Palladium commemorative coin, $6,353, Holabird Western Americana

Palladium commemorative coin

A palladium commemorative coin produced for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and not usable as currency, sold for $6,353 at an auction held April 28-30 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and at the firm’s gallery in Reno, Nev. Also, an original Copper Queen embossed lamp in the Little Giant style, a carbide lamp used in a copper mine in Arizona, brought $3,630; and a miniature, working J.C. Butterfield two-stamp mill, circa 1880, made $4,538. Prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.


Dale Nichols painting, $120,000, Shannon’s

Dale Nichols painting

A large-format oil on canvas painting by Dale Nichols (Am., 1904-1995), titled Mid-Nation Winter, sold for $120,000 – a new record for a work by the artist – at a Fine Art Auction held May 4th by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford, Conn. Also, an oil on canvas by the American Modernist Alice Mattern (1909-1945), titled Allegro, realized $55,200 (also a record for the artist); and an oil painting by the French artist Andre Brasilier (b. 1920) changed hands for $78,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.


German Marklin battleship, $150,000, Bertoia Auctions

German Marklin battleship

A Marklin German toy battleship HMS Edward VII, 20 ½ inches long, well preserved and complete, sold for $150,000 at a Spring Signature Auction held March 25th by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, an early German loofah sleigh with Santa driver and two nodding reindeer sped away for $60,000; a Tippco Mickey & Minnie German-made motorcycle, circa 1932, achieved $51,000; and a Steiff clown bear with original hat and ruff, 19 inches tall, made $39,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Pair of hollow carved pintails, $201,250, Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

Pair of hollow carved pintails

A pair of hollow carved pintails by Ivar Fernlund (Ontario, Canada) sold for $201,250 (a new world auction record for the carver) at the 32nd annual Spring Decoy Auction, held April 26-28 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) in St. Charles, Ill., in conjunction with the North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show. Also, a pair of shovelers by John R. Wells realized $46,000; and a pair of mallards, circa 1890s, by the Mason Decoy Factory made $46,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1700s fireman’s parade hat, $18,000, Kaminski Auctions

1700s fireman parade hat

An 18th century fireman’s ceremonial parade hat from the Franklin Fire Company of Germantown, Pa., made of pressed resin felt and with a hand-painted image of Ben Franklin, sold for $18,000 at a Fine & Decorative Art Auction held April 30th by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. Also, an oil on canvas landscape view of the Roman ruins by Giovanni Paolo (It., 1691-1765) earned $12,000; and a pair of Persian silver vases weighing 224 troy ounces gaveled for $9,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.