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  • Dealers
    Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 Newsletter Now Available

    Kovels’ February newsletter features railroad collectibles, mechanical banks, Fausto Melotti ceramics and paperweights, all with photos and prices. Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 Newsletter CLEVELAND, OHIO, US, February 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It was “All Aboard!” at the Indiana auction of railroad collectibles that’s featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 newsletter. Stay on-track with prices and information about railroad signs, lanterns, locks, bells, and other items from many railroad companies, including the top price steam whistle from a Grand Trunk Railway train that sold for more than $2,500. Collectors love old cast iron coin banks, especially the clever mechanical ones made from the late 1800s to the beginning of World War II. See some classic (priced, of course) examples in Kovels’ February issue—the Magician, Circus, Speaking Dog, Trick Pony and others—that auctioned in Illinois. Readers can also learn about reproduction banks made from the 1950s to 1980s. Intricate glass paperweights are beautiful and useful whether they are more than 100 years old or less than 40. Kovels’ latest newsletter pictures antique paperweights by Baccarat and other significant makers along with a few more contemporary examples that all sold in Chicago, along with their prices and a list of “terms to know” for the new collector. Midcentury design enthusiasts will enjoy viewing the ceramic creations of Fausto Melotti that sold at auction recently in Milan, Italy. The sculptural forms with simple shapes and bright colors brought very high prices, ranging from $9,000 to more than $70,000. Don’t miss the examples in Kovels’ February newsletter. And you don’t have to be a “collector” to love vintage purses. An Ohio auction offered Coach bags and totes, most never used and still bearing original tags. Some were leather, some were canvas, and a wristlet even resembled a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup! Buyers loved the prices—from $24 to $224. Kovels’ latest issue pictures an assortment. Don’t miss Terry Kovel’s reflections on Valentine’s Day cards, and the February Dictionary of Marks that lists examples with hearts and arrows. The illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a French…

  • Artists
    Canadian Abstract Painter Janna Watson Provides Inspiring Series Based on ‘Joyful’ Niece

    TORONTO, CANADA, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- · ‘’Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness’’- Anni Alber. Janna Watson is in a different headspace, “[trying] to bring through this ‘Fly horsie’ Joy vibe.” In today’s world, artists have often been asked to encapsulate their most pivotal source of inspiration, creativity, and unrivalled resolve. One of the most common answers that has been consistently given is the benefit of various forms of art- and creation of such art, that are associated with a healthy control of one’s anxiety, depression, anger, and of course, loneliness. Prolific and eminent abstract painter Janna Watson- who recently held an Art Show in Vancouver between the 9th and 23rd of January, has released a new series that has been categorized by enthusiasts around the world as an ‘act of therapy’. Canadian Abstract Painter Janna Watson Based on the artist’s young niece, the inspirational piece serves as an unrivalled demonstration of a more ‘simple’, yet ‘innocent time’; and consequently demonstrates a bold and clear ‘break away’ from the cruel reality of the unprecedented world pandemic. ‘Finding Joy’: A dive into the Janna Watson’s Work Popular Canadian abstract painter Janna Watson has dedicated her latest project to Joy- her three-year-old niece, who has evidently been a significant source of inspiration for her by ensuring she is always: living in the moment, encapsulating her own unique creativity, and tightly securing her sense of wildness. As mentioned above, the offering has been said to serve as a visual and pragmatic ‘escape’ from the cruel, solitary, and somewhat ‘bogged down’ reality of the unprecedented state of our current world. From ‘’Hanging on Very Tight’ whilst rocking on a toy horse, to realizing that ‘Everything is Spicy’ after consuming a raw garden beet, to inadvertently following a balloon that’s ‘’Going Where I’m Going’’, Joy’s innocent, yet adventurous spirit is consistently portrayed in the series- a testament to the artist’s fundamental source of inspiration. Watson has made an intentional, spontaneous departure from her previous eminent abstractions- which tackle the ‘mush’ of complications that are associated with our subconscious, and actively…

  • Auction Industry
    Inspiration at Michaan’s first auction of 2021.

