The press release for Shapiro Auctions’ March 18th sale of Asian, European and Russian art poses the following question: “Where else can you find, under one roof, Jewish happiness, a famous Russian ballerina, Chinese and French nudes, a sculpture of Czar Peter the Great and a Stalin-era Soviet propaganda papier-mache desk set?” The auction will feature over 300 lots of European and Asian paintings, Russian sculpture and fine art, Faberge, rare books, militaria, Soviet posters, and inscribed photographs, online and at Shapiro’s New York City gallery.

A highlight of the sale will be works by Chinese artists from the estate of Milton Gelfand of Pound Ridge, N.Y., a successful businessman who was able to travel extensively around Communist China during the Sino-U.S. rapprochement in the 1970s, gathering important artworks as he went. An example is the painting shown here, titled Standing Nude, by Beijing artist Li Guijun (b. 1964), with authenticity confirmed by the artist himself. It’s expected to realize $70,000-$90,000. Li Guijun painted adolescent girls almost exclusively over a period of nearly 20 years.

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Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle all at Mile High Card

With the start of the Major League baseball season less than a month away, now would be a great time to check out Mile High Card Company’s internet-only sports collectibles auction, which went online Feb. 20 (at and ends Thursday, March 9th. Two lots relating to Walter “Big Train” Johnson are featured: the 1909 T204 Ramly baseball card you see here, graded SGC 82 EX/MT+65, with a minimum bid of $15,000; and a scarce circa 1925-1931 game-used Louisville Slugger bat, graded PSA/DNA GU8, minimum bid $25,000.

Also offered are a Leaf 1948 #8 Satchel Paige card, graded PSA 7NM (MB: $25,000); a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle card, graded PSA 8 NM/MT (MB: $35,000); a Topps 1952 #311 Mantle card, graded BVG 8 NM/MT (MB: $40,000); a 1909-1911 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb card, bat off shoulder, PSA 8 NM/MT (MB: $9,000); a 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth card, graded PSA 8NM/MT (MB: $15,000); a Babe Ruth single-signed baseball (MB: $8,000); and a very rare 1900 Paris Summer Olympic Games 22kt solid gold medal for automobile racing (MB: $7,500).

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Artworks from a major oil and gas company will be sold on March 11th

All 415 lots in Austin Auction Gallery’s March 11th sale will consist of artwork previously held by a major oil and gas company in their corporate art collection. Originally the collection contained a staggering 4,000 pieces, but a flood wiped away about half of that and the rest was whittled down to the best of the best for this auction. The group has been in storage – some piece since the early ‘70s – and includes paintings, sculptures, ethnographic art pieces (including Native American pottery, beaded items and rugs), plus textiles, silk screens, lithographs and more.

Major artists in the auction will include names such as Margo Hoff, Robert Indiana, Wolf Kahn, Theodroe Waddell, Beverly Pepper, Choi Chor-Foo and many others. The piece shown here is a huge stretched acrylic on canvas and collage by the Illinois artist Margo Hoff (1912-2008). The work, titled Homage to Bob Dylan, is impressive at 66 inches by 90 inches – one of Hoff’s largest works produced. It is conservatively estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The auction will be held online and at Austin Auction Gallery’s showroom in Austin, Texas, starting at 10 am Central time.

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A dozen French posters pay homage to the incomparable Josephine Baker

About a dozen lots in Poster Auctions International’s March 12th Rare Posters PAI-LXXI sale are a collection of French posters depicting the renowned international burlesque performer Josephine Baker. The example shown here was done by Louis Gaudin (aka Zig, Fr., 1882-1936) and depicts an island-themed leading lady plucking a coconut from a tree of Josephines. The poster was for the launch of Baker’s theatrical spectacle La Jolie de Paris in Paris in 1932. The show program promised “22 colored boys” and proclaimed Miss Baker “the soul of jazz.”

Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis in 1906 and became a singer-entertainer whose career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adoptive country of France. Parisians went crazy for the African-American performer, and it was no accident that many artists of the day attempted to capture her essence. She died in Paris in 1975. This poster, 47 ¼ inches by 125 ¼ inches, carries an estimate of $25,000-$30,000. The auction will be held online and at Poster Auctions International’s gallery in New York City, starting at 11 am Eastern time.

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Native American clothing items: more than just men’s war shirts

It’s common for auctions featuring Native American collectibles to feature men’s war shirts – and they do tend to fetch high dollars. But that’s not to minimize the desirability of women’s (and even children’s) clothing items. Take the early-to-mid 1900s Plateau beaded women’s dress shown here. It’s finely made from hand-cut buckskin and elk hide, with classic flowing contour beaded yoke, cut-in fringe, yellow ochring and decorated suspensions front and back. It’s lot #714 in Allard Auctions’ Big Spring Phoenix auction, slated for March 11-12 in Mesa, Ariz.

The dress has a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-$5,000. An identical estimate has been assigned to a Sioux boy’s buckskin vest from the late 1800s, boasting wonderful early sinew sewn and lazy stitch beading front and back and traditional geometric designs. And for the men? Lot #112 is a Cheyenne’s men’s war shirt, made circa the 1920s out of tanned elk hide. The show-quality war shirt, featuring cut-in and applied fringe, red cord and horsehide suspensions, is expected to bring $5,000-$10,000. In all, 870 lots will come up for bid over the course of the two days.