Tom Ford for Gucci sterling silver handcuffs lead our five lots to watch

Gucci sterling silver handcuffs, designed by Tom Ford and estimated at $25,000-$50,000 at Pandora Auctions.

Tom Ford for Gucci sterling silver handcuffs

MIAMI – Probably the most bizarre and controversial item to ever bear the Gucci name comes to market Tuesday, February 20 at Pandora Auctions.

Maurizio Gucci (1948-1995) was the scion and heir to the Gucci fortune created by his grandfather Guccio Gucci (1881-1953). In 1970, Maurizio met Patrizia Martinelli at a party and the couple soon wed, with Patrizia becoming a socialite in New York City thereafter. Eventually the couple returned to Milan, with Maurizio straying from the bonds of marriage. In 1985, he announced their marriage was coming to an end. Patrizia divorced Maurizio in 1994 and was awarded annual alimony of $1.47 million. But when she discovered her ex-husband was planning to remarry – which would have halved her court-ordered alimony under Italian law – she engaged a broke and desperate pizzeria owner to murder Maurizio, which the man carried out in 1995.

She was arrested and convicted in 1998, receiving a 29-year sentence for her role in Maurizio’s death. As a macabre nod to these events, Gucci – under the creative direction of designer Tom Ford – released a solid sterling silver pair of handcuffs, marked GUCCI and MADE IN ITALY. Clearly a nod to Patrizia’s conviction, the handcuffs were displayed in Gucci boutiques worldwide. It is unclear how many sets were made, but when they come to auction, they perform admirably. Pandora estimates this pair at $25,000-$50,000.

1960s Cartier Owl-Form Bejeweled Pin

Cartier gold, turquoise, diamond, and sapphire owl pin, estimated at $3,000-$4,000 at Willow Auction House.
Cartier gold, turquoise, diamond, and sapphire owl pin, estimated at $3,000-$4,000 at Willow Auction House.

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – The animal-themed jewels that proved so popular in the Victorian era enjoyed several revivals in the 20th century. The Art Nouveau movement found much of its inspiration in the forms and lines of nature, while the Art Deco period ushered in Cartier’s famous big cats. And in the post-war era, there was a much more whimsical menagerie, inspired by the cartoons of Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes and Walt Disney. If jewelry had hitherto sought to impress, imply status, and convey meaning, these were simply worn to bring a smile.

After falling from fashion, 1960s animal pins and other related novelties are, like so much retro chic, now back on point. This signed Cartier owl pin in 18K gold with a turquoise body, diamond-festooned feet, and sapphire eyes will be offered at Willow Auction House on Thursday, February 22 with an estimate of $3,000-$4,000. It is part a sale featuring more than 400 lots from the estate of New Jersey collector Angela Gross Folk.

Mid-1930s Political Poster for Huey P. Long-affiliated Candidates

Huey P. Long-aligned candidate slate political poster, estimated at $600-$800 at Neal Auction Company.
Huey P. Long-aligned candidate slate political poster, estimated at $600-$800 at Neal Auction Company.

NEW ORLEANS – Huey P. Long (1893-1935) was and remains a controversial figure in American politics, a political power story unlike any other. His fiery brand of Southern populism led to his election as governor of Louisiana, and ultimately to the United States Senate, before dying from internal bleeding after being shot by a disgruntled relative of a local judge gerrymandered out of his reelection chances.

Born impoverished in the hinterlands of northern Louisiana, Long passed the bar and practiced law largely on behalf of the poor before running for office. His meteoric rise to power remains unparalleled in American politics, characterized by his impassioned speeches on behalf of the disempowered and destitute. Long helped secure Franklin Roosevelt’s 1932 presidential victory by building a coalition of Southern Democrats, but was snubbed by the Roosevelt Administration, perhaps in recognition of Long’s potential as a political opponent in future elections.

Following Long meant believing in Longism – his radical populism that relied on the government to provide assistance to the downtrodden in society. Louisiana politics splintered into two factions: Longism and Anti-Longism. Many pro-Long candidates were well-supported by his political machine, as seen in this mid-1930s political poster coming up for bid at Neal Auction Company on Tuesday, February 20. Long had been assassinated in 1935, some months before the poster was printed, and Oscar K. Allen had died of a brain hemorrhage shortly after winning the special election to replace Long in the U.S. Senate. Other Long-aligned figures appear on the poster, including his brother Earl Long (then the state lieutenant governor). In rough but presentable shape and framed, the poster carries an estimate of $600-$800.

Seven-volume ‘The Birds of America’ by John James Audubon

John James Audubon’s ‘The Birds of America’ seven-volume set dating to 1840-1844, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Brunk Auctions.
John James Audubon’s ‘The Birds of America’ seven-volume set dating to 1840-1844, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Brunk Auctions.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Legendary naturalist and ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) had an affinity for birds even as a boy, and as a young man declared that he would illustrate every bird in North America – no mean feat. He developed a system of wires to pose deceased bird specimens as he painted them, then worked with assistants to add background vegetation imagery for the completed work.

The Birds of America was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in Edinburgh and London, and was sold by subscription. It was printed by Robert Havell Sr. and Robert Havell Jr., resulting in this first set being known as the Havell Edition. It was oversized and printed on handmade paper.

