Gavels and Paddles
Recent Antique & Collectibles Auction Results From Around the World

by Ken Hall
Updated July 2015

Crow cradleboard, $137,000, Heritage
A Crow beaded hide cradleboard – a rare example of Plains period beadwork and craftsmanship – sold for $137,000 at an American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction held May 15 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a circa-1900 Sioux beaded hide war shirt gaveled for $30,000; a Sioux spontoon tomahawk with beaded buffalo hide drop realized $87,500; a Western Great Lakes gunstock club made $27,500; and a circa-1860 Crow or Plateau quilled and beaded buffalo hide blanket strip hit $25,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Jefferson document, $28,045, RR Auction
A rare Thomas Jefferson-signed document, dated Feb. 1793 and confirming the annual salaries for President George Washington ($25,000) and Vice President John Adams ($5,000) sold for $28,045 in an online auction that ran April 24-May 13 by RR Auction, based in Boston, Mass. Also, the 1977 Tony Award presented to Annie for Best Musical in a Broadway Production went for $38,697; a James Joyce-signed photo brought $20,371; and a first pressing of Please Please Me signed by all four Beatles rose to $18,571. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer's premium.


Thomas Hill painting, $180,000, Shannon's
An oil on canvas Yosemite scene by Thomas Hill (Am., 1829-1908) titled, Fishing on the Merced River, signed and dated 1891, sold for $180,000 at a Spring Fine Art Auction held April 23 by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, an untitled abstract painting by the American Modern artist Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), dated 1949, climbed to $132,000; and a figure in landscape rendering by Daniel Ridgway Knight (Am., 1839-1924) titled, A Maid in Her Garden, changed hands for $120,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Antique root beer dispenser, $35,650, Cottone Auctions
A Jim Dandy Root Beer dispenser in like-new condition, descended in the family of a Buffalo, N.Y. pharmacist, sold for $35,650 at an auction held May 8-9 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a collection of items pertaining to Civil War Union Capt. Watson W. Bush (1841-1927), including his uniform, a Remington & Sons revolver, a Spencer rifle, a brass sword and letters, went for $34,500; and an American walnut jeweler's regulator clock, 9 feet 6 inches tall, with carved Victorian head and swag hit $16,675. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Colt Paterson revolver, $414,000, Rock Island
A Colt Paterson revolver No. 1, the earliest known factory-engraved Colt revolver, sold for $414,000 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held April 24-26 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a high-condition, triple-signed, master engraved Belgium Browning Olympian-grade rifle rang out at $25,875; a rare, experimental M1 Garand chambered in 22-06 Duplex hit the mark for $31,625; and a first-year Colt Python wheel gun, serial #170, went to a determined bidder for a record $17,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Minnie Evans painting, $30,000, Slotin Folk Art
A folk art rendering by Minnie Evans titled, Face, sold for $30,000 at a Self-Taught, Outsider & Folk Art Auction held April 25-26 by Slotin Folk Art Auction in Buford, Ga. Also, Caballero by Martin Ramirez went for $44,000; a double-sided work by James Castle realized $30,000; Sunrise by Kathy Jacobsen brought $29,400; Summer by Mattie Lou O'Kelley garnered $27,600; God by Elijah Pierce rose to $24,400; Hitler Meets God by Mariah Bush made $21,600; and Jo by Sam Doyle topped out at $19,200. Prices include the buyer's premium.


Caille slot machine, $300,000, Morphy's
A Caille Peerless 5-cent floor roulette slot machine sold for $300,000 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held May 1-3 by Morphy Auctions (based in Denver, Pa.) in Las Vegas, Nev. It was a new world record for a slot machine sold at auction. Also, a deluxe model 1900 Mills Duplex upright slot machine cashed out for $108,000; a circa-1901 Caille Black Cat musical upright slot machine changed hands for $98,000; and a Caille Lion 5-cent slot machine went to a determined bidder for $66,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Pablo Picasso oil painting, $179.36 million, Christie's
An oil-on-canvas painting by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) titled, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), painted Feb. 14, 1955, sold for $179.36 million at a Fine Art Auction held May 11 by Christie's in New York City. It was a new world auction record for any work of art. Also, a bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) titled, L'homme au doigt, conceived in 1947 and hand-painted by the artist, realized $141.28 million. It was a new world auction record for the artist and a new record for a sculpture. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.


Rockwell and Tiffany, $4.84 million, Sotheby's
An original painting by the iconic American artist Norman Rockwell titled, The Bookworm, and a circa 1910 Tiffany Studios “Oriental Poppy” floor lamp sold for a combined $4.84 million ($3.834 million for the Rockwell, $1.066 million for the Tiffany lamp) on back-to-back days, May 19-20, part of the sale of The Warshaw Collection auctioned by Sotheby's in New York. Also, a Tiffany Studios “Iris” lantern, circa 1905, fetched $490,000; and a Tiffany Studios “River of Life” window (1915) hit $394,000. Prices include a 12-20 percent buyer's premium.


Oswaldo Guayasamin painting, $39,040, Palm Beach Modern
An original painting by the Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guyasamin (1919-1999), with a certificate of authenticity from the Foundation Guyasamin, sold for $39,040 at a Mad Men Tribute Auction held April 11 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, two Etruscan dual-purpose tables by Philip and Kelvin Laverne (Am., 1907-1987, b. 1937, respectively), gaveled for $32,500; and a book example screen print by Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987) titled, Flowers, reached $21,960. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.


