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Morphy’s Dec. 19-20 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction adds quality and beauty to the holidays

Exquisite signed/numbered Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp with 19in (dia.) leaded-glass shade featuring multicolored confetti glass tiles and flowers in various shades of red, orange, purple and yellow against a green ground. Tiffany-stamped telescoping cat’s-paw base. Excellent condition. Estimate $120,000-$160,000

DENVER, Pa. – Arguably, Morphy’s most-loved sale from its always-busy calendar of events, the annual pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction consistently delivers luxury, rarity and peerless quality to discerning collectors and holiday gift-givers. This year’s edition, which will be held on December 19 and 20, is brimming with superior jewels and watches, paintings, art pottery, silver, and dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Variety attracted bids at John Moran’s Art of the American West sale

 Logan Maxwell Hagege, ‘Dry Air,’ $22,500


Logan Maxwell Hagege, ‘Dry Air,’ $22,500

LOS ANGELES — John Moran Auctioneers presented its Art of the American West sale on November 16. This auction, which consisted of more than 300 lots, featured numerous collections, including property from the estates of George David Sturges and Melinda Wayne Munoz alongside estate property from Utah, Arizona and California. Leading the sale were works by Logan Maxwell Hagege and a New West Furniture Co. Molesworth-Style sofa from the Gregory Sierra collection.

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Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000  

Best of the West celebrated at John Moran’s July 26 sale

Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000  

Tony Abeyta, ‘The Navajo Yei Council of Gods,’ est. $2,000-$4,000

LOS ANGELES — For those that are longing for a sense of adventure, yet don’t want to leave the house, John Moran Auctioneers offers its Art of the American West Online auction on Tuesday, July 26, beginning at noon Pacific time. The 284-lot sale features a wide range of artwork, Native American ceramics, textiles and accessories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Harry B. Wagoner, ‘Desert Landscape,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

John Moran readies next Art of the American West sale for May 24

Harry B. Wagoner, ‘Desert Landscape,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Harry B. Wagoner, ‘Desert Landscape,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers, Inc.’s first Art of the American West sale of 2022 will take place on Tuesday, May 24. Enthusiasts of Native American art as well as Western art will find abundant examples of pottery, textiles, basketry and beadwork as well as fine art, sculpture, Native American kachina figures and painted retablos. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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A revealing look at the history of nudes in Western art

An M.F. Husain Cubist figural nude oil painting achieved $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Greenwich Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

An M.F. Husain Cubist figural nude oil painting achieved $11,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Greenwich Auction and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — The nude in the canon of Western art has a complicated and interesting history. Paleolithic fertility sculptures embodied the essence of physicality and ancient Greek sculptures highlighted the virility and power of the male figure. Moving up to the Renaissance era, nude paintings of women were typically inspired by antiquity but often took on allegorical or symbolic meanings. Cultural traditions and philosophies are just some of the factors affecting how nude figures in art were viewed and depicted.

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Gallery Report: Newly discovered Mucha study achieves record $965K

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. Here’s the January 2022 edition of his Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Alphonse Mucha study, $965,000, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

A newly discovered 1920 oil on canvas painting by Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), titled Young Couple from Rusadla, sold for $965,000 at an auction held December 2 by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers in Oak Park, Illinois. The painting is a fully realized study, depicting an embracing young couple and was part of a larger, lost composition titled Rusadla, which illustrated a procession scene from a Slavic Midsummer Feast. The price is a new auction record for a study by Mucha.

Revolutionary War powder horn, $44,280, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

A Revolutionary War powder horn from 1775, owned and carved by Siege of Boston minute man Thomas Smith, sold for $44,280 at a Historic Arms & Militaria auction held Nov. 20 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, Rhode Island. Another powder horn, a circa 1746 example identified to Moses Brewer of the Provincial militia, earned $22,140. Also, a circa-1812 silver Captain Isaac Hull presentation medal given to Lt. Alexander S. Wadsworth for naval gallantry brought $40,590.

