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

by Ken Hall
Updated August 2016

2-player Mermaid gun game, $317,200, Morphy Auctions
A one-cent Mermaid and Artillery two-player gun game sold for $317,200 at a Premier Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held May 14-15 by Morphy Auctions (based in Denver, Pa.) in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, an Automatic Target Machine Company pistol arcade game hammered for $195,200; a 5-cent Chas. Fey Big Six payout machine rose to $128,100; a 5-cent Caille Tourist cast-iron slot machine went for $115,900; and a 5-cent Caille Twin Centaur upright double slot machine crossed the finish line for $103,700. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.

King Farouk Magician Box, $1.21 million, Sotheby's
The celebrated King Farouk Magician Box timepiece, made in Geneva, Switzerland circa 1820 and attributed to Piguet & Meylan, with the goldsmith's mark of Chenevard Jouvet & Cie, sold for $1.21 million at an Important Watches Auction held June 8 by Sotheby's in New York City. Also, a rare Patek Philippe yellow gold world time wristwatch with enamel dial depicting Eurasia, made in 1949, climbed to $730,000; and a circa-1800 watch attributed to Piguet & Capt and titled, The Cherry Pickers, garnered $490,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Tiffany & Co. china set, $16,675, Philip Weiss
A gorgeous 81-piece Tiffany & Company china set in the Cirque Chinois pattern, in excellent condition, sold for $16,675 at an auction held June 15 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, original cover art for the comic book Battle Classics #3 (DC Comics, Jan./Feb. 1979) by the legendary illustrator Joe Kubert (Am., 1926-2012), gaveled for $8,360; and an oil-on-board painting by the equally renowned Chesley Bonestell (Am., 1888-1986) titled, Rhea, Saturn & Spacecraft, finished at $7,475. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Wadsworth Jarrell painting, $21,240, Ahlers & Ogletree
An oil painting by the African-American artist Wadsworth Jarrell (b. 1929) titled, Diz E Bird, depicting the two jazz greats Charlie Parker and Dizzie Gillespie, sold for $21,240 at a Notable Private Collections Auction held June 25-26 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, a vintage 1936 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, teal blue with a 34 hp engine, sped off for $12,000; and a carved cinnabar lacquer censer table stand of round form, from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), 18.25 inches tall, went for $4,500. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Tiffany Peony lamp shade, $37,500, Doyle New York
A Tiffany Studios Favrile leaded glass Spring Peony shade, 18.25 inches in diameter, sold for $37,500 at a Belle Epoque Auction held June 8 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an exquisite box in the style of French ebeniste (cabinet maker) Andre-Charles Boulle soared to $16,250; a Tiffany & Company silver service in the English King pattern fetched $10,000; and a painting by the Romanian artist Stefan Luchian (1868-1916) titled, Still Life with Goldenrods in an Earthenware Pitcher, went for $23,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

German WWI goblet, $7,500, Mohawk Arms
An Imperial German World War I fighter pilot's “pokol” (or silvered victory goblet), showing an embossed panel of two eagles in combat, 7 inches tall, sold for $7,500 at Auction #75, an internet and catalog auction held June 3-4 by Mohawk Arms in Bouckville, N.Y. Also, a purple enameled cigarette case, presented to German World War I fighter pilot Baron von Richthofen (a/k/a “The Red Baron”) to Werner Voss, a fellow ace pilot, soared to $5,200; and a card autographed by von Richthofen, framed, hit $3,000. Prices are hammer.

Theophile Fragonard oil, $10,455, Crescent City
An oil painting by Theophile Evariste Fragonard (Fr., 1806-1876) titled, The Secret Letter, sold for $10,455 at an auction held June 4-5 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a platinum lady's dinner ring, with an 11.33-carat oval sapphire atop a border of round diamonds, gaveled for $7,800; a 19th century French Directoire Louis XV-style carved mahogany double-door Bordelaise armoire hit $3,321; and a pair of 19th century gilt and patinated bronze and marble 6-light candelabra finished at $2,091. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Marklin tunnel and tower, $84,000, Bertoia Auctions
A Marklin tunnel with mountain castle tower, railed base, hand-painted, sold for $84,000 at the auction of Jerry and Nina Greene's personal toy train collection held April 9 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Marklin gauge 1-girder bridge, 85 inches long by 16 inches tall, made $51,000; a Bing Jupiter gauge III passenger set with 4-4-0 live steam locomotive and original hand-enameled finish went for $48,000; and a Marklin train station, O gauge, with the original paint, changed hands for $42,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Fabergé photo frame, $245,000, Christie's
A jeweled gold-mounted nephrite (greenstone) photograph frame, marked Fabergé (Moscow, circa 1898), sold for $245,000 at Part One of The Private Collection of Joan Rivers, held online from June 18-23 by Christie's in New York City. Also, a silver dog bowl for Ms. Rivers' dog Spike, with the mark of Tiffany & Co. (N.Y.), made $13,750; a pair of 20th century Louis XVI-style cream-painted canapés rose to $37,500; and a 20th century toilette set retailed by Penhaligon's of London finished at $4,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Angel Botello sculpture, $57,500, Palm Beach Modern
A sculpture by the artist Angelo Botello titled, Girl Standing with Umbrella, sold for $57,500 at a Modern Art & Design Auction held May 14 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a monograph by Alex Katz titled, Good Morning, Study III, finished at $47,500; a Picasso pottery wood owl titled, Chouette, breezed to $23,750; and a Jean Dubuffet serigraph scroll, 14/80, Pace edition, made $10,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese automaton clock, $929,000, Clars Auction
A rare, Chinese automaton triple fusee bracket clock sold for $929,000 at a Decorative Arts & Asian Offerings Auction held June 18-19 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a lovely huanghuali rectangular dining table and six side chairs coasted to $145,000; a Chinese Guan-type brush washer finished at $54,450; a circa 1964-1965 Rolex Cosmograph wristwatch, ref. 6239, with original papers, earned $45,385; a Chinese iron and wood saddle made $39,325; and a Chinese Export silver teapot hit $27,830. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese porcelain moon flask, $43,200, Kaminski Auctions
A Chinese porcelain under glazed blue and copper red dragon moon flask sold for $43,200 at a Spring Estates Auction held May 21-22 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a Chinese blue and white bowl brought $22,800; a Tiffany Studios double poinsettia lamp realized $14,400; a Tiffany poppy-style lamp lit up the room for $12,000; and a Lord & Goddard Hepplewhite tall case clock chimed on time for $9,600. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Circa 100 BC Greek ring, $152,100, Thomaston Place
A circa 100 BC Greek gold and cabochon emerald ring sold for $152,100 at a Spring Fine Art & Antiques Auction held May 21-22 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a Qing Dynasty cauldron form two-handled open bronze censer with Kangxi seal mark went for $70,200; a circa 1900 Daum Nancy cameo glass stalk vase made $14,040; a painting of the schooner J.W. Seaver by Joseph Smith (Am., 1798-1876) fetched $17,550; and a rare Revolutionary War broadside finished at $17,550. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

