It's time again for LAST WEEK AT THE AUCTION. America’s Favorite Top 10 list of Auction Results from around the globe & I am your post host blogger, JOSH LEVINE, back again with the latest and greatest from the auction world. I hope you enjoy these finds and maybe learn a thing or 2. I always do. So, here we go. It’s last week at the auction…
#10 is the Jane Peiser 3 Figure Planter that hammered for $1200 at Leland Little.
Approx. 20" Tall, unsigned but unmistakably by this wonderful North Carolina Potter. I love finding hidden gems in the Art Pottery field. Thanks, Joe Pandur.
#9 is this Eli Harvey Desk Bronze that brought $3500 at John Moran’s.
Known as “Lioness With Kill” and dated 1904 this little gal was only 9.25” long for perspective. That is a great find.
#8 Check out this 1796 Draped Bust Silver Quarter that realized $13,500 at Matthew Bullock Auctioneers.
Only graded F12, that price truly illustrates the rarity of coinage like this. As well the demand.
This one is a beauty.
#7 is a Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and gem-set bangle that brought $18,900 at Freeman's.
Remember that name and think big bucks. And speaking of big bucks, I am featuring some furniture in this episode as prices are ticking way up. I believe for several reasons.
1) Styles change and things come back. Like ABBA.
2) The upcycle mindset and a little nostalgia is "paying" respect to the originals.
And, 3) That crappy reproduction you want is sitting on a cargo ship or at the docks so you got to go auction baby. I Love it.
Okay, so let me show you.
#6 American Chippendale Desk and Bookcase brought $38,000 at Brunk Auctions.
True 18th Century and from Connecticut, it’s great to see a 250-year-old piece commanding money again.
And speaking of which.
#5 A Pair of Philadelphia Queen Anne Side Chairs sold for $46,000 at Westport Auction.
Queen Anne Style was popular in the mid-18th Century and apparently coming back. Maybe Netflix is to blame. Or is it Outlander?
But alright. This one is for you Mid Century Fans.
#4 is a Wendell Castle Game Table that hammered for $100,000 at Rago.
Signed WS and dated 1975, it was in his catalog raisonne of known works. Super cool. His stuff is out there.
But enough about furniture. Here is some super cool stuff.
#3. Captain America’s Shield brought $259,540 at Hakes.
This was a Chris Evans Prop Shield from End Game. Cool right, but if you are like me, you are already thinking, this was a prop. There were more made for the franchise. And I want to know where I can get my hands on one. A time machine?
#2 Is the Skull of a juvenile triceratops that sold for $679,500 at Christie's London.
Or about $500,000 British Pounds converted. Who would want one of those?
But this one takes this week’s cake.
#1 is A Rare Portrait Sand Bottle that hammered for $780,000 at Hindman, setting the world record for this rare genre of collectible.
And this one was by the master Andrew Clemens and this is the only portrait he was known to have done in the medium. The bottle stood at 8-3/4” tall and has lasted all these years.
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