Fritz Scholder oil on linen work, $15,250, Schwenke Auctioneers

Fritz Scholder oil on linen

An oil on linen painting of a Native American dancer by Fritz Scholder (Native Am., 1937-2005), 23 ¾ inches by 19 ½ inches, sold for $15,250 in an Online Fine Estates Auction held November 16th by Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn. Also, an oil on canvas in the manner of Paolo Veronese (It., 1528-1588), titled Boy with Shield, went to a phone bidder for $10,980; and a marine painting by Reginald E. Nickerson (Am., 10915-1999), titled Nantucket, hit $1,900. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Thoreau first edition book, $14,400, PBA Galleries

Thoreau first edition book

A first edition copy of Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods, sold for $14,400 at an auction held January 11th by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a first issue copy of John Steinbeck’s equally important literary classic, Of Mice and Men, in the original pictorial dust jacket in fine condition, changed hands for $4,800; and a copy of an early state of the First American Edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn made $7,200. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Ansel Adams portfolio, $51,425, Clars Auction

Ansel Adams portfolio

A portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints by Ansel Adams (Am., 1902-1984), titled Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word, in Memory of Russell Varian, sold for $51,425 at an auction held January 21st by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, an oil on canvas painting by the Italian master Gaetano Bellei (1857-1922), untitled (The Card Game), made $27,830; an Asian wood Buddha realized $14,520; and a Cartier amethyst, turquoise and diamond 18kt gold bird brooch hit $19,360. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Copy of The Declaration, $1.2 million, Sotheby’s

Copy of The Declaration

A printing of The Declaration of Independence by E. Russel, the authorized broadside for Massachusetts, sold for $1.2 million at a series of auctions held by Sotheby’s during Americana Week in New York that ended January 21st. Also, a Federal inlaid Cherrywood and mahogany tall case clock by Nathan Lumbard, circa 1800, chimed on time for $471,000; a Wainscot arm chair, circa 1640-1660, rose to $375,000; and a silver and copper “Indian” punch bowl with ladle, circa 1900-1915, made $312,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


11.12-ct. emerald, $705,000, Doyle

11.12-ct. emerald

An 11.12-carat Colombian emerald sold for $705,000 at an Important Jewelry Auction held December 13th by Doyle in New York City. Also, a brooch centering a Colombian emerald of about 6.43 carats, surrounded by diamonds, soared to $162,500; an Art Deco Tutti Frutti Vase de Fleurs pendant lapel-watch realized $106,250; a cultured pearl necklace with a Colombian emerald clasp rose to $93,750; and a French circa 1948 ‘Lawn’ bracelets/necklace combination made $87,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.