Indian Queen bitters bottle, $14,375, American Bottle

Indian Queen bitters bottle

A rare and beautiful Brown’s Celebrated Indian Queen figural bitters bottle patented in 1868 sold for $14,375 in Auction #64, an internet and catalog auction held Oct. 13-22 by American Bottle Auctions of Sacramento, Calif. Also, a Lafayette DeWitt Clinton half-pint lime green flask brought $10,925; an Italian Soda Manufactory (S.F. Glassworks, Phil.) bottle gaveled for $6,325; and a Dr. Wynkoop’s Sarsaparilla bottle, circa 1850s, one of about 20 known, went for $7,150. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Elmer Crowell calling teal, $138,000, Guyette & Deeter

Elmer Crowell calling teal

A one-of-a-kind calling greenwing teal decoy by the renowned carver Elmer Crowell sold for $138,000 at the annual Fall Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held November 9th by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Talbot Community Center in Easton, Md. Also, a Canada goose decoy by the Ward Brothers soared to $80,500; a greenwing teal hen by Adam Ansardi (Davant, La.) flew away for $33,500; and a pair of “smoothie” style black ducks by Pat Godin hit $7,475. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Peter Doig’s Red House, $21.13 million, Phillips

Peter Doig's Red House

A painting by British artist Peter Doig, titled Red House (1995-1996), sold for $21.127 million at a 20th Century & Contemporary Art Auction held November 16th by Phillips in New York City. Also, Franz Kline’s Sawyer (1959) reached $9.99 million; Pablo Picasso’s Portrait de femme endormie III (1946) changed hands for $9.315 million; an untitled 2004 work by Cy Twombly garnered $7.515 million; and Henri Matisse’s Jeune fille dormant a la blouse roumaine (1939) made $4.815 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


American West album, $32,400, Cowan’s

An American West album containing photos of Mormon elders, American Indians, Salt Lake City and more sold for $32,400 at an American History Auction held November 17th by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, Oh. Also, the Mary Andrews suffrage collection, featuring a letter signed by Carrie Chapmen Catt, a parade jacket, blouse and “Justice & Morality” sashes, hit $26,400; and a French & Indian War manuscript orderly book recorded by Capt. Nathaniel Perry made $19,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Barry McGee installation, $193,000, Clars Auction

Barry McGee installation

A major installation work by Barry McGee (Am., b. 1966), titled La Migra (1995), done in collaboration with Sandow Birk (Am., b. 1962), sold for $193,000 at an auction held Nov. 18-19 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a charcoal study by Norman Rockwell (Am., 1894-1978) of Victor Mature as Samson from the 1949 movie Samson and Delilah went for $139,000; and a 1917 oil on canvas painting by French artist Jean Metzinger (1883-1956) rose to $36,300. Prices include the buyer’s premium.