Crowell great blue heron decoy earns $31,050

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An extremely rare miniature great blue heron made by renowned American carver A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) sold for $31,050. It was an auction record for a Crowell miniature, breaking the previous mark set about five minutes earlier, when the lot immediately preceding the blue heron – an American egret standing 8 1/2 inches tall and boasting the superb original paint – changed hands for $25,875. Read More +

Sun rises on Lichtenstein pair at Heritage; paintings may bring $600,000

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Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 ink and graphite on paper masterpiece, “Sunrise; Sunset,” is expected to realize more than $400,000 at Heritage Auctions Oct. 23, 2012. Sunrise; Sunset is doubly important because it represents the first time the Benday dot grew to an enormous proportion, which was then cropped to form the Sun in this work,” said Frank Hettig, director of Modern & Contemporary Art. Read More +

James D. Julia records $4.5 million summer sale, firm’s largest

Asian embroderies

Tipping in at nearly $4.5 million, James D. Julia Inc., is still celebrating the success of its latest summer auction. More than 3,000 lots changed hands over a four-day period. Highlights included a rare and fine pair of embroideries picturing 100 birds housed within highly elaborate carved and pierced rosewood frames. The pair sold for $86,250. 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 +