Le Bouquet d’Amour, an important painting by modern master Marc Chagall, will hit the auction block at New Orleans Auction Galleries during its March 17-18 estates auction. With a pre-sale estimate of $900,000-$1.2 million, the painting is the most significant and highest priced work by the artist ever offered at auction in the South. New Orleans Auction Galleries offered a much smaller painting by Chagall from the same collection in December 2017 that hit $250,000 after bidding started at $140,000. Le Bouquet d’Amour is a symphony in blue that exemplifies the magical, dreamlike poetry of Chagall’s work.

Other highlights from the auction include an impressive gemmail stained glass panel after Pablo Picasso, a landscape painting by Raul Dufy, a stunning certified natural Alexandrite and diamond ring, a John Dickinson (American, 1920-1982) galvanized tin and brass console table, and two pendant portraits from the estate of Dr. George Porter III of New Orleans. Attributed to Joseph Blackburn (British, 1730-after 1777, active New England 1754-1764), the unidentified sitters reveal a familial similarity of features and are most likely sisters. Various aspects of Blackburn’s style are evident in the two portraits. To see more, click here.




Market-fresh copy of Detective Comics #27 could reach $500,000-$1 million at Hake’s, March13-15

The undisputed headliner in Hake’s Americana Auction #223, March 13th thru 15th, is a fresh-to-the-market issue of Detective Comics #27 CGC 5.0 (May 1939), featuring the first appearance of Batman – then known as “The Bat-Man” (est. $500,000-$1 million). It emerged from a recently discovered Golden Age comic book collection whose original owner purchased the comics new off the rack during the 1930s and ’40s. Another superstar entry is Action Comics #7 CGC 4.0 (est. $100,000-$200,000), notable because it marks Superman’s second appearance on a comic book cover. It also pre-dates Superman #1.

Also up for bid are copies of More Fun Comics #52 CGC 3.0, with the first appearance of The Spectre; and Captain America #3 CGC 7.0, featuring Stan Lee’s first work for the publisher Timely (both est. $35,000-$50,000). Star Wars collectibles will feature a Darth Vader 12 Back-A double-telescoping variant, AFA 70 (EX+), $35,000-$50,000; and a Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype AFA 85 (NM+), $35,000-$50,000. Political memorabilia will be led by an important copper button from George Washington’s 1789 presidential inauguration, monogrammed with Washington’s initials, “GW” (est. $20,000-$35,000). For more info, click here.