Two French-made, World War II-era semi-automatic rifles (one shown) sold as single lots for a combined $4,625 at a Military, Firearm & Weapon Auction held May 5th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a U.S. Civil War Cavalry sword, produced around 1864 and engraved “Henry Boker Solingen,” a German-made export weapon meant for the American market, fetched $1,375; and an impressive World War II U.S. Marine Corps uniform rig gaveled for $2,000. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


1882-O Morgan dollars, $18,000, Doyle

A group of hig-grade 1882-O Morgan dollars in brilliant uncirculated mint state sold for $18,000 at a sale of U.S. and world coins, bank notes and stamps held May 1st by Doyle in New York City. Also, a collection of United States early stamp issues comprising singles from 1847 to 1940, graded very good to extremely fine condition, changed hands for $11,400; and a choice brilliant uncirculated example of the rare 1879 Morgan silver dollar from the Carson City mint rose to $6,500. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Gershwin manuscript, $27,500, Leslie Hindman

A George Gershwin autographed musical manuscript, signed twice to Hyman Sandow, dated Aug. 17, 1928, sold for $27,500 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held May 1st by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, Conradus de Halberstadt’s Concordantiae bibliorum went for $27,500; an Albert Einstein signed letter, in German, to Herr Bernstein, dated May 6, 1929, fetched $25,000; and a 1799 letter to Samuel Fox by George Washington, signed, made $16,250. Prices include the buyer’s premium.


Chinese enamel wine pots, $198,900, Jeffrey S. Evans

A pair of Chinese enamel wine pots sold for $198,900 at a Spring Antiques, Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held April 27-28 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a 5.45-carat diamond solitaire ring slipped onto a new finger for $52,650; a Chinese enamel mirror reflected well on the bidder who paid $23,400 for it; a still-life painting by Roger de la Fresnaye (Fr., 1885-1925) brought $12,450; and a Steuben cathedral art glass sculpture rose to $4,387. Prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


Sleeping mallard hen decoy, $212,400, Guyette & Deeter

A sleeping mallard hen decoy by Robert Elliston sold for $212,400 (a new auction record for the maker) at the 33rd annual Spring Decoy Auction held April 26-27 by Guyette & Deeter, Inc. (based in St. Michaels, Md.) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Also, a sleeping black duck by Shang Wheeler topped out at $153,400; a goldeneye drake by the Ward Brothers realized $159,300; and a sleeping mallard hen by Illinois carver Charles Perdew knocked down for $135,700. Prices include the buyer’s premium.