From the trash to treasure: artworks from Cuneo Press

From trash to treasure This monochrome watercolor on board futuristic cityscape by artist Bernhard “Hardie” Gramatky (Am., 1907-1979), should bring $1,500-$2,000. (photo courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions)

From its founding in the 1920s until its building implosion in January 1995, Cuneo Press was one of Chicago's premier commercial printing firms, second only to the Donnelly Company. Toward the end of its life, Cuneo workers began trashing mountains of stored files and other documents, in the belief that they were totally worthless. Wrong. Turns out that someone had the good sense to rescue some of the important pieces of original illustration art that will be sold at Potter & Potter's next big sale (Sept. 24-25) in Chicago, Ill., on Day 2 (Sept. 25) of the auction.

Nearly thrown out forever, but retrieved, were acrylic on board artworks that served as cover art for books, black and white illustrations and other artworks, some of it done in the vein of N. C. Wyeth and with subject matter ranging from science fiction to children's books. The artwork shown here is a monochrome watercolor on board futuristic cityscape by the artist Bernhard “Hardie” Gramatky, Jr. (Am., 1907-1979). It has an estimate of $1,500-$2,000. The auction will also feature coin-ops, vintage posters, advertising and vintage toys. Visit


Props and costumes from 31 years of David Letterman

Props and costumes This costume was worn for a TV comedy sketch on David Letterman's show, spoofing Madonna's half-time performance at the Super Bowl. (photo courtesy The Renaissance Auction Group)

A trove of more than 3,000 props and costumes from two David Letterman late-night TV talk shows (The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With David Letterman), spanning 31 years and innumerable sketch acts and comedy bits, will be sold in an online only auction the week of Sept. 19-23, by The Renaissance Auction Group, at Offered will be articles of clothing worn by Mr. Letterman, his flamboyant bandleader Paul Shaffer and countless guests, many costumes, props and more. Many of the items will be sold in multiple lots.

The auction was designed to mirror the show itself: Monday through Friday (Sept. 19-23), for 90 minutes each day (7:30-9 pm Eastern time). The consignor is Yon Zweibon, the owner of Beyond Costumes, Inc., in Yonkers, N.Y. She acquired the massive inventory last summer, after being contacted by a designer from the show in its waning days. She considered incorporating the items into her general stock, but figured people would want a remembrance from the TV show. Previews will be held Sept. 17-18 at her store, at 530 Nepperhan Avenue. Visit


John W. Hatch (1919-1998): artist, art teacher, beloved man

John W Hatch This egg tempera on Masonite painting by John W. Hatch (Am., 1919-1998), titled Victory Joe, Manila, will be sold Oct. 1 in Durham, N.H. (photo courtesy John McInnis Auctioneers)

Hundreds of artworks by the late Regionalist-Modernist painter and former University of New Hampshire art professor John W. Hatch (1919-1998) – a beloved figure who instructed more than 5,000 art students over the course of his 36-year teaching career – will be sold at an exhibition, sale and auction of Hatch’s work on Saturday, Oct. 1st, at 12 o’clock noon. The event will be held inside the Fellowship Room of the Community Church of Durham, located at 17 Main Street, just off the UNH campus, on the road leading into and out of the university.

The collection, which has been in the hands of Hatch’s family since the time of his death and has never before been offered for sale or auction, will include figure studies and portraits, scenes of the South Pacific from his time in service during World War II, Modernism, mural studies, still lifes, abstract works, landscapes and  more – hundreds of works, executed in multiple genres. John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Amesbury, Mass., is conducting the auction, with online bidding available via Visit


Bidding on this baseball card starts at $1 million

Bidding on this baseball card This 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner card, graded PSA EX5 (MC) and dubbed the “Jumbo Wagner,” is expected to exceed $3 million. (photo courtesy Goldin Auctions)

Bidding opened today (September 12th) for an online only sale appropriately titled The Great American Trading Card Auction, featuring 50 of the hobby's most sought-after, high-value trading cards, being held by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. The undisputed headliner of the sale is the famed 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner shown here, graded PSA EX5 (MC) and dubbed the “Jumbo Wagner.” The starting bid on the card was set at $1 million, and it's expected to become the first trading card ever to exceed the $3 million mark.

The final price could eclipse Babe Ruth's 1920 game worn jersey, which sold for $4.4 million in 2012, making it the highest priced piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. The “Jumbo Wagner” was last offered for public auction in April 2013, also by Goldin, where it fetched $2.1 million – the most ever paid for a trading card at auction. The current auction ends on Oct. 1st. Other highlights include a 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente rookie card (est. $500,000+) and a 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie card (est. $350,000+). Visit


Hans Zatzka: man of many talents – and many names!

Hans Zatzka This oil on canvas painting by Hans Zatzka (Austrian, 1859-1945), titled Three Women Near Pool Feeding Swans, is expected to sell for $20,000-$40.000. (photo courtesy Cottone Auctions)

Hans Zatzka (1859-1945) was a Viennese painter and academic who went by an array of pseudonyms throughout his rich and storied career. Why? It was to avoid penalties for breaking contracts that limited the amount of artwork he could sell. One of the fake names he picked, Joseph Bernard, was already that of a French sculptor of the same name, and that caused some art databases to conflate Zatzka's work with Bernard's. In any case, it's a shame he had to lead this shadow life, since his artworks were (and continue to be) prized by collectors.

Many of Zatzka's works were religious paintings and altar pieces dedicated to various churches in Austria. But he's more known for his paintings of women, fairies and other fantastical scenes. A fine example of that is the painting shown here, titled Three Women Near Pool Feeding Swans, 23 inches by 31 inches. The oil on canvas is being offered in Cottone Auctions' Fine Art & Antiques Auction, Sept. 23rd-24th in Geneseo, N.Y., where it is expected to sell for $20,000-$40.000. It is housed in its original carved and gilded frame. Visit