Pair of market fresh New York estates will headline Nye & Company’s two-session auction, Dec. 13th-14th

NC image 1 Acrylic on canvas abstract painting by Paul Jenkins (Am., 1923-2012), titled Phenomena Sleight of Hand, signed and dated 1969 (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Quality items from collections in Southampton and Gramercy Park, New York, unseen and off the market for decades, will headline a Collectors’ Passion & Estate Treasures Auction slated for Wednesday and Thursday, December 13th-14th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Session 1 (Dec. 13th) will be live-only (498 lots), starting at 10 am. Session 2 (Dec. 14th) will be online-only (lots 499-739). It will begin to close at 10 am. Both times are Eastern. Also offered will be a local collection from Bloomfield that includes silver, Sheffield, pewter, furniture and interesting smalls.

NC image 2 Matte finished 18kt gold elliptical Vahe Naltchayan hinged bracelet with two beaded rows, stamped by the maker and created in 1986 (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The auction will be led by a fine group of English and American period furniture, sterling silver flatware sets by major makers, estate jewelry pieces, gorgeous plush rugs, original artwork and gift-worthy decorative accessories, such as a first-half 19th century Smith & Son (London) terrestrial globe on a mahogany stand, offered with a small terrestrial globe (est. $1,000-$1,500). Public viewing dates, at the Nye & Company gallery, are Monday, December 4th, thru Friday, December 8th, from 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, December 10th, from 12 noon to 4 pm; and Monday and Tuesday, December 11th and 12th, from 10-4. For more info, click here.

NC image 3 Palace size Ghorevan rug worked in tones of red, blue, green and ivory, 19 feet 3 inches by 12 feet 4 inches (est. $8,000-$12,000).




Vintage and modern wristwatches, pocket watches at Encheres Champagne Auctions, December 10th

EC image 1 Vintage 1967 Rolex Double Red Sea Dweller wristwatch, thin case, ref. 1665, with a tropical Mark II dial, from Rolex’s collaboration with COMEX, a French deep sea diving firm. (est. US$45,000-$95,000).

Encheres Champagne Auctions is calling its Modern & Vintage Timepieces Auction on Sunday, December 10th, at 1 pm Eastern time, the biggest timepieces auction in Canada, and that is not an overstatement. The sale, to be held online and in Encheres Champagne’s gallery at 2400 Sainte-Catherine East in Montreal, Canada is packed with mostly vintage fine men’s and ladies’ wristwatches, but it also features some modern timepieces and pocket watches as well. Curated with the watch aficionado in mind, the auction is entirely dedicated to wrist and pocket watches of past and present glory. Nothing else will be featured.

EC image 2 Vintage 1950 Universal Geneve Tri-Compax 18kt gold moonphase chronograph calendar wristwatch, ref. 12295, one of the most desirable and collectible vintage wristwatches. (est. US$5,000-$9,000).

“A storybook of sorts has been ever so carefully assembled to create a superb catalogue,” said Florian Roussel, Director of Public Relations for Encheres Champagne Auctions. “It’s a varied selection, with many standards of brands, models and periods, nearly everything required to ignite the horology passion within.” Encheres Champagne Auctions is more than just horology and vintage timepieces. The firm presents major live and internet auctions for fine art, coins, stamps, silverware, fine wine and more, all in their magnificent auction hall that once housed the Montreal City & District Savings Bank, built in 1921. Click here to find out more.

EC image 3 Vintage 1963 pre-moon Omega Speedmaster first year wristwatch, ref. 105.012, with Calibre .321 and DO90 bezel, one of the most significant and desirable watches of all time. (est. US$8,000-$14,000)



PSA-graded baseball cards and Set Registry mega-stars, in Small Traditions, LLC’s online auction ending Dec. 9th  

ST image 1 1961 Sandy Koufax baseball card that came packaged in cellophane wrappers inside bags of Bell Brand potato and corn chips, one of only three examples with a Mint 9 PSA grade.

Small Traditions, LLC’s’ 5th annual internet-only Holiday Premium Auction, online now and set to end Saturday night, December 9th, at and, is a  feast for the eyes for fans of rare and vintage sports cards, mostly baseball cards. Highlights include rare and low-population PSA-graded baseball cards featuring Set Registry mega-stars such as Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter. Also offered are PSA 9 and PSA 10-graded rookie cards of Rod Carew, Michael Jordan, Ichiro Suzuki, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Small Traditions, LLC is based in Denver, Colo.

ST image 2 Postage-stamp sized 1961 Mickey Mantle keychain insert about which very little is known, not even the maker. It’s graded PSA Mint 9 Pop 1, the highest graded copy in the hobby.

“PSA Set Registry collectors will find dozens of rarely offered, regional and oddball cards, in top grades and in lower collectors’ grades,” said David Thorn of Small Traditions, LLC, adding it’s a company specialty. Also, all current and prospective new consignors are invited to consider participating in any one of the company's six auctions scheduled for 2018. As a special one-time promotion for the New Year, Small Traditions, LLC is pleased to offer completely free PSA grading on raw cards valued at $1,000 and up. Consignors can also inquire about submitting up to 500 cards to PSA for grading at a discounted cost. To see more, click here.

ST image 3 The one PSA 10 Gem Mint example of 1944 National League MVP Marty Marion’s 1951 Bowman pasteboard extant, one of only 182 cards in the ’51 Bowman set graded PSA 10.