Cartier Pasha men’s watch, CA$64,900, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

A Cartier Pasha minute repeater men’s wristwatch sold for CA$64,900 in an online-only Watches & Jewels sale held Nov. 20 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a Cartier Diabolo Tourbillon men’s wristwatch went for CA$29,500; a 15.45-carat diamond cocktail ring realized CA$29,500; a Rolex Explorer II “Steve McQueen” watch achieved CA$23,600; and a Rolex Submariner Date watch rose to CA$12,980. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

George I chinoiserie cabinet, $27,500, Andrew Jones Auctions

A George I chinoiserie decorated japanned cabinet on later stand, the cabinet dating to the early 18th century, sold for $27,500 during Part 2 of the auction of the John Nelson collection held December 12 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, a pair of 20th-century Louis XVI style gilt bronze, cut and molded clear glass 16-light chandeliers lit up the room for $23,750, and a pair of large 19th-century Italian Carrara marble busts of classical women went to a determined bidder for $22,500.

Dr. Renz’s Herb Bitters bottle, $24,250, American Bottle Auctions

A Dr. Renz’s Herb Bitters bottle, light lime green in color and one of maybe four examples known that have a uniquely styled applied tapered top, sold for $24,150 in online-only auction #72, Part 1 of the Mel Hammer collection, held Dec. 10-19 by American Bottle Auctions in Sacramento, California. The sum represents a record for the bottle. Also, a Dr. Wonser’s USA Indian Root Bitters bottle with an applied top and medium amber in color finished at $15,525.

Freedman’s mechanical bank, $174,000, Bertoia Auctions

An original Freedman’s mechanical bank, made circa 1880 by Jerome B. Secor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and one of fewer than 10 known, sold for $174,000 at an annual Fall Sale of toys, banks and holiday antiques held Nov. 18-19 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey. Also, a large hand-painted Marklin Central Station, produced for the English market circa 1902-1910, realized $40,800, and a circa-1870 German belsnickle with lamp fixture rang up $30,000.

Yongzheng-marked bowl, $160,000, Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers

A Chinese porcelain bowl with a lid bearing the marks of the Yongzheng period (1678-1735) sold for $160,000 at an auction held October 28 by Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Roseville, Michigan. The bowl was decorated with a blue, red and green motif with insects, and the lid had a pale jade-colored animal finial. However, the inside of the bowl and the inside of the lid both had Yongzheng markings. The winning bid was placed online.

Napoleon’s 1797 garniture, $2.875 million, Rock Island Auction Company

A gold-encrusted six-piece garniture of five relief carved firearms and a gilt dress sword presented to Napoleon Bonaparte by the Director of the French Republic in 1797 sold for $2.875 million at a Premier Firearms Auction held December 3 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Illinois. Also, a solid silver Winchester 1866 rifle, L.D. Nimschke’s tour-de-force, hit the mark for $977,500, and a gold-plated John Ulrich signed “1 of 1000” Model 1873 lever-action rifle realized $431,250.

James P. Regimbal bronze, $5,625, John Moran Auctioneers

A patinated 1980 bronze sculpture by James P. Regimbal (American, Washington state, b. 1949-), titled Rocky Trails, sold for $5,625 at an Art of the American West auction held November 30 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California. Also, a 1950 painting by Ted DeGrazia (American, Arizona, 1909-1982), titled Navajo with 7 Horses, achieved $7,500; and an early 20th-century Navajo/Dine Germantown double saddle blanket hit $5,625.

Nobel Prize from 1990, $312,500, Nate D. Sanders Auctions

The 1990 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded to E. Donnall Thomas for his use of bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia and other blood cancers, sold for $312,500 at an auction held December 9 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Thomas first proposed his theory in 1957 and worked methodically throughout the 1960s and 1970s to turn the theory into a clinical treatment. It was dismissed at the time as implausible and experimental but gradually gained acceptance.

