Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

Lou Gehrig signed ball

A 1934 Goudey baseball card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the Yankees’ slugger and with a JSA certificate, sold for $49,450 (a record for that year and card) at an auction held March 4th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a 1933 Gehrig card, also signed by the ‘Iron Horse’, hit $37,950 (also a record); a copy of Action Comics #7, just the second cover featuring Superman, restored, made $19,550; and cover art for Hawkman Showcase #101 (June 1978), by Joe Kubert, rose to $17,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Ovchinnikov sculpture, $8,610, Crescent City

Ovchinnikov sculpture

A sculpture by Russian artist Pavel Akimov Ovchinnokov, titled Russian Silver Knight on Horseback (1893), 10 inches tall on a tan marble base, sold for $8,610 at an Estates Auction held March 11-12 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, La. Also, a bronze sculpture by Demetre Chiparus (Fr., 1886-1947), titled Dourga (ca. 1925), 23 ½ inches tall on a carved onyx plinth, realized $6,150; and a 14kt rose gold link necklace, with diamonds totaling 12.25 carats, made $5,535. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

1937 Bugatti Type 57S car, $7.7 million, RM/Sotheby’s

1937 Bugatti Type 57S

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet automobile, one of only three examples, boasting rare coachworks by Vanvooren of Paris, sped off for $7.7 million at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale held March 11th by RM Auctions and Sotheby’s in Amelia Island, Fla. Also, a 1995 Ferrari F50 brought $2.64 million; a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe Series III went for $2.365 million; and a 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III “Tipo Bocca” changed hands for $2.145 million. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

 

 

Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

Carved minstrel figure

A circa-1870 American carved polychrome wooden minstrel figure of “Jim Crow” (or “Daddy Rice”) sold for $157,950 at a Winter Feature Sale held Feb. 11-12 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a 19th century weathervane in the form of an American fire engine steam pumper drawn by two horses rose to $55,575; and a rare, child-size red painted Queen Anne period highboy from the Delaware Valley region changed hands for $38,610. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

 

 

Indian black stone figure, $24.66 million, Christie’s

Indian black stone figure

A large black stone figure of Lokanatha Avalokiteshvara, made in northeastern India in the Pala Period (12th century), sold for $24.66 million at Asian Art Week, a series of auctions held the week of March 13th by Christie’s in New York. Also, a painting by the Chinese artist Ni Zan (1301-1374), titled Landscape – A Gift to Ban Yun, knocked down for $667,500; and an inscribed white jade snuff bottle made in the Imperial Palace Workshops of Beijing (1770-1799) hit $40,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.

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