Auction results from near and far
Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ watch,
$578,100, Morphy Auctions
A Rolex Daytona Ref. 6241 ‘Paul Newman’ 18kt gold chronograph watch having a ‘John Player Special’ dial with gold subdials, sold for $578,100 at an auction held Dec. 5-6 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp, with a signed leaded glass shade on a signed, decorated bronze base, coasted to $141,450; and a Tiffany Studios Jonquils / Daffodils table lamp with a signed leaded-glass shade on a signed bronze base lit up the room for $135,300. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
Tim Brown Heisman Trophy,
$435,762, Goldin Auctions
Wide receiver Tim Brown’s original 1987 Heisman Trophy sold for $435,762 in a Holiday Auction held December 8th by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a near set (25 of 30) of 1910 E98 baseball cards, plus nine additional variation cards, brought $171,850; a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish signature car from the 50th anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame hit $78,877; and the handcuffs used to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald after JFK’s assassination rose to $76,105. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Zhang Daqian painting,
$443,250, Clars Auction
A 1967 painting by Zhang Daqian (Chinese, 1899-1983), titled The Lotus Pond, sold for $443,250 at an Asian Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Dec. 15-16 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a Chinese bronze Gui ritual food vessel breezed to $52,275; a Chinese blue and white plant container netted $43,050; a Japanese anonymous scroll from the Edo period went for $33,825; and a rare Patek Philippe 18kt yellow gold Lorgnette pendant watch with 14kt gold necklace made $24,600. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Chippendale looking glass,
A Chippendale carved mahogany looking glass with phoenix cartouche (Philadelphia, Pa.), attributed to John Pollard (1740-1787) and Richard Butts (active 1768-1778), circa 1770, sold for $298,000 at an American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts Auction held November 14th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a large pieced and appliqued quilt (Baltimore, Md., circa 1842) brought 31,250; and an Aaron Willard carved mahogany tall case clock, circa 1800, rose to $26,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Hugh Hefner typewriter,
$162,500, Julien’s Auctions
The vintage Underwood Standard Portable typewriter used in college by Hugh Hefner sold for $162,500 at a sale of items from the estate of the Playboy magazine founder held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, Hefner’s complete personal set of bound volumes of Playboy magazines (from 1953-2013) brought $76,800; and his 14kt yellow gold ring with a black onyx plaque in the center that opens to reveal a hidden blue Viagra pill made $22,400. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Pair of canvasback decoys,
$153,400, Guyette & Deeter
A pair of canvasback decoys by James Holly sold for $153,400 at a Fall Decoy & Sporting Auction held Nov. 7-8 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc., based in St. Michael, Md., at the Talbot Country Community Center in Easton, Md. Also, a pair of 1936 model pintails by the Ward Brothers flew away for $42,480; a hollow carved brant by Nathan Cobb, Jr., realized $31,800; and a black bellied plover shorebird decoy by John Dilley went to a determined bidder for $24,190. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany Studios table lamp,
$108,000, Milestone Auctions
A Tiffany Studios ‘Fruit’ leaded-glass table lamp, correctly marked on both 24 ½ inch shade and base, sold for $108,000 at a Winter Spectacular held December 8th by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Tiffany Studios ‘Poinsettia’ leaded-glass table lamp, also correctly marked on shade and base, lit up the room for $28,800; a 1932 Hudson ¼-scale factory-made model of a 4-door sedan sped away for $18,000; and a painting by Guy Carleton Wiggins brought $5,760. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
11-carat diamond ring,
$103,250, Miller & Miller
A platinum ring with an 11-carat diamond center stone sold for $103,250 at a Jewellery & Watches Auction held November 24th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a 1960s gentlemen’s Rodania Geometer wristwatch in great condition brought $25,960; an actual World War II-era Omega ‘Weems’ Royal Air Force pilot’s watch soared to $8,260; and a Cartier 18kt, diamond and sapphire ‘Arcadie’ bracelet went for $26,550. Prices are in Canadian dollars and include buyer’s premium.
Tiffany Peony table lamp,
$93,750, Heritage Auctions
A Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze Peony table lamp sold for $93,750 at a Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Auction held November 15th by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze red Poppy table lamp illuminated the room for $81,250; a monumental limited edition Jean-Philippe Richard for Daum pate-de-verre glass Charlotte sculpture realized $47,500; and a Lalique glass masque de femme plaque with metal stand hit $11,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Giacometti cast bronze,
$81,250, Millea Bros.
