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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.