Washington & Clay antique bottle flask soars to $52,650

Antique flask Washington portrait

A rare portrait flask of George Washington and Henry Clay, made circa 1840-1860 by Bridgeton Glass Works, was sold for $52,650 Feb. 1, 2012 by Norman C. Heckler & Co. The portrait flask was the top lot in a session that grossed around $440,000. “Glass as an antique collecting category has drawn interest from collectors who recognize the historical significance and beauty of antique bottles and glass,” auctioneer Norman Heckler, Jr. said. Read More +

Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia announces second landmark auction

Coca-Cola backbar

The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia is holding the second auction of its entire stock March 24-25 at the museum in Elizabethtown, Ky. The first auction, held in September 2011, set a new benchmark for a Coca-Cola memorabilia sale by bringing in more than $3 million for 650 items, with several pieces going for more than $100,000 each – unprecedented for an auction of advertising art. Read More +

Sale of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company fine art collection will benefit Winston-Salem arts group

Hundreds of pieces of art from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. collection will be sold Feb. 10-12, 2012 to benefit arts organizations and individual artists. Many of the works are by local and North Carolina artists, including Claude Howell, Elsie Popkin, Edd Presnell, Sally Prange and Catherine Ryan. They include oils, watercolors, prints, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles, as well as antiques and decorative items for home and office. There are substantial selections of dishes, flatware, and crystal. Read More +