Russo-Chinese $1 banknote, $10,200, Archives International

Russo-Chinese $1 banknote

A 1901-02 Russo-Chinese $1 “Mexican Dollar” banknote sold for $10,200 at a two-session auction held Oct. 22 & 25 by Archives International Auctions, based in Fort Lee, N.J. Also, a Sino-Belgian Bank 1908-12 “Ten Mexican Dollars” banknote specimen went for $6,000; an historic Chinese Ming Dynasty circulating banknote, printed in the 1360s, one of the earliest known examples of printed currency, realized $4,200; and a Bank of Ethiopia 500 Thalers 1922 issue high-grade rarity made $4,200. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.


Japanese woodblock print, $8,260, Michaan's Auctions

Japanese woodblock print

A woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), depicting Mount Fuji from Gotenyama at Shinagawa on Tokaido, inscribed and signed by the artist, with two publisher seals (“Eijudo” and “Kimawea”), sold for $8,260 at an estate auction held Oct. 8 by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, one lot consisting of four various archaic jade carvings went to a determined bidder for $7,080. At its Inspiring Interiors Auction held Sept. 9, Michaan's offered a 1750s powder horn. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.


Chinese Longquan vase, $84,700, Clars Auction

Chinese Longquan vase

A Chinese Longquan Guan-type vase sailed past its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000 to sell for $84,700 at an auction held Oct. 15-16 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, a Chinese Jun-type bowl changed hands for $66,550; a Chinese Guan-type handled censer finished at $51,425; a woman's gilt couched vest, embroidered with figural roundels, flowers, fruits and butterflies garnered $42,350; and a circa 1960s Rolex GMT Master “Tropical Dial” stainless steel wristwatch (Ref. 1675) hit $45,375. Prices include a 19 percent buyer's premium.


Tiffany “Iris” lantern, $370,000, Freeman's

Tifffany Iris lantern

A rare early 20th century Tiffany Studios “Iris” lantern lit up the room for $370,000 at a Design Auction held Oct. 16 by Freeman's in Philadelphia. Also, a conoid dining table (1984) and a double pedestal desk (1981) by George Nakashima knocked down at $84,500 and $62,500, respectively; a Wepman side table by Mira Nakashima sold for $4,225; a Paul Evans 1960s rose upholstered and steel side chair garnered $20,000; and a Holtz table and conoid chairs ensemble by Mira Nakashima changed hands for $50,000. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


Galle allium form floor lamp, $312,500, Rago Arts & Auction

Galle allium form floor lamp

A Galle allium form floor lamp sold for $312,500 at a Design Auction held Oct. 14-16 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, an exceptional dining table by Wharton Esherick brought $200,000; a rare wooden sculpture by Francois-Rupert Carabin hammered for $150,000; and a massive chandelier by Dale Chihuly gaveled for $110,500. The auction also featured glass pieces by Yoichi Ohira and furniture by George Nakashima. Over the course of the three days, the sale brought in $6.4 million. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.