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

by Ken Hall
Updated January 2015

Lauren Bacall’s Henry Moore sculpture, $1 million+, Bonhams
A bronze sculpture by Henry Moore titled, Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt, sold for a little more than $1 million at a sale of items from the estate of the late actress Lauren Bacall, held Nov. 4 by Bonhams in New York. Price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Babe Ruth 1934 contract, $278,300, Goldin Auctions
Babe Ruth's last contract as a player for the New York Yankees in 1934 sold for $278,300 in an online Legends Auction that closed Nov. 1 by Goldin Auctions, based in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a circa 1929-1930 white hickory Babe Ruth game-used bat was a hit for $181,050; Mike Schmidt's 1976 Babe Ruth “Sultan of Swat Award” crown for leading the major leagues in home runs that season gaveled for $55,600; and an untouched complete set of 200 1916 M101-4 Sporting News baseball cards hammered for $121,000. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.


“Machine Man” robot, $44,850, Philip Weiss
An original, battery-operated “Machine Man” toy robot, made in Japan in the 1950s by Modern Toys and standing 14.75 inches tall, sold for $44,850 at an auction held Nov. 4 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a circa-1953 fiberglass Roy Rogers 10-cent mechanical horse machine, fully restored, went for $2,300; a tin litho Bing clockwork ferry boat, made in the 1920s for the American market, brought $2,300; and a Marklin 1 Gauge 4-4-2 olive steam locomotive with 8-wheeled tender made $2,242. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.


Walter Palmer painting, $132,000, Shannon's
A snowy landscape painting by Walter Launt Palmer (Am., 1854-1932) titled, Winter Shadows, sold for $132,000 at a Fine Art Auction held Oct. 23 by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, a painting by the African-American artist Hughie-Lee Smith (1915-1999) titled, Rooftop, fetched $50,400; a precise depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge by American photo-realist painter Richard Estes (b. 1932) garnered $48,000; and a circa 15th/16th century Italian School painting Madonna and Child made $72,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Gold and turquoise necklace, $5,750, Allard Auctions, Inc.
An early 1970s 14kt gold necklace set with a #8 spider web turquoise stone sold for $5,750 at a Big Fall Phoenix Auction held Nov. 8-9 by Allard Auctions, Inc. (based in St. Ignatius, Mont.) in Mesa, Ariz.. Also, a circa-1980s black-on-black San Ildefonso water bowl (or “spirit bowl”) by Carmelita Dunlap rose to $2,587; an early 20th century hand-crafted white buckskin Mandan war shirt set with matching leggings brought $1,840; and a circa-1900 deep hard-sided Klickitat basket made $2,300. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


1957 blue Buick Special, $8,610, Tim's, Inc. Auctions
A turquoise blue 1957 Buick Special in showroom condition sold for $8,610 at an on-site auction held Nov. 1 in Goshen, Conn., by Tim's, Inc. Auctions, with locations in Bristol and Litchfield, Conn. Also, an antique Nantucket sewing basket with swinging handle fetched $4,500; a 19th century walnut grandfather clock with carved angels chimed on time for $6,250; a lovely 19th century rosewood rococo sideboard brought $3,382; and an Elmer O. Stennes banjo clock went to a determined bidder for $2,875. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.


Palestine banknotes, $66,080, Archives Int'l
A pair of rare and high-grade 1939 sequential banknotes from the Palestine Currency Board, each in the amount of 10 Palestine Pounds, sold for a combined $66,080 (34,220 and $31,860) at a two-day, three-session auction held Oct. 25 (in New York City) and Nov. 4 (in Fort Lee, N.J.) by Archives International Auctions, based in Fort Lee. Also, an 1862 uncut pair of Assistant Treasurer of the U.S. gold coin certificates went for $16,815; and a Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal hit $2,950. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.


1975 International truck, $22,800, Smithey's Funwood
A tan and brown 1975 International pick-up truck with just 55.5 miles on the odometer sold for $22,800 at Part 1 of the estate of the late trucking company owner Donald A. Smith, held Nov. 22 on-site, at Mr. Smith's trucking business property in Greensboro, N.C., by Smithey's Funwood Auction, based in Reidsville, N.C. Also, two 1980 Scout trucks (one a Terra) brought $4,400 and $3,850; a 1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, black, reached $6,600; and a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500, powder blue, sped off for $8,800. Prices include a 10 percent buyer's premium.


Goo Goo gum vendor, $42,660, James D. Julia
A rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden base featuring original side panel decals of Brownie type characters sold for $42,660 at a Fall Toy & Doll Auction held Nov. 7 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a tobacconist figure from the late 1880s attributed to Samuel Robb coasted to $29,625; a marvelous array of Lehmann tin wind-ups fetched $25,515; and an exceptional salesman's sample hay rake with the original carrying case went for $20,145. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.


