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

by Ken Hall
Updated April 2015

1632 Shakespeare folio, $114,000, PBA Galleries
A 1632 second folio edition of William Shakespeare sold for $114,000 at a sale of Rare Books & Manuscripts held Feb. 8 by PBA Galleries in Oakland, Calif. Also, a rare inscribed presentation of James Lind's 1753 work, A Treatise of the Scurvy, in which he suggested that sailors who had scurvy could be cured by adding fruits and vegetables to their diets, went for $66,000; and a 10-line fragment of an ink manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton on Christ's capacity to open “the sealed book” of Revelations hit $24,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


1490 edition, Aesop's Fables, $24,780, Michaan's Auctions
A circa 1490 edition of the book Aesop's Fables, one of the first of 25 editions, sold for $24,780 at a Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Asian Art & Jewelry Auction held Feb. 7 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a mid-15th century astronomical medical calendar hammered for $10,030; and a Pomo Degikup coiled basket brought $4,130. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.


JFK and Jackie photos, $32,500, RR Auction
A photographic proof booklet containing 27 previously unreleased images of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon's Cape Cod beach shack in August 1961, sold for $32,500 at an auction held Feb. 19 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Also, an Albert Einstein letter in which he discusses God, creation and his theory of relativity brought $75,000; and an autograph collection of nearly every president from Washington to George W. Bush hit $40,625. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Ali-Liston boxing gloves, $956,000, Heritage Auctions
The boxing gloves worn by both Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in their infamous second battle, held in Lewiston, Maine, also known as “The Phantom Punch Fight,” sold for $956,000 at a Platinum Night Sports Auction held Feb. 21 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the 1921 season was a hit for $717,000; and Sandy Koufax's game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey from 1955 gaveled for $573,600. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.


1942 DiMaggio jersey, $169,400, Goldin Auctions
A jersey worn during the 1942 baseball season by New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio sold for $169,400 at a Winter Auction held Feb. 7 by Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, N.J. Also, a 1920 autographed Chicago White Sox baseball featuring six players banned in the Black Sox scandal (to include “Shoeless” Joe Jackson) was a hit for $81,070; a 1952 Topps baseball card set, near-complete and graded, made $72,600; and Al Pacino's 1973 Golden Globe award for the movie Serpico gaveled for $62,920. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.


Elvis Presley memorabilia, $5,000, Ahlers & Ogletree
A framed collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia and autographs, including a Presley-signed copy of the sheet music for I Got Stung! (recorded in Nashville in 1958), plus photos of Elvis singing on stage and playing the piano, sold for $5,000 at a Winter Estates Auction held Feb. 8 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, a mid-to-late 1950s Coca-Cola 10-cent vending machine by Vendo, restored, bright red, fetched $3,000; and a baseball signed by legend Ty Cobb (“Ty Cobb, 12/16/59”) made $2,250. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.


Ming Dynasty Quanyin, $189,600, James D. Julia
A bronze figure of a Quanyin from the Ming Dynasty period sold for $189,600 at an Antiques & Fine Art Auction held Feb. 4-6 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a set of 25 carved and painted shore birds by master decoy carver A. Elmer Crowell soared to $82,950; and a natural jadeite emerald green pendant with a carved depiction of a Quanyin went for $54,150. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.


Copy of Batman #1, $237,300, Philip Weiss
An unrestored copy of Batman #1 (DC Comics, spring 1940), graded 7.5 out of 10 for condition, sold for $237,300 at a sale of Comics, Comic Art & Sports Items held Feb. 15 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a copy of Batman #2, summer 1940, graded 9.2, finished at $39,550; a copy of Adventure Comics #40, with the first appearance of Sandman, graded 6.5, realized $25,990; and a copy of Action Comics #23, with the first appearance of Lex Luthor, hammered for $20,905. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.


Ten letters, British Royals, $4,320, L.A. Auction House
A trove of ten personal letters written between 1948 and 1950 by British Royals, mostly from Queen Elizabeth II to Sharman Douglas (Princess Margaret's close personal friend) and Ms. Douglas's mother, Mrs. Lewis Douglas, sold for $4,320 at a Winter Fine & Decorative Arts Sale held Jan. 15 by Los Angeles Auction House in Santa Monica, Calif. Also, a Madoura ceramic chouette (or wood owl) vase by Pablo Picasso fetched $16,800; and an 1894 color lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Queen Anne tray-top table, $299,000, Cottone Auctions
An 18th century Queen Anne tray-top tea table sold for $299,000 at an auction held Feb. 21-22 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. The lovely mahogany table, with scalloped skirt and pad feet, is believed to have been made by Peter Scott, a cabinet maker in Williamsburg, Va. It was originally thought to have been produced in England. Price includes a 15 percent buyer's premium.


