Honus Wagner T206 card, $609,294, SCP Auctions

Honus Wagner T206 card

A 1909-1911 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, commonly known in collecting circles as “The Original Wagner”, sold for $609,294 in a Spring Premier Auction that ended June 11th by SCP Auctions, based in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Also, Michael Jordan’s game-worn, dual-signed Converse shoes from the 1984 Olympics’ gold medal-winning game against Spain gaveled for $190,373; and Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame slugger Willie Stargell’s 1979 MVP award went for $103,567. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Book on salmon fishing, $9,000, PBA Galleries

Book on salmon fishing

A book on salmon fishing by Dean Sage, titled The Ristigouache and its Salmon Fishing with a Chapter on Angling (with engravings by Stephen Parrish, the father of Maxfield Parrish), sold for $9,000 at Part 1 of the Richard Beagle Collection of Angling and Sporting Books held June 1st by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a miniature treatise on small tied flies, titled The Book of Small Flies, made $7,200; and Lee Sturges’ Salmon Fishing on Cain River finished at $6,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Kellogg & Humbert gold ingot, $188,000, Heritage Auctions

Kellogg & Humbert gold ingot

A 107.76-ounce Kellogg & Humbert gold ingot recovered from the vessel S.S. Central America sold for $188,000 at a sale of rare U.S. coins held June 8-11 by Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, Tex., in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. Also, an 1893-S Morgan dollar, graded MS61 PCGS, climbed to $176,250; a 1652 Pine Tree Shilling, graded MS65 PCGS, brought $141,000; and a 1796 $2 ½ coin with no stars on the obverse, BD-2, made $111,625. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Robert E. Lee’s desk, $32,400, Cowan’s Auctions

Robert E. Lee's desk

A drop-front desk once owned by Gen. Robert E. Lee sold for $32,400 at an American History Auction held June 9th by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, a watercolor work by Civil War-era sketch artist Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891), of Lt. Bayard Wilkeson holding his battery to its work at the Battle of Gettysburg, realized $19,200; a rare Wounded Knee Massacre and Pine Ridge Agency photo album brought $26,400; and a collection of Little Big Horn relics hit $9,600. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


Ivan I. Shishkin painting, $72,000, Michaan’s Auctions

Ivan I. Shishkin painting

A painting by the Russian artist Ivan Ivanovitch Shishkin (1832-1898), titled Wooded Clearing, sold for $72,000 at a sale of Fine Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts held June 9th by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, Petr Petrovitch Vereshchagin’s High Water of River Pisava brought $42,000; a Pablo Picasso lithograph of his muse Francoise Gilot made $54,000; an Andy Warhol portrait of Liz Taylor made $36,000; and a figural study by Vladimir Makovsky rose to $48,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Daniel Garber painting, $87,500, Freeman’s

Daniel Garber painting

A painting by Daniel Garber (Am., 1880-1958), titled Portrait of Hervey Allen, sold for $87,500 at an American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction held June 6th by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, Pigeon Cove by Fern Isabel Coppedge (Am., 1883-1951) rose to $75,000; Coppedge’s Mill by a Stream made $50,000; Raven Rock Wing Dam by Edward Willis Redfield (Am., 1869-1965) garnered $40,625; and Rainy Day, Queens by Martin Lewis (Am., 1881-1962) hit $37,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.