Heritage Auctions

445 Park Ave, New York, New York 10022

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Heritage Auctions is an American multi-national auction house based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in the 1970s and 80s from a partnership between two rival collectors, Heritage is an auctioneer of numismatic collections, comics, fine art, books, luxury accessories, and memorabilia from film, music, history, and sports

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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Rings Up Over $98.6M in Sales

    New York:  After a two-year absence, Asia Week New York returned stronger than ever with galleries and auction houses ringing up total combined sales of $98,622,190. At press time, this figure includes 25 out of 26 galleries and 5 out of 6 auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, and Sotheby’s. iGavel Auctions opens for online bidding on April 7th. Ken Matsubara 1948-present Chaos - 屏風「カオス」, 1983 Painting H70 7/8 x W433 1/8 in, H180 x W1100 cm Credit: Ippodo Gallery Said Dessa Goddard chairman of Asia Week New York: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response we received from our collectors, curators, and scholars, who returned to New York for the many exhibitions, auction sales and museum shows. Their excitement and energy were palpable throughout the week, and the results of the sales testifies to the continued strength of the Asian Art market. We look forward to continuing our active program of newsletters, virtual galleries, webinars, and postings throughout this year and to an even more successful 2023. To celebrate the occasion, a gala reception co-hosted by The Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Asia Week New York took place at the Museum. Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, Dessa Goddard, the chairman of Asia Week New York and Mike D. Hearn, the Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art welcomed the crowd of over 450 attendees comprising of international collectors, curators, gallery owners, and scholars who were in town for the exhibitions, auctions, and museum shows.Here is a sampling of the responses and sales from the dealers:Steven Chait, one of the principals of the Chinese-specialists R.M. Chait Galleries, Inc,. reported that sales were made to a variety of private collectors, mostly American and some European, with museum interest pending on a few. “The week was a great success in turnout and enthusiasm,” said Chait. “It was great to see so many people happily visiting again after the Covid break.”"It was wonderful to welcome visitors to the gallery again during Asia Week,” says Katie Williamson, director of Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. There was…

  • Auction Industry
    Around the Auction World: March 2022

    Images from around the auction world this March. Image credit from left to right: Akiba Antiques, Phillips, and Nation’s Attic, Inc. Collage by Heemin Moon (Auction Daily). This month welcomed the spring auction season during a period of global uncertainty and change. Auction Daily covered the top stories from around the auction world, including record-breaking London art sales in early March and a chain of acquisitions by Bonhams. We also kept an eye on results and upcoming auctions that flew under the radar.  Here are the top headlines from around the auction world this March. Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Image courtesy of Bruun Rasmussen. Industry Trends In the midst of widespread market uncertainty, Christie’s and Sotheby’s opened the spring season with highly successful London art sales. René Magritte’s L’empire des lumières sold for $79.8 million, tripled the artist’s auction record, and contributed to the highest ever sale total that Sotheby’s has achieved in London. Christie’s London events included masterworks by Franz Marc and Lucien Freud. Both auction houses counted on the support of a global client base as effects of the war in Ukraine rippled through the art world. Despite the success, many questioned the ethics of markets continuing as normal during the crisis. Bonhams took several steps into the mid-level auction market this March. The auction house acquired both New England-based Skinner and Copenhagen’s Bruun Rasmussen within a two-week period. The acquisitions are part of Bonhams’ broader strategy to expand its digital footprint, re-connect to European markets after Brexit, and rival the largest auction companies. American Fotoplayer Style 35. Silent movie player piano/sound effect machine, c. 1920. Image courtesy of Potter & Potter Auctions. Auction Highlights Auction highlights this month included a two-day sale of gambling and advertising memorabilia at Potter & Potter Auctions. The offerings included a wide range of items, from vintage musical instruments to card-playing guides. The top lot was an American Fotoplayer used to create soundtracks and sound effects in silent movies. It sold for $33,600. Auction Daily also looked back at Heritage Auctions’ sale celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 213th birthday. The two-day event brought…

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    Two-Day Auction Offering Abraham Lincoln’s Possessions Scored $4.26 Million

