Hot Summer Auctions Week of June 16: Art, Antiques & Collectibles
A 1500-year-old antique Chinese sculpture and a home movie of two of Hollywood’s true luminaries – these, plus Old Master look-alikes and a haunting photograph of an Indian chief, make for an eclectic week of auctions at WorthPoint partner auction houses. Antique collectors and art lovers who can make these auctions – in person, or by linking through WorthPoint – will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, June 17: Auctions Neapolitan “Spring Fling”
With more than 350 lots up for auction and everything from rare art glass to Dutch literary works, fine art and snuff bottles, Worthologist Christopher Kent predicts this auction will be “incredibly diverse and, frankly, fun.” Two paintings, Lots #808, “Nude with Satyr and Putti,” and #809, “Early 19th Century Old Master Painting,” depict a style in the 15th to 16th century of the Italian school. Says Kent, “They are what is considered in the art world to be second or third string paintings, that will steadily and incrementally increase in value over a long period of time.” Estimated values, $2,500-4,000.
Wednesday, June 18: Antiques and Decorative Arts emphasizing Asian Art
Dallas Auction Gallery
This auction may emphasize Asian Art, but there are plenty of items from other areas of the world. The first three lots include a miniature Austrian cold-painted bronze dog band, Republic of Texas banknotes, and an 18th century Spanish colonial wood and gesso crucifix.
Among the Asian art pieces to be sold at Dallas Auction Gallery, Kent points out Lot #173. The age alone of this sculpture of three Buddhist subjects makes it fascinating, and it’s journey, even more intriguing. Calligraphy on the limestone stele says it was probably carved around 613 A.D. during the Chinese Sui Dynasty. It was traced to the Longmen Caves, Henan Province. A Chinese professor picked it up from it from a curio dealer in 1932, and wrote in his curatorial notes that the carved figures of the bodhisattvas represent “firmness of attitude and strength of character befitting who, having attained the highest degree of virtue, prefer to descend to the lowest level in order to save the rest of humanity.” Dallas Auction Gallery estimates the market value of this ancient piece between $50,000 and $75,000.
Friday, June 20: Cottone Auction’s Photographic and Native American Collection Sale
Cotton’s upcoming auction also features military items, scientific and collectible items, even a 1958 Packard 4 Door Sedan, with an estimated high value of $6,000.
Note the photograph of a Seneca tribe chief named Sose-Na-Wah, which has an estimated auction value of $10,000-$15,000. Photographed in 1849, the chief, although not in native garb, has a haunting look around his eyes. Worthologist Kent says the photo is exceptionally clear and without legal constraints, while the image “depicts an uncommon amount of depth and insight into the sitter and will meet the estimate with ease and most likely surpass it.” Also up for bid, a Kachina Doll representing a Canadian tribe, made in 1890 by the Maidein Company. Estimated value, $2,000-$3,000.
Saturday, June 21-22: Julien’s Planet Hollywood Summer Entertainment Sale
Straight from Hollywood’s Golden Age, collectors can bid on a 47-minute, never-seen home movie of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe shot on the set of the movie, “The Misfits,” in 1960. The footage was filmed by an extra in the movie, whose family decided it was time to make it public. An unguarded Monroe and Gable are shown preparing for scenes in what would be each one’s final film. Auctioneer Darren Julien told NBC’s “Today” show that the footage has been copyrighted, which greatly adds to its value. Julien says the copyright allows whoever buys the film the right to reproduce and sell it. This copyright is not accounted for in the pre-auction appraised value of $40,000 to $60,000. Julien’s, which is based in Hollywood, is holding this auction in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
With more than 400 lots of rare one of a kind memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden and contemporary eras, this should be a memorable auction.
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