Stephenson’s Auctioneers & Appraisers

1005 Industrial Boulevard, Southampton, Pennsylvania 18966

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Since 1962, family-owned Stephenson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers has been the most trusted choice for the appraisal and sale of estates, collections and real estate in the tristate area and beyond. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Stephenson’s is a full-service auction company. Our company has the unique ability to handle the sale of antiques, estate and residential contents, and real estate, while additionally having the special expertise to handle business and commercial liquidations at auction.

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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Stephenson’s July 29 auction titled Fab ‘50s and More features vintage advertising, soda fountain, pop culture and entertainment memorabilia

    Highlights: Dunhill soda fountain, Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man pinball, Seeburg jukebox, railroadiana including antique ticket booth; early radios, clocks & phones; boardwalk amusement games SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On July 29th, Stephenson’s Auctions will return to the days of sock hops, drive-ins and old gold Chevys as they host a colorful 252-lot auction titled Fab ‘50s and More. The sale features an outstanding single-owner collection of advertising signs and store displays; boardwalk amusement games, vintage clocks and telephones; cash registers, vending machines, railroadiana, a diner double-booth, vibrant Fiestaware, and a Dunhill stainless steel soda fountain and related accessories. The saleroom will be filled with not only colorful sights but also the nostalgic sounds of vintage radios, a Bally Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man pinball machine and other games; and a Seeburg Select-O-Matic jukebox, wall-mount speaker and Wall-o-Matic tabletop music selector.  Circa-1930s Neon Products Inc., optometrist’s or optician’s neon trade sign, estimate $2,000-$4,000 “This is a single-owner collection that comes to us from a Montgomery County (Philadelphia) estate. The collector had a wonderful eye and was drawn to things that were whimsical, well designed and in very nice condition,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auction. Both antique and vintage signage is plentiful in the collection, with one of the most distinctive examples being a circa-1930s optometrist’s or optician’s hanging neon trade sign. A riveting pair of octagonal eyeglasses illuminates against a background of large, painted eyes on a red, carved wood frontispiece. Made by Neon Products Inc., it measures 23½ inches wide by 9¾ inches high by 7 inches deep and is in working condition. The pre-sale estimate for this “eye-catching” sign is $2,000-$4,000. Neon fans will also want to check the time on a circa-1950s pink and green round neon clock made by Electric Neon Clock Co., Cleveland. It measures 26 inches in diameter, has a soft, appealing glow and will be offered with a $800-$1,000 estimate. Soda pop offerings are led by two dozen lots of Coca-Cola items, including a wide variety of signs, trays and serving items, crates, and other Coke-logo’d collectibles, such as a Stromberg-Carlson tabletop radio, $200-$300;…

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    Stephenson’s brings on the summertime fun with July 17 Toys & Trains auction

    368-lot sale features Buddy ‘L’ vehicles, Lionel trains, French lead soldiers, 1960s/’70s Murray pedal airplane, vintage games, slot cars, robots and Transformers, many toy discovery lots SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Sunday, July 17th, Stephenson’s Auctioneers of Southampton (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will conduct the 2022 edition of its popular Summer Trains & Toys Auction, featuring antique and vintage items from collections and estates through the Mid-Atlantic region. The sale will take place at the company’s spacious Bucks County gallery, with remote bidding available via phone or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  1920s Lionel standard-gauge passenger set. Engine paint appears original. VG condition overall. Estimate $400-$800 Made for rough, touch play, Buddy ‘L’ vehicles were favorites in their day and remain high on the list of must-haves with today’s collectors of pressed-steel toys. Measuring more than 2 feet in length, a Buddy ‘L’ #201 open-cab ratchet dump truck made between 1923 and 1929 is hard to beat for size and heft. It comes to auction with a $200-$400 estimate. In the late 1920s, the Moline, Illinois, company also produced a 21-inch-long steam shovel. The example in Stephenson’s sale is in VG to Excellent condition and is estimated at $200-$400. Also from the 1920s, a Buddy ‘L’ aerial fire truck will be offered with a $300-$600 estimate. The name “Lionel” is synonymous with American toy trains. For many decades, children have been entertained by Lionel trains in shop windows, hoping Santa would leave a set for them beneath the Christmas tree. Among the Lionel sets in the July 17 auction are a 1920s Lionel maroon standard-gauge passenger set consisting of a #380 0-4-0 electric locomotive, a #319 Pullman car, and a #322 observation car. The engine paint appears original, and the set is in overall VG condition. Estimate: $400-$800. From the 1930s, a Lionel standard-gauge steam engine #385 paired with a #384-T tender is in Good to VG condition. Its pre-sale estimate is $250-$500. A novel item from Lionel is their 1930s Peter Rabbit wind-up handcar in pastel colors, with the popular storybook character at one end and an Easter basket as cargo. All…

