Important Rev-War sword made by John Bailey (N.Y.) will be auctioned

Important Rev-War sword This sword and scabbard made by John Bailey (N.Y.) for Revolutionary War patriot Francis Dana, will be sold March 24-26. (photo courtesy John McInnis Auctioneers)

An important Revolutionary War sword and scabbard made by John Bailey (N.Y.) and descended in the family of patriot Francis Dana (1743-1811), is the expected headliner lot in John McInnis Auctioneers’ big three-day auction planned for March 24th-26th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 76 Main Street in Amesbury, Mass. Dana opposed British colonial rule and was a leader of the breakaway group the Sons of Liberty. In 1778 he met with George Washington at Valley Forge to discuss the reorganization of the army.

The sword and scabbard would carry great value even if they didn’t have the added cache of being made and presented to a major Revolutionary War figure. John Bailey swords are highly sought after by collectors. That this one still has its leather scabbard (most don’t – they’re that frail) will only add to its desirability. Francis Dana held several key posts in the young republic he helped found. He was a member of the Continental Congress, the first U.S. ambassador to Russia and was a signer of the Articles of Confederation.





Garbo as Mata Hari by Warhol: that’s one trifecta of greatness!

Garbo as Mata Hari This screenprint by pop art icon Andy Warhol of screen legend Greta Garbo as famous spy Mata Hari will be sold on March 25th. (photo courtesy Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers)

The mesmerizing image you see here brings together three of the most fascinating people of the 20th century. It’s a screenprint by pop art icon Andy Warhol (Am., 1928-1987) of the screen legend Greta Garbo (1905-1990) as exotic dancer-convicted spy Mata Hari (1876-1917). That’s a trifecta of greatness right there, folks! The screenprint is a highlight lot in a two-session auction planned for Saturday, March 25th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and at the firm’s gallery in Cranston, Rhode Island, at 10:30 am Eastern time.

Andy Warhol (real name, Andrew Warhola) needs no introduction. His place among the pantheon of famous artists is secure. Greta Garbo (real name Greta Lovisa Gustafsson) was the Swedish-born actress who was nominated three times for an Academy Award and became one of the world’s most celebrated recluses later in life. Mata Hari (stage name; real name: Margaretha Zelle) was a Dutch exotic dancer who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France in 1917.

Find out more and submit here at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers




Gilmore Gasoline will be a big part of Morphy Auctions’ March 25th sale

Gilmore Gasoline The expected top lot of the auction isn’t from Gilmore Gasoline. It’s this Rainbow Gasoline Motor Oil single globe lens (est. $15,000-$30,000). (photo courtesy Morphy Auctions)

Morphy Auctions’ Saturday, March 25th auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in Las Vegas, will be a Premier Automobilia & Petroliana sales event, packed with signage, globes, cans and other category collectibles. But 125 lots will be dedicated just to the Gilmore Oil Company, the West Coast petroleum distributor known for its dramatic promotions. Most of the lots will be signage, with an expected top lot a Gilmore Gasoline service station flagman with near-perfect paint on each side. It should bring $15,000-$20,000.

Other Gilmore lots will feature a wax paste cleaner can (est. $750-$1,500); a Lion Head one-gallon can (est. $750-$1,250); a Red Lion Plus Tetraethyl single globe-lens (est. 15,000-$20,000); a blue-green single globe lens (est. $10,000-$15,000); a die-cut flagman, with flag (est. $10,000-$15,000); a blue-green Masonite sign (est. $5,000-$7,500); and a highway advertising sign (est. $5,000-$7,500). The sale’s overall expected top achiever is a Rainbow Gasoline Motor Oil single globe lens (shown) (est. $15,000-$30,000).

Find out more and submit here to Morphy Auctions.




This may be your one chance to own an original van Gogh

This may be your one chance This 8 ¼ inch by 8 ½ inch ink drawing, titled Landscape with Tree, is attributed to Vincent van Gogh and carries a starting bid of $20,000. (photo courtesy The Woodshed Gallery)

Most people, when they think of paintings by van Gogh, imagine a price tag in the tens of millions of dollars. And that is quite correct, for an artist of van Gogh’s stature and renown. But it’s possible to own an original van Gogh for a fraction of that if you are the successful bidder on lot 926C at The Woodshed Gallery’s online-only fine art auction on Wednesday, March 29th, at 12 o’clock Eastern time. Here’s the catch: it’s an ink drawing, and an attribution, although it is signed by van Gogh and certainly reflects his style and manner.

The 8 ¼ inch by 8 ½ inch drawing is rendered in dark brown ink and is titled Landscape with Tree. The starting bid is $20,000 – no small sum, but far less than $20 million (or more!). Van Gogh isn’t the only high-profile name in the 97-lot auction. Others will include Fernand Leger, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Adolph Gottlieb, Jose de Ribera, Severo Pozzati, Lee Godie, Roy Lichtenstein, Rodolfo Morales, Francisco Corzas, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Frank Chester Perry and even Dr. Seuss, with a few colorful, whimsical illustrations.





Iron meets steam at Pook & Pook’s Big March 31st-April 1st toy auction

Stephen Sachs’s massive toy collection includes more than 40 airplanes, 60+ buses, 40+ motorcycles, 20+ taxicabs and much, much more. (photo courtesy Pook & Pook)

A pair of outstanding single-owner toy collections will take center stage at Pook & Pook’s next big auction, slated for March 31st-April 1st, online and at the firm’s gallery in Downingtown, Pa. The first is the iron toy collection of Stephen Sachs, whose favorites included Hubley rarities (like a ‘Say it With Flowers’ motorcycle), a Penn Yan speedboat, an Old Dutch Cleanser pull toy and eight – eight! – Arcade “White” moving vans. The collection also includes 60+ buses, 40+ motorcycles, 40+ airplanes and 20+ taxi cabs.

The second is the steam engine and toy collection of the late Eberhard Luethke, who was a successful commercial illustrator in New York before retiring to Waldoboro, Maine with his wife, Renate. His favorite toy of all was a brass live-steam locomotive sporting a nameplate that reads “Magnet,” which he proudly displayed in his study. His collection also includes engines by makers such as Bing, Carette, Radiguet, Falk, Plank and Marklin (35 Marklin engines and steam plants). Also, hot air engines by Plank and Krauss & Mohr.