1959 Chevrolet Corvette, $78,775, Stevens Auction

1959 Chevrolet Corvette

A red 1959 Chevrolet Corvette sports car with the original 283 c.i. engine and four-speed transmission, in like-new condition, sped off for $78,775 at an auction held Jan. 7 by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a circa-1860 pair of period rococo gold mirrors with cupids, 7 feet 4 inches tall, brought $23,000; a two-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite attributed to Pottier & Stymus fetched $19,550; and a 10-saw cotton gin made circa 1905 went for $17,250. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


9-pc. dining room set $2,875, Direct Auction

9-pc. dining room set

A 9-piece carved walnut dining room set sold for $2,875 at an auction held Dec. 13 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, an 18kt white gold onyx diamond jade necklace realized $2,703; an ornately crafted American Gazo grandfather clock with a lion’s head on top fetched $1,725; a 14kt gold necklace with emeralds and diamonds went for $2,300; a 9 foot by 12 foot red and blue Lillihan Oriental rug brought $1,524; and a same-sized Sarouk rug rose to $1,208. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Engraved Colt revolver, $3,500, Cordier Auctions

Engraved Colt revolver

An engraved Colt first generation SA revolver sold for $3,500 at a Firearms & Militaria Auction held Dec. 4 by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, an engraved Colt 1851 handgun, inscribed to Charles L. Robinson, the first governor of Kansas, realized $3,100; a German BYF-42 military Luger pistol hit the mark for $1,700; a Sharps M1859 military rifle brought $2,500; a Spencer repeating rifle made $1,900; and a Winchester model 71 Deluxe rifle hit $1,500. Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.


Experimental ’42 glass cent, $70,500, Heritage Auctions

Experimental glass cent

The only known surviving intact experimental all-glass cent coin, manufactured in 1942 as an alternative to copper, which was urgently needed during World War II, sold for $70,500 at an auction held Jan. 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by Heritage Auctions (based in Dallas, Tex.), as part of the annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention. Made of tempered, yellow-amber transparent glass by the Blue Ridge Glass Company (Kingsport, Tenn.), the coin is one of only two known. The other one is broken in half.


1598 map, Southeast Asia, $31,200, Swann Auction

1598 map, Southeast Asia

A double-page map of Southeast Asia by Petrus Plancius, titled The Spice Map (London, 1598), sold for $31,200 at a Maps & Atlases Auction held Dec. 8 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, map by Robert Laurie and James Whittle, titled The Complete East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator (London, 1797), gaveled for $81,250; and a first state engraved chart by Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, titled The Coast of New England, (London, 1776), made $25,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer’s premium.