19th century French book, $65,340, James D. Julia, Inc.

Book titled Les Roses

A book titled Les Roses by Roudoute and Thory, published in Paris, fetched $65,340 at a Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction held Aug. 16-18 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a painting signed and dated by Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu, titled Shadow of Two Keys (Skeleton & Church Key), sold for $69,575; a Qing Dynasty huanghuali and hardwood side table from 1923 fetched $33,880; and James E. Buttersworth’s Shipping in a Busy Channel gaveled for $23,595. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1902 Liberty $10 gold coin, $66,275, Rago Arts & Auction

1902 Liberty $10 gold coin

A U.S. 1902 Liberty gold proof coin, graded PR67 and one of a mintage of only 113, sold for $66,275 at a Coins & Currency Auction held August 24th by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a U.S. 1911-D Indian $2.50 gold coin fetched $6,628; an 1865 National Bank of Frederick (Md.) $1 note changed hands for $5,423; a U.S. 1813 capped bust $5 gold coin realized $4,519; and an 1863 $2 National Currency (Ill.) bill went to a determined bidder for $3,916. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.


Donald Trump drawing, $29,184, Nate D. Sanders

Donald Trump drawing

A black and white sketch drawing of the Manhattan skyline, done by President Donald Trump in 2005 for a charity auction benefiting global literacy, sold for $29,184 at an auction held July 27th by Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles. The sketch was drawn on a large envelope made of a stock type of paper, and it is one of only three known variants of the drawing, which attracted 11 bids. The bidding started at $9,000. It was consigned by the original winner of the charity event. The price includes the buyer’s premium.


Browning Grade 1 firearm, $3,000, Cordier Auctions

Browning Grade 1 firearm

A Belgian-made Browning Grade 1 Superlight firearm, in 20 gauge and dating to 1972, sold for $3,000 at a Firearms and Militaria Auction held July 30th by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pa. Also, a Saginaw M-1 Carbine rang out at $1,500; a Carl Gustaf 1916 Swedish Mauser hit the mark for $1,400; a German World War II-era model G98/40 Mauser scored a bull’s-eye for $1,500; and a Smith Corona model O3-A3 military bolt action weapon topped out at $1,200. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.