Auction News

Antique Helper Auctions – Indianapolis Contemporary: Art & Design Auction

May 4th, 2010 by

Mindy Taylor Ross of Art Strategies, LLC and Christopher West of Christopher West Presents are seeking consignments in contemporary art and design for the first in a series of contemporary art auctions to be held on Friday evening, June 25, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm at Dan Ripley Auctions (2764 E 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220). The auction will include lots consigned directly from artists as well as pieces from the secondary market and will include a mix of local, regional and national artists.

*** Please note if you are seeing this for the second time, the auction has been changed to June.  We have been overwhelmed by submissions and have decided to add a few weeks to our timetable to make our selections and make this the best auction possible.

For more information or to propose contemporary art or design for the auction, please contact either Mindy or Christopher by email using the information below:

Mindy Taylor Ross–artstrategies@me.com

Christopher West–cw@christopherwestpresents.com

Why are we doing this?

To support the growth of offerings in contemporary art in Central Indiana and to support the growth of our Indiana-based artists and organizations in this tough economic time. In addition to helping to generate sales for you, this initial auction has a charitable benefit–5% of the hammer price of each artwork will be donated by Ripley to the Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you would like to talk about donating 100% of your proceeds to IMA, we’d be happy to help with that as well. Our friends in the arts are struggling, like many people, and we need to support them. This charitable contribution does NOT effect your net from the sale. It is a donation given by the auction house from their proceeds.

Why should you consider being involved?

For the same reasons stated above. You can turn your pieces of contemporary art & design that you may not be using anymore into cash, and maybe find something new at the auction, while supporting the local art scene. Additionally, this outlet offers you a new way to reach buyers outside of the Indianapolis-area through Ripley’s marketing efforts and his well established network of on-line and phone buyers.

What you can do to help?

Consign great pieces of contemporary art and design and tell your friends and family to come out and buy on June 25th! We’ll be crafting emails to potential buyers who may not know a lot about auctions. We want to demystify the auction process and to have everyone come out, have fun, and BUY SOME ART. This is NOT just for experienced auction buyers. Consign to us and help spread the word.

Here are the details:

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.        All consignments will be published in a 4-color print and on-line catalogue

.        The auction will be advertised in local and national print publications and on prominent on-line sites such as artnet.com

.        Sales results may be listed on artnet.com

To propose consignments for the sale send us ASAP the following information via email to the addresses above. If you are unable to gather the below info, drop us an email anyway and we’ll arrange a time to come to you:

.        Digital images of work available for consignment. Please be sure each image is titled to match a corresponding description list. (There are no image size requirements but please be sure it is a good clear image of the work.)

.        A Word Document that contains descriptions of each artwork and which clearly corresponds with the names of the digital image files. Descriptions should contain as much of the following information as possible:

.                                Your contact information [include US mailing address, email address and phone number(s)]

.                                Title of the work, Year of execution

.                                Medium

.                                Dimensions

.                                The price that you believe you would normally be able to sell this work for in a gallery setting.

.                                Any descriptive information that you think would be helpful for our consideration and/or for a catalogue description

Again, if you are unable to gather the above information, call or email me and I’ll help! We will notify you about pieces we are interested in consigning. A consignment form will need to be executed for each artwork.

All artworks will need to be delivered to Dan Ripley’s auction house by Monday, May 24th, 2010 so they may be photographs and logged for the catalogue.

When is this Happening?

Thursday, June 24th, 2010–Preview party at Ripley’s Auction House (time TBD)

Friday, June 25th, 2010–Live auction here in Indy (time tentatively set for 5-8pm)

And where?

Dan Ripley Auctions

2764 East 55th Place

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Bonhams & Butterfields – SoMa Estate Auction – San Francisco

May 4th, 2010 by

May 9th, 2010

Featuring paintings and works deaccessioned from the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Eli Wilner & Company Master Framers – New York

May 3rd, 2010 by

The Sotheby’s impressionist auction May 5, 2010, includes 6 Picassos, 2 Cezannes, 4 Miros, 3 Monets and 17 Wilners.

