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

by Ken Hall
Updated October 2014

Titanic chessboard, $16,385, Philip Weiss
A chessboard made from actual wood retrieved from the doomed ocean liner RMS Titanic in 1912 sold for $16,385 at an auction held July 23 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a block of 15 unused tickets to the Beatles' last concert performance in the United States at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966 (it did not sell out) realized $12,000; and a first-edition copy of Ernest Hemingway's book The Old Man and the Sea, inscribed and signed by the author, changed hands for $3,220. Prices include a 13 percent buyer's premium.

1900 Coca-Cola calendar, $210,000, Morphy Auctions
A 1900 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint-plus condition with an image of model and actress Hilda Clark, the first beauty to appear in Coke's ads, sold for $210,000 at an Advertising & Coin-Op Auction held Aug. 22-24 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Mills Double Dewey upright slot machine, 5/25 cents, with original music, garnered $114,000; an 1896 Coca-Cola calendar in a shadow box with gilt frame made $105,000; and a Pepsi-Cola Art Nouveau china soda fountain syrup urn went for $69,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

The Phantom movie poster, $203,150, Heritage Auctions
A rare original one-sheet poster for the 1925 horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, one of only four known, sold for $203,150 at a Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction held July 19-20 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a Charlie Chaplin six-sheet for Sunnyside (1919) rose to $71,700; an insert for the cinematic masterpiece Casablanca (1942) went for $83,650; a German poster for the unnerving 1931 classic M realized $50,787; and a large Italian foglio for the film La Dolce Vita made $47,800. Prices include a 19.5% buyer's premium.

Wedgwood Dragon King vase, $74,062, James D. Julia, Inc.
A Wedgwood Dragon King vase, the largest piece of Fairyland Lustre Wedgwood ever made, sold for $74,062 at a Glass & Lamp Auction held June 11-12 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a Tiffany table lamp with richly colored poppies having striated orange petals and applied bronze centers against a bed of leaves on a mottled green and yellow background, all on a gold dore base, went for $41,475; and a pair of Moser decorated ewers with overall applied and enameled parrot decoration hit $20,737. Prices include an 18.5% buyer's premium.

Louis Apol oil painting, $16,000, Richard D. Hatch
A 45 inch by 32 inch winter landscape original oil painting in a period gilt frame by Dutch artist Louis Franciscus Hendrik Apol (1850-1936) sold for $16,000 at an auction held May 23-24 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, N.C. Also, a Rolex 18kt gold ladies' President wristwatch with diamond number indicators and a mother-of-pearl dial changed hands for $4,000; and a pair of 1830 French dueling pistols, gold inlay by Lered W. Proze, numbered 1 and 2, went to a determined bidder for $1,400. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer's premium.

Indian princess figure, $92,250, Skinner, Inc.
A carved Indian princess tobacconist figure by Samuel Robb sold for $92,250 at an Americana Auction held Aug. 9-10 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a carved Punch tobacconist figure rose to $79,950; a life-size Black Forest walnut bear also brought $79,950; a quirky composition statue of a scantily-clad woman with full-body tattoos called, “Battleship Kate,” changed hands for $28,290; and a painted folk art Parcheesi board and a folk art game board both fetched more than $30,000 after spirited bidding. Prices include a 23% buyer's premium.

World War I poster, $18,750, Swann Auction
A poster from World War I by H. R. Hopps titled, Destroy This Mad Brute / Enlist (circa 1917), sold for $18,750 at a Vintage Posters Auction held Aug. 6 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a poster by Alphonse Mucha titled, JOB (1896), commanded $21,250; Mucha's decorative four-panel work The Seasons achieved $11,250; James Montgomery Flagg's Wake Up America Day (1917) fetched $8,750; and Howard Chandler's If You Want to Fight / Join the Marines (1915) went for $7,680. Prices include a 25% buyer's premium.

