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

by Ken Hall
Updated December 2014

Scrimshaw whale's tooth, $123,000, Skinner, Inc.
A scrimshaw whale's tooth showing the whale ship Frances of New Bedford, Mass., by Frederick Myrick of Nantucket (circa 1828-1829) sold for $123,000 at an American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 26 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a mid-19th century American School portrait of a curly-haired, blue-eyed young girl wearing blue shoes, unsigned, made $36,900; and an unsigned oil-on-canvas painting by Thomas Chambers (Am./Br., 1808-1860) rose to $25,830. Prices include a 23 percent buyer's premium.


Hovsep Pushman painting, $50,000, Ahlers & Ogletree
An oil on wood panel painting by the Armenian-American artist Hovsep Pushman (1877-1966), titled, Sacred Lotus of the Nile, sold for $50,000 at a Fall Estates Auction held Oct. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Ga. Also, a circa-1950 figural bikini vase for Venini by Fulvio Bianconi (It., 1915-1996), 14.5 inches tall, rose to $12,500; a Louis XVI-style giltwood carved wall appliqué went for $2,500; and a horse and dog bronze sculpture in the style of Paul Edouard Delabrierre (Fr., 1829-1912) made $3,000. All prices quoted are hammer.


Tiffany Studios window, $71,300, Cottone Auctions
A stunning turn-of-the-century memorial stained glass window from Tiffany Studios titled, Angel of Resurrection, sold for $71,300 at a Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Sept. 26-27 by Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y. Also, a Tiffany Studios Poppy lamp, 24 inches tall with an overlay filigree shade 17 inches in diameter, lit up the room for $69,000; a fine Asian bronze and metal vase with cut glass liner brought $55,200; and a glazed stoneware bird tobacco jar by Martin Brothers rose to $61,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Lou Gehrig signed check, $22,600, Philip Weiss
A two-week paycheck in the amount of $2,198.38 made out to New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig in 1930 and signed by him on the back (and signed on the front by team owner Jacob Ruppert) sold for $22,600 at an auction held Sept. 30 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, four original Peanuts daily comic strips, drawn and signed by the late comic illustrator Charles Schulz, went for a combined $75,000; and a 1929 Kashin R-316 Babe Ruth baseball card signed by the Yankee great made $14,375. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.


Punch cigar store figure, $102,699, Showtime
A 19th century Punch cigar store wood figure, 69.5 inches tall and with a contemporary base, sold for $102,600 at an auction held Oct. 3-5 by Showtime Auction Services (based in Woodhaven, Mich.) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, an 1890 Brunswick, Balke, Collender “Princess” saloon back and front bar with original mahogany finish achieved $79,800; a Republic Tires (“Staggered Tread”) paper sign, one of only four known, made $31,350; and a Campbell's Soup porcelain thermometer hammered for $19,200. Prices include a sliding scale buyer's premium.


Chinese Imperial seal box, $90,000, Gordon S. Converse
A rare antique Chinese carved Imperial seal box fitted with 16 seals of green jade circling a large central Shi-mounted seal sold for $90,000 at an East Meets West Auction held Oct. 3 by Gordon S. Converse & Company in Malvern, Pa. Also, a Qing-era zitan throne chair featuring outstanding carved panels hammered for $30,000; a heavily figured Ming Dynasty lidded jar, 20 inches tall, went for $26,400; and a set of ten Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica reticulated plates, 8.75 inches in diameter, fetched $6,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Winchester Model 1873 rifle, $258,750, James D. Julia
A rare Winchester Model 1873 rifle, 1 of 1,000, sold for $258,750 at a Firearms Auction held Oct. 7-9 at James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a cased Colt #1 Baby Patterson with a 4-inch barrel rang out for $172,500; a Walther Armee Pistole with long barrel and matching magazine, alloy frame and original stock went for $155,250; a Walther Volkspistole all sheet metal SA prototype, 9mm parabellum, made $143,000; and a Boss 410 O/U sidelock ejector single-trigger game gun hammered for $138,000. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Netherlands trial specimen, $9,195, Archives International
A beautiful Netherlands Trading Society $5 color trial specimen sold for $9,195 at an auction held Sept. 27 in Hong Kong, China by Archives International Auctions, LLC, based in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a 36th year (1947) U.S. $5,000 Short Term Treasury Note of the Republic of China (First Issue) realized $1,839; a 1948 Central Bank of China unlisted 250,000 Customs Gold Units specimen essay issue fetched $1,302; and a Commercial Bank of China 1920 $50 specimen banknote knocked down at $3,678. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.


