Three Maud Lewis works and the Greg Hisey Canadiana collection featured at Miller & Miller April 13

Maud Lewis, 'Cow In Spring Meadow,' estimated at CA$25,000-CA$30,000 ($18,460-$22,150) at Miller & Miller.

NEW HAMBURG, Canada — In response to market demand from collectors, three more Maud Lewis naîve works head to market, along with the Greg Hisey Canadiana collection, on Saturday, April 13 at Miller & Miller. The catalog is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Maud Lewis (1903-1970) continues to see strong market demand as a result of recent Miller & Miller sales. The sale’s three art lots are topped by Cow In Spring Meadow from either late 1965 or 1966. The mixed media on beaver board measures 12 by 14in and is estimated at CA$25,000-CA$30,000 ($18,460-$22,150).

Fans of vintage automata will take note of a Blaise Bontems caged singing bluebird, estimated at CA$9,000-CA$12,000 ($6,645-$8,860). In perfect operating condition, the bird has lifelike actions and sings the realistic warbling for which Bontems was known. A master watchmaker, he turned to mechanical birds but retired in 1881, making this piece from an earlier date.

Dating to the early 1900s, this Dr. Lesure’s Famous Remedies point-of-sale display cabinet features terrific horse artwork and is in remarkable, original condition. It is accompanied by an original sales brochure for the company’s equine medicine line and is estimated at CA$3,500-CA$5,000 ($2,585-$3,690).

Coca-Cola was an early entrant to the nascent Canadian soda market. Before World War II restrictions halted steel production, the soft drink behemoth manufactured this French-language porcelain sign for the Quebec market. Measuring an impressive 4 by 8ft, the sign carries an estimate of CA$3,500-CA$5,000 ($2,585-$3,690).

Miller & Miller’s first Canadiana and folk art sale of 2024 runs Feb. 10-11

Maud Lewis, 'Black and White Cat,' estimated at CA$30,000-CA$35,000 ($22,215-$25,920) at Miller & Miller.

NEW HAMBURG, Canada — Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 mark the first Canadiana and Canadian folk art sales of 2024 for the specialists at Miller & Miller, with high-estimated works from primitive folk artist Maud Lewis once again leading the way. The catalogs are now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Nova Scotia’s Lewis (1903-1970) continues to dominate the Canadian folk art market. Discovered only late in her life, in the mid-1960s, she created thousands of primitive folk-art paintings, using whatever materials she could find, resulting in a beloved, naive style that remains in high demand more than 50 years after her death.

Day 1 features two key Lewis works. Black and White Cat features the subject framed by flowering tulips and budding shrubs. Measuring 12 by 13.75in, the mixed media on beaver board is estimated at CA$30,000-CA$35,000 ($22,215-$25,920).

Lewis would return to similar, often nearly identical subjects throughout her career. Near Lewis’ home in Marshalltown, Sandy Cove in Fall is a serial image that spans three decades, with this example dating to her emergence in the public eye, around 1965-1966. It carries an estimate of CA$25,000-CA$28,000 ($18,515-$20,735).

Day 2 includes an amazing 10 Maud Lewis originals, ranging from modest estimates to jaw-dropping numbers. At the top end of the range are two examples, Gulls at Harbour from the early 1960s, and Two Deer in Winter, dated to 1965-1966. Both are estimated at CA$20,000-CA$25,000 ($14,810-$18,515).

Joe Norris (1924-1926) from Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, is today considered the ‘dean of Nova Scotia folk art,’ ranking higher than even Maud Lewis in many collectors’ eyes. The Miller & Miller sale on Day 2 includes eight of his originals. Coastal Village with Lighthouse documents Norris’ primitive but highly detailed and geometric style, along with his patterned border treatment found on many of his works. The leading Norris lot in the sale, it carries an estimate of CA$8,000-CA$11,000 ($5,925-$8,145).

Fans of Canadian hooked rugs will find an amazing 34 examples included in the Day 1 lineup. The highest-estimated rug is an 1898 example known as Horse in Paradise by an unknown artist. The hooking on the horse is intentionally clipped, providing a wooly coat for the horse against the spotted floral background. It is estimated at CA$4,000-CA$6,000 ($2,960-$4,440).

Maud Lewis at forefront of Canadian Folk Art sale at Miller & Miller Oct. 14

Detail of ‘The Lobsterman’ by Maud Lewis, estimated at CA$30,000-CA$40,000 ($22,300-$29,800) at Miller & Miller.

