Gallery Report: October 2015
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:
Vince Lombardi sweater, $17,250, Philip Weiss Auctions
A Sand Knit sweater worn by NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers sold for $17,250 at an auction held Sept. 10 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, three original Peanuts comic strips from the 1960s and ’70s by Charles Schulz hammered for $16,675, $16,100 and $17,250; a Disney production cel from the 1938 film Brave Little Tailor gaveled for $7,750; and an archive of seven acrylic paintings by Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) sold for a total of $135,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
20th century Russian icon, $17,080, Crescent City Auction Gallery
A Russian icon made in Moscow circa 1908-1917, titled Christ Pantocrator, with a gilt silver riza, sold for $17,080 at an estates auction held Sept. 11-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a late 19th century sterling punch bowl by Whiting, 20 pints, with relief decoration, rose to $8,610; an untitled gouache and pencil work done in 1971 by John Hoyland (1934-2011) made $6,100; and an American Renaissance Revival carved rosewood etagere attributed to Thomas Brooks hit $5,332. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Carl Rungius bronze,$225,250, James D. Julia Inc.
A bronze sculpture by Carl Rungius, titled Big Horn Ram, sold for $225,250 at an auction held Aug. 25-28 by James D. Julia Inc. in Fairfield, Maine. Also, an original oil painting by German artist Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert, titled Der Menschen Frosser, sold for $165,900; a ship portrait by Fitz Hugh Lane went for $118,500; a collection of over two dozen paintings by Waldo Pierce, purchased from the artist’s daughter, brought $70,000; and a Fiske full-body New Jersey Steer weather vane rose to $52,733. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.
Berks County dower chest, $159,000, Skinner Inc.
A late 18th century paint-decorated Berks County, Pa., dower chest sold for $159,000 at an auction of the collection of Ellie Hoover Walker held Aug. 9 by Skinner Inc. in Marlborough, Mass. Also, a paint-decorated Federal two-drawer stand, made circa 1820-1830 in Norway, Maine, hit $116,850; a carved and painted pine hanging spice box made circa the late 19th century by Samuel L. Plank (Mifflin Cty., Pa., 1821-1900) made $58,425; and a Shenandoah Valley,Va., paint decorated pine blanket chest brought $49,200. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
Andrew Wyeth painting, $138,000, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
A watercolor and ink on paper by renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), titled Bert’s Cabin, sold for $138,000 at a Summer Fine Art & Antique Auction held Aug. 29-30 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, an oil on canvas painting by James Taylor Harwood (American, 1860-1940) brought $60,375; an oil on canvas work by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) realized $49,450; and a rosewood New York Classical period drop-leaf worktable gaveled for $46,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
New York mahogany clock, $2,000, Schwenke Auctioneers
A New York Federal inlaid mahogany tall clock sold for $2,000 at a sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of David L. Bronson held Aug. 22 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Chippendale blue painted blanket chest with two drawers and bracket feet went for $1,950; a pair of porcelain drum-form wig stands fetched $1,500; a Sheraton carved mahogany sideboard with carved capital finished at $1,375; and an American portrait miniature by John Vanderlyn changed hands for $1,220. Prices include a sliding-scale buyer’s premium.
Bat Masterson’s Colt pistol, $96,000, J. Levine Auction
Bat Masterson’s 1882 Colt .45-caliber single-action Army revolver sold for $96,000 at auctions held July 30 and Aug. 2 by J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Ariz. Also, a signed 19th century carte de visite photograph of Abraham Lincoln went for $6,000; a Gauthier 14K white gold 3.69-carat solitaire diamond and sapphire pendant hit $51,750; an oil painting by George Rodrigue (1944-2013), titled Moon is Out, rose to $27,000; and Dave McGary’s bronze sculpture titled Last Stand Hill finished at $24,000. Prices include a sliding-scale buyer’s premium.
1918-D Mercury dime, $182,125, Legend Rare Coin Auctions
A 1918-D Mercury dime graded PCGS MS67FB sold for $182,125 at the Regency Auction XIII held Sept. 5-6 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, at the Venetian / Palazzo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, a 1919-D Mercury dime graded PCGS MS66FB hammered for $114,652; an 1854-D $3 coin graded PCGS AU58 soared to $67,562; an 1879-O $10 coin realized $49,937; an 1882 $1 coin fetched $41,125; an 1881 $1 coin changed hands for $21,150; and an 1861 $10 coin topped out at $15,862. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.
A.L. Jewel weather vane, $11,115, Copake Auction
A jumping horse weather vane with stand made by A. L. Jewel & Co. of Waltham, Mass., 28 inches long by 16 inches tall, sold for $11,115 at an estate sale held Aug. 29 by Copake Auction in Copake, N.Y. Also, an oil on panel Southwest U.S. landscape painting by Peter Hurd (American, 1904-1984), 18 1/2 inches by 26 inches, gaveled for $5,265; an 18th century Boston bombe mahogany dressing mirror, minus the actual mirror, fetched $7,605; and a vintage Art Deco bar cabinet went for $1,638. Prices include a sliding scale buyer’s premium.
