RENO, Nev. – Five 19th-century gold and silver ingots from the Gold Rush and Silver Rush sold for a combined $159,807 at a four-day High-Grade Auction held June 15 through June 18 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, online and live in the Reno gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers. The sale featured nearly 2,000 lots of mining collectibles, railroadiana, numismatics, Native and general Americana, philatelic, bottles, stocks, bonds, sports and art.
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ATLANTA – As each month begins, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers the most notable auction highlights from the United States and across the world. His Gallery Report for July 2023 delivers a bounty of intriguing results. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.
N.C. Wyeth painting, $2.45 million, Freeman’s
A painting by N. C. Wyeth titled Jetty Tree (Port Clyde, Maine), a landscape depicting the Maine coast, sold for $2.45 million at an auction held June 4 during America Week by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, Henriette Wyeth’s Portrait of Peter Hurd topped out at $138,600; a winter scene by German-born American wildlife artist Carl Rungius, titled After the Storm (Tundra), finished at $453,600; and Morgan Colt’s painting A Glorious Day earned $126,000.
Dale Chihuly bowl basket, $5,227, Michaan’s Auctions
A shapely art glass Macchia Bowl Basket by Dale Chihuly sold for $5,227 at a Luxury Auction held May 19 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an Edith Baretto Stevens Parsons figural bronze fountain settled at $7,995; a Bosendorfer concert grand piano attained $46,125; a Van Cleef & Arpels ruby, enamel, diamond and 18K gold terrier brooch commanded $7,995; and a Buccellati sterling silver soup tureen went to a determined bidder for $6,765.
Frank Herbert’s Dune, $22,500, PBA Galleries
A first edition copy of Frank Herbert’s Dune sold for $22,500 at a Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror auction held June 1 by PBA Galleries in Berkeley, Calif. Also, the Dark Tower series by Stephen King brought $22,500; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin rose to $10,000; Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein realized $11,250; the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov secured $15,000; and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick made $13,750.
Japanese incense burner, $250,000, Heritage Auctions
A massive Japanese dragon-form incense burner containing almost 45 pounds of pure silver sold for $250,000 at a Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu Signature Auction held May 16 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a Tiffany & Company partial gilt water pitcher finished at $35,000; a circa-1870 Gorham partial gilt figural punch bowl with the original ladle realized $35,000; and a Gorham Martele six-piece Blue Lily motif tea and coffee set left the room for $20,000.
Mandarin court robe, $39,060, Sarasota Estate Auctions
A Qing dynasty Mandarin court robe sold for $39,060 at a two-day sale held May 20-21 by Sarasota Estate Auctions in Sarasota, Fla. Also, a blanc de chine Buddha statue with a spiritual symbol made $25,200; a pair of Han warriors finished at $7,560; a Tang white pigment prancing horse trotted off with $6,930; an oil on canvas portrait attributed to Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) went for $19,530; and a Modernist sculpture by Aurora Canero (Spanish, b. 1940-) brought $7,560.
Rolex Big Red Daytona watch, $65,000, Jones & Horan
A Rolex Big Red Daytona watch, ref. 6263, sold for $65,000 at a four-hour auction held May 7 by Jones & Horan in Manchester, N.H. Also, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch, ref. 3940, achieved $49,000; a Rolex Small Red Daytona watch, ref. 6265, brought $32,000; a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II watch, ref. 1655, went for $16,500; a Patek Philippe Ricochet watch by Gilbert Albert hit $16,500; and a Rolex Kermit Submariner watch, ref. 16610LV, hopped away with $13,500.
Masudaya Target Robot, $34,440, Milestone Auctions
A Masudaya (Japan) 15in battery-operated Target Robot from the Gang of Five series with a dart gun and two darts, plus the original box, sold for $34,440 at a Spring Premier Toy Auction held May 27 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Yonezawa (Japan) 13in battery-operated 8 Man Walking Robot with its original box claimed $8,400; a Yonezawa battery-operated Jupiter robot finished at $20,400; and a Nomura (Japan) battery-operated Walking Batman earned $12,915.
New Haven Arms carbine, $23,500, Rock Island Auction Company
A factory-engraved New Haven Arms Company Volcanic carbine rifle sold for $23,500 at a Sporting & Collector Auction held June 21-23 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Colt Paterson Second Model ring lever rifle hit the mark for $16,450; a Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle doubled its high estimate to bring $11,163; and an engraved silver-plated Colt Hartford English dragoon revolver made $8,813. Overall, the sale grossed more than $6.5 million.
1880 silver ingot, $42,175, Holabird Western Americana Collections
An 1880 Mathey, Kustel & Riotte silver ingot with documented information, the only known example, with logo punch and weighing 4.97 troy ounces, sold for $42,175 at a High-Grade auction held June 15-18 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, one of a few known copies of De Groot’s original third edition map of the Washoe mines of Nevada, published in 1860, brought $15,000; and a remarkable archive from a legal Nevada prostitute went for $5,750.
