Category Archives: Gavels n Paddles

Patek Philippe wristwatch, $471,000, Christie’s

A Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with Breguet numerals, retrograde date and moon phases, made in 2007, sold for $471,000 at a Watches and American Icons auction held December 12 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a Richard Mille platinum tonneau-shaped tourbillon split-seconds chronograph wristwatch rose to $325,000; and a […]

Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, $180,000, Michaan’s

A Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp sold for $180,000 at an auction held in December by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an acrylic on canvas painting by James Weeks (American, 1922-1998), titled Cello Sonata, realized $37,200; a Westwood / Keith Haring patterned knitted ensemble rose to $3,000; a French Art Deco burl walnut furniture suite […]

LeBron James rookie card, $270,600, Goldin Auctions

A 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite NBA Rookie Patch Parallel #78 LeBron James signed rookie card, graded BGS NM-MT+ 8.5, sold for $270,600 in an October Legends Auction held by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente baseball card, graded PSA GEM MT 10, fetched $247,230; and Lou Gehrig’s signed […]

Abraham Lincoln signed book, $175,000, University Archives

A copy of the book The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, by the American author Washington Irving, with an ownership signature by Abraham Lincoln, sold for $175,000 in an online auction held Jan. 16 by University Archives in Westport, Conn. Also, a carte de visite photograph of Lincoln, signed by him (as “A. Lincoln”) and […]

Superman movie cape, $193,750, Julien’s Auctions

The original cape worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) sold for $193,750 at an Icons & Idols: Hollywood Auction held December 16th by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, two paintings by Frank Sinatra, one from 1965 and one from 1953, both signed, brought $75,000 and $21,250; Dan Aykroyd’s […]

Patek Philippe watch, $31 million, Christie’s

A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch sold for $31 million at an Only Watch auction held November 9th by Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the most ever paid for a watch at auction, shattering the previous record set in 2017 for a Rolex Daytona once owned by Paul Newman that realized $17.7 million. The […]

Rare 1847 circus poster, $11,400, Potter & Potter

A rare circus poster for Raymond & Company’s Menagerie for 1847 sold for $11,400 at a Circus, Sideshow & Oddities Auction held November 16th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Buffalo Bill’s first Wild West performance program made $9,600; an astrology sideshow banner for The Graysons’ How the Stars Bring Success brought $6,000; […]

Pair of Hamblin portraits, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans

A pair of Sturtevant Hamblin (American, 1817-1884) folk art portraits of a brother and sister from a Bath, Maine family (one shown) sold for $64,350 at an Americana Auction held Nov. 15-16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Stirewalt family paint-decorated box finished at $38,025; a Plains Native American […]

‘Black Cat’ slot machine, $96,000, Morphy Auctions

A Caille Bros. 5-cent ‘Black Cat’ musical upright cabinet slot machine, very rare and in fine working order, sold for $96,000 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held Nov. 20-21 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an oversize (47 inches tall) Coca-Cola leaded-glass display bottle, made in the 1920s by Metropolitan Art Glass Co. […]