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

by Ken Hall
Updated July 2016

Barnum & Bailey wagon, $250,000, Heritage Auctions
A 25-foot long, 13,000-pound Barnum & Bailey circus wagon titled, Two Hemispheres, and once requiring a team of 40 horses when it debuted in the grand parade welcoming the “Greatest Show on Earth,” sold for $250,000 at an Americana & Political Auction held May 14 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, James Montgomery Flagg's Uncle Sam “I Want You” World War I recruitment poster finished at $12,500; and a swatch of fabric off the Wright Brothers' plane from their first manned flight hit $11,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Anne Frank signed book, $62,500, Swann Auction
Anne Frank's (and her sister Margot's) copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, signed and inscribed by Anne, with Margot's ink owner stamp, published in Vienna in 1925 and inscribed by the sisters in Amsterdam, circa 1940, and with a letter from their father, Otto Frank, gifting the book to its previous owner, sold for $62,500 at an Autographs Auction held May 5 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, fragmentary unsigned notes penned by the author Oscar Wilde circa 1886 hammered for $20,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Lennon handwritten lyrics, $354,000, Julien's Auctions
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the 1967 song Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, which appeared on the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper album of that year, sold for $354,000 at a Music Icons Auction held May 21 by Julien's Auctions (based in Beverly Hills, Calif.) at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Also, Elvis Presley's Gibson Dove guitar realized $334,000; Michael Jackson's History Tour Beat It jacket brought $256,000; and the Keith Moon “The Who” drumhead changed hands for $187,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese bracket clock, $1.27 million, Fontaine's
A rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock sold for $1.27 million at an Antique & Clock Auction held May 21 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Tiffany Studios Arrowroot table lamp with a 20-inch diameter conical shade went for $48,400; a French animated locomotive industrial clock on a black marble base chugged off for $30,250; a Symphonion Eroica #38B three-disc musical hall clock realized $33,275; and a 10-piece Horner dining room set hit $24,200. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.

Winchester Model 1886 rifle, $1.265 million, Rock Island
A Winchester Model 1886 rifle (serial #1) and a pocket watch presented to Capt. Henry Lawton following the surrender of the Apache leader Geronimo, sold for $1.265 million at a Premiere Firearms Auction held April 29-May 1 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. It was a new world record for a firearm sold at auction. Also, the 1931 prototype of the Springfield M1 Garand rifle rang out at $172,500; and a cased, factory-engraved Colt Model 1849 pocket percussion revolver hit the mark for $632,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

16th century tapestry panel, $48,380, Ahlers & Ogletree
A rare, early 16th century German Gothic tapestry panel sold for $48,380 at a Spring Estates Auction held April 30-May 1 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, a large 17th or 18th century Tibetan gilt bronze seated Buddha figure coasted to $42,480; an English (or Irish) George III mahogany library bookcase, third quarter 18th century, finished at $24,780; an abstract bronze sculpture by Denis Mitchell (Br., 1912-1993) titled, Selena, brought $18,880; and a circa 1889 Gorham four-arm epergne hit $11,800. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium

Mignot oil painting, $120,000, Shannon's
A previously unrecorded oil-on-canvas painting by the renowned Luminist painter Louis Remy Mignot (N.Y./S.C., 1831-1870) titled, Tropical Scene, sold for $120,000 at a Spring Fine Art Auction held April 28 by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, a snowy Manhattan winter scene by Guy Carleton Wiggins (Am., 1883-1962) titled, Fifth Avenue, breezed to $84,000; and another New York City winter scene, this one by Paul Cornoyer (Am., 1864-1923) titled, Washington Square in Winter, hit $72,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

French automaton doll, $44,800, Theriault's
A French musical automaton, 30 inches tall, the extremely rare Bebe Triste facial model, sold for $44,800 at an antique doll auction titled, Soiree, held May 14 by Theriault's (based in Annapolis, Md.) in Las Vegas, Nev. The doll's intricate movements included a tumbling acrobat in a toy theater and a hidden pup that was revealed when the lid was lifted. Also, an Emile Jumeau “E.J.A.” doll, made circa 1879, fetched $34,700; and a Vichy's “Organ Grinder with Dancing Doll” automaton topped out at $22,000. Prices include a 12 percent buyer's premium.

Gus Wilson merganser, $149,500, Guyette & Deeter
A Mohegan Indian-style merganser drake, carved around the 1890s by Gus Wilson, sold for $149,500 at the 31st annual Spring Decoy Auction held April 21-22 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Also, a 20-inch-by-40-inch, acrylic-on-board painting by Bob Kuhn changed hands for $109,250; a watercolor by A. B. Frost titled, Good Luck, went for $92,000; and a rare running sandpiper decoy by the renowned carver Elmer Crowell finished at $80,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Happy Chopper by Banksy, $140,800, Julien's Auctions
An artwork by legendary graffiti artist Banksy titled, Happy Chopper (2002), sold for $140,800 at a Street Art & Contemporary Art Auction held April 30 by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Banksy's Untitled (DJ & Crane) from 1999 brought $128,000; Banksy's Heart Boy brought $125,000; Walk the Line (2005) by Shepard Fairey breezed to $32,000; an artwork by Robert Rauschenberg fetched $32,000; Andy Warhol's Mao (1972) made $28,800; and Faile's Mini Puzzle Box (2014) rose to $12,800. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Kelly Tires logo sign, $94,550, Morphy Auctions
A Kelly Tires “Lotta Miles” logo sign sold for $94,550 at a Premier Automobilia & Petroliana Auction held April 23-24 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Champion Oil Products porcelain sign hit $76,250; a Husky Service Dog sunrise logo sign fetched $58,560; a die-cut Harbor Petroleum Products seaplane sign soared to $58,560; a Sun-Rae Gasoline Motor Oil oval porcelain sign gaveled for $47,580; a Sunset Gasoline porcelain sign made $46,360; and a Silent Chief Gasoline porcelain sign rose to $42,700. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.