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NEW HAMBURG, Canada – The colorful world of Canadian Folk Art is on full display at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. on Saturday, October 14. Established favorites and lesser-known names alike will appear in the 269-lot sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The belle of the ball again is, of course, Maud Lewis (1903-1970), the Canadian folk artist whose works have set records at Miller & Miller. Seven of her creations are consigned to the sale, led by The Lobsterman, a 1967 mixed media on Masonite estimated at CA$30,000-CA$40,000, or $22,300-$29,800. Also included is a 1967 four-page handwritten letter from Maud Lewis to John Kinnear, an Ontario painter who supported her by sending her oil paints. The letter, which mentions receiving paints from Kinnear and comes from his estate, is estimated at CA$2,000-CA$3,000 ($1,400-$2,200).

Six works by Joe Norris (1924-1996) feature in the October 14 auction, among them a Victorian side table from the early 20th century that Norris painted in full and topped with a nighttime scene of autumnal trees and birds exploring the newly snow-covered ground. Its estimate is CA$9,000-$CA12,000 ($6,700-$8,900).

Earning maximum Canada points is a circa-2000 painted softwood carving of a Mountie that stands 69in tall. Created by Richard “Lynn” Seaboyer (1936-2018), it has an estimate of CA$1,800-CA$2,300 ($1,300-$1,700).

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Maud Lewis, ‘The Lobsterman,’ estimated at CA$30,000-CA$40,000 ($22,300-$29,800) at Miller & Miller.
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Maud Lewis, ‘Dog Beneath Cherry Trees,’ estimated at CA$25,000-CA$30,000 ($18,500-$22,300) at Miller & Miller.
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Side table painted by Joe Norris, estimated at CA$9,000-CA$12,000 ($6,700-$8,900) at Miller & Miller.
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Another angle on a side table painted by Joe Norris, estimated at CA$9,000-CA$12,000 ($6,700-$8,900) at Miller & Miller.
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Lynn Seaboyer carving of a Mountie, estimated at CA$1,800-CA$3,200 ($1,300-$1,700) at Miller & Miller.
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19th-century stoneware flask tops Miller & Miller’s Canadiana auction Oct. 7

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NEW HAMBURG, Canada — A recently discovered salt-glazed and cobalt-washed stoneware flask is the top lot in Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.’s Canadiana and Historic Objects sale set for Saturday, October 7. The catalog is now available for bidding on LiveAuctioneers.

Found in British Columbia, the flask features incised floral decorations and stands 9in tall. Marked ‘Wm. Collinson Saint Thomas Canada West,’ it is believed the flask was made for William Collinson (1830-1890), an English immigrant who went on to establish a successful sheepskin business in St. Thomas, Ontario. The item may have been manufactured as a promotional item for his firm. It has an estimate of CA$25,000-CA$35,000 ($18,500-$25,900).

The sale also includes four original works by beloved Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970). Living in poverty most of her adult life, Lewis only gained national attention in the mid-1960s for her works, which largely focus on plants and animals.

The top Lewis lot is The Three Black Cats, purchased directly from the artist at her home in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia in the 1960s. Measuring 16in by 9.75in, the colorful painting is much wider than is typical for a Lewis work, making it something of a rarity. It is estimated at CA$25,000-CA$30,000 ($18,500-$22,200).

Glass fruit jars featuring a beaver motif were a common sight in earlier Canadian days. This example has an extremely rare left-facing beaver (most face right) as part of its amber glass construction. It is estimated at CA$12,000-CA$18,000 ($8,800-$13,320).

Vintage portraits of beloved animals are always auction favorites. This handsome illustration of the horse Harry Clay, Jr. was painted “from life in 1894” by J. J. Kenyon of Waterloo County, Ontario. The illustration describes Harry as being the property of “W. Tanner, V.S. Mount Forest. Ont.” It is estimated at CA$2,000-CA$5,000 ($1,480-$3,700).
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19th-century Wm. Collinson Saint Thomas Canada West stoneware flask, estimated at CA$25,000-CA$35,000 ($18,500-$25,900) at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
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Maud Lewis, ‘The Three Black Cats,’ estimated at CA$25,000-CA$30,000 ($18,500-$22,200) at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
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Left-facing Beaver dark amber glass fruit jar, estimated at CA$12,000-CA$18,000 ($8,800-$13,320) at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
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1894 J.J. Kenyon horse portrait of ‘Harry Clay Jr.,’ estimated at CA$2,000-CA$5,000 ($1,480-$3,700) at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
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Unusual antler-formed chair, estimated at CA$3,500-CA$5,000 ($2,590-$3,700) at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
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Bid Smart: Maud Lewis – Canada’s answer to Grandma Moses