Folk art portrait of a cat, $152,100, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

A late 19th- or early 20th-century American folk art portrait of a black and white cat sold for $152,100 at a Premier Americana Auction held Nov. 17-20 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Also, a hand-sewn 34-star 1864 Lincoln-and-Johnson presidential campaign flag achieved $128,700; a Native American Party political flag banner went for $99,450; and a Johannes Spitler paint-decorated yellow pine blanket chest realized $76,050.

Majolica wine cooler, $81,900, Doyle

A circa-1865 Minton majolica cobalt-blue ground Victorian wine cooler and cover sold for $81,900 at Part 1 of the Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection held December 14 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a Delphin Massier majolica butterfly jardiniere went for $25,200; a Mintons majolica large fish dish and cover finished at $25,200; a Delphin Massier majolica vase modeled as a grasshopper brought $20,160; and a Mintons majolica model of a fawn flower holder rose to $15,120.

Harry Houdini’s Bible, $102,000, Potter & Potter Auctions

Harry Houdini’s Bible, a 1901 Red Letter edition inscribed, “To Dunninger, best wishes, Houdini, Nov. 30, 1925”, sold for $102,000 at a Winter Magic Auction held December 11 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a 1990s-era Pyramids of Egypt wine and water trick by John Gaughan & Associates went for $14,400, and a Blaney Ladder Levitation prop, made by Walter Blaney in the 1990s, rose to $15,600.

Rembrandt etching from 1634, $20,000, Dallas Auction Gallery

A 1634 etching by Rembrandt, titled Self-Portrait with Sabre, sold for $20,000 at a Fine and Decorative Art Auction held November 17 by Dallas Auction Gallery in Dallas. Also, a portfolio of 20 Sol LeWitt serigraphs from 1981, dubbed Lines in Two Directions and in Five Colors with All Their Combinations, realized $18,750, and a 1983 mixed media on board by Dan Rizzie, titled The Blood of the Poet, earned $10,625.

Custer’s Civil War gun holster rig, $37,500, Holabird Western Americana Collections

U.S. Army Captain George Armstrong Custer’s gun holster, dispatch case, belt and brass buckle from the Civil War sold for $37,500 at a November Wonders: Western Americana Auction held Nov. 18-22 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada. Also, a 14K gold necklace with diamond bands and emerald eyes, accompanied by a matching ring and earrings, achieved $11,560, and a circa-1910 10-cent brass octagonal token for the H. Champagne Bar in Genoa, Nevada hit $3,750.

Beatles-signed album, $31,251, RR Auction

A copy of the Beatles album Please Please Me, signed by all four members of the band, sold for $31,251 in an online Marvels of Modern Music auction that began October 14 and ended November 18 by RR Auction in Boston. The consignor indicated the signatures were obtained at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, England in 1963. Also, a Beatles-signed 1963 Winter Gardens program earned $24,750, and a Nirvana-signed Smells Like Teen Spirit picture disc achieved $15,000.

Daniel Garber’s ‘Sycamores,’ $390,600, Freeman’s

A large-scale canvas painting by the Pennsylvania Impressionist Daniel Garber, titled Sycamores, sold for $390,600 at an American Art auction held December 5 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, Kenneth Nunamaker’s canvas River Road at Centre Bridge climbed to $201,600; Fern Coppedge’s December Afternoon (Carversville) achieved $226,800; Edward Redfield’s Abandoned Road hit $352,800; and Mary Elizabeth Price’s Mallow and Lily made $107,100.

1907 Saint-Gaudens gold coin, $4.75 million, Heritage Auctions

A 1907 Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief U.S. gold coin, graded proof-68 CAC, sold for $4.75 million in a private transaction between GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California, and Heritage Auctions of Dallas. The coin last appeared in a 2007 Heritage auction where it sold for $1.84 million. The buyer then was Bob R. Simpson, founder of XTO Energy and an owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Fewer than 20 of the Ultra High Relief coins were minted and just 13 to 15 exist today.