    Inspiration at Michaan’s first auction of 2021. ALAMEDA, CA, USA, January 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Inspiration, in all its many forms, can illuminate the darkest of winters. At Michaan’s Auctions we are inspired by the ancient and the modern, by the historic and the ephemeral; by families, and cultures, and all that is beautiful. As the new year unfolds, we invite you to join our journey of discovery and inspiration, and find your treasure at Michaan’s. January’s Gallery Auction is set for Saturday, January 23, preceded by the Annex Auction January 18, 19 and 20. Fresh-to-themarket modern furniture by top designers of the 20th century, from collections formed in the 1950s and 1960s, is a strong feature of January’s Gallery Auction. A Miro biomorphic aquatint is a leading fine art highlight. Asian art treasures include the Chinese crackle glazed moon flask from a Northern California estate. A wonderful selection of solid gold pocket watches is among the jewelry highlights. Original Mid-Century Modern furniture is highly sought at auction, and Michaan’s is a leading Bay Area resource for collectors and designers. George Nakashima, an American innovator of inestimable and enduring influence, is featured in the January 23 sale. Nakashima’s three-leg slab table, estimated at $6,000-$9,000, is a triumph of his craft, with its partial free-edge top supported by sprightly tapered round legs. Another exciting find for collectors is the wood stool by Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), the American fine artist and interior designer best known for his sculptural furniture creations. Esherick’s studio near Paoli, PA is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture where more than 300 of his works are preserved and exhibited. Michaan’s offers the Wharton Esherick tripod stool with asymmetrical seat, in very good condition, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Another modern classic is the brown leather egg chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, made in Denmark c. 1958 ($2,000-$3,000). The collection of four side chairs by Jens Risom for Knoll is offered at $1,500-$2,500. With its deep red webbing on a simple maple frame, this chic and comfy chair was among the first designs conceived for and manufactured by Knoll in the…

  • Auction Industry
    Over 800 quality lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s live and online Important Winter Estates Auction, January 16-17

    Up for bid: French and American period furniture, original artworks, bronzes, sterling silver, jewelry, French clocks and mirrors, fine decorative accessories. Early 20th century patinated bronze sculpture by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876-1973), titled L’Orage (The Storm), 15 ½ inches tall (est. $30,000-$50,000). NEW ORLEANS, LA, UNITED STATES, January 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A bronze sculpture by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (American, 1876-1973), a 155-piece set of Tiffany sterling flatware in the Harlequin pattern, and a French Empire style figural mantel clock and pair of four-light candelabra are just a few top lots in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s live and online Important Winter Estates Auction slated for January 16th-17th. The gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, will be open for exhibitions beginning Thursday, January 7th, from 10-5 Central time, by appointment only (excluding Sunday). A live Saturday preview will be held January 9th, from 9am to 1pm, also by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 504-529-5057; or, email to [email protected] Start times both auction days are 10 am Central time. The sale will be headlined by items from the Estate of John C. McNeese, New Orleans, LA; property deaccessioned from the private collection of Freeport-McMoran Inc., New Orleans, LA; contemporary art sold to benefit Café Reconcile, New Orleans, LA; and items deaccessioned from The Hilliard Museum, Lafayette, LA. The catalog is an eclectic one, packed with 820 lots of French and American period furniture, original artworks, bronzes, sterling silver, jewelry, French clocks and mirrors and wonderful decorative accessories. 19th century oil on canvas Portrait of Col. William Claiborne of Kent by Alexander Alaux (New Orleans, 1851-1932), signed (est. $5,000-$10,000). With a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000, the early 20th century patinated bronze sculpture by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The piece, titled L’Orage (The Storm) is 15 ½ inches tall. Ms. Huntington was once one of New York City’s most prominent sculptors. In an era when few women were successful artists she had a thriving career. Two other artworks expected to generate interest are an oil on canvas by…

  • Auction Result
    Eager bidders add to their collections at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day Holiday Sale, held Dec. 17-21

