Spring Connoisseur Auctions at Mastro bring $8.6 million

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – Mastro’s Spring Connoiseur live auctions were a huge success. Three of the top lots were:

An extremely rare 1936 Sparton “Nocturne” cobalt blue mirrored radio by Teague

The Nocturne owes its creation to the Modern movement that exploded on the American scene in the early 1930s, permeating everything from architecture to household items to industrial design. Collectors tuned in to deliver a final price of $51,000.

George Washington 1784 signed “Society of Cincinnati” certificate – for Elias Boudinot!

The Society of the Cincinnati was to the Revolutionary War’s veterans and their families what the Vietnam Veterans of America is to Vietnam vets and their families today. Elias Boudinot was an esteemed member of this society and this historical certificate is proof. The amazing artifact sold for $19,200.

1932 R. Lalique “Biskra” deep blue glass vase

Rene Lalique chose the vibrant and distinctive blue color of a tropical evening sky for this Art Deco vase, patterned with massive, naturalistic palm fronds in a geometric arrangement. His choices and artistry were appreciated, evidenced by a final price $18,000.

Other successful lots included a Louis Icart original oil on canvas, Place de la Concorde. While most known for his posters and etchings, Icart also produced paintings. In this  Parisian work Icart poses two of his signature figures beneath a pink parasol with single borzois as companion. The painting commanded $19,200.

There were 56 different official White House Christmas cards in one lot. Greetings were from 1932-2002; each of the items is an example of a holiday message expressed by a president from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. The cost for the season’s greetings lot was $16,800.

An autograph album collection from the 1968-1975 “Mike Douglas Show” containing more than 1,300 signatures including John Lennon, Jackie Robinson and Robert Kennedy sold for $16,800; a Benjamin Franklin 1787 signed pay voucher realized a final price of $11,400; and a John Hancock 1782 signed military appointment sold for $6,000.

Other historical items in the sale included an Annie Oakley 1880s signed cabinet photo that went for $7,200; a scarce 1909 Wright Brothers “Welcome Home” pinback – “Compliments of James M. Cox!” that sold for $2,640; a Prince Charles and Princess Diana 1982 signed Christmas card went for $2,400; and an 1899 “Roosevelt’s Rough Riders” reunion ribbon sold for $2,280.

A Beatles signed Feb. 16, 1964, Ed Sullivan Show schedule sold for $33,600; a 1950s-1970s collection of more than 1,100  rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Motown and contemporary 45 RPM records sold for $4,200; and a Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra signed “It’s a Wonderful Life” photo went for $3,360.

Playthings sold well too. An 1870s-1890s mechanical toy bank collection (16 different) sold for $6,000; an early 1900s tin litho wind-up toy collection (13 different) went for $4,500; a 1960s-1970s Matchbox display plus original merchandise from an old retail store (200+ items) realized a final price of $2,760; and a 1907 Watrous Manufacturing Co. “Little Nemo and Flip” bell pull toy went for $1,860.

Mastro Auctions’ next Premier Catalog and Connoisseur auctions are scheduled for August 2008. Consignments are currently being accepted. For more information or for consignment details, call 630-472-1200 or visit www.mastroauctions.com.