Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Auctions Summer 2012

1. LOS ANGELES (AP).- July 31, 2012 A watch worn by Steve McQueen in "Le Mans" sold for nearly $800,000 at an auction of film memorabilia.

The auction house Profiles in History said Tuesday the Heuer wrist watch sported by the actor in the 1971 action movie sold for $799,500. A signed U.S. passport belonging to McQueen fetched $46,125.

Other items that were sold included a miniature drop-ship used in "Aliens" for $225,000; Groucho Marx's wire-rim glasses from "A Night at the Opera" for $86,100; and Vivien Leigh's hat from "Gone with the Wind" for $67,650.

One bidder coughed up $98,400 for Marlon Brando's assassination jacket from "The Godfather." A personal copy of the 1971 film's script signed by Brando went for $55,000.

The buyers were not identified.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- The Gold Standard names of Entertainment & Music memorabilia shone brightly on July 24 at Heritage Auctions’ $878,000+ Signature® Beverly Hills event, as an Academy Special Award©®™ (realized: $98,500), the rarest Beatles promo record of them all (realized: $35,000) and a Marilyn Monroe-signed headshot (realized: $32,500) – inscribed to LAPD office Roy Garrett, who let the star off with a warning in exchange for the pic – topped the considerable offerings in Beverly Hills. All prices include Buyer’s Premium.

“The bidding was spirited and steady all day long,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Auctions at Heritage, “with major names dominating collector attention and bids.”

The Academy Special Award©®™ was presented to Thomas Armat in 1947 for his pioneering work on inventing the first patented American film projector continued the string of impressive prices for pre-1950 Academy Awards©®™, while the rarest Beatles Promo 45 of them all, “Ask Me Why”/ “Anna” (Vee-Jay Special DJ No. 8, 1964), in realizing $35,000, demonstrated the continuing viability of The Beatles as the greatest – and most collectible – rock band of the all.

The true star of the show, however, was the greatest Hollywood starlet of all time, Marilyn Monroe, as a host of Monroe-related memorabilia was featured in the auction, garnering significant national and international press, and realizing impressive prices for the top pieces. No item got more attention or bids than a Marilyn Monroe signed black and white photograph, circa 1956, which realized an astounding $32,500 against a pre-auction estimate of $8,000+.

The headshot came to auction from The Roy Garrett Collection, A Beverly Hills police officer who joined the force in 1946. Garrett would frequently stop movie stars and would occasionally ask them to send him an autographed photo.

“Most of them did,” said Barrett. “He evidently let Marilyn go without a ticket as he received this from her in the mail a few days later. It’s the star in one of her legendary glamour poses and, written in blue fountain pen it reads: ‘To Roy,/Love & Kisses and/thanks for keeping me/out of the clink!/ Marilyn Monroe.’”

Two more Monroe-associated items figured prominently in the top portion of the auction, with her likely Final Signed Check, dated Aug. 4, 1962, attracting significant media attention and surpassing its’ pre-auction estimate to finish the day at $15,000 – the check was to Pilgrim’s Furniture and was for $228.80 – while Monroe’s hot pink Pucci Blouse, circa 1962, inspired many collectors to bid to the final tune of $12,500.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

Johnny Cash Personally-Owned and Stage-Played Guitar Made by Danny Ferrington: A majestic black acoustic guitar played and loved by the Man in Black himself. Realized: $30,000.

A Gloria Swanson Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 'Certificate of Nomination for Award' for “Sunset Boulevard,” Paramount, 1950: Presented to the star, text reads in part “Be it known that/Gloria Swanson/was nominated for an Academy Award of Merit/for Outstanding Achievement/Best Actress/Sunset Boulevard.” Realized: $18,750.

George Harrison original drawing (2000): George Harrison drew this for his friend Danny Ferrington, called the “Calvin Klein of guitars.” George created this drawing of Danny's workshop while the two were in Hawaii together, and signed it “Keoki,” Hawaiian for “George.” Realized: $15,000.

Carlos Santana Personally-Owned and Signed 1991 Tom Anderson Guitarworks Classic Model Guitar: A gorgeous black finish, double cutaway guitar, Serial Number 07-08-91P, signed in silver paint pen on the lower bass bout by Carlos Santana. Realized: $15,000.

