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

by Ken Hall
Updated October 2016

Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, $606,375, Goldin Auctions
The boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in his epic 1971 fight with Smokin' Joe Frazier sold for $606,375 at a Summer Catalog Auction that ended Aug. 13th by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Michael Jordan's black road uniform (jersey and shorts) from a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons, played 4/13/97, reached $69,825; handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur's personal notebook made $31,850; and a gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hammered for $24,500. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.

1955 Jaguar D-type race car, $21.78 million, RM Sotheby's
A 1955 Jaguar D-Type sports car, chassis no. XKD 501, sold for $21.78 million at an auction held August 19 by RM Sotheby's in Monterey, Calif. It was the most ever paid at auction for a British automobile. The previous record was set last year, when a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato roared off for $14.3 million. Also, a Shelby Cobra CSX 2000, sped away for $13.75 million, a new auction record for an American automobile. The previous record was $11 million, for a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Hissing Canada goose, $299,000, Decoys Unltd.
A classic carving of a hissing Canada goose by esteemed carver Joseph W. Lincoln (Mass., 1859-1938) sold for $299,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 22 by Decoys Unlimited, LLC (based in Barnstable, Mass.) at the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel in Hyannis, Mass. Also, a life-size, semipalmated plover in superb condition, by A. Elmer Crowell (Mass., 1862-1952), went for $17,250; and a common tern decoy, carved circa 1870-1890 and pulled from the Skala rig, brought $25,875. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Kelly Tires porcelain sign, $88,450, Morphy Auctions
A Kelly Tires porcelain sign (“Lotta Miles”) sold for $88,450 at a Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction held July 23-24 in Denver, Pa. Also, a Polly Gas die-cut sign with iconic parrot image rose to $85,400; an Indian Gasoline OPE gas globe with running Indian logo changed hands for $36,600; an Associated Gasoline porcelain sign with logo hammered for $32,940; a Red Hat Motor Oil porcelain sign with logo made $24,400; and a Packard die-cut sign (“Genuine Parts Only”), with logo, hit $23,180. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.

Rare 1928 perfume bottle, $33,000, IPBA Convention
A rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy trompe l'oeil presentation “Le Bracelet Miraculeux” perfume bottle, which held five scents and was disguised as an Art Deco bracelet, sold for $33,000 at the 28th annual convention of the International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA), held May 29 in Portland, Ore. Also, a 1922 enameled Baccarat bottle for Edouardo's “Egyptian Alabastron” fetched $18,000; and an Art Nouveau-style bottle for Millot's “Kantrix,” design by Hector Guimard in Paris around 1900 rose to $17,600. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer's premium.

C. Bechstein grand piano, $173,000, Leslie Hindman
A circa 1900 C. Bechstein gilt-bronze mounted marquetry grand piano sold for $173,000 at a Furniture, Decorative Arts & Silver Auction held July 18-19 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a Roman marble portrait head of a woman changed hands for $16,250; a large pair of Meissen porcelain Schneeballen urns knocked down at $81,250; a George III silver epergne, made by Thomas Pitts (London, 1788) fetched $28,750; and a George III silver-gilt tureen (London, 1817) made $55,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Rococo full tester bed, $6,150, Crescent City
An American rococo mahogany full tester bed, made in the mid-19th century and of the type crafted for the antebellum New Orleans market, sold for $6,150 at an estates auction held July 30-31 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a Russian icon of Saint Antonina, circa early 20th century, 11.25 inches tall and with silver oklad and the maker's mark of “KK” (Moscow), gaveled for $5,842. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Jacob Eby tall case clock, $10,620, Ahlers & Ogletree
An early 19th century mahogany Federal tall case clock made by Jacob Eby (Mannheim, Pa., 1776-1828) sold for $10,620 at a Summer Collections & Estates Auction held Aug. 27-28 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, an offset color lithograph on wove paper by Roy Lichtenstein titled, Sunrise, and pencil-signed by the artist, brought $7,080; and a late 19th or early 20th century British School oil-on-canvas painting titled, Battle of Trafalgar, depicting a naval battle from the Napoleonic Wars, rose to $10,030. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

Frank Frazetta comic art, $1.075 million, Heritage
A 1974 color illustration by Frank Frazetta titled, At the Earth's Core, sold for $1.075 million at a Comics & Comic Art Auction held August 4-6 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. It was a record auction price for a work by the artist and the most ever paid for a work by an American comic book artist. Also, a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, graded 5.5 CGC, realized $956,000; and Bernie Wrightson's original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 from 1972 knocked down for $191,200. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.

