WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On April 18, runway action halted temporarily as fashionistas worldwide grabbed their mobile devices to bid in Urban Culture Auctions’ sale of original sketches by the late Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019). After weeks of relentless media coverage, the auction of fashion drawings from Lagerfeld’s days as a budding couturier had finally arrived. By the time the hammer came down on the last lot 4½ hours later, the auction had realized $247,520 and was 100% sold. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
LAS VEGAS – An effervescent six-figure winning bid drove an extremely rare Coca-Cola prototype bottle to the top of prices realized at Morphy’s April 12-14 auction in Las Vegas. The elite three-day offering of antique coin-op and gambling machines, Old West relics, and antique advertising chalked up more than $3 million, with $110,700 of that total attributable to the early-20th-century soft-drink bottle.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Elegant objects commanded attention at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery March 23 where a Steinway grand piano along with antiques and furniture from such well-known makers as Tiffany Studios and R.J. Horner took center stage. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
VINELAND, N.J. – Whoever said ‘history never repeats itself’ might have had a change of heart, had they attended Bertoia’s March 9-10 Spring Signature Sale. Many who were there commented that the atmosphere felt like an auction of the go-go 1990s and early 2000s, when collectors would travel halfway around the world to bid on toys from fabled collections.
GENESEO, N.Y. – Two rediscovered marble busts by the French 18th century sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, Versailles 1741-1828 Paris) sold for a combined $1.5 million at the Fine Art & Antiques Auction held March 23 by Cottone Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery. The busts were the top achievers in an auction that featured just over 300 lots, totaling over $3 million in sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ March 25 sale offered a sampling of estate heirloom-quality jewelry. Selling several gold necklaces spurred tremendous absentee and Internet bidding interest through LiveAuctioneers. The hammer prices realized were $10,500 for an 18K Bucciari coin chain necklace (above) and $9,250 for an 18K yellow gold circle link chain necklace (below). Prices quoted do not include the buyer’s premium.
HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction shattered the auction records for the Chester County artist Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1948) at their March 20 auction. Of his eight works in the auction, three depicted herds of Galloway beef cattle. Leading Sculthorpe’s Galloways was his signed watercolor Winter in Berks County that sold for $33,000, a record for the artist. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DENVER, Pa. – An imposing lithographed-tin visitor from both the future and times past, a Masudaya Machine Man robot claimed the top position in Morphy Auctions’ March 13-14 toy auction, selling for $86,100. Big, boxy and 15 inches tall, the late 1950s/early 1960s Japanese production is one of few known examples of its type from the fabled “Gang of Five” robot series.
NEW YORK – Yuhua Showzhi Wang’s Pomegranates in Bamboo Basket commanded $1,270,000 at Gianguan Auctions on March 18. The sale set a world record price for the Chinese contemporary artist. The masterpiece led a strong slate of traditional art, porcelains and carved jades, all of which reached or exceeded their estimates. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.