Pokémon promo card,
$224,250, Weiss Auctions
A Nintendo Pokémon “Pikachu Illustrator” trainer promotional hologram trading card, graded in Mint 9 condition and given to a winner at the 1998 CoroCoro Comic illustration contest in Japan, soared to $224,250 at an auction held October 23rd by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, the complete five-volume set of Science Fiction Magazine #1-5, including The Reign of Superman (1933-1934), a Superman rarity by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, went for $44,070. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Percival Rousseau oil,
An oil on canvas painting by Percival Rousseau (American, 1859-1937), titled Pointers on the Hunt (1927), signed and dated, 23 inches by 32 ¼ inches, earned $100,000 at a Fall Fine Art Auction held October 24th by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, an oil on canvas by John George Brown (American, 1831-1913), titled The Flower Girl (1878), fetched $87,500; and an oil on Masonite by Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961), titled Over the Bridge, hit $80,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Henri Thiriet 1898 poster,
$108,000, Poster Auctions
A circa 1898 poster by Henri Thiriet, titled Absinthe Berthelot, a rare Belle Epoque design depicting a bustling outdoor café scene, sold for $108,000 at Auction LXXIX (#79), held October 27th by Poster Auctions International (PAI) in New York City. Also, Alphonse Mucha’s 1902 poster Cycles Perfecta realized $36,000; Manuel Orazi’s La Maison Moderne from 1900 changed hands for $78,000; and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s Salon des Cent from 1896 topped out at $78,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Edward F. Caldwell centerpiece,
$60,800. J. Garrett Auctioneers
A large gilt bronze and white marble centerpiece by Edward F. Caldwell & Co. (N.Y.), circa 1905, sold for $60,800 at an auction held Nov. 2-4 by J. Garrett Auctioneers in Dallas, Tex. Also, a pair of 1890 Royal Vienna urns, 57 inches tall on stands, fetched $54,400; a Louis XVI bedroom suite after the design of Jean-Henri Riesener (French, 1734-1806) realized $48,000; and an oil painting of Columbus’s discovery of America by Nicolaas Pieneman (Dutch, 1809-1860) went for $41,600. Prices include a 28 percent buyer’s premium.
Steinway player piano,
$11,250, Crescent City
A 1981 Model L Steinway ebonized baby grand player piano with Pianomotion 2000-disc player and bench sold for $11,250 at an auction held Nov. 16-17 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual men’s watch and a Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual Milgauss men’s watch each brought $6,875; a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan, 19th century, made $2,125; and a painting by Richard Hume Lancaster (1773-1853) hit $4,687. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Patek Philippe men’s watch,
CA$29,500, Miller & Miller
A men’s Patek Philippe 5110P “World Time” platinum wristwatch sold for $29,500 at a Watches & Jewelry Auction held November 23rd by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, an 18kt gold ring, claw-set with a 4.25-carat solitaire diamond graded VS1 for clarity and K-L for color achieved $33,040; and a Patek Philippe ladies’ 18kt white gold and diamond Calatrava watch brought $9,225. All prices quoted include a 23 percent buyer’s premium and are in Canadian dollars.
Whitney US Navy rifle,
$6,000, Milestone Auctions
An unissued, .69 caliber Whitney Model 1861 US Navy rifle, barrel dated 1863, with large eagle-and-flag motif on the lock and a bayonet made by Collins & Co. (Hartford, Conn.), sold for $6,000 at a Premier Firearms Sale held November 2nd by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Smith & Wesson 2nd Model Schofield .45 caliber revolver, US-issued Indian Wars era, made $5,760; and a Colt Model 1878 .44-.40 cartridge double-action revolver made in 1893 hit $4,560. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Bunker Hill musket,
A .79 caliber Dutch flintlock musket belonging to Private John Simpson of Deerfield, N.H., used to fire the first shot at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, sold for $492,000 at an auction held October 23rd by Morphy’s in Denver, Pa. Also, a Colt 1847 Walker A Company No. 181 percussion revolver, one of only 1,000 made to arm mounted troops for the war with Mexico, hit the mark for $153,750; and a circa 1850 percussion shotgun by Keozi & Jahnchimek (Warsaw, Krakow), made $270,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Marklin 0 gauge trolley set,
$72,000, Bertoia Auctions
A Marklin 0 gauge Third Avenue R.R. Co. trolley set sold for $72,000 at an auction of the Tony Annese toy, train and Christmas collection held October 11th by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a boxed Marklin gauge 1 American Eagle hand-painted clockwork passenger train set chugged away for $52,000; a Marklin gauge 1 Schlitz Beer car, hand-painted, fetched $31,200; and a key-wind nodding polar bear with Santa rider holding a feather tree went for $24,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Vasily Polenov painting,
$375,000, Shapiro Auctions
A painting by Vasily Polenov (Russian, 1844-1927), titled The Herzegovian Lookout (1876), sold for $375,000 at auctions held Nov. 2-3 by Shapiro Auctions in New York City. Also, Russian Landscape by Andrei Mylnikov (Russian, 1919-2012) gaveled for $115,625; a large Russian silver and cloisonné enamel kovsh from the Gish workshop in St. Petersburg (1908-1917) rose to $75,000; and a double-sided drawing by Bill Traylor (American, 1854-1947) made $46,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Anthony Bourdain knife,
$231,250, Lark Mason
The late chef Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife sold for $231,250 in an online auction that ended October 30th by Lark Mason in New York City. Also, Bourdain’s U.S. Navy jacket from the U.S.S. Nashville, with a Tony Bourdain patch, went for $171,150; a French silvered bronze Bibendum (or Michelin Man) sculpture brought $61,250; and an artist’s proof artwork by Ralph Steadman, titled Rats in the Kitchen, inscribed to Bourdain, rose to $52,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
