Block’s Marble Auctions

PO Box 51, Trumbull, Connecticut 06611

About Auction House

Block's Marble Auctions has been serving the marble collecting community since 1989. Our marble auctions were originally run as Block's Box Absentee Marble Auctions. Block's Box was the partnership of Stanley Block and Robert Block. Stan was the founder of the Marble Collectors Society of America in 1975 and served as it's Chairman for 40 years. He is a Schiffer Publishing author having written Marble Mania and a series of books on Handmade Marbles. Stan began collecting marbles in the 1960s and Block's Box was originally a mail-order marble dealer. Bob is the author of numerous books for S...Read More
chiffer Publishing including Marbles: Identification and Price Guide. He has been collecting marbles since the mid-1970s. Bob has been the Chairman of the Marble Collectors Society of America since 2016.Read Less

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    Around the Auction World: August 2022

    What’s new from around the auction world this August? A Mickey Mantle trading card sold with Heritage Auctions for a staggering USD 12.6 million this month, setting a new record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia of all time. Overall, auction houses settled into the dog days of summer before gearing up for the fall selling season. Despite a slowdown, there was no shortage of auction world news this month.  Check out other top headlines from around the auction world this August, including a sale of tiny marbles and results from Monterey Car Week 2022. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981. Image courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong. Auction Highlights Notable sales emerged from around the auction world to end the summer season. In Hong Kong, Poly Auction celebrated its 10th anniversary with the high-profile sale of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1981. It achieved $13.4 million and boosted a five-day sales week total of $127 million. Saffronart of Mumbai, India notably presented the second edition of The Art of India Auction in time for India’s 75th Independence Day. Among the top lots was H. A. Gade’s Monsoon Greys ($37,080). Elsewhere, Crescent City Auction Gallery presented a wide range of vintage French furniture lots during its Summer Decorative Arts and Interiors Auction. Key lots included sideboards, hall stands, and commodes in the French Louis XVI style. Fans of collectible tobacciana also enjoyed a robust selection of items in Lion and Unicorn’s August 23, 2022 sale. Enthusiasts browsed relics and collectibles associated with pubs and smoking, including decorative ashtrays and elaborate match stands from the likes of Royal Doulton. Detail of a Haji Jalili Persian Tabriz rug. Image courtesy of Nazmiyal Auctions. Key Artists This August, Auction Daily particularly featured the work of Tabriz carpet weaver Haji Jalili. A leader of the Tabriz rug revival movement in the late 19th century, Haji Jalili enjoyed the patronage of the royal court and used his workshop’s influence to create woven masterpieces. The artisan was highly educated and held traditional Sufi philosophy in exceptionally high regard. Haji Jalili’s rugs are known for their delicate use…

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    On a Roll With Block’s Marble Auctions’ Late Summer Marble Sale

    It's all fun and games when it comes to collecting marbles! These tiny to large spheres have been entertaining children as playthings since the times of the pharaohs in Ancient Egypt– and probably even earlier! Today, fine examples are highly sought after by collectors worldwide, given their history, variety, range of materials, and visual appeal. Block's Marble Auctions, LLC of Trumbull, Connecticut is offering 350 lots of century-spanning marbles, paperweights, and related items as part of the Marble Auction #1134, scheduled for August 20th, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT. Here are a few top lots from this eye-catching sale. A boxed collection of Akro Agate marbles. Image courtesy of Block’s Marble Auctions, LLC. This first highlight is a bit of a time capsule find. It is lot #0189, a boxed collection of Akro Agate marbles in their all-original packaging. This set includes a handsomely illustrated cardboard gift box with trays, a marble pouch, and 32 "Popeye Corkscrew" style marbles in assorted colors. Popeye Corkscrew marbles have two or more colored spirals on a base made of clear glass with fine white filaments. This item was produced around 1927 to 1930 by the Akro Agate Company of Clarksburg, West Virginia. At the time, this business was the largest glass marble manufacturer on the planet. This practically new set is estimated at USD 800 to $1,600. A Guinea marble produced by Christensen Agate Company, c. 1925 - 1930. Image courtesy of Block’s Marble Auctions, LLC. Second up is lot #0349, a Guinea marble produced by the Christensen Agate Company around 1925 to 1930. This company, located in Cambridge, Ohio, was in business for less than a decade. However, it produced absolutely stunning marbles which are much in demand with collectors today. Guinea marbles are transparent-based, with clear glass being the most common core color. Other popular hues include amber and cobalt. They have surfaces decorated with bits and pieces of opaque color starting from– and ending at– one or two seams. Described as an "absolutely outstanding example" by experts at Block's Marble Auctions, this marble has a single seam, which is quite…