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    Stephenson’s to host April 22 Superheroes, Comic Books, Sports Memorabilia & Posters Auction

    Fun-filled auction includes dozens of group-lots of Marvel, DC and other comics; lithographs and cels, fanzines, large collection of High Times magazines, boxing programs, vintage travel posters SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, April 22nd, superheroes and comic-character favorites will converge on Stephenson’s auction gallery in suburban Philadelphia for an exciting 302-lot sale of collectibles, memorabilia, comic books and posters. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. Grouping of 54 issues of ‘High Times’ magazine published between 1974 and 1982, est. $400-$600 The fun begins with superhero comic books. There are dozens of group-lots containing titles such as Spider-Man, Batman, Star Wars, Spawn, Fantastic Four, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and so many others. Some of the group-lots consist of generous mixed offerings from a single publisher, e.g., DC Comics, Marvel, ICB, Image Comics, Vertigo, etc. Estimates are very reasonable, with excellent-quality books available at estimated prices to please every pocketbook. Among the top comic book lots is a grouping of six Marvel Comics Silver Age titles published between 1966 and 1968. The earliest, Fantastic Four #61, features the first appearances of Maximus Boltagon, Aireo (later renamed Skybreaker), and the Alpha Primitives – a race of servants created by The Inhumans – and the third appearance of Black Bolt, or Blakagar Boltagon. Also noteworthy is Fantastic Four #62 with the first appearance of Blastaar the Living Bomb-Burst. The lot is expected to make $300-$500. Collectible lithographs and cels are led by a 1995 3-D lithograph of Charles Fazzino’s (American, b. 1955-) The Jetsons Take Las Vegas. Super colorful and profusely illustrated, it includes whimsical images of George, Jane, Elroy and Judy, plus Rosie the Maid and family dog Astro. The characters are shown taking part in various Vegas activities, from golfing to visiting casinos and even winning a jackpot. The 25-by-16-inch lithograph, #130 of 200AE, is signed by the artist as well as legendary animators Bill Hanna (1910-2001) and Joseph Barbera (1911-2006). The pre-sale estimate is $1,000-$2,000.  Also signed by Hanna and Barbera, a Jetsons “Service Station – Full Service” animation art cel depicts the…

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    Stephenson’s Jan. 1 auction presents exquisite estate jewelry, silver, midcentury furniture and decorative art

    Also featured: Asian antiques, art, fine porcelains, designer clothing, bird decoys, bronzes, and advertising collectibles including a vintage Gulf gas pump and other petroliana SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – For sixty years, family owned and operated Stephenson’s Auctioneers has earned an impeccable reputation from its sales of fresh-to-market art and antiques from the Philadelphia area’s most elegant estates. Traditionally, their most anticipated event of the year is their New Year’s Auction, which, for 2022, will take place on January 1st and feature high-quality furnishings, art and personal property from residences in the Mid-Atlantic region. All forms of remote bidding will be available for those who cannot attend in person, including phone, absentee or live via the Internet. Ruby, pearl, turquoise, sapphire, opal and emerald Mogul 14K gold choker. Estimate $3,000-$5,000 The fully curated 484-lot selection glitters with a tasteful array of platinum, gold and sterling silver jewelry from the estate of June Felley of Rydal (suburban Philadelphia) Pennsylvania. “Mrs. Felley’s late husband, Donald Felley, started as a research chemist and rose to become president and chief operating officer of Rohm & Haas, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Philadelphia,” said Stephenson’s owner/auctioneer Cindy Stephenson. “He traveled the world and would bring back jewelry as gifts for his wife. He obviously had a very refined eye for beautiful jewels and unusual settings.” Highlights from the Felley collection are plentiful and start with a sensational ruby, turquoise, sapphire, opal and emerald Mogul choker. Set in 14K gold, this ornate necklace has a heart motif and is accented throughout with freshwater pearl dangles. Its pre-sale estimate is $3,000-$5,000.  Similarly estimated at $3,000-$5,000, a gorgeous Mogul enamel and diamond cloisonne 18K gold bangle is set with slab and faceted cut diamonds and appealing figures of enameled green birds. The artistry on this piece, which has a total weight of 81.1 grams, is of a very high standard. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000 A statement piece with Art Deco styling, a 14K white gold pendant dripping with richly-hued ruby beads is adorned with baguette and round diamonds accenting a center diamond. The total diamond weight is approximately 4.00 carats, and…

