Vintage Jacobus Stainer violin and bow may bring $6,000 this weekend

Jacobus Strainer violin

One of the top lots in this week’s Elite Decorative Art auction is a blue diamond ring and a vintage Jacobus Stainer violin and bow. Artwork will include an artist proof bronze sculpture of a goat by Louise B. Nevelson and a pencil on paper of a nude female by Fernando Botero, measuring 22 inches by 15 1/2 inches, which is expected to hit $30,000 to $40,000. Read More +

Fine art auction features horse head prop from ‘The Godfather’

Godfather horse head prop

More than 3,000 lots of fine art and antiques are expected to change hands at James D. Julia’s Aug. 21-24, 2012 auction, the largest in the firm’s history. Among the highlights are 30 folk art weathervanes, 725 paintings and 1,200 lots of Asian art and artifacts. A historical item of an entirely different nature is the actual taxidermy horse’s head used during the rehearsals and filming of the 1970s Oscar winner, “The Godfather”. Acquired from a former employee of Paramount Studios, it now comes with an estimate you can’t refuse of $10,000-20,000. Read More +

Regency marble-top gueridon brings $17,400 at Litchfield summer antique auction

"Still Life of Fruits, Flowers & Animals." atributed to Jakob Bogdani (1660-1724) sold for $15,600.

Litchfield County Auctions’ summer sale are designed to offer an eclectic mix of traditional antiques and fine art to fit every budget from $50 to $15,000. This year’s sale, offered June 27-July 13, 2012, was different. Lots of antique furniture and decorations featured several top lots. The highest selling item in the sale was a Regency parcel gilt ebonized marble-top gueridon (English, 1810-1820), which sold for $17,400. Read More +

300 antique Chinese works offered in live and online antique auction

Chinese jadeite cabochon diamond ring

More than 300 fine antique Chinese carvings and Asian works of art, including porcelains, jade, ivory, bronze, jewelry, stone carvings and silver, are to be offered Aug. 18, 2012. A piece of jewelry, not a porcelain, may end up being the day’s top earner: a stunning ladies’ 18kt yellow gold imperial jadeite cabochon and diamond ring/pendant combination valued as much as $80,000. Read More +