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Chevy Bel Air headlining May 20 sale

A 1950s restored Chevy Bel Air is one of the headlining lots in Cordier's Spring Antique and Fine Art Auction, which is set for May 20.

From a 1950’s Chevy to distinctly American artworks, Cordier’s Spring Antique and Fine Art Auction will take bidders on a historical tour of iconic Americana, with international additions.

Chevy Bel Air — Museum Headliner Turned Auction Headliner

The auction will feature a number of fine artworks as well as antique and mid-century furniture,

Chevy Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ($15,000-$20,000). (All photos courtesy of Cordier Auctions)

jewelry, and collectibles. A 1957 restored Chevy Bel Air is among the larger items coming to auction. The car carries an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. The garage-kept Chevy car has ties to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum among others.

An oil on board of palm trees ($1,000 to $1,200) stands as a cultural touchstone in the May 20th sale. The painting was created by Harold Newton, a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen. The collective made a living selling art during a time when racial segregation severely limited opportunities.

Other standout pieces of art include an oil on canvas by Jere Hardy Allen ($1,000 to $1,500). A portrait by British artist Thomas Parkinson, 1744 - 1789 is also a feature. The portrait ($1,000 to $2,000) depicts astronomer and mathematician Joseph Dymond, who assisted in a 1768 expedition to Hudson Bay, Canada, to observe the Transit of Venus.

Regina and Steinway Music Players Presenting

A striking 19th century mahogany Regina style 50 double comb music player and cabinet comes with an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000. The player's patent hails from a time during the Regina company's move to America from Leipzig, Germany.

Another featured lot, the 1924 Steinway ebony-case Model B grand piano ($5,000 to $7,000) brings to mind Gatsby’s America. The Steinway company history ties into late 19th century New York City. The company is one of world’s preeminent piano maker.

A 14K Victorian slide chain bracelet, circa 19th century, is among the highlights of jewelry. It bears an estimate of $800 to $1,200. 35 lots of sterling will also cross the block, including a Wallace Grand Baroque dinner service, estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.

Unique Collection of Bank Notes Coming Up for Bid


An example of the more than 150 DuraNotes featured in this auction.

A collection of over 150 DuraNotes are expected to draw bidders’ attention. The DuraNote was a synthetic bank note created in the 1990’s by Mobil Chemical and AGRA Vadeko of Canada. The notes offered advanced counterfeit protection and were reported to last four times longer than conventional rag paper notes. Test notes were printed for 21 countries, but trials were not successful and the program was discontinued.

The sale is to be the second of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions to be held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales attract bidders both live and online, with a full online catalog available at Live previews will be held on May 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and May 20th from 8 AM throughout the auction.

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