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    $20 Liberty Head Double Eagles and First Day Family of Eagles add heft to Stephenson’s Oct. 29 Gold & Silver Coin Auction

    Also featured: 2015 $200 first-strike .9999 Australian Kangaroo gold coin, high-quality estate and private collections of modern, ancient & medieval coins SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Numismatics, the study and collecting of coins, is a hobby with noble origins almost as old as the money itself. What sets coins apart from many other types of collectibles is that they have intrinsic value based on the precious metals they contain. Through good economic times and bad, gold and silver coins have been touted as a solid alternative investment to the sometimes-volatile stock market. Gold and silver coins may also be the ultimate holiday stocking stuffers, both for adults and children – no one ever returns a precious coin. 1893 Liberty Head Double Eagle gold coin. Estimate $2,200-$2,600 With holiday gift-giving in mind, Stephenson’s Auction in suburban Philadelphia will host a Friday, October 29, 2021 live gallery auction of fine graded examples of US and international gold and silver coins, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. The coins have come to Stephenson’s from two sources, the first being an estate collection and the second, a gentleman’s private collection. In all, 289 lots will cross the auction block, with a choice that ranges from ancient silver coins to modern-era gold issues. American gold coins are led by an 1893 and two 1904 Liberty Head Double Eagles, each estimated at $2,200-$2,600, and a 1927 $20 St Gaudens gold Double Eagle, $1,800-$2,200. A 2006 W $50 1-oz .9999 fine gold Buffalo gold coin, NGC-graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo and signed by Mike Castle is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.  A 2021 W G $50 Family of Eagles first day of issue gold coin is NGC-graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo and signed by the US Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver, John M Mercanti. It comes in a fitted mahogany box with paperwork, and is estimated at $1,500-$3,000. A beautiful 2015 W $100 high-relief first-strike .999 fine gold coin, PCGS-graded MS 70, features the image of Lady Liberty wearing a laurel wreath and holding a torch in one hand and an American Flag on a pole in the other.…

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    Estate treasures lead Stephenson’s Aug. 20 Summer Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction

    Featured: 18K gold men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, superb Edwardian platinum ring with large European-cut diamonds, sterling silver flatware sets, Rockwell Kent art SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, August 20, Stephenson’s Auctioneers of Southampton (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will conduct the 2021 edition of its always-lively Summer Decorative Arts Auction, featuring antique and vintage items from collections and estates through the Mid-Atlantic region. The 426-lot sale will take place at the company’s spacious Bucks County gallery, with remote bidding available via phone or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Stieff Co., 42-piece sterling silver flatware partial set in ‘Rose’ pattern. Presented in wood silver chest. Estimate $1,000-$1,500 With its decades-long reputation for presenting fine estate jewelry at auction, family-owned Stephenson’s will once again be offering a variety of rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets and brooches of outstanding quality. This time the auction jewelry box will open to reveal exceptional pieces for both men and women, topped by a classic gentlemen’s Rolex. Every man wants a wristwatch that is both handsome and reliable. The sale’s headliner, a Rolex 14K gold Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Date model fits the bill perfectly. It has a hefty link bracelet and total weight of 107.5 grams, and is in working order. This statement piece from one of the world’s most revered watch brands is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Another top entry is a Chopard (Swiss) Automatic Chronometer Sport wristwatch with a 39mm stainless case, silver dial and skeletal window on reverse. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000.  The women’s jewelry section deserves careful exploration, as there are treasures to be discovered throughout. A featured attraction is a beautiful Edwardian platinum ring set with three large, round, European-cut diamonds at its artfully domed center. The largest of the stones is sized 6.0mm, while the other two main stones are sized 5.5mm each. The stellar trio is surrounded by 26 smaller accent diamonds. Expert specifications indicate a diamond clarity of I1 and color assessment of KLM, with a total weight of 3.45ct. This elegant antique ring comes to auction with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate. A stunning, fully marked David Yurman 16in Tahitian pearl ‘chainmail’ necklace is composed of…

