Franz Bischoff painting, $180 000, John Moran

Franz Bischoff painting
A large-scale composition by the Pasadena, Calif., artist Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), titled Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif., sold for $180 000 at a California and American Fine Art Auction held March 22 by John Moran Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, Cheese Mold Standard with Olive by Los Angeles artist Edward Ruscha (b. 1937) realized $66 000; and Yellow Harbor, Deep by Paul Resika (N.Y. , b. 1928) went for $33 000, a new auction record for the artist. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Lois Marilou Jones still life, $3 600, Selkirk Auctioneers

Lois Marilou Jones still life

An acrylic still life painting of a vase of flowers by Lois Marilou Jones, who was born in 1905 and is recognized as an icon of the Harlem Renaissance, sold for $3 600 at a Spring Eclectic Auction held March 12 by Selkirk Auctioneers in St. Louis, Mo. Also, a bronze sculpture of a female figure seeming to levitate in a euphoric pose, 37 ½ inches tall, by French artist Maurice Joseph Constant, rose to $1 560; and a carved, full-body Baltic figure of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, 13 inches tall, fetched $1 188. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Copy, Beethoven opera Fidelio, $90 000, Butterscotch Auction

Copy Beethoven opera Fidelio

A first edition copy of Ludwig Von Beethoven's only opera – Fidelio – from the estate of the conductor Arturo Toscanini, inscribed in pencil by Beethoven and with a dedication, sold for $90 000 at an auction held March 15 by Butterscotch Auction in Bedford, N.Y. Also, a 3.3-carat marquis diamond engagement ring slipped onto a new finger for $38 400; a lot of three contemporary Chinese scroll paintings earned $36 000; and a lovely 18th century Chinese porcelain “Immortals” dish topped out at $11 400. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Washington article, $173 000, Bonhams

Washington article

A newspaper printing of a journal that then 23-year-old George Washington kept and which was published in the March 1754 issue of The Maryland Gazette sold for $173 000 at an auction held April 11 by Bonhams in New York. In the article, Washington, then a Virginia land surveyor, described how he tried (and failed) to get the French to withdraw from the Ohio River Valley. Also, an inscribed King James pocket Bible that was carried into the Battle of Bunker Hill by a Massachusetts soldier gaveled for $161 000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Mickey Mantle rookie card, $501 900, Heritage Auctions

Mickey Mantle rookie card

A 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie baseball card, graded in Near Mint to Mint 8 condition, sold for $501 900 at a Platinum Night Sports Event held Feb. 20-21 by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.) in New York City. Also, a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie baseball card, graded PSA Mint 9, went for $478 000; Jerry Kramer's 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I championship ring realized $125,475; and the first contract Mickey Mantle signed with the Yankees, in 1949 at age 17, hit $119 500. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.

Diamond and ruby ring, $305 000, Leslie Hindman

Diamond and ruby ring

A Golconda-type diamond and ruby ring sold for $305 000 at a Jewelry & Timepieces Auction held April 3-4 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a Golconda-type octagonal step cut diamond realized $287 000; a vintage ring with a square emerald cut stone of 8 carats rose to $149 000; a 4.68-carat marquis cut Art Deco ring achieved $118 750; a rectangular brilliant cut ring with a 10.02-carat stone coasted to $137 000; and a platinum, diamond and mystery set sapphire campanule brooch fetched $93 750. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Gatling Gun, tripod, drums, $346 150, Julia/Poulin Auction

Gatling Gun, tripod, drums

A Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gatling Gun on a tripod with two drums sold for a combined $346 150 at a Firearms Auction held March 11-13 by Poulin Auction Company and March 14-15 by James D. Julia, Inc., both in Fairfield, Me. Also, a cased Colt No. 5 holster model Texas Paterson percussion revolver rang out at $345 000; a “Sisterdale Texas” dragoon Army revolver hit the mark for $253 000; and a four bore Holland & Holland hammer double rifle, made for the Nizam of Hyderabad, hit $258 750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Bouguereau oil painting, $240 000, Stefek's Auctions

Bouguereau oil painting

An oil-on-canvas work by Willliam Adolphe Bouguereau (Fr., 1825-1905), titled L'invocation a la Vierge ('Prayer to the Virgin'), signed bottom left, sold for $240 000 at an auction held March 24 by Stefek's Auction in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Also, a print by Ronare Bearden, titled Quilting Time, changed hands for $3 840; a print by Paul Jenkins went to a determined bidder for $6 600; a print by James Rosenquist found a new owner for $1 800; and a print by Sam Francis crossed the finish line at $2 160. Prices include a 23 percent buyer's premium.

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