Cowan's Auctions' 1904-1907 album by Beverly B. Dobbs in black pebbled leather contained 136 silver gelatin images, many signed and titled in the negative by Dobbs. Highlights included a fine image taken in the street showing the Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen surrounded by well-wishers in 1906, the aftermath of a 1905 fire in Nome and an excursion train to the Seward Peninsula. Dobbs received a gold medal at the St. Louis World's Fair for his Eskimo photography, and his album sold for $17,400 on Sept. 15, well above its $4,000 - $6,000 estimate.
A Pair of Chinese Moon Flasks
More than 25,000 visitors consulted the online catalog for Cheffins' Sept. 26-27 auction of paintings, antique furniture and other collectors' items. Thirty-one bids were lodged on a pair of Chinese double-handled 10-inch moon flasks. The late 19th-century vessels featured peach-shape reserves on each side and a very appealing turquoise and yellow motif with lotus scrolling. The handsome duo, estimated at $800-$1,200, was a runaway favorite, fetching $9,310 through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Alfred De Dreux (French 1810-1860) Portrait
Online participants bid aggressively in Kamelot's Sept. 28-29 auction. A fine portrait of a woman in a flowing skirt (possibly the Comtesse D'Assay), shown on horseback in a forest setting, was the talk of the sale. Attributed to Alfred de Dreux (French, 1810-1860), the 25.5 by 31.75 inch painting had been estimated at $8,000-$12,000, but shot to $78,000, with an online bidder prevailing.
Georg Jensen tea and coffee set
While the work of British and American silversmiths has never gone out of style, the perfection and timeless appeal of Georg Jensen's Scandinavian design ethic contributed to a lofty result in SUSANIN'S Premiere Auction 51 held on Sept. 15. A weighty 5-piece tea and coffee set conceived around 1915 by Jensen artisan Johan Rohde and marked Dessin, Denmark, Sterling finished just above its high estimate to serve up a $22,050 bid.
Signed Chinese Scroll Painting of Two Women
Applebrook's Important Fall Estate auction held on Sept. 20 produced quite a surprise when a 27-by-26.5 inch signed Chinese scroll painting achieved 32 times its high estimate. With heavy action from the Internet, 184 people visited this lot through the online catalog, with 56.3 percent of them using LiveAuctioneers' search function to locate items containing the word "Chinese." One of the online bidders now owns the painting of two women in graceful poses, after paying $19,200.
Wood-Mounted Carved Jade Paperweight
Alderfer's Sept. 6-8 sale of fine and decorative arts was 22.6 percent sold to online bidders, with more than 64,000 visitors to their online catalog. Bidders aggressively pursued antiques and relics from the collection of Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer. A wood-mounted jade paperweight carved with the image of two figures in a landscape was entered in the sale together with a handwritten note that said "Presented to me by President Rhee." Sygmund Rhee was president of the Republic of Korea from 1948-1960. Estimated at $500-$700, the paperweight skyrocketed to $12,000, and now