BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater sold for $34,140 at an auction conducted by RR Auction. The online auction closed Nov. 7.
BOULDER, Colo. – Artemis Gallery, the boutique auction house that has become the most trusted source of authentic, fully guaranteed antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art for thousands of collectors worldwide, set a new house record on October 11. The company’s 416-lot auction of art and artifacts from the most significant civilizations of the past 4,000 years grossed $1,228,510 (inclusive of 24.5% buyer’s premium), with after-sales continuing to add to that total. Absentee and online bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – A space memorabilia auction featuring The Neil Armstrong Family Collection™ realized more than $7.4 million Saturday, Nov. 3, at Heritage Auctions. Armstrong’s personally owned memorabilia – spanning a childhood letter to the Easter Bunny to the Apollo 11 ID Plate from the module he used to become the first person to walk on the Moon – sold for $5.2 million. The sale is the first of three auctions scheduled through 2019 of the legendary astronaut’s lifelong collection.
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Batman first captured the public’s attention in 1939, when he appeared on the cover of Detective Comics #27. Since then, the masked crime-fighter has remained in the forefront of American pop culture, dominating all media and delighting generations of children in the form of toys that reflect Batman’s complex world of heroes and villains. On October 13, a classic battery-operated Walking Batman coolly strolled across the auction block at Milestone Auctions and in so doing set a new world auction record at $16,800. There was especially active bidding on the Walking Batman, and on literally all toy categories, online through LiveAuctioneers.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ inaugural Women in Art Auction on Oct. 23 featured works by 93 women artists, many of whom were Californians. Dating from the 19th century to the contemporary. The works, media and styles represented were diverse and appealed to a wide swath of collectors. By the end of the auction, records had been set for three artists: Susan Hertel, Ethel V. Ashton and Dora Gamble. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – Heritage Auctions Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu sales totaled more than $1.4 million in 2018. Bidders pursued a Yossi Swed partial gilt silver ship-form menorah with display case until it closed at $30,000 to claim top-lot honors in an Oct. 15 auction. Whimsy and surprises abound as elaborate mechanical workings turn the ship into a centerpiece for the Hanukkah celebration. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – Three Chippewa spinner lures made around 1910 by the Immell Bait & Tackle Co. of Blair, Wisconsin, brought a combined CA$24,780/US$18,926 and a clever Canadian-made circa 1930 Lurette No. 2 “living bait lure” was reeled in for CA$3,750/US$2,864—a new record price for the lure—at an auction held Oct. 19-20 by Miller & Miller Auctions. Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
BOSTON – A rare lunar meteorite sold for $612,500 at RR Auction on Thursday, Oct. 18.
DENVER, Pa. – The serious players in automobilia and petroliana collecting canceled any existing plans once the word got out that a spectacular private collection would be headlining Morphy’s October 8 auction. “It was one of the biggest gallery turnouts for a gas and oil sale that we’ve had for years,” said Morphy’s Automobilia & Petroliana division head John Mihovetz. “The attraction was the collection of more than 400 lots that were in 9 or 9-plus condition. There was a lot of buzz about the auction beforehand, and we sensed that bidding would be strong.” Several new records were set during the 747-lot sale, which included absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers and grossed over $2.1 million. All prices quoted here include a 20% buyer’s premium, per Morphy’s pre-stated terms.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ Traditional Collector catalog Oct. 2 featured a wide array of Continental furniture and decorative arts, Chinese and Japanese antiques, and American, European and Russian silver, all offered alongside works of art by American and European artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.