Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2
In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find a chess set used in an Ingmar Bergman film selling high, potentially fake Frida Kahlo collectibles and an attempt to save a glass archive.
Bergman Chess Pieces, Headset Stir Swedish Bid Frenzy
Possessions of Ingmar Bergman, the influential and prolific Swedish director who died two years ago, went on the block and did phenomenally well. The chess set that Death played with in “The Seventh Seal,” for instance, went for 100 times its minimum bid— $143,270. All told, the auction brought in 17.9 million kronor ($2.5 million), almost 16 million kronor above minimum asking prices.
From The New York Times:
Kahlo Trove: Fact or Fakery?
If the 1,200 items truly belonged to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, an art and antiques dealer is sitting on a fortune. However, the authenticity of stuffed hummingbirds, a private notebook and such has been called into question. Let the legal games begin.
From The New York Times:
Antiques: Efforts Underway to Save Swedish Glass-Making Archive
Orrefors Kosta Boda has been making glassware since the 1700s, keeping an impressive archive of 5,000 prototypes. The company that bought the Swedish company in 2005 has fallen on hard times and now wants to sell off the archives. A nonprofit is hopeful it can raise $1.7 million so that the collection can be maintained in the town of Orrefors.
From The Guardian (UK):
Christie’s to auction possessions of George, Duke of Kent
George, duke of Kent, led a gossip-filled life before he died in a 1942 plane crash that spawned many conspiracy theories. Rumored to be a homosexual with lovers the likes of Noel Coward, he had married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, a great beauty and considered one of the best-dressed women in Europe. Their possessions are up for auction in October. For the second time. His widow auctioned them in 1947 because she no longer received money from the realm, the kids got the money in a trust, and she needed cash.
From The Associated Press via Auction Central News:
Armed robbers steal Magritte painting worth $1.1 million
The heist was well planned. Surrealist Rene Magritte’s former home in Brussels has been turned into a small museum, visits by appointment only. One robber went in first, brandishing a weapon. He let in a second robber. Museum personnel and tourists were forced into another room while “Olympia,” a 1948 oil painting worth more than $1 million, was snatched from the wall. The robbers made their escape by car. What will become of the painting remains to be seen since it can’t be sold on the open market.
Mercedes, Ferrari Lots Top $4 Million Car Auction
Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz beat out one of the earliest Bugatti racing cars at a recent French auction. A 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder convertible sold for €458,500 ($670,000), more than €100,000 above its high estimate. However, only 64 percent of the lots sold. This poor showing is being partially attributed to the sale being in euros at a time when the British pound has fallen against euro.
From Auction Central News:
$149,500 fire truck is no. 1 at Bertoia’s sale of Kaufman toys, part II
One thing you have to say about Donald Kaufman, he collected a lot of antique toys. The co-founder of KB Toys is on his third auction, this one bringing in about $3 million. The top seller out of the 1,129 lots was a German Marklin steam fire truck (circa 1912) that went for $149,500.
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