‘Victory Map’ of Cuba, $138,798, RR Auction

Victory Map of Cuba

President John F. Kennedy’s personal “Victory Map” of Cuba, used during the Cuban missile crisis and marked “Secret” in the lower left and upper right corners, sold for $138,798 in a Fine Autographs & Artifacts Auction held online from March 16-April 11 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, a George Washington Rev-War letter from West Point in 1778 went for 36,546; a Thomas Jefferson signed letter fetched $28,843; and a Ben Franklin twice signed letter realized $14,822. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Norman Lewis oil painting, $725,000, Swann Auction

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An untitled oil on canvas by Norman Lewis painted in 1956 sold for $725,000 at an African-American Fine Art Auction held April 5th by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, an untitled (Village Street Scene) oil on canvas painted in 1948 by Beauford Delaney gaveled for $557,000; a charcoal with crayon and wash on board done in 1956 by Charles White, titled O Freedom, brought $509,000; and a tempera on board done in 1956 by Jacob Lawrence fetched $413,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Queen Anne tall clock, $12,980, Briggs Auction

Queen Anne tall clock

A Queen Anne tall clock by English clockmaker Daniel Quare, with ornate marquetry inlay, chimed on time for $12,980 at an auction held February 23rd by Briggs Auction in Garnet Valley, Pa. Also, a Steinway & Sons model S baby grand piano with French mahogany case and matching bench played a sweet tune for $14,160; a Georgian library armchair realized $4,720; and Elenore Plaisted Abbott’s watercolor illustration for The Snow Queen changed hands for $5,900. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.


Beaded hide war shirt, $55,200, Cowan’s Auctions

Beaded hide war shirt

An A’aninin (Gros Ventre) beaded hide war shirt sold for $55,200 at an American Indian & Western Art Auction held April 6th by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, a Sioux child’s beaded hide shirt realized $28,800; an identified Ponca beaded hide war shirt with leggings brought $45,600; a pair of slate fantail birdstones fetched $49,200 and $45,000; a late classic Navajo child’s serape made $24,000; and a Sioux painted ghost dance shirt commanded $26,400. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.


4.04-carat diamond ring, $212,500, Leslie Hindman

4.04-carat diamond ring

A 4.04-carat natural fancy brown-pink diamond and diamond ring sold for $212,500 at an Important Jewelry Auction held April 10-11 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a 17.10-carat octagonal step cut diamond climbed to $187,000; an Art Deco platinum and diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $62,500; an Edwardian platinum and diamond brooch fetched $26,250; and a Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Lady Arpels Feerie’ diamond wristwatch brought $50,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.