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    Stephenson’s to host surprise-filled Mid-Summer Trains & Toys Auction, July 23

    Featured: Collection of mint/boxed Korean brass engine and train cars plus Bing, American Flyer and Lionel pre- and postwar trains; toys from Mid-Atlantic estates SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, July 23, Stephenson’s Auctioneers of Southampton (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will conduct the 2021 edition of its popular Mid-Summer Trains & Toys Auction, featuring antique and vintage items from collections and estates through the Mid-Atlantic region. The sale will take place at the company’s spacious Bucks County gallery, with remote bidding available via phone or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  A featured attraction of the 333-lot sale is a single-owner collection of factory-boxed HO-gauge brass loco/tenders and train cars with a timeline spanning the 1970s through 2000s. Most of the plastic-wrapped original boxes have never been opened, allowing the trains to remain in pristine condition for decades. There are many examples by the Korean manufacturers Samhongsa and Ajin Precision, a firm based in Seoul that produced high-quality sets for Overland Models Inc., of Muncie, Indiana.  “The Ajin brass trains are especially desirable because they are unpainted,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers. “The collector showed great foresight in keeping each of his acquisitions in absolutely original, untouched condition.” Most of the Korean train lots are expected to sell in the $100-$300 price range, with a few estimated slightly higher. 1930s Ives wind-up train set #1590 in original box. Painted sheet metal 0-4-0 steam locomotive with Ives R.R. Lines tin-litho tender and three Pullman cars. Estimate $300-$600 A sought-after 1930s Ives wind-up train set #1590 consists of a sheet metal 0-4-0 steam locomotive with an Ives RR Lines tin-litho tender and three Pullman cars. Housed in its original factory box, is it estimated at $300-$600. An even earlier production is the 1920s Hafner wind-up Sunshine Special tin-litho train set with extra accessories. Hafner Manufacturing Company of Chicago was established by William Hafner, the co-founder of another revered brand, American Flyer. Hafner Manufacturing was in business from 1914 to 1951 and was known for its clockwork-powered O-gauge trains. The boxed Sunshine Special entered in Stephenson’s sale is estimated at $200-$400. The most famous of…

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    Stephenson’s presents a fascinating lineup of antiques and artworks in its Annual Spring Decorative Arts Auction, April 9

    From Tiffany silver to Danish modern furniture to a classic 1914 Studebaker, see what Stephenson’s has secured for bidders from premier Mid-Atlantic estates 1914 Studebaker coupe, all original. Estimate $5,000-$10,000 SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – This year’s edition of Stephenson’s popular Spring Decorative Arts Auction will be held live at the company’s Southampton (suburban Philadelphia) gallery on Friday, April 9, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. The 451-lot sale features both fine and decorative art, Tiffany and other American silver, an outstanding selection of jewelry, more than 120 lots of furniture, including coveted Midcentury Modern productions; and many other treasures for collectors to discover. Most of the items set to cross the auction block were sourced from Philadelphia and other Mid-Atlantic estates and collections. The Fine Art category is highlighted by paintings from the estate of sci-fi artist and scientific illustrator Davis Meltzer (1930-2017). Mr. Meltzer inherited an archive of family art from his father Arthur Meltzer (1893-1983), a noted landscape painter whose works are held in many prestigious museums; and his mother Paulette Van Roekens (1895-1988), a respected painter of still lifes and landscapes who had 14 significant solo exhibitions during her career.  Four Arthur Meltzer paintings are entered in the April 9 auction, including a signed 1943 oil-on-canvas portrait titled Davis [Meltzer] at 14 Years of Age. Measuring 35 by 32 inches (sight), it is estimated at $1,500-$3,000. An adolescent Davis was also the subject of Van Roekens’ oil-on-canvas portrait titled Davis and His World. Signed at lower left and with three labels attached on verso, one indicating that the artwork was a gift from the sitter’s mother, the 20- by 16-inch (sight) painting is presented in a frame hand-made by Arthur Meltzer. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000 A mixed-media construction that will undoubtedly appeal to collectors of Midcentury art, Mary Bauermeister’s (German, 1934) M-Oral Cube is composed of laquered wood, acrylic, ink and optical lenses, and is dated 1968 on verso. It comes to auction from an estate in the prestigious Philadelphia suburb of Villanova. Estimate: $16,000-$25,000 Midcentury designers feature prominently in the extensive array of furniture to…