    The auction was packed with hundreds of lots of mining collectibles, philatelic material, Americana and more, and featured a number of important collections. Pair of Chinese publishing company stock certificates from the 1920s, one for the Young China Publishing Co. (San Francisco) and the other for the Chinese Times Publishing Co. ($2,125). RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, January 4, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A portfolio of five aquatint etchings by the Chilean artist Sebastiàn Matta sold for $3,750, a pictorial letter-sheet from 1856 illustrating all the major types of gold mining done in California by 1855 brought $3,500, a monumental 12-volume railroad survey report published from 1855-1860 compiled to find the best rail route to the Pacific coast realized $3,125, and a pair of Chinese publishing company stock certificates from the 1920s fetched $2,125 at a five-day Holiday Auction held December 17th-21st by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. The auction was held live in the Holabird gallery at 3355 Airway Drive (Ste. 308) in Reno, as well as online via iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. The sale was packed with hundreds of lots of mining collectibles, philatelic material, Americana and more and featured a number of important collections in a wide range of collecting categories. Day 1, December 17th, was dedicated to stocks and bonds – 712 lots in total, led by 208 lots of mining stocks and 66 lots of railroad and transportation stock. Additional categories included agriculture, banking, breweriana, the entertainment industry, Express, firearms and printing and publishing. Headlining the day was Ken Prag’s massive industrial stock certificate collection. Important, monumental 12-volume railroad survey report published from 1855-1860, compiled to determine the best rail route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean ($3,125). “Within the Prag collection were some fantastic sub-collections,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “Among these were Ken’s banking collection, American entertainment, brewing, telephone and telegraph, turnpikes, firearms, printing and publishing collections. A few categories are so big they’ll be split between this sale and an early 2021 sale.” The two Chinese publishing company stock certificates were a Day 1 top lot. Both were rare. One was…

  • Auction Industry
    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 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 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…

  • Auction Industry
    Items from the estate of British composer-conductor Raymond Leppard will be auctioned January 16th by Ripley Auctions

    Leppard (1927-2019) was a legendary Grammy-winning recording artist and scholarly revivalist of 16th and 17th century baroque operas. He also had a warm heart. Beyond his music genius, Raymond's warm character, generous heart and good humor endeared him to the likes of Queen Elizabeth, who made him a Commander of the British Empire in 1983. INDIANAPOLIS, IN, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Items from the estate of the legendary British conductor and composer Raymond Leppard (1927-2019), a Grammy-winning recording artist and scholarly revivalist of 16th and 17th century baroque operas, will come up for bid in a live and online auction slated for Saturday, January 16th, by Ripley Auctions. The 315-lot auction will begin at 11am Eastern time. The Maestro’s personal collection includes a rare and notable library of 100+ books, featuring orchestral, choral and operatic scores, historical reference material and music theory volumes, many dating from the 17th through the 19th century. Highlights include works by Bach, Rossini, Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Wagner, Tartini, Stamitz, Burney, Britten, Elgar, Stanley and others. Four Volumes: General History of Music from the Earliest Ages to the Present Period by Charles Burney, Printed for the Author, with three first editions, 1732 & 1739 (est. $1,500-$2,500). “In addition to his musical genius, Raymond Leppard was known for his warm character, generous heart and good humor. This endeared him to the likes of Queen Elizabeth - the Queen Mother – Princess Margaret, Benjamin Britten, Frederica Von Stade, Dame Janet Baker and members of the infamous Bloomsbury group, among others,” said Kristen Hein, Vice President of Development for Ripley Auctions. Most of the lots in the auction are from the Leppard estate, which also features many of his personal effects, artworks and decorative accessories. The balance of the catalog consists of fine items pulled from prominent estates and collections in the Indianapolis area. Notably, Raymond Leppard served as music conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1987-2001. Multi-volume sets will include the three-volume Mémoires ou Essais sur la Musique. Tome Premier, Duxieme, Troisieme. Par le C. en. Grétry. Published by de l'Imprimerie de la République, A Paris, 1797 (est.…

  • Auction Industry
    Andrew Jones Auctions will ring in 2021 with a pair of online DTLA Collections & Estates auctions, January 12th and 27th