A Maud Lewis 1967 oil on board, ‘Black Truck,’ achieved CA$350,000 (or $257,410) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd and LiveAuctioneers.
A Maud Lewis 1967 oil on board, ‘Black Truck,’ achieved CA$350,000 (or $257,410) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Maud Dowley Lewis (1903-70) spent all her life in Nova Scotia and reportedly never traveled more than an hour from her birthplace in the tiny town of South Ohio. Her folksy and playful paintings that first captivated neighbors and then tourists have traveled far and wide, however. Although Lewis never lived to see her works exhibited in museums or galleries, she is now one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. A 1965 newspaper article about her, which helped propel her international reputation, was titled The Little Old Lady Who Paints Pretty Pictures. Idyllic scenes of sleigh rides across a snowy landscape, children waving at a colorful train, and animals such as black cats or pairs of oxen were among her most popular paintings.

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Gallery Report: Maud Lewis work was a showstopper at Miller & Miller

ATLANTA – At the start of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall compiles the most notable auction highlights from across the United States and also the world. The May 2023 edition of Ken’s Gallery Report showcases a bumper crop of standout results. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Maud Lewis painting, CA$91,450, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

An oil-on-board painting by Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), titled Traffic Jam, sold for $91,450 in an online-only Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction held March 25 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a circa-1820s Georgian period Canadian breakfast table in mahogany, attributed to Thomas Nisbet, rose to $16,520; and a circa-1820s Montreal key hole wall clock by Martin Cheney earned $20,060. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Art Deco-style jardiniere, $26,620, Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery

An Art Deco-style bronze jardiniere, after a vase by Pierre Lenoir (French 1879-1953) and Marcel Guillard (French 1896-1932), for Etling, Paris, sold for $26,620 at an Estates & Collections auction held April 20-22 by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery in Atlanta. Also, Study of a Brown Bay Horse by Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) brought $15,730; and a 1970 Modern Head Relief by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) hit $14,520.

Ludwig van Beethoven letter, $99,000, RR Auction

A handwritten letter by composer Ludwig van Beethoven sold for $99,000 in an online auction that ended April 12 at RR Auction in Boston. The one-page letter, penned sometime in September 1823, was written in German and signed “Beethoven.” It concerned sending his work Missa Solemnis (Latin for “Solemn Mass”) to London and was addressed to Franz Christian Kirchhoffer. In the letter, Beethoven invites Kirchhoffer and his nephew Karl to lunch at his flat on Sunday.

Cartier Coussin watch, $34,650, Hindman

A Cartier 18K gold Bamboo Coussin watch sold for $34,650 at a Watches Auction held in April by Hindman in Chicago. Also, a Cartier 18K gold Tank watch rang up $16,380; a Cartier 18K gold dual-time Tonneau watch realized $8,820; a Roger Dubuis perpetual calendar chronograph Hommage watch commanded $28,350; an Alfred Dunhill lighter with a clock went for $7,560; and an 18K gold Jaeger-Lecoultre watch garnered $21,420.

Toshiko Takaezu ceramic, Moon$541,800, Rago/Wright/LAMA

Toshiko Takaezu’s (American, 1922-2011) ceramic creation titled Moon sold for $541,800 at a Post-War Ceramics Auction held April 13 by Rago/Wright/LAMA in Lambertville, New Jersey. It was a new world auction record for the artist. Also, John Mason’s Untitled (Vertical Sculpture) went for $258,300, setting a new world auction record for the artist; Betty Woodman’s Pillow Pitcher finished at $69,300; Peter Voulkos’s Untitled (Stack) changed hands for $44,100; and Viola Frey’s Bubble Man achieved $27,720.

Negro Motorist Green Book, $50,000, Swann Auction Galleries

A 1949 copy of the Negro Motorist Green Book sold for $50,000, breaking the previous record of $27,500, in a Printed & Manuscript African Americana auction held March 30 by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, an inscribed carte de visite by the early photographer James Presley Ball achieved $125,000; a Civil War-era photograph of Black Union recruits at Camp William Penn brought $52,500; and a copy of the Harlem Renaissance-era literary magazine Fire! went for $32,500.