Pittsburgh celery vase, $37,375, Jeffrey S. Evans
An important Pittsburgh engraved celery vase, featuring a seated greyhound and attributed to Blakewell, Page & Blakewell (circa 1830), sold for $37,375 at an 18th & 19th Century Glass & Lighting Auction held May 20 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an Americo-Bohemian ruby-stained tankard stein engraved with an east view of the “Capital Washington” (circa 1860) brought $5,750; and a rare pair of pressed Loop/Leaf vases, made circa 1850, sold as one lot for $10,925. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Qing Dynasty cabinet, $233,000, Clars Auction
A stone-inlaid Chinese cabinet from the Qing Dynasty sold for $233,000 at a Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry & Asian Antiques Auction held April 25-26 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a Chinese ceramic brush washer, with a base bearing the label “Bluett & Son, London,” went for $32,725; a Mouse & Kelley Skeleton and Roses poster, created for a Grateful Dead concert at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco in 1966, brought $19,040; and a diamond and platinum bracelet hit $17,850. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.


Ward Bros. goldeneye drake, $80,500, Guyette & Deeter
A 1932 model goldeneye drake decoy by the Ward Brothers (Crisfield, Md.) sold for $80,500 at the annual Spring Decoy Auction, held April 23-24 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Also, a preening scoter by Gus Wilson (South Portland, Me.) flew off for $69,000; a classic pintail hen by John English (Bordentown, N.J.) realized $40,250; a sunfish plaque by Oscar Peterson made $17,250; and a canvasback drake by John R. Wells hammered for $29,900. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Pablo Picasso pottery, $36,000, John Moran
A polychrome glazed and knife-engraved pottery pichet a glace (or ice pitcher), designed by Pablo Picasso for Madoura, sold for $36,000 at a Decorative Auction held April 28 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a newly restored Swiss singing bird box with clock garnered $14,400; one of three portraits in the auction by Puerto Rican artist Angel Botello (1913-1986) went for $10,800; and a petite Woman With Flowered Hat (1963) by Richard H. Pettibone (Am., b. 1938) rose to $9,412. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


T. C. Steele painting, $16,800, Kaminski
A fall landscape painting by T. C. Steele sold for $16,800 at a sale of the collection of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, held April 12 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, Haig's 1995 S320 Mercedes Cabriolet coupe convertible, with just 37,000 miles, sped away for $14,400; an 18kt yellow gold Patek Philippe watch hammered for $3,600; an 18th or 19th century Italian ebonized Renaissance Revival cabinet hit $9,600; and an antique Chinese enameled silver necklace, 60 inches long, made $6,600. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.


Alexander Calder painting, $75,000, Rago Arts & Auction
A painting by Alexander Calder titled, Nuages, sold for $75,000 at a Fine Art Auction held May 7 by Rago Arts & Auction in Lambertville, N.J. Also, John Chamberlain's Portrait of a Nude With a Chrome Fan soared to $41,250; Andy Warhol's stylized rendition of Mets' pitcher Tom Seaver brought $37,500; an untitled work by Angel Botello realized $46,875; Preston Dickinson's The Drive garnered $35,000; an untitled work by Guy Pene Du Bois hit $27,500; and Max Weber's The Mirror topped out at $22,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


NBA autographed litho, $75,020, Goldin Auctions
Basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon's autographed lithograph containing the signatures of the NBA's 50 greatest players (except Pete Maravich, but to include NBA Commissioner David Stern) sold for $75,020 at an Opening Day Auction held May 10 by Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a 2011 and 2007 Super Bowl ring from New York Giants player Danny “DJ” Ware went for $58,080 and $43,560, respectively; and a 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl ring from Nigel Carr changed hands for $43,560. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.


1808 U.S. $2.50 gold coin, $2.35 million, Stacks Bowers
A small U.S. gold coin from 1808, called a Quarter Eagle and worth just $2.50 when it was minted, sold for $2.35 million at an auction co-held on May 19 by Stacks Bowers and Sotheby's in New York City. It was the most ever paid for a 19th century U.S. gold coin at auction. Also, a Mint State example of the first U.S. quarter dollar, struck in Philadelphia in 1796, and the finest known example of the rare 1797 half dollar sold for identical prices of $1.572 million each; and a 1798 Quarter Eagle gold coin made $763,750. Prices include the buyer's premium.


James Ensor painting, $545,000, Doyle New York
A painting by Belgian artist James Ensor (1860-1949) titled, Composition With Masks and Weeping Angel (circa 1930), sold for $545,000 at a sale of Impressionist & Modern Art held May 5 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, A Warm Welcome by American artist Julius LeBlanc Stewart (1855-1919) from 1905 commanded $155,000; Day at the Beach by Martha Walter (Am., 1875-1976), from 1908, hit $118,750; and a double-sided drawing by John Singer Sargent (Am., 1856-1925), made $75,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Edward Redfield painting, $132,000, Pook & Pook, Inc.
A lovely oil-on-canvas painting by Pennsylvania impressionist Edward Willis Redfield (Am., 1869-1965) titled, Across the Canal, sold for $132,000 at an Americana Auction held April 24-25 by Pook & Pook, Inc., in Downington, Pa. Also, a Pennsylvania painted poplar chest of drawers, circa 1815, realized $33,600; a watercolor and gouache portrait of Ephraim Share (Am., b. 1804), by Jacob Maentel (Am., 1763-1863), made $40,800; and a North Carolina redware dish, early 19th century, hit $18,000. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.


Newell Wyeth illustration, $1.325 million, Bonhams
An oil-on-canvas illustration by Newell Conyers Wyeth (1882-1945), painted in 1925, 40 inches by 32 inches, sold for $1.325 million at an American Art Sale held May 21 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, Gordon Fairchild by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) went for $305,000; Blackfeet Camp by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) changed hands for $81,250; Portrait of Doctor Royal Whitman by Dennis Bunker (1861-1890) fetched $65,000; and Geisha Girl by Jane Peterson (1876-1965) gaveled for $60,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium


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