For the collector who has everything: Private Bora Bora Island and estate fine art set to cross the block Sunday

In its 47 years, California Auctioneers has seldom offered something as distinctive as a private island. However, on June 26, 2011 the firm will offer the private island paradise in Bora Bora known as Blue Heaven Island. Located less than a mile from the Celebrity and pro surfer destination of Tavarua, the paradise getaway offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your own island property in Motu Paahi along the famous Bora Bora Reef. This sale includes antiques as well, such as an extremely rare 1946 Chevrolet Fire Engine, a Steinway Macassar Ebony Crown jewel model L piano and a fine collection of early Native American weavings. Read More +

Horner dining set sells for more than $100,000, vintage Tiffany dominates lamp selection

A monumental circa-1890 R.J. Horner figural carved mahogany 12-piece dining room set soared to $100,300 at a cataloged auction held May 21, 2011 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The set was the top lot in the sale, which attracted a large amount of Tiffany lamps and decorative objects. An unusual Tiffany Studios bronze crab inkwell with an exceptional brown and deep red patina with green highlights went for $23,600.
Read More +

“Flea Man” debuts Friday night: new collectibles TV show

A new National Geographic Channel program follows the exploits of flea market veteran Jimmy Kaplow as he travels the U.S. buying and selling. The show looks at the often humorous and touching situations that happen when buyers and sellers meet. It’s the latest reality program to debut on the antiques market ahead of a few others coming late this year and early next year. In the June 17, 2011 series debut (back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9PM ET/PT) Kaplow butts heads with a vintage costume jewelry collector and helps a family that inherited a house full of antiques raise money for their daughter’s medical school expenses.
Read More +

Faberge egg-style miniature portrait frame sells for $57,300

A Faberge egg shaped miniature portrait frame sold for nearly as much as several important paintings during a May 21-22, 2011 Maine fine art and antique auction. Telephone, floor and internet bidders aggressively pursued the circa 1910 gold frame, composed of white guilloche face, a seed pearl liner, a deep blue enamel outer band and gold riband top with ruby cabochon. The active bidding helped the frame piece achieve a final selling price of $57,300.
Read More +

Thomas Edison’s inventions, vintage fishing lures highlight 39th annual Round Lake Antiques Festival

ROUND LAKE, N.Y. – The Victorian village of Round Lake, N.Y., once again plays host to the much-anticipated Round Lake Antiques Festival, June 25-26, 2011. Introduced 39 years ago as a fundraiser for the local library, the show continued to grow, garnering interest from dealers across New York State, soon adding dealers from New England, Canada and beyond.
Read More +

Jewelry designer Margret Craver’s Solar-Lunar Cosmos series in June 14 Massachusetts antique auction

Margret Craver was a self-taught modernist jeweler and metalsmith. She was introduced to metalsmithing at the University of Kansas in the late 1920s. In 1938 she traveled to Sweden to study with Baron Erik Fleming, silversmith to the King. Under his tutelage, Craver refined her craft and sharpened her skills. During the war Craver taught metalwork to veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Her personal collection crosses the block June 14, 2011 at Skinner, Inc. Read More +

Unnoticed atop a fountain for 300 years, de Vries bronze masterpiece may set $8M auction record

Christie’s says it has discovered a previously unrecorded 17th masterpiece by the Dutch master sculpture Adriaen de Vries (1550-1626): a bronze mythological figure supporting the globe, which is estimated to bring between $8 million and $11 million at a July 7 sale. Dating to 1626, the work may possibly be the last fully autographed work executed by the artist. Discovered last year on a routine Christie’s valuation, the bronze stood unrecognized for at least 300 years atop a fountain in the center of an anonymous European castle courtyard. Read More +