Olympic gold medal, $67,642, Grey Flannel
An Olympic gold medal, won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia by Vin Baker of the Team USA basketball team, sold for $67,642 in an auction that closed on Aug. 20 and was held by Grey Flannel Auctions. The medal received a total of just four bids. Price includes a buyer's premium.

Wizard of Oz concept art, $45,625, Heritage Auctions
A pair of pre-production concept paintings from the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz sold for a combined $45,625 at an Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction held Aug. 23 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a Lansky Brothers leather coat owned and worn by Elvis Presley hammered for $35,000; and a 1976 Harley-Davidson Model FLH motorcycle previously owned by Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx of the metal band Motley Crue and designed by a mechanic for the Hell's Angels hit $32,500. Prices include a 25% buyer's premium.

Three sterling sculptures, $18,368, Crescent City
Three early 20th century Continental sterling sculptures of jousting knights on horseback (one shown), with ivory faces and decorated with cabochon agate stones, sold for $18,368 at an Estates Auction held July 26-27 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a small Russian icon (circa 1898-1908, St. Petersburg) of The Virgin of Kazan, in a sterling and enamel riza by Nicolay Kemper, made $13,035; and a 20th century contemporary alligator motif low table, signed R. Ferguson, hit $7,110. Prices include an 18.5% buyer's premium.

Scottish Moor pitcher, $4,888, Jeffrey S. Evans
An unusual Scottish Moor-pattern amethyst opalescent glass water pitcher, dated to around 1890 and possibly made by the West Virginia Glass Company, sold for $4,888 at an Art & Victorian Glass Auction held July 26 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Va. Also, a set of seven Continental two-color cut overlay Rhine Wine glasses rose to Vaseline (uranium) bowls, each with Strawberry Diamond and Ellipse design, possibly made by Baccarat or St. Luis, France, gaveled for $2,300. Prices include a 15% buyer's premium.

“Shang” Wheeler black duck, $115,000, Guyette & Deeter
A “presentation” black duck by “Shang” Wheeler sold for $115,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 29-30 by Guyette & Deeter (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a “dust jacket”-style plover by Elmer Crowell soared to $109,250; a “pinch breasted” 1932 model pintail from an old California collection breezed to$77,625; a pair of mergansers by Oscar Bibber realized $69,000; and a rare dowitcher by John Dilley changed hands for $57,500. Prices include a 15% buyer's premium.

Pair of Bohemian decanters, $44,400, Kaminski Auctions
A pair of Bohemian decanters of uranium/Vaseline coloring, opaque glass with gilt decoration, sold for $44,400 at one of two Summer Auctions held July 13 and 27 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, another pair of Bohemian decanters, featuring an image of Zill al-Sultan (“Shadow of the King,” the Qajar prince who ruled Iran's capital, 1874-1907), fetched $18,000; and a 21-inch bronze of a nude woman on a marble base titled, Crest of the Wave, by Harriet W. Frishmuth (Am., 1880-1980), hit $26,400. Prices include a 20% buyer's premium.

Anatole Vely painting, $22,800, John Moran
A painting by the French artist Anatole Vely titled, La Reveil du Coeur (“The Awakening of the Heart”), sold for $22,800 at an Antiques & Fine Arts Auction held July 22 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a pair of Maison Millet Napoleon III ormolu-mounted marble urns coasted to $14,400; a gilt bronze-mounted Louis XV style bureau plait gaveled for $13,200; an American pottery piece by Harrison McIntosh fetched $4,200; and a carved oak grande sonnerie bracket clock chimed on time for $3,000. Prices include a 20% buyer's premium.

