Artfact Live! Auction Roundup: Important Sale Results from the Artfact Staff Artfact had one of its strongest months yet with over 130 sales hosted on its Artfact Live! and Invaluable Live! online bidding platforms. Infinite Bidding™, Artfact’s privately branded live bidding p
engraved with a foliate and fruit motif, which is continued on its removable bulbous lid. With bidding starting at $500, the price quickly soared over the now modest $1,00 to $1,500 pre-auction estimate— ultimately selling to an online bidder for $10,000.
Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH “Art Nouveau and Art Deco”—October 20, 2009
Loetz, Klostermuhle. 'Phänomen' goblet, 1901.
Price Realized: €13,500
Quittenbaum’s “Art Nouveau and Art Deco” sale offered many tempting items for online bidders. Several examples of glasswork from Bohemian manufacturer Johann Loetz Witwe, Klostermuhle were offered, including a Phänomen goblet circa 1901. Founded in 1836, the glass works reached its peak in 1900 when it was awarded the grand prize at the Paris World Exhibition. In the ensuing years, Loetz took advantage of its connections with the Viennese art scene to bring in artists like Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser and their students. Composed of amber-colored and clear cased glass, the goblet also has applied batches of red-brown glass decoration and an overall pattern of silver-yellow stripes, characteristic of the firm. Selling online for €13,500, the goblet was among the top ten selling lots in the Quittenbaum sale.
Alexander Autographs “Rock The Auction, Day 1”—October 21, 2009
The Beatles First State Sealed Mono "Livingston" Butcher Cover
Price Realized: $21,000
Known as a “Livingston Butcher,” this rare Beatles First State Sealed Mono LP “Yestrerday and Today” was one of 20 given to Peter Livingston by his father Alan Livingston— 1960’s President of Capitol Records. Recalled for it’s graphic cover, few examples remained in the market, let alone in sealed, mint condition. Unveiled at the 1986 Los Angeles Beatlefest convention, Peter asked just $1,000 each for the mono covers—a price that quickly soared as word grew about the before unknown stash. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity, this rare LP sold online for $21,000— more than 20 times the price of a mono cover in 1986.
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