The area between where the painting ends and the wall begins is, indeed, of the utmost importance. It can make all the difference in how artwork is experienced. And, when it comes to historical expertise, craftsmanship and artistry, it’s an area in which Eli Wilner & Company truly excels. Which is why the finest art collections, museums and galleries, including the White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and Sotheby’s, all turn to Eli Wilner & Company to craft masterpieces for their masterpieces.

Restoring antique frames to their former glory. Recreating frames to customize color, texture and size. Designing entirely new frames in collaboration with artists and collectors that become an integral part of the art. Eli Wilner’s team of skilled craftsmen and conservators have been creating frames at one with the purest artistic and historical vision, one at a time, for more than thirty years.

During that time, Eli Wilner’s own collection has grown to more than 3,000 antique frames and 10,000 historical photographs. Yet it is an uncanny ability to get inside the artist’s head, see the work through their eyes, feel the sensibility of their era, that has taken these exceptional resources to the next level. To maximize the beauty, historical accuracy and value of your next project, consult with Eli Wilner. And experience a perfect pairing of painting and frame that is an art form in itself.

Best of the West Auctions

April 29th, 2010 by

Third Auction at our NEW LOCATION!

What could be more fum this Saturday than attending our spring art and estate auction? Whether you are attending online, or come on down to the Masonic Center, you will enjoy the array of regional art and a few estate items we will start the auction off with.

There are four ways to accommodate your bidding needs; In addition to in-person participation, we offer on-line bidding, absentee bidding, and phone bidding!

Once again we are at our NEW LOCATION!

When: Saturday May 1, 2010 The Auction starts at noon; Preview Friday afternoon 3pm to 7pm and Saturday morning starting at 9am
Where: The Masonic Lodge
1150 Panorama Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Exit I 25 at Fillmore and go west about 1.7 miles. Large beautiful building located on your left. Plenty of close in parking!

NEW LOCATION!

Entire catalog available to print or view is located on-line at:

http://www.icollector.com/May-1st-Estate-Fine-Art-Auction_as17597

Or visit our website at: http://www.BestOfTheWestAuctions.com

Don’t forget we are at our NEW LOCATION ….. NOT the Norris Penrose event center!

Full color catalogs available. Online, absentee, and phone bidding is available.

Refreshments on site.

See you there or online!

Action Comics #1-24 bound volumes – Superman’s first two years – expected to bring $200,000+ in Dallas Auction

April 29th, 2010 by

Action #1 Court Copy, Jack Kirby’s bound Captain America Volume, 9.4 Zap Comix #1, all part of Heritage Auctions May 20-21 Comics event

Dallas, TX – Two bound volumes of Action Comics #1-24, the first two full years of the Superman saga that would change the world of Pop Culture forever, will anchor a deep lineup in the May 20-21 Signature® Comics and Comic Art Auction at Heritage Auctions, in-person in Dallas and live online at HA.com. The volumes are estimated at $200,000+.

“This has the potential to be one of the highest-dollar lots we’ve ever sold,” said Ed Jaster, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “They’re surely the most desirable bound comic volumes in existence. Even more, these stand out not only because of which comics are inside, but because of their amazing condition. This is the comics equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible.”

To the seasoned collector the condition of these comics will come as a major surprise: the earliest and most valuable issues (#1-12) have consistent page quality right to the edges, along with superbly preserved covers that match or exceed the best individual copies of the same issues that Heritage’s World Class experts have seen to date.

“Consider the challenge of trying to assemble this run by pursuing individual copies with comparable eye appeal,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comic Auctions Operations at Heritage. “Even if the expense were no factor, issues such as 2, 5, 8, 10, and 13 are almost never offered for sale, and holding out for bright copies, with excellent eye appeal, is simply unrealistic.”

Another very significant copy of Superman’s first comic, the famed and intriguing Action Comics #1 Court Copy, follows close behind the top lot, and brings an absorbing history with it. It is estimated at $150,000+.

This comic is designated “the Court Copy” because it was used as evidence in DC Comic’s 1939 lawsuit against Fox and its character Wonder Man, claiming copyright infringement. When all was said and done, the judge did indeed issue an injunction “forbidding the further publication” of Wonder Man.

“This was a significant moment indeed, as future court battles were looming,” said Jaster, “above all, the one against Fawcett and the hugely popular and bestselling Captain Marvel. This lawsuit against Fox was also notable for underscoring the fact that there was money to be made publishing comics, and not just with established characters, but also with a new creation such as Superman, then in print less than a year.”

