Two great auctions on non-consecutive days, on April 5th and 7th, at Alex Cooper Auctions

AC image 1 lot #207 Stunning round brilliant diamond engagement ring in platinum, with a 3.00 ct. diamond (color G-H, clarity VS) enhanced by two baguette side diamonds (est. $20,000-30,000).

Alex Cooper Auctions (based in Towson, Maryland) has a pair of sales planned for non-consecutive days – on Thursday, April 5th, beginning at 12 noon Eastern time, and Saturday, April 7th, starting at 10 am. The auction will be held online and in Alex Cooper’s gallery, at 908 York Road in Towson. The Thursday auction will feature a fine and ethnic jewelry collection from international interior designer Rita St. Clair; jewelry from a prominent Baltimore estate, highlighted by a 3.00ct round brilliant cut diamond; Art Deco and Victorian pieces of jewelry; and American sterling repousse and continental silver.

AC image 2 lot #905 Pablo Picasso’s Le Vieux Roi (The Old King), from 1963, a linoleum cut crafted of multiple plates, pencil signed "Picasso" lower right, numbered "160/160" (est. $16,000-$25,000).

The Saturday, April 7th session will feature fine Oriental rugs; outstanding artworks by Picasso, Braque, Miro, Matisse and more; a large collection of rare continental and Chinese Export porcelain; vintage Louis Vuitton trunks; decorative arts; and a selection of handsome furniture. Previews will be held Tuesday thru Friday, April 3rd through 6th, from 10 am until 4 pm. Alex Cooper Auctions was founded by Alex Cooer [Cooper] in 1924. The company has moved several times over the years, and today the renovated York Road location houses a real estate division, a large antique gallery and a fine rug gallery. Visit

AC image 3 lot #1279 Two Chinese Export pseudo tobacco leaf plates, made for the Portuguese market in 1760, famille rose at its finest, with fine over and underglaze floral enamels (est. $2,000-$3,000).




Museum-quality enamel, gold and rock crystal figure of Emperor Maximillian I for sale by Solomon Treasure

ST image 1 Museum-quality enamel, gold and rock crystal figure of Emperor Maximillian I by Reinhold Vasters (1827-1909), crafted in the Renaissance style around 1870 (price: $125,000).

Solomon Treasure in New York City, currently celebrating four generations of collecting exquisite European art and antiques for its clients worldwide, has a true treasure in its inventory for sale right now. It’s a rare enamel, gold and rock crystal figure of Emperor Maximillian I by Reinhold Vasters, crafted in the Renaissance style around 1870. The gold figure is dressed in bright enameled priestly clothing. He’s wearing the Habsburg imperial crow, with orb and scepter on his enameled hands, as he stands on a rock crystal base. The selling price of the museum-quality, 9 ½ inch tall piece is $125,000.

ST image 2 Exceptional French Japonisme oil on board painting by Felix Armand Heullant (Fr., 1834-1909), titled Char Nuptial Japon, signed, 26 ½ incheds by 39 ½ inches (price: $65,000).

Reinhold Vasters (1827-1909) was a German goldsmith and the son of a locksmith. His father died when he was eight and he was raised thereafter by an uncle. Vasters trained to be a goldsmith very early on, at first in Krefeld, Germany, then later in London, Paris and Vienna. He exhibited works at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and won a prize. He returned to Germany (Aachen) in 1853, where registered his mark. There, he worked with Heinrich Joseph Viethen, making and repairing metal articles for the cathedral and cementing his reputation as a specialist in antique liturgical gold and silver. Visit

ST image 3 Italian porphyry veneered model of a torso, after the antique by Anthony Redmile, on a marble-veneered pedestal, 20th century, 30 ½ inches tall, 28 ½ inches wide (price: $45,000).

The Cassius Clay Collection, with Babe Ruthon deck, in Morphy Auctions’ March 29th sale

MO image 1 Earliest known Post training trunks worn by Cassius Clay from 1954, worn while training at the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Ky., purple, marked "C.C." (est. $20,000-$40,000).

Morphy Auctions will hold a Premier Sports Memorabilia sale on Thursday, March 29th, online and at the firm's Denver, Pa. gallery. The auction will feature over 300 lots, to include the Gary Traugh Cassius Clay Collection, with many one-of-a-kind, museum-quality articles from the beginning of Muhammad Ali’s climb to international celebrity. Offered will be the earliest known training trunks worn by Clay (est. $20,000-40,000).  He wore the Post brand purple satin trunks while training at the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Ky., his home town, in 1954. They are marked "C.C." and are stamped with "Columbia Gym."

MO image 2 Spectacular Babe Ruth single signed baseball, official William Harridge American League ball signed by Ruth across the sweet spot in black fountain pen (est. $20,000-$40,000).

Vintage baseball memorabilia is also well represented in the auction, with treasures that include a 1925-1926 Babe" Ruth professional model game-used Hillericht & Bradsby Co.bat (est. $35,000-50,000); a Babe Ruth single-signed baseball (est. $20,000-40,000); a Mickey Mantle game-used H&B bat from 1960 (est. $15,000-25,000);  a complete master set of T205 American Tobacco Company baseball cards currently ranked 8th on the PSA Master Set registry, with a 4.53 GPA (est. $40,000-60,000); and a rare offering of 12 unopened Horrors of War cards packs, first issued back in 1938 (est. $20,000-40,000). To see more, click here.

MO image 3 Once in a lifetime offering of 12 unopened Horrors of War cards packs, issued in 1938 under the claim that these cards could be helpful as teaching aids (est. $20,000-$40,000).