1837 cutlass pistol, $27,025, Skinner Auctioneers

A Cyrus B. Allen Elgin patent cutlass pistol from 1837 with the original holster/scabbard sold for $27,025 at a Historic Arms & Militaria auction held October 29 by Skinner Auctioneers in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Also, a New Hampshire 2nd Battalion marked French model infantry musket hit the mark for $44,062; a 34th Regiment of Foot Dublin Castle pattern 1769 short land service musket rose to $34,075; and a New Hampshire-attributed Dog Pommel saber changed hands for $11,750.

Hank Aaron 1976 uniform, $224,000, Julien’s Auctions

Hank Aaron’s 1976 storied final season game-worn Milwaukee Brewers full uniform sold for $224,000 in an Icons & Idols: Sports auction held December 5 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Aaron’s game-used baseball glove from 1976 was a hit for $76,800; Babe Ruth’s circa 1922-1924 game-used Louisville Slugger bat (Mears A7) realized $32,000; and a Kobe Bryant original 2000 Los Angeles Lakers limited edition Jeff Hamilton signed sportsmen’s jacket achieved $28,800.

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/

‘The Healer,’ a painting by Brandon Bailey. In November 2021, the 37-year-old artist from Scottsbluff, Nebraska earned membership in the highly selective artists’ group, the Cowboy Artists of America (CA). Image courtesy of Brandon Bailey

Cowboy artist group honors Nebraska painter Brandon Bailey

‘The Healer,’ a painting by Brandon Bailey. In November 2021, the 37-year-old artist from Scottsbluff, Nebraska earned membership in the highly selective artists’ group, the Cowboy Artists of America (CA). Image courtesy of Brandon Bailey

‘The Healer,’ a painting by Brandon Bailey. In November 2021, the 37-year-old artist from Scottsbluff, Nebraska earned membership in the highly selective artists’ group, the Cowboy Artists of America (CA). Image courtesy of Brandon Bailey

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) – Brandon Bailey, of Scottsbluff, traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, for an important, if not the most important, moment of his life the weekend of Nov. 4-6. Bailey, 37, brought with him five original pieces of art, which would be analyzed, critiqued and judged by some of the best, most influential artists in the world at one of the most prestigious events in the Western sector of the fine art world – the 55th annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale and Exhibition.

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Morphy’s presents Tiffany lamps, fine jewelry, Amphora pottery, American art, Dec. 7-8

Rare and exotic Tiffany Studios leaded, stained-glass and cast-bronze ‘Pomegranate’ prism table lamp decorated with 43 Favrile iridescent prisms and 22 Favrile iridescent gold Favrile ball-and-bronze-chain decorations. Urn base with four cat’s-paw feet. Signed shade and base. Excellent condition. Estimate $50,000-$70,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s 45,000-square-foot gallery never looks more beautiful than just before the company’s December Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. That’s the time of year when visitors are greeted by a breathtaking array of Tiffany Studios lamps, fine jewelry, paintings, both European and American pottery and glass, and many other superior-quality art objects carefully curated by Morphy’s specialists.

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Acoma pottery olla by Debbie Garcia Brown, est. $1,500-$2,500

John Moran spotlights Art of the American West Nov. 30

Acoma pottery olla by Debbie Garcia Brown, est. $1,500-$2,500

Acoma pottery olla by Debbie Garcia Brown, est. $1,500-$2,500

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will conduct their third Art of the American West auction of 2021 on November 30 at 10 pm Pacific time, followed Art of The American West Online sale at 2 pm Pacific time. The sale brings fresh-to-market Western art and sculpture in both historical and contemporary genres, as well as healthy selections of Native American jewelry, textiles, baskets, and pottery. 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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