Gallery Report: September 2008

Laminated Belter bed, $33,350, Grand View

A laminated rosewood bed, made around 1850 by John Henry Belter and with the original finish, sold for $33,350 at an estate sale held June 21 by Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Ala. Also, an American Renaissance Revival walnut bookcase, circa 1870, with raised burl panels and architectural carved detail, earned $14,375; a pair of Victorian gilt-carved, over the mantel mirrors, circa 1860, coasted to $13,800; and a French bronze annular clock, signed L. Auricoste of Paris, went for $9,775. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

1655 map of Peking, $4,600, Old World

A map of the province of Peking, China (Blaeu, Novus Atlas Sinensis, Amsterdam, circa 1655) sold for $4,600 in an online sale conducted April 21-May 7 by Old World Auctions of Sedona, Ariz. Also, a detailed sea chart of the North Sea (Van Keulen, Amsterdam, circa 1740) hammered for $3,163; a decorative 18th-century world map (Homann, Nuremberg, circa 1730) soared to $4,313; and a set of maps showing Union and Confederate Army troop buildups in Getttysburg, Pa., on July 1-3, 1863, made $489. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

The ‘Goddess of Liberty,’ $143,750, James D. Julia

An extraordinary carved wood figure of the ‘Goddess of Liberty,’ a life-size polychrome carving showing the American icon draped in a red and gold trimmed robe, sold for $143,750 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held in Aug. at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Me., by James D. Julia, Inc., based in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a weathervane in the form of a full-bodied standing mule (circa late 19th century) brought $117,300; and a Rococo rosewood etagere attributed to Belter (circa 1860) hammered for $109,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Daum Nancy French vase, $6,325, DeFina Auctions

A 23-inch-tall Daum Nancy French vase with dark green pomegranates and leaves cut back to a mottled background of yellow, orange and pink, and with a cameo signature with the cross of Lorain, sold for $6,325 at an estate sale held June 1 by DeFina Auctions in Austinburg, Ohio. Also, a 14-inch-tall Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase with red sweet peas cut to a white mottled background brought $5,463, and a 6-inch-tall Daum Nancy cameo and enamel glass vase, signed on the side, made $3,738. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Russian gilt paste set, $135,700, Jackson’s

A Russian enameled gold and silver gilt paste set, Badge and Star of the Order of St. Andrew, sold to a buyer from Moscow for $135,700 at an auction held July 15-16 by Jackson’s International in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also, a Symphonium triple disc “Eroica” musical carved oak long case clock chimed on time for $92,040; an oil on canvas depiction of the Coronation of the Virgin by Mexican artist Miguel Cabrera (1695-1768) garnered $61,360; and a Faberge nephrite presentation cigarette case brought $47,200. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

Audubon watercolor, $458,000, Northeast

A rare original watercolor of squirrels by John James Audubon, later reproduced as a lithograph, plate 27, in Audubon’s “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” (circa 1841-1845), sold for $458,000 at a Marine, China Trade and Sporting Art Auction held Aug. 15-17 by Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a pair of primitive paintings of the Nantucket whaleship “Spermo” soared to $370,000; a carved, painted figure of “Jack Tarr” reached $337,000; and a pair of Sunqua China Trade paintings brought $216,000. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

Feeding willet decoy, $230,000, Decoys Unltd.

An oversized feeding willet large shorebird decoy, attributed to John Wilson of Ipswitch, Mass. (circa 1880s), positioned in an upright pose and measuring 15 inches from bill to tail, sold for $230,000 at a Summertime Waterfowl Auction held July 21-22 by Decoys Unlimited in Hyannis, Mass. Also, that decoy’s rigmate, also attributed to Wilson and in an upright pose, garnered $138,000; and eleven yellow-leg shorebirds, by New Hampshire carver George Boyd, with exaggerated tops and flat-top heads, realized $149,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Elvis Presley letter, $30,186, R & R Ent.

A letter handwritten by Elvis Presley in 1958, penned in Germany after his induction into the Army, in which he laments, “I miss mother (who had died a few months earlier) more over here than anything because I am just now realizing that she won’t ever be here anymore,” sold for $30,186 in an online auction that concluded Aug. 13 by R&R Enterprises (, based in Amherst, N.H. Also, an original “Peanuts” Sunday page by Charles Schulz, depicting Peppermint Patty and Marcy, brought $25,829. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Diamond Planet robot, $50,850, Smith House

A red Diamond Planet toy robot, still in the original box, sold for $50,850 at the sale of the Robert Lesser Robot & Space Toy Collection that ended May 10. The online auction was held by Smith House Toy & Auction Company, based in Telford, Penn. Also, a Tremendous Mike toy robot, still in the box, climbed to $25,425; a Space Patrol Super Cycle, still in the box, sped away for $20,905; a Chime Trooper toy, still in the box, brought $17,515; and the same amount was paid for Radicon, a Gang of Five robot. Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

