Alphonse Mucha poster art,
$120,000, Poster Auctions Int’l
Poster art by French artist Alphonse Mucha, titled The Stars (1902), sold for $120,000 at Rare Posters Auction #84 (LXXXIV), held July 30th by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Goulue et sa Soeur (1892) knocked down for $78,000; Charles Loupot’s St. Raphael (1938) hit $43,200; A. M. Cassandre’s L’Atlantique went for $48,000; Leonetto Cappiello’s Chocolat Klaus (1903) made $20,400; and Roger Broders’ Dunkerque rose to $16,800. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Whiting flatware service,
$9,225, Neue Auctions
A Whiting sterling flatware service in the Lily pattern, 112 pieces, with monograms on most pieces, weighing a total 129.90 oz. troy, sold for $9,225 in an online-only Summer Estates auction held July 24th by Neue Auctions, based in Beachwood, Ohio. Also, a Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft bronze etched credenza with a brass panel top over three pairs of hinged doors hit $5,228; and a Reed and Barton sterling tea service with matching sterling silver tray, pattern 910, finished at $6,765. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
Early Levi jeans from the 1880s,
$10,312, Holabird Western Americana
Fragments of early Levi jeans from the 1880s, unearthed in Eureka, Nevada, the upper parts of two pairs of pants, sold for $10,312 at a Sizzling Summer Western Americana Auction held Aug. 5-9 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, period copies of two photographs of the Apache leader Geronimo surrendering in Arizona in the 1880s fetched $5,125; and an 1830s one-dollar U.S. gold coin struck by Christoph Bechtler in North Carolina brought $7,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
American Flyer boxcar,
$18,975, Weiss Auctions
A rare American Flyer G. Fox & Co. S gauge toy boxcar train, from a limited production set made in 1946, sold for $18,975 in a two-day, online-only Toy & Train auction held Aug. 11-12 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a boxed AC Gilbert 1951 Atomic Energy Lab, an iconic Cold War-era toy packed in a suitcase-style box, fetched $3,600; and a 1982 mint-on-card GI Joe Commando Snake Eyes, 9 Back, series 1 / version 1 action figure by Hasbro made $7,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Two Anglo-Indian teak camel-form occasional tables sold as single lots for $11,340 each ($22,680 total) at a Doyle at Home auction held July 29th by Doyle in New York City. Also, an Indian School late 19th or early 20th century Twelve Scenes from the Ramayana hammered for $16,380; a 1960 painting by the American artist Paul Georges (1923-2002), titled Lisette Nursing, brought $5,355; and a Portrait of Sylvia Sidney by Fletcher Martin (1904-1979) went for $10,080. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Signed Elvis photo,
$19,445, RR Auction
A color, semi-gloss photograph of Elvis Presley, inscribed to Ed Sullivan, “To Mr. Ed Sullivan, My sincere thanks to a great guy, Thanks, Elvis Presley,” sold for $19,445 in an online auction held June 25-July 14 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. It was the same photo that was seen on the Sept. 1956 front cover of TV Guide. Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in September and October 1956, and in January 1957 (waist-up only), for $50,000 for all three performances. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar,
$350,000, Heritage Auctions
A 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst guitar sold for $350,000 at the sale of the Neal Schon vintage guitars collection held July 31st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a six-string Ferrari guitar gaveled for $300,000; a 1959 Gibson ES-335 natural semi-hollow body went for $137,500; a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop solid body realized $131,250; and a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop solid body achieved $125,000. Schohn is a member of the rock group Journey. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Beauford Delaney oil,
$348,000, Case Antiques
A vivid abstract oil on canvas painting by Tennessee-born artist Beauford Delaney sold for $348,000 at a Summer Auction held July 24-25 by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a small limestone sculpture by William Edmondson went for $120,000; a bronze sculpture of embracing man, woman and child by Elizabeth Catlett, titled The Family, hit $33,600; and a “Blue Dog” painting by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue rose to $90,000. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
1933 Double Eagle coin,
$18.9 million, Sotheby’s
A 1933 Double Eagle U.S. $20 gold coin sold for $18.9 million at an auction titled Three Treasures – Collected by Stuart Weitzman held June 8th by Sotheby’s in New York City. It was a new world record for a coin sold at auction. The coin previously sold in 2002 for $7.59 million. Also, a British Guiana one-cent Magenta realized $8.3 million, making it the most valuable stamp in the world; and an inverted Jenny plate block, brought $4.9 million, a record for a U.S. philatelic item. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Billy the Kid kill gun,
$6.03 million, Bonhams
The Colt Single Action revolver used by Sheriff Pat Garrett to kill the 19th century outlaw Billy the Kid on July 14, 1881 at Pete Maxwell’s Ranch in New Mexico sold for $6.03 million at a single-owner sale titled The Early West: The Collection of Jim and Theresa Earle, held August 27th by Bonhams in Los Angeles. It was a world auction record for any firearm. Pat Garrett’s friendship with the Kid, and his subsequent hunt, capture, escape and death, have become the stuff of legend. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
Painting by Frank Sinatra,
$38,400, Potter & Potter
A framed acrylic on canvas painting by Frank Sinatra, a floral themed work signed “Sinatra/89” lower right, sold for $38,400 at a Disneyana & Pop Culture Sale held July 30th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a turn-of-the-century style Disneyland Park mailbox from 1980 rang up $10,200; a maquette of Figment the Dragon from the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot climbed to $10,200; and a framed Walt Disney autograph display with clipped signature made $5,520. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Trae Young rookie card,