South Pacific mask,
$17,550, Jeffrey S. Evans
An antique ethnographic South Pacific Malagan / Tatanua ceremonial mask sold for $17,550 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 18-19 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, an Ercole Barovier Tessere Policrome Murrine art glass vase made $17,550; a Parisian street scene by Edouard Leon Cortes brought $15,210; an Edison Louis XV floor model phonograph, one of 62 made, hit $10,530; and an Emile Galle faience open vase realized $6,435. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Grandville Redmond oil painting,
$200,000, John Moran Auctioneers
An oil on canvas painting with poppies and lupine by Granville Redmond (Los Angeles, 1871-1935), sold for $200,000 at a California, American & Fine Art Auction held November 3rd by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an oil on canvas laid to canvas by William Wendt A.N.A. (Calif., 1865-1946), titled Tahoma, the Eternal, commanded $62,500; and an oil painting by Hanson Duvall Puthuff (Calif., 1875-1972), titled Where Hill and Valley Meet, rose to $28,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Frankenthaler work on paper,
$137,500, Freeman’s Auction
An important artwork on paper by American artist Helen Frankenthaler, titled Red Hot, sold for $137,500 at a Modern & Contemporary Art auction held October 29th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a pencil drawing by American artist Ellsworth Kelly, titled Lemon Branch, achieved $181,259, a new auction record for a pencil work by the artist; and an untitled work on paper by Chinese/French artist Zao Wou Ki, from the artist’s Oracle Bones series changed hands for $93,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Costume from Grease,
$405,700, Julien’s Auctions
The black leather jacket and pants worn by singer-actress Olivia Newton-John for the song You’re the One That I Want in the 1978 hit movie Grease sold for a combined $405,700 at auctions held November 1st and 2nd by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, a costume worn by Marilyn Monroe in the movie There’s No Business Like Show Business made $280,000; and the red floor-length gown worn by Monroe in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes finished at $250,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Einstein signed photo,
A photograph of Albert Einstein, signed by him in Berlin, Germany in September 1927 sold for $20,000 at a Rare Books, Autographs & Maps auction held November 12th by Doyle in New York City. Also, a copy of the 1969 deluxe edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with illustrations by Salvador Dali, fetched $18,750; and a copy of the 1747 edition of Robert and Andrew Foulis’s translation of Homer’s The Iliad went to a determined bidder for $11,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Automaton and table,
$13,200, Potter & Potter
A circa 1999 harlequin automaton and table built by Deutsch sold for $13,200 at a Mid-Fall Magicana Sale held October 26th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, a finely sculpted and hand-painted circa 1939 talking skull by puppet makers Glen and George McElroy brought $13,200; an automaton talking skull made around 1930 by John Willmann garnered $13,200; and a conjuring broadside from 1867 for magician Johan Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806-1875) hit $8,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Finn Juhl Chieftain chair,
$79,950, Clars Auction
A black leather Finn Juhl for Neils Vodder (Denmark) Chieftain chair sold for $79,950 at an auction held Nov. 16-17 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a UBS one kilo gold bar, .9999 24kt pure gold, rose to $43,000; a German Black Forest tall case clock chimed on time for $33,825; a Continental white porcelain figure of Hercules brought $18,450; and an oil on canvas painting by Mihaly Munkacsy (Hungarian, 1844-1900), titled The Good Samaritan, made $14,760. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Copy of Marvel Comics No. 1,
$1.26 million, Heritage Auctions
A copy of Marvel Comics No. 1, the 1939 comic book considered the ‘Big Bang’ of the Marvel Comics Superhero Universe, sold for $1.26 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art held November 21st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. The price set a new world record for the most expensive Marvel comic book ever sold at auction. The copy was graded 9.4 on a scale of 1 to 10, making it the best condition copy ever found. That drove up the price, which shown is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
1930s Atlantic City poster,
$16,250, Swann Auction
A circa 1935 poster by Edward M. Eggleston, titled Atlantic City/Pennsylvania Railroad, sold for $16,250 at a Rare & Important Travel Posters Auction held November 14th by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, Hubert Herkomer’s Normandie/The World’s Most Perfect Ship/French Line (1939) realized $13,750; Ludwig Hohlwein’s Yellowstone Park (1910) gaveled for $13,750; and Leslie Ragan’s The New 20th Century Limited (1939) changed hands for $11,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Antebellum image of slavery,
$324,500, Cowan’s Auctions
A rare antebellum quarter plate daguerreotype believed to be the earliest known image of enslaved African Americans with cotton sold for $324,500 at an American History Auction held November 15th by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also, a William S. Soule photo album of Southern Plains Native Americans, 40 albumen images in all, fetched $57,500; and an archive of the postmaster and Indian Agent of Fort Berthold in the Dakota Territory changed hands for $56,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.