English Thomason corkscrew, $21,900, Collector Corkscrews

English Thomason corkscrew

A 20th century Thomason corkscrew with a brass handle shaped like a serpent, one of a few known, sold for $21,900 in an online auction held Nov. 3-12 by CollectorCorkscrews.com. Also, a 19th century American corkscrew marked by Tiffany, with a lion, snake and elephant’s head on a silver handle, made $10,200; and an elegant French 18th century “cage” corkscrew, handcrafted from steel, realized $5,700. The auction was managed by volunteers and had a 3 percent seller’s fee. There was no buyer’s premium.

 

Cover art, Spider-Man #100, $478,000, Heritage Auctions

Cover art, Spider-Man 100

Original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100, by the legendary comic illustrator John Romita, Sr., sold for $478,000 in an auction held February 23rd by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. It was a new world record for the most expensive Marvel Comics Silver or Bronze Age cover ever sold at auction. Also, a copy of Batman #1 (DC, 1940) went for $334,600; and a copy of All American Comics #16 (DC, 1940), featuring the first appearance of Green Lantern, made $215,100. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

2017 Super Bowl LI ring, $344,927, Goldin Auctions

2017 Super Bowl LI ring

A 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI championship ring, with the original presentation box, original Jostens’ “Brady” certificate and 265 diamonds (vs. 283 diamonds in Tom Brady’s actual ring), sold for $344,972 in an online Winter Auction held in February by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, the original UFC V Superfight championship belt created for the Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock battle on April 7, 1995 changed hands for $44,190. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

 

Nazi physician’s Mercedes, $42,000, Milestone Auctions

Nazi physician's Mercedes

The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 170V 2-door coupe owned by Nazi SA physician Dr. Rudolf Beuring, in excellent running order, sold for $42,000 at a Historic Military & Firearms Auction held January 27th by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a grouping of Native American artifacts dug in Lake County, Ohio in the 1890s, to include a large 8 ½ inch pop-eyed birdstone, fetched $18,600; and a Nazi infantry battalion standarte, 50 inches by 50 inches, rose to $16,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

 

Elmer Crowell wood drake, $59,000, Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

Elmer Crowell wood drake

A full-size decorative standing wood duck drake by Elmer Crowell sold for $59,000 at the 6th annual Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held February 17th by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a bluebill decoy by Lee Dudley gaveled for $30,680; a canvasback drake by Lee Dudley flew away for $23,600; and a bluewing teal hen by James Holly changed hands for $21,830. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

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