    Heritage Auctions wrapped up its celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 213th birthday with the Lincoln and His Times auction. This two-day event nearly sold out and concluded with a total of USD 4,264,724. It featured documents with Lincoln's signature, gifts, office-time souvenirs, and artifacts from his assassination. The event was the most successful Americana sale at Heritage Auctions to date, according to the auction house. “We’re beyond thrilled. We knew we had good material and we had more than $2 million in left bids before the sale started but we didn’t know how much action we’d see over the weekend,” said Curtis Lindner, Heritage's director of Americana. From his days of practicing law in Springfield to his assassination, the auction reflected the various periods of Abraham Lincoln's life. Abraham Lincoln custom pocket knife in its original presentation box. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. The sale featured a custom pocket knife in its original presentation box. The knife was presented as a gift to Abraham Lincoln on June 16, 1864. Alfred B. Justice gifted the knife to Lincoln for attending the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia. The piece sold for $519,000.The lot holds much historic significance. “The continued interest in Lincoln’s handwritten letters and personally owned items, including the presentation knife, continues to show the influence and respect collectors have for this great man,” said Heritage Auctions’ Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena. Original draft manuscript petition of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. In the event, the auction also featured an original draft manuscript petition of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Schuyler Colfax (speaker of the House of Representatives), Hannibal Hamlin (Vice President of the United States), and 107 members of the 38th Congress signed this particular document in an attempt to abolish slavery. The lot went under the hammer for $262,500. There are very few surviving original duplicates of this early draft. Key to Abraham Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. The auction house also brought a historic item associated with Lincoln’s assassination to auction for the…

  • Auction Industry
    Sweets for Your Sweet This Valentine’s Day

    We have all heard the old adage, "candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." But if you want to make an amazing—and lasting—impression on your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, how about surprising them with a little something over the top? Here are a few outstanding, quirky, and memorable love-themed auction highlights guaranteed to make you the King, or Queen, of Hearts this Valentine’s Day. Helen Frankenthaler, Valentine for Mr. Wonderful, 1995. Image courtesy of Dane Fine Art Auctions. It's no coincidence that the word "heart" includes the word "art." Dane Fine Art Auctions of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is offering a perfect Valentine's Day-themed work during its Buds of Spring: Modern/Contemporary Art Sale on March 17, 2022. Titled Valentine for Mr. Wonderful, this striking book of seven love-themed etched aquatint engravings is by important and influential American artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011). It is lot #0008 and is estimated at USD 32,500 to $45,000. The work, which is presented in a paper folio and cloth-covered box, was published in 1995 as an edition of 25; this example is number 15. It is also signed by Frankenthaler on the title page. The book features the poem “St. Valentine” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams. Frankenthaler was a celebrated Abstract Expressionist painter noted for large canvas works that had a "spontaneous" look to them. To Frankenthaler, "A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once." Her works continue to trade hands in the five to six-figure range more than a decade after her passing. Most recently, her painting Leprechaun realized $362,500 with Heritage Auctions in June of 2020. Gucci leather pump shoes. Image courtesy of Hill Auction Gallery. Does your Valentine love shoes? Then this next red hot pick was made for you. Hill Auction Gallery of Sunrise, Florida is offering a pair of Gucci leather Molina crystal red heart pump shoes during its February 23, 2022 Euphoria Sale. The pair is lot #0429 and broadly estimated at $100 to $1,000. These black leather stilettos have peep toes and "T" ankle straps. They truly pop with large, crystal-covered red hearts.…