    The Jan. 12 sale will contain American and English decorative arts. The Jan. 27 event will be broad and varied, featuring fine Chinese and Asian works of art. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) ship's passport, signed in April 1805, countersigned by James Madison (1751-1836), estimate $3,000-$5,000. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Andrew Jones Auctions will greet the New Year with two big online sales in January. Both will be DTLA Collections & Estates auctions. The first, on Tuesday, January 12th, will feature select American and English decorative arts. The Wednesday, January 27th event will be broad and varied, highlighted by fine Chinese and Asian works of art. “As we head into 2021, after an amazingly successful 2020, we start strong with a marathon of nearly 900 lots over two sales in January,” said Andrew Jones, the president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. “The auctions are full of eclectic, whimsical and interesting items spanning hundreds of years of world culture.” Both auctions will begin promptly at 10 am Pacific time. The January 12th auction will be led by rare American and English decorative arts, pulled from lifetime collections across southern California. Offered will be American and English antiques, decorative arts, paintings, ceramics, glassware, folk art, books, documents and ephemera, including a ship’s passport signed by Thomas Jefferson and countersigned by James Madison in April 1805 (est. $3,000-$5,000), and a land grant signed by Andrew Jackson (est. $500-$800). Full-length oil on canvas portrait of a girl in a white dress with flowers thought to be Elizabeth O'Kane, 1842, by George Henry Durrie (American, 1820-1863), estimate $5,000-$7,000. The fine art selections range from paintings to prints and sculpture, and feature a full-length portrait of a girl, thought to be Elizabeth O'Kane, done in 1842 by George Henry Durrie (est. $5,000-$7,000); a moody Hudson River School riverscape of a View Between 6th & 7th Lake, John Brown Track (North Woods), Rockwell Pt. (est. $3,000-$5,000); as well as a portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln, after the model rendered by George Bissell (1839-1920) (est. $800-$1,200). Also sold will be pieces by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, Stanley Arthurs,…

  • Auction Industry
    University Archives’ online auction, January 6th, will be led by rare items signed by Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein

    The full catalog showing all 440 lots (most in company history) is up for bidding and viewing now at University Archives’ website: www.UniversityArchives.com. Four-page manuscript by the physicist Sir Isaac Newton consisting of nearly 2,300 words penned entirely in his hand around 1710, connecting metaphysics to physics (est. $130,000-$160,000). WESTPORT, CT, UNITED STATES, December 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A four-page manuscript consisting of nearly 2,300 words written entirely in the hand of English physicist Sir Isaac Newton, a World War II-dated letter written in English by Albert Einstein in which he reveals that Nazi leaders didn’t give much thought to his Theory of Relativity, and a 16-page letter signed by John Adams regarding British abuses eight years after his presidency ended, are just a sampling of what’s in University Archives’ next online auction planned for January 6th. The full catalog, showing all 440 lots, is up for bidding and viewing now, on the revamped University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com), as well as on the popular platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The sale contains rare and highly collectible items from multiple specialty categories. World War II-dated letter written in English and signed by Albert Einstein, in which he reveals that Nazi leaders didn’t give much thought to his Theory of Relativity ($75,000-$80,000). These include literary (Chekhov, Dickens, Hemingway, Solzhenitsyn and others); presidential (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and others); foreign (Napoleon, Khrushchev, Victoria I and others); science (Einstein, Darwin, Newton, Freud and others); and space (Apollo XI, Neil Armstrong, cosmonauts and the Wright Brothers). It will be University Archives’ biggest sale to date. “We keep breaking our own records at University Archives,” said company founder and president John Reznikoff. “When we had our largest-ever 349-lot sale back in August, we didn’t expect to break that record, but just four months later, here we are, with a 440-lot extravaganza of amazing and unusual autographs, historical documents, rare books, manuscripts, collectibles, relics, coins and currency. We invite collectors everywhere to ring in the New Year with us.” In the Sir Isaac Newton manuscript, written around 1710, the legendary physicist seeks…

  • Auction Result
    Miller & Miller’s online-only Advertising, Toys & Historic Objects auction, December 12th, is a huge hit with collectors

