Category Archives: Gavels n Paddles

Mickey Mouse tin wind-up, $64,575, Morphy Auctions

A lithographed tin wind-up five-finger Mickey Mouse toy made in Germany for the English market, 9 inches tall, dancing to and fro when activated, sold for $64,575 at a sale of toys, banks and automata held March 10-11 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Jean Roullet (French) ‘Snake Charmer’ musical automaton depicting an […]

Sargent charcoal drawing, $22,800, Bruneau & Co.

A figural charcoal on paper drawing by John Singer Sargent (Mass./U.K./Italian, 1856-1925) sold for $22,800 at a two-session auction held Feb. 15 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a porcelain blue balloon dog in the original box by Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955), #1,495 of 2,300, went for $7,500; a two-piece glass […]

Tiffany Peony Border lamp, $151,250, Fontaine’s Auction

A Tiffany Studios Peony Border floor lamp, 77 inches tall, lit up the room for $151,250 at an auction held Jan. 16 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Also, a Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp brought $78,650; an Armenian bible with a silver repousse cover depicting Jesus on the cross, flanked by Mary and Joseph, […]

Mobil Oil coin-op kids’ ride, $25,200, Michaan’s Auctions

A 1950s-era Mobil Oil coin-operated children’s Pegasus ride flew out of the room for $25,200 at a Gallery Auction held Feb. 8 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a wood and paper collage by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Untitled, 1957, gaveled for $8,400; an oil on board self-portrait by Jesus Guerrero Galvan (Mexican, 1910-1973), […]

LeBron and Jordan card, $900,000, Goldin Auctions

A 2003-2004 Upper Deck “Exquisite Collection” #JJ Lebron James/Michael Jordan Logoman card (#1/1), graded BGS NM-MT+ 8.5, sold for $900,000 in an online auction held in February by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. The price includes buyer’s premium. It was the most ever paid for a basketball card or any modern trading card, eclipsing […]

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 […]