Auctions and sales take us into March!

The following press release was sent to me from Swann Galleries in New York and their vintage poster sale February 13 was the house’s most successful February poster offering in more than 10 years. According to the press release, “A collection of over 350 Puerto Rican posters, showcasing the best of the island’s graphic artists and designers, led the sale at $37,500. Amassed by a studio assistant of Rafael Trufiño, Lorenzo Homar and José Rosa, ‘the archive was one of the most items in the sale, representing almost half a century’s worth of graphic design from Puerto Rico and garnering more interest than any other item in the sale,’ noted Nicholas D. Lowry, the house’s president and director of vintage posters. Nine Mucha designs earned spots in the top 20 lots. Highlights included The Flowers, a group of three decorative panels, 1898, which earned $18,200; Cycles Perfecta, 1897, saw $13,750; and Lance Parfum “Rodo, 1896, brought a record for the poster at $10,000.  Arnost Hofbauer proved successful with all three of the artist’s posters on offer achieving records: Hana Kvapilova Recitace, 1899, set the record for the artist at $8,125, while II. Vystava Spolki “Manes” / Topicuv Salon, 1898, and Topicuv Salon, 1898, set records for the posters at $6,750 and $5,750, respectively. Also of note was Georges de Feure’s Le Journal des Ventes, 1898—the image with rare text brought $11,250. Further records featured Pan-American Exposition / Niagara, 1901, by Evelyn Rumsey Cary, and Chicago / New York Central Lines, 1929, by Leslie Ragan—both won by institutions. Cary’s American Art Nouveau image, based on the artist’s painting Spirit of Niagara, set a record for Cary at $11,250; while Ragan’s first poster for the New York Central Lines earned a record for the image at $8,125. Additional highlights included Dwight Clark Shepler’s advertisement for skiing in Sun Valley ($10,625); Walter L. Green’s New York Central Line image for travel to Storm King ($7,250); and Aryeh El-Hanani’s The Palestine Exhibition Vienna / XIV Zionist Congress, 1925 ($6,250). The next auction from the Vintage Posters department at Swann will be Graphic Design on May 7. Visit or download the Swann Galleries App for catalogues, bidding and inquiries.”

Here’s some upcoming auctions I’ve received e-mails for in the next coming weeks, and please note the first two auctions are tomorrow, Feb. 26:

An Estate Treasures Auction featuring property from the estate of Judith Applegate of Princeton, N.J., is slated for Wednesday, February 26th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Bloomfield, N.J., starting promptly at 10 am Eastern time. Judith Applegate was well-known in the museum field, auction and art worlds and her collection is the quintessential traditional English country house collection. Online bidding is available via and the Nye & Co. website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye or Andrew Holter at 973-984-6900; or via email at or

An online-only auction is Wednesday, Feb. 26, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. Offered will be 288 lots in many collecting categories, to include typewriters owned and used by Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac, plus items relating to music legend Tchaikovsky, magician Houdini and aviation. The major categories include business, finance and invention; music and entertainment; and presidential items, from Washington to Obama. Online bidding will be via and Information about this auction is with John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, you can email him at

A live-only auction (no Internet bidding) is planned for Sunday, March 8th by Ponder's Auctions, in the gallery at 1504 South Leslie Street in Stuttgart, Arkansas, not far from Little Rock, starting at 10 am Central time. The sale is packed with over 1,000 lots of quality merchandise -- much of it coming by way of container and trailer loads from France, England and Massachusetts, plus over 100 hand-made rugs from New York. Up for bid will be fine furniture pieces from France, American-made antique furniture by makers such as Meeks and Belter, clocks, mirrors and decorative accessories. A gallery preview will be held on March 7th. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call J. E. Ponder at 870-672-1731; or, you can email him at

Woody Auction's first live auction of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, online and at the gallery in Douglass, Kansas. The auction has rapidly developed into a major, must-attend event for collectors, with nearly 500 quality lots set to be offered to the highest bidder without reserves. Featured will be important collections of Wave Crest and other C.F. Monroe pieces; biscuit jars, including Royal Flemish and Mt. Washington items; art glass (to include an outstanding Emile Galle marquetry vase) and furniture. Internet bidding is via If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jason Woody at 316-747-2694; or, you can email him at

Our next publication date is March 10 and will bring our readers interesting articles focused on antiques and collecting. Have a wonderful couple of weeks shopping and bidding at many of the auctions and sales that are coming soon. Please contact us with Auction Action news; unusual collections; club and convention news; mystery items and any other antiques-related matters. We can be reached at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.