Neal Auction Company presents its third-annual Vernacular and Outsider Art sale March 14

Theora Hamblett, 'Soldier with Flag on a Windy Day,' estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Neal.

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction‘s third-annual Vernacular & Outsider Art sale on Thursday, March 14 features a who’s-who of self-taught names, often with multiple examples, from the American South. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Alabaman Mose Tolliver (1920-2006) has a dozen works in the sale, both paintings and painted furniture. One of a dozen children born to sharecroppers near Montgomery, Tolliver was disabled by a work-related injury in the late 1960s, so he turned to painting on whatever found materials he had – plywood, masonite, even old furniture. He achieved national recognition in the 1980s, and his works are now part of the Smithsonian’s African American collection. Erotic Scene and Table With Erotic Portraits are both estimated at $600-$800.

Theora Hamblett (1895-1977) of Paris, Mississippi, was discovered by New York gallery owner and collector Betty Parsons, who arranged for one of her works to be introduced at the Museum of Modern Art’s 1955 show of new acquisitions. Hamblett’s use of flat colors and backgrounds is contrasted with her point-based method for animating leaves in the wind, as seen in Soldier with Flag on a Windy Day. Dated 1969, the oil on canvas is a rare Hamblett original to the market, as she willed her entire collection to the University of Mississippi upon her death. The painting is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. A second Hamblett work, Purple Tree with White Dog, was painted two years before her death and carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.

Almost as much a local attraction as Bourbon Street itself, Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Schaffer operates a studio dubbed Dr. Bob’s Folk Art, where visitors often drop by to view examples of his work. He is best known for his Be Nice or Leave painted signs, as well as images of birds and alligators. Monumental Alligator measures 46.325 by 95.25in and is painted on recycled ceiling tin from Battier’s Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. The lot is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Rounding out the offerings from big names in the auction lineup is Clementine Hunter (1889-1998), who has five works represented in the sale. Wake is an oil on canvas board, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, which has been authenticated by Clementine Hunter expert Tom Whitehead. The sale also has six works by Purvis Young (1943-2010), with Horse the top contender at $1,800-$2,500.

Brill collection of outsider art enters the spotlight at Heritage March 13

Clementine Hunter, 'Mustard Jar with Flowers', estimated at $3,000-$5,000 at Heritage.

DALLAS — Billed as the “Brill Collection,” Heritage has announced Outsider Art, a small, 70-lot event scheduled for Wednesday, March 13. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Best remembered for her amazing output (estimated at 10,000) of paintings in her life, Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) was one of the first recognized members of the outsider art movement. Only starting to paint in her fifties, Hunter began selling her works for 25 cents, but by the time of her passing, she was nationally recognized. This repurposed Pommery Mustard clay jar has been painted and decorated with floral touches by Hunter, and comes with provenance directly from the artist. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

Baptist minister and artist Howard Finster (1916-2001) has 12 items in the sale. Like many, he labored in obscurity for decades, toiling at his Paradise Garden museum that eventually housed 46,000 works. He gained fame when he created album cover artwork for REM and the Talking Heads. This group of five cutout figures dates to 1990-1999 and are together estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Miami’s own Purvis Young (1943-2010) created works that were part painting and part collage. His works reside in the collections of many celebrities and have been widely exhibited. The sale features 12 pieces by Young, including Cityscape (Giant), a mixed-media on joined panel measuring 25.5 by 35.5in. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Lee Godie (1908-1994) lived an inexplicable life, sleeping in freezing Chicago temperatures or in transient hotels, despite having money and better options available. Her figural works are classically naive, with large eyes being a defining element. Woman with a Headband is an undated mixed-media on board signed ‘By Godie’. It is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

Beachy keen: Case readies 1,200-lot auction, July 8-9

Detail of George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case
George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case
George Hughes cover illustration for the August 2, 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — 20th-century fine art provides a vivid backdrop for an array of more than 1,200 lots at Case’s Summer Auction, set for Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. Standouts include large estate collections of fine jewelry and luxury fashion, as well as a treasure trove of flags and other Civil War Navy relics that descended from Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow, who commanded the USS Kearsarge to victory against the CSS Alabama. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Crescent City flaunts its range in compelling two-day sale, May 12-13

