Vampire killing kit, $5,500, Rich Penn

Vampire killing kit

A vampire killing kit in a wood and leather case with ornate brass sold for $5,500 at an auction held May 19-21 by Rich Penn Auctions in Waterloo, Iowa. Also, a four-color breweriana porcelain neon sign for Blatz Beer fetched $4,750; a circa 1900 Fleischmann painted ocean liner toy boat realized $3,500; a children’s miniature or salesman’s sample step-back rose to $2,900; a Wurlitzer jukebox, model 1015 classic Paul, made $2,250; and a pair of Japanese toy battleships hit $2,100. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.



Pair, 4-light candelabra, $22,200, A. B. Levy’s

Pair 4 light candelabra

A pair of exhibition silver-gilt 4-light candelabra (Elkington & Co., Birmingham, 1860), sold for $22,200 at a Jewelry, Art & Antiques Auction held June 29th by A. B. Levy’s in West Palm Beach, Fla. Also, a painting Louis Marie de Schryver (Fr., 1862-1942), titled The Flower Girl, realized $18,000; and a pair of circa 1900 glass vases by Daum Nancy, one an acid etched and applied “Christening” vase, the other a gilt decorated cameo vase, made $18,000 and $9,600, respectively. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Circa 1950s toy bulldozer, $3,000, Alderfer Auction

Circa 1950s toy bulldozer

A New London Caterpillar D-4 toy bulldozer made in the 1950s sold for $3,000 at an auction held June 17th by Alderfer Auction in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a 1937 Pierce Arrow pedal car sped off for $2,700; and a 1937 Auburn Supercharger pedal car changed hands for $2,400. All the lots in the sale came from a single-owner collection of more than 40 toy vehicles. These included both restored and unrestored cars, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, airplanes and three bulldozers. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.



Apollo 11 moon bag, $1.8 million, Sotheby’s

Apollo 11 moon bag

A bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth in July 1969 as part of the historic Apollo 11 lunar mission sold for $1.8 million at an auction held July 21st by Sotheby’s in New York. Also, the Apollo 13 flight plan, annotated by its crew, gaveled for $275,000; a spacesuit work by astronaut Gus Grissom fetched $43,750; and a famous image of astronaut Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong, made $35,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.



Emerald and diamond ring, $5.512 million, Christie’s

Emerald and diamond ring

An emerald and diamond ring by Raymond Yard, set with an octagonal step-cut emerald of about 18.04 carats, sold for $5.512 million at a Magnificent Jewels Auction held June 19th by Christie’s in New York. It was a new world record per carat ($305,516) for an emerald at auction. Also, a modified lozenge mixed-cut, 5.01-carat, fancy deep grayish-bluish green, VS-2 clarity diamond soared to $4.4 million; and a round brilliant-cut, 16.11-carat, D-color, flawless diamond made $1.9 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.