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:
Kingfisher feather headdress, $110,700, Skinner Inc.
A Kingfisher feather headdress and four hairpins, made in China in the 19th century, sold for $110,700 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 15 by Skinner Inc. in Boston. The headdress included numerous phoenix birds, a reference to the Chinese empress. Also, a Chinese three-drawer hardwood altar coffer changed hands for $52,275; and a hanging scroll depicting a boat ferrying a crane, done in the manner of Shen Yun from the Ming dynasty, went for $49,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Ancient Cycladic marble head, $188,800, Cottone Auctions
An ancient Cycladic marble head dating from 2,500 B.C. with impeccable provenance sold for $188,800 at an auction held Sept. 22-23 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a black-and-red-painted sheet metal sculpture made circa 1946 by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), titled Crayfish, gaveled for $153,400; a pair of Chinese porcelain bowls bearing the Ch’en Lung mark brought $67,850; and a painting by Angelo Savelli (Italian, 1911-1995), Ascent #51 (1969), rose to $40,120. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Bob Dylan limited edition print, $5,312, Woodshed Art Auctions
A signed limited edition print by the legendary musician-songwriter Bob Dylan, titled Train Tracks, sold for $5,312 at a two-session online-only auction held Sept. 20 by Woodshed Art Auctions, based in Franklin, Mass. Train Tracks was the top earner of the 25 Dylan prints in the session. From the other session, Edvard Munch’s Study, The Sick Child, Marc Chagall’s Lovers and Gustav Klimt’s Girl Standing (all attributions) each hammered for $40,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Westley Richards shotgun, $12,500, Bruneau & Co.
A single-trigger, double-barrel shotgun made around 1915 by English gun maker Westley Richards sold for $12,500 at a Fall Antiques, Fine Art, Firearms & Asian Auction held Sept. 16 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a 20th-century Chinese apple green jadeite pendant necklace and earring set, mounted in 14K yellow gold, fetched $3,750; a Chinese early 20th-century porcelain avian tile made $5,000; and a 17th-century Jacobean carved oak sideboard realized $3,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Evans sculpture front cabinet, $200,000, Rago Arts & Auction
A sculpture front cabinet designed by Paul Evans sold for $200,000 at Design Auctions held Sept. 22-24 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a hanging lantern by Greene & Greene lit up the room for $143,750; a first edition ESU-400 storage unit by Charles Eames went for $36,250; a pair of lounge chairs by Phil Powell realized $31,250; a pair of lacquered metal vases by Jean Dunand made $37,500 and $25,000; and a Conoid bench by George Nakashima rose to $30,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1998 Harley Davidson, $7,900, Cordier Auctions
A sleek 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle customized by Bob Thrash, built to emulate Rad Ride’s iconic “Sniper” car that was designed by Chip Foose and built from a 1954 Chrysler convertible, sold for $7,900 at a Motorcycle Auction held Aug.t 2 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a 2007 Yamaha XV1700 Road Star Midnight Silverado with a full dress kit gaveled for $5,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Painting of Cuba, 1860, $53,175, Doyle New York
A view of Cuba by Edmund Darch Lewis (Amereican, 1835-1910), sold for $53,175 at an American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 4 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an 1872 depiction of Deer at Water’s Edge by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905) gaveled for $25,000; a circa 1845 silver monteith by Kentucky silversmith George W. Stewart fetched $28,125; and a pair of 1775 Chippendale mahogany and parcel gilt mirrors hit $10,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Nakashima table and chairs, $187,500, Freeman’s Auction
A George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990) Sanso “Reception House” table and six Conoid chairs sold for $187,500 at a Design Sale held Oct. 8 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia. Also, a desk designed by Louis Kahn (American, 1901-1974) and produced by Alexander Woodwork Co. of Philadelphia in 1950, made $33,750; and a Louis XVI desk designed by John Vesey (American, 1924-1992), once owned by former Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles owner Jerry Wolman, rose to $32,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Henry Ossawa Tanner oil, $341,000, Swann Auction
An oil on canvas painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner, rendered around 1910 and titled Flight Into Egypt, sold for $341,000 at an African-American Fine Art Sale held Oct, 5 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Norman Lewis’s 1960 oil on marbleized slate, Untitled (Processional Composition), realized $233,000; Sam Gilliam’s acrylic and flocking on canvas titled Rubiyat (1973) made $191,000; and Elizabeth Catlett’s 1943 tempera War Workers rose to $149,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Queen Anne maple highboy, $10,530, Copake Auction
An 18th-century Queen Anne curly maple highboy made in eastern Connecticut sold for $10,530 at an auction held Sept. 23 by Copake Auction in Copake, N.Y. Also, a Goyard trunk with a label to Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Roosevelt family, breezed to $8,190; a leaping stag weather vane with worn gilt paint over a verdigris copper body, hit $5,557; and an Achille Perilli abstract mixed media went for $5,557. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Remington’s Bronco Buster, $510,000, Brunk Auctions