David Hockney lithograph, $47,795, Ahlers & Ogletree
A 1979 color lithograph on paper of a tropical scene by David Hockney (British, b. 1937-), titled Bora Bora, sold for $47,795 at auctions held June 15-17 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, a 1909 pastel on medium light brown paper by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938), titled Study in Orange and Rose, realized $39,325; and a 1910 oil on canvas, Portrait of Lady with Pitcher, by William Worcester Churchill (American, 1858-1926) attained $39,325.
First edition, first issue Great Expectations, $24,000, Potter & Potter Auctions
A first edition, first issue, three-volume copy of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, printed by Chapman and Hall, London in 1861, sold for $24,000 at a Fine Books and Manuscripts sale held June 1 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Outsider and Others settled at $11,400; a first edition copy of Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep achieved $9,000; and a copy of Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father went for $6,000.
Flora Danica table service, $118,750, Andrew Jones Auctions
An extensive service of Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain tableware that was offered in 24 lots totaled $118,750 at an auction held June 18 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, an 89-piece Puiforcat first standard silver Royal pattern flatware service achieved $18,750; a Chinese gilt and black coromandel lacquer eight-panel screen secured $11,875; and a group of seven Buccellati sterling silver clad shells and a shell-form footed dish garnered $11,875.
Wurlitzer Model 71 jukebox, CA$14,750, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
An American circa-1940-1941 Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox, restored and on a Wurlitzer model 810 stand, sold for $14,750 in an online-only Petroliana, Advertising & Coin-Op auction held June 10 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a Canadian 1900 Kuntz Park Brewery Waterloo beer tray served up $12,980, and an American 1924 Globe Amusement Lighthouse grip strength tester fought its way to $12,980. All prices in this entry are in Canadian dollars.
Vacheron Constantin watch, $100,800, Doyle
A circa-2012 wristwatch by Vacheron Constantin, created to celebrate the Opera National de Paris sold for $100,800 at an Important Jewelry auction held June 22 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a Bulgari ring featuring a Fancy Intense blue-green diamond flanked by two Fancy Intense pink diamonds slipped onto a new finger for $1.059 million, and a circa-1930 Raymond Yard Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring changed hands for $289,800. Overall, the sale grossed $4.139 million.
Caldwell bronze figures, $10,625, Roland Auctions
A pair of circa-1900 Caldwell & Co. gilt and patinated bronze figures mounted on green marble bases, since transformed into lamps, sold for $10,625 at a Multi-Estates Sale held June 2-3 by Roland Auctions in Glen Cove, N.Y. Also, a still life of flowers in a vase by Yanoucher Yektai (1921-2019), signed and dated 1969, brought $15,000; and a signed watercolor landscape of a hillside by Richard Mayhew (American, b. 1924-) went for $10,625.
Chinese Export clock, $34,375, John Moran Auctioneers
A Chinese Export French-style automaton clock, signed Cheon S’Nag Comton to the mechanism, sold for $34,375 at a Traditional Collector sale held April 25-26 by John Moran Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Also, a 1738 red-and-white chalk drawing by Francois Boucher, titled The Vegetable Vendor: A Sheet of Studies, achieved $81,250; Sally James Farnham’s New York City Mounted Policeman in the Rain strode to $34,375; and a Francois Linke gilt-bronze mounted armoire realized $11,250.
Kentucky Derby trophies, $317,000, Julien’s Auctions
A group of five Lemon & Son brand sterling silver engraved Kentucky Derby trophies, won between 1957 to 1969 by renowned horse jockey Bill Hartack, sold for $317,000 at a Sports Legends auction held June 23 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, a training jersey signed by basketball star Michael Jordan commanded $104,000; a pair of Converse shoes signed by Jordan brought $104,000; and a tournament jersey from 1968 signed by soccer star Pele secured $16,250.
Daguerreotype of gold miners, $37,800, Hindman Auctions
A half-plate daguerreotype of three miners, looking resolute behind their lit cigars, sold for $37,800 at an American Historical Ephemera & Photography auction held June 15-16 by Hindman Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a circa-1855 quarter-plate daguerreotype of Fort Mackinac, Mich., possibly the earliest image of the important military outpost, brought $31,500; a quarter-plate daguerreotype of photographer Andrew Joseph Russell (1830-1902) earned $28,350; and a photograph of Lincoln’s second inauguration in 1865 reached $18,900.
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RENO, Nev. – A U.S. one-cent stamp commemorating the Pan American Exposition of 1901 with an inverted center – an error stamp and one of the great philatelic rarities – sold for $5,500 at Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s four-day Western Americana Auction held April 21 through April 24.
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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RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s first major auction event of 2022 will be a four-day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, February 24-27. Nearly 2,500 lots will cross the auction block. Start times on all four days will be 8 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
RENO, Nev. – A California Gold Rush-era bond from 1856 signed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a photo of the execution hanging of outlaw Fleming “James” Parker taken in 1898, and a gorgeous circa 1880-1920 Red Mesa Navajo rug in near-perfect condition all triumphed at a huge five-day Western Americana Signature Sale held May 13 through May 17 by Holabird Western Americana Collections.