  • Auction Industry
    Around the Auction World: January 2022

    The first month of a new year presents ample time for reflection. As January pressed on, many auction houses looked back on a fruitful year of sales in 2021. Others teased previews of upcoming events, promising more eye-catching works and fresh-to-the-market finds. Auction Daily looked in both directions this month. We examined continuing trends in the auction industry, which upcoming events are worth watching, and what to do when the collecting thrill is gone. From David Klein’s travel posters to René Magritte’s L’empire des lumières, check out the top headlines from around the auction world this January. Claude Monet, Coin du bassin aux nympheas, 1918, on display at Sotheby’s New York. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s. Industry Trends Additional 2021 auction results from across the art industry trickled in this month. We noted that many auction houses at the top of the market enjoyed an extraordinarily good year— Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Heritage Auctions, and Phillips all set new records. Other firms reaped the benefits of a bull market. Technology, innovation, and long-standing client relationships kept the money flowing into auction houses even as the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected other art sectors.  NFTs continued their worldwide rise to dominance in January. Though it is still unclear how NFTs will fit into traditional systems, more auction houses are testing out the blockchain. For its part, Mumbai-based auction house Prinseps hosted the first NFT auction in India this month. It featured NFT versions of 35 paper works by Gobardhan Ash. Collectors preferred the physical copies but enthusiastically bid for NFTs that resembled internet avatars. Toward the end of January, we watched as two major Korean cultural artifacts came up for auction. Both state-designated “national treasures” failed to draw any bids during a K Auction event. This highly controversial offering came amid rising tensions in the South Korean art market. Just a few weeks before, galleries accused Seoul Auction and K Auction of behaving inappropriately in the country’s booming market. Hasui Kawase, Snow at Benten Shrine, 1929. Image courtesy of Things Japanese Gallery, Ltd. Auction Highlights To kick off 2022, we explored several major Greek…

  • Auction Result
    2021 Auction Results From Across the Industry

    As the first month of 2022 draws to a close, the art market remains a dynamic landscape. The Omicron coronavirus variant has rekindled fears of large gatherings and events, leading to a string of art fair cancelations. Auction houses have supplemented their income with extensive online programming, sometimes to great success. Companies across the art industry have released their yearly auction results from 2021 over the last few weeks. As many expected, 2021’s revenues were not quite as dire as those in 2020. However, pandemic troubles did not affect every company equally.  How did the auction industry fare in 2021, and what do last year’s auction results mean for 2022? Auction Daily investigates. Christie’s 20th/21st Century: Evening Sale in London. Image courtesy of Christie’s. The top auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, both set new records in 2021. Sotheby’s brought in a staggering USD 7.3 billion in sales. Christie’s was not far behind; it made $7.1 billion. Blue-chip works particularly increased these figures. Both auction houses also reached aggressively into the metaverse and accommodated the tastes of increasingly younger buyers.  Though these two giants continue to lead the industry in revenues, other houses advanced significantly in 2021. Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas surpassed $1.4 billion in sales. This was the first time in company history when the yearly total crossed the billion-dollar threshold. Heritage dominated the collectibles market (despite news-making tensions between video game collectors in September). Phillips netted $1.2 billion in sales during 2021, a new in-house record. The company is also making moves to expand its reach in 2022. It has a growing presence in Hong Kong, and Phillips is becoming a destination for collectors of ultra-contemporary art.  Bonhams has not released its 2021 auction results but recently announced the acquisition of renowned Stockholm-based auction house Bukowskis. British private equity firm Epiris acquired Bonhams in 2018. Since then, the house has significantly expanded its footprint in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States. Poly Auction auctioneer Jenny Lok sells Yoshitomo Nara’s Berlin Barack, Room 1 (2007). Image courtesy of Poly Auction. Mid-level auction houses also saw strong results…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Welcomes Back International Roster of Dealers for the 2022 Edition of Gallery Exhibitions, Auctions and Museum Shows

    New York: After an 18-month hiatus, The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that 26 international galleries and six auction houses —Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s–will participate, in person and online, in the 2022 edition of Asia Week New York, the week-long celebration of Asian art and culture that will take place from March 16th to 25th. Says Asia Week New York chairman Dessa Goddard: “We are delighted to announce our list of dealers and auction houses who are jointly opening their doors to the public in March. Everyone is excited to connect with the collectors and curators who have made New York such a major international destination for Asian art activities.”  According to Ms. Goddard, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art and MIYAKO YOSHINAGA will open their galleries in person to the public for their first Asia Week New York, while DAG, Ippodo Gallery and Giuseppe Piva are returning to the fold after a short absence. As always, the Asia Week New York galleries and auction houses will present a spectacular array of treasures featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints from different Asian countries from 2000 years BCE to the present. Organized by category, the following is the roster of the participating galleries: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art Jayashree Chakravarty Pulsating Roots Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Audio Tape, Plant bark, Paper and Synthetic glue on Canvas, Size: 70 x 70 in Year: 2020-21 Courtesy: Akar Prakar * Akar Prakar (New Delhi) * Art Passages * DAG (United States) * Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd (England) * Francesca Galloway (England) * Kapoor Galleries (United States) * Thomas Murray (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art Chinese Wood and Gesso Figure of a Seated Immortal Circa: early mid-19th century Height 18 ½ inches Courtesy: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. * Fu Qiumeng Fine Art (United States) * Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. (United States) * INK Studio (United States/China) * Kaikodo LLC (United States) * Zetterquist Galleries (United States) Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art Jizai Okimono A…

