Heritage sells finest-known 1885 Trade dollar for $3.96M

Obverse view of 1885 US trade dollar sold by Heritage for $3.96 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions HA.com

DALLAS – The finest-known 1885 Trade dollar – among the rarest and most enigmatic issues in all of American coinage – sold for $3,960,000 million through Heritage Auctions Thursday evening, Jan. 10, following a winning bid cast by collector Dell Loy Hansen of Logan, Utah.

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Jewelry, watches provide solid 2018 finish for Moran’s

E. Howard Watch Co. Pocket Watch, No. 198, price realized: $15,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers wrapped up 2018 with a flurry of successful sales Dec. 11-12. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Market Auctions kicks off 2019 with successful post-New Year sale

Cartier 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby cabochon necklace. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Price realized: $6,250. Market Auctions image

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Market Auctions Inc. wrapped up numerous noteworthy sales at its Post-New Year Sale on Jan. 2, starting off the year on a strong foot. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Western art in high demand at Moran Auctioneers Dec. 12

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953 Taos, N.M.) ‘Iron Tail – Sioux.’ Price realized: $10,625. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s second of their bi-annual Art of the American West auction on Dec. 12 was a success. Focusing on Native American and Western art from the leading artisans and artists of the genres, the 216-lot auction realized strong prices and showed the enduring popularity of the American works. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tiffany lamps dominate prices realized at Heritage Auctions’ $1.2M sale

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze Peony table lamp, circa 1915. Sold for $93,750. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Leaded glass and bronze Tiffany lamps led the total sales in Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Including Art Deco & Art Nouveau Auction to $1,295,427 on Nov. 15 in Dallas. The auction achieved sell-through rates of 97.01 percent by value and 95.2 percent by lots sold, and Tiffany lamps claimed six of the top 10 spots in the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Top lots go ‘through the roof’ at Clarke’s Dec. 2 auction

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — A trend in auctions these days is that the best is the best and the rest is the rest but for Clarke Auction Gallery’s December 2 sale, strong performers going well above estimate was the norm, especially for fine art and followed closely by robust results in jewelry and decorative arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Unusual British portrait sells for $27K at Heritage Auctions

English School, 18th century, portrait of a gentleman in Turkish dress, traditionally thought to be Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), oil on canvas, 56 x 43 inches. Price realized: $27,5000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – More than a dozen competitive bidders pursued a British portrait of a gentleman in Turkish dress, traditionally thought to be Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776) to $27,500 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Auction Dec. 7-9. The strong return helped lift the total for the sale to $1.26 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Asian art & antiques top $1M at Clars auction Dec. 15-16

This work, titled ‘The Lotus Pond,’ 1967, by Zhang Daqian sold for $443,250. Clars image

OAKLAND – Clars Dec. 15-16 auction was led by an exceptional array of Asian fine art, antiques and decorative art which came to the sale from several fine California estates, private collections and institutions. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fine furniture excelled at Benefit Shop Foundation auction

The top lot of the sale was this 10-foot-long French antique farm-style dining table that sold for $20,320, well above estimate. The Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – If there was one takeaway from the Benefit Shop Foundation’s Dec. 5 Red Carpet Auction, it was that fine design never goes out of style. Buyers had an eye for statement pieces that make a home special and found plenty at the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Emile Gruppe painting sails to $34,000 at Kaminski Auctions

Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978), ‘The Old Timer,’ oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, dated 1977. Sold for $34,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – The Kaminski Auctions Annual Thanksgiving sale is a favorite of the calendar year. Old friends, dealers and clients that are home for the holiday pass through the auction gallery at the preview or attend the auction. There is a festive atmosphere and both days are always well-attended by families and guests seeking something fun to do after the Thanksgiving feast. This year’s sale, Nov. 24-25, was no different. With a packed gallery, it was exciting to see the spirited bidding from the floor throughout the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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