LiveAuctioneers.com top 5 lots for February ’08

NEW YORK CITY – Results are drawn from LiveAuctioneers.com’s more than 675 affiliate auction houses across the globe. The company’s database is updated daily with new hammer prices, and represents one of the Web’s most up-to-date resources available.

Gents Watch AT 4-9.jpgGent’s Rolex Explorer II wristwatch
Sold at Clars’ Fabulous February Auction, Feb. 2-3. The top Internet lot was a fabulous gentleman’s Rolex Explorer II wristwatch with black dial and bezel and oyster bracelet. The wristwatch, with original Rolex box and papers, was estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and settled at $19,200.

Loretta Lux AT 4-9.jpgLoretta Lux photograph
At Phillips de Pury’s Jan. 31 photographs sale, photography continued to assert its place as a highly-collectible form of fine art. Hugo and Dylan I, a 10-inch by 8 3/4-inch Dye destruction print by photographer Loretta Lux, flashed past its $9,000-$12,000 estimate, selling for $18,750. Works by Lux, best known for her surreal photos of young children, have been extensively exhibited internationally and continue to bring ever-higher auction prices.

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Thomas Hill oil-on-canvas
At Wes Cowan’s Feb. 7-8 sale of paintings, sculpture and works on paper, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) oil-on-canvas painting titled, View of Yosemite Valley, signed and dated 1902, showed the strength of California landscapes in today’s marketplace by selling online for $25,200.


Group of four early to mid-20th century Chinese scrolls
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Chinese art found no shortage of suitors in Quinn’s Feb. 9 Fine and Decorative Arts, Asian Art and Icons sale. Fifty-four bids were lodged on a group of four early to mid-20th century Chinese scrolls featuring calligraphy and signed with a chop, which eventually sold for $54,900.


Chinese Stamp AT 4-9.jpgPeople’s Republic of China stamp
Philip Weiss Auctions saw spectacular results in its Feb. 9 auction of the Newport Collection, Stamps and Coins. Eighty-four bids were lodged on a crimson and gold postage stamp from the People’s Republic of China featuring a throng of smiling workers holding up their Little Red Books. On this stamp, the crowd is accompanied by a smiling Communist soldier, holding a machine gun, surmounted by a red map of China. With an opening bid of $20 and estimated at $15,000-$20,000, the philatelic treasure of historical importance sold via the Internet for $37,760.

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