What started out as a simple year-end discovery sale is turning into something a whole lot bigger

CA image 1 Exceedingly rare 14kt gold Dudley Masonic pocket watch, circa 1920-1925, showing the clear back view to works, with plenty of Masonic images (est. $3,600-$4,400).

California Auctioneers & Appraisals’ internet and absentee auction closing Sunday, December 31st, at 6 pm Pacific time, was intended as an end-of-year clearance and discovery sale, but it’s attracted so much online attention it may very well turn into something much bigger. The auction features over 450 lots of original artwork, fine estate jewelry and timepieces, Asian objects, antique carousel horses and even a fine antique English percussion pistol. The weapon is 11 inches long overall, with a 5-inch barrel, a 79 caliber octagon barrel, probably sea service carved walnut hardwood stock (est. $800-$1,800).

CA image 2 Ancient Olmec stone carved and polished hummingbird effigy with polished black stone beak, textured stone head, all hand-tooled, circa 1,200-1,400 BC (est. $1,200-$1,500).

The artwork will be led by an oil on canvas mountain landscape by Johannes Andersen, signed in 1933 (est. $800-$1,600); and a 1954 limited edition bronze horse sculpture by Ramon Parmenter, titled Champion Blood, #18 of 39 (est. $6,000-$9,000). Asian objects will feature a pair of antique polychrome Chinese red lacquer foo dogs sitting on separate stands, 41 ½ inches tall (est. $4,000-$6,000). Jewelry and timepieces will include an 18kt gold and 42-carat natural Ceylon sapphire necklace (est. $15,500-$20,000); and a Wittnauer Co. for Tiffany & Co. 18kt Longines enamel ladies’ pocket watch (est. $1,000-$1,800). For more info, click here.

CA image 3 Oil on canvas painting by San Francisco, Calif. artist Nels Hagerup (1864-1922), titled Ocean with Beach, signed, in a period frame, 16 inches by 20 inches (est. $500-$900).




Stephenson’s Auctioneers will ring in the New Year with an antiques and decorative arts auction, Jan. 1-2

SA image 1 Edwardian white gold and (34) diamond girandole necklace (est. $2,000-$4,000)

Family owned and operated, Stephenson’s Auctioneers has built its reputation on fresh-to-market art and antiques from Philadelphia’s most elegant estates. Their spotlight sale of the year is their New Year’s Auction, which will be a two-day event in 2018. The opening session includes Part II of the Ruth London fine jewelry estate collection. Part I, which was auctioned by Stephenson’s in August, caused “quite a sensation,” said Stephenson’s owner/auctioneer Cindy Stephenson. “Ruth London was a world traveler who loved to shop. She bought the best of the best, wherever she went.”

SA image 2 Kirk & Son sterling silver fully chased covered tureen, circa 1861-1868 (est. $3,000-$4,000)

Select pieces from other jewelry and silver collectors will be offered alongside the Ruth London collection. Altogether, it’s quite a glittering array. Top pieces include an 18K gold and diamond necklace suite, $2,000-$4,000; an Edwardian gold and diamond girandole necklace, $2,000-$4,000; and a pair of Art Deco platinum and sapphire earrings, $1,500-$3,000. Day 2 offers midcentury modern furniture, art, decorative pieces – including a Dale Chihuly Blanket vase, $4,000-$7,000 – and antiques deaccessioned by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, including an 1824 James Gordon Ballymoney tall-case clock. Visit www.stephensonsauction.com

SA image 3 Chris Buzzini art glass paperweight, scratch-signed, dated ’91 (est. $1,000-$1,500)




Nearly 7,000 numismatic lots at Heritage Auctions’ FUN auction, Jan. 3-8 in Tampa

HA image 1 1795 $1 Draped Bust U.S. Dollar Coin, Off-Center, B-14, BB-51, R.2, SP62 NGC, representing the first appearance of the new obverse design and the small eagle on the reverse.

Nearly 7,000 lots from private collections, including early U.S. treasures, error coins and shipwreck ingots, will highlight Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 3-8 U.S. Coins Auction during the Florida United Numismatic Convention in Tampa, Fla. Standout pieces include the exceptional 1795 Draped Bust Dollar, SP62 NGC  – a special example of this rather curious coin – and the finest-graded specimen of an 1861-S $20 Paquet, AU58+ NGC. The important one-year design subtype offers a rare opportunity to own one of the rarest of all San Francisco double eagles, as only about 200 examples are known, across all grades.

HA image 2 1880 $4 Flowing Hair Stella $4 gold coin, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, PR67 Cameo NGC, considered one of the great rarities in all U.S. gold coinage one of 25 known in all grades.

The event also features the Steven L. Duckor Collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars; the McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold, which includes an 1805 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS64 PCGS Secure, CAC; the Burgess Lee Berlin, M.D., J.D. Collection of U.S. Rarities, including a stunning 1880 $4 Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, PR67 Cameo NGC; an 1838-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Branch Mint, PR63, PCGS, CAC from the Jenkins Family Collection; two 1943 Lincoln bronze error cents, one Philadelphia, the other San Francisco; and 1943 and 1943-S Lincoln cents, both struck in error on bronze planchets. Visit www.HA.com.

HA image 3 1943-S bronze Lincoln cent, AU53, famous wrong-planchet error coin, one of only six examples traced, one of the earliest and most storied "finds" of this iconic issue and very rare.