Imagine the consignor’s shock when a 2½-inch Chinese glass snuff bottle with hand-painted landscape scenes, which was estimated at $100-$150, became the object of a bidding war and sold via LiveAuctioneers for a whopping $17,250. The tiny bottle seemed destined for success after attracting 427 catalog hits online during the May 26-27 Cordier’s Two-Day Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction.
The name "Julio Le Parc" (Argentinean, b. 1928) had potential bidders busily scouring auction lots to turn up artworks like the 47-inch-long aluminum and painted plywood mobile in Millea Brothers’ May 6 Modern sale. The artist-signed mobile had been inscribed on verso: Pour Mr. Arnold Newman - Le Parc NY 1967, and came directly from the Newman estate. Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, the mobile sold online for $10,200.
John "Doc" Holliday Memorabillia
On May 17, LiveAuctioneers bidders traveled back in time to our country’s pioneer days as Engel Auction Co. of Ennis, Mont., offered the extraordinary Lang Spraggins lifetime collection of Old West memorabilia. The Spraggins collection was a virtual time capsule of relics once belonging to cowboys, outlaws and lawmen who carved their identities into American lore. A superb gold pocket watch inscribed To my partner and friend John Joshua Webb, July 4, 1879, Las Vegas N.M. John H. Holliday had a wide estimate range of $5,000 to $50,000. The unique timepiece that was a gift from the legendary “Doc” Holliday reached the upper end of expectations, selling to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $41,650. Holliday’s actual dental bag containing tools of his trade, with his full name spelled out on the bag flap, was chased to twice its high estimate and then some, realizing $20,230 online. Another incredible item in the Spraggins collection was an original hand-tinted tintype of Billy the Kid taken at age 17 or 18, when he worked as a ranch hand prior to his brief life of crime. The image sold through LiveAuctioneers for $38,675.
333 Auctions’ Postwar Contemporary Art sale held May 19 generated a huge amount of interest. A signed and dated (2005) Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) mixed media on paper study of an African-American man titled Joseph of Egypt flew past its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to garner $24,500 through LiveAuctioneers.
Tiffany Studios Lamps and Vase, Coca-Cola Dispenser
Morphy Auctions’ first-ever four-day sale chalked up $2.4 million, May 9-12. Two Tiffany Studios lamps and a Tiffany vase on bronze plinth were among the big online sellers, as was a 1928 Coca-Cola dispenser, which sold for $15,860.
Georgian Provincial Teapot
Styles may change, but the classics never go out of fashion, as evidenced by several of the top lots sold through LiveAuctioneers in Garth’s May 4-5 auction. A Georgian provincial teapot of double-bellied form with gooseneck spout, repoussé floral decoration and ivory finial completely ignored its $1,000-$2,000 estimate to earn $10,200.
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