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    Stephenson’s revisits golden age of rock concert posters with Jan. 1 auction of Perry Pfeffer collection, Part II

    Collection spans 1960s-2000s, with many first printings, some signed by noted artists including Bonnie McLean, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Stanley Mouse Original first-print uncut printer’s proof of Pink Floyd Art of Rock AOR-4.47 concert poster, Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum, May 9-10, 1977. Artist: Randy Tuten. Est. $1,000-$1,500 SOUTHAMPTON, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, December 29, 2020 / -- In August, rock music fans the world over took a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s and ’70s as Stephenson’s Auction sold 339 concert posters from the estate collection of pioneer poster collector/dealer Perry Pfeffer (circa 1949-2020). The private collection featuring artist-signed rarities from San Francisco’s Summer of Love and the heyday of New York’s Fillmore East grossed nearly $300,000. On New Year’s Day 2021, Stephenson’s will present Part II of the Perry Pfeffer estate collection, with a 420-lot selection that is every bit as impressive as that seen in the initial offering. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. “All of the posters and handbills are in mint or near-mint condition, and some are signed by the artists, including Bonnie McLean, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Lee Conklin and Stanley Mouse,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auction. “At the top end, there are some very rare posters that will likely sell for thousands of dollars, but there are also other excellent examples in the $300-$500 estimate range.” The Beatles, Richard Avedon poster/print set commissioned by The Beatles merchandising company NEMS, each 27in x 18¾ in, 1967. Est. for set: $1,500-$2,000 The collection’s timeline starts in the psychedelic ’60s, a time when Pfeffer was living in San Francisco and presciently acquiring now-classic posters, sometimes from the artists themselves. Later in life, Pfeffer returned to his native Philadelphia and in 2001 launched Postercade, a commercial website popular with poster aficionados. “Perry Pfeffer was a widely acknowledged expert on music posters, and the very best of what he acquired during his lifetime was kept in his private collection,” Stephenson said. The collection’s timeline ends in 2011, as represented by two different styles of Black Keys posters. The highest-estimated poster is a 1969 lithograph touting the 20th century’s most famous…

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    US $10 gold pieces add weight to Stephenson’s Coin Auction slated for Dec. 20

    Earliest coin in sale is PGCS-graded 1881 $10 US Liberty Head gold piece 1901 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200 SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Numismatics, the study and collecting of coins, is a popular hobby that’s as old as money itself. What sets coins apart from many other types of collectibles is that they have intrinsic value based on the precious metals they contain. Through good economic times and bad, gold and silver coins have been touted as a solid alternative investment to the sometimes-volatile stock market. Gold and silver coins also make great holiday stocking stuffers, both for adults and children.  1926 $10 U.S. gold piece, NGC-graded MS63. Estimate: $900-$1,200 With holiday gift-giving in mind, Stephenson’s Auction in suburban Philadelphia is planning a Sunday, December 20 live gallery auction of fine graded examples of U.S. gold and silver coins, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. 1881 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200 Twenty $10 Liberty Head gold pieces, all graded by either PCGS or NGC, are offered as individual lots in the auction. The oldest is an 1881 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece graded MS62 by PCGS. Its pre-sale estimate is $900-$1,200. The auction opener is a 1901 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, also graded PCGS MS 62 and estimated at $900-$1,200. 1828 Capped Bust half dollar, ungraded. Estimate: $50-$100 Designed by the celebrated American Beaux Arts sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), a 1926 Indian Head $10 gold piece, graded by NGC MS63 by NGC, also carries a $900-$1,200 estimate.  One of the oldest U.S. coins in the 127-lot auction is an ungraded 1828 Capped Bust silver half dollar. A winning bid in the $50-$100 range is expected. Sixty-five sterling silver bars, ‘The World's Greatest Racing Cars’ by the Franklin Mint, each bar weighing .940ozt. Total weight for set: 61ozt. Condition: proof. Accompanied by display case, COAs. Estimate: $1,200-$2,400 Modern collectibles in the auction include a Franklin Mint set of the “World’s Greatest Racing Cars” consisting of 65 sterling silver bars, each weighing .940ozt and totaling 61ozt. The…