Emilio Sanchez, ‘Casita en Miami Rosada,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000
Emilio Sanchez, ‘Casita en Miami Rosada,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000

Emilio Sanchez, ‘Casita en Miami Rosada,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000

NEW ORLEANS – Original oil paintings by Gustave Courbet, Emilio Sanchez, Clementine Hunter and Sir Edwin Henry Landseer; two Rolex watches (one men’s, one ladies’); and vases by Newcomb College potters Maria de Hoa Leblanc and Anna Francis Simpson are just a few of the expected highlights in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Two-Day Estates auction slated for Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. The auction, starting at 10 am Central time both days, features nearly 700 choice lots in a wide variety of collecting categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Clementine Hunter wedding scene a highlight of Jasper52’s July 6 auction

Clementine Hunter, ‘Wedding,’ est. $15,000-$18,000



 Clementine Hunter, ‘Wedding,’ est. $15,000-$18,000

Clementine Hunter, ‘Wedding,’ est. $15,000-$18,000

NEW YORK – Paintings by Georges Clairin, Clementine Hunter and G. Campbell Lyman should all earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Fine Prints, Paintings, and Decorative Arts auction, which will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Folk art and self-taught greats star at Slotin, April 23-24


Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000
Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Folk Art will hold its next Self-Taught Art Masterpieces sale on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: Clementine Hunter’s ‘Fish Fry’ sizzles at Crescent City

ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world at large. We at ACN hope you enjoy the April 2022 edition of his Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Clementine Hunter, Fish Fry, oil, $7,680, Crescent City Auction Gallery

An oil-on-board painting by Clementine Hunter (American, 1887-1987), titled Fish Fry, sold for $7,680 at an Important Spring Estates Auction held March 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans. Also, a 20th-century French Art Deco style ormolu mounted carved walnut sideboard realized $4,375; a pair of early 20th-century Oriental patinated bronze figures reached $8,750; and a ladies’ 18K rose gold link and diamond bracelet hit $14,080.

Anniversary ring with 4.61-carat diamond, $118,750, Ahlers & Ogletree

A 4.61-carat platinum and diamond anniversary ring given by the late Coca-Cola company president Robert W. Woodruff (American, 1889-1985) to his wife Nell sold for $118,750 in an online-only auction of items from the Woodruff estate held February 26 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a portrait painting of George Washington by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower went for $50,000, and a charcoal on paper portrait of Robert Woodruff by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) realized $43,750.

Magic: The Gathering card, $45,000, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A Magic: The Gathering Beta Block Lotus trading card from 1993, graded CGC 9 Mint, sold for $45,000 at a Winter Comic, TCG (Trading Card Game) & Toy auction held February 26 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, a 1993 “MTG” Alpha Ancestral card graded CGC 9.5 Gem Mint achieved $38,750, and a copy of Detective Comics #359 (Jan. 1967), graded CGC 8.0, with the origin and first appearance of Batgirl, hit $4,000.

San Francisco Mint .999 silver ingot, $7,320, Holabird Western Americana Collections

A San Francisco Mint silver ingot, .999 fine, weighing 6.61 oz. and showing the pre-World War II logo of the Mint of San Francisco, sold for $7,320 at a Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction held Feb. 24-28 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, five pieces of Philippines travel ephemera from the first half of the 20th century earned $10,938, and an 1853 directory for residents of Marysville City (California) reached $9,150.

World War II poster, $3,750, Fairhill Auction

An American World War II poster titled This is the Enemy, with artwork by Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona, sold for $3,750 in Vintage Poster Auction #105, held online March 10 by Fairhill Auction, based in Elkton, Maryland.

Portrait by Ryusei Kishida, $294,400, Nye & Company Auctioneers

A 1921 portrait of Kondo Tsugushige, the Japanese scientist and co-founder of the Japan Surgical Society, painted by Ryusei Kishida (Japanese, 1891-1929), sold for $294,400 at an Estate Treasures Auction held March 2-3 by Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Also, two colorful floral screenprints by Andy Warhol went to the same American bidder for $104,550 and $92,250, respectively; and a circa-1930 crayon on paper work by Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943), titled Mountains, hit $17,200.

