By Ken Hall
An iconic 1907 lithographic image of legendary Wild West figure Buffalo Bill Cody by Courier, measuring 28 inches by 42 inches, sold for $18,975 at an auction held Apr. 20 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a poster for P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth & London Circus gaveled for $9,775; an original 1930s Pennsylvania Railroad poster promoting Atlantic City — America’s All-Year Resort realized $5,463; and a rare German Courier poster for the Barnum and Bailey Circus (circa 1890s) hit $4,255. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
An early 20th century South African color trial specimen banknote in a 20-pound denomination, printed in blue with gold underprint and in Choice AU condition, sold for $10,620 at an auction held Apr. 16 by Archives International Auctions, based in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a 1918 Australian 10-Shilling issued banknote, one of only five known, climbed to $7,080; a 1930 issued banknote from the Bahamas in Choice VF35 condition realized $5,610; and an unusual 1919 Kingdom of Yugoslavian 10 Dinara note hit $5,190. Prices include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
A large hand-painted Chinese porcelain plaque showing a flowering tree sold for $6,329 at a multi-estate auction held Mar. 22-23 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, N.C. Also, a late 19th century Swiss cylinder music box in good working condition changed hands for $2,300; a pair of European Majolica floor urns, 48 inches tall, breezed to $2,185; a figural peacock lamp, made in Austria with a brass body and beadwork shade, hit $1,150; and a Libbey cut glass oval ice cream tray made $4,025. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A 7th Michigan Cavalry grouping of the last Commander of Gen. George Custer’s original Civil War Regiment, including a gold Custer Valor Medal authorized only by Custer for recipients in his Michigan brigade, plus a piece of the Appomattox surrender flag, sold for $184,000 at a Firearms Auction held Mar. 11-12 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a gold inlaid Parker A1 Special 16 gage shotgun made $178,250; and the Dodge Winchester 86 and Savage 1899 brought a combined $477,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A Handel reverse painted 18-inch lamp shade with a Venetian Harbor scene, signed and numbered, sold for $11,212 at an auction held Mar. 3 by White’s Auctions in Middleboro, Mass. Also, an 8-inch Ives Palace still bank, circa 1885 by I.B. & Co., in original condition, garnered $6,900; a rare 15th century Italian carved ivory marriage casket box realized $5,750; a circa 1880 Charles Dare carved carousel horse hopped off for $7,130; and historical papers of Civil War General Philip Kearney went for $7,849. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A carved jade lotus form bowl sold for $230,500 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Mar. 24-26 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a painting by Chinese artist Zhao Shao’ang went to a determined bidder for $86,500 (it had been purchased by the consignor at the artist’s studio in 1967); a pair of carved white jade quail boxes bearing imperial Qianlong marks hit $92,500; and a jade and wood hat stand carved with scrolling clouds surprised the audience early in the sale when it fetched $116,500. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
The Princie Diamond — a cushion-cut fancy intense pink Golconda diamond of 34.65 carats — sold for $39.323 million at a sale of Magnificent Jewels held Apr. 16 by Christie’s in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a Golconda diamond and the most expensive diamond ever sold at Christie’s and in the United States. Also, a rectangular-cut D color VVS1 diamond of 30.32 carats went for $4.436 million; and a marquise-cut D color WS2 diamond ring of 23.30 carats by Harry Winston hit $3.260 million. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium
A monumental 19th century silvered-bronze figural centerpiece sold for $54,000 at an Antiques & Fine Arts Auction held Mar. 12 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, an original oil on canvas painting by Austrian artist Hans Zatzka brought $30,000; a diminutive set of tea accessories crafted by Russian artisan Maria Semenova hammered for $14,400; an elaborately carved Chinese hardwood table breezed to $8,400; and a Venice canal scene by French painter Antoine Bouvard went for $10,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A bronze and glass console table by Diego Giacometti sold for $1.762 million at a Doyle + Design Auction held Apr. 8 by Doyle New York in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a work by Giacometti. The circa 1975 console, titled Chevreuil, Biche et Bambi, is a one-of-a-kind piece that was commissioned from Giacometti by French fashion designer Serge Matta, the brother of Surrealist painter Robert Matta. It depicts a bucolic scene of a buck, doe and fawn interspersed with pine trees. The price includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
An early 20th century fine Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette clock by Cartier sold for $174,000 at a Fine Jewelry Auction held Mar. 12 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a natural pearl necklace hammered for $120,000; a gray natural pearl and diamond pendant made $78,000; an emerald intaglio and Burma sapphire brooch went for $50,400; a 6.04-carat diamond solitaire fetched $49,200; and a colored diamond and diamond pendant with old European-cut colored diamonds (7.20 carats) hit $36,000. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer’s premium.
An Eastern Plains three-bladed knife club sold for $180,000 at an American Indian and Western Art Auction held Apr. 5 by Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, a Metis quilled hide knife sheath with Dag knife went for $90,000; a Central Plains bear claw necklace slipped around a new neck for $60,000; an Eastern Sioux painted and tacked gun stock club also realized $60,000; a Southern Cheyenne pictorial pipe tomahawk fetched $40,800; and a Cheyenne beaded buffalo hide cradle also made $48,000. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.
