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

by Ken Hall
Updated April 2014

The Pope's motorcycle, $328,300, Bonhams
A 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide motorcycle, given to Pope Francis as a present and signed “Francesco” on the tank by the pontiff (but never ridden by him), sold for $328,300 at a charity auction held Feb. 5 by Bonhams in Paris. Also, a leather Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket signed by the Pope hammered for $77,485. Money from the sale of the two items went to benefit a hostel and soup kitchen in the Termini train station in Rome. The items had been given to Pope Francis by Harley-Davidson last year to mark the U.S. brand's 110th anniversary.


Academy Award medal, $45,049, RR Auction
An Academy Award medal for still photography, issued in 1947 to Earnest Bachrach for his work in the movies Crossfire and The Farmer's Daughter, sold for $45,049 at an auction held Jan. 22 by RR Auction in Amherst, N.H. Also, an autographed photo of Marilyn Monroe achieved $32,525; Paul Newman's working script for the Academy Award-winning film The Sting went for $21,013; and Dean Cain's Superman costume from the TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman hit $18,940. Prices include a 20% bp.


Huanghuali cabinet, $245,000, Clars Auction
A huanghuali and mixed wood cabinet sold for $245,000 at a Fine Art, Antiques & Estate Auction held Feb. 15-16 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a huanghuali table and four chairs gaveled for $179,000; a painting by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002) titled, Possum Dreaming, breezed to $131,000; a 2001 Ferrari 360 Moderna Spider sports car zoomed off for $95,000; and a haunting painting of the famous Blue Dog by New Orleans artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013) hit $47,600. Prices include 19% bp.


Ali's boxing gloves, $836,500, Heritage
The boxing gloves that Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) wore into the ring against Sonny Liston in their first fight, on Feb. 25, 1964, when he won his first heavyweight championship bout, sold for $836,500 at a Sports Auction held Feb. 22 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas) in New York City. Also, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson's game-used bat from his 1911 rookie season brought $956,000; and the watch presented by the New York Yankees to Babe Ruth in 1923 for helping win the World Series made $717,000. Prices include a 19.5%.


Cut crystal gasoliers, $17,080, Crescent City
A pair of rare cut crystal gasoliers, made circa 1900, possibly by Baccarat and now electrified, sold for $17,080 at an auction held Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, an early 20th century oil-on-canvas painting signed by Alexander J. Drysdale (1870-1934) titled, Moss Draped Oak and Cypress, soared to $12,200; an oil on board by Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled, Watermelon Picnic, brought $7,930; and a Russian Imperial porcelain plate with a scalloped gilt rim made $3,172. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.


Thomas Webb vase, $96,000, A. B. Levy's
A Thomas Webb & Sons pink, white and blue cameo vase, stamped “Tiffany & Company” from the Paris Exhibition of 1889, sold for $96,000 at an Antiques, Fine Art & Jewels Auction held Feb. 23-24 by A. B. Levy's in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a pair of Meissen porcelain pate-sur-pate rose-pink and teal ground vases with covers also hammered for $96,000; and oil-on-canvas painting by the British artist Montague Dawson (1895-1973) titled, Sea Beauty the Flying Cloud, artist signed, went for $75,600. Prices include 20% bp.


Bandai Flying Spaceman, $55,200, Morphy Auctions
A Bandai Flying Spaceman tin litho friction toy in the original box sold for $55,200 at an auction held Feb. 15 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a cast-iron mechanical bank titled, “Artillery Target,” with cannonballs, maker unknown, patented 1877, changed hands for $51,600; a J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical bank “Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog,” patented 1878, realized $50,400; and a Kanto Television Robot tin litho wind-up toy in the original box hammered for $32,400. Prices include 20% bp.


Pair of cloisonné censers, $248,850, James D. Julia
A pair of cloisonné censers with detailed decoration of lotus leaves, marvelous supports in the form of three cranes and repousse gilt dragon handles, sold for $248,850 at an Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Auction held Feb. 4-7 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, an archive of Civil War-era letters, medals and other military effects of Capt. Luis F. Emilio of the 54th Massachusetts hit $207,375; and a hand scroll attributed to Xu Beihong, showing a pack of horses against a rolling landscape, went for $154,050. Prices include 18.5% bp.


Peyton Manning jersey, $33,000, Hunt Auctions
A 2013 Peyton Manning game-worn Denver Broncos jersey sold for $33,000 at a Super Bowl Live Auction held Feb. 1 by Hunt Auctions (based in Exton, Pa.) in New York City. Also, a circa-1940s Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins professional model jersey made $46,000; a 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL World Championship ring achieved $40,250; a circa 1962-1965 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey brought $34,500; and a Colin Kaepernick game-worn San Francisco 49ers jersey hammered for $13,225. Prices include 15% bp.


Lady Yule Visalia saddle, $141,600, High Noon
A Lady Yule Visalia saddle from Gleannloch Farms, made in the 1930s with tooled leather from the Visalia Stock Saddle Company and featuring engraved silver by Schaezlin of San Francisco, sold for $141,600 at a High Noon Western Americana Auction held Jan. 25-26 in Mesa, Ariz. Also, a pair of 1920s Jesus Tapia spurs soared to $153,400; the Colt .45 used by James Arness as Sheriff Matt Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke fetched $59,000; and Larry Hagman's Edward H. Bohlin hand-tooled briefcase rose to $20,060. Prices include an 18% bp.


