It’s showtime at Gray’s Auctioneers’ Wednesday, July 11th sale featuring many classic, vintage, original movie posters

GA image 1 Iconic movie poster from the inimitable 1947 Orson Welles classic film, The Lady from Shanghai, starring Rita Hayworth (est. $6,000-$8,000).

The art and design of classic, vintage, original movie posters will take center stage at Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers on Wednesday, July 11th, as over 100 original movie posters and banners will come up for bid online and in Gray’s showrooms at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The posters are all out of an important local single-owner collection. Certain to attract bidder attention will be lot 327, an iconic movie poster from the inimitable 1947 Orson Welles classic film, The Lady from Shanghai, starring Rita Hayworth. Like all the best movie poster designs, this one distills the essence of the moving image into a single frame, combining text, design, photography and advertising into a unique and unforgettable work of art.

GA image 2 Rare linen-backed movie banner for the early talkie The Saturday Night Kid (Paramount Pictures, 1929), starring Clara Bow, nicknamed “The It Girl” (est. $6,000-$8,000).


Another lot to watch is #290, a rare linen-backed movie banner for the early talkie The Saturday Night Kid (Paramount Pictures, 1929), starring Clara Bow, nicknamed “The It Girl” and the actress who came to personify the Roaring 20s and was its leading sex symbol. The Lady from Shanghai and The Saturday Night Kid are both graded B+ and carry estimates of $6,000-$8,000. In all, more than 400 quality lots will come under the gavel, starting at 11 am Eastern time. “This delightful summer auction is filled with fine art, vintage movie posters, furniture and decorations consigned by collectors and estates from Cleveland and the surrounding area,” said Serena Harragin, CEO of Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers. Live online bidding is available now at To see more, click here.

GA image 3 German silver tea and coffee service by J.D. Schlessinger Sohne, Hanau (circa 1900-1920), set on a matching oval tray with cherub handles and monogrammed (est. $8,000-$10,000).





From the lady’s posh antiques store in Virginia to you, quality items at The Specialists of the South on July 7th

SS image 1 Portrait painting of a young woman by noted Polish artist Jan Cybis (1897-1972), a block-style post-impressionist whose mentor was the German Expressionist Otto Mueller.

Items from the living estate of Elizabeth Nash – the former owner of a posh retail antiques store in Alexandria, Virginia that catered to an upscale clientele in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. – will come up for bid on Saturday, July 7th, at The Specialists of the South, Inc., online and in the firm’s gallery located at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City, Fla. Mrs. Nash, who is retired and living in Wilmington, N.C., operated Elizabeth G. Nash Antiques & Fine Art in Alexandria from 1985-1990. When her mother took ill in 1990, Ms. Nash moved to North Carolina to care for her, but not before putting most of the inventory from her store into storage. Most of those items, much of it fine art and period furniture, will be sold in the auction.

SS image 2 Stunning bronze statue of an Arab figure riding horseback by the renowned French sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre (1795-1875), 30 inches tall on an acrylic stand.

“My mother had a wonderful eye for design and had a knack for knowing exactly what piece of furniture or fine art, or what decorative accessory, would fit perfectly in the homes of her many customers,” said Tom Byrd, Mrs. Nash’s only child, who lives in Panama City and oversees her estate. “She has downsized considerably in recent years, and now it’s just time to let it all go.” Bidders will be dazzled by the broad selection of fine merchandise, which includes original artwork by noted, listed artists, French-style furniture, American furniture, large and magnificent chandeliers and mirrors, Asian objects, rugs, picture frames, silver and brass items, clocks, china, a fireplace mantel, sets of fancy chairs, lamps, girandoles, primitives, ceramics, smalls and more. For more info, click here.

SS image 3 Pair of Toyo Japanese Samurai archer bronze statues presented on a marble platform.





Rare vintage bottles from coast to coast are up for bid now in American Bottle Auctions’ Auction #65, June 29th-July 8th

ABA image 1 Gold Dust Barkhouse Brothers Kentucky Bourbon bottle (N. Vanbergen, Sole Agents), with applied top, boasting a mint grade of 9.5.

American Bottle Auctions’ next big sale – Auction 65, with bidding set to start on Friday, June 29th and end on Sunday, July 8th – will cater to collectors from coast to coast, with rare and important Western whiskies, rare bitters examples from East and West, soda bottles from Kentucky and Arizona, plus Western, early American and Masonic flasks. Also offered will be a thorough selection of medicine bottles – Eastern and Western examples – as well as some great teakettle inkwells and master inks that are certain to garner attention. Most American Bottle Auctions online sales are weighted in favor of Western bottles, but Auction 65 will have an equal number of fine Eastern bottles. In all, around 250 bottles will come up for bid.

ABA image 2 Blue-green Geo. Eagle soda with applied top and iron pontil, an unusual bottle with a unique ribbed design having a beautiful color.

“Western whiskies have come on hard times but can still sell for decent numbers depending on the variant,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “That’s especially true when you have the best of the best. We’ll try to oblige with Gold Dust Whiskey bottles in four different variants, a fine showing of Cutter bottles and dozens of other examples in excellent condition.” Interested bidders may register now, on the American Bottle Auctions website, at The lots will be numbered in consecutive order.  A 15 percent buyer’s fee will be applied to all purchases. Inquires may be made to American Bottle Auctions is based in Sacramento, Calif. To view all items being auctioned, click here.

ABA image 3 Baker’s Orange Grove Bitters bottle with applied top, smooth base, roped corners and a great name and shape, colored a nice orange amber with light overall crudity, graded 9.9.