LiveAuctioneers' TOP LOTS: December 2007 LiveAuctioneers.com provided the online catalog and live Internet bidding for the auctions and lots listed here. Information about these and millions of other lots is available at www.LiveAuctioneers.
News-Antique.com - Jan 08,2008 - Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932) Bronze
Philadelphia's newest fine art auction company, Fuller's, got off to a fantastic start with its Dec. 1 inaugural sale, which garnered a phenomenal level of Internet participation. Of the 65 pieces that sold online, the top lot was a 1981 Fernando Botero (Colombian, born 1932) patinated bronze titled Hand with Cigarette. The 33¾-inch tall sculpture was signed, numbered and stamped Botero 2/6 Fonderia/M/Italy, and offered with provenance from New York's Marlborough Gallery and Philadelphia's Benjamin Mangel Gallery. The amusing form, which features a billow of smoke wafting from a hand-held cigarette, sold above estimate for $132,000. Congratulations to Jeffrey P. Fuller and his team on their exciting and extremely successful debut.
Circa-1780 Roanoke River Basin Chippendale Sidechair
When it comes to Southern antiques, the North Carolina auction house Leland Little is a renowned source. In the company's Dec. 1 Historic Hillsborough auction, 127 items sold through LiveAuctioneers, including a simple but important circa-1780 Roanoke River Basin Chippendale sidechair. Referenced in John Bivins' book The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina, the chair had been estimated at $1,000-$2,000 but soared to an online selling price of $14,400.
Asian 20th Century Artwork
David Rago Auctions knocked the ball right out of the park once again with a hugely successful Dec. 7-9 sale titled Great Estates: Antiques, Asian, Jewelry. Among the 312 lots that sold online, a grouping of four Asian artworks ignited a blaze of bidding before selling online for $67,375 – more than 67 times its high estimate! Included in the group was a 20th-century watercolor on paper of a woman wearing a floral head adornment, signed and dated 1977; a 1964 S.J. Han oil-on-canvas depiction of a temple; and an oil-on-canvas portrait of a woman, artist-signed Kanjo Kajiwara.
Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky (Russian, 1858-1911) Winter Forest
Russian art was a force with which to be reckoned at The Chicago Art Auction’s Winter Fine Art sale, held Dec. 9. An oil-on-canvas landscape titled Winter Forest, 1908, painted by Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky (Russian, 1858-1911) soared past its $20,000-$30,000 estimate. Artist-signed and dated at lower right, and presented in a heavy oak frame, the work sold online for $98,000.
Louis XVI Style Gilt Metal Porcelain Clock
In John Moran’s Dec. 11 sale of antique and fine furnishings, a “pompadour pink” Louis XVI-style gilt-metal porcelain clock of the late-19th or early 20th century, fashioned in Sevres style, garnered 31 bids before selling to a LiveAuctioneers bidder for $10,200 – more than three times the high estimate.
Cesare Auguste Detti (Italian, 1847-1914) Oil On Canvas, Cavalier
Over the three-days of DuMouchelles’ Dec. 14, 15 and 16 auction, 227 lots sold via the Internet, including a Cesare August Detti (Italian, 1847-1914) oil-on-canvas portrait of a cavalier. The 43 inch by 30 inch painting, presented in a fine gilt frame, attracted 16 bids before settling at $19,520, nearly twice its high estimate.
Signed letter from Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
Winslow Associates’ Dec. 15 Catalog and Web Auction