Auction results from around the globe!
Willem de Kooning art,
$10.268 million, Phillips
Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XVI from 1976 sold for $10.268 million at a sale of 20th Century Contemporary Art held May 16th by Phillips in New York City. Also, a Self-Portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1983) from To Repel Ghosts: Important Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat realized $9.5 million; Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter II (2007) finished at $8.745 million; Roy Lichtenstein’s Horse and Rider (1976) brought $5.955 million; and KAWS’ The Walk Home (2012) hit $5.955 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Lunar flown gold medal,
$2.055 million, Heritage
Neil Armstrong’s personally-owned gold medal, flown to the moon with him on his historic Apollo 11 landing in 1969, sold for $2.055 million at a Rare Space Memorabilia Auction held July 16th by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, Armstrong’s childhood teddy bear rose to $3,500. Other items Armstrong carried with him to the moon included a 1 ¼ inch swath of muslin cloth from the Wright Brother’s 1903 plane ($143,750) and a section of the same flyer’s propeller ($150,000). Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Nike ‘Moon Shoes’,
A pair of Nike ‘Moon Shoes’, designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympic trials, sold for $437,500 at an auction held July 23rd by Sotheby’s in New York City. It was a new world record for a pair of sneakers. The previous record of $190,373 was set in 2017, when a pair of Converse sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in the 1984 Olympic basketball finals gaveled for $190,373. The winning bidder for the ‘Moon Shoes’ was Canadian collector Miles Nadal. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
Patinated copper tortoise,
A patinated copper tortoise by Francois-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927-2008), titled Tortue Topiaire (1987), sold for $375,075 at a Modern Decorative Art & Design Auction held June 7th by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a one-of-a-kind Unique Industry / Perished Dressoir by Studio Job, founded in 1998, realized $187,575, a world auction record for the artist; a 1979 brass fountain by Philippe Hiquily hit $125,075; and a circa 1950 sculpture by Alexandre Noll made $81,325. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1938-S U.S. Mercury dime,
$364,250, Legend Rare Coin
A monster toned 1938-S U.S. Mercury dime, graded PCGS MS68+ FB CAC, sold for $364,250 at the 33rd Regency Auction held June 27th by Legend Rare Coin Auctions (based in Lincroft, N.J.) in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, a 1931-S U.S. Mercury dime, graded PCGS MS67+ FBCAC, changed hands for $270,250; a 1904 U.S. $20 gold coin graded PCGS MS67 realized $73,437; and a 1949-D U.S. quarter graded PCGS MS68 CAC went to a determined bidder for $43,475. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.
A rare 16th century suit of fluted armor in the Maximilian style sold for $262,500 at an auction of the estate of the late fashion designer Oleg Cassini held June 27th by Doyle in New York City. Also, a signed letter from Jacqueline Kennedy dated Dec. 13, 1960 hammered for $16,250; a group of four signed letters from Grace Kelly, with whom Mr. Cassini was briefly engaged, realized $12,500; and a circa 1720 George I giltwood and gilt-gesso pier table gaveled for $75,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Joel Whitney photo album,
$131,250, Cowan’s Auctions
A photograph album from Joel Whitney (1822-1886), Minnesota’s pioneer photographer, containing six photos of Sioux involved in the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, sold for $131,250 at an American History: Premier Auction held June 21st by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, a rare photograph of fugitive slaves posed with abolitionists Levi Coffin and Jonathan Cable rose to $81,250; and a William Henry Harrison 1840 Great Harrison BBQ folk art campaign banner brought $22,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Boba Fett action figure,
$112,926, Hake’s Auctions
A rocket-firing, special prototype Boba Fett action figure sold for $112,926 at an auction held July 11th by Hake’s Auctions in York, Pa. It was a new world auction record for a Star Wars toy. The figure, which was intended to be part of Kenner’s licensed toy line for The Empire Strikes Back, was displayed at the 1979 Toy Fair in New York City but never made it into mass production. It was pulled after being deemed a possible safety hazard for children, thus making it very rare. The price includes the buyer’s premium.
Cy Young baseball card,
$104,765, Grey Flannel
An 1891 cabinet baseball card with a portrait of pitching legend Cy Young, taken by Cleveland photographer John H. Ryder, one of only two known to exist, sold for $104,765 at an auction held July 17th by Grey Flannel Auctions in Scottsdale, Ariz. Also, a 1969 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts game-used jersey, formerly on display at Unitas’ Golden Arm Restaurant, went for $48,871; and a 1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain basketball card #8, PSA graded Mint 9, gaveled for $44,427. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Inlaid walnut cellaret,
$87,750, Jeffrey S. Evans
A North Carolina inlaid walnut cellaret attributed to Bertie County cabinetmaker Micajah Wilkes, who was connected with the “WH” cabinet shop, sold for $87,750 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held June 21-22 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Chickasaw beaded powder horn strap changed hands for $17,550; a 1792 drawn plan of Washington, D.C., realized $12,8790; and a Staffordshire Whieldon-Type owl figure hammered for $7,020. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.
