Picasso linoleum cut, $694 000, Sotheby's

Picasso linoleum cut Pablo Picasso, Portrait de jeune fille (Portrait of a young girl) 1958 Image via Sotheby's

A linoleum cut printed in colors from 1958 by Pablo Picasso, titled Portrait de jeune fille (Portrait of a young girl), sold for $694 000 – a record for the image at auction – at a Prints & Multiples Auction held April 21 by Sotheby's in New York. Also, Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled: Four Prints went for $298 000; Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q. Shaved (Dchwarz 615) achieved $100 000 (also a record for the work at auction); and Moonwalk by Andy Warhol finished at $262 000, another auction record. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

Daingerfield painting, $39 325, Clars Auction

Daingerfield painting Elliot Daingerfield Image via Clars

A newly discovered painting by Elliot Daingerfield (Am., 1859-1932), recently found concealed inside a mirror at Clars Auction Gallery, sold for $39 325 at Clars' Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry, Timepieces and Asian Art Auction held April 17 in Oakland, Calif. The price was well beyond the pre-sale estimate of $6 000-$9 000. The painting was a landscape, depicting Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Because it had been hidden behind a mirror for more than 40 years, it was in pristine condition. The price includes a 21 percent buyer's premium.

Victorian giraffe piano, $26 450, Stevens Auction 

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A late Victorian giraffe piano in art case harp form, mahogany with gold leaf, signed Frank Teupe, 8 feet 9 inches tall, one of only seven made, sold for $26 450 at an auction held April 9 by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss. Also, a gorgeous, heavily carved full tester bed with canopy gaveled for $10 350; a 1936 Ford sedan with all original interior, recent paint job and new tires sped off for $15 900; and a rosewood rococo parlor cabinet attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks, circa 1850, went for $2 185. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
1907 Peking banknote rarity, $30 000, Archives International

1907 Peking banknote rarity Image via Archives International

A high-grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank 1907 Peking (Chinese) issue banknote rarity sold for a record $30 000 at an auction held April 11-13 by Archives International Auctions in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a circa 1918-1920 Torgsin Soviet Trading Fleet 3 Rubles scrip note realized $11 400; the same was paid for a 100 000 Cash 1858 Imperial Ch'ing Dynasty Chinese banknote; a Peiyang Tientsin Bank 3 Taels 1910 issue Chinese foreign banknote made $8 075; and a Society of Artisans Club, 1919 Harbin issue hit $6 300. Prices include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
Halloween Girl doorstop, $29 500, Bertoia Auctions

Halloween Girl doorstop Image via Bertoia Auctions

A Littco Halloween Girl cast-iron doorstop sold for $29 500 at a Select Toys Auction held March 12 by Bertoia Auction in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Carlisle & Finch Freight Shed, the only known reported example, rose to $23 600; a Buddy 'L' pressed-steel Tugboat, made circa 1928, chugged off for $21 240; a Hubley cast-iron Giraffe Van hammered for $16 520; a Hubley cast-iron Packard Straght 8 Sedan sped away for $15 340; and a J & E Stevens cast-iron Boy Scout Camp mechanical bank fetched $12 980. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.

Miniature swan lamp, $6 325, Jeffrey S. Evans

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A rare swan figural miniature lamp with original shade, circa 1875, sold for $6 325 at an auction held March 12 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, one of three recorded bisque elf figural miniature lamps illuminated the room for $4 600; a fine latticinio font stand lamp with period burner and chimney lit up the crowd for $1 725; a cased glass student lamp shade decorated in the manner of Thomas Webb brought $1 380; and a brass skater's lantern with rare amethyst globe rose to $633. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Marvel's Star Wars #1, $7 200, PBA Galleries

Marvel's Star Wars #1 Image via PBA Galleries

A very fine copy of Marvel's Star Wars #1 comic book from 1977, the rare 35-cent variant, sold for $7 200 at an auction of books and comic books held March 24 by PBA Galleries in San Francisco, Calif. Also, a pristine copy of the first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 brought $3 900; a copy of Dick Lupoff's history of comics, All in Color for a Dime, hammered for $1 440; a nice copy of Giant Size X-Men #1 topped out at $1 080; and copies of Flash #101 and Flash #104 sold as one lot for $2 700. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.

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