3 museum-quality collections at Hal Hunt’s annual Museum Auction, on February 24th

HH image 1 Important Renaissance parlor cabinet, stamped Herter Brothers, 62 inches wide by 44 inches tall by 20 inches deep.

Hal Hunt Auctions’ annual Museum Auction is so-named because so many of the items are museum-quality. It will be held on Saturday, February 24th, at the firm’s gallery in Northport, Alabama. No internet or phone or bidding allowed (absentee bids accepted) but the catalog is posted on Barnebys thanks to a special arrangement. Headlining the event will be three important collections, one out of Ponca City, Oklahoma that features more than 75 pieces of Black Forest antiques, over 30 statuary lamps (some in large sizes), Art Nouveau furniture by makers such as Karpen and R.J. Horner, and wonderful artwork and tapestries.

HH image 2 Extremely rare Black Forest clock with owls, 97 inches tall by 32 inches wide.

A collection from Austin, Texas is packed with R.J. Horner furniture, finely carved tall case clocks, hall trees, roll-top desks, over 50 leaded glass and reverse painted lamps (by Handel, Pairpoint, Moe Bridges and others), antique bronze statuary, architectural stained-glass windows, antique music boxes, antique garden iron, antique china cabinets, saloon doors, old chandeliers, antique file units and a large collection of Ideal stacking bookcases. The third collection, out of a mansion in Indiana, features American rococo rosewood furniture, gold gilt mirrors, Dresden and Meissen porcelains, rare figural and dragon lamps and more. Click here to view the entire catalog.

HH image 3 Craighead & Kintz victory lamp, 46 inches tall.





Fusco Auctions is preparing for the best philatelic sale in its history, February 24th

FA image 1 Very rare 1933 Balbo registered flight cover to New York, franked with Italy C49 triptych and autographed by pilot Leonello Leone. Overprint matches pilot. (est. $1,000-$1,500).

“Our full attention is now turned to what promises to be our best philatelic auction ever.” So begins the text on the home page of Fusco Auctions in describing its upcoming Rare Stamps & Collections Auction #128, planned for Saturday, February 24th, at 11 am Eastern time, online and at the firm’s gallery in Willoughby, Ohio. The auction will feature personal and high-level stamp collections, large lots and dealer stocks, plus an excellent offering of postcards. Previews will be held the week of the auction, Wednesday thru Friday, from 10-5, and on auction day from 8-11 am. The gallery is located at 4740 Beidler Rd.

FA image 2 2¢ carmine Farwell type A pair, *5A4, Scott 409, Unused with VF centering, full lightly hinged original gum. Select and rare. 2018 SCV.1900. (est. $750-$1,500).

The auction is packed with U.S. and foreign singles and collections, and amazing country collections, to include the J.S. and Ken Nilsestuen Scott international junior collection (Part 1); the William Harris collection (Part 1); the Irv Bayer Match & Medicine Collection (Part 1); plus dealer stock selections from the estates of Robert Haeseler and Ron Katz; U.S. private vending selections from a private estate; and excellent postcard, philatelic literature and ephemera lots. Downloadable catalogs are available on the website, www.fuscoauctions.com. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted ‘til 10 am on auction day. To view all items being auctioned, click here.

FA image 3 1952, 1000wn Second Inauguration of Pres. Rhee presentation sheet (Scott 182 var. Korea P.S.C. PSC84), without gum as issued, Very Fine, rare. (est. $1,400-$1,800).



J. Levine Auction & Appraisal announces new private sales options for consignors and buyers

JL image 1 George Nakashima (Jap./Am., 1905-1990) "conoid" walnut dining table, 1988, with six East Indian rosewood butterfly keys, 28 3/4 in x 84 in x 49.5, like-new condition ($160,000).

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Arizona (just outside Phoenix), previously worked only in traditional auction formats, but the firm has rolled out a private sales platform. In addition to its online and live auctions, J. Levine has added a “buy-it-now” option for a variety of high-end items. The current collection features more than 40 lots, including a George Nakashima (Jap./Am., 1904-1990) dining room table, bronzes by the Western contemporary sculptor Martha Pettigrew (b. 1950), and a Theodore Robinson (Am., 1852-1896) painting. J. Levine is accepting inquiries from consignors to add items to the selection.

JL image 2 Bronze sculpture by Western contemporary sculptor Martha Pettigrew (b. 1950), titled Apache Drummer, ca. 2000, #9 of 25, the rare 42-inch statuary bronze version ($32,000).

The private sales option offers something for consignors and buyers alike. To sell on the private sales platform, the customer must submit a form with detailed information on the piece they wish to sell. A specialist from the J. Levine team reviews the information and comes to an agreement with the seller before the item is posted online. To buy in private sales, the customer must register for an account, purchase the item and arrange shipment. “The process is must swifter than a traditional auction and very discreet,” said J. Levine owner Josh Levine, adding, “This offering is a great addition to our other services.” To see more, click here.

JL image 3 Oil painting by Theodore Robinson (Am., 1852 -1896), a close friend of Claude Monet and one of the first American artists to take up Impressionism in the late 1880s ($30,000).