A Chinese 'Oil Spot' Jian tea bowl from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) sold for $11.7 million at Asian Art Week, held Sept. 13-16 by Christie's in New York City. It was a new world auction record for a Song Dynasty tea bowl. Also, a superbly enameled pair of yellow-ground famille rose vases with Jiaqing six-character seal marks, circa 1796-1820, brought $2.045 million; and a Chinese peach bloom-glazed “three-string” vase, Laifu Zun, circa 1662-1722, hit $2.045 million. Prices include the buyer's premium.


Henry Clay solid gold medal, $346,000, Heritage Auctions

An 1852 medal honoring Secretary of State Henry Clay, struck by the U.S. Mint in nearly 30 ounces of gold, sold for $346,000 at an auction of memorabilia relating to Abraham Lincoln held Sept. 17 by Heritage Auctions (with Rail Splitter) in Dallas, Tex. Also, a signed 1862 carte-de-visite card image of a pensive Lincoln gaveled for $175,000; a love letter from Lincoln to his first fiancée, Mary Owens, hit $137,500; and Mary Todd Lincoln's silk mourning dress ensemble rose to $100,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Silver and cloisonné vase, $38,750, Rago Arts & Auction

A Japanese silver and cloisonné vase sold for $38,750 at Coins + Currency and Great Estates Auctions held Sept. 9-10 by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, a pair of Chinese Qianlong porcelain tea bowls realized $18,750; a Walter Meade Black Forest dog with three pups commanded $18,750; a Russian Imperial enameled silver tea set finished at $18,750; a George II mahogany serving table coasted to $16,250; and a 1795 Liberty Cap 1-cent coin made $12,050. Prices include a 25 percent buyer's premium.


6.40-carat Kashmir sapphire, $473,000, Leslie Hindman

A 6.40-carat antique cushion cut Kashmir sapphire sold for $473,000 at an Important Jewelry Auction held Sept. 11-12 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, a 4.01-carat cushion cut Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline climbed to $149,000; a Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $185,000; a platinum and diamond graduated line necklace earned $167,000; and a Graff platinum, yellow gold, fancy yellow diamond ring hit $161,000. Prices include a 20 percent buyer's premium.


Megavox Mogul banjo, $1,725, Direct Auction

A 1998 OME Megavox Mogul jazz tenor banjo sold for $1,725 at an auction held Sept. 6 by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, an oil on canvas painting of wildflowers in a forested landscape by Jaline Pol (Fr., b. 1946) finished at $1,208; a 3 foot by 5 foot Oriental rug brought $1,150; a 14kt gold and diamond ring with a large emerald topped out at $1,725; and a 28-inch-long brown leather Abercrombie & Fitch bulldog, with some damage to an ear, fetched $1,035. Prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.