A cast bronze by Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985), titled Chat maître-d’hotel, circa 1967, with reddish-brown patina, sold for $81,250 at a Select Auction held Nov. 15-17 by Millea Bros. in Boonton, N.J. Also, a circa 1862 oil on canvas painting attributed to Honore Daumier, titled Third Class Carriage, knocked down for $68,750; a 2003 stoneware mask by Eva Hild (b. 1966), titled Complex B, netted $40,000; and two cast bronze garden lions by Arturo di Modica (b. 1941) made $32,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1868 Currier & Ives print,
$62,500, Swann Galleries
An 1868 print by Currier & Ives, titled Across the Continent / Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, sold for $62,500 at a Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books Sale held December 13th by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, a double-page engraved map of eastern Canada and the Atlantic seaboard by Samuel de Champlain & Pierre du Val (Paris, 1664) brought $22,500; and 100 hand-colored lithographs by Honore Daumier & Charles Philipon (Paris, 1836-38) hit $18,750. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Cesare Lapini marble sculpture,
$62,500, Clarke Auction Gallery
A marble sculpture by Cesare Lapini (Italian, 1848-1893), titled Odalisca, sold for $62,500 at an auction held December 2nd by Clarke Auction Gallery in Larchmont, N.Y. Also, a Tiffany Studios Crocus table lamp, signed on the base and 16-inch diameter shade, gaveled for $33,750; an oil on canvas by Gustave Jean Jacquet (French, 1846-1909), titled Normande Girl Holding Chalice, brought $31,250; and a pair of S. Kirk & Son coin silver ewers changed hands for $8,125. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Spindle-back rocking chair,
$34,375, John Moran Auctions
A spindle-back rocking chair by Sam Maloof (Calif., 1916-2009) sold for $34,375 at a 20th Century Art + Design Auction held Nov. 13th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an artwork by Fong Chung-Ray (Chinese, b. 1934), titled 89-32, also achieved $34,375; Systrarna (Sisters) by Carl (Wilhelm Emile Milles) made $26,250; Samura Esfumado by Rodolfo Nieto (Mexican, 1936-1988) brought $11,250; and a painting by Harry Marinsky rose to $9,375. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Patek Philippe wristwatch,
$24,000, Cordier Auctions
A model 3417 dress wristwatch by Swiss maker Patek Philippe sold for $24,000 at a Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction held Nov. 10-11 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a Simon Willard rocking ship tall case clock chimed on time for $9,000; an 18th century Windsor settee fetched $5,000; an elaborately carved Baroque Revival sideboard hammered for $2,700; an antique gemstone lizard brooch realized $3,300; and a 14kt 1.6-carat diamond solitaire ring made $4,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Witch atop mechanical cat,
$21,600, Bertoia Auctions
A large witch atop a mechanical black cat on wheels, circa 1920, sold for $21,600 at an Annual Fall Auction held Nov. 9-11 by Bertoia’s Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Carlisle & Finch derrick crane on a flatbed car, 2 gauge, American-made, circa 1905-1907, made $19,200; a rare glass-icicle-bearded belsnickle, German, 20 inches tall, brought $15,600; a French Fernand Martin Roller Skater wind-up toy, cloth/tin, made $13,200; and a German glass-eyed dog skittles set rose to $12,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Tiffany pocket watch,
$12,500, Bruneau & Co.
A circa 1920 Tiffany & Company platinum repeater pocket watch sold for $12,500 at an Estate Antiques & Fine Art Auction held November 24th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a 2003 U.S. $25 Liberty Eagle gold coin climbed to a new record $4,688; a Chinese Qing Dynasty celadon white jade plaque finished at $2,812; a coastal Maine seascape by George Hallowell (Mass., 1871-1926) made $3,125; and a circa 1920 14kt Art Deco cigarette case hit $6,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Chinese Hunan One Tael silver coin,
$6,875, Holabird Western Americana
A Chinese Hunan One Tael silver coin weighing 35.6 grams sold for $6,875 at an auction held Dec. 5-9 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC in Reno, Nev. Also, an unissued capital stock certificate for the Alaska Commercial Company, Alaska’s largest rural retailer, rose to $4,000; a stock certificate for Mass Mining Company of Pittsburgh, dated 1881, finished at $3,375; and an 1860s soda bottle from Pioneer Brown & Co. (Idaho City, Idaho) went for $2,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1917 Russian 4% savings bond,
$12,810, Archives International
A 1917 Imperial Russian government 4% savings bond specimen sold for $12,810 – a new auction record – at a “50” Milestone Auction held Dec. 3-4 by Archives International Auctions in New York City and Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a Mercantile Bank of India 1941 issue banknote rarity realized $5,100; an Australia, Camp Seven Bank Hay Interment Camp 1941 2 Shillings note brought $4,000; and a Yale National Bank (Conn.) 1902, $5, Charter 796, rose to $3,900. Prices include a 22 percent buyer’s premium.
Dickens signed quote,
$23,597, RR Auction
A Charles Dickens handwritten signed quotation from his book A Christmas Carol sold for $23,597 in an online auction held Nov. 16-Dec. 5 by RR Auction in Boston, Mass. Also, an Al Capone signed Christmas-New Year’s card breezed to $13,581; a Beatles-signed 1963 PYX program with classic Hoffman cover went for $17,762; a Robert E. Lee handwritten letter from 1861 earned $13,021; and items recovered from the USS Arizona after the Pearl Harbor attack made $12,154. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Antique French dining table,
$20,320, Benefit Shop Fndtn.
A French antique wood farm-style dining table, 10 feet 6 inches by 41 inches, sold for $20,320 at a Red Carpet Auction held December 5th by The Benefit Shop Foundation in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Also, a Lavar Collection Kerman Persian carpet, 13 feet 10 inches by 19 feet, rose to $6,985; an English oak folding top table with frieze drawer on barley twist and turned legs went for $4,762; and a handcrafted copper lighthouse topper, later electrified as a light fixture, gaveled for $2,857. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
United Air Lines Disney poster,
$6,000, Potter & Potter Auctions
A 1950s-era Stanley Walter Galli United Air Lines Disneyland poster, illustrated with a ferry full of families riding through a swamp safari, sold for $6,000 at a Vintage Travel Poster Sale held December 1st by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, a United Air Lines travel poster for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland realized $4,320; Fly TWA Hollywood and San Francisco posters brought $3,120 each; and an India Car Festival at Puri poster hit $3,120. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.