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    Large, long-held Miro artwork to lead Stephenson’s Oct. 30 Fine & Decorative Arts

    Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983), ‘Sculpture et Ceramics,’ 1973, artist's proof on Arches paper, pencil-signed by artist with additional notation “H.C.” Created as signature art for Miro exhibition at Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, June 1973. Size: 41½ by 31½ inches (framed), 33¾ by 23¾ inches sight. Provenance: Galerie Maeght (Paris), private US collection since 1988. Estimate $6,000-$12,000. SOUTHAMPTON, PA.- Philadelphia’s booming real estate market has had a welcome peripheral effect on Stephenson’s auction business over the summer, with daily house calls being the norm. “It’s a seller’s market, and many houses are selling right away. As a result, we’ve been called to many very nice homes to appraise and remove high-quality art and furnishings,” said Stephenson’s Auctioneers’ owner, Cindy Stephenson. The fruits of those visits to elegant homes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will be featured in a 500-lot live gallery auction on Friday, October 30. Bidders may also participate by phone, absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Social distancing and masks will be required both at the auction and preview. A beautiful selection of fine art awaits bidders, starting with a large and outstanding Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) artwork titled "Sculpture et Ceramics." Miro created the work as the signature art for a June 1973 exhibition of his sculptures and ceramics at Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. It is an artist’s proof on Arches paper, hand-signed by Miro in pencil with the artist's additional pencil notation "H.C." (meaning Hors Commerce, or Not for Sale). Custom-framed, its size is 41½ by 31½ inches (33¾ by 23¾ inches sight). Note: Artists' proofs are typically chosen by the artist to represent their personal pick from a series and often are kept in the artist's personal collection, selected for display-only at an exhibition, or gifted to the publisher who printed a particular edition. The artwork in Stephenson’s auction has been owned by the consignor for 32 years and was purchased directly from Galerie Maeght (Paris) at their 1988 Joan Miro exhibition in Sydney, Australia. Its auction estimate is $6,000-$12,000. The sale includes several family-held works from the estate of Davis Meltzer (Pennsylvania, 1929-2017), a noted National Geographics…

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    Stephenson’s September 17th Firearms & Militaria auction features an important estate collection

    SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Thursday, September 17, Stephenson’s Auction of Southampton (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will conduct a 153-lot Firearms and Militaria sale featuring consignments from several estates. Most notable among them is the estate firearms collection of the late Honorable Robert F. Schaul, Attorney and Superior Court Presiding Judge of Municipalities for Vicinage 13 (Somerset), New Jersey. Chapuis Armes (France) Juxtapose Progress shotgun, 20 gauge, 2-shot side-by-side, ornately engraved and with special markings ‘WLM & Co. Scottsdale AC’ stamped underside of barrel. Comes with Chapuis Armes France fitted hard-side carry case. Estimate $4,000-$7,000Stephenson's Auctioneers & Appraisers An ironically-named firearm in Judge Schaul’s collection is the Taurus.45/.410-gauge caliber, 5 shot double-action revolver known as “The Judge.” Stephenson’s owner/auctioneer Cindy Stephenson explained the origin of the name: “It’s called ‘The Judge’ because of the number of judges who carry it into the courtroom for protection.” The gun can chamber both .45 Colt ammunition and .410 2½ shotshell, making it useful for both short- and long-distance shooting. Estimate: $600-$900 Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. Model RBL-28 shotgun, 28 gauge, side-by-side, ornately engraved. Estimate $4,000-$6,000Stephenson's Auctioneers & Appraisers Judge Schaul owned an extensive collection of shotguns, which he prized very highly. Some of them are ornately engraved, like his Inverness over/under 20-gauge 2-shot shotgun by CSMC, estimated at $4,000-$8,000. Another example is an Ithaca 12-gauge side-by-side shotgun engraved with images of ducks and a hunting dog. Its pre-sale estimate is $2,000-$4,000. Also handsomely engraved, a Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. Model RBL-28 side-by-side shotgun is expected to make $4,000-$6,000 at auction. A good-quality Ansley H. Fox side-by-side 12-gauge shotgun has double triggers and is capable of firing two shots. Its patent date is May 2, 1911. In like-new condition with engraving on the receiver and trigger guard, this Philadelphia longarm is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Taurus ‘The Judge’ double-action revolver, .45/.410-gauge caliber, 5 shot. Chambers both .45 Colt ammunition and .410 2½ shotshells. Collection of the late Honorable Robert F. Schaul. Estimate: $600-$900Stephenson's Auctioneers & Appraisers Another of Judge Schaul’s interests was European firearms. Among those seen in his collection are two Army & Navy CSL (London)…

