-top console table, circa 1880, fetched $2,583; and a painting by Robert M. Rucker went for $1,845. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Ruser diamond ring, $42,000, John Moran
A mid-20th century diamond statement bypass ring by Beverly Hills maker Ruser sold for $42,000 at an auction held May 23 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California. Also, a 1942 oil painting by Remie Lohse (American, 1892-1947) earned $9,600; an 18K gold and diamond hinged cuff bracelet achieved $7,200; a Georg Jensen silver and green chrysoprase necklace hit $4,800; and a painting by Saul Kovner (New York, 1904-1981), titled Eastside Backyards, made $3,900. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Scott Philharmonic radio, $2,360, Cordier Auctions
A 1930s-era Scott Philharmonic Version 1 floor model radio in a Warrington 84 cabinet sold for $2,360 at the sale of a single-owner radio collection held May 6-7 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Also, a Zenith Waltons tombstone radio went for $2,242; a 1940 Zenith model 12S471 floor console made $1,888; a reproduction of a 1923 radio transmitter brought $1,888; a 1909 DeForest Audion tube radio hit $944; and an Emerson BT 245 Catalin tombstone radio rose to $1,652. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
18th-century cherry chest, $25,000, Carlsen Gallery
An 18th-century cherry ox bow four-drawer chest from Norwich, Connecticut, sold for $25,000 at an auction held May 21 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, New York. Also, a 2-carat pear-shape diamond set in platinum earned $14,000; a rare circa 1830 painted chest from Albany, New York, brought $13,000; an unsigned dwarf case grandmother clock in the original red color made $9,500; and an 1830s portrait of Mary Hoyt by Ammi Phillips went for $9,500. Prices are exclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Lou Gehrig all star pin, $171,500, Goldin Auctions
A presentation pin given to New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig at the 1939 All Star Game sold for $171,500 at a Spring Premium Auction held May 20-June 3 by Goldin Auctions, Runnemede, N.J. Also, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage certificate dated Jan. 14, 1954 realized $122,500; a 1928 Jimmy Foxx game-used bat brought $108,000; and the 2017 Team USA World Baseball Classic Lucky Eagle sculpture, signed by 28 team members, made $62,475. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Honus Wagner T206 card, $609,294, SCP Auctions
A 1909-1911 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, commonly known in collecting circles as “The Original Wagner,” sold for $609,294 in a Spring Premier Auction that ended June 11 by SCP Auctions, Laguna Niguel, California. Also, Michael Jordan’s game-worn, dual-signed Converse shoes from the 1984 Olympics’ gold medal-winning game against Spain gaveled for $190,373; and Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell’s 1979 MVP award went for $103,567. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Book on salmon fishing, $9,000, PBA Galleries
A book on salmon fishing by Dean Sage, titled The Ristigouache and its Salmon Fishing with a Chapter on Angling, with engravings by Stephen Parrish, the father of Maxfield Parrish, sold for $9,000 at Part 1 of the Richard Beagle Collection of Angling and Sporting Books held June 1 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a miniature treatise on small tied flies, titled The Book of Small Flies, made $7,200; and Lee Sturges’s Salmon Fishing on Cain River finished at $6,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Kellogg & Humbert gold ingot, $188,000, Heritage Auctions
A 107.76-ounce Kellogg & Humbert gold ingot recovered from the S.S. Central America sold for $188,000 at a sale of rare U.S. coins held June 8-11 by Heritage Auctions in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. Also, an 1893-S Morgan dollar, graded MS61 PCGS, climbed to $176,250; a 1652 Pine Tree Shilling, graded MS65 PCGS, brought $141,000; and a 1796 $2 1/2 coin with no stars on the obverse, BD-2, made $111,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Robert E. Lee’s desk, $32,400, Cowan’s Auctions
A drop-front desk once owned by Gen. Robert E. Lee sold for $32,400 at an American History Auction held June 9 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a watercolor painting by Civil War-era sketch artist Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) of Lt. Bayard Wilkeson holding his battery to its work at the Battle of Gettysburg, realized $19,200; a rare Wounded Knee Massacre and Pine Ridge Agency photo album brought $26,400; and a collection of Little Big Horn relics hit $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Ivan I. Shishkin painting, $72,000, Michaan’s Auctions
A painting by the Russian artist Ivan Ivanovitch Shishkin (1832-1898), titled Wooded Clearing, sold for $72,000 at a sale of Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts held June 9 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, California. Also, Petr Petrovitch Vereshchagin’s High Water of River Pisava brought $42,000; a Pablo Picasso lithograph of his muse Francoise Gilot made $54,000; an Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor made $36,000; and a figural study by Vladimir Makovsky rose to $48,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Daniel Garber painting, $87,500, Freeman’s