Madonna film jacket, $252,000, Julien's
A jacket that singer Madonna wore in the film Desperately Seeking Susan sold for $252,000 at an Icons of Rock 'n' Roll Auction held Nov. 7-8 by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, Stephen Stills' 1940 Gibson J200 guitar went for $43,750; a Michael Jackson Dangerous tour ensemble fetched $51,500; Elvis Presley items included a gift ring ($57,600), an overcoat ($40,625) and a 1976 NBN stage-used guitar ($41,600); and Prince's handwritten lyrics to the song Erotic City hammered for $44,800. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Maxfield Parrish oil, $515,000, Heritage
Artist Maxfield Parrish's touching 1902 oil painting titled, The Little Peach, done to accompany a children's poem by the same name, sold for $515,000 at an American Art Signature Auction held Nov. 17 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, Georgia O'Keeffe's circa-1923 work Alligator Pears, one of eight known alligator pear canvases from that year, achieved $461,000; and Peaches in a White Bowl (1910) by Charles Sheeler hit $209,000. All prices quoted include a buyer's premium.


Manet's Le Printemps, $65.1 million, Christie's
An oil-on-canvas painting from 1881 by Edouard Manet (Fr., 1832-1883) titled, Le Printemps, sold for $65.1 million at an Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale held Nov. 5 by Christie's in New York. It was a new world auction record for the artist. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.


Giacometti's Chariot, $101 million, Sotheby's
A painted bronze on wooden base sculpture by Alberto Giacometti titled, Chariot, sold for just under $101 million at an Impressionist & Modern Evening Art Sale held Nov. 4 by Sotheby's in New York. Also, a stone totemic goddess Tete by Amedeo Modigliani realized $70.7 million (a new record for the artist); an oil on canvas by Vincent Van Gogh titled, Nature morte, vase aux marguerites et coquelicots, brought $61.8 million; and Claude Monet's oil on canvas painting titled, Sous les peupliers hit $20.3 million. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.


NASA Hasselblad camera, $275,000, RR Auction
The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens carried into space during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 and again on the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission the following year sold for $275,000 at a single-lot auction held Nov. 13 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Walter Schirra reportedly purchased the Hasselblad 500c camera at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and brought it back to NASA for mission use preparation. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Winchester display board, $19,200, Morphy Auctions
A Winchester shell advertising display board sold for $19,200 at a sale of the contents of Dan Hardesty's Wild West Museum held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Poet Scout Captain Jack Crawford archival collection reached $14,400; a pair of carved bird-shaped pipes from Jefferson County, Ky., hammered for $12,000; a Colt 3rd Model Dragoon .44 caliber revolver and shoulder stock hit the mark for $11,400; and a pair of Civil War flags (one Confederate and one Union) fetched $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Armin Hansen work, $102,000, John Moran
A Western genre painting by Armin Carl Hansen (Calif., 1886-1957), depicting bronco busters at the Salinas rodeo, sold for $102,000 at a California & American Fine Art Auction held Oct. 21 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a watercolor rendering of Diamond Head, Hawaii, by Millard Sheets (Calif., 1907-1989) rose to $42,000; and a portrait of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach by Leroy Neiman (N.Y., 1921-2012) changed hands for $26,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


James Purdy shotgun, $42,000, Alderfer Auction
A James Purdy & Sons two-barrel set over under double-barrel shotgun sold for $42,000 at a Firearms Auction held Sept. 23 by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a Winchester Model 21 Grand American two-barrel set side-by-side custom barrel shotgun rang out for $33,600; a Galazan Winchester Model 21 two-barrel set side-by-side double-barrel shotgun hit $16,800; a Boss & Co. side-by-side double-barrel shotgun made $10,800; and a Winchester Model 21 double-barrel shotgun went for $8,400. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Calder work on paper, $207,750, Rago Arts
A painting on paper by Alexander Calder (Am., 1898-1976) titled, Girouette, sold for $207,750 at a Fine Art Auction held Nov. 15 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Another work by Calder titled, The Yellow Sky, went for $111,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Virginia watercolor folk art, $27,600, Jeffrey S. Evans
A circa-1819 Wythe County, Va., folk art watercolor and ink-on-paper fraktur birth and baptismal record, attributed to the Wild Turkey artist, sold for $27,600 at a sale of Americana and Southern Decorative Arts held Nov. 15 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a circa-1856 half-plate daguerreotype of Main Street in Richmond, Va., brought $21,850; and a circa 1765-1785 Petersburg, Va., Chippendale carved cherry or apple wood corner (or smoking) chair went for $20,700. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Chinese bracket clock, $130,900, Clars Auction
A Chinese gilt bronze triple fusee eight-bell musical automation bracket clock sold for $130,900 at a Fine Art, Decoratives, Jewelry & Asian Art Auction held Nov. 15-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil-on-board painting by Dutch artist Isaac Israels (1864-1934) titled, Portrait of the Young Woman, realized $95,200; a Chinese huanghuali rounded corner cabinet made $77,400; Twins by Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum (b. 1944) fetched $71,400; and a pair of huanghuali armchairs hit $65,000. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.


Gabriele Munter painting, $341,000, Doyle New York
An Alpine landscape painting by Gabriele Munter (German, 1877-1962) titled, Strassendurchstich (A Road Passing Through), sold for $341,000 at a sale of Impressionist & Modern Art held Nov. 5 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, a post-impressionist autumn view by Gustave Loiseau (Fr., 1865-1935) titled, Le Quai du Pothuis, fetched $167,000; Maternite ou Heureuse Famille by Leon Augustin Lhermitte (Fr., 1844-1925) brought $93,750; and a pencil sketch by John Singer Sargent went for $34,375. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


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