Rare books, maps sale totals $1M at Heritage Auctions


Photo from John Thomson’s 1873 ‘Foochow and the River Min: A Series of Photographs,’ which sold for $100,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A rare first edition considered one of the most significant books of photographs of 19th-century China and a copy of perhaps the rarest book about birds in the Americas sold for $100,000 each to lead Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books & Maps auction Sept. 13. The final total for the event was $1,093,325, or 164 percent of the presale estimate.

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Wave Crest pieces hit high-water mark at Woody Auction

This unmarked Wave Crest pipe holder plaque was the top selling lot, hammered down at $13,000. Woody Auction image

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A gorgeous Wave Crest Native American-themed pipe holder plaque soared to $13,000, a Wave Crest panel marked C.F. Monroe changed hands for $8,500 and three rare American Brilliant Cut Glass countertop bells sold for a combined $9,750 at an auction held Sept. 7 and 8 by Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Americana & Variety sale generates solid prices for Jeffrey Evans

This Native American weaving was the top lot in the two-day auction, selling for $25,740. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Summer Americana and Variety Auction held Aug. 24-25 was a highly successful event and produced strong prices – along with a few surprises – in multiple categories. The two-day sale consisted of 1,380 lots of diverse material that generated robust levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in several segments of the marketplace. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 3,000 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in house and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Clocks, fine art stoked bidding at Alderfer Auction

Wes Hempel (American, b. 1953), ‘Suspension of Disbelief,’ 2003, oil on canvas, 34 x 34½in. Price realized: $7,200. Alderfer Auction image

HATFIELD, Pa. – As the temperature was rising under the August sun, so were the prices at Alderfer Auction, especially for 20th-century fine art and antique clocks. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Julian Onderdonk painting tops prices realized at Kaminski’s

Julian Onderdonk, titled ‘Grey Morning,’ oil on wood, $19,200

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ August Estate auction saw two days of strong sales and prices for everything from Regency furniture to European portraits.  The top lot of the sale held on Saturday, and Sunday, August 18-19, was a Julian Onderdonk oil on wood painting titled ‘Grey Morning’ from a Palm Beach, Florida estate. Onderdonk, who died at age 40, was an impressionist painter from Texas who studied under William Merritt Chase and is known “as the father of Texas painting.” The small painting measured five inches by nine inches and sold for $19,200.

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Heritage Auctions’ $40M numismatic event hits 3-year high

DALLAS – Bidders made numismatic history at Heritage Auctions’ American Numismatic Association events Aug. 14-19 as total sales surpassed $40 million – the auctioneers’ biggest ANA auction since 2015.

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I.M. Chait posts impressive results so far this year in many art categories

Anna Mary Robertson aka Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961), Halloween, signed and dated July 7, 1958. Sold May 20, 2018 for $100,000 against an estimate of $30,000-$40,000

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Founded in 1969 by Asian art expert Isadore M. “Izzy” Chait, I.M. Chait Gallery & Auctioneers conducts approximately 20 auctions per year, with estimates that range from one hundred to one million dollars. And while the family-owned business is most closely associated with high-end Asian art and antiques, I.M. Chait has seen its profile rise this year with successes in jewelry, watches, antiquities and fine art of the Western world.

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John Moran achieves strong prices in Aug. 21 Studio Auction

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers continues to bring strong prices at their Studio Auctions featuring quality makers, artists, and objets d’art, as witnessed most recently in their Aug. 21 edition. The first session of the day saw nearly 300 lots of silver, art glass, furniture, and other decorative art come to the block. The second session featured over 300 lots of California, American and European artwork from such notable artist as Franz Bischoff, Paul Grimm, Georges Braque, and many more. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Mickey Mantle jersey stuns hobby, sets record at $8.6M

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Over a half century after Mickey Mantle established the World Series home run record with his 17th and 18th in the 1964 World Series, the jersey he wore as he launched those long balls set a record of its own at $1,320,000, the highest price ever paid at auction for a Mantle gamer. The price shatters the standing Mantle record of $486,000 set by Heritage Auctions just 18 months ago. The result marks just the fourth seven-figure sale of a game-worn jersey in sports collectibles auction history.

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Highlight of Elvis Week, Auction at Graceland records $800K

Gen. Omar Bradley owned 1942 Beretta Model M1934 9mm pistol gifted to Elvis Presley on Dec. 9, 1970. Presley later gifted the pistol to a girlfriend, Barbara Leigh. Price realized: $51,250. The Auction at Graceland image

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – With tens of thousands of fans in the city for Elvis Week to celebrate the life and career of the king of rock ’n’ roll, music fans and collectors in Memphis and around the world participated on site and online in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at The Auction at Graceland. The 208-lot sale grossed approximately $800,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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