    The 712-lot auction featured advertising signs, toys, breweriana, coin-ops, historic objects, general store, agricultural collectibles, telephones and more. The top lot of the auction was this Pace’s Races 5-cent horse race slot machine made in the United States in 1934, professionally restored mechanically and cosmetically (CA$29,212). NEW HAMBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA, December 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A Paces Races 5-cent horse race slot machine, made in Chicago in 1934, sold for $29,212 and a made-in-Canada Black Cat Cigarettes porcelain sign from the 1940s realized $10,516 in an online-only Advertising, Toys & Historic Objects auction held December 12th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and are inclusive of an 18 percent buyer’s premium. “The Paces Races slot machine blew us away,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “There’s only a handful known. This one was masterfully restored, both cosmetically and mechanically, and it worked flawlessly.” When the game of odds was introduced by Pace Manufacturing in the 1930s, it became the largest money-making machine of its kind. Black Cat Cigarettes porcelain sign (Canadian, 1940s), 50 ½ inches by 48 inches, one of the most attractive porcelain signs in Canadian advertising history (CA$10,516). The Black Cat Cigarettes porcelain sign, measuring 50 ½ inches by 48 inches, is widely seen as one of the most attractive porcelain signs in Canadian advertising history. A green-eyed black cat was shown with the statement, “They taste better”, with “Black Cat Cigarettes” in script beneath that. It was marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs” on the lower edge and only had minor blemishes. The auction was packed with 712 lots of advertising signs, toys, breweriana, coin-ops, historic objects, general store, agricultural collectibles telephones and more. “Advertising is as hot as ever,” Mr. Miller said. “There’s a tsunami of interest in good, authentic advertising. Key pieces met or surpassed our expectations. This sale was the perfect storm. People were going crazy.” Following are additional highlights from the auction, which grossed $515,188 (including the buyer’s premium). The sale attracted 671 bidders, who placed a total of 10,393 bids online, via LiveAuctioners.com and…

  • Auction Industry
    Converse Auctions will hold an online-only Important Chinese New Year Antique Auction, 315 lots, Saturday, December 26th

    The auction will feature exquisite jade carvings, porcelain, paintings, jewelry, bronze Buddhas, scholars’ items, fine furniture, snuff bottles and seals. Rare 19th century French rolling ball waterwheel clock, almost identical to one in Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing, housed in a gilded bronze case (est. $3,000-$5,000). PAOLI, PA, UNITED STATES, December 15, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Converse Auctions invites collectors to ring in the New Year a few days early by participating in an online-only Important Chinese New Year Antique Auction on Saturday, the day after Christmas, December 26th, at 12 noon Eastern time. “We have been saving our finest items to feature in this important sale,” said Todd Converse. “There are over 300 lots to bid on.” The many fine Chinese antiques on offer include exquisite jade carvings, porcelain (including palace vases and chargers), paintings, jewelry, bronze Buddhas, scholars’ items, fine furniture (including throne, carved chairs with stone insets and tables), snuff bottles and seals, jewelry and items from the collection of Dr. Morris V. Shelanski, a prolific antiques collector (1950s-1970s). One item certain to attract great attention is lot 305, a rare 19th century French rolling ball waterwheel clock, almost identical to one in Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing (est. $3,000-$5,000). This extraordinary French industrial clock is powered by large steel ball bearings (not spring driven). The ornate case is made of gilded bronze, topped by a regal lion. Large and impressive jade table screen (or panel) with numerous scholars’ items pictured in relief, 29 ½ inches by 42 ½ inches, with carved stone appliqued items (est. $3,000-$5,000). A large and impressive jade table screen (or panel) with numerous scholars’ items pictured in relief, 29 ½ inches by 42 ½ inches, also has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The stone appliqued items are carved in jade, lapis lazuli, cinnabar, carnelian, malachite and other stones. Calligraphy and an artist’s mark are painted in gold. The wood frame is carved in cloud shapes. A dramatic and monumental pair of yellow dragon palace vases, each one 28 inches tall, is also expected to bring $3,000-$5,000. The vases boast multicolored dragons…

  • Auction Industry
    Holabird Western Americana Collections will hold a five-day Holiday Auction, Dec. 17-21, online and live in Reno, Nev.