As Audubon’s work became more widely known, later editions emerged, such as one coming up for sale at Brunk Auctions on Wednesday, February 21. Published By J.J. Audubon and J.B. Chevalier between 1840 and 1844, its seven volumes hold 500 lithographs, and each volume includes Audubon’s list of subscribers. They are bound in three-quarter dark green leather over marbled boards, with gilt lettering and spine decoration. Coming from the North Carolina estate of Barbara Chatham, the seven-volume set is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

American Flag Recovered from Ground Zero on 9/11/01

American flag recovered from the rubble near World Trade Center 3 not long after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and signed by several first responders who assisted with recovery and cleanup, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Austin Auction Gallery.
American flag recovered from the rubble near World Trade Center 3 not long after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and signed by several first responders who assisted with recovery and cleanup, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Austin Auction Gallery.

AUSTIN, Texas – A United States 50-star flag that had been flying on the morning of September 11, 2001 when two commercial airliners struck both World Trade Center towers will be offered at Austin Auction Gallery on SundayFebruary 25.

Discovered by an unknown first responder, the flag was recovered at the World Trade Center complex in the rubble near WTC Building 3, then known as The Marriott World Trade Center and originally the Vista Hotel. The flag was then signed by numerous first responders, many including their unit names and badge numbers, along with then-Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, who signed during an inspection tour of the carnage.

The flag is clearly tattered and retains gray matter from the debris plume created by the collapsing skyscrapers. Measuring 44 by 73.25in, the flag carries an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

Daughters get first bite at the apple, co-producing Turner’s June 24 auction

Gucci Snow White sequined sweater from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, estimated at $1,800-$2,000
Gucci Snow White sequined sweater from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, estimated at $1,800-$2,000
Gucci Snow White sequined sweater from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, estimated at $1,800-$2,000

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – With more than 30 years of experience in the auction industry as a personal property appraiser and auctioneer, Stephen Turner of Turner Auctions + Appraisals is sharing his industry expertise and ushering in the next generation of auction specialists by presenting & DAUGHTERS Auctions – founded by daughters Cassandra Turner and Elysia Turner-Lechelt, along with Jason Krell. With that in mind, Turner Auctions + Appraisals is hosting & DAUGHTERS’ premiere auction, MOVERS & SHAKERS, on Saturday, June 24. It will feature more than 90 lots of luxury fashion, jewelry and accessories; rare feminist books; and works by woman artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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John Moran graces your summer with Costume & Couture Auction, May 23

Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200
Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200
Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200

LOS ANGELES — Just in time for summer parties, John Moran Auctioneers will present its Costume & Couture auction on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 10 am Pacific time. The sale features more than 400 lots of vintage and contemporary costume jewelry, handbags, accessories and luggage, and showcases designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Hermes, Judith Leiber, Miriam Haskell, Stephen Dweck, Michael Dawkins, John Hardy and Georg Jensen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Find the perfect finishing touch for your holiday outfit, Dec. 7

Gucci GG Marmont Azalea red leather shoulder bag, estimated at $2,500-$3,000
Gucci GG Marmont Azalea red leather shoulder bag, estimated at $2,500-$3,000
Gucci GG Marmont Azalea red leather shoulder bag, estimated at $2,500-$3,000

NEW YORK – A Christian Dior Caro Camage blue denim handbag, a Louis Vuitton Christopher Slim noir Taurillon leather men’s backpack, and a Gucci GG Marmont Azalea red leather shoulder bag will fight for top lot status at Jasper52’s Luxury Fashion: Louis Vuitton, Chanel & More! auction, which will be conducted on Wednesday, December 7, starting at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 presents its next Luxury Fashion Auction, Nov. 2

Leonard of Paris blue midi dress with belt, estimated at $1,500-$2,000
Leonard of Paris blue midi dress with belt, estimated at $1,500-$2,000
Leonard of Paris blue midi dress with belt, estimated at $1,500-$2,000

NEW YORK – An I. Mangin black mini evening dress, a Gucci Lady Lock black leather shoulder bag, and a vintage Leonard of Paris vivid blue midi dress will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Luxury Fashion Auction, which will be held on Wednesday, November 2 beginning at 5 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Exclusive designer handbags and clutches on offer, Aug. 31

Circa-1998 Hermes Depeches unisex work bag, est. $6,400-$6,600

 

Circa-1998 Hermes Depeches unisex work bag, est. $6,400-$6,600
Circa-1998 Hermes Depeches unisex work bag, est. $6,400-$6,600

NEW YORK – A Gucci strawberry-print handbag, a Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 50B silver glitter Damier pattern duffle bag, and a vintage Hermes Depeches unisex work bag will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Exclusive Designer Handbags and Clutches auction, which will take place on Wednesday, August 31 at 8 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Louboutin pumps add glamour to Jasper52’s April 21 Luxury Fashion sale

Christian Louboutin beige Bianca pumps, est. $700-$800
Christian Louboutin beige Bianca pumps, est. $700-$800
Christian Louboutin beige Bianca pumps, est. $700-$800

NEW YORK – A pair of beige Christian Louboutin Bianca pumps, a ladies’ Gucci G Bandeau fabric strap watch, and a patent leather Louis Vuitton Monogram vernis brea handbag will compete for top lot status at Jasper52’s Luxury Fashion auction, which will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rivich to auction designer fashion + Western to Mid-century design, Nov. 17-18

Vintage Chanel quilted silk blouse with black bow and ‘pearl’ buttons; plus flapper-style silk skirt, size 38. Estimate $100-$5,000

CHICAGO – Widely known as the Midwest’s favorite source for artsy, outside-the-box antiques and estate goods, Chicago’s Rivich Auction has just posted its online catalogs for an exciting November 17-18 sale with selections to please every holiday shopper. Day one will focus exclusively on vintage fashions from Chanel, Gucci and other premier designers, while day two offers a selection of Western to Mid-century art, furniture and many “quirky but cool” items that even the savviest person shopper would never find in brick-and-mortar stores.

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