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    Early rock concert posters from Estate of Perry Pfeffer, owner of Postercade, to be auctioned Aug. 14

    Rare and important Bob Dylan poster for Nov. 3, 1963 show produced by Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) at University Regent Theater, Syracuse, New York. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. SOUTHAMPTON, PA.- It’s far out, man. Stephenson’s August 14 auction of rock concert posters from the Estate of Perry Pfeffer will take you on a trip back in time to the days of peace, love, incense and sitars. The mind-blowing 339-piece collection was amassed by Pfeffer for his own personal enjoyment. However, Pfeffer later ventured into the commercial side of concert posters with the 2001 launch of a successful online business, Postercade, which he operated until his passing in February of this year. “Perry Pfeffer was a pioneer collector of concert posters,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auction in suburban Philadelphia. “He bought his first posters on New Year’s Day in 1972 after wandering into show promoter Bill Graham’s store in San Francisco. On his website he wrote that the date was ‘cemented’ in his mind because it was the day after he attended his first Grateful Dead concert, a New Year’s Eve show at Winterland. He said the posters displayed in Graham’s store were ‘eye-opening’ and ‘life-changing’ for him. Once he became immersed in the concert poster world, he never lost his passion for it.” The collection includes many rare first printings of posters for bands and solo artists who were mainstays of the San Francisco music scene during the 1960s and ’70s. Some of the musicians achieved legendary status, while others developed cult followings and became more widely appreciated as time went on. The same could be said for the talented poster artists whose psychedelic images so vividly recall the “flower power” era. One of the premier entries in the sale is an original first printing of a Bill Graham Presents The Doors/Yardbirds Fillmore Auditorium concert poster from July 25-30, 1967. It is signed by its creator, poster artist Bonnie MacLean (American, 1939-2020), who also was Graham’s wife at the time. This particular poster is significant because it promotes one of the Yardbirds’ last shows with both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on…

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    Stephenson’s to auction estate dolls, toys, trains and banks

    1930s Wyandotte pressed steel car and trailer, original yellow/cream paint, total length 11 inches. Estimate $250-$500. SOUTHAMPTON, PA..- Since staying at home became the “new normal,” it has become increasingly obvious that vintage toy collectors are not slowing down their buying. If anything, they’re stepping up their game and enjoying the opportunity to bid and buy in online auctions from high-quality auction houses whose galleries are temporarily closed to the public. The next auction being closely watched by the toy hobby is a 400-lot offering to be sold May 31 by Stephenson’s of Southampton (suburban Philadelphia), Pa. In addition of many of the most popular categories of toys, the auction includes trains, dolls and coin banks from multiple estates and private collections. All remote-bidding options will be available, including absentee, by phone, or live online. The sale will open with a selection of dolls that follows a timeline ranging from the late 18th century, with its high-quality European productions, through the post-World War II era, when Ginny and Barbie dolls were every girl’s wish. Among the antique dolls entered in the sale is a French circa-1895 Bebe Mascotte by May Freres. Standing 15 inches high, the doll has a bisque socket head with large blue glass inset eyes, painted lashes, and thick, feathered brows. Its original fully jointed composition and wood body is marked “Bebe Mascotte Paris,” and its head is stamped “Mascotte 1.” This desirable doll is expected to make $2,000-$4,000 at auction. A late-18th-century Continental painted-wood Santos cage doll with jointed arms and glass eyes is the earliest doll in the auction. Measuring 24 inches high, it has a well-carved and detailed face and hands. Estimate: $200-$400. An antique Ella Smith 21-inch oil-painted cloth “Alabama Baby” is entered with a $900-$1,300 estimate, and Bucherer (Saba)(Swiss) metal-ball-jointed character figures depicting the comic character duo Mutt and Jeff could reach $400-$600. Other early manufacturers represented in the doll lineup include Franz Schmidt & Co., Heubach, Simon & Halbig/C.M. Bergmann, and Schoenhut, amongst many others. From the modern era, a near-mint 1952 Vogue Ginny “Rich Uncle” special trunk set features a hard plastic blond…