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

by Ken Hall
Updated November 2015

Churchill's watch, $700,000, Sotheby's
A “Victory” watch commissioned for Winston Churchill after the end of World War II by the Swiss timepiece maker Louis Cottier, in collaboration with Agassiz & Co., sold for $700,000 at an auction held Sept. 22 by Sotheby's in London. The watch featured an enamel dial showing St. George slaying a dragon with a trident as the hour hand. A “V” for victory was engraved on the back of the case with a personalized dedication. Four watches were produced (for Churchill, de Gaulle, Stalin and Truman). The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Kennedy manuscript, $200,000, RR Auction
A manuscript hand-written around 1959 by then-Senator John F. Kennedy, announcing his intention to run for President of the United States, undated, drafted in pencil with numerous strike-throughs on Palm Beach, Fla., letterhead, sold for $200,000 in an online auction held Sept. 28 by RR Auction (, based in Boston, Mass. Also, a collection of 14 original, candid and behind-the-scenes photos from the wedding reception of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981 topped out at $12,973. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Bat Masterson's Colt gun, $96,000, J. Levine Auction
Bat Masterson's 1882 Colt .45 single-action Army revolver sold for $96,000 at auctions held July 30 and Aug. 2 by J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Ariz. Also, a signed 19th century carte de visite photograph of Abraham Lincoln went for $6,000; a Gauthier 14kt white gold 3.69-carat solitaire diamond and sapphire pendant hit $51,750; an oil painting by George Rodrigue (1944-2013) titled, Moon is Out, rose to $27,000; and Dave McGary's bronze sculpture titled Last Stand Hill finished at $24,000. Prices include a sliding-scale buyer's premium.

Beatles' first contract, $93,750, Heritage
The first recording contract for The Beatles (signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best), sold for $93,750 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction held Sept. 19-20 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, a 1966 sealed first-state stereo copy of The Beatles' “Butcher Cover” of their Yesterday and Today LP, in Gem Mint 10 condition, fetched $75,000; and a sign from John and Yoko's 1969 Montreal Bed-In For Peace hit $75,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Vince Lombardi sweater, $17,250, Philip Weiss
A size 46 green, gold and white Sand Knit sweater worn by Green Bay Packers coaching legend Vince Lombardi sold for $17,250 at an auction held Sept. 10 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, three original Peanuts comic strips from the 1960s and '70s by Charles Schulz hammered for $16,675, $16,100 and $17,250; a Disney production cel from the 1938 film Brave Little Tailor gaveled for $7,750; and an archive of seven acrylic paintings by Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) sold for a total of $135,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Andrew Wyeth painting, $138,000, Thomaston Place
A watercolor and ink on paper by the renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) titled, Bert's Cabin, sold for $138,000 at a Summer Fine Art & Antique Auction held Aug. 29-30 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Me. Also, an oil-on-canvas painting by James Taylor Harwood (Am., 1860-1940) brought $60,375; an oil-on-canvas work by William Trost Richards (Am., 1833-1905) realized $49,450; and a rosewood New York Classical period drop-leaf work table gaveled for $46,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

The Hope Spinel stone, $1.4 million, Bonhams
A rare, British-owned gemstone known as The Hope Spinel sold for $1.4 million at a Fine Jewelry Auction held Sept. 24 by Bonhams in London. The Hope Spinel was part of one of the world's greatest gem collections until its owner London banker Henry Hilip Hope died in 1839. Set in a 19th century silver and gold brooch, the 50.13-carat octagonal-cut stone is the size of a small plum and is of similar coloring with a rose hue. It was bought by a phone bidder who wished not to be identified. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.

20th century Russian icon, $17,080, Crescent City
A Russian icon made in Moscow circa 1908-1917 titled, Christ Pantocrator, with a gilt silver riza, sold for $17,080 at an Estates Auction held Sept. 11-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a late 19th century sterling punch bowl by Whiting, 20 pints, with relief decoration, rose to $8,610; an untitled gouache and pencil work done in 1971 by John Hoyland (1934-2011) made $6,100; and an American Renaissance Revival carved rosewood étagère attributed to Thomas Brooks hit $5,332. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Carl Rungius bronze, $225,250; James D. Julia
A bronze sculpture by Carl Rungius titled, Big Horn Ram, sold for $225,250 at an auction held Aug. 25-28 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, an original oil painting by German artist Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert titled, Der Menschen Frosser, sold for $165,900; a ship portrait by Fitz Hugh Lane went for $118,500; a collection of over two dozen paintings by Waldo Pierce, purchased from the artist's daughter, brought $70,000; and a Fiske full-body New Jersey Steer weathervane rose to $52,733. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.

German paratrooper rifle, $322,000, Rock Island
A rare German FG-42 paratrooper rifle made by Krieghoff sold for $322,000 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held Sept 11-13 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a Revolutionary War used Brown Bess flintlock musket, accompanied by “The Revolutionary War Diary of Jonathan Conant, 1st New Hampshire Regiment," fetched $126,500; President Kennedy's M1 Garand battle rifle received worldwide attention before hammering for $149,500; and Roy Rogers' Colt single-action Army pistol, engraved by Cole Agee and wearing pearl grips, rang out at $57,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Berks County dower chest, $159,000, Skinner Auction
A late 18th century paint-decorated Berks County (Pa.) dower chest sold for $159,000 at a sale of the collection of Ellie Hoover Walker held Aug. 9 by Skinner Auctions in Marlborough, Mass. Also, a paint-decorated Federal two-drawer stand, made circa 1820-1830 in Norway, Me., hit $116,850; a carved and painted pine hanging spice box made circa the late 19th century by Samuel L. Plank (Mifflin Cty., Pa., 1821-1900) made $58,425; and a Shenandoah Valley (Va.) paint decorated pine blanket chest brought $49,200. Prices include a 23 percent buyer's premium.

