Gallery Report: March 2015

ATLANTA – On the 1st 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:

Rosewood center table, $86,637, Neal Auction

An American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood center table attributed to John H. Belter, circa 1850-1860, sold for $86,637 at a Winter Estates Auction held Jan. 31-Feb.1 by Neal Auction Co. in New Orleans. Also, a beautifully carved late Qing Dynasty jadeite censer garnered $57,360; a 1941 oil painting by Clarence Millet (New Orleans, 1897-1959), titled The Bayou at Lafitte, rose to $53,860; and a pair of late Regency gilt bronze figural lamps by Messenger & Sons were a hit for $25,095. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.



1490 edition, Aesop’s Fables, $24,780, Michaan’s Auctions

A circa 1490 edition of the book Aesop’s Fables, one of the first of 25 editions, sold for $24,780 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Asian Art & Jewelry Auction held Feb. 7 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a mid-15th century astronomical medical calendar hammered for $10,030; a pair of jewelry coral suites fetched $4,720 and $3,835; a Pomo Degikup coiled basket brought $4,130; and an ornate Asian rosewood chair with intricate mother-of-pearl decoration went to a determined bidder for $1,652. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.



Ten letters, British Royals, $4,320, L.A. Auction House

A trove of 10 personal letters written between 1948 and 1950 by British Royals, mostly from Queen Elizabeth II to Sharman Douglas (Princess Margaret’s close personal friend) and Douglas’ mother, Mrs. Lewis Douglas, sold for $4,320 at a Winter Fine & Decorative Arts Sale held Jan. 15 by Los Angeles Auction House in Santa Monica, Calif. Also, a Madoura ceramic chouette, or wood owl, vase by Pablo Picasso fetched $16,800; and an 1894 color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Elvis Presley memorabilia, $5,000, Ahlers & Ogletree

A framed collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and autographs, including a Presley-signed copy of the sheet music for I Got Stung! (recorded in Nashville in 1958), plus photos of Elvis singing on stage and playing the piano, sold for $5,000 at a Winter Estates Auction held Feb. 8 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a mid-to-late 1950s Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine by Vendo, restored, bright red, fetched $3,000; and a baseball signed by hall-of-famer Ty Cobb and dated “12/16/59” made $2,250. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer’s premium.


Queen Anne tray-top table, $299,000, Cottone Auctions

An 18th century Queen Anne tray-top tea table sold for $299,000 at an auction held Feb. 21-22 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. The lovely mahogany table, with scalloped skirt and pad feet, is believed to have been made by Peter Scott, a cabinetmaker in Williamsburg, Va. It was originally thought to have been produced in England. Also, a gyratory kinetic sculpture by George Warren Rickey (American, 1907-2002), one of three signed by Rickey in 1987, stainless steel, 8 feet 9 inches tall, realized $115,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Ming Dynasty Quanyin, $189,600, James D. Julia

A bronze figure of a Quanyin from the Ming Dynasty period sold for $189,600 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 4-6 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a set of 25 carved and painted shore birds by master decoy carver A. Elmer Crowell soared to $82,950; a natural jadeite emerald green pendant with a carved depiction of a Quanyin went for $54,150; and a trove of original sheet music, broadsides and photographs relating to the piano virtuoso “Blind Tom” Wiggins topped out at $29,625. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.



1891 Coca-Cola calendar, $150,000, Morphy Auctions

An 1891 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint condition, one of only two known and the only one of its particular type, sold for $150,000 at an Antique Advertising & Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 5-7 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1902 Coca-Cola poster emblazoned with “Drink Carbonated Coca-Cola in Bottles” climbed to $40,800; an R.W. Martin Brothers stoneware Wally Bird tobacco jar, 1890, with blue eyes, made $37,200; and an 1898 Manhattan Electrical Supply telephone hit $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Winchester 1866 rifle, $25,875, Rock Island

An Ulrich-engraved, factory documented Winchester 1866 rifle sold for $25,875 at a Regional Firearms Auction held Feb. 19-22 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a lot consisting of Nazi-style daggers, accoutrements and artifacts sailed past its estimate of $1,000-$1,600 to realize $8,625; a U.S. Ordnance semiautomatic copy of the Vickers machine gun, with tripod and accessories, fetched $7,475; and a W.J. Jeffrey & Co. custom bolt-action safari rifle, chambered in .404 Jeffrey, hit $6,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



Florentine marble frieze, $66,000, Fairfield Auction

A Florentine marble frieze depicting the Madonna and Child sold for $66,000 at an auction held Nov. 16 by Fairfield Auction in Monroe, Conn. Also, a bronze by Franz von Stuck titled Monna Vanna rose to $43,200; a 3.4-carat diamond solitaire ring sold for $30,000; another ring, with a 2.5-carat diamond center stone, finished at $14,400; a still life painting by Nikolaus Gyzis went within estimate for $13,200; and a Buccellati sterling silver shell-form centerpiece realized $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Pierre Mignard portrait, $81,250, Doyle New York

A portrait by Pierre Mignard (French, 1612-1695) of Louis Francois Marie Le Tellier (1668-1701), appointed secretary of war by King Louis XIV in 1691, sold for $81,250 at a sale of Important English & Continental Furniture and Decorations & Old Master Paintings held Jan. 28 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an Empire gilt-metal mounted giltwood gueridon with white marble top soared to $62,500; and an 18th century English School portrait of Queen Carolina Wilhelmina, Princess of Wales, rose to $43,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.