1933 Charles Loupot poster,
$72,000, Poster Auctions Int’l
A 1933 poster by Charles Loupot titled Nicolas, showing Nectar, the wine deliveryman for the Nicolas firm sold for $72,000 at Rare Posters Auction #78 held June 23rd by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Edward Penfield’s Orient Cycles (circa 1895) made $16,800; Marcello Dudovich’s Cordial Campari (1914) rose to $21,600; Alphonse Mucha’s La Dame aux Camelias (1896) brought $228,800; and a poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec hit $31,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Luis Lopez painting,
$68,750, John Moran
A mixed media painting in contrasting tones of black, gray and white by Luis Feito Lopez (Spanish, b. 1929), done in 1959 and titled No. 117, sold for $68,750 at a Studio Fine Art Auction held June 23rd by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 1960 painting by Antonio Saura (Spanish, 1930-1998), titled Retrato #112, realized $40,625; and a painting done in 1909 by Lockwood de Forest (Calif., 1850-1932), titled Full Moon Cove at Santa Barbara, Monrovia, Calif. Also, a 1960 painting by Antonio Saura (Spanish, 1930-1998), titled Retrato #112, realized $40,625; and a painting done in 1909 by Lockwood de Forest (Calif., 1850-1932), titled Full Moon Cove at Santa Barbara, fetched $6,250. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Neil Armstrong photo,
$52,247, RR Auction
A signed photo of astronaut Neil Armstrong taking his “giant leap for mankind” sold for $52,247 in an online auction that began June 13th and ended June 20th by RR Auction, based in Boston, Mass. Also, an Apollo 1 crew signed photo realized $31,251; Armstrong’s signed flight plan made $21,446; Charles Duke’s Apollo 16 flown Robbins Medal hit $28,016; and an Apollo 11 full-length photo of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon, signed by three Apollo 11 astronauts, rose to $21,587. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Chinese Qing dynasty vase,
$50,000, Bruneau & Co.
A Chinese Qing dynasty robin’s egg blue vase, 12 ¾ inches tall, sold for $50,000 at an Antiques, Collectibles & Fine Art Auction held July 13th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a circa 1939 Coca-Cola salesman’s sample ice chest cooler in the original paint fetched $2,250; an Expressionist painting by Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951), titled White Sulphur, finished at $10,000; and a hand-drawn 1808 map of the Georgia territories by Daniel Sturges made $5,938. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Columbia toy ferry boat,
$40,800, Bertoia Auctions
A spectacular Althof Bergmann stenciled tin Columbia toy ferry boat sold for $40,800 at an Annual Spring Toy Sale held May 23-24 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Kyser & Rex Bowling Alley cast-iron mechanical bank, one of only a few examples known, hammered for $19,200; a near-mint Voltamp 2220 Pennsylvania locomotive and tender, 2-inch gauge, roared off for $12,000; and an American National convertible pedal car, 52 inches long, sped away for $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Three Stooges movie poster,
$37,500, Nate D. Sanders
A movie poster for the Three Stooges film Uncivil Warriors sold for $37,500 at a sale of items from Moe Howard’s personal collection held June 28th by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, Howard’s 1955 passport went for $25,124, while his 1960 passport fetched $20,788 and the same figure was realized for his passport issued on May 11, 1939. Also, a Three Stooges signed contract with Columbia was the top lot of the auction when it changed hands for $53,926. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Henry lever action rifle,
$25,875, Rock Island
A rare U.S. contract Henry lever action rifle documented to the 97th Indiana Infantry Regiment sold for $25,875 at a Regional Firearms Auction held June 20-23 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, a factory engraved Colt single action Army revolver with factory letter rang out for $20,700; a post-war engraved World War II Krieghoff side frame inscribed P.08 Luger pistol hit the mark for $19,550; and a U.S. Military M2-2 flamethrower brought $7,475. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Clown magician automaton,
$13,200, Potter & Potter
A circa 1910 clown magician musical automaton made in Paris by Leopold Lambert sold for $13,200 at a magic auction held June 29th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, Edgar Bergen’s circa 1939 Flowering Rose Bush apparatus, made by Petrie and Lewis (New Haven, Conn.) brought $8,400; Harry Kellar’s circa 1900 Coffee and Milk Trick, with a letter of provenance, fetched $5,280; and Thayer and Owen’s Golly Wobble magic prop knocked down for $8,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.