Just the mention of a Tiffany lamp snaps me to immediate attention. Due to the pandemic, “Antiques Roadshow” has recently featured some up-to-date prices for items valued in the past several years. One of the recent items receiving such an update was an elegant Tiffany Lamp. Back in 1999, two sisters had the lamp from their mom who paid $125 for it several years ago. When it was originally valued in 1999, the lamp was estimated to be worth between $80,000 and $125,000. The updated price from 2014, upped the valuation to between $250,000 and $300,000! That was seven years ago, so I can’t help but wonder what it’s worth today—I’m thinking at least $400,000.
The reason I’m thinking about Tiffany lamps is that Rich Penn Auctions is having a three-day, two site auction beginning on November 12 and lasting until November 14 in Waterloo, Iowa. Among the more than 1,700 lots of items will be a Tiffany lamp. Check out this issue for a full press release about this upcoming auction that includes many famous makers and names. For those who can’t make it, Penn offers multiple bidding options, including absentee, telephone and live bidding online through LiveAuctioneers. Find the links to the online catalog on Penn’s website. Full color catalogues will be available for $40. Prices realized will be posted online. Just contact Rich Penn Auctions at 319-291-6688 to order yours. Go to www.RichPennAuctions.com to register or to preview the auction. Absentee and phone bidding are always welcome. For additional information on this auction contact Rich Penn Auctions at 319-291-6688 or visit www.richpennauctions.com.
And here’s a few more upcoming auctions that are offered either in person, online or both: An historic, antebellum Adams French mansion in Aberdeen, Mississippi is being offered for sale by its sole occupant, Dwight Stevens, the owner of Stevens Auction Company, also in Aberdeen. The selling price is $750,000 (or best offer) and may include (at an additional cost) the many period furnishings that Mr. Stevens installed there since purchasing the home in 2002. The mansion is a magnificent, 7,000-square-foot structure situated on four bucolic acres atop the highest elevated point in town. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. If you need additional information about the mansion or its contents, you may call Dwight Stevens at 662-369-2200; or, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An online-only auction titled Rare Autographs, Photographs & Books is slated for Wednesday, November 10th by University Archives, based in Wilton, Conn. Headlining the 391-lot sale will be a rare Rev War powder horn, an archive of material from Hugh Hefner and documents signed by JFK and Wyatt Earp. The catalog features items signed by, or pertaining to, some of history’s brightest luminaries. Online bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at (203) 454-0111; or, you can email him at email@example.com.
An annual Thanksgiving Antique Auction is slated for Saturday, November 13th, at 10 am Central time, by Stevens Auction Company, online and live at the gallery in Aberdeen, Miss. Expected top lots will include a heavily carved dining room suite attributed to R. J. Horner (estimate: $15,000-$45,000); a palace-size Aubusson rug that cost $40,000 when new (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); and a magnificent pair of two-part, early 20th century Old Paris vases (estimate: $5,000-$15,000). Internet bidding is via LiveaAuctioneers.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Dwight Stevens at (662) 369-2200; or, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big, three-day Important Estates Auction is planned for the weekend of November 12-14 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, online and live at the gallery in New Orleans, La. Headlining the event will be items from the estate of Sarkis Kaltakdjian, the former prominent rug dealer from Baton Rouge, whose nearly three-acre oasis home, which he called Palmira, housed thousands of collectible items ranging from pre-Columbian style pottery to Asian carved jade items and more. Online bidding will be available via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sully Hildebrand at 504-529-5057; or, you can email her at email@example.com.
Poster Auctions International’s Rare Posters Auction #85, is slated for Sunday, November 14th, live in the gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City and online at www.posterauctions.com. The sale features masterpieces and rarities from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary works, suited to a variety of interests and styles. The lithographs and maquettes will be on view to the public, all 490 lots, in the gallery from October 29th thru November 13th. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jessica Adams at 212-787-4000; or, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction is planned for Monday, November 15th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, based in Cranston, R.I. The sale, packed with more than 325 lots, will be headlined by original paintings by renowned Indian artists Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) and B. Prabha (1933-2001). Works by both artists were sold in prior Bruneau & Co. auctions, with successful results. Internet bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com, BidSquare.com, Invaluable.com and bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at (401) 533-9980; or, you can email him at email@example.com.
Have a wonderful Veterans Day and I salute all our service men and women, whether active or past members of our military. Our next issue will be Nov. 23 (just in time for Thanksgiving) and will again be filled with exciting and informative articles all about antiques and postcards. Please keep us in mind with mystery items; young collectors; unusual collections; club and convention news; Auction Action news or any other antiques-related matters. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.