    The auction is packed with hundreds of lots of mining collectibles, philatelic material, Americana and more, and features a number of important collections. Stock certificate for the Edison Storage Battery Co. (West Orange, N.J.), issued for one share to Thomas Edison as company president, dated Nov. 30, 1920, signed twice (est. $2,500-$4,000). RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, December 14, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A five-day Holiday Auction packed with hundreds of lots of mining collectibles, philatelic material, Americana and more, and featuring a number of important collections in a wide range of categories – will be held December 17th thru 21st by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and live in the gallery located at 3355 Airway Drive (Ste. 308) in Reno. Start times all five days are 8 am Pacific time, with Internet bidding available via iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. For those planning to attend the auction in person, all state and CDC reg’s and protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus (masks, social distancing, etc.) will be strictly enforced. Rare 1879 stereoview of a freight wagon on Main Street in Bodie, California, matted and framed, photographed by Ramanzo Wood, a Santa Cruz landscape photographer (est. $1,000-$1,500). Day 1, December 17th, will be dedicated to stocks and bonds – 712 lots in total, led by 208 lots of mining stocks and 66 lots of railroad and transportation stock. Other categories will include agriculture, banking, breweriana, the entertainment industry, Express, firearms and printing and publishing. Headlining the day will be Ken Prag’s massive industrial stock certificate collection. “Within the Prag collection are some fantastic sub-collections,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “Among these are Ken’s banking collection, American entertainment, brewing, telephone and telegraph, turnpikes, firearms, printing and publishing collections. A few categories are so big they’ll be split between this sale and an early 2021 sale.” Major collection of covers from the USS Macon zeppelin, a US airship that was operational from 1933-1935 – 500 covers in all, plus a well-used book on the Macon (est. $2,500-$7,500). Within these collections are pieces signed by famous Americans such…

  • Auction Result
    Super rare Pokémon SM Black Star “Ishihara GX” promotional trading card soars to $50,600 at Weiss Auctions, Nov. 19-20

    The card, issued in 2017, is one of only about 60 copies in existence and just the fourth copy to ever reach the market. Overall, the auction grossed $675,000. Extremely rare Pokémon SM Black Star “Ishihara GX” promotional trading card, graded PSA 8 Near Mint/Mint, one of only about 60 copies in existence ($50,600). LYNBROOK, NY, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- An extremely rare Pokémon SM Black Star “Ishihara GX” promotional trading card, graded PSA 8 Near Mint/Mint, one of only about 60 copies in existence and just the fourth copy to ever reach the market, sold for $50,600 in a two-day, online-only auction held November 19th-20th by Weiss Auctions. The card was the top lot in a sale that totaled $675,000. The Pokémon Black Star card was issued in 2017 and was only given out to Pokémon Company International employees, at TPCi President Tsunekazu Ishihara’s 60th birthday celebration. The cards were personally handed out by Ishihara himself. Today, most of the cards are in the hands of employees who are not permitted to sell them. The card was illustrated by artist Mike Cressy. The Thursday, November 19th session featured around 500 lots of sports, comics and comic art. The Friday session contained rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hollywood collectibles, advertising items and historical memorabilia. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. “More than 2,000 active bidders brought very strong prices,” Philip Weiss said. Other Day 1 superstar lots were led by an original Peanuts daily comic strip drawn and signed by the late iconic illustrator Charles Schulz (1922-2000). The four-panel strip, dated “5-2-1952”, featured a story line with the Peanuts characters Snoopy and Schroeder. Measuring 27 inches by 5 inches, it was inscribed in ink by Schulz in the first panel. The daily strip sold for $26,500. Original Peanuts daily comic strip drawn and signed by the late iconic illustrator Charles Schulz (1922-2000), dated “5-2-1952”and featuring Snoopy and Schroeder ($26,500). Four-panel, hand-colored daily comic strip art for Krazy Kat by George Herriman (1880-1944), dated “11-25-1942” – knocked down for $24,150. The strip featured Krazy Kat, Offisa Pupp, Ignatz Mouse…

  • Auction Industry
    Exceptional Paintings, Sculptures, Prints and Exquisite Fine Jewelry highlight Michaan’s Winter Fine Sale