3-piece clock garniture, $18,750, Schwenke
A French Empire gilt bronze and malachite three-piece clock garniture, with the central figure depicting “Time” flanked by a pair of angel five-light candelabra, sold for $18,750 at a Fine Estates Auction held April 24 by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, a Persian Serapi carpet, 14 feet 9 inches long by 12 feet wide, coasted to $8,750; an oil on canvas by Jean Duquoc (Fr., b. 1937) titled, Le Soleil Jeut (1990) fetched $6,250; and a Chinese gilt bronze Amitayus Buddha, 8 inches tall, made $6,700. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Rolex men's wristwatch, $9,775, Jeffrey S. Evans
A Rolex Datejust Presidential gold and diamond men's wristwatch sold for $9,775 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held April 30 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Pablo Picasso signed limited-edition print titled, La Bouteille du Rohm, changed hands for $5,642; Danish Modern egg chair by Arne Jacobsen knocked down for $2,300; and a lovely Lalique Perruches bowl went to a determined bidder for $3,220. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Tiffany jewelry suite, $37,950, White's Auctions
A 4-piece, 18kt gold, emerald and diamond Tiffany & Company jewelry suite sold for $37,950 at an estates auction held April 5 by White's Auctions in Middleboro, Mass. Also, a 19th century bronze depiction of a young Napoleon on horseback, signed Edouart Drouot (Fr., 1859-1945) and Louis Marie Moris (Fr., 1818-1883) realized $4,830;and a rare World War II Nichols fighting knife, custom-made for a soldier stationed at Pearl Harbor, brought $1,265. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Near-mint LeMat carbine, $115,000, Cowan's Auctions
A near-mint LeMat carbine, the only foreign-made long gun and repeating arm made for the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, sold for $115,000 at a Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Sale held April 26-27 by Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, the only surviving example of an engraved Robinson Sharps carbine rang out at $54,625; a J. H. Dance & Brothers Navy percussion Confederate revolver hit $51,750; and Napoleon's silver campaign cup engraved as a souvenir gaveled for $17,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Pair, Chinese porcelain cups, $177,000, Brunk Auctions
A pair of fine, two-inch-tall millefiori enameled porcelain Chinese cups, with iron red Qianlong marks and highly incised decorations, sold for $177,000 at a Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held May 12-14 by Brunk Auctions in Asheville, N.C. Also, an oil-on-canvas view of Vermont Hills by the American artist Rockwell Kent, signed and dated (“1923-27”) went for $141,600; an 18th century Chippendale side chair from Boston coasted to $33,040; and an 1805 Simon Willard tall case clock hit $35,400. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Francis Bacon work, $40,625, Rago Arts
A painting by Francis Bacon titled, Study for Bullfight No. 1, sold for $40,625 at a Fine Art Auction held May 7 by Rago Arts & Auction in Lambertville, N.J. Also, Mary Elizabeth Price's The Well Digger from Titusville brought $50,000; Andy Warhol's Mao realized $40,000; Michael Goldberg's Still Life with Tiffany Lamp hit $32,500; and Roy Lichtenstein's The Couple rose to $30,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Vivid pink diamond ring, $31.56 million, Sotheby's
A superb pear-shaped, fancy vivid pink diamond ring, known as “The Unique Pink,” 15.38 carats and graded VVS2 for clarity, sold for $31.56 million at a Magnificent & Noble Jewels Auction held May 17 by Sotheby's in Geneva, Switzerland. Also, a fancy vivid blue diamond ring, 7.32 carats and internally flawless, slipped onto a new finger for $17.11 million; an intense blue diamond brooch by Reza fetched $13.67 million; and a modified pear fancy pink diamond pendant, 18.51 carats, made $9.77 million. Prices include the buyer's premium.

'Quintuple Stella' coin, $1.88 million, Legend
A rare 1879 $20 pattern coin known as a 'Quintuple Stella,' struck in gold and the second finest certified example extant, sold for $1.88 million at Regency Auction XVII, held May 19 in New Orleans by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, based in Lincroft, N.J. Also, an 1812 large date one-cent coin, graded PCGS MS64, brought $32,900; a 1909 VDB Lincoln penny coin, Matte PR66, finished at $41,125; a 1937-D three-legged Buffalo nickel, PCGS MS66, rose to $55,812; and an 1834 capped bust half dime made $45,825. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer's premium.

Basquiat acrylic painting, $57.285 million, Christie's
An untitled acrylic-on-canvas painting from 1962 by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) sold for $57.285 million at a Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale held May 10 by Christie's in New York City. It was a new world auction record for the artist. The buyer was Mr. Yusaku Maezawa of Japan. Also, an oil on canvas by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) titled, No. 17 (1957), hit $32.645 million; and an oil on canvas by Clyfford Still (1904-1980), painted in 1948 and titled, PH-234, hammered for $28.165 million. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Copley pencil bracelet, $17,080, John Moran
A pencil bracelet by Noma Copley from the estate of Carroll and Nancy O'Connor sold for $17,080 at a Fine Jewelry Auction held May 21 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a gold and coral pendant watch by Swiss maker Piaget brought $16,800; a Cartier diamond and gold textured link bracelet gaveled for $11,250; a platinum-topped gold brooch featuring a central natural Ceylon-origin sapphire earned $10,000; and an open collar necklace by Claire Falkenstein (1908-1977) made $3,473. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.



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