  • Auction Result
    Auction Review: Several Important Op Art Prints Realize Strong Prices at Heritage Auctions

    Bridget Riley, Larry Zox, Victor Vasarely, and Yaacov Agam led Heritage Auctions’ recent online In Focus: Op Art Showcase Auction to modest success. The sale concluded on December 2, 2021. Here are some of the top lots from the auction. Bridget Riley, Untitled (Nineteen Greys A), 1968. Image from Heritage Auctions. Until 1960, Bridget Riley was primarily known as an Impressionist who depicted landscapes. In 1967, however, Riley began experimenting with color compositions, optical effects, and geometric abstractions. The use of intricate patterns along with vibrant colors in her paintings produced illusions of movement, which became a primary theme throughout her career. The goal of her art is to create a sense of vibration that can draw the viewer’s eye. Among the notable results of the recent Op Art auction was a signed screenprint work by Bridget Riley. This piece held the highest price in the auction, selling for USD 7,812. Executed in 1968, it depicts white polka dots against a gray backdrop. Victor Vasarely, Tsikos C, 1989. Image from Heritage Auctions. Though Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely studied medicine at Budapest University in his early 20s, he later embraced art at the Muhely Academy. While pursuing a career in art, he was heavily influenced by color theorist and artist Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky. Vasarely’s paintings depicted various dimensions and depth in color. This led Vasarely to be known as the “father of the Op Art movement.” The critical foundation of the Op Art movement was the interconnectedness of colors, forms, and patterns as a single element. Such composition is often found in many of Vasarely’s works. Although Vasarely’s early pieces in the 1950s and 60s focused on color theory, he went on to explore and push the limits of two-dimensional art. His work featured intricate and complex color patterns with a two-dimensional surface, providing the viewer with a sense of kinetic energy. The recent auction sold Victor Vasarely’s Tsikos C for $1,562. This serigraph and collage on wove paper shows a striking monochrome composition. Layered white stripes twist and turn to resemble two intertwined zebras. Yaacov Agam, Star of…

  • Auction Result
    2021 Christmas Sale Highlights

    2021 was a strong year in the auction industry for Christmas-themed artwork, illustrations, and books. Premier temptations from legacy artists and authors consistently shattered presale estimates and generated stunning results. Here are five Christmas sale results that prove the category remains merry and bright among collectors worldwide! Charles Addams, The Addams Family Christmas, 1947. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. The Addams Family Christmas It's a family affair when it comes to this first Christmas sale highlight. On April 30, 2021, Heritage Auctions of Dallas, TX sold Charles Addams' (American, 1912 - 1988) ink and watercolor on board illustration for USD 87,500 as part of its Illustration Art sales event. Titled The Addams Family Christmas, the 1947 piece had a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. This framed drawing shows Morticia Addams decorating a skeletal holiday tree as Wednesday and Pugsley peek in. It measures 16.5 by 11.5 inches overall. Signed by the artist on the lower right, it also bears a magazine stamp from The New Yorker on the reverse. Jessie Wilcox Smith, Happy Christmas to All, 1912. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. “Happy Christmas to All” This next holiday highlight has been getting people in the Christmas spirit for over a century. On November 5, 2021, Jessie Willcox Smith's (American, 1863 - 1935) Happy Christmas to All realized $87,500 during Heritage Auctions' American Art sale. This legacy watercolor and ink on board work appeared in an edition of Clement C. Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas tale. Smith’s work featured in a 1912 version, published in Boston, MA. The signed work measures 7.5 by 28.75 inches overall and shows Santa Claus, his sleigh, and eight reindeer landing dramatically upon a snow-covered roof on a moonlit Christmas evening. This illustration remained in private hands for nearly 60 years. According to Heritage's experts, "the imagery by Smith in this iconic story shaped our modern views of Christmas in America." Pablo Picasso, illustrated postcard, 1919. Image courtesy of International Autograph Auctions Europe. Picasso Christmas Postcard This holiday highlight featuring Christmas dinner "Picasso style" will unquestionably whet your appetite. On December 2, 2021,…