R.S. Prussia bowl, $24,000, Woody Auction

The only known example of an R.S. Prussia Spring Season bowl in the Carnation mold sold for $24,000 during an auction of the David and Marlene Howard collection held March 19 by Woody Auction in Douglass, Kansas. Also, a Regina upright music box, fully operational with good sound, brought $15,400; a signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase rang up $3,450; and a table lamp by Pairpoint, featuring a Venice shade, lit up the room for $7,700.

Edison Class M phonograph, CA$35,400, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

An Edison Class M cylinder phonograph sold for $35,400 in an online Music Machines, Toys & Advertising sale held March 19 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a 1960 Rock-Ola Tempo II Model 1478 jukebox, nicknamed the Windshield for its 1950s car-like look, finished at $8,260; and an early 20th-century J. & E. Stevens North Pole-themed mechanical bank hit $76,670. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Boba Fett prototype figure, $204,435, Hake’s Auctions

A Kenner 1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, sold for $204,435, a new world auction record for a Star Wars action figure, during a sale held March 15-16 by Hake’s Auctions in York, Pennsylvania. Also, a 1920 James M. Cox / Franklin D. Roosevelt jugate campaign button, one of only six known, realized $185,850; and the original cover art for Incredible Hulk #283 (Marvel Comics, May 1983), with art by Ed Hannigan and inks by Al Milgrom, rose to $33,315.

Art Deco-style lamp, $5,120, La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery

An Art Deco-style bronze figural table lamp, made after a model by Pierre Le Faguays (French, 1892-1962), sold for $5,120 on February 5, during the first-ever auction held by La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery in New York City. Also, a 20th-century Mexican sterling silver charger rose to $1,525; a late 20th-century Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller bookcase rose to $1,280; and an oil on canvas painting of two women by Charles Levier (French, 1920-2003) made $2,050.

1657 map of Brazil, $181,250, PBA Galleries

An oversize map of Brazil by Georg Margraff, published by Joan Blaeu in the mid-17th-century, one of perhaps five known, sold for $181,250 at Platinum Sale 754, held February 10 by PBA Galleries in Berkeley, California. Also, a manuscript royal order authorizing the colonization of the Californias, dated 1705 and signed by Philip V of Spain, climbed to $175,000; and George Vancouver’s A Voyage Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean (1798), in three volumes, plus an atlas, made $28,125.

1779 Ethan Allen book, $78,000, Potter & Potter Auctions

A second printing (1779) of a book written by Ethan Allen, titled in part A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen’s Captivity … sold for $78,000 at a Books & Manuscripts auction held February 26 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a book by Richard Hakluyt, titled in part The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation … achieved $48,000, and a folio containing materials relating to the Treaty of Ghent changed hands for $38,400.

Glass cabinet vase, $13,860, Doyle 

A Galle acid-etched and engraved glass cabinet vase sold for $13,860 during Auction of Color & Light: The Collection of Dr. Thomas Chua, held March 2 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a KPM painted porcelain plaque changed hands for $13,860; a Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze mounted onyx jardiniere hammered for $13,230; a Galle mold-blown cameo glass water lily vase went for $12,600; and a Daum Art Nouveau mold-blown cameo glass forest sunset landscape vase made $12,600.

Mathilde Poulat necklace, $5,312, John Moran Auctioneers

An elaborate Mathilde Poulat Matl sterling silver filigree necklace sold for $5,312 at a Made in Mexico auction held February 15 and February 17 by John Moran Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Also, a Spratling First Design Period silver and rosewood necklace, featuring six carved delicate rosewood hands, achieved $4,375; a group of Antonio Pineda mother-of-pearl and silver foliate design jewelry reached $4,062; and an untitled 1992 pastel drawing by Roberto Gil De Montes earned $4,062.