Eight Indian manuscript pages, $245,000, Kaminski Auctions
A group of eight circa 1800 framed Indian illuminated manuscript pages sold for just over $245,000 at a sale of the estate of the late Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg of New York City and Miami Beach, held July 24 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. The most expensive pages were Royal Tryst and Krishna Dances for the Gopis; both brought $55,200. Also, a 19th century Russian silver kovsh marked “P. Ovchinkova,” showing two Vikings with armor and marked “84” in Cyrillic, made $16,800. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Maryland appliquéd quilt, $9,360, Jeffrey S. Evans
A fine pieced and appliquéd Maryland Lone Star quilt, likely made in Baltimore around 1840 by Mary Seeds Moon (born circa 1806) who was the mother of Emily Quail Moon (1844-1906), sold for $9,360 at a Textiles & Sewing Auction held July 16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an American patriotic theme whole cloth quilt changed hands for $4,095; an overshot woven coverlet made in Luray, Va., realized $1,111.50; and a Lucy J. Wooding family record sampler gaveled for $643.50. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Zhang Daqian ink and color, $118,000, Michaan's Auctions
An ink-and-color-on-paper painting by Zhang Daqian sold for $118,000 at an estates auction held July 9 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a group lot of “eye dZi” beads from the Naomi Lindstrom jewelry collection brought $12,980; a courtly scene woven into a Lavar Kerman rug finished at $5,900; a traditional carved wood Tau Tau figure of a man, rendered by the Toraja, gaveled for $8,260; and a set of early American Punch & Judy folk art puppets went to a California bidder for $4,130. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.

Dilley golden plover decoy, $103,500, Guyette & Deeter
An outstanding golden plover decoy by John Dilley sold for $103,500 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a preening black duck in the original paint, carved circa 1850 by Albert Laing, soared to $97,750; a bronze sculpture of a big horn sheep by Carl Rungius went for $100,625; and a superlative pair of 1936 model mallards, executed by the Ward Brothers, finished at $97,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.

Gold egg-form pendant, $3,750, Litchfield County
A 22kt gold cage-work and agate egg-form pendant sold for $3,750 at a sale of fine and decorative art and jewelry from the estate of comedienne Joan Rivers, held July 20-21 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a Louise Braithwaite oil painting, possibly commissioned by Ms. Rivers, went for $2,750; sterling silver water pitchers in the Wallace “Grande Baroque’ pattern realized $2,500; and a circa 17th century Greek icon of Christ the Pantocrator in a later frame fetched $2,750. All prices include the buyer's premium.

Dunbar 4-door credenza, $4,830, Direct Auction
A Dunbar long blonde wood four-door credenza sold for $4,830 at an estates auction held July 26th by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a classic design Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman, crafted of leather and molded plywood, with a veneer of Brazilian rosewood, rose to $3,105; a 14kt white gold pendant with a large amethyst and diamonds brought $1,265; and a long chrome base bench with gold tufted upholstery by Miles van der Rohe (1886-1969) changed hands for $1,035. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Carroll Cloar oil-on-board work, $51,920, Case Antiques Auction
An acrylic-on-board painting by Carroll Cloar (Tenn., 1913-1994) titled, Weeping Willow, sold for $51,920 at a Historic Southern Summer Auction held July 30th by Case Antiques Auction in Knoxville, Tenn. It was a new world record auction price for the artist. Also, an abstract oil-on-canvas painting by Spanish/Filipino artist Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) brought $123,900; and a Continental School portrait of a young man, executed either in the 17th or 18th century, changed hands for $41,300. All prices quoted are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Lovely 22-carat sapphire ring, $162,000, Greenwich Auction
A 22-carat sapphire ring surrounded by almost four carats of diamonds sold for $162,000 at an auction held July 10 by Greenwich Auction in Stamford, Conn. The ring had been owned by a woman who recently passed away at age 104. Also, a 13-carat diamond bow brooch realized $15,340; a three-carat diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $20,060; and a five-carat Tiffany & Company diamond watch went to a determined bidder for $10,620. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Chinese export clock, $54,000, John Moran
A Chinese export French-style automaton clock sold for $54,000 at a Decorative Art Auction held July 30 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a pair of Sevres-style cachepots with handmade Vincennes-style ceramic flower inserts realized $4,200; a portrait of a woman wearing a nosegay finished at $5,400; a large-scale 18th century Continental School painting of a seated lady of nobility and putto brought $6,000; and a Royal Vienna-style porcelain tea service signed “Wagner” made $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Cahoon seaside painting, $31,200, Eldred's Auction
A seaside picnic scene with mermaids and a sailor by Ralph E. Cahoon sold for $31,200 at a Summer Americana & Paintings Auction held Aug. 3-5 by Eldred's Auction Gallery in East Dennis, Mass. Also, a Gilbert Stuart portrait that descended in the family of the sitter and never before sold at auction realized $25,200; a copy of the will of George Washington fetched $3,900; a Theordore B. Starr sterling silver tennis trophy brought $6,250; and a Federal sewing stand with handkerchief top finished at $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

McCleery-Holmes plover, $144,000, Copley Fine Art
A carved plover decoy known as the McCleery-Holmes plover, made circa 1880 in Kingston, Mass., and previously owned by the noted collector Dr. James McCleery, sold for $144,000 at an auction held July 24 by Copley Fine Art Auctions in Plymouth, Mass. Also, a watercolor painting by Andrew Wyeth (Pa., 1917-2009) was the top lot of the sporting art category in the auction, gaveling for $63,000; and a wigeon drake by the renowned carver John Blair, Sr., went to a determined bidder for $90,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

5-gallon Red Wing jug, $9,500, RWCS Convention
A 5-gallon Red Wing beehive jug with blue birch leaves and advertising for Straus Brothers Wholesale Liquors (Chicago) sold for $9,500 at the annual auction of the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), held July 7 in Red Wing, Minn. Also, a 6-gallon transitional ice water cooler with a Union Stoneware oval and a “Red Wing Stoneware Company” front stamp changed hands for $2,200. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer's premium.



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