Frederic Remington’s famous bronze sculpture titled Bronco Buster sold for $510,000 at an auction held Sept. 15-16 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, a 3-D study by Henry Moore titled Maquette for Spindle Piece (1968) hit $312,000; a painting by Eugene Boudin titled Fecamp, Le Bassin (1892) climbed to $288,000; a still life of hollyhocks by Russian-American artist Nicolai Fechin earned $264,000; and Jane Peterson’s Fishing Boats, Gloucester, Mass., went for $120,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany coffee/tea service, $5,900, William J. Jenack
A Tiffany & Co. coffee and tea service in the Beekman pattern sold for $5,900 at an auction held Sept, 10 by William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, N.Y. Also, an oil on canvas painting by Mary Elizabeth Price (American, 1877-1965), depicting houses along a stream, went for $4,248; an oil on canvas by Russian artist Martiros Seregeevich Sarian (Russian, 1880-1972), of a Yerevan street, hit $3,304; and an Art Deco-style display cabinet changed hands for $2,006. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Chinese jade seal paste box, $37,900, Lark Mason
A small, circular domed Chinese green jade seal paste box and cover with an incised gilt Qianlong mark sold for $37,900 in an online auction held Sept. 15-Oct. 3 by Lark Mason, based in New Braunfels, Texas. Also, a Chinese celadon jade mythical Dragon plaque from the Yuan-Ming dynasty went for $8,800; a collection of 135 Chinese snuff bottles fetched a combined $61,956; and a pair of Yuan and early Ming dynasty carved jade hat finials brought a combined $32,125. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Bob Kuhn acrylic painting, $409,500, Jackson Hole
An acrylic on Masonite painting by Bob Kuhn (1920-2007), titled Closing the Distance, sold for $409,500 at the 11th annual Jackson Hole Art Auction, held Sept. 15-16 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and co-hosted by Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery. Also, Kuhn’s Onward and Upward hit $152,100; Navajo Scouting Party by Edgar Alwin Payne (1883-1947) realized $304,200; and New Horizons and Sheriff and Citizens of the Law, both by W.H.D. Koerner, each rose to $175,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Kentucky Chippendale desk, $498,750, Cowan’s Auctions
The Chippendale secretary bookcase of Capt. John Cowan (1748-1823), one of the first settlers in Kentucky in 1773, sold for $498,750 at a Fall Fine & Decorative Art Auction held Oct. 20-21 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. It was a new record price for furniture made in Kentucky and the second most expensive piece of Southern furniture ever sold at auction. The desk is clearly dated 1796. It stands over 8½ feet tall and is made entirely of walnut. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
DiCorcia photo prints, $468,500, Sotheby’s
A complete group of 76 chromogenic prints from photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s A Storybook Life series, sold for $468,500 at a Postwar & Contemporary Photographs Auction held Sept. 28 by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, Thomas Struth’s Mailander Dom (Fassade), Mailand went out at $456,500; untitled (#353) by Cindy Sherman fetched $56,250; and a pair of photos from the actor and photographer Norman Reedus, taken in Moscow, went for a combined $9,375. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Harry Potter first edition, $81,250, Heritage Auctions
A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 500 original copies, sold for $81,250 at a Rare Books Auction held Sept. 14 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a first edition copy of History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall realized $66,250; and a John James Audubon original copper printing plate from The Birds of America (Robert Havell, engraver) hammered for $62,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Chinese Famille rose vase, $23,750, Kaminski Auctions
A rare Chinese Famille rose vase, 11½ inches tall and having an unusual lime yellow coloration, sold for $23,750 at an auction held Sept, 17 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a women’s vintage natural pearl and 14K gold necklace earned $23,000; a pair of yellow enameled cups fetched $4,800; a kinetic sculpture by Jesus Rafael Soto titled Multiple III knocked down for $4,000; and Soto’s kinetic sculpture titled Petite Vibration rose to $6,600. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany sprinkler vase, $12,500, Capo Auction
A Tiffany Favrile glass goose-neck sprinkler vase sold for $12,500 at an auction held Sept. 23, by Capo Auction in Long Island City, N.Y. Also, a 19th- or 20th-century marble bust of Constantine on a pedestal left the room for $11,875; a watercolor painting by Edmund Blampied (British, 1886-1966), titled Gathering Seaweed, finished at $5,310; a 20th century Chinese ink on paper work of an old man next to a tree made $3,000; and a pearl and diamond choker rose to $2,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Grueby art pottery lamp, $28,125, John Moran
A Grueby art pottery lamp with fused glass shade lit up the room for $28,125 at a sale of the estate of Tammis Day held Oct. 3 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an untitled oil painting of a blackbird by French Expressionist painter Bernard Buffet flew off for $19,000; a first edition copy of Bill Wilson’s Alcoholics Anonymous went for $13,200; a 19th-century traveling artist’s box by Alphonse Giroux & Cie., Paris, fetched $5,937; and a hand-carved Western desk made $4,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
By Ken Hall