Late Georgian tea caddy, $2,375, Roland Auctions

An English late Georgian shell-inlaid tea caddy of sarcophagus form sold for $2,375 at a Multi-Estates Auction held April 1 at Roland Auctions in Glen Cove, New York. Also, an 18th-century American Chippendale mahogany and marble table settled at $18,750; a GIA-certified 3.34-carat diamond in a platinum ring slipped onto a new finger for $34,375; a set of 12 Chinese paintings mounted in a fold-out book brought $50,000; and a Neoclassical-style gilt bronze chandelier made $5,000.

Qing dynasty Manchu empress’s robe, $100,000, Lark Mason Associates

A Qing dynasty Manchu empress’s 12-symbol embroidered yellow gauze robe, or jifu, sold for $100,000 in an online Asia Week auction that closed March 30 at Lark Mason Associates in New York City. Also, a Qing dynasty Chinese amber figure of Shoulao realized $26,250; and a large 20th-century Nine Peach and Blossoms vase went to a determined bidder for $22,500.

Alphonse Mucha’s The Stars$114,000, Poster Auctions International

Alphonse Mucha’s (Czech, 1860-1939) decorative panel poster from 1902, titled The Stars, sold for $114,000 at Rare Posters Auction #89 held March 26 by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Geo Ham’s Monaco Grand Prix 1933 realized $20,400; Leonetto Cappiello’s 1903 Absinthe Gempp Pernod finished at $26,400; Ludwig Hohlwein’s Besuchet den Tiergarten from 1912 earned $13,200; and Charles Loupot’s 1929 Cafe Preccia: Maquette attained $18,000.

1859 Comstock Lode mining document, $16,875, Holabird Western Americana Collections

An 1859 document dating to the very beginning of the Comstock Lode silver rush in the U.S. sold for $16,875 at a Big Bonanza auction held March 30-April 2 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, a U.S. $10,000 gold certificate, cancelled and not redeemable, printed in Washington, D.C. and dated May 3, 1917, achieved $2,875; and a collection of six antique Oklahoma I. T. (Indian Territory) crown top bottles brought $3,000.

Warhol Mick Jagger print, $131,250, Heritage Auctions

Artist Andy Warhol’s 1975 screenprint portrait titled Mick Jagger, signed by the Rolling Stones front man, sold for $131,250 at a Prints & Multiples auction held April 18 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a 1989 set of four lithographs by Keith Haring, titled Pop Shop III, realized $125,000; Joan Mitchell’s large lithograph diptych titled Sunflowers brought $93,750; and Pablo Picasso’s linocut from 1962 titled Grande Tete Femme earned $62,500.

Majolica dish and cover, $62,225, Doyle

A Mintons majolica hare and duck head game-pie dish and cover attributed to Paul Comolera sold for $62,225 at Part 2 of the sale of the Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection, held April 4 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a circa-1875 T.C. Brown Westhead, Moore & Co. Egyptian Revival Majolica garden seat realized $50,400; and a circa-1875 Mintons majolica Japanese boat spill vase designed by Johann (John) Hasselmann Henk brought $28,350.

Wasatch Gasoline sign, $324,000, Dan Morphy Auctions

A Wasatch Gasoline 48in-diameter porcelain service station sign sold for $324,000 at an Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction held March 21-23 by Dan Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Also, a Polly Gasoline porcelain neon service station sign with a parrot mascot flew to $78,000; a Mohawk Gasoline porcelain service station sign with a Native American down feather graphic earned $312,000; and an Idaho Chief Gasoline service station sign made $138,000.

Tiffany Arabian lamp, $7,200, Treasureseeker Auctions

A Tiffany Studios Arabian lamp with a signed Favrile shade and a signed brass base sold for $7,200 in an online-only Spring into Treasures: Fine Art & Collectibles sale held April 16 by Treasureseeker Auctions in Pasadena, California. Also, a Meiji-era silver and enamel floral box went for $3,840; a cat painting by Jules Leroy finished at $3,520; a 19th-century malachite and bronze clock decorated with a cherub and a rooster reached $3,300; and a Japanese silver and enamel vase settled at $2,560.