Folk art hooked rug, $28,750, Carlsen Gallery
A folk art hooked rug sold for $28,750 at an auction held Feb. 2 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an Albany County paint decorated blanket box commanded $19,550; a double portrait of children by A. S. Howland went for $14,950; a diamond solitaire of about 1.19 carats fetched $5,463; an oil on board by G. L. Clough, titled Hudson Valley Scene, achieved $5,175; a set of nine mahogany classical sabre leg chairs fetched $4,888; and a still life oil on board, Roses and Fern, by H. D. Murphy made $4,600. Prices include 15% bp.


Pair of Chinese urns, $42,500, Leslie Hindman
A pair of Chinese export porcelain covered urns sold for $42,500 at an auction of items from the estate of Lily Pulitzer held Feb. 22 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a Chinese export porcelain jardinière went for $40,000; a printed canvas whimsical map of Palm Beach changed hands for $16,250; a Victorian bamboo and lacquer bedroom suite topped out at $22,500; and a whimsical Victorian painted conservatory bird cage from Ms. Pulitzer's dining room hit the mark for $12,500. Prices include a 22% bp.


Russian candlesticks, $39,975, Skinner, Inc.
A pair of Russian figural .875 silver candlesticks (Moscow, circa 1893), made by the renowned Russian silversmith and engraver Ovchinnikov, sold for $39,975 at an auction held Jan. 11 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a Russian .875 silver traveling tea service (St. Petersburg, circa 1908), with the “Cyrillic VK” maker's mark, rose to $15,600; a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre vase (England, circa 1920) realized $20,400; and a Doulton Chang glazed figural lamp (England, circa 1930) hammered for $11,400. Prices include 20%.


Alphonse Mucha panels, $50,000, Swann Auction
A set of four decorative panels, rendered in 1899 by Alphonse Mucha and titled, Times of the Day, sold for $50,000 at a Vintage Posters Auction held Feb. 25 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Mucha's Eveil du Matin (1899) realized $35,840; Mucha's Documents Decoratifs, a 1902 portfolio with 72 plates, went for $27,500; Mucha's Reverie du Soir (1899) achieved $23,750; Mucha's Zob (1896) breezed to $22,500; and Mucha's Zodiac (1896) went to a determined bidder for $20,000. Prices include 25%.


Motherwell serigraph, $2,950, Michaan's
A serigraph from the modern master Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), number 6 in the series and titled, African Suite, sold for $2,950 at an Estates Auction held Feb. 2 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an oil-on-board painting by Italico Brass (1870-1943) titled, Venecia, changed hands for $1,062; a pair of Venetian-style painted bombe commodes commanded $2,655; a Shreve & Company Patek Philippe pendant watch brought $2,124; and three rings, including one by Shreve, made $1,888. Prices include 17% bp.


Antiquities volume, $106,250, Bonhams
A rare and complete first-edition copy of William Hamilton and Francois d'Hancarville's Collection of Etruscan, Greek & Roman Antiquities, lavishly illustrated with color plates showing antique vases, sold for $106,250 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held Feb. 10 by Bonhams in Los Angeles. Also, the Lockwood edition of John James Audubon's The Birds of America soared to $21,250; and a collection of images of early 20th century China by photographer John Zumbrun went for $82,162. Prices include the buyer's premium.


Eye and scale candlestick, $9,775, Jeffrey S. Evans
A pressed eye and scale hand candlestick (or chamberstick), made circa 1830-1850 by Boston & Sandwich Company and colored a brilliant deep peacock-blue, sold for $9,775 at a Glass Auction held Jan. 18 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a pair of pressed loop/leaf stand lamps, circa 1840-1860, also by Boston & Sandwich, fetched $9,775; and a swastika water pitcher of cranberry opalescent glass, of globular form, by Dugan Glass Company (circa 1904), 9 inches tall, rose to $6,900. Prices include a 15% bp.


Francis Bacon painting, $70 million, Christie's
A 1966 painting by Francis Bacon titled, Portrait of George Dyer Talking, and depicting the artist's lover perched on a stool, sold for $70 million at an art auction held Feb. 11-12 by Christie's in London, England. Also, Bacon's Study For a Portrait (1978) gaveled for $4.4 million; a 1984 abstract work and a large canvas from 1989 by the German artist Gerhard Richter brought $28.6 million and $32.4 million, respectively; and a sculpture by Jeff Koons titled, Cracked Egg, Magenta (1994-2006), made $23.3 million. Prices include 12% bp.


Gerhard Richter painting, $28.7 million, Sotheby's
A vibrant red and blue abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter, rendered in 1994 and titled, Wand (Wall), sold for $28.7 million at an art auction held Feb. 11 by Sotheby's in London, England. Also, Andy Warhol's iconic image of China's Chairman Mao Zedong from 1973 hammered for $12.5 million; Lucien Freud's Head on a Green Sofa (1960-61) changed hands for $4.9 million; and Two Sides of the Same Coin, done by the 24-year-old emerging artist Lucien Smith, found a new owner for $375,000. Prices include 12% bp.


Monnoyer floral still life, $62,500, Doyle New York
A large-scale floral still life painting by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-1699) sold for $62,500 at an auction held Jan. 29 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a lovely view of Figures in the Piazza del Popolo (Rome) by the Dutch painter Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), rose to $53,125; a Swedish Neoclassical gilt-bronze mounted tulipwood and kingwood parquetry side cabinet made $17,500; and a set of five late 18th century English porcelain dishes, probably Chelsea, brought $16,250. Prices include 25% bp.


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