THE MARKET RESPONDS TO THE FINEST IN AMERICAN DESIGN, FINE ART AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AT CLARS RECO Oakland, CA — Clars Auction Gallery’s February 18th and 19th, 2012 Antiques and Fine Art Sale surpassed all previous sales for the firm realizing $1.8 million over two days fueled by important works i
the Saturday session, an extensive collection of domestic and international stamps was offered in 50 lots. The entire collection earned over $13,000 with the top lot being a grouping of Chinese first day cover 8˘ stamps dated 1981 which sold for $2,015.
The historic journals and photographs of Albert Chandler Brown (1855-1920) including his Civil War diaries with accounts of and his conversations with President Lincoln and Edwin McMasters Stanton the Secretary of War earned a solid $17,775. From California history, a California Gold Quartz presentation walking stick which was presented by the Engrossing Clerks of the California State Assembly to Hugh B. Newell, a member of the assembly from 1867-1870 from El Dorado county sold for close to high estimate at $8,887.
A Native American basket collection saw a 99% sell through confirming the ongoing enthusiasm for these works. The top seller in this collection was a Pomo Burden basket which earned a very respectable $2,370.
The Asian category featured a wide assortment of Asian items from the collection of the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles to benefit their acquisition fund. This collection earned $85,000+ with the top offering being a Chinese carved pink tourmaline, now fitted as a lamp finial which sold for $5,000.
The top lot overall in the Asian offerings on February 19th, was a Chinese blue and purple glazed pear-shaped vase with an apocryphal Yongzheng mark, which sold for over 100 times its estimate at $13,000.
Jewelry was the final category that brought consistent strong results. A stunning solitaire diamond ring set with 1(one) emerald cut diamond weighing 2.52 cts and accented by 62 diamonds weighing 0.64cts earned $14,200. A lovely diamond Buccellati ring and earring suite set in 18k yellow and white gold sold for $7,700 followed by a Lady’s diamond Rolex Datejust wristwatch in 18k white gold which earned $11,250.
Clars next Antiques and Fine Art sale will be held March 17th and 18th, 2012. The Saturday session will begin @ 9:30am and the Sunday session start promptly at @ 10am. Previews for this sale will be Friday, March 16th from 1pm to 6pm and 9am Saturday and Sunday or by special appointment. A full catalog will be available online at www.clars.com prior to the sale.
Clars offers valuation session for up to five items each Thursday from 9am to 12 noon. Clars specialists are on hand to offer verbal valuations on fine art, decoratives, antiques and much more.
For more information on the exciting February sale, please call (510) 428-0100, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.clars.com Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.