Buddha on lotus shrine, $9,500, Carlsen Gallery
A 19th century lacquer and wood Buddha on a lotus shrine sold for $9,500 at an auction held May 22 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an English gate leg drop-leaf dining table finished at $4,250; an identical amount was paid for a two-panel, 12 inch by 12 inch “Remember Me” sailor's Valentine; a 36-inch-tall marble Greek statue, signed “F. Vichi and titled, Greek Slave, rose to $4,000; and an 18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut 4-drawer chest went to a determined bidder for $3,250. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer's premium.

Van Briggle/Rookwood vase, $187,500, Rago Arts & Auction
An early Artus Van Briggle/Rookwood vase sold for $187,500 at a 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Auction held June 4-5 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet brought $175,000; a Dale Chihuly chandelier lit up the room for $56,375; a Tiffany Studios Mermaid lamp gaveled for $20,000; a Carlo Mollino coffee table fetched $50,000; a Mary Louise McLaughlin Losanti vase hit $30,000; and a Gustav Stickley bridal chest changed hands for $23,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.

Pele's Jules Rimet trophy, $573,000, Julien's Auctions
World-famous soccer star Pele's Jules Rimet trophy sold for $573,000 at a Pele: The Collection Auction held June 7-9 at Mall Galleries in London, England by Julien's Auctions, based in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, Pele's game crown given in honor of his 1,000th professional soccer game played went for $235,760; Pele's 1958 World Cup soccer medal knocked down for $290,000; Pele's 1962 World Cup soccer medal fetched $199,500; and Pele's 1970 World Cup soccer medal changed hands for $500,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Jade cabochon ring, $8,260, Michaan's
A GIA-certified jade cabochon ring sold for $8,260 at an estate auction held June 11 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a lot comprising six jade bangles from the Naomi Lindstrom Collection went for $5,310; an abstract artwork by the California artist Noriko Yamamoto finished at $7,670; a walnut cased Coleman E. Adler mahjong set breezed to $2,360; a lot consisting of Wedgwood and Bentley pieces brought $2,242; and a carnelian abstinence pendant with Manchu script made $4,130. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

Sanford Gifford painting, $269,000, Swann Auction
An oil-on-canvas painting by Sanford Robinson Gifford, done in 1869 and titled, Study of the Parthenon, sold for $269,000 at an American Art Auction held June 9 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Steve Wheelers' circa-1943 oil on canvas titled, The Halogens II, changed hands for $65,000; Miguel Covarrubius' circa-1924 watercolor and pen and ink titled, At Leroy's, garnered $60,000; and a circa-1920s oil-on-canvas winter scene by Guy C. Wiggins titled, Chicago Blizzard, made $42,500. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Concept art for Fantasia, $65,725, Heritage Auctions
Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen's Chernabog concept art for the 1940 Walt Disney classic film, Fantasia, sold for $65,725 at an Animation Art Signature Auction held June 11-12 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, Eyvind Earle's 1957 concept art for the theatrical short, The Truth About Mother Goose, depicting London Bridge prior to the Great Fire of 1666, realized $40,630; and a hand-inked, hand-painted early Mickey Mouse production cel with a haunted house theme, circa 1929-1930, went for $23,900. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.

Swiss cylinder music box, $19,200, John Moran
A large B.A. Bremond Swiss cylinder music box dating to circa 1885 sold for $19,200 at a Decorative Arts Auction held June 18 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a large-scale composition by Sri Lankan painter Senaka Senanayake (b. 1951) titled, Paddy Growers, earned $8,400; and a thrown and glazed pottery vase by Los Angeles artists Gertrud and Otto Natzler made $6,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Virginia sideboard table, $87,750, Jeffrey S. Evans
An important Virginia walnut sideboard table sold for $87,750 at an Americana & Fine Arts Auction held June 18 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a South Carolina yellow pine and birch sideboard food safe knocked down at $28,080; a Virginia folk art fraktur from the Shenandoah Valley (Rockingham County) attained $25,740; a portrait of Alexander Hamilton by William J. Weaver (1759-1817) made $26,910; and a 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar changed hands for $14,040. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.



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