LiveAuctioneers’ top lots for March 2008

LiveAuctioneers.com provided the online catalog and live Internet bidding for the auctions and lots listed here. Information about these and millions of other lots is available at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

Harrison Ford Indiana Jones bullwhip

Excitement went through the roof on March 15-16 as bidders signed up in droves to bid in Guernsey’s auction of iconic pop culture memorabilia from the Pugliese collection. In all, there were 125,914 unique visitors to the LiveAuctioneers electronic catalog, with 761 approved bidders taking part. The two highest-priced lots, of 200 online purchases, had a connection to the Indiana Jones film trilogy. The bullwhip so closely associated with Harrison Ford’s lead character in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981), which was offered with a typescript note signed by Ford in which he validated the prop’s origin and use, sold online near the top of its estimate range, for $70,437.50.

Chanel “Meteorite” sapphire and diamond ring

The top Internet lot in Heritage Auction Gallery’s Jewelry, Furniture, Bronzes & Fine Art sale on March 12, was a Chanel fine jewelry design of timeless chic and uncompromising quality. An 18K white gold “Meteorite” ring featuring a central Ceylon sapphire weighing approximately 7.30 carats, accented by 100 round, brilliant-cut diamonds and 76 round, brilliant-cut sapphires, was stamped C. Chanel, with additional French hallmarks. The stylish ring from the fourth quarter of the 20th century attracted 13 bids before settling at $52,062.50.

Theodor Baierl (German, 1881-1932) oil on panel (shown at right)

A world auction record for a painting by Theodor Baierl (German, 1881-1932) was set on March 6 in Cheffins’ sale of pictures, antique furniture and collectors’ items. A LiveAuctioneers bidder paid $63,727 for an Italianate-style oil-on-panel depiction of St. John the Baptist holding a lamb, with a landscape of grazing sheep in the background. The 31½-inch by 15.35-inch work came with provenance through the Reverend Francis Sithinbank, Vicar of Clare, Suffolk, England, who had owned it for more than 60 years.

Andy Warhol Skull pencil signed and numbered

At Wittlin & Serfer’s March 9 Fine Art sale, a 1976 pencil-signed and numbered Andy Warhol screenprint titled Skull was among the Internet purchases for this sale. Measuring 30 inches by 40 inches, the print from an edition of 50 surpassed its $12,000-$15,000 estimate to settle at $18,000.

William Edouard Scott (American, 1884-1964) oil on panel

More than one-fourth of the inventory – 287 lots – in Treadway Gallery’s March 2 auction of 20th-century art and design was purchased online. More than 500 people visited the electronic catalog listing for a William Edouard Scott (American, 1884-1964) oil on panel titled Haitian Landscape. The 1932 work, measuring 15 inches by 11½ inches, reached the midpoint of its estimate at $22,050.

Martin Brothers grotesque bird stoneware jar

On March 8-9, Craftsman Auctions once again realized blockbuster results with superior-quality articles from its area of expertise: American and European Arts & Crafts. Of the 185 items that sold through LiveAuctioneers, top honors went to a 1903 Martin Bros. grotesque bird stoneware jar. These curious avian figures continue to fly higher in the antiques marketplace; of the 992 approved Internet bidders participating in the sale, one proved victorious on this particular lot, paying $30,625 against an auction estimate of $15,000-$20,000.

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