1955 Jaguar D-type race car, $21.78 million, RM Sotheby's

1955 Jaguar

A 1955 Jaguar D-Type sports car, chassis no. XKD 501, sold for $21.78 million at an auction held August 19 by RM Sotheby's in Monterey, Calif. It was the most ever paid at auction for a British automobile. The previous record was set last year, when a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato roared off for $14.3 million. Also, a Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 sped away for $13.75 million, a new auction record for an American automobile. The previous record was $11 million, for a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

 

Lovely 22-carat sapphire ring, $162,000, Greenwich Auction

Lovely 22-carat sapphire ring

A 22-carat sapphire ring surrounded by just under four carats of diamonds sold for $162,000 at auctions held July 10 by Greenwich Auction in Stamford, Conn. The ring had been owned by a woman who recently passed away at age 104. The buyer was an Indian gentleman on the phone. Also, a 13-carat diamond bow brooch changed hands for $15,340; a three-carat diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $20,060; and a five-carat Tiffany & Company diamond watch went to a determined bidder for $10,620. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, $606,375, Goldin Auctions

Muhammad Ali boxing gloves

The boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in his epic 1971 fight with Smokin' Joe Frazier sold for $606,375 at a Summer Catalog Auction that ended Aug. 13th by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Michael Jordan's black road uniform (jersey and shorts) from a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons, played 4/13/97, reached $69,825; handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur's personal notebook made $31,850; and a gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hammered for $24,500. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.

 

Chinese export clock, $54,000, John Moran

Chinese export clock

A Chinese export French-style automaton clock sold for $54,000 at a Decorative Art Auction held July 30 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a pair of Sevres-style cachepots with handmade Vincennes-style ceramic flower inserts realized $4,200; a portrait of a woman wearing a nosegay finished at $5,400; a large-scale 18th century Continental school painting of a seated lady of nobility with putto brought $6,000; and a Royal Vienna-style porcelain tea service signed “Wagner” made $13,200. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

 

C. Bechstein grand piano, $173,000, Leslie Hindman

C. Bechstein grand piano

A circa 1900 C. Bechstein gilt-bronze mounted marquetry grand piano sold for $173,000 at a Furniture, Decorative Arts & Silver Auction held July 18-19 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a Roman marble portrait head of a woman changed hands for $16,250; a large pair of Meissen porcelain Schneeballen urns knocked down for $81,250; a George III silver epergne, made by Thomas Pitts (London, 1788) fetched $28,750; and a George III silver-gilt tureen (London, 1817) made $55,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

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