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Is there Silk in Your Drawers?

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

<a href="" target="_BLANK" rel="nofollow"><img src="" border="0"></a>It's that time of week again. Time to check out my latest auction finds. It’s Last Week at the Auction...America's Favorite Top 10 List of Auction Results from around the globe. All have been hand selected (or mouse clicked) by me, Josh Levine, your host and guide to the world of auctions. This is Episode 9 of Season 3....and still The Hottest Weekly Post & You Tube Series in the entire world….

Okay, the auction world.

I have got another great post for you today! Packed with Amazing Auction Results, Fun Facts and so much please enjoy this week's installment installment of LAST WEEK AT THE AUCTION.

Let’s get this one out of the way…

#10 is an antique funeral post mortem photograph that sold for $280 at Matthew Bullock Auctioneers.

I know, I know…why did you have to show us that Josh. Well it’s a quick history lesson of sorts. You see, as soon as photography became "a thing" this was one of the most popular subjects. And for several reasons. People could not easily travel to a funeral or viewing to pay their respects, so why not take a picture..."it lasts longer." Further, death was more accepted as common place and this would not have been considered morbid at the time. And also, photography was very expensive. In fact, one may not have ever had a picture taken during their entire life so this was kind of your finally hurrah.

Have you ever paid for a funeral? Its about ½ a wedding…did I say HAPPY HOLIDAYS Yet ?

#9 is a Hermès Cashmere & Silk Scarf that brought $650 at Hindman.

I want you too keep an eye out for these. I have found stashes of these in estate drawers and as you can see, it’s like finding cash. Look for this signature. This type of goodie goes in my "don’t just dump out the drawers for donation" category. At least not before you have a really good look.

#8 is a set of 3 Paolo Soleri Wind Chime Bells that brought $650, also at Hindman.

If you are not familiar, have a look at their very distinctive style. We find these all over the SW but many families, especially abroad, don’t have a clue what they are. Mom or Day may have received as a gift or purchased at the artists work shop during a visit and when family comes to settle an estate / sell the house or have a yard sale, they just leave them with the house or sell them for $5-10 not knowing.

These are easily $100+ each and the larger babies….pow ! They can command big bucks....

#7 is a wonderful Mountain Dew Tin Litho Sign that brought $3000 Canadian at Miller and Miller.

Did you know Mountain Dew had a Hill Billy Mascot? This circa 1967 find is highly coveted by collectors of advertising.

BTW his name was Willy and the original slogan was….”it’ll tickle yore innards”….not what today's should be…."enjoy the diabetes."

#6 a Lions Club Pez dispenser just brought $3325 at Archive Auction.

When Steve Ruth told me about this sale, I was floored. Plus, he said it had noted condition issues, but with its extreme rarity, the bidders didn’t care.

They wanted their candy!

I have never seen these before....

#5 was an amazing pair of Barbie and Ken Store Display Mannequins that brought $5000 Canadian at Miller and Miller.

Circa 1960 and rare, these would be quite the showstoppers in anyone’s Barbie or serious Pop Culture Collection.

Be on the lookout. They were made for the department stores so there must be more of them out there.

#4 is a 1959 Rolex Explorer that did $9000 at Freemans.

I point this one out for a few reasons. Note, it was Stainless Steel and very unassuming besides the name. Many of the hard to find models like this command more than some the solid gold versions as watch collectors are looking for these rare examples of mid-century classic timepieces. I’ve seen supposed expert jewelers snub their noses at these because they are stainless, not knowing about the hidden value.

#3 is a Scagel Hunter knife with it’s original sheath that sold for $17,000 at Morphy’s.

Now that’s a knife. These early 20th century knives were exclusive to Abercrombie and Fitch but in the 1930s and during the start of the Great Depression, The Retailer asked Scagel to cut corners and make their knives cheaper. They refused to lower their standards and went solo.

Look for their mark. You have 17000 reasons too.

I just loved this one #2 is an Amphora Dragon Vase that hammered for $44000 at Morphy’s.

Called the Spitting Coin Dragon, it stood 21” tall. The Turn Teplits mark gave it away, to those in the know. Some of the finest Nouveau Vases are by this Bohemian Maker.

I get giddy when I see their mark.

But here’s today’s #1. A Harry Bertoia Multi Plane Construction just sold for $70,000 at Wright.

Standing at 47” tall and classic Bertoia, I once sold a similar, but larger example, for over $100K for a family. I chose to feature this piece as is it brings back great memories. The family we sold it for had thought it was some kind of clothes drying rack as it had been in the family’s laundry room for several years.

Isn’t that crazy…Next time you see one, you’ll know what it is.

And now you know what happened….Last Week at the auction!

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