Saturday Night Fever suit, $260,000, Julien’s Auctions

The iconic white suit John Travolta wore when playing the character Tony Manero in the movie Saturday Night Fever sold for $260,000 at a Hollywood: Classic and Contemporary auction held April 22 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Also, Bela Lugosi’s vampire mirror cigarette box from the 1931 film Dracula achieved $130,000; a coat and hat worn by Warren Beatty in the movie Dick Tracy made $91,000; and a hoverboard from Back to the Future II floated to $91,000.

Porfirio Salinas painting, $47,200, Amero Auctions

An untitled Texas landscape with bluebonnets by Porfirio Salinas sold for $47,200 at a Spring 2023 Spectacular Sale held March 26 by Amero Auctions in Sarasota, Florida. Also, a pair of Spring Festival pattern elongated hexagonal tables by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne earned $18,880; a pair of Egyptian-style bronze figures by Emile Louis Picault brought $10,620; and an equestrian-themed painting by Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski, titled Morning Ride, galloped off with $44,250.

Tiffany & Co. bird brooch, $17,500, John Moran Auctioneers, Inc.

A Tiffany & Co. mother-of-pearl, diamond, yellow sapphire and onyx bird brooch sold for $17,500 at an auction titled Jewelry from the Estate of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, held March 29 by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. in Los Angeles. Also, a pear-shape 26-carat diamond ring realized $979,000; a Zambian emerald and diamond ring brought $21,250; and a David Webb 18K gold rock crystal and lapis lazuli bracelet changed hands for $28,125.

Pair of Chinese bowls, $94,500, Freeman’s

A pair of Chinese famille rose-decorated Balsam-Pear bowls with a Jiaqing six-character seal mark and of the period sold for $94,500 at an Asian Arts auction held April 18 at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a pair of Chinese yellow-glazed bowls with the Kangxi mark and of the period rose to $81,900; a Chinese carved beige jade table screen left the room for $75,600; and a Chinese blue and white porcelain figural plaque from the Kangxi period earned $44,100.

 

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Maud Lewis pastoral work stops traffic at Miller & Miller sale

Maud Lewis, ‘Traffic Jam,’ CA$91,450
Maud Lewis, ‘Traffic Jam,’ CA$91,450
Maud Lewis, ‘Traffic Jam,’ CA$91,450

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Once again the legendary Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) stole the show at Miller & Miller’s two-day, two-session online auctions held March 25 and 26. Seven original paintings by Lewis combined for more than $300,000. The Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction on March 25 grossed $588,613; the Historic Lamps & Lighting on March 26 reached $299,838. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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Canadiana, artful kerosene lamps on offer at Miller & Miller, Mar. 25-26

Cobalt double overlay kerosene stand lamp, estimated at CA$9,000-$12,000
Left, Maud Lewis, ‘Traffic Jam,’ estimated at CA$30,000-$35,000; Right, cobalt double overlay kerosene stand lamp, estimated at CA$9,000-$12,000
Left, Maud Lewis, ‘Traffic Jam,’ estimated at CA$30,000-$35,000; Right, cobalt double overlay kerosene stand lamp, estimated at CA$9,000-$12,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will be a hive of activity later this month, with a Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction on Saturday, March 25, followed the very next day by a Historic Lamps & Lighting auction. Both sales have start times of 9 am Eastern and are online-only. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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Gallery Report: Alphonse Mucha’s ‘Seasons’ suite triumphs at Everard

ATLANTA – At the dawn of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from across the country and also the world. The March 2023 edition of Ken’s Gallery Report showcases a wealth of strong results. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Alphonse Mucha suite, $40,625, Everard Auctions and Appraisals

A complete 1896 suite of four lithographs by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), titled The Seasons, sold for $40,625 at a Winter Southern Estates and Collections auction held February 28 and March 1 by Everard Auctions and Appraisals in Savannah, Georgia. Also, a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios 12-light favrile glass gilt bronze Lily lamp brought $35,000; a signed Tabriz figural carpet went for $8,125; and an Eldred Wheeler maple secretary bookcase brought $6,875.

Chippendale walnut table, $22,500, Nye & Company Auctioneers

A circa-1765 Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured walnut dressing table sold for $22,500 in an online-only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction held Jan. 25-27 by Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Also, an Edison Electric Pen, including the original box, wires and stone sharpening tool, realized $21,250; a Daum Nancy Blackbird frosted vase rose to $18,750; and a set of six Queen Anne dining chairs attributed to William Savery settled at $10,880.

