Little Big Horn Colt pistol, $460,000, James D. Julia, Inc.

Little Big Horn Colt pistol

A Colt single-action Army pistol used by one of General Custer’s men at the Battle of Little Big Horn, sold for $460,000 at an Extraordinary Firearms Auction held April 11th by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a cased 100 Guinea Lloyd’s Patriotic presentation sword for Capt. William Rutherford (1764-1818), a hero at the Battle of Trafalgar, brought $270,250; and an original condition 20 bore Parker A1 Special shotgun with scroll engraving and gold inlay rang out at $253,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Coca-Cola sample cooler, $17,835, Morphy Auctions

Coca-Cola sample cooler

A circa 1929 Coca-Cola double Glasscock Brothers salesman’s sample cooler sold for $17,835 at a Spring Antique Advertising Sale held March 18-19 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1903 Coca-Cola bottle 5-cent tip tray, made by Chas. W. Shonk, breezed to $17,220; an Indian Rock Ginger Ale syrup dispenser with great graphics and strong color rose to $17,220; a baseball-themed Fan-Taz syrup dispenser made $15,990; and a 1901 Coca-Cola 5-cent serving tray hit $11,685. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.


Abbey Road studio console, $1.8 million, Bonhams

Abbey Road studio console

An Abbey Road Studios recording console, the very one used by Pink Floyd when they recorded the rock album Dark Side of the Moon, sold for $1.8 million at a Rock Memorabilia Sale held March 27th by Bonhams in New York City. Also, a Bernie Worell costume clavinet gaveled for $20,000; a pair of letters written by the late rap artist Tupac Shakur sold as one lot for $11,875; and a costume worn by the rapper Eminem in the autobiographical movie 8 Mile reached $11,875. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


The Pink Star diamond, $71.2 million, Sotheby’s

The Pink Star

The Pink Star – a 59.60-carat oval mixed-cut fancy vivid pink, internally flawless diamond – sold for $71.2 million at a Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite Sale held April 4th by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The price was more than double the previous record for a fancy vivid pink diamond. The buyer was Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook, who renamed it The CTF Pink, in memory of the late Dr. Cheng Yu-Tung, father of the current chairman of Chow Tai Fook. The price includes the buyer’s premium.


Chinese jardinière, $295,500, Christie’s

Chinese jardiniere

A Chinese doucai large jardinière from the 18th or 19th century sold for $295,500 at a sale of items from the estate of Betsy Bloomingdale held April 5th by Christie’s in New York. Also, a painting by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), titled Londres, la Tamise, topped out at $150,000; a pair of white and blue-painted cast-iron and enamel jardinières, made in France circa the second half of the 19th century, realized $81,250; and a pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants by David Webb brought $35,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


David Hammons collage, $389,000, Swann Galleries

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A pigment, ink and paper collage by David Hammons, a member of the L.A. Assemblage artists, titled Untitled (Double Body Print) (1976), sold for $389,000 at an African-American Fine Art Auction held April 6th by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, an untitled 1968 acrylic diptych on canvas by Alvin D. Loving, Jr., hit $161,000; an acrylic on canvas by Frank Bowling titled Morning Light (1974) rose to $161,000; and Hughie Lee Smith’s Silhouette (1995) went for $106,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.