$400,980, Goldin Auctions
A Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) rookie basketball card sold for a record $400,980 in a Summer Auction that closed August 7th and 9th by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a Conor McGregor UFC Gold Prizm card gaveled for $27,060; a combination Magic Johnson and Larry Bird rookie card, graded PSA GEM MT 10, went for a record $861,000; a Mickey Mantle rookie card, SGC NM+ 7.5, brought $319,800; and a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth card, PSA NM-MT 8, rose to $344,400. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1882 trade dollar,
An 1882 Proof 66 trade dollar sold for $16,800 at a Coins and Currency auction held July 28th by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pa. Also, in three auctions held the week of July 19th, a Browning Citori superlight over/under grade 6 shotgun rang up more than $4,000; a Colt-Sharps Arms Co. Borchardt falling block single shot rifle hit the mark for $3,180; and a Johnson Automatics Model 1941 semi-automatic rifle went for $5,100. The three auctions combined to gross over $2 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Anna Gunter painting,
$76,200, Shapiro Auctions
A painting by Anna Gunter (Polish, 1933-2013), titled Meeting with the Fiancé (1962), 34 ½ inches by 26 ¾ inches, sold for $76,200 at an International Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry auction held July 31st by Shapiro Auctions in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Also, a 5.03 carat emerald cut diamond ring in a ballerina setting slipped onto a new finger for $50,000; and a painting by Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican, 1904-1957), titled Taylor Gordon, 15 inches by 13 ½ inches, brought $34,925. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1962 Aston Martin DB4GT,
$9.52 million, RM Sotheby’s
A 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, one of only 19 built, sold for $9.52 million at a Monterey Auction held Aug. 12-14 by Sotheby’s in Monterey, Calif. Also, a 1962 Ferrari 268 SP by Fantuzzi and a 1966 Ferrari GTB Competizione both rolled away for $7.7 million each; a 2003 Ferrari Enzo roared off for $3.36 million; a 2012 Lexus LFA Durburgring rang up $1.6 million, a new record for a Japanese road car; and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S finished at $2.095 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Honus Wagner T206 card,
$6.6 million, Robert Edward
A 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $6.6 million at an auction held August 15th by Robert Edward Auctions in Los Angeles. It was the most ever paid for a sports card, eclipsing the $5.2 million paid for a Mickey Mantle card. Fewer than 60 of the T206 Honus Wagner cards are known to exist. Only four are graded higher than the one just sold. According to legend, Wagner insisted the cards be pulled from distribution because they were in cigarette packs and he didn’t smoke. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
Charles M. Russell painting,
$1.7 million, Coeur d’Alene
A 1904 painting by Charles M. Russell titled Roping a Wolf sold for over $1.7 million at a Fine Western & American Art auction held July 31st by the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction in New York City. Several works by Russell, totaling over $3.2 million, changed hands. Also, Philip R. Goodwin’s Hitting the Trail (circa 1910-1920) rose to $453,750, a record for the artist; Edmund H. Osthaus’s Two Hunting Dogs (1891) brought $242,000; and Peter Hurd’s The Eve of St. John hit $157,300. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Evinrude porcelain sign,
$30,750, Route 32 Auctions
An Evinrude porcelain flange sign with excellent gloss and color, rated 8.9, 21 inches by 18 ½ inches, sold for $30,750 at the Iowa Gas Auction held Aug. 5-6 by Route 32 Auctions in Des Moines, Iowa. Also, a Red Hat Wey-Co Gasoline milk glass globe, 14 ½ inches tall on a 4-inch base, rated 9, made $27,060; a Texaco Motor Oil & Gasoline milk glass chimney with the globe in good condition, rated 8.9, 18 inches tall, brought $18,500; and an Aviation Gasoline gas globe hit $19,065. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
Nakashima double dresser,
$17,500, Leland Little Auctions
A walnut double dresser made in the 1960s by George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990) sold for $17,500 at a Modern Art & Design auction held August 19th by Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, N.C. Also, a large Jerga bronze sculpture by Kieff Antonio Grediaga (Canadian, b. 1936) rang up $15,625; a pair of glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), titled Laguna Persians, fetched $9,062; and a painting by Frank Faulkner (American, 1946-2018) made $8,438. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Diane Arbus silver print,
$50,000, Swann Galleries
A silver print of a photograph by Diane Arbus, taken in 1970 and printed in 1972, titled Two Men Dancing at a Drag Ball, NYC, sold for $50,000 at an LGBTQ+ Art, Material Culture & History Auction held August 19th by Swann Galleries in New York City. Also, a colored pencil on paper by Tom of Finland, titled Home – Secured (1982) soared to $87,500, a record for the artist; and an oil on canvas painting by Hugh Steers, titled Gold Fringe (1993), changed hands for $62,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Clementine Hunter work,
$11,875, Slotin Auction
A painting by the legendary American folk artist Clementine Hunter, titled Large Cotton Harvest, sold for $11,875 at a Fun Folk Art, Pottery, Quilts & Paradise Garden fundraiser held Aug. 7-8 by Slotin Auction in Buford, Ga. Also, Ms. Hunter’s Sunday at the Park earned $8,750; Fairy Belle Smith’s African American Quilt made $11,875; Howard Finster’s Trumpeting Angel realized $5,500; Purvis Young’s Horses finished at $5,500; and Mary T. Smith’s Portraits went for $4,875. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.