Fu Baoshi artwork, $156,250, Rago Arts & Auction Center
An untitled ink and color on paper artwork by Fu Baoshi sold for $156,250 at an auction held Sept. 10-11 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a group of Persian manuscript pages went for $32,500; a pair of huanghuali side tables reached $26,250; a Victorian bedroom suite attributed to Pottier & Stymus climbed to $18,750; an untitled oil on canvas by Joseph Francis Kernan changed hands for $17,500; and a pair of Chinese hardstone table screens went to a determine bidder for $16,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
19th century Korean vase, $10,200, Capo Auction
A 19th century Korean silver inlaid copper and iron vase with a waisted neck, square body and conforming foot sold for $10,200 at a Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Aug. 29 by Capo Auction in Long Island City, N.Y. Also, an M. Prisiantelli daybed, still with the label on the bottom, hammered for $7,800; a pair of Widdicomb chests with a rectangular top over three drawers and matching mirror hit $4,500; and a Yamaha baby grand piano with gorgeous white lacquer finish, serial #B4750516, gaveled for $5,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Childe Hassam oil, $495,600, Brunk Auctions
An oil on canvas painting by Childe Hassam, titled Walking on the Pier, Gloucester Harbor, sold for $495,000 at an auction held Sept. 11-12 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, a portrait of lemon cultivation by the Italian Expressionist painter Renato Guttuso earned $88,500; a view of the Pacific Ocean by the contemporary artist Clyde Aspevig changed hands for $29,500; a scene in Venice by French artist Felix Ziem brought $61,360; and Hermann Herzog’s Moonlight in Florida hammered for $51,920. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese Qianlong vase, $335,000, Doyle New York
A Chinese famille rose millefleurs glazed porcelain vase with the Qianlong seal mark (and of the Period) sold for $335,000 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 14 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a Chinese recessed leg table made from zitan hardwood gaveled for $100,000; a Japanese Meiji Period cloisonné enamel-covered vase, signed by the Hayashi Kodenji Workshop, brought $81,250; and an 18th or 19th century Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of a Bodhisattva made $59,375. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
German paratrooper rifle, $322,000, Rock Island Auction Co.
A rare German FG-42 paratrooper rifle made by Krieghoff sold for $322,000 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held Sept 11-13 by Rock Island Auction Co. in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Revolutionary War brown bess flintlock musket, with an original diary, fetched $126,500; President Kennedy’s M1 Garand battle rifle received worldwide attention before hammering for $149,500; and Roy Rogers’ Colt single-action Army pistol, engraved by Cole Agee and wearing pearl grips, rang out at $57,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Chinese porcelain trio, $12,980, Michaan’s Auctions
A grouping of three Chinese underglaze blue vessels, consisting of a decorative globular jar and a pair of cups depicting the Eight Daoist Immortals, sold for $12,980 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Asian Art & Jewelry Auction held Sept. 12 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a Greek School oil painting titled Woman and Child realized $6,490; two Chinese silver ingots changed hands for $5,015; and an underglaze blue jar of fanciful phoenix and floral motifs went to a determined bidder for $2,655. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
1955 Mercedes “kit car,” $31,000, Carlsen Gallery
A replica 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR roadster “kit car” sold for $31,000 at an auction held Sept. 20 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a circa 1790 Aaron Willard shelf clock chimed on time for $11,000; a Simon Willard regulator clock gaveled for $9,500; an Aaron Willard Jr. lyre-shape banjo clock went for $6,500; an oil on canvas painting by Edouard Cortes, titled Champs-Elysees, brought $6,000; and a Cummens banjo clock in its presentation case made $5,500. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Beatles’ first contract, $93,750, Heritage Auctions
The first recording contract for the Beatles (signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best), sold for $93,750 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction held Sept. 19-20 by Heritage Auctions in New York City. Also, a 1966 sealed first-state stereo copy of The Beatles’ “Butcher Cover” of their Yesterday and Today LP, in Gem Mint 10 condition, fetched $75,000; and a sign from John and Yoko’s 1969 Montreal Bed-In For Peace hit $75,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Kennedy manuscript, $200,000, RR Auction
A manuscript hand-written around 1959 by then-Senator John F. Kennedy, announcing his intention to run for President of the United States, undated, drafted in pencil with numerous strike-throughs on Palm Beach, Fla., letterhead, sold for $200,000 in an online auction held Sept. 28 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, a collection of 14 original, candid and behind-the-scenes photos from the wedding reception of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 topped out at $12,973. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
By KEN HALL