Valentines for Veterans Whoever places the winning bid on this dazzling ladies’ vintage platinum brooch on Feb. 11th will also be helping out veterans in need. (photo courtesy Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry, LLC)

Bidders will be able buy a dazzling piece of jewelry for their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and support a worthy cause at the same time when Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry, LLC holds a Valentines for Veterans charity auction on Saturday, Feb. 11, online and in the firm’s gallery at 25355 South Tamiami Trail in Bonita Springs, Florida, just outside Fort Myers, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The event will be co-sponsored by the Bonita Bay Veterans Council (BBVC), which provides help to area veterans and their families in need. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the BBVC.

Over 750 pieces of new and estate jewelry will be offered. All have been specially selected for Valentine’s Day and all are at jewelry auction liquidation prices. One of the more spectacular items is the one shown here, a ladies’ vintage platinum brooch with a free form spray design containing round brilliant cut and baguette cut diamonds totaling 11 carats and boasting VS1 clarity. The brooch has a starting bid of $9,000 and an estimate of $35,000-$40,000. In addition to jewelry, many collectible items, perfect for Valentine’s Day gift giving, will also come up for bid. Find out more and submit here to Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry




Three artworks by Rosenquist at The Benefit Shop Foundation

Three artorks by Rosenquist Three artworks by James Rosenquist (Am., b. 1933), including the one shown here titled Gift Wrapped Doll (1993), will be sold February 8. (photo courtesy The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.)

Three artworks by James Rosenquist (Am., b. 1933), including the one shown here titled Gift Wrapped Doll (1993, est. $2,500-$5,000) will be part of The Benefit Shop Foundation’s big Red Carpet Auction on Wednesday, February 8th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Mount Kisco, N.Y., beginning at 10 am Eastern time. Rosenquist is one of the protagonists of the pop-art movement and is a very hot commodity right now among art collectors and aficionados. Gift Wrapped Doll is a framed lithograph in colors. It is signed, titled, dated and numbered (19/24) in pencil.

The Red Carpet Auction is just that – an A-Z selection of quality merchandise totaling nearly 700 lots in a variety of categories. Lots already garnering attention include an authentic 1925 French advertising poster for wine, showing a clown with a tennis racket looking up at a bird flying away with a bottle (est. $500-$1,000); and a lovely group of five jade bracelets being offered as one lot. The Benefit Shop Foundation is a registered 501(C)(3) not-for-profit that operates to raise funds for other local charities. Monthly auctions are held online and in Mount Kisco. Find out more and submit here to The Red Carpet Auction




Two sanguine drawings by Chagall will be in Woodshed Gallery auction

Two sanguine drawings Two drawings by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), including this work titled The Village Berger Descending, will be sold Feb. 22nd by Woodshed Gallery. (photo courtesy Woodshed Gallery)

Fans of the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) may want to mark their calendars for Wednesday, February 22, at 12 noon Eastern time. That’s when Woodshed Gallery will be offering a pair of original sanguine drawings by Chagall in a live and internet prints and drawings auction, in an online webcast from the firm’s gallery at 1243 Pond Street in Franklin, Mass. The sale will also feature numerous other important works by listed artists, plus a signed note from John F. Kennedy and a selection of proofs and publications from Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press.

Interest in Chagall the man and the artist seems to have spiked in recent days, as auctions and exhibitions have elevated the profile of an artist who was already a household name. He was one of the early Modernists and was described by art critic Robert Hughes as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century.” Pablo Picasso once said of him in the 1950s, “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.” Picasso will be represented in the sale, too, as will Warhol, Haring, Dali, Rockwell, Winslow Homer and others. Find out more and submit here to Woodshed Gallery




The lifetime musical instrument collection of Lawrence Clark, Jr.

The lifetime musical instrument This 1957 Gibson LG-2 acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish over its spruce top and mahogany back and sides, should bring $2,000-$3,000. (photo courtesy Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers)

On Saturday, Feb. 25th, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers will offer the lifetime musical instrument collection of Lawrence David Clark, Jr., Esq. It’s a superb assemblage, packed with names like Gibson, Martin, Hofner, Stradivarius, Henri Selmer, C.G. Conn, Sho-Bud and others. Clark was a prominent Manhattan attorney and a multi-instrumentalist. He enjoyed a lifelong passion for the creation of music and the craftsmanship of musical instruments. His collection includes the acquisitions of a discerning collector and the cherished discoveries of an accomplished practitioner.

Wherever Mr. Clark traveled, he would visit the local musical instrument stores in search of the next treasure for his collection. All are in the 250-lot sale, to include a 1957 Gibson L-7 Archtop, a 1948 C.F. Martin & Co. 00-17 acoustic, a 1921 Gibson L-1 Archtop, a 1978 Sho-Bud Maverick steel pedal guitar, a 1985 Hofner Viola sunburst bass, an early 1920s Gibson A3 white face mandolin, a 1958 Henri Selmer Mark VI tenor sax and a 1978 Vincent Bach Co. Stradivarius model 43 trumpet. The auction will be online and at Bruneau & Co.’s gallery in Cranston, R.I. Find out more and submit here to Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers




Three Hess toy trucks, made for the Hess family, up for bid online

Three Hess toy trucks

Hess toy trucks have been popular with collectors for years, and there are three marvelous and rare examples in SeriousToyz’ Auction #58, a two-session internet-only sale that will conclude Feb. 23 (character toys and classic collectibles) and Feb. 24 (advertising collectibles and toy vehicles). The toy truck shown here is a miniature Hess first truck, made in China in 2000 with a special see-thru body, exclusively for the family of John Hess. It is one of only five known and has a direct provenance to a Hess executive, who gifted it to the consignor’s children years ago.

Also in the sale are a Hess recreation van, made in China in 1998, a rare version of the Hess truck sold in stations that year but created with a chromed body, also exclusively for the family of John Hess; and a Hess Voyager, made in China in 2002, a rare version of the mini Hess tanker ship sold in stations that year, but created with a chromed body, again exclusively for the family of John Hess. It’s one of only 24 known to exist. All three of these special Hess trucks have starting bids of $1,495. The SeriousToyz auction is loaded with 733 lots of toys and other items. Visit