Christie’s first Asian Art Week Online totals $8.95M

An iron articulated sculpture of a crow, Edo period (19th century), signed ‘Myochin Muneharu.’
Price realized: $100,000. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s first-ever Asian Art Week Online totaled $8,952,625, establishing the highest total achieved for Asian art online-only sales with global participation from 22 countries.

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Sotheby’s reports year-to-date sales of $2.5 billion

Sotheby’s online auctions exceeded $285 million, already more than three times the company’s full-year results in 2019. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s reports year-to-date sales total in 2020 of $2.5 billion and a more than 30 percent increase in new bidders & buyers across all sales.

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Julien’s to auction Bubba Wallace Chevy Camaro

NASCAR star Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. and his 2018 Daytona 500 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions has announced that NASCAR star Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.’s 2018 Daytona 500 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will join the winners circle of items to be sold at the MusiCares Auction, taking place Wednesday, Sept. 9, live in Beverly Hills, Calif., and online.

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Route 32 Auctions, Showtime merge

Kevin and Jill Parker of Route 32 Auctions, Crawfordsville, Ind. Image courtesy of Route 32 Auctions

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Kevin and Jill Parker, owners of Route 32 Auctions in Crawfordsville, Indiana, have announced the purchase of Showtime Auctions in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Mike and Lori Eckles. This merger will bring together two prominent and successful auction companies. This will open up a new and vast field of antiques and collectibles to the public.

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Rare 1814 copy of ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ achieves $325K  

The first dated printing of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ as Francis Scott Key’s lyrics appeared in a Baltimore newspaper on Sept. 20, 1814. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – The first dated printing of The Star-Spangled Banner achieved $325,000 in a Christie’s online auction that concluded June 18. This rare newspaper printing was the first to appear at auction and was offered as part of the Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript auction during Christie’s Classic Week series of sales. The sale set a world auction record for a 19th-century newspaper. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Famous folks’ firearms top $21M at Rock Island Auction

Colt Walker revolvers are a favorite with collectors for their rarity and rich history. This particular example came with a detailed history, passed down for generations through a single family. It brought $431,250. Rock Island Co. Auction image

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Three times a year Rock Island Auction Co. transforms its preview hall into a pop-up museum filled with the history, artistry and notable names of the objects offered to collectors. The recently held June Premier Firearms Auction was no exception, sparing no expense to ensure guests were both supremely impressed and safe. With such a star-studded celebration, it should come as no surprise that it was the highest-grossing event of its kind, reaching $21.1 million dollars in the three-day span.

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Rare Hermès Birkin bag could fetch upward of $37K

The rare Hermès ‘Endless Road’ Birkin HAC handbag is expected to sell for upward of $37,000 on Monday. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – An incredible Hermès Endless Road Birkin HAC handbag is set to sell for upwards of £30,000 ($37,800) at Fellows Auctioneers, in Birmingham, England. The beautifully crafted handbag is Lot 141 in Fellows’ Designer Collection auction, which is open for bidding and ends on Monday,  June 8. It has an estimate of £22,000-£28,000.

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Chinese imperial vase tops $56K at Lyon & Turnbull

This 27cm Qianlong (1736-95) mark and period painted enamel lotus vase sold for £45,000 ($56,762). Lyon & Turnbull image

EDINBURGH, Scotland – A rare Chinese imperial vase found in a Scottish country house topped the Asian Art sale held “behind closed doors” by Lyon & Turnbull on May 13.

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Heritage Auctions announces new Dallas address

Heritage Auction’s new location features an 8,000-square-foot gallery showroom. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has moved its global headquarters into a new state-of-the-art, 160,000-square-foot facility and multipurpose campus, befitting its status as the largest auction house founded in America. As of June 1, Heritage Auctions’ global headquarters is now located at 2801 W. Airport Freeway, Dallas, TX 75261, which is adjacent to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and in its foreign trade zone.

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Christie’s Warhol photo auction aids artists in need

Andy Warhol’s ‘Self-Portrait’ was the top lot in the benefit auction at $37,500. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s Andy Warhol: Better Days online auction, which concluded May 6, totaled $272,125.  The top lots were Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait (above) which sold for $37,500; Flowers, which realized $16,250, against a low estimate of $3,000; and Andy Warhol and Henry Geldzahler, which realized $15,000.

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