Updated: May 23, 2020
Here we go! It's Last Week at the Auction. America's Favorite Top 10 List of Auction Results from around the globe as hand selected by me, Josh Levine, you host and guide to the world of auctions. This is Episode 1 of Season 2....we are back baby! The Hottest You Tube Series and Social Media Sensation. It is like you took Brad Pitt, the Antiques Roadshow, and the Magic that is Santa Claus...bottled it, shook it and now you get to look at it...still with me?
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Coming in at #10 is a great piece...when art meets furniture. This crazy 27" table brought $3,250 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland Ca. Talk about provenance, this sale featured this and many items other items from the estate of the late actor and comedian, Robin Williams. All came from his home in Tiburon California.
Always remember provenance can influence values and should you ever buy a piece like this, keep any and all documents to support the piece for later transfer. I can't tell you how many times people tell me purported stories, but in today’s world, documented chain of custody is necessary. Think Block Chain.
Okay...#9 Check out this lovely Chinese Enameled Vase that brought...$4,000, also at Clars in Oakland. Measuring 20" tall and decorated with peonies, bats and pair of mythical beasts, I chose to feature this piece to illustrate a point. The base had been drilled out, and right thru its mark! So, it was most likely a lamp at some point in its life. Once, the kiss of death, to Chinese antique vases, as these early pieces become more and more scarce or priced out of affordability...the collectors have become more forgiving and willing to spend good money on rare pieces with a few issues. There a lot of lamps out their hiding Qing & Ming Dynasty Vases out there...