Marvel Mystery Comics #9,
$40,00 Bruneau & Co.
A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, sold for $40,000 at a Spring Comic, Toy & Sports auction held May 21st by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), graded CGC 2.0, realized $18,750; a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), graded CGC 1.8, brought $10,938; and a “Madame” puppet used by entertainer Wayland Flowers made $7,812. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1971 Chevrolet Impala,
A 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that had been sitting, undriven, in a heated garage for 30 years sold for $31,250 at a two-session estate auction held May 21st by EstateOfMind in Middletown, N.Y. Also, a Louis Vuitton trunk found a new owner for $6,562; a pair of 19th or 20th century Italian Carrara marble guardian angels, 40 inches tall, finished at $6,250; and a 1945 painting of a World War II float plane, with clouds, by Eric Sloane (N.Y./Conn., 1905-1985), gaveled for $4,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Sam Gilliam collage,
$67,650, Neue Auctions
An abstract acrylic on canvas collage and enamel on aluminum by African American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), titled Pantheon #5, sold for $67,650 in an online-only May Modern auction held May 28th by Neue Auctions in Beachwood, Ohio. Also, a paper collage (not a print) by Victor Vasarely (French/Hungarian, 1906-1997), titled Kontosch-C, gaveled for $15,990; and a bronze sculpture by Clement Meadmore (Australian/American, 1929-2005), titled Open End (1984), hit $10,455. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
288-pound meteorite found in China,
$4,125, Holabird Western Americana
A 288-pound iron-nickel meteorite found in China in 1958 and believed to have fallen to Earth in 1516 A.D. sold for $4,125 at a Minerals Galore & Western Americana auction held June 2-5 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, a Wells Fargo Company (Omaha, Neb.) stock certificate #647 for 100 shares, issued in 1870 to Henry Wells, one of the co-founders of American Express, hit $2,875; and a U.S. commemoratives stamp album (1900-1975) brought $3,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1959 Corvette convertible,
CA$82,600, Miller & Miller
A powder blue, fully restored 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sold for $82,600 in an online-only Petroliana, Railroadiana & Advertising auction held June 18th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a Canadian Red Indian Aviation Motor Oil sign from the 1930s changed hands for $47,200; a restored 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe convertible sedan hit $32,450; and a restored 1972 GMC 1500 Custom pick-up truck rose to $30,680. Prices are in Canadian dollars and include the buyer’s premium.
Boba Fett L-slot prototype,
$236,000, Hake’s Auctions
A Boba Fett L-slot rocket-firing prototype action figure, predecessor to the Boba Fett figure in Kenner’s popular 1979 Star Wars toy line, 3 ¾ inches tall, sold for a world record price of $236,000 at a Star Wars Special Event Auction held June 2nd by Hake’s Auctions in York, Pa. Also, a 1978 Star Wars 2 ¼ inch Jawa 12 Back-A action figure with vinyl cape rose to $40,887; and a Hungarian bootleg Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure, AFA 50 Q-VG, went for a record price of $20,768. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
17-star United States flag,
$46,740, Morphy Auctions
A 17-star, 17-stripe U.S. flag from descendants of American naval hero Stephen Decatur Jr. (1779-1820), who famously risked his life to avenge the death of his brother, Lt. James Decatur, following an 1804 U.S. attack on Barbary pirates’ ships in Tripoli harbor, dating 1804-1812, sold for $46,740 at an Early Arms, Militaria & Extraordinary Firearms auction held May 17-18 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. The flag coincides with Decatur’s service time in the US Navy. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
$765,000, Heritage Auctions
A gold Omega Speedmaster wristwatch, No. 19, one of only 28 made and presented to Apollo 11 moon mission astronaut Michael Collins, circa 1969, sold for $765,000 at a Fine Watches & Timepieces Signature Auction held June 1st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph “Paul Newman” panda dial chronograph, Ref. 6263, circa 1971, hit $250,000; and a Kari Voutilaunen platinum wristwatch with retrograde date, No. 8/10, finished at $112,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Copy, unburnable book,
A one-of-a-kind, unburnable copy of Margaret Atwood’s celebrated novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, sold for $130,000 in an online auction ending June 7th by Sotheby’s in New York City. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to benefit PEN America, created in partnership with Penguin Random House to combat the proliferation of book banning and educational gag orders in America’s schools nationwide. That’s Ms. Atwood herself in the photo, “testing” a prototype of the book with a flamethrower.
