1909 Russo-Chinese banknote, $17,400, Archives International

1909 Russo-Chinese banknote

A 1909 Russo-Chinese banknote for 3 Kuping Taels sold for $17,400 at an auction held Feb. 7-8 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, an 1855 issue Chinese Ch’ing Dynasty Year 5 banknote fetched $4,800; three 1907-1908 Sin Chun Bank of China private notes brought $15,000; a 1913-1917 Russo-Asiatic Bank “Kuld’sha, Chuguchak & Kashgar” rarity made $12,000; and a 1920 All Russian Central Union of Consumer Societies specimen note rose to $8,100. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Harry Bertoia sculpture, $58,420, Palm Beach Modern

Harry Bertoia sculpture

A sculpture by Harry Bertoia (Am., 1915-1978), titled Somnambient and made from beryllium, copper and brass, 55 inches tall, sold for $58,420 at an auction held Feb. 4-5 by Palm Beach Modern Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a signed Keith Haring (Am., 1958-1990) artist’s proof titled Three Lithographs: One Plate went for $50,800; and a bronze sculpture by Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1914-1986), titled Girl Dancing (circa 1965), changed hands for $35,560. Prices include a 27 percent buyer’s premium.


Mills Roulette slot machine, $289,050, Morphy Auctions

Mills Roulette slot machine

A 5-cent Mills floor model Roulette slot machine sold for $289,050 at an auction held Jan. 28-29 by Morphy Auctions in Las Vegas, Nev.  Also, a 5-cent Charles Fey Liberty Bell slot machine with shipping crate sold for $174,000; a 5-cent Caille Liberty Package Gum slot machine topped out at $126,000; a 5-cent Mills Novelty Company Hoke Snake slot machine realized $60,000; and an original 5-cent Pace “8” Star Bell Frank Polk Miner slot machine rose to $39,600. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.


1785 Immune Columbia coin, $129,250, Heritage Auctions

1785 Immune Columbia coin

A silver 1785 Immune Columbia US coin with a Nova Constellatio reverse, made prior to the beginning of the US Mint and graded AU53 by NGC, sold for $129,250 at an auction of US coins held Feb. 16-19 in Long Beach, Calif., by Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, Tex. Also, a 1652 Pine Tree shilling, graded MS65 by NGC, coasted to $111,625; a 1785 Inimica Tyrannis Americana piece realized $105,750; and a New Jersey Copper, Running Fox before legend went for $99,875. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.


John Dilley yellowlegs decoy, $40,250, Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

John Dilley yellowlegs decoy

The only known turned head yellowlegs decoy by John Dilley sold for $40,250 at a Sporting Art Auction held Feb. 18 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a rare pre-brand widgeon, made in the 1890s by the renowned Massachusetts carver Elmer Crowell, changed hands for $37,375; and a pinched breasted pintail drake by the equally noted Ward Brothers hit $20,125. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.