Marc Chagall oil painting, $28.453 million, Sotheby’s

Marc Chagall oil painting

An oil on canvas painting from 1928 by artist Marc Chagall, titled Les Amoreaux, sold for $28.453 million at an Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale held November 14th by Sotheby’s in New York. It was a new record price for the artist at auction. Also, Claude Monet’s 1893 oil on canvas from 1893 titled Les Garcons, Bennecourt, knocked down for $23.37 million; and Pablo Picasso’s oil on canvas titled Buste de femme au chapeau, painted on May 27, 1939, rose to $21.68 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1955 painting done by JFK, $162,500, Heritage Auctions

1955 painting done by JFK

A painting completed in 1955 by John F. Kennedy consigned by Kennedy family heirs sold for $162,500 at an Americana & Political Auction held December 2nd by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a cigar store Indian tobacconist figure signed by artist Julius Theodore Melchers climbed to $81,250; an 1846 quarter plate daguerreotype profile portrait of Pres. John Quincy Adams brought $31,500; and a New York City skyline sketch by Donald Trump gaveled for $20,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Photos of Yellowstone, $12,000, PBA Galleries

Photos of Yellowstone

A rare album of 63 Albertype photos of Yellowstone National Park taken in 1871 by William Henry Jackson for the Hayden Geological Survey sold for $12,000 at an auction held December 14th by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a two-volume first edition of Richard F. Burton’s account of his trip into the interior of Africa, published in 1860, went for $5,700; and 14 consecutive annual editions of a Chinese telephone directory for San Francisco and Oakland, 1931-1944, fetched $2,040. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Einstein’s telescope, $432,500, Christie’s

Einstein's telescope

Albert Einstein’s personally owned telescope, made late 19th century by the Paul Dorffel Company (Berlin), sold for $432,500 at a Books & Manuscripts Auction held December 5th by Christie’s in New York. Also, Brigham Young’s copy of the W. Stone-engraved Declaration of Independence (1823) also brought $432,500; the Nobel medal awarded in 1978 to Nathan S. Daniel for physiology or medicine hit $372,500; and a Yorktown Campaign map of New York (1781) made $275,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1587 map of the New World, $80,000, Swann Galleries

1587 map of the New World

Richard Hakluyt’s 1587 map of the New World, titled Novus Orbis, the first map to use the designations “Virginea” and “Nuevo Mexico”, sold for $80,000 at a sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books held December 5th by Swann Galleries in New York. Also, John Norman’s The American Pilot, with 11 double-page or folding charts (Boston, 1810), went for $68,750; and a map by Paolo Forlani and Bolognino Zaltieri, published in Venice in 1566, realized $47,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.