Toulouse-Lautrec litho, $60,000, Auctionata

An 1893 lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec titled Jane Avril sold for $60,000 at a Modern Masters Auction held Jan. 22 by Auctionata in New York City. Also, a lithograph by Pierre-Auguste Renoir titled Enfants Jouant a la balle fetched $36,000; an oil on paper by Alexander Archipenko titled Two Figures (circa 1919-1922) realized $24,000; a color lithograph after Marc Chagall from 1949 titled Les Coquelicots brought $24,000; and a watercolor by Paulemile Pissarro titled Le Viaduc hit $1,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Elephant weather vane, $17,000, Locati Auctions

An early 20th century elephant-form copper weather vane sold for $17,000 in an online auction held Dec. 1-15 by Locati Auctions in Maple Glen, Pa. Also, a diamond engagement ring sold for $17,500; a 1960 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone hit $4,200; an artwork depiction of a reclining nude surrounded by animals, after Leonard T. Foujita (Japanese/French, 1886-1968) brought $3,200; and an oil on panel of a horse by Frances Mabel Hollams (British, 1877-1963) fetched $3,300. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer’s premium.



1942 DiMaggio jersey, $169,400, Goldin Auctions

A jersey worn during the 1942 baseball season by New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio sold for $169,400 at a Winter Auction held Feb. 7 by Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a 1920 autographed Chicago White Sox baseball featuring six players banned in the Black Sox scandal – including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson – was a hit for $81,070; a 1952 Topps baseball card set, near-complete and graded, made $72,600; and Al Pacino’s 1973 Golden Globe award for the movie Serpico gaveled for $62,920. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.



1632 Shakespeare folio, $114,000, PBA Galleries

A 1632 second folio edition of William Shakespeare sold for $114,000 at a sale of Rare Books & Manuscripts held Feb. 8 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco, Calif. Also, a rare inscribed presentation of James Lind’s 1753 work, A Treatise of the Scurvy, in which he suggested that sailors who had scurvy could be cured by adding fruits and vegetables to their diets, went for $66,000; and a 10-line fragment of an ink manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton on Christ’s capacity to open “the sealed book” of Revelations hit $24,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Cromwellian table, $5,462, Carlsen Gallery

A Cromwellian plank-top table with carved apron sold for $5,462 at an auction held Feb. 8 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas painting titled Portrait of Maria Von Dongen changed hands for $12,650; an oil on canvas titled Cliffs and Surf (’96), signed W.T. Richards, climbed to $11,500; a diamond solitaire of around 4.1 carats, set in platinum, hit $5,175; a signed Webb cameo vase, 6 ¼ inches tall, made $4,888; and a 19th century gilded copper running horse weather vane went for $4,600. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.



JFK and Jackie photos, $32,500, RR Auction

A photographic proof booklet containing 27 previously unreleased images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon’s Cape Cod beach shack in August 1961, sold for $32,500 at an auction held Feb. 19 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Also, an Albert Einstein letter in which he discusses God, creation and his theory of relativity brought $75,000; and an autograph collection of nearly every president from Washington to George W. Bush hit $40,625. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.



Ali-Liston boxing gloves, $956,000, Heritage Auctions

The boxing gloves worn by both Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in their infamous second battle, held in Lewiston, Maine, also known as “The Phantom Punch Fight,” sold for $956,000 at a Platinum Night Sports Auction held Feb. 21 by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the 1921 season was a smash for $717,000; and Sandy Koufax’s game-worn Brooklyn rookie jersey from 1955, the first year the Dodgers won the World Series, hit $573,600. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.



Saul Steinberg collage, $20,000, Swann Auction

A pen and ink drawing with collage by Saul Steinberg, titled Equivalent of 8 and first appearing in the Nov. 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker magazine, sold for $20,000 at a sale of Illustration Art held Jan. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, two pen and ink drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, titled Young Tough and A Miser, brought $13,750 and $11,875, respectively; and a mixed media with acrylic, wash and watercolor on board from Susan Beatrice Pearce titled Dreamland (1913) made $13,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.



Ned Burgess bluebill, $21,850, Guyette & Deeter

A rare bluebill by Ned Burgess sold for $21,850 at the third annual Decoy Auction held Feb. 14 by Guyette & Deeter, St. Michaels, Md., in conjunction with this year’s Southern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C. Also, a decorative pair of bluewing teal by the Ward Brothers went for $18,400; a white wing scooter by Jim Schmiedlin fetched $11,500; a rare widgeon by A. Elmer Crowell made $11,500; a mallard by the Ward Brothers rose to $10,925; and a plover by Leffert Squire gaveled for $9,200. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.