A Francis, Field & Francis toy omnibus with ornate coachman's seat supports, rear stair entry supports and roof cresting, sold for $68,320 at a Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble & Figural Cast Iron Sale held June 24-26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Francis, Field & Francis side-wheeler fetched $37,820; an early French toy race car sped off for $30,500; and an early French clockwork train, an early French open Landeau automobile and a Marklin 1st series battleship Connecticut each brought $18,300. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.


Guillaume Seignac painting, $250,000, Heritage Auctions

A turn-of-the-century painting by the French Academic painter Guillaume Seignac, titled Le secret d'amour, sold for $250,000 at a Fine European Art Auction held June 24 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek's Winter landscape with wood gatherers and skaters (1854) sold to the phone for $225,000; Louis Beroud's Au Musee du Louvre, les Murillo (1912) brought $75,000; and a 1967 Parisian street scene by Edouard-Leon Cortes, titled Place de la Madeleine, made $52,500.  The buyer's premium was 25 percent on the first $200,000.


Peter Paul Rubens work, $58.2 million, Christie's

A painting by the Old Master, Peter Paul Rubens, titled Lot and His Daughters, sold for $58.2 million during Classic Week, a series of sales held the week of July 4-8 by Christie's in London. It was the most ever paid for an Old Master painting at a Christie's auction. Also, Pieter Brueghel's The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter changed hands for $8.38 million; a pair of panoramas of the Grand Canal Venice by Botello brought $4.61 million; and Jacob van Ruisdael's View of Harlem rose to $1.99 million. Prices include the buyer's premium.


Pair of Rubens oils, $317,716, Sotheby's

A pair of oil on canvas laid down on panel paintings from the Sir Peter Paul Rubens Workshop, titled Putti holding aloft draperies, sold for $317,716 at an Old Masters Day Sale held July 7 by Sotheby's in London. Also, an oil on oak panel portrait of two sisters by the Circle of Robert Peake the Elder, probably depicting Anne of Denmark and her sister Elizabeth, changed hands for $239,908; and an oval oil on canvas by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, of a young girl holding an orange, went to a determined bidder for $177,662. Prices include the buyer's premium.


1860 Lincoln parade flag, $31,625, Hake's Americana

An 1860 parade flag declaring “For President Abraham Lincoln, For Vice President Hannibal Hamlin” sold for $31,625 at Auction #218, an online auction that ended July 14 by Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction. Also, a “Free Gene Debs” floating head portrait button, circa 1918-1920, rose to $11,511; a Cartoon Adventures complete Buck Rogers strip card subset of 24 cards, #425-448, in NM-NM+ condition, realized $13,775; and a cardboard “Desi's Conga Drum” from TV's I Love Lucy hit $6,957. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.