Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, $515,475, James D. Julia
A Tiffany Studios drop-head Dragonfly table lamp sold for $515,475 at a Fall Lamp & Glass Auction held Nov. 18 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp gaveled for $391,050; a Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp rose to $219,225; a Galle marquetry vase changed hands for $52,733; a Tiffany & Company mixed metal chocolate pot climbed to $40,290; a G. Argy Rousseau Wolves in the Snow vase hit $34,958; and a Daum prairie pitcher went for $23,700. Prices include an 18.5 percent buyer's premium.
Giltwood figure of Amida Buddha, $22,800, John Moran Auctioneers
A handsomely carved Japanese giltwood figure of Amida Buddha seated in a lotus position and clad in flowing robes, dating to the 1930s, sold for $22,800 at a Decorative Art Auction held Nov. 15 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a color collotype after Pablo Picasso (Sp., 1881-1973), titled L’Arlequin et sa Cmpagne, made $11,400; and an art vase titled A Summer Queen – a wonderful example of Amphora’s Art Nouveau portrait pottery – hit $1,560. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Palace-size antique Heriz rug, $2,530, Direct Auction Galleries
A palace-size antique Oriental Heriz rug from a London Ritz-Carlton Hotel by way of a Ritz in St. Louis, reputed to be 130 years old, sold for $2,530 at an estates auction held Nov. 15 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a 14kt pendant with a 1.40-carat round diamond brought $2,185; an Omega Speedmaster men’s chronograph watch with box and papers fetched $2,185; and a lithesome bronze mermaid figure, 33 inches long and 23 inches tall, went for $2,415. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Buster Brown comic strips, $47,700, Kaminski Auctions
A collection of six Buster Brown Sunday comic strip original artworks by the illustrator Richard F. Outcault (1863-1928) sold for a combined $47,700, with the top lot titled The Worm Turns Twice (shown, dated March 19, 1916) at a Thanksgiving sale held Nov. 27 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an 18th century French Louis XV basin, decorated with carved putti and figureheads, brought $14,000; and a signed Tiffany Studios Turtleback table lamp rose to $18,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Marilyn Monroe dress, $4.81 million, Julien’s
Marilyn Monroe’s iconic, form-fitting “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress from JFK’s 1962 birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City sold for $4.81 million at a sale of the late actress’s personal and career items, held Nov. 17-19 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, Calif. The winning bidder was Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Also, Ms. Monroe’s Blancpain platinum and diamond watch went for $225,000; and her Pandora minaudiere (evening bag) rose to $187,500. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.