    Previews:December 16 & 17, by appointment and day of sale Auction:Winter Fine SaleFriday, December 18 at 10am ALAMEDA, CA, USA, December 8, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Auction: Winter Fine Sale Friday, December 18 at 10amPreviews: December 16 & 17, by appointment and day of saleLocation: Michaan’s Auctions 2751 Todd Street Alameda, CA94501 Exceptional Paintings, Sculptures, Prints and Exquisite Fine Jewelry highlight Michaan’s Winter Fine Sale Michaan’s Winter Fine Sale opens with exquisite fine jewelry pieces of a broad range. An especially noteworthy necklace featuring over fifty-four carats of high-quality diamonds (estimate: $70,000 / 90,000) is consigned from the Estate of Mr. & Mrs. Mortimer Fleishhacker. Both third generation San Franciscans, Mortimer and his wife Janet were very involved in the civic life of San Francisco and are known throughout California for their Philanthropy. Janet was chairman of the board of the University of San Francisco and national president of Camp Fire Girls, among many other achievements. They hosted a 25th anniversary party for the United Nations at their estate in Woodside, CA (known as Green Gables) to which the diplomatic corps including the Secretary General U-Thant attended. Mortimer gifted this necklace to Janet as an anniversary present. Janet, a very fashionable woman, was routinely featured on the list of the 10 best dressed women in San Francisco. She wore this necklace to the openings of the opera, ballet and symphony where she sat in the Fleishhacker family box "M" which is situated in the center of the opera house. Janet left the necklace to her daughter Delia Ehrlich, who also wore it on those occasions. Mortimer Jr.'s father, Mortimer Fleishhacker and his brother Herbert were involved in the early electrification of California and founded the Crown Paper Company which later merged to form Crown Zellerbach. He was a regent for the University of California and helped found the local chapter of what would become the United Way. His brother Herbert was a founder of both Fleishhacker Pool and Fleishhacker Zoo (now known as the San Francisco Zoo), while Mortimer Jr. himself was a founder of the public television station KQED. An extremely rare…

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    Premiere Props’ Hollywood Movie Props & Costumes Auction, December 12, features Michael Jackson, Elvis, many other stars

    Fans, bidders and collectors worldwide will be able to watch and participate in the auction in real time at HollywoodLiveAuctions.com and PremiereProps.com. Original and authentic black and white publicity still of Frank Sinatra from the 1930s or ‘40s, signed “Best Wishes to Max, Sincerely, Frank” (est. $1,000-$3,000). EL SEGUNDO, CA, UNITED STATES, December 7, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A treasure trove of more than 750 pieces of memorabilia, props and costumes owned, worn and/or signed by stars like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra – plus a massive archive of material from the late Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd Fisher – will all come up for bid in an Internet-only Hollywood Movie Props & Costumes Auction slated for Saturday, December 12th, by Premiere Props, starting at 11 am Pacific time. Fans, bidders and collectors around the globe will be able to watch and participate in the auction in real time at HollywoodLiveAuctions.com and PremiereProps.com. An online show about the auction featuring guest Todd Fisher will be aired online. Internet bidding will be provided by the major platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. Fans can also call to set up telephone bidding with a Premiere Props representative, at 310-322-PROP, or toll-free, at 888-761-PROP. “I’m really excited about the incredible collection of diverse items and we are excited to be able to offer fans and collectors an incredible assortment of all eras of film memorabilia,” said Dan Levin of Premiere Props. “There’s something for everyone in this auction with items dating from Hollywood’s silent era forward, from the Queen Mary to Captain America and everything in between. It’s not every day you see rare collectibles from diverse personalities like Rob Zombie, James Bond, the group KISS, Black Panther and the celebrities already named, all in one sale.” Actual glove worn on-stage by Michael Jackson during his “Victory” tour, a large white “tux-style” glove covered in crystals – palm front and back and all the fingers. (est. $50,000-$60,000). Several items are expected to compete for top lot of the auction. A few include the following: • A hand-made, aluminum-based hero metal shield made exclusively for Captain America: the First…