Rare 1928 perfume bottle, $33,000, IPBA Convention

Rare 1928 perfume bottleA rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy trompe l'oeil presentation “Le Bracelet Miraculeux” perfume bottle, which held five scents and was disguised as an Art Deco bracelet, sold for $33,000 at the 28th annual convention of the International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA), held May 29 in Portland, Ore. Also, a 1922 enameled Baccarat bottle for Edouardo's “Egyptian Alabastron” fetched $18,000; and an Art Nouveau bottle for Millot's “Kantrix,” design by Hector Guimard in Paris around 1900, rose to $17,600. Prices are hammer; there was no buyer's premium.


Dilley golden plover decoy, $103,500, Guyette & Deeter

Dilley golden plover decoy

An outstanding golden plover decoy by John Dilley sold for $103,500 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H. Also, a preening black duck in the original paint, carved circa 1850 by Albert Laing, soared to $97,750; a bronze sculpture of a big horn sheep by Carl Rungius went for $100,625; and a superlative pair of 1936 model mallards, executed by the Ward Brothers, finished at $97,750. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.


Gold egg-form pendant, $3,750, Litchfield County

Gold egg-form pendant

An ornate 22k gold cage-work and agate egg-form pendant sold for $3,750 at a sale of fine and decorative art and jewelry from the estate of Joan Rivers, held July 20-21 by Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, Conn. Also, a Louise Braithwaite oil painting, possibly commissioned by Ms. Rivers, went for $2,750; sterling silver water pitchers in the Wallace 'Grande Baroque’ pattern realized $2,500; and a circa 17th century Greek icon of Christ the Pantocrator (or King Solomon) in a later frame made $2,750. All prices include the buyer's premium.


Kelly Tires porcelain sign, $88,450, Morphy Auctions

Kelly Tires porcelain sign

A Kelly Tires porcelain sign (“Lotta Miles”) sold for $88,450 at a Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction held July 23-24 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Polly Gas die-cut sign with parrot image rose to $85,400; an Indian Gasoline OPE gas globe with running Indian logo went for $36,600; an Associated Gasoline porcelain sign with logo hammered for $32,940; a Red Hat Motor Oil porcelain sign with logo made $24,400; and a Packard die-cut sign (“Genuine Parts Only”), with logo, hit $23,180. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.


Benin African bust, $920, Direct Auction

Benin African bust

A 48-inch-tall Benin African bronze bust sold for $920 at an auction held July 12 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a 10-inch-tall, 19th century teapot with bronze mountings and some old restoration went for $575; an 11-piece burled wood contemporary dining room set by Dorwin Teague knocked down for $1,955; a pair of leather Barcelona chairs with ottomans fetched $1,555; an artist signed Lladro figurine of a couple on a horse garnered $690; and a vintage 18kt lady's Longines watch made $719. Prices include the buyer's premium.