Native American, Hauge, and Krannich collections at The Potomack Company, December 5th, 6th and 7th

PC image 1 Acrylic on canvas by Aborigine artist Lily Karadada (b. circa 1921), titled Wanjina, Rainmaker, 76 ¼ inches by 52 inches, framed, signed and inscribed (Dec. 7, est. $3,000-$5,000)

The Potomack Company in Alexandria, Virginia will hold back-to-back-to-back auctions December 5th, 6th, and 7th, with each date having its own distinct flavor and merchandise mix. On Tuesday, December 5th, 160 lots of rare and wonderful Native American art and objects will be up for auction in an online-only sale.  Lot 2000 is scheduled to close at 10 am Eastern on Tuesday, with the rest of the lots closing at one minute increments.

PC image 2 Acrylic on canvas by Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau/Copper Thunderhead (1932-2007), titled Family Protected ‘72, 23 ½ inches by 43 inches, framed, signed front/back (Dec. 5, est. $10,000-$15,000)

The following day, iconic works of art from the Hauge Asian Art Collection – one of the world’s most esteemed private assemblages of Japanese, Chinese, Southeast Asian and Korean works of fine and folk art – will be offered in a single-owner online sale, with lots beginning to close at 10 am Eastern. Thousands of examples from the Hauge collection reside in the permanent collection at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

PC image 3 Japanese 18th century Seto Ware jubako (lunch box) in the Shino style, decorated in ash glaze with loosely painted fishing nets, grasses, birds, 6 inches tall (Dec. 6, est. $400-$600)

Finally, on Thursday, December 7th, the collection of Ron & Caryl Krannich – Oceanic, Asian and tribal treasures from such diverse places as Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo – will be offered, also online with lots starting to close at 10 am Eastern. The Kranniches were international travelers, collectors and authors for more than 30 years. Click here to find out more.




Autographs, manuscripts, sports collectibles at Oak Auctions on Thursday, December 7th

OK image 1 Abraham Lincoln’ appointment of George Harrington (who would later plan the slain president’s funeral) as Temporary Secretary of the Treasury, signed, dated Oct. 17, 1864.

An important selection of autographs, manuscripts and sports collectibles can be found in the Thursday, December 7th auction of One of a Kind Collectibles, LLC – more casually known as Oak Auctions, based out of Miami, Fla. Highlights include letters and documents from JFK, Washington, Lincoln, Adams, Grant and Lee, and a George A. Custer 7th Cavalry appointment, plus a document signed by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain in 1496. Also offered are Rev-War-era letters from several signers of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and a fine collection of continental coins and currency.

OK image 2 Baseball boldly signed by Babe Ruth in the side panel, authenticated by James Spence Authentication (JSA) and including a letter of authenticity, with a certification number.

Artists in the sale include luminaries such as Monet, Manet, Stieglitz, Rodin, Calder, and Joshua Reynolds. The authors category includes a rare Katherine Lee Bates signed copy of America the Beautiful and an original handwritten America by Samuel Francis Smith. The music and entertainment component will feature items from the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Puccini, Verdi, Caruso, Buddy Holly, John Wayne, Hepburn and Patsy Cline. Signed aviation and space items will be from the Apollo 11 crew, Amelia Earhart and Orville Wright. Sports will feature items signed by Mantle, DiMaggio, Ali and Bobby Jones.  For more info, click here.

OK image 3 Rare Pope Leo XIII signed photo to Charles Luther Webster (1851-1891), who served as Mark Twain’s business manager and eventual head of Twain’s publishing company.




Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, “Shoeless Joe” all step up to bat at Mile High’s Dec. 7th sale

MH image 1 Babe Ruth fully signed letter with wonderful baseball content from Sept. 1923, written in Ruth’s own hand, one of only four such examples known, graded PSA/DNA 9 Mint.

Mile High Card Company, based in Castle Rock, Colorado, just outside of Denver, will close out 2017 with an internet-only auction that’s already up (at and ends December 7th. The sale features several Babe Ruth items, including a letter handwritten by Ruth in 1923 with baseball content (one of only four fully handwritten letters by Ruth known), a pair of original type I photos of Ruth in the early years of his career, a rookie-era type I original news photo of Ruth in a Boston Red Sox uniform (he was actually skinny!), and a 1919 Type I original photograph, also of Ruth in a Red Sox uniform.

MH image 2 Spectacular Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball in pristine condition, with letters of authenticity from JSA, SGC and PSA/DNA, all giving an overall grade of 9 Mint.

Also up for bid is a Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball; a #5 PSA set registry rated 1911 T3 Turkey Red collection, offered as a complete group, plus individual cards (to include Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie and Cy Young); rare early cards (to include an 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Adrian C. Anson, a 1908 E102 Ty Cobb and a 1909-11 American Caramel E90-1 Joe Jackson); many early and later cards from American Caramel Co., Goudey, Play Ball, Leaf, Bowman and Topps; world-ranked sets from Hostess, Fan Craze, Goudey, Leaf and Topps; and over 140 autographed balls, including team and single-signs. Click here to find out more.

MH image 3 1909-11 American Caramel E90-1 “Shoeless Joe” Jackson rookie baseball card, graded EX+ 70 (5.5) by SGC, from when he was playing for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia