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Anthony Quinn sculpture may rise to $8,000 during Jan. 1 auction

A black marble sculpture by artist/actor Anthony Quinn, given as a gift to jazz legend George Benson, is among the lots slated for a Jan. 1 auction. The piece is expected to sell for between $6,000 and $8,000.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –- One of the Southwest’s largest auction houses, Scottsdale-based J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, will host its biggest auction of the year, the annual “New Year’s Day” auction on Thurs., Jan. 1, 2015. During the year, the

marble statue by Quinn

This black marble statue was created by artist/actor Anthony Quinn, and given as a gift to jazz musician George Benson. The piece is expected to fetch between $6,000 and $8,000. (Photo courtesy J. Levine Auction & Appraisal)

high-end auction house holds back the ‘best of the best’ rare antiques, fine art and more from affluent estates for this special event.

“Our New Year’s Day auction features high caliber, museum-quality antiques – pieces you would not expect to see in Arizona -- along with an eclectic mix of collectibles,” said Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal.

Items expected to cause a bidding frenzy include:

• Jazz legend George Benson’s grand piano: Estimated value between $8,000 and $12,000. An autographed Black Samick Grand Piano.

• Anthony Quinn sculpture: Estimated value between $6,000 and $8,000. This black marble statue was a gift of the artist, actor Anthony Quinn, to jazz legend George Benson.

• T.C. Steele landscape painting: Estimated value between $30,000 and $50,000. Theodore Clement Steele (1847 – 1926) was an American Impressionist painter.

• Ancient jade collection: With projected values that could reach more than $100,000, this breathtaking collection includes many rare examples of period White Jade.

• An impressive guitar collection: Estimated value of more than $25,000. True

Disney animation cels

One of more than 30 original animation cels, circa 1937, by Walt Disney, which is expected to command between $10,000 and $20,000. (Photo courtesy J. Levine Auction & Appraisal)

musicians will cherish these hard-to-find Fender, Paul Reed Smith and Ibanez models.

• Original 1937 Walt Disney Snow White animation cels: Estimated value between $10,000 and $20,000. A large collection of more than 30 cels, or celluloid transparent sheets, that were used for hand-drawn or painted animation. The collection also includes Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and modern era Disney cels.

• Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL football: Estimated value between $800 and $1,200. Signed by 11 Legends of the NFL during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Weekend August 2, 1985.

Bidding options including online, phone and live at J. Levine’s auction house, which is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale. Interested bidders also can preview items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 31 and again starting at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 1 before the auction begins at 11 a.m. For information, visit or call 480-496-2212.

Samick grand piano

Jazz legend George Benson is pictured with his Samick Grand Piano, which is pegged to sell for between $8,000 and $12,000 during the auction. (Photo courtesy J. Levine Auction & Appraisal)

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