John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater tops $34K at RR Auction 

John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater. RR Auction image

BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater sold for $34,140 at an auction conducted by RR Auction. The online auction closed Nov. 7.

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Artemis Gallery sets house record with $1.2M+ antiquities auction

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.

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Armstrong Family Collection soars to $5.2M at Heritage

Neil Armstrong and fellow NASA astronauts. Armstrong is shown at top left. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions, HA.com

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.

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Walking Batman commands $16,800 at Milestone Premier Toys Auction

Rare TN Japan battery-operated Walking Batman, 12 inches, new old store stock with pristine original Japanese-version box, top lot at $16,800

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.

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Moran’s first Women in Art Auction finds firm foothold

Susan Hertel (1930-1993 Cerrillos, New Mexico), interior with woman and dogs, oil, graphite and charcoal on canvas, 43¾ x 52¼ inches. Price realized: $21,250. John Moran Auctioneers image

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.

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Heritage Auctions posts solid results for fine silver items

Yossi Swed partial gilt silver ship-form menorah with display case, 1992-93. Price realized: $30,000. Heritage Auctions image

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

Fishing lures reel in bidders at Miller & Miller auction

The top lot was this Chippewa spinner lure made around 1910 by the Immell Bait & Tackle Co. It sold for $10,030 Canadian, or $7,660 converted to U.S. dollars. Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. image

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.

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Lunar meteorite sells for $612,500 at RR Auction

The Buagaba meteorite, which is composed of six fragments that fit together, puzzle-like, to form a mass weighing slightly over 12 pounds, sold for $612,500. RR Auction image

BOSTON – A rare lunar meteorite sold for $612,500 at RR Auction on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Big turnout for Morphy’s record-setting Oct. 8 petroliana auction

Outstanding Red Hat Royal 400 Gasoline porcelain sign with red hat graphic, $66,000

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.

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Sterling silver posts solid prices at John Moran auction

An extensive Towle Georgian sterling silver flatware service sold for $11,250 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder. John Moran Auctioneers image

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.

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