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    Auction Daily’s 2021 Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt

    Bird's the word when it comes to Thanksgiving Day treats and treasures coming up for auction in November. Here are five gobble-gobble great finds for your consideration! Norman Rockwell, Home for Thanksgiving, 1945. Image from Heritage Auctions. Norman Rockwell’s Home for Thanksgiving  Let's kick off this Thanksgiving treasure hunt in the most iconic way possible. On November 5th, Heritage Auctions of Dallas, TX will present Norman Rockwell's Home for Thanksgiving in its American art auction. This heartwarming image appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on November 24th, 1945. The oil on canvas masterpiece measures 35 inches by 33 inches. Signed and inscribed by the artist, it is fully provenanced and authenticated. It features a 1940s-era autumnal scene of a handsome and vibrant soldier peeling potatoes alongside an older woman, possibly his mother or grandmother. Given the title of the work, it is safe to assume the two are preparing a side dish for their traditional Thanksgiving feast. Imagine the look on your Thanksgiving guests' faces if they saw this painting hanging on your dining room wall! This masterpiece carries a presale auction estimate of USD 4,000,000 to $6,000,000. Tiffany & Co. Shell & Thread pattern dinner plates. Image from Heritage Auctions. Tiffany & Co. Dinner Plates  For many folks, nothing says Thanksgiving like a plate piled high with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other traditional fixings. Here are some extraordinary plates to help serve that highly anticipated annual meal! On November 16th, Heritage Auctions will offer lot #74029, a set of six Tiffany & Co. Shell & Thread pattern sterling silver dinner plates during the Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu sale. This extraordinary sextet was designed and produced in 1911 and is fully hallmarked. Each plate measures over 11 inches in diameter and features a plain circular well, wide shoulder, a molded and engraved rim, and an engraved roundel on the neck. These plates bring the phrase "doing the dishes" to a whole new level. They carry a presale auction estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. Yellow glass epergne. Image from Crescent City Auction Gallery. Vintage Glass…

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    10 Spooky Lots Coming to Auction This Halloween

    Halloween celebrates all things ghoulish, spooky, and odd, and auction houses are joining the fun. Auction Daily surveys the spookiest lots hitting the auction block this Halloween season. Andy Warhol, Little Electric Chair, 1964-65. Image from Larsen Art Auction. Larsen Art Auction - Andy Warhol Print For his Death and Disaster series, Andy Warhol placed horrific and tragic photos under candied Pop Art colors. In Little Electric Chair, Warhol utilized a press photo of the electric chair used to execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in the Sing Sing prison of New York. He applied a layer of cherry red to the photo, lending a bloody tone to the already ominous image. One print of Little Electric Chair made its way to American rocker Alice Cooper. His girlfriend at the time, Cindy Lang, purchased the print from Andy Warhol’s Factory as a gift for Cooper after he used a similar electric chair onstage. Larsen Art Auction will bring this silkscreen to auction with an estimate of USD 2,500,000 to $4,500,000. The 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction starts on October 23rd, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT. Participate live on Bidsquare. Ed Moses, Untitled Tarantulas, 1983. Image from Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Los Angeles Modern Auctions - Ed Moses Tarantulas Ed Moses built a career on experimentation and change. His style constantly shifted as he drew inspiration from his Los Angeles art community and various art movements. While Moses is best known for his paintings, he dabbled in other mediums as well. Available with Los Angeles Modern Auctions is a spooky painted glass window by Ed Moses (estimate: $5,000 - $7,000). Yellow and green tarantulas scuttle across the black background of this piece. It previously decorated Rebecca’s Restaurant, a Frank Gehry-designed mainstay of Venice, California. The Art + Design sale from Los Angeles Modern Auctions starts on October 24th, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT. Bid live on LiveAuctioneers. Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, Silhouette. Image from Aguttes. Aguttes - Vivian Maier Self-Portrait American street photographer Vivian Maier lived and died in obscurity. She worked as a nanny along Chicago’s North Shore and captured the city…

