FREDERICK, Md. – Keith Spurgeon’s Mosby & Co. April 28 auction carried an eclectic mix of posters, porcelain, paintings and prints along with toys, advertising, folk art and Americana. The firm reported its best selection of posters to date, including French automotive, early circus, magic, advertising and movie posters.
Among the top lots is an original slave punishment collar that sold to a Washington, DC-area collector for $10,000 against a presale estimate of $600 to $800, with a phone bidder competing hotly against the winner on LiveAuctioneers.
Several telephone bidders vied for an all-original and fresh to the market 1899 poster by Alphonse Mucha, featuring Sarah Bernhardt in “La Tosca” (the last poster he designed for the actress); the glamorous poster sold for $8,960 against a $4,000 to $6,000 estimate.
A linen mounted poster for “The Three Evans,” which was a “Wheel of Death” motorcycle stunt act circa 1910, sold to a determined in-house bidder for $2,800.00 against a $1,000 to $1,500 estimate.
A cased circa 1880 gambling set with presentation derringer sold for $4,480 against a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.
For more information on Mosby & Co. Auctions, call 240-629-8139.
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