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Pioneering Belgian artist’s seascape may bring in $30K

An early 20th century oil painting of a seascape is heading into the Jan. 1 New Year's Day Auction at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal as the top contender of all fine art lots in the sale.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale-based J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, will host its biggest auction of the year, the annual “New Year’s Day” auction on Jan. 1, 2016. Some of the “best of the best” in rare antiques, fine art and other luxury items from affluent estates consigned throughout the year are saved 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:

• Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) multi-plane brass and copper contemporary sculpture estimated to be worth between $70,000 and $90,000. Harry Bertoia is known for sculpture-kinetic, abstract monoprint, painting and design.

• Anna Boch (1848-1933) oil seascape from the 19th/20th century. Estimated to be worth between $20,000 and $30,000.

• Aurel Bernath (1895-1982) oil rural scene with an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

• Lalique Crystal swimming swan pair with mirrored bases heads to auction with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

• Signed Chinese carved ivory village scene display estimated to be worth between $4,000 and $6,000.


The New Year also brings in a new auction schedule for J. Levine, with the auction house moving from weekly auctions to monthly three-day auctions, beginning Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30. The public can bid online, via phone and at J. Levine’s auction house, which is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale.

Preview times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and 9 a.m. until the start of auction at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1. For more information, visit or call 480-496-2212.

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