Patek Philippe watch, $389,000, Antiquroum
A Patek Philippe 18kt white gold minute-repeater retrograde perpetual calendar watch sold for $389,000 at an Important Watches & Jewelry Auction held Dec. 8 by Antiquorum in New York City. Also, a Patek Philippe minute-repeater watch with enamel dial in platinum rose to $245,000; a Chopard Imperiale Tourbillon watch with baguette diamonds in pink gold gaveled for $205,400; and a Graff diamond and gold necklace with matching bracelet realized $173,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Isidor Kaufmann painting, $455,000, Shapiro Auctions
A painting by the Austrian-Hungarian artist Isidor Kaufmann (1853-1921), titled A Business Secret, sold for $455,000 at an auction held Dec. 10 by Shapiro Auctions in New York City. Also, a rendering of an outdoor garden by Henri Martin (Fr., 1860-1943) brought $350,000; a painting by Alexander Samohvalov (Russian, 1894-1971), titled Girl in an Interior (1940) rose to $131,000; and a 1927 colorful, stylized landscape by Jean Dufy (Fr, 1888-1964) hammered for $149,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
Alfred Mira street scene, $19,000, Carlsen Gallery
An oil on canvas New York City street scene signed by Alfred Mira (1900-1980), 25 inches by 30 inches, sold for $19,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 by Carlsen Gallery in Freehold, N.Y. Also, a pair of cast iron urns on bases, 43 ½ inches tall, realized $9,000; a trade sign for the Iroquois Beer Company brought $9,000; an Egyptian marble-top center table hit $6,000; a cast iron recumbent dog fetched $4,250; and a pair of 19th century mahogany saber leg armchairs hit $4,000. Prices are hammer, exclusive of the buyer’s premium.
Rev War copy book fragment, $35,966, Alderfer’s Auctioneers
A fragment of a Revolutionary War-era copy book belonging to Jonathan Williams (1751-1815), the first superintendent of the US Military Academy and the grandnephew of Benjamin Franklin, sold for $35,966 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Dec. 8 by Alderfer’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in Hatfield, Pa. Also, a land indenture document signed by Benjamin Franklin in 1763 went for $8,061; and a document fragment signed by Sir Isaac Newton gaveled for $8,540. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.
Edward Redfield painting, $200,000, Freeman’s Auction
A painting by Edward Willis Redfield, titled Road to the River, sold for $200,000 at an auction held Dec. 4 and 6 by Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia, Pa. Also, Frederic Remington’s The Bronco Buster soared to $106,250; Winold Reiss’s triptych depicting members of the Black Foot tribe realized $125,000; an illustration by N.C. Wyeth titled The Departure of the Rose (The Mother of the Hero) fetched $112,500; and a Harry Bertoia sculpture titled Sea Anemone (Bush) made $137,500. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.