Maud Lewis oil painting, CA$44,250, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

A painting by the renowned Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), titled Three Black Cats, sold for $44,250 in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held February 11 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Canada. Seven paintings by Lewis in the auction brought a combined $198,380. Also, four paintings by Nova Scotia artist Joe Norris (1924-1996) realized a total of $49,560. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Old West author / historian archive, $2,625, Holabird Western Americana Collections

An archive of material pertaining to Old West author, artist and historian Ernest L. Reedstrom (1928-2003) sold for $2,625 in Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s two-day Treasures from the Shelves auction held Feb. 18-19 in Reno, Nevada. Also, a USS Utah photo diary of the Tampico Affair of 1914 and the invasion of Veracruz, Mexico brought $1,750, and a circa 1894-1896 Oriental coffin flask bottle out of Lamar, Colorado, lavender in color, realized $1,500.

Eminem’s Nike sneakers, $40,625, Julien’s Auctions

Musical artist Eminem’s signed and worn Nike Air Max sneakers sold for $40,625 at a Musicares Charity Relief Auction held February 5 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. Also, Paul McCartney’s personally signed book The Lyrics brought $25,600; Taylor Swift’s signed 2020 Epiphone acoustic guitar garnered $25,000; a Joe Perry stage-played and signed Gibson Les Paul electric guitar made $22,400; and a Slash-signed Gibson Les Paul electric guitar commanded $22,400.

Hemingway book, $277,200, Freeman’s

A 1924 first edition copy of Ernest Hemingway’s book in our time sold for $277,200 at a Books and Manuscripts auction held February 2 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Reconstruction-era map of Galveston, Texas – the only known copy to have ever been offered at auction – brought $30,240, and an inscribed association copy of Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memoir of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, finished at $12,600.

1958 double die Lincoln penny, $1.136 million, GreatCollections

A 1958 Lincoln cent, described as a ‘double die’ because it was mistakenly made with doubling in some letters on the coin’s obverse, sold for $1.136 million at a series of six auctions for the collection of the late Stewart Blay ending January 29 at GreatCollections of Irvine, California. It was the most ever paid for a Lincoln cent and was the finest of the three 1958 double dies known. Blay’s collection of 276 Lincoln cents, dating back to 1909 and all in mint condition, sold for a combined $7.732 million during the six days.

Pastel portrait by Beauford Delaney, $48,000, Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

A vivid pastel portrait of a blue-eyed man by the Tennessee-born African American abstract expressionist Beauford Delaney sold for $48,000 at a Winter Auction held Jan. 28-29 by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Also, a church picnic scene by the self-taught African American artist Helen Lafrance realized $25,600; a painted blanket chest from Wythe County, Virginia brought $40,960; and a Korean silver inlaid iron censer went to a determined bidder for $37,500.

C. Gilman shelf clock, $51,250, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A 19th-century B. C. Gilman (Exeter, N.H.) Boston shelf clock sold for $51,250 at a Couture, Jewelry and Fine & Decorative Art auction held February 27 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Also, an early 20th-century Duffner & Kimberly heraldic armorial table lamp brought $4,062; a Jose Reyes (American and Filipino, 1902-1980) Nantucket friendship basket hit $3,750; and an Old Master oil painting of Christ by Charles Robert Leslie made $3,750.

1952 Topps baseball brick, $873,300, Morphy Auctions

An unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick containing eight factory-sealed 5-cent wax packs sold for $873,300 at a Toys, Sports Cards & General Collectibles Auction held Feb. 1-3 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Each of the eight packs held five cards and it was widely speculated they were likely from Topps’ first series. The brick could be traced back to a private purchase in Seattle in 1991. The new owner is a collector who wished to remain anonymous.

Five-volume maritime atlas, $38,525, Old World Auctions

A five-volume maritime atlas from 1764 by J. N. Bellin, including 581 maps of the world and continents, plus many regional maps and city plans and coastal charts, sold for $38,525 in a sale held Jan. 25-Feb. 8 by Old World Auctions in Richmond, Virginia. Also, A New Map of Texas, with the Contiguous American & Mexican States from 1837, by Samuel Augustus Mitchell, earned $14,950; and a carte-a-figures world map created in 1652 by Claes Janszoon Visscher achieved $10,925.