1955 Mercedes “kit car,” $31,000, Carlsen Gallery
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR roadster “kit car” (built from a kit, not an original) sold for $31,000 at an auction held Sept. 20 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a circa 1790 Aaron Willard shelf clock chimed on time for $11,000; a Simon Willard regulator clock gaveled for $9,500; an Aaron Willard, Jr. lyre-shaped banjo clock went for $6,500; an oil on canvas painting by Edouard Cortes titled, Champs-Elysees, brought $6,000; and a Cummens banjo clock in its presentation case made $5,500. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer's premium.

New York mahogany clock, $2,000, Schwenke Auctioneers
A New York Federal inlaid mahogany tall clock sold for $2,000 at a sale of the single-owner lifetime collection of David L. Bronson held Aug. 22 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Chippendale blue painted blanket chest with two drawers and bracket feet went for $1,950; a pair of porcelain drum form wig stands fetched $1,500; a Sheraton carved mahogany sideboard with carved capital finished at $1,375; and an American portrait miniature by John Vanderlyn changed hands for $1,220. Prices include a sliding-scale buyer's premium.

A. L. Jewel weathervane. $11,115, Copake Auction
A jumping horse weathervane with stand made by A. L. Jewel & Company (Waltham, Mass.), 28 inches long by 16 inches tall, sold for $11,115 at an unreserved estate sale held Aug. 29 by Copake Auction in Copake, N.Y. Also, an oil on panel Southwest U.S. landscape painting by Peter Hurd (Am., 1904-1984), 18.5 inches by 26 inches, gaveled for $5,265; an 18th century Boston bombe mahogany dressing mirror, minus the actual mirror, fetched $7,605; and a vintage Art Deco bar cabinet went for $1,638. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.

1918-D Mercury dime, $182,125, Legend Rare Coin
A 1918-D Mercury dime graded PCGS MS67FB sold for $182,125 at The Regency Auction XIII held Sept. 5-6 by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, at the Venetian / Palazzo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, a 1919-D Mercury dime graded PCGS MS66FB hammered for $114,652; an 1854-D $3 coin graded PCGS AU58 soared to $67,562; an 1879-O $10 coin realized $49,937; an 1882 $1 coin fetched $41,125; an 1881 $1 coin changed hands for $21,150; and an 1861 $10 coin topped out at $15,862. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer's premium.

Fu Baoshi artwork, $156,250, Rago Arts
An untitled ink-and-color-on-paper artwork by Fu Baoshi sold for $156,250 at an auction held Sept. 10-11 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a group of Persian manuscript pages went for $32,500; a pair of huanghuali side tables reached $26,250; a Victorian bedroom suite attributed to Pottier & Stymus climbed to $18,750; an untitled oil on canvas by Joseph Francis Kernan changed hands for $17,500; and a pair of Chinese hardstone table screens went to a determine bidder for $16,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

19th century Korean vase, $10,200, Capo Auction
A 19th century Korean silver inlaid copper and iron vase with a waisted neck, square body and conforming foot sold for $10,200 at a Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Aug. 29 by Capo Auction in Long Island City, N.Y. Also, an M. Prisiantelli daybed, still with the label on the bottom, hammered for $7,800; a pair of Widdicomb chests with a rectangular top over three drawers and matching mirror hit $4,500; and a Yamaha baby grand piano with gorgeous white lacquer finish, serial #B4750516, gaveled for $5,700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Childe Hassam oil, $495,600, Brunk
An-oil-on canvas painting by Childe Hassam titled, Walking on the Pier, Gloucester Harbor, sold for $495,000 at an auction held Sept. 11-12 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, a portrait of lemon cultivation by the Italian Expressionist painter Renato Guttuso earned $88,500; a view of the Pacific Ocean by the contemporary artist Clyde Aspevig changed hands for $29,500; a scene in Venice by French artist Felix Ziem brought $61,360; and Hermann Herzog's Moonlight in Florida hammered for $51,920. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese Qianlong vase, $335,000, Doyle New York
A Chinese famille rose millefleurs glazed porcelain vase with the Qianlong seal mark (and of the period) sold for $335,000 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 14 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a Chinese recessed leg table made from zitan (a dark, dense wood) gaveled for $100,000; a Japanese Meiji Period cloisonné enamel-covered vase, signed by the Hayashi Kodenji Workshop, brought $81,250; and an 18th or 19th century Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of a Bodhisattva made $59,375. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese porcelain trio, $12,980, Michaan's
A grouping of three Chinese underglaze blue vessels, consisting of a decorative globular jar and a pair of cups depicting the Eight Daoist Immortals, sold for $12,980 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Asian Art & Jewelry Auction held Sept. 12 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a Greek School oil painting titled, Woman and Child, realized $6,490; two Chinese silver ingots changed hands for $5,015; and an underglaze blue jar of fanciful phoenix and floral motifs went to a determined bidder for $2,655. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

Armin Hansen painting, $509,000, Christie's
A painting by Armin Hansen (1886-1957) titled, Decoration, sold for $509,000 at an American Art Auction held Sept. 22 by Christie's in New York. Also, a painting by Childe Hassam (1859-1935) titled, The Audition, East Hampton, realized $227,000; an oval study by Grant Wood (1891-1942) titled, The American Golfer, brought $161,000; a painting by Willard Leroy Metcalf titled, Blue Brook, went for $137,000; and a portrait painting by Milton Avery (1885-1965) titled, Seated Woman, topped out at $137,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.



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