17th century painting from the estate of a Holocaust survivor will be sold by Auction Life, Jan. 22 A 17th century oil on canvas painting attributed to Italian painter Francisco Albani (1578-1660) with provenance, from the estate of Holocaust survivor Edith Alexander will be sold Jan. 22 in Florida.
to be sold as separate lots (the ring estimated at $350-$1,050 and the pendant $900-$2,700). The pendant is a heavy vintage piece, 2 ½ inches in height, depicting a remarkably detailed pharaoh. The ring shows a pharaoh’s face. Another matching 14kt ring and pendant will also come under the gavel.
Mrs. Alexander was born at around the time King Tut’s tomb was discovered. Because of that, she always fancied that she might be the reincarnation of Queen Nefertiti and had a lifelong love affair with all things Egyptian. A truly remarkable piece being sold is her 18kt gold Egyptian pharaoh temple scene pendant with amazingly detailed hieroglyphics, patterns and subjects. The piece has wire work design to the reverse and depicts a pharaoh. It should fetch $1,500-$4,500.
A 19th century Austrian Royal Vienna gold gilt urn, 15 inches tall, with hand-painted scenes of classical philosophers and warriors on a cobalt and embossed gilt ground is expected to finish at $1,000-$2,000. The urn suggests Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt (1798-1801) and is artist signed “C. Heeli.”. The urn is believed to be from the “Golden Age” series and weighs almost four lbs.
A rare, limited-edition pair of Marc Chagall spinning bronze vitraux columns, signed and numbered (160/300), each one standing 10 ¼ inches tall, will be sold as one lot, with an estimate of $1,000-$3,000. What makes this offering so tantalizing is the fact that research didn’t turn up a single instance of another pair being sold at auction. This is likely to drive up the final price.
A signed artist’s proof serigraph of the artist Erte’s famous image Symphony in Black (from his “At the Theatre” suite), 39 inches by 32 inches (framed), should realize $400-$1,200. The piece represents a costume designed for Black Velvet, a show at the London Palladium in 1938. Every showgirl is shown with a dog. The iconic image has been copied and reproduced countless times.
Another iconic image, this one a lithograph of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn (Marilyn Monroe), is signed and numbered in pencil by Warhol (“33/126”) and comes with a certificate of authenticity (est. $400-$1,200). Also up for bid will be a beautiful bronze figural white marble antique mantel clock depicting a mother (or goddess) with a cherub (or cupid). It should make $750-$2,250.
Returning to jewelry, two lots carry identical pre-sale estimates of $500-$1,500. One is a lovely antique solid 18kt gold and jeweled crown pendant and pin boasting 22 emeralds and 20 rubies. The other is a visually arresting pair of 22kt gold baroque earrings with heavy duty threaded post and screw-on clip.
In all, 300 lots will come up for bid. An auction preview will be held on auction day, Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11 am until the first gavel falls at 1 pm Eastern time. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. A buyer’s premium will be applied to all winning bids. This is just the third auction for Auction Life. The firm’s first two sales, held on July 24th and