Banksy mural, $500,000, Julien’s Auctions

A circa-2003 aerosol mural executed by the British graffiti artist Banksy on the wall of the Parisian art studio Surface to Air, titled Bomb Middle England, sold for $500,000 at a Street, Contemporary, Pop & Fine Art auction held March 16 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Damien Hirst’s Beautiful, Struggling to Consume and Times to Overwhelm Potential Painting achieved $128,000, and KAWS’s black four-foot companion cast vinyl figure rang up $62,500.

Baird Coca-Cola clock, $17,010, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

A Baird Chicago-era Coca-Cola advertising store clock sold for $17,010 at a Winter Americana Auction held March 2-5 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Also, a folk art paint-decorated cloth doll by Izannah Walker (American, 1817-1888) brought $14,580; a Staffordshire transferware medallion portrait series ceramic vegetable dish realized $10,327; and a hand-sewn silk Civil War-era 11-star Confederate Bible/parade flag went to a phone bidder for $17,010.

Andrew Clemens sand bottle, $800,000, Hindman

A sand bottle by the 19th-century Iowa artist Andrew Clemens, with a label reading, “Pictured Rock Sand, Put Up By Andrew Clemens, Deaf-Mute, McGregor, Iowa,” sold for $800,000 at an American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction held March 10-11 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, a circa-1860 Gothic Revival astronomical regulator by E. Howard & Co. of Boston hit $68,750; and a 126in Renaissance Revival regulator clock made for J. S. Townsend brought $50,000.

Charles “Shang” Wheeler duck decoys, $216,000, Copley Fine Art Auctions

A pair of carved wood ducks by Charles “Shang” Wheeler (American, 1867-1956) made $216,000, a new record for the artist, at a Winter Sale held March 4-5 by Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC in Hingham, Massachusetts. Also, the only known Dodge wood duck in original paint hailing from the J. N. Dodge Factory achieved $108,000; a raised-wing canvasback pair by A. Elmer Crowell (American, 1862-1952) topped out at $102,000; and a hollow golden plover by Lew Horton flew away for $108,000.


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Artemis Gallery to auction exceptional antiquities, cultural & fine art, March 24

Rare Ancient Egyptian Pre-Dynastic (Naqada II to Naqada III, circa 3500-3000 BCE) terracotta canoe-form boat model with pinched keel, 19in long. Published in 1909 reference ‘The Light of Egypt,’ by Robert de Rustafjaell, who found the relic at Gebelein, 17 miles from Luxor. Extensive provenance, including Sotheby’s London, January 20-24, 1913. Estimate $40,000-$50,000

BOULDER, Colo. – Discerning collectors of cultural art always look forward to Artemis Gallery’s auctions produced under the “Exceptional Antiquities” banner. That particular series of sales represents the finest ancient, ethnographic and fine art consignments entrusted to the renowned Artemis team for expert vetting, marketing and sale. The next Exceptional Auction is slated for Thursday, March 24, and as always, each item will convey to its new owner with an Artemis Gallery Certificate of Authenticity.

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Clementine Hunter work adds charm to Crescent City auction, March 18-19

Clementine Hunter, ‘Fish Fry,’ est. $4,000-$8,000
Clementine Hunter, ‘Fish Fry,’ est. $4,000-$8,000
Clementine Hunter, ‘Fish Fry,’ est. $4,000-$8,000

NEW ORLEANS – An oil-on-board folk art painting by Clementine Hunter, 19th-century clocks and clock sets and dazzling estate jewelry are all part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Spring Estates Auction, planned for the weekend of March 18 and 19. Bidding starts at 10 am Central time on both days. More than 900 lots will be offered in categories that include French period furniture, original works of art by noted local and regional artists, couture items, silver, bronzes and decorative items. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Crescent City Auction presents important estate holdings, Jan. 21-22

Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000
Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000
Clementine Hunter, ‘Hauling Cotton,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

NEW ORLEANS – Crescent City Auction Gallery will ring in the New Year with an Important Winter Estates Auction, scheduled for the weekend of January 21 and 22. Start times are 11 am Central time on Day 1 and 10 am Central time on Day 2. More than 800 lots will be offered during the two-day sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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