Published: July 21, 2020
Early animation studies for Disney’s Mickey Mouse drew interest at Kensington Auctions, a naval battle scene boomed at Burchard Galleries, and a Sultanabad carpet laid the gavel down at Material Culture. This and more in the July 21, 2020 issue of Across The Block.
CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ July 13 online auction brought to market a gratifyingly priced stellar collection of original Paul Cadmus drawings and Hollywood memorabilia. Bidders clearly found favor with the Disney Mickey Mouse character studies. Dating to the early 1930s, these animation studies achieved $6,581 and are staying in the United States in a longtime private animation art collection. Due to gratifying prices realized, Kensington Estate Auction said that its August 31 auction will include additional original Paul Cadmus drawings and Hollywood signed/autographed memorabilia. For information, 917-331-0807 or www.kensingtonestateauctions.com.
NEW MILFORD, CONN. – A Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri painting titled “Men and Women’s Dreaming at Mount Wedge NT” exceeded all expectations in Applebrook Auctions’ July 13 “East Meets West” sale. The work, which had been purchased in Australia in 1988 by the former president of Union Carbide as an anniversary present for his wife, had been estimated at $4/8,000 and was chased by bidders from Australia before it sold for $10,200 to a private collector in the United States. For more information, www.applebrookauctions.com.
PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture rolled out the carpets for a no-reserve sale of the category on July 15. Of 317 lots offered, 291 sold, with a Persian Sultanabad rug from the early Twentieth Century taking top honors at $6,400. Of wool pile with cotton warp and weft, it weighed in at 95 pounds and measured 12 feet 4 inches by 17 feet 2 inches. There will be more to report on this sale and the firm’s folk art auction on July 22 in an upcoming issue. For information, 215-849-8030 or www.materialculture.com.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. – The time was right for three Patek Philippe Nautilus watches at Kodner Galleries’ July 15 sale of estate jewelry, fine art and collectibles. From left, a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726A-001 stainless steel calendar watch with black dial sold for $52,030; a new Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 18K rose gold chronograph date watch with black dial commanded $78,650; and a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A stainless steel date and moonphase bracelet watch with blue dial realized $66,550. For information, www.kodner.com or 954-925-2550.
LONDON – A skeleton clock made by Camerer Cuss & Co to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, sold at Bonhams clocks sale on July 15 for $122,539, nearly ten times its estimate. The sale was 77 percent sold by lot and 85 percent sold by value. Bonhams director of clocks James Stratton said, “This was one of the finest skeleton clocks I’d ever seen; in excellent condition, incorporating the latest technological advances of the time and with a fascinating history. I am not surprised that there was such strong bidding, nor that it was eventually sold for such an impressive sum.” For information, www.bonhams.com.
ST PETERSBURG, FLA. – The top price of Burchard Galleries’ July 19 sale was a framed oil painting of a naval skirmish that reportedly once hung in the Don Cesar hotel in St Petersburg Beach, Fla. Described as “antique style” and measuring 43½ by 58½ inches framed, the action-packed scene quickly surpassed its $300/800 estimate to close at $3,000 to an online buyer bidding on Invaluable. For information, www.burchardgalleries.com.
BANGOR, PENN. – The July 17 Summer Firearm Auction at Hartzell Auction Gallery, Inc., offered more than 500 lots from the Sussex County, N.J., estate of Private First Class Sanford Levenson. The estate collection featured World War II rifles, medals, badges, swords and daggers, as well as guns by Colt, Winchester, Remington, Marlin, Springfields, Parker, and Thompson, but it was a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum model 29-2 double-action revolver that got the most bang for the buck, selling for $3,910 on a $400/800 estimate to a trade buyer bidding in the room. Ray Hartzell said the approximately 20-year-old gun was a nice one, new in the box and had never been fired. For information, www.hartzellsauction.com.
PINE BUSH, N.Y. – A vintage estate collection of Hot Wheels cars with a red carrying case sped past the $200 estimate to bring $4,200 at Flannery’s Estate Services’ July 13 sale. The lot included red lines, Aurora cars and slot cars. Close to 50 examples were present. For more information, www.flannerysestateservices.com or 845-744-2233.
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