SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Martin Codina is the CEO of Fine Estate Liquidation, Inc., a San Rafael, Calif., business that has been serving the San Francisco Bay area with on-site estate sales, estate buyouts and auction placement services since 1996. Read More +
The variety of human expressions cast as jewelry is vast. So are values, styles and quality. Technically, a face pin might be a museum-quality cameo carving worth thousands of dollars or a major plastic physiognomy by Elzac’s Elliot Handler. In this column jewelry expert Kathy Flood reviews the use, art and values of faces in figural costume jewelry. Read More +
A large 1920’s Acoma Pueblo olla realized $8,000 and a Ramses figural perfume in the shape of a sphinx sold for $7,000 in Cordier Antiques & Auctions’ Two Day Antique & Fine Art Auction in Camp Hill, Pa., June 11-12, 2011. Other highlights of the sale included a Bakelite figural pin in the form of a pumpkin for $5,000 and a Herend dinner service for $6,500.
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In the midst of the government’s debt crisis deliberations, New Orleans Auction Galleries hosted one ofits most successful sales to date July 30-31, 2011, showing signs of strength in the luxury and auction markets. An elaborate Chinese carved coral group brought $67,650, far surpassing the pre-auction estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Other notable sales in the category included a colorful Chinese Famille Rose porcelain plaque set in a custom wooden frame and stand hammered for an astounding $67,650, and a Mughal-style jade handled dagger which sold for $34,440 following ten minutes of bidding.
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There was strong interest across the board during Litchfield County Auction’s July 20, 2011 American and English Continential auction and much activity was received in all categories of the sale. Paintings, American and Continental furniture, decorations, Americana, folk art, and silver stood at the top of the list. Selling close to 85 percent of the lots offered in the sale, many items grossed well above their high estimate and received a high number of bids.
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An antique discovery clock auction, Aug. 27, 2011 is loaded with more than 500 rare and vintage clocks from a single-owner collection. Included in the sale are American large wall clocks and case clocks, grandfather clocks and examples from England, France and Germany. This more than just a clock action. Tucked inside the sale are pendulums, weights, watchmakers’ benches and multi-drawer cabinets, watch and clock ephemera and advertising signs.
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Hundreds of quality lots of fine porcelain, original artwork and estate jewelry will cross the block in a multi-estate sale planned for Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 by Elite Decorative Arts. One lot is expected to bring $80,000-$100,000 or more. It is a pair of large bronze and ivory Continental figures, one depicting a warrior wearing a crown with a sword to the hip and the other depicting a warrior wearing a bearskin headdress and scaled armor. The figures, each one 18 inches in height on a 3 ¼ inch round wooden base, were made circa 18th or 19th century. Read More +
NAPLES, Fla. — Judy and Steve Allman, owners of Allman Promotions LLC/Antiques Shows of Florida, recently announced they acquired the long running, highly successful Sunshine City Antiques & Collectible Show in St. Petersburg from founders Susan and Rui Farias. Transfer … Read More +
In its 47 years, California Auctioneers has seldom offered something as distinctive as a private island. However, on June 26, 2011 the firm will offer the private island paradise in Bora Bora known as Blue Heaven Island. Located less than a mile from the Celebrity and pro surfer destination of Tavarua, the paradise getaway offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your own island property in Motu Paahi along the famous Bora Bora Reef. This sale includes antiques as well, such as an extremely rare 1946 Chevrolet Fire Engine, a Steinway Macassar Ebony Crown jewel model L piano and a fine collection of early Native American weavings. Read More +
A monumental circa-1890 R.J. Horner figural carved mahogany 12-piece dining room set soared to $100,300 at a cataloged auction held May 21, 2011 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The set was the top lot in the sale, which attracted a large amount of Tiffany lamps and decorative objects. An unusual Tiffany Studios bronze crab inkwell with an exceptional brown and deep red patina with green highlights went for $23,600.
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