The Auction Block Dec. 6, 2017

This holiday edition features luxurious, one-of-a-kind gifts — only available at auction — for that special someone.


Bracelet Watch With “Pepsi” Bezel, c. 1967

Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000 Auction Date: December 13

Freeman’s will offer a fine selection of vintage and modern timepieces, jewelry, luxury accessories and decorative arts in their upcoming Holiday Sale. This season will showcase important and rare timepieces from prestigious brands, including Patek Philippe, Piaget, Panerai and Rolex. This timepiece has a black dial with a red and blue “Pepsi” ratchet bezel, completed by a Jubilee bracelet with a fold-over clasp.

Pond Lily Table Lamp, c. 1905 Tiffany Studios
Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000 Auction Date: December 14

Bonhams’s sale of Modern and Decorative Art and Design features a wide selection of beautiful lifestyle pieces. Along with this exquisite Tiffany lamp, the sale boasts original stained-glass windows by Frank Lloyd Wright, table lamps designed by Alberto Giacometti and a breathtaking Lengelinie Pavilion Artichoke ceiling light by designer Poul Henningsen.


Polish Synagogue Menorah, mid-late 19th century

Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000 Auction Date: December 20

This Sotheby’s sale of Important Judaica features textiles, works of art by Jean-Léon Gérôme and Arthur Szyk and ritual silver and metalwork like this monumental bronze menorah from a Polish synagogue. However, the sale is most notable for its rare manuscripts and printed books, including an illuminated medieval Hebrew Bible from Spain (estimated at $3.5 to $5 million), a newly discovered 13th-century micrographic Hebrew Bible from France and a previously unknown copy of the 1519-20 first edition of the German-Rite Daily Prayer Book, printed in Venice.

Doyle New York

“Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, California,” 1944 Ansel Adams (1902–1984)
Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
Auction Date: December 14

For those inclined toward fine art and photography, Doyle’s auction of Photographs will feature a rare and unprecedented Ansel Adams Museum Set. Adams was the preeminent 20th-century photographer of Western landscape. Prepared several years before his death, this set of 75 images is among the most comprehensive known to exist. This is the first time a set has been