One of the most special lots in the entire auction is Jack Kirby’s own Bound Volume of Captain America #1 and #3-10, with great original drawings in it by The King himself. Gracing the front and endpapers of this volume are four outstanding drawings featuring Steve Rogers; Cap, Bucky, and the Red Skull; Cap and Hitler; and Bucky, respectively. The Cap and Hitler drawing was used as the cover of The Jack Kirby Collector #12.

“No comic fan could fail to love seeing art by the King at the peak of his powers, together with key early published work by the Simon and Kirby team,” said Sandoval. “Combine that with the fact that Kirby obviously owned the book at one time, and you’ve got one of the more fascinating lots in the auction.”

The Detective Comics series is, of course, most famous for its 27th issue, the first appearance of “The Batman,” but the earlier issues are highly prized by advanced collectors. Those same collectors will have a rare chance in this auction to bid on and possibly acquire the first two issues of this famed series, Detective Comics #1 and Detective Comics #2, both unrestored and both estimated at $25,000+.

Heritage set the record price for an Underground comic in 2009 when it sold a CGC 9.2 Zap Comix #1 for more than $13,000, a record that is almost certain to fall when Heritage offers a CGC NM 9.4 graded Zap Comix #1, First Printing – Plymell Edition (Apex Novelties, 1967). It is estimated at $20,000+.

“The record price for this historic Underground will be shattered again, as this is the nicest copy Heritage has had the pleasure of seeing to date,” said Jaster. “This comic is the one that launched the Underground Comix movement, and it features Robert Crumb stories, cover and art.”

Heritage is also presenting an item much scarcer than even Action #1 or Detective #27 in Shadow pulp #1, 1931, a pulp magazine as influential as any of the two aforementioned comics and certainly much harder to find. It is estimated at $10,000+.

“This condition of this book is pretty hammered, but it’s still the first we’ve ever had,” said Jaster. “This is an item that even some of the world’s most elite collections lack.”

Original comic strip art collectors have already sat up and taken notice of two originals of Gary Larson’s The Far Side, one of the most beloved daily comics of the 20th century, which are notoriously tough to come by because Larson kept almost all of his art. They both feature Larson’s signature wit and inimitable style and are estimated at $5,000-$10,000 apiece.

Other highlights of the auction include the Gary Keller collection run of Adventure, great art by Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane, Michael Golden, Neal Adams, Dick Sprang, Robert Crumb and much more.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

Mitchell lunar surface-worn name tag brings $59,750 to lead $720,000+ Heritage Space Exploration Auction

April 28th, 2010 by

Apollo mission hardware and reference materials continue driving popular Space category, April 21, at Heritage Auction

DALLAS, TX – Edgar Mitchell’s Apollo 14 Lunar Surface worn “Mitchell” spacesuit name tag, originally from Mitchell’s own collection, brought $59,750 to lead Heritage Auctions’ $720,000+ April 21 Space Exploration Auction. All prices include the 19.5% Buyer’s Premium. Overall the auction saw a stunning sell-through rate of more than 97% by value and more than 94% by lot total.

“Mitchell’s name tag is certainly going to be the centerpiece a of a very serious space collection,” said Michael Riley, Chief Cataloger and Senior Historian at Heritage Auctions. “In the realm of space collecting, lunar surface worn material is by far the most coveted; it doesn’t get much closer to mission, or more unique to the astronaut, than this very piece.”

Only 12 men have ever walked on the surface of the moon, and only 12 name tags have been with them. The tags from the suits of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin name tags are on permanent loan to the Smithsonian, and Alan Bean ground his up long ago for use in his paintings. That leaves only nine with the possibility of being made public, though many of those are in institutional hands.

“I wouldn’t count on one of these from another astronaut showing up anytime soon,” said Riley. “These are very coveted by those who own them. This was a great opportunity and a smart collector made good use of it.”

An Apollo 10 flown Earth Landmark Maps & Photos Book, directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot John Young, was hotly contested in the auction before finishing at $43,319, more than five times its base estimate of $8,000, while an Apollo 11 Grumman Apollo Operations Handbook – Lunar Module LM5 And Subsequent Book in Binder went for $35,850, more than six times its base estimate of $5,000.