  • Auction Result
    The Complete Results of 2021’s Fall Asia Week Auctions

    Collectors eagerly raised their paddles during this year’s Fall Asia Week. The largest auction houses together offered nearly two dozen events. The sales celebrated antique, modern, and contemporary items from across the continent. This auction series follows the success of Asia Week New York’s spring edition, which marked its 12th anniversary this year. What sold during the autumn auctions, and which categories saw the strongest results? Auction Daily investigates. Katsushika Hokusai, Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa), 1830. Image from Christie’s. Christie’s  During this year’s Fall Asia Week, Christie’s presented six auctions that surveyed the breadth of Asia’s geography and history. The week opened with an Important Japanese Art sale that achieved a total of USD 8,537,000 and an 85 percent sell-through rate by lot. A woodblock print of Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic Great Wave dominated the listings and sold for $687,500. Works by other ukiyo-e masters, including Toshusai Sharaku, Totoya Hokkei, and Utagawa Hiroshige, also yielded strong results.  Christie’s continued its offerings with two live auctions of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. One focused on antiquities, such as a South Indian bronze figure of Shri Devi from the 15th century and a large schist bodhisattva figure that dates back to the 4th century CE. The sale total was $2,699,000. The second auction included modern and contemporary works by masters like Jehangir Sabavala, Tyeb Mehta, and Maqbool Fida Husain. Sabavala’s The Embarkation (1965) notably realized $1,590,000, a new auction record for the artist.  A two-day event featuring Chinese decorative art, ceramics, and fine art finished with the highest single auction total of any Asia Week sale. High prices for a rare silver bowl, a large huanghuali table, and a jade tiger pendant contributed to the event’s final total of $24,637,625. The diverse catalog included items from the Springfield Museums, India House, and the Indianapolis Museum. Two timed auctions from Christie’s saw lukewarm results. The Asia! sale, which closed on September 28th, saw competitive bids for large Chinese silk paintings completed in the late Ming or early Qing dynasty. A timed online auction of…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Asia Week New York Heads Into the Autumn Season With Gallery Exhibitions and Auctions, September 17 through October 1

    New York: Whether it’s a contemporary ceramic vessel created by a National Treasure from Japan, an ink drawing by a young emerging artist from China or an ancient tribal mask from Borneo, Asia Week New York never disappoints with its amazing bounty of Eastern treasures. Starting September 17th through October 1st, 23 international galleries will present their exhibitions online at  www.asiaweekny.com or in their New York galleries (by appointment or check for hours) with six auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel, and Sotheby’s mounting their respective sales.   To register for the online preview on September 17th, at 5:00 p.m. EST; 2:00 p.m. PST visit:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9yAPktwTS3uNXqk7alKctA  Says Asia Week New York chairman Dessa Goddard: “We are delighted to present the Autumn 2021 edition of Asia Week New York.  When it comes to exhibiting the rarest and finest examples of Asian ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, bronzes, demonstrating artistry, ingenuity and imagination from every time-period and corner of Asia, our members have pulled out all the stops.” Organized by category, here is a round-up of the highlights at the galleries: Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asia Portrait of a standing nobleman is one of four Indian miniature paintings offered by Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd.  This Mughal drawing, circa 1660-80, with opaque watercolor and gold on paper, in a reduced album page with a specimen of calligraphy on the reverse–depicts an unidentified nobleman wearing a traditional court costume of simplified form, which indicates his status as a nobleman rather than a prince. Online only Untitled (Isabelle in Black Dress), by Paritosh Sen, is part of an exhibition called The Wonder of India: Explorations through 19th and 20th Century Art on view at DAG’s New York gallery. In 1981, Paritosh Sen was invited to be a visiting professor at the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore. His Isabelle series came from his time there, witnessing and depicting the violence of racism in the USA. Possibly modeled on one of his students, Isabelle is a beautiful, remote figure lost in thought while seemingly confined to her home. She is painted…