Luke Skywalker figure,
$100,252, LCG Auctions
A Star Wars 1978 “Double Telescoping” Luke Skywalker production action figure, graded AFA 90, one of only two examples graded at that level, sold for $100,252 at a Spring Premier Auction held June 12th by LCG Auctions in New Orleans, La. Also, a 1984 Soundwave Transformer graded AFA 85+ settled at $20,713; a 1985 Star Wars Yak Face figure graded AFA 85 reached $22,206; and a G.I. Joe Dreadnok Ground Assault vehicle went to a determined bidder for $9,418. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Egyptian mummy mask,
An Egyptian gilt cartonnage mummy mask sold for $175,000 at an Antiquities & Ancient Art: A Study auction held May 26th by Hindman in Chicago. Also, an Egyptian bronze cat, cast in bronze and depicted in a conventional seated position, realized $125,000; a faience female figure rang up $107,500; a Roman marble portrait head of Antisthenes commanded $100,000; and two Cycladic marble sculptures depicting female figures hammered for $81,250 and $31,250 respectively. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Fern Coppedge work,
A large-scale view of Lambertville by Philadelphia Impressionist Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951), titled Winter Decoration, sold for $252,000 at an American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction held June 6th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Saturday Evening Post cover illustration by Sarah S. Weber (1878-1939), titled Three of Us, reached $119,700; and a striking portrait by Emma Fordyce MacRae (1887-1974), titled Melina in Green, changed hands for $63,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
M. C. Escher print,
An iconic 1938 print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, titled Day and Night, depicting tessellation (the tiling of a plane), sold for $59,850 at a Modern & Contemporary Furniture, Art & Design auction held June 8th by Doyle in New York City. Also, two works by Sharon Ellis, titled Air and Fire, both from 2002, went for $47,250 and $31,500, respectively; and a walnut cabinet by George Nakashima, featuring a live edge and three pandamus cloth sliding doors, realized $40,950. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Saltillo Revival serape,
$10,625, John Moran
A late 19th or early 20th century Chimayo/Saltillo Revival serape textile sold for $10,625 at an Art of the American West auction held May 24th by John Moran Auctioneers in Los Angeles. Also, a Santa Clara Pueblo black ware vessel by Nancy Youngblood (b. 1955) climbed to $5,525; an early 20th century (Diné) Navajo double saddle blanket settled at $4,875; and a mid-20th century hand-tooled saddle and bridle by D. Hulbert (Arboles, Colo.) changed hands for $4,375. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Movie prop, The Matrix,
$78,000, Potter & Potter
A lightning rifle prop from the movie The Matrix, 18 inches long, made out of resin, rubber and foam, sold for $78,000 at a sale titled Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection held May 12th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a 43-inch Nebuchadnezzar concept maquette from The Matrix, the hovercraft captained by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in two Matrix movies, made $36,000; and a Sentinel autonomous machine concept maquette from The Matrix hit $14,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Japanese repro ink drawings,
$225,000, Roland Auctions NY
A set of eight Japanese reproduction ink drawings sold for $225,000 at a sale of Asian art, Asian decorative items and antiquities held May 20-21 by Roland Auctions NY in Glen Cove, L.I., N.Y. Also, an Imperial pale celadon Mei Ping vase from the Yun Chen period soared to $187,500; a peach-shaped Chinese cinnabar-lacquered bridal box from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) achieved $125,000; and a chinoiserie harpsichord, crafted circa 1689, played a sweet tune for $68,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Richard Prince collage,
$687,500, Abell Auction
An Untitled (Kate Moss), unsigned acrylic and printed paper collage on canvas from 2008 by Richard Prince (b. 1949), 89 inches by 109 inches, sold for $687,500 at an auction held May 22nd by Abell Auction in Los Angeles. Also, a drawing by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), titled The Checker Game, one of four Rockwells in the auction, brought $30,000; a 1948 Desoto car sped away for $39,600; and an Untitled (The Window) 1966 paper collage by Betye Saar (b. 1926) made $162,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Edgar A. Poe signed letter,
$154,958, RR Auction
A rare Edgar Allan Poe letter signed and dated Aug. 24, 1846, in which he offers his condolences to a fellow writer, sold for $154,958 in an online auction held April 15-April 22 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, a George S. Patton typed manuscript and letter, discussing combat, its history and its cause hit the mark for $29,475; a John Lennon typed letter with a self-portrait sketch went for $24,129; and a Mary Blair concept painting of Alice from Alice in Wonderland made $22,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Raimonds Staprans oil,
$187,500, Clars Auction
An oil on canvas painting by Raimonds Staprans (American/Latvian, b. 1926), titled Blue Boats (1990), sold for $187,500 at a Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction held June 17th by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil on canvas painting by Leonor Fini (Argentine/French, 1908-1996), titled Zorniga (1959), also earned $187,500; and a screenprint in colors on peche soleil signed by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), titled Pumpkin (1983), fetched $87,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Babe Ruth rookie card,
A 1916 Babe Ruth blank back #151 rookie card sold for $244,489 in a Spring Classic Auction that ended June 11th by Leland’s Auctions in New York City. Also, a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady autographed rookie card graded BGS NM 7 fetched $513,102; LeBron James’s first-ever Los Angeles Lakers 75th anniversary “City Edition” game worn jersey from Dec. 3, 2021 brought $120,076; and a Michael Jordan signed 1986 Fleer rookie card hit $70,940. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Waltham pocket watch,
$100,000, Jones & Horan
A Waltham pocket watch, Crystal Plate, serial #12, model 1872, with free-sprung balance and original display case, sold for $100,000 in a four-hour sale of watches, coins and jewelry held May 1st by Jones & Horan in Manchester, N.H. Also, a 1961 Patek Philippe “Antimagnetic” wristwatch with the original midcentury cases made $39,000; a Charles Oudin pocket watch with cloisonné case brought $18,500; and a Rolex Oyster “Panda” Daytona watch finished at $40,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of a buyer’s premium.