1891 Coca-Cola calendar, $150,000, Morphy Auctions
An 1891 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint condition, one of only two known and the only one of its particular type, sold for $150,000 at an Antique Advertising & Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 5-7 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1902 Coca-Cola poster emblazoned with “Drink Carbonated Coca-Cola in Bottles” climbed to $40,800; and an R. W. Martin Brothers stoneware Wally Bird tobacco jar, 1890, with blue eyes, made $37,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Toulouse-Lautrec litho, $60,000, Auctionata
An 1893 lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec titled, Jane Avril, sold for $60,000 at a Modern Masters Auction held Jan. 22 by Auctionata in New York City. Also, a lithograph by Pierre-Auguste Renoir titled, Enfants Jouant a la balle, fetched $36,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Florentine marble frieze, $66,000, Fairfield Auction
A Florentine marble frieze depicting the Madonna and Child sold for $66,000 at an auction held Nov. 16 by Fairfield Auction in Monroe, Conn. Also, a bronze by Franz von Stuck titled, Monna Vanna, rose to $43,200; and still life painting by Nikolaus Gyzis went within estimate for $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Elephant weathervane, $17,000, Locati Auctions
An early 20th century elephant-form copper weathervane sold for $17,000 in an online auction held Dec. 1-15 by Locati Auctions in Maple Glen, Pa. Also, a diamond engagement ring slipped onto a new finger for $17,500; a 1960 Selmer Marx VI tenor saxophone played a sweet tune for $4,200; an artwork depiction of a reclining nude surrounded by animals, after Leonard T. Foujita (Jap./Fr., 1886-1968) brought $3,200; and an oil on panel of a horse by Frances Mabel Hollams (Br., 1877-1963) fetched $3,300. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.


Winchester 1866 rifle, $25,875, Rock Island
An Ulrich-engraved, factory documented Winchester 1866 rifle sold for $25,875 at a Regional Firearms Auction held Feb. 19-22 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a lot consisting of Nazi-style daggers, accouterments and artifacts sailed past its estimate of $1,000-$1,600 to realize $8,625; and a U.S. Ordnance semi-automatic copy of the Vickers machine gun, with tripod and accessories, fetched $7,475. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Rosewood center table, $86,637, Neal Auction
An American Rococo carved and laminated rosewood center table attributed to John H. Belter, circa 1850-1860, sold for $86,637 at a Winter Estates Auction held Jan. 31-Feb.1 by Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, La. Also, a beautifully carved late Qing Dynasty jadeite censer garnered $57,360. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.


Ned Burgess bluebill, $21,850, Guyette & Deeter
A rare bluebill by Ned Burgess sold for $21,850 at the third annual Decoy Auction held Feb. 14 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.), in conjunction with this year's Southern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C. Also, a decorative pair of bluewing teal by the Ward Brothers went for $18,400; a white wing scooter by Jim Schmiedlin fetched $11,500; a rare widgeon by A. Elmer Crowell made $11,500; a mallard by the Ward Brothers rose to $10,925; and a plover by Leffert Squire gaveled for $9,200. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Cromwellian table, $5,462, Carlsen Gallery
A Cromwellian plank-top table with carved apron sold for $5,462 at an auction held Feb. 8 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, an oil-on-canvas painting titled, Portrait of Maria Von Dongen, changed hands for $12,650. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Paul Evans cabinet, $183,750, Rago Arts
A Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet sold for $183,750 at a 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Auction held Feb. 13-15 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Wendell Castle laminated desk also reached $183,750; a pair of Lino Tagliapietra sculptural vessels titled, Bilbao and Coronato, achieved $43,750 and $37,500, respectively; a George Ohr pink volcanic glaze vase changed hands for $68,750; and a Tiffany Studios Kendrick vase lamp illuminated the room for $50,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Pierre Mignard portrait, $81,250, Doyle New York
A portrait by Pierre Mignard (Fr., 1612-1695) of Louis Francois Marie Le Tellier (1668-1701), appointed Secretary of War by King Louis XIV in 1691, sold for $81,250 at a sale of Important English & Continental Furniture and Decorations & Old Master Paintings held Jan. 28 by Doyle New York in New York City. Also, an Empire gilt-metal mounted giltwood gueridon with white marble top soared to $62,500; and an 18th century English School portrait of Queen Carolina Wilhelmina, Princess of Wales, rose to $43,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Saul Steinberg collage, $20,000, Swann Auction
A pen-and-ink drawing with collage by Saul Steinberg titled, Equivalent of 8, and first appearing in the Nov. 17, 1962 issue of The New Yorker magazine, sold for $20,000 at a sale of Illustration Art held Jan. 22 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Price includes a 25 percent buyer's premium.


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