Dorflinger punch set, $132,000, DuMouchelles
A turn-of-the-century, 15-piece Dorflinger Montrose green-to-clear glass punch bowl set sold for $132,000 at an auction held Sept. 12-14 by DuMouchelles in Detroit, Mich. Also, an American brilliant cranberry cut-to-clear glass and Gorham sterling jug finished at $33,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Caille 25-cent roulette machine, $212,500, Victorian / Morphy's
A Caille 25-cent roulette floor machine, made circa 1904, sold for $212,500 at an auction held Sept. 19-21 in Las Vegas, Nev., by Victorian Casino Antiques in the first auction event conducted since the acquisition of VCA by Morphy Auctions in August. Also, a Mills 5-cent Duplex floor wheel machine, circa 1899, realized $108,000; a Mills 5-cent Violano Virtuoso, patented in 1912, hammered for $51,600; and a “Trap the Snake” 3-reel bell slot machine hit $45,000, possibly a record for a 3-reel machine. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Steinway grand piano, $39,975, John Moran
A Louis XVI-style Steinway Model B grand piano, serial # 99,999, painted with a fête galante by Arthur Thomas in 1907, sold for $39,975 at a Fall Decorative Arts Auction held Sept. 23 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a Galle cameo glass vase marking the 1914 Battle of Lorraine brought $11,685; a large Meissen allegorical ewer modeled after “Water” in J.J. Kandler's Four Elements series fetched $9,840; and a pair of large Empire-style patinated bronze candelabra went for $5,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Cameo glass Sphinx lamp, $19,200, John W. Coker
An 18-inch-tall, cameo-glass Sphinx lamp signed “Arsall” on the shade (referring to an early 20th century French designer) sold for $19,200 at an auction held Oct. 18 by John W. Coker Auctions, Ltd., in New Market, Tenn. The lamp was perched atop a finely formed bronze-on-marble base, replicating an elephant and had a domed shade executed in vibrant shades of orange, yellow and terra cotta. The central figure was the Great Sphinx of Giza. The lamp had a pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000. The price includes a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Samuel Robb Indian, $40,625, Doyle New York
A 19th century carved, painted cigar store Indian maiden attributed to Samuel Anderson Robb (1851-1928), 56 inches tall, sold for $40,625 at an American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 1 by Doyle New York in New York City. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Diego Giacometti table, $204,000, Kaminski
A bronze and glass table creation by Diego Giacometti with birds motif titled, Console aux Oiseaux, sold for $204,000 at a Modern and Contemporary Sale held Sept. 7 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a rare Hans Wegner upholstered Peacock chair brought $42,000, a record for the Danish designer; and a tapestry designed by the artist Alexander Calder to celebrate America's bicentennial in 1976 titled, Trois Spirales, rose to $11,400. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.


Picasso work on paper, $38,350, Rachel Davis
A pencil, pastel and gouache on paper by Pablo Picasso titled, Pour Dorothee (1961), sold for $38,350 at an auction held Sept. 20 by Rachel Davis Fine Arts in Cleveland, Oh. Also, a cast porcelain creation by Jeff Koons (Am., b. 1955), titled, Balloon Dog, Red (1995), soared to $14,400. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.


1955 Porsche Speedster, $198,000, Morphy's
A sleek 1955 Porsche Speedster car, one of only around 1,200 Pre-A models made and showing just 49,000 miles on the odometer, sold for $198,000 at an Automobile Auction held Oct. 11 by Morphy's in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1963 Porsche 356B T-8 vroomed away for $121,000; a 1952 Jaguar XK120 sped off for $88,000; a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa hammered for $85,800; a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible in a sable/biscuit color scheme brought $74,800; and a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible made $71,500. Prices include a 10 percent buyer's premium.


John Lennon letter, $28,171, RR Auction
A letter hand-written by ex-Beatle John Lennon to New York broadcasting legend Joe Franklin, in which Lennon makes a case for acceptance of Yoko Ono's music, sold for $28,171 at a Marvels of Modern Music Auction held online from Oct. 16-23 by RR Auction, based in Boston. The letter was written on Apple memorandum letterhead and dated Dec. 13, 1971. Also, a Dee Dee Ramone-owned and stage-used Fender P-bass guitar fetched $37,694; and 1969 stock transfer forms signed by all four Beatles hit $16,377. Prices include a 22.5 percent buyer's premium.


Charles Rohlfs desk, $255,750, Rago Arts
A drop-front desk made by Charles Rohlfs sold for $255,750 at a 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Auction held Oct. 18-19 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a Paul Evans sculpture front cabinet changed hands for $183,750; a Harry Bertoia monumental sculpture screen realized $135,750; a Newcomb College tile frieze finished at $81,250; a Galle table lamp lit up the room for $81,250; and a Tiffany Studios (N.Y.) Dragonfly floor lamp went to a determined bidder for $68,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Robert McCall spacescape, $245,000, Heritage Auction
Robert Theodore McCall's visionary spacescape Earth Orbit 98 (1977) sold for $245,000 at an Illustration Art Signature Auction held Oct. 17-18 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, Chesley Bonestell's primordial painting Beginning of the World (The Earth is Born), the cover image for the Dec. 8, 1952 edition of LIFE magazine, hammered for $197,000; Bonestell's Separation Over the Pacific brought $53,125; and three of six paintings in the auction by Patrick Nagel hit $137,000 each. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


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