A painting by Daniel Garber (American, 1880-1958), titled Portrait of Hervey Allen, sold for $87,500 at an American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction held June 6 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, Pigeon Cove by Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883-1951) rose to $75,000; Coppedge’s Mill by a Stream made $50,000; Raven Rock Wing Dam by Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869-1965) garnered $40,625; and Rainy Day, Queens by Martin Lewis (American, 1881-1962) hit $37,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Richard Mille wristwatch, $1.207 million, Christie’s
A sapphire split-seconds chronograph wristwatch by Richard Mille sold for $1.207 million – the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction in North America – at a Rare Watches & American Icons Auction held June 21 by Christie’s in New York. Also, a Cartier Tank watch once owned and worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis finished at $379,500 (a new world record for a Cartier Tank); and the Rolex “Paul Newman” wristwatch in 18K gold with “lemon” dial rose to $871,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Patek Philippe watch, $444,500, Sotheby’s
A Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 platinum minute-repeating perpetual calendar Tourbillon wristwatch, made in 2003, sold for $444,500 at a watches auction held June 7 by Sotheby’s in New York City. Also, a rare and unusual pink gold tonneau-form split-seconds chronograph Tourbillon wristwatch achieved $396,500; and a Greubel Forsey pink gold double Tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve indication, made circa 2010, went for $200,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
William Glackens painting, $581,000, Swann Auction
An oil on canvas painting by William Glackens, titled The Beach, Isle Adam (1925-26), depicting bathers at a popular locale near Paris, sold for $581,000 at an American Art Auction held June 15 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a watercolor by John Marin, titled Small Point, Maine, from the Bumper (1928), realized $50,000; a watercolor by Milton Avery titled Lakeside Trees (1953) hit $65,000; and an untitled 1917 work by Charles Burchfield made $30,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Eight Zhang Daqian scrolls, $2.9 million, Clars Auction
A group of eight scrolls by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) including landscape paintings and ink and color on paper, sold for $2.9 million at an Asian Art & Antiques Auction held June 17-18 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. Also, a celadon glazed porcelain zhadou bearing the Yongzheng mark finished at $169,400; a Himalayan gilt bronze of Vaisravana with the base marked with a double Vajra brought $57,475; and a pair of tall huanghuali cabinets rose to $102,850. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Anna Pottery stoneware vase, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans
An important Anna Pottery stoneware presentation vase sold for $64,350 at an Americana & Fine Arts Auction held June 16-17 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount. Crawford, Virginia. Also, a rare Confederate States 1861 $100 Type 3 note issued in Montgomery, Alabama, gaveled for $24,570; an oil on canvas pastoral landscape painting by Susan Catherine Moore Waters (American, 1823-1900) fetched $21,060; and a Benjamin Chandlee (American, 1723-1791) carved cherry tall-case clock made $19,890. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Marble head of Roman nobleman, $37,500, Rago Arts and Auction
A carved marble head of a Roman nobleman sold for $37,500 at the June Jewelry & Remix Auctions held June 9-11 by Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey. Also, a yellow gold, diamond and ruby frog bracelet by David Webb reached $37,500; a 7.19-carat RBC diamond and platinum engagement ring soared to $87,500; and an untitled mother and child painting by Vu Cao Dam and James Bohary’s Wired Off Gardner’s Island both hit $10,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Diamond-emerald bracelet, $53,125, Doyle New York
An elegant diamond and emerald straight-line bracelet sold for $53,125 at a fine jewelry auction held June 21 by Doyle New York. Also, a classic engagement ring by Cartier set with an emerald-cut diamond weighing approximately 2.63 carats (VS1 clarity, E color) sold for $37,500; and a gold ring by Cartier set with an emerald-cut Ceylon sapphire weighing approximately 7.55 carats sailed past its high estimate of $8,000 to go for $23,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany Dogwood floor lamp, $406,600, James D. Julia Inc.
A Tiffany Studios floor lamp with all over Dogwood design and an unusual irregular floral lower border and massive 32-inch diameter shade sold for $406,600 at a rare lamps, glass and jewelry auction held June 16 by James D. Julia. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a Tiffany Studios leaded glass Wisteria window climbed to $257,850; a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly chandelier lit up the room for $228,100; and a Handel reverse-painted underwater lamp gaveled for $36,300. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
By KEN HALL