Pearl Jam 1993 Favorite New Artist, Pop/ Rock American Music Award to Dave Abbruzzese: This band has always been a bit hard to categorize as illustrated by the American Music Awards in 1993. They won as Favorite New Artist in both Pop/ Rock AND Metal/ Hard Rock. Offered here is the actual pyramid-shaped crystal award statue, 4.5" x 14.25" x 4.5", given to drummer Dave Abbruzzese, from his personal collection. Realized: $11,875."
3. LONDON.- Sotheby's London presents its inaugural “Collections” auction on Thursday, 27th September 2012. Sourced from distinguished and aristocratic private collections, the sale will offer clients the opportunity to acquire a wealth of fine and decorative arts dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth Century. Assembled from a diverse array of locations ranging from the grand state rooms of a Roman Palazzo, to a Lutyens-designed manor house in England previously owned by the flamboyant American businessman Tom Perkins, the auction will offer an exciting combination of decorative and important objects, including English and Continental furniture, clocks, tapestries, rugs, silver, Chinese export porcelain, sculpture and Old Master Paintings. The sale has been carefully curated, focussing on exciting privately-owned items which are fresh to the market – and in the case of specially commissioned works – appearing for the very first time. The 306 lots which have a combined estimate in excess of £1.7 million, range in value from £500-100,000.

Mario Tavella, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe and Henry House, Senior Director and Head of Department, English Furniture, commented: “We are delighted to present the first of our “Collections” auctions, which have been designed to offer our decorative arts and furniture clients a completely new perspective. Here, carefully curated in one auction, we have, in effect, discrete single owner sales, each offering historic, fresh to the market works, which should delight the decorator, connoisseur and collector alike.”

The auction provides a glimpse of collections within collections and also the collectors who built them – from Frederick McCarthy’s 14 exquisitely painted eighteenth century Chinese teapots (est. £4,000-6,000), offered as one lot – to the modern, with Tom Perkins’ model of a Bugatti (£4,000-6,000), a much-loved desk ornament and reminder of his legendary collection of super-charged vintage sports cars.

From the Collection of Mr and Mrs Frederick McCartney, the sale features a suite of exquisite and very rare Chinese export wallpaper panels dating from the 18th Century, estimated at £15,000-25,000. By the mid-18th century Chinese painted export wallpapers were a highly sought after commodity. Imported directly by the East India Company, similar sets to this appeared in great rooms throughout England.

An elegant pair of George III carved giltwood elbow chairs by England’s greatest cabinet maker, Thomas Chippendale, are estimated to realise £20,000-£30,000. The chairs, which relate closely to a large group in the Royal Collection, may have been part of an impressive commission by HRH Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, King George III’s younger brother. On the prince’s death it was divided between his two children and at some point in the early 19th century entered the Royal Collection.

From an Aristocratic Italian Collection comes a wonderful group of early works of art, including a spectacular Renaissance allegorical tapestry, from the series depicting the planets after woodcuts by the German artist Georg Pencz. Flemish, dating from the mid-sixteenth century, the tapestry depicts the sun (Leo) ascending to the heavens in a chariot, and is estimated at £50,000-60,000.

Also featured is a nineteenth century oil on canvas by Rosa Bonheur, an artist renowned for her animal studies. The atmospheric Les Muletiers, depicts a pair of mule drivers urging on their small flock of sheep and cattle as dusk falls, and is estimated at £30,000-50,000. The painting was executed in 1854, a year before Bonheur’s most celebrated work, the monumental Horse Fair, which led to her international fame and recognition.

From Plumpton Place, the Lutyens manor house formerly owned by Tom Perkins, comes an eclectic offering reflecting the collecting passions of the legendary venture capitalist. “Neptun”, a solid silver, fully rigged model ship almost a metre high, dating from the early years of the twentieth century, is estimated to realise £15,000-20,000. Richly embossed and chased with mythological scenes and allegories of the Continents and Commerce, the ship was positioned before the leaded staircase window at Plumpton. The owner of many beautiful and historic yachts, Tom Perkins is most celebrated for his commission of his 289- foot super-yacht, The Maltese Falcon. This nef is a reflection of his continuing love of the sea.

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