Canadian “Fat Man” hooked mat,
$17,700, Miller & Miller Auctions
An iconic Canadian “Fat Man” hooked mat from 1916 sold for $17,700 at a Canadiana, Pottery & Folk Art auction held Feb. 8 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. in New Hamburg, Ont., Canada. Also, an oil painting of a horse by J. J. Kenyon galloped off for $11,800; a figural landscape by Homer Watson brought $6,900; a circa 1940 CBC Radio Canada sign finished at $5,750; and a painting by Manly MacDonald titled Spring Willows by a Mill went for $3,835. Prices include the buyer’s premium and are in Canadian dollars.
Sargent charcoal drawing,
$22,800, Bruneau & Co.
A figural charcoal on paper drawing by John Singer Sargent (Mass./U.K./Italian, 1856-1925) sold for $22,800 at a two-session auction held Feb. 15 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a porcelain blue balloon dog in the original box by Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955), #1,495 of 2,300, went for $7,500; a two-piece glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) earned $7,500; and an oil on canvas painting by James Brade Sword (Pa., 1839-1915) brought $5,312. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Mexican Charro parade-style saddle,
$4,500, Holabird Western Americana
An ornate sterling silvered Mexican Charro parade-style saddle with matching sabre, sombrero and accoutrements, used in the Pasadena Rose Parade, circa 1940, sold for $2,500 at an Objects of Our Affection Auction held Feb. 14-17 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, a painting by Nevada gaming artist Frank Trevors (1907-1980), titled War Party On the Move, rose to $6,250; and a collection of Gold Rush-era Alaska tokens sold as one lot for $5,375. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
$46,250, Andrew Jones
A Bosendorfer black lacquered grand piano, Model B225, circa 1986, sold for $46,250 at the first-ever Collections Curated by Designers of Distinction auction held Feb. 23 by Andrew Jones Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. Also, a 19th century 24-light chandelier made by Perry & Co. (England) lit up the room for $40,000; a pair of late 18th century Louis XVI gilt bronze and marble two-tier étagères brought $45,000; and a Chinese Ming Dynasty huanghuali armchair made $37,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Mucha’s Precious Stones,
$192,000, Poster Auctions,
A set of four decorative panels by Alphonse Mucha, titled Precious Stones (1902), with each panel personifying a different gemstone, sold for $192,000 at Rare Posters Auction #80 held Feb. 23 by Poster Auctions International in New York City. Also, Jean Dupas’ Bal des Étudiants / Alhambra-8 Janvier 1927 (1926) gaveled for $43,200; Manuel Orazi’s Théâtre de Loïe Fuller (1900) realized $33,500; and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Confetti (1894) made $40,800. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Tiffany Peony Border lamp,
$151,250, Fontaine’s Auction
A Tiffany Studios Peony Border floor lamp, 77 inches tall, lit up the room for $151,250 at an auction held Jan. 16 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp brought $78,650; an Armenian bible with a silver repousse cover depicting Jesus on the cross, flanked by Mary and Joseph, with a Nativity scene on the back, hit $48,400; and an oil on canvas painting by Elliott Daingerfield titled Across the Pond changed hands for $13,310. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Perham Nahl 1915 poster,
$4,800, Potter & Potter
A poster titled Panama Pacific International Exposition by Perham Nahl, created to advertise the opening day of the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco and illustrated with the 13th Labor of Hercules, sold for $4,800 at a Vintage Posters auction held Jan. 25 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, The Tree of Evil, a 1912 Communist propaganda poster that depicted Karl Marx leading a laborer to cut away the roots of ignorance that give strength to “diseases and crime” rose to $2,400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
William Edmondson sculpture,
$540,000, Case Antiques Auction
A William Edmondson limestone sculpture, depicting a preacher with a bible raised in his left hand, sold for $540,000 at an auction held Jan. 26 by Case Antiques Auctions in Knoxville, Tenn. Also, a painting by Carroll Cloar titled The Landlady went for $66,000; a sand art bottle by Andrew Clemens realized $66,000; an oil on board by Gilbert Gaul titled Woman Sewing knocked down for $14,400; and an oil on board by Clementine Hunter titled Picking Flowers made $8,400. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
1927-D $20 Double Eagle coin,
$2.16 million, Heritage Auctions
A 1927-D Double Eagle $20 U.S. gold coin, the rarest regular-issue of a 20th century American coin, graded MS65+ PCGS CAC, sold for $2.16 million at Signature Auctions held in January by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Texas) during the Florida United Numismatic Convention and the New York International Numismatic Convention events. Also, an 1855 $1 coin, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC, reached $336,000; and a 1927-S Saint-Gaudens $20 gold coin, MS66+ PCGS, hit $312,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.
Portrait by Lemoine,
A portrait painting of Madame Leclerc (born Pauline Bonaparte), done circa 1798-99 by Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754-1820), sold for $387,000 at a sale of Old Master Paintings & Drawings held Feb. 5 by Doyle in New York City. Pauline Bonaparte was the younger sister of Napoleon I. She was married at age 17 to the French general Charles Leclerc in 1797. After he died from yellow fever in 1802, she married the Roman Prince Camillo Borghese of Italy. The price is inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Mobil Oil coin-op kids’ ride,
$25,200, Michaan’s Auctions
A 1950s-era Mobil Oil coin-operated children’s Pegasus ride flew out of the room for $25,200 at a Gallery Auction held Feb. 8 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a wood and paper collage by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Untitled, 1957, gaveled for $8,400; an oil on board self-portrait by Jesus Guerrero Galvan (Mexican, 1910-1973), titled Autorretrato de Pinto, brought $7,200; and a Shreve & Co. Art Nouveau sterling silver tea service made $5,100. Prices include the buyer’s premium.