Parker Brothers shotgun, $60,000, Sanford Alderfer
A Parker Brothers AHE grade side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 28 gauge, with 26-inch barrels, sold for $60,000 at a Firearms Auction held July 15 by the Sanford Alderfer Companies in Hatfield, Pa. Also, an L.C. Smith Crown grade side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 20 gauge, with 26-inch barrels, rang out at $22,800; a Winchester Model 21 grade 6 side-by-side double-barrel shotgun, 12 gauge, with 28-inch vent rib barrels, hit the mark for $22,800; and a Parker Brothers DHE grade 20 gauge shotgun made $12,000. Prices include a 20% buyer's premium.

Case, French wine, $48,222, Sotheby's
A case (12 bottles) of 1990 vintage Chateau Petrus French wine sold for $48,222 at a Finest & Rarest Wines Auction held July 16-17 by Sotheby's in London, England. Also, a case assortment (12 bottles) of 1990 vintage Domaine de la Romanee-Conti French wine also garnered $48,222; a half-case (6 bottles) of 2000 vintage Chateau Petrus went for $25,116; a case (12 bottles) of 1982 vintage Chateau Latour climbed to $23,106; and eight magnum bottles of 2000 vintage Carre d'As sold as one lot for $22,102. Prices include a 25% buyer's premium.

Yayoi Kusama work, $269,000, Christie's
A gouache and pastel on paper work executed in 1957 by Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) titled, Nets, sold for $269,000 at a Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction held July 24 by Christie's in New York. Also, an oil on canvas by Alice Neel (1900-1984) titled, Portrait of Vivien Leone (1983), topped out at $209,000; an oil on canvas by Milton Resnick (1917-2004) titled, Unity (1960), realized $149,000; and a ten elements / magnesium and tin work by Carl Andre (b. 1935) titled, 4 mg Hexatin, changed hands for $118,750. Prices include a 20% buyer's premium.

Suzanne Valadon painting, $44,840, Kodner Galleries
An original oil-on-canvas painting by Suzanne Valadon titled, Vase de Fleurs, sold for $44,840 at an auction held Aug. 6 by Kodner Galleries in Dania Beach, Fla. Also, a 9-carat emerald and diamond ring slipped on a new finger for $30,680; an oil-on-panel work by Louis Valtat titled, Pommes a la Draperie Bleu, fetched $22,420; an oil on canvas by Dietz Edzard titled, Concert aux Sablettes, rose to $11,800; and a bronze Egyptian figure by French sculptor Emile Picault went to a determined bidder for $10,600. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Pair of Chinese foo dogs, $14,950, William J. Jenack
A pair of Chinese carved marble foo dogs sold for $7,475 each (or a combined $14,950) at an auction held Aug. 10 by William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, N.Y. Also, one lot consisting of six ancient Roman coins hammered for $1,000; a Chinese blue and white covered jar changed hands for $4,600; an ancient Roman Emperor Vitellis denarius brought $690; a bronze Dhyani Buddha fetched $978; and a Macedonian Philip II tetradracrum (circa 359-336 BC) went to a determined bidder for $1,150. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.

Six hanging scrolls, $25,960, Michaan's
A set of six Chinese hanging scrolls of calligraphy brushwork attributed to Yu Youren sold for $25,960 at an Estates Auction held Aug. 3 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a painted Buddhist scripture on silk crossed the block for $7,080; two Asian famille rose vases depicting birds and beauties hammered for $4,130; a Mid-Century Modern classic Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair with ottoman fetched $7,670; and a pair of jade, diamond and white gold earrings with Mason Kay Report hit $6,490. Prices include a 17% buyer's premium.

Kashmir sapphire ring, $129,800, Michaan's
A-3.70 carat natural, certified sapphire stone in a deep royal blue hue, held in a diamond and platinum ring, sold for $129,800 at a Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction held June 6 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a 5.19-carat fancy yellow diamond ring hammered for $76,700; a Rolex 6234 Pre-Daytona model watch fetched $18,880; a Shreve & Co. Patek Philippe pocket watch realized $18,880; and an oil painting by David William Simpson titled, Four Rainbows #4, made $10,620. Prices include a 17% buyer's premium.



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