Category Archives: Gavels n Paddles

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. […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The late chef Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife sold for $231,250 in an online auction that ended October 30th by Lark Mason in New York City. Also, Bourdain’s U.S. Navy jacket from the U.S.S. Nashville, with a Tony Bourdain patch, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Bunker Hill musket, $492,000, Morphy’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Bunker Hill musket, $492,000, Morphy’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A .79 caliber Dutch flintlock musket belonging to Private John Simpson of Deerfield, N.H., used to fire the first shot at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, sold for $492,000 at an auction held October 23rd by Morphy’s in Denver, Pa. Also, a Colt […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Henri Thiriet 1898 poster, $108,000, Poster Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Henri Thiriet 1898 poster, $108,000, Poster Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa 1898 poster by Henri Thiriet, titled Absinthe Berthelot, a rare Belle Epoque design depicting a bustling outdoor café scene, sold for $108,000 at Auction LXXIX (#79), held October 27th by Poster Auctions International (PAI) in New York City. Also, Alphonse Mucha’s 1902 […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Pokémon promo card, $224,250, Weiss Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Pokémon promo card, $224,250, Weiss Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Nintendo Pokémon “Pikachu Illustrator” trainer promotional hologram trading card, graded in Mint 9 condition and given to a winner at the 1998 CoroCoro Comic illustration contest in Japan, soared to $224,250 at an auction held October 23rd by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Jane Austen letter, $200,075, Bonhams

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jane Austen letter, $200,075, Bonhams

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A handwritten letter by novelist Jane Austen (British, 1775-1817) sold for $200,075 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held October 23rd by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a series of Indian bird drawings dated 1828 by Christopher Webb Smith gaveled for $275,075; […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Kurt Cobain’s guitar, $340,000, Julien’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Kurt Cobain's guitar, $340,000, Julien's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall Grunge rock legend Kurt Cobain’s left-handed Fender Mustang guitar, which he used during his band Nirvana’s In Utero tour, sold for $340,000 at an Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll Auction held October 25th by Julien’s Auctions (based in Beverly Hills, Calif.) in New […]