Coins, art and antiques do well at Antique Helper May 3-4

INDIANAPOLIS – Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper greeted the month of May with an auction weekend packed with diverse buying opportunities for collectors of every description.

The May 3 Coin and Currency auction drew a fresh audience to the gallery.  Coin collectors were happy to capture additions that included Morgan silver dollars, mint proof sets, and a rare $1,000 bill that sold to a floor bidder for $1,351. But the currency that brought the most money was a complete set of 15 two dollar half gold Indian Head Quarter Eagles. They brought $6,936 from a telephone bidder. All prices include buyer’s premium of 12.5 percent, or 10 percent for payment bt cash or check.

While the coins were selling inside, another, more traditional auction was taking place inside the tent behind Antique Helper’s main building. This good old fashioned auction, featuring items from several area estates, attracted bidders who were ready to scoop up some bargains and unearth treasures. There was one lot that stopped bidders in their tracks; competitive bidding drove the price of a cut glass punch bowl and cups soaring to $800 before the hammer fell.

The Spring Art and Antiques Auction on Sunday, May 4 was rich with Indiana art and Orientalia, including a matched pair of antique Continental carved wood and gesso angel figures. Despite wear and repairs, they quadrupled the high estimate of $500, bringing an impressive $2,450 from an Internet bidder.

American art glass attracted numerous collectors. A Midwestern telephone bidder was pleased to be the buyer of a Tiffany Colonial lamp with a rare turquoise leaded glass shade, at $12,925. Two Daum cameo art glass vases brought $5,288 apiece from the same East Coast telephone bidder, while a rare Steuben decorated Aurene art glass vase saw $3,981 from an Internet bidder.

Among the abundance of fine art offered was Mother and Child, a 1904 oil on board by Indiana artist Wayman Adams (1883-1959). The painting sold within estimate at $4,900. Munich Man, a charcoal drawing on paper by Hoosier Group artist William Forsyth (1854-1935) brought $4,219 from the floor. Another work by Forsyth created quite a stir when it arrived at Antique Helper. Willow of Winona Lake attracted attention from residents of the small Indiana lake community, enticing one resident to make the trip to Indianapolis in order to bid in person. This lucky bidder took the painting home for a solid $6,750, remarking that she planned to cover every corner of the town’s scenic island, in order to locate the exact spot where the landscape was painted.

Other European and American fine art offerings included a mountain landscape by Walter Koeniger (1881-1943) that sold for $9,400 to an absentee bidder. A fjord painting by Scandinavian artist Anders Monsen Askevold (1834-1900) saw $7,050 from a New York telephone bidder. An Internet bidder scored as the successful buyer of La Pointe de l’Ile de la Cite, an oil on canvas by Russian/French painter Constantine Kluge (1912-2003). It brought $5,819. A seascape painting by Dutch/American painter M.F.H. de Haas (1832-1895) surpassed its high estimate of $8,000, selling for $11,025 to an Internet bidder.

Complete auction results can be found at For more information call 317-251-5635.

The midsummer auction weekend is scheduled for June 28-29. The auction catalog will be posted on the Antique Helper Web site two weeks before the auction events.