Apollo 15 Mission Commander Dave Scott’s Lunar Module Flown Flashlight, directly from his personal collection more than doubled its pre-auction estimate to bring $26,290 and become the most valued of these space flown heavy brass-milled two-cell flashlights to have come to auction, with similar examples from James Lovell, Gene Cernan and John Young bringing $10,157, $8,365 and $5,676, respectively, in prior Heritage Space Exploration auctions.

One of the most stunning and impressive lots in the entire auction came from the Gemini program in the form of 150 Glass Slides from Gemini 4, first generation duplicates from film flown on the mission, directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Ed White II, which brought double their pre-auction estimate to finish at $21,510.

“These are not only stunning and amazing slides in quality,” said Riley, “but also historic as well. These were some of the very first pictures taken of the earth, by human hands, from outer space. One look and you can see that they’re simply breathtaking.”

Further highlights include, but are certainly not limited to:

Apollo 11 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission CapCom Ron Evans, Serial Number 152: Realized $20,315.

Apollo 10 Flown CSM Systems Data Checklist Directly From the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot John Young, Signed and Certified: Realized $19,120.

Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Serial Number 10: Realized $17,925.

NASA Astronaut Group Two: Large Color Photo on Mat Signed by All, Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Ed White II: Realized $16,730.

Apollo 10 Flown CSM Updates Checklist Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot John Young, Signed and Certified: Realized $14,340.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

The Hip Furniture Designs of Mid-century Master Paul Evans Took Top Honors in Austin Auction’s April 18 Sale

April 28th, 2010 by

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Auction Gallery chalked up a solid $260,000 total with its April 18, 2010 Important Spring Estates Auction, led by a keenly pursued selection of Mid-century dining room furniture designed by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987).

The 10-piece sculpted-bronze dining suite consisted of a large ‘Stalagmite’ glass-top table, eight chairs upholstered in purple micro-suede, and a long, sculpted-bronze server set with two slate slabs. The consignor had purchased the suite in 1970, from the Chicago showroom of Directional Furniture, for whom Evans designed.

The Evans set was offered in three lots with a total estimate of $17,000-$23,000, but bidders knew an opportunity when they saw one and pushed the aggregate price to $59,225. The table made $10,925, while the coveted complete set of chairs soared to $29,900. Completing the ensemble, the sideboard closed at $18,400. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium.

“We had nine or ten phone bidders, from all over the country, who were interested in the Paul Evans set,” said Austin Auction associate Chris Featherston, “but amazingly, it all went to a buyer from our own hometown here in Texas. One of the phone bidders, who was from New York, was surprised that he had been outbid by someone from Austin.”

18th-century, Louis XV-style marble-top carved console

An 18th-century, Louis XV-style marble-top carved console from the same estate that produced the Paul Evans furniture also met with success in the sale. Heavy phone participation boosted its closing price to $8,625.

The fine-art section of the sale included a special collection of eight artworks by John Strevens (British, 1902-1990). Strevens exhibited regularly at the British Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Arts, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the Paris Salon.

John Strevens (British, 1902-1990)

“The owner of the paintings had her portrait painted by Strevens and bought additional works by the artist,” Featherston explained. “The eight paintings sold for a total of $26,996, with individual prices ranging from $1,150 to $5,463.”

A category that garnered considerable interest was Asian art. “Since we have been online with our sales, we have gained quite a few buyers out of China,” said Featherston. “Last year many of those buyers were conspicuously absent from our sales. This year the Chinese buyers were back in force, especially for the red coral pieces in the sale.”

Stair Auctioneers & Appraisers – American, English & Continental

April 26th, 2010 by

Auction May 8th & 9th, 2010

American, English, and Continental furniture, porcelain, silver, decorations and fine art

New York

Phillips de Pury & Company – Theme Auction: Africa

April 26th, 2010 by

Africa – Contemporary Art, Photographs, Editions

Auction May 15th, 2010 1pm

New York

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Chicago, IL

April 26th, 2010 by

Catalog Now Online

Modern and Contemporary Art

American and European Art

Preview May 12th – 15th, Auction May16th 12pm