Stubbs ship portrait, $9,890, Blackwood

A ship’s portrait by the Boston marine artist William Pierce Stubbs, depicting the schooner Carrie A. Norton off Thatcher Island, Gloucester, Mass., sold for $9,890 at a collection of Cape Ann art held Aug. 6 by Blackwood/March Auctioneers in Essex, Mass. Also, a winter mountain landscape by Aldro Thompson Hibbard brought $8,050; an oil on canvas rendering of boats on Cape Ann by Carl W. Peters realized $4,485; and an oil on canvas depiction of a fishing shack and boats by W. Lester Stevens made $4,600. Prices included a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Munnings painting, $480,000, Barridoff

An original gouache and watercolor painting by the British artist Sir Alfred Munnings, executed in 1913 and depicting a huntsman on horseback surveying his hounds, sold for $480,000 at a sale of American & European Art conducted Aug. 1 by Barridoff Galleries in South Portland, Me. Also, an oil on canvas work by Daniel Ridgway Knight, titled “Soir d’Automne” and depicting a young flower girl alongside a cart filled with flowers, brought $216,000; and Rackstraw Downes’ “Olsen’s Reunion” reached $ 91,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Star Wars miniature, $402,500, Profiles

The original TIE Fighter filming miniature from the movie “Star Wars: A New Hope” sold for $402,500 at a Hollywood Memorabilia Auction held July 31-Aug. 1 by Profiles in History of Calabasas Hills, Calif. Also, an early Abraham Lincoln albumen photograph, signed, commanded $207,000; the manuscript for the James Bond film “From Russia With Love,” signed by author Ian Fleming, made $74,750; and the two tablets carried by Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments” coasted to $69,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, $575,000, Fame Bureau

The first guitar that rock icon Jimi Hendrix ever set fire to onstage – a 1965 Fender Stratocaster – sold for $575,000 at an auction held September 5 by Fame Bureau Gallery’s It’s More Than Rock and Roll Auction in London, England. Also, four original drawings buy Hendrix brought $55,200; Jim Morrison’s last notebook (Paris, 1971) soared to $115,000; John Bonham’s personal Led Zeppelin drum kit hammered for $46,000; and Elvis Presley’s mid-’60s Framus Cherry Sunburst acoustic guitar realized $52,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Babe Ruth game bat, $108,000, Mastro

A Hillerich & Bradsby signature model bat used in a game around 1924 by Babe Ruth sold for $108,000 in an online sale held in Aug. by Mastro Auctions, based in Willowbrook, Ill. The 42-ounce war club boasted an excellent provenance and condition. Also, a complete set (132) of 1912 Hassan Triple Folder kinetic cards, featuring black-and-white baseball action photos flanked by two colorfully lithographed player portraits, went for $60,000; and complete set (51) of 1959 Fleer “Three Stooges” cards also hit $60,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Goncharova painting, $21,500, Aberdeen-Auctions

An oil on canvas painting by Natal’ia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962), titled “Theatre Action” and depicting a harlequin in an affectionate embrace with a ballerina, sold for $21,500 at a Russian and European Art Sale held Aug. 2-3 by Aberdeen-Auctions in Clearwater, Fla. The signed work, measuring 19 inches x 14 inches, was estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $18,000. The buyer purchased the painting through, which facilitated the online selling. The price includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Michael Jordan jersey, $114,000, Grey Flannel

The college jersey Michael Jordan wore while playing basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels sold for $114,000 at the third annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction held September 6 by Grey Flannel Auctions of Westhampton Beach, N.Y. The event was held at the Victory Arena Special Events Room in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame complex in Springfield, Mass. Also, a game-used and autographed Bill Russell home jersey from the 1960s, one of only two known, soared to $78,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Chinese Tang horses, $72,000, I.M. Chait

A pair of huge prancing pottery horses from the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), both 22 inches tall, sold for $72,000 at an auction held Aug. 24 by I.M. Chait Gallery/Auction in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, a massive and expressive pair of kneeling Bactrian camels from the Tang Dynasty realized $48,000; a rare set of ivory carvings of the Eighteen Lohan, created during the late Qing Dynasty, brought $48,000; and a lacquer scepter from the Qianlong Period and carved with ornate foliate designs made $16,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Ken HallKen Hall is a former business writer now based in Atlanta, where he is with Star Printing & Publishing, parent company of Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting magazine. In 2002 Ken began syndicating three antiques and collecting-related columns: Ken’s Korner, The Celebrity Collector, and Gavels ‘n’ Paddles. His collecting interests include coins, records, autographs and art.