A George Nakashima free-edge desk sold for $10,030 at a 20th Century Design Auction held Apr. 6 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a large-scale, multicolored, handwoven abstract design tapestry, about 9 feet by 16 feet, coasted to $7,080; a pair of Nakashima grass seat foot stools realized $2,655 for the pair; a Nakashima free-edge side table brought $2,360; a massive bronze bell by Paolo Soleri commanded $2,360; and a pair of Peter Hvidt high boy dressers knocked down at $1,121 and $1,298. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
A miniature 4 inch by 7 inch painting of bluebonnets by Julian Onderdonk sold for $15,600 at a Fine Art & Décor Sale held Mar. 9-10 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, a river landscape attributed to the Hudson River School and signed Worthington Whittredge rose to $13,455; a portrait painted on KPM porcelain in the style of Joseph Coomans fetched $12,000; an early 19th century grandfather clock realized $11,115; and a pair of 15th or 16th century French Limoges candlesticks went for $7,650. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
A massive six-sheet poster (81 inches by 81 inches) for the iconic movie Casablanca, one of just two copies known, sold for $107,550 at a Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction held Mar. 23-24 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a one-sheet for MGM’s 1932 classic Tarzan and the Ape Man reached $65,725; a poster for D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic Birth of a Nation made $47,800; a lobby card for 1931’s Frankenstein brought $38,837; and a reissue one-sheet on linen for RKO’s King Kong hit $35,850. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.
An oil on canvas painting titled River Landscape, signed “T. Doughty,” sold for $14,950 at an estate auction held Apr. 7 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a copper and zinc horse and sulky vane brought $12,650; a Schoharie paint-decorated blanket box hit $11,500; a Ralph Blakelock mixed media on cardboard commanded $6,325; a 2001 Steinway piano, Model K52 vertical, played a sweet tune for $6,325; an early 19th century cast-iron Dalmatian made $3,500; and a copper cow weather vane rose to $5,463. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A rare circa 1825 N. Clark & Co. (Nathan Clark, Athens, N.Y.) six-gallon salt glazed stoneware butter churn, decorated with large cobalt deer and tree, sold for $19,500 at an auction held Mar. 23 by Rhonda’s Auctions & Event Center in East Bloomfield, N.Y. Also, a Warne & Letts (South Amboy, N.J.) crock with coddle decoration realized $250; three yellow ware bowls with seaweed decoration rose to $360; a watercolor by H. Brooke Levering brought $400; and a watercolor by Charles Gruppe made $225. Prices are exclusive of a buyer’s premium.
A large Shearwater Pottery vase decorated by Walter Anderson sold for $31,980 at an auction held Apr. 19-21 by New Orleans Auction Galleries in New Orleans, La. Also, an oil on canvas by William Tolliver, titled Man in Blue, Playing a Guitar, made $23,370; Pedro Friedeberg’s giltwood Hand Chair went for $17,835; a 14kt white gold and diamond necklace realized $20,910; and a book titled Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles, by William Faulkner and William Spratling, brought $16,605. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
A 1962 color linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso titled Tete de Femme (Portrait Stylise de Jacqueline) sold for $48,000 at a sale of 19th and 20th Century Prints & Drawings held Mar. 7 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Another color linoleum cut by Picasso, executed in 1962 and titled Nature Morte a la Pasteque, went for $26,400; Benton Spruance’s 1943 lithograph titled Riders of the Apocalypse hit $45,600; and Sonia Delaunay’s watercolor and gouache painting Rayonist Composition made $43,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
A rare, 18th century flag of the United States with just 13 stars sold for $212,500 at a sale of American Furniture, Folk Art & Decorative Arts held Apr. 18 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia, Pa. The flag was made and used at a time when the nation comprised just 13 states. It is believed to be the most ever paid for a flag of its kind at auction. It was also the third time in the last 18 months that a flag realized a record auction price at Freeman’s. Also, a 1904 St. Louis Olympics participation medal made $31,300. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A jewel-encrusted Mughal dagger sold for $93,750 at a Great Estate Sale held in April by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, an abstract painting of figures by Walter Battiss went for $16,250; a Chinese porcelain screen topped out at $13,750; Tsar Nicholas I commemorative glasses coasted to $13,750; a Thai stone Buddha head (Angkor Province) changed hands for $11,250; two self-portraits by Katharine Houghton brought $10,000; and two 19th century city engravings knocked down at $8,750. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
A 1963 ZO6 Chevrolet Corvette coupe roared off for $260,000 at a Cruisin’ Nocona in North Texas Auction held Apr. 20 in Nocona, Tex., by Vicari Auction, based in Harvey, La. Also, a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sped away for $150,000; a powder blue 1954 Buick Skylark convertible changed hands for $100,000; a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible went to a determined bidder for $95,000; and a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, with insane tail fins, hit $81,000. The sale grossed $2.6 million. Prices do not include the 8 percent buyer’s premium.