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    Divide Deepens Between Many Video Game Collectors and Auction Industry

    Record-breaking copy of Super Mario Bros. Image from Rally. Until recently, video game collector and YouTube personality MetalJesusRocks never thought the high prices video games achieve at auction would impact him. "I'm not a buyer or seller of graded, sealed retro games," he said in a recent video. "I don't even care about that world, to be quite honest with you." That changed when MetalJesusRocks realized that even a family in his area with little knowledge of video games took notice of the USD 2 million price a copy of Super Mario Bros. recently achieved. Hoping that they, too, may be sitting on an eight-figure collectible, the family factored the Super Mario Bros. sale into how they priced their own video games in a modest, neighborhood garage sale. "When you are standing at a garage sale, like I do, trying to get a good deal on stuff, that is a bit of an eye opener, for sure," he told his viewers. "So I knew things at that point, they had changed, for sure." On August 6th, 2021, a factory-sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System sold for $2 million. That is a new record for the highest price ever paid for a video game. Unlike the last six games to break the record, this copy of Super Mario Bros. did not cross the auction block with Heritage Auctions. Instead, an anonymous collector acquired it from a group of owners who held fractional shares on Rally, an investment platform. An illustration of the Rally mobile app. Image from the online investment platform. From video games to baseball cards, Rally acquires high-end collectibles that individuals can then own equity shares in, much like stock in a company. They can sell their shares in the Rally mobile app as the collectible appreciates in value or hold out for a person or organization to make a substantial offer on the collectible. Three-fourths of the shareholders in this copy of Super Mario Bros. approved the $2 million sale after turning down a $300,000 offer just last year. Polygon reports that shareholders…

  • Auction Industry
    Hank Aaron 3,000th Hit Game-Worn Jersey Comes to Auction

    Hank Aaron takes a moment to celebrate his 3,000th hit mid-game. Image from AP Photo/Gene Smith. 3,000 is one of the most important numbers in the data-intensive sport of baseball. Many fans and players view 3,000 career hits as the distinction between an excellent and an all-time great batter. On May 17th, 1970, Hank Aaron found himself sitting right on the cusp: 2,999 career hits. Despite being in the middle of another marquee season, the pressure of this last hit weighed heavily on the 37-year-old batter. "I didn’t eat much,” Aaron told reporters before that day's game. “I’m a little nervous about this.” 33,217 fans filled Crosley Field in Cincinnati that day, hoping to witness history. In his four at-bats, Hank Aaron struck out, grounded out twice, and sent an easy pop up to center field. No hits; game over. Hank Aaron's Atlanta Braves, though, were scheduled to play a second game that day. This time, in his first at-bat, Hank Aaron sent a hard-hit ball back up the middle. The future Hall of Famer legged out a single for his 3,000th hit. While Hank Aaron shied away from the limelight, the numbers he compiled were too substantial for fans or journalists to ignore. Today, most still regard Aaron as one of the greatest baseball players in the game’s history. The bat and ball that made Aaron’s 3,000th hit possible now reside in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Notably absent, though, is the jersey Hank Aaron wore during the game. That item headlines Heritage Auctions' sports memorabilia sale later this month (lot #80080; estimate: USD 200,000+). Learn more about the jersey and Hank Aaron's accomplishments before placing a bid. Hank Aaron 3,000th hit game-worn jersey. Image from Heritage Auctions. Game-Worn Jersey Heritage Auctions will offer the jersey Hank Aaron wore to surpass the 3,000-hit milestone. Written across the chest in cursive is "Braves." Four years before Aaron's hit, the Braves franchise had moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta, where it remains to this day. Below the franchise name, Hank Aaron's signature graces the jersey. Despite the…