Tiffany Studios window, $237,500, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

A Tiffany Studios Jesus in a Field of Lilies window sold to a church for $237,500 at a Fine and Decorative Arts auction held January 28 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Also, a grouping of yellow diamonds from one estate, led by an 18K white gold, yellow gold and diamond ring, rang up $181,250; a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios Curtain Border floor lamp achieved $100,000; and a circa-1905 Tiffany Studios Moorish and Turtle Back chandelier rose to $81,250.

Wolfgang Paalen painting, $163,000, Hindman

A vibrant untitled 1943 painting by Wolfgang Paalen sold for $163,000 at a Figuratively Speaking auction held February 10 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, two other works by Paalen, from 1947 and 1943, went for $47,250 and $20,160, respectively; two paintings by Alice Rahon, Paalen’s wife, one untitled from 1946 and one dubbed Le Chat from 1943, each went for $13,860; and a portrait of the artist and critic Florence Arquin by Kathleen Blackshear earned $9,450.

Colt Model 1847 revolver, $105,750, Rock Island Auction Company

A C Company U.S. Colt Model 1847 Walker percussion revolver sold for $105,750 at a Sporting & Collector Auction ending February 17 at Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Illinois. Also, an engraved Civil War New Haven Arms Company Henry lever action rifle hit the mark for $41,125; an early serial number 5 Colt black powder SAA in scarce 44 Rimfire made $18,880; and a Civil War-era LeMat Grape Shot changed hands for $16,450.

W. Jacobs’ Salthaven$31,250, Potter & Potter Auctions

A first edition presentation copy of W. W. Jacobs’ (British, 1863-1943) book titled Salthaven, inscribed to and by Samuel C. Clemens (aka Mark Twain, 1835-1910), sold for $31,250 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction held February 16 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a near-fine set of J.R.R. Tolkien’s (1892-1973) the Lord of the Rings trilogy brought $19,200, and a 37-volume collection of The Works of Mark Twain realized $16,250.

Daniel Boone compass, $109,375, Heritage Auctions

A compass owned by legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone sold for $109,375 at an Americana & Political Signature Auction held Feb. 25-26 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a carte de visite signed by President Abraham Lincoln as a donation to a Sanitary Fair held Oct. 18, 1864 in Tazewell City, Illinois earned $106,250; a circa-1857 double partner’s desk designed by Thomas U. Walter made $40,000; and a display with signatures of both Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth rose to $37,500.

Marc Chagall artwork, $8,400, Nadeau’s Auction Gallery

An artwork by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Daphnis et Grathon, signed and numbered (26/60), sold for $8,400 at a Midcentury, Modern Art & Contemporary Sale held January 28 by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Connecticut. Also, a pair of Mies van der Rohe Barcelona leather lounge chairs left the room for $5,000; a 1981 landscape by Charles Griffin Farr (1908-1997), titled Tuolumme, reached $4,305; and Salvador Dali’s Manhattan Skyline finished at $5,700.

2007 factory-sealed iPhone, $63,356, LCG Auctions

A 2007 factory-sealed first-edition iPhone sold for a new record price of $63,356 at a Winter Premier Auction held February 19 by LCG Auctions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Also, a 1978 Star Wars Boba Fett action figure (Canada 20-Back AFA 85) realized $22,206; a 1982 Masters of the Universe Battle Ram vehicle (AFA 85) sped off with $20,920; a 1983 G.I. Joe Dragonfly vehicle (XH-1 AFA 85) brought $9,418; and a 1984 Transformers Bumble Bee (AFA 85) earned $18,353.

Orville Bulman work, $63,000, Doyle

A 1967 tropical landscape painting by Orville Bulman (American, 1904-1978), titled Les Nouveaux Familles, sold for $63,000 at a Fine Art auction held February 15 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a 1991 sculpture by Olbram Zoubek (Czech, 1926-2017), titled Eve-Arrow, attained $9,825; an unframed color lithograph after Pablo Picasso, titled Tete de Bouffon, realized $9,450; and a 1992 painting by Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951-), titled Chandelier 8, hit $8,820.

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Miller & Miller bidders were mad for Maud Lewis; paying $200K for six works

Maud Lewis, ‘Three Black Cats,’ CA$44,250
Maud Lewis, ‘Three Black Cats,’ CA$44,250

Maud Lewis, ‘Three Black Cats,’ CA$44,250

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Six original paintings by the renowned Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), plus a watercolor and pen on paper by Lewis, sold for a combined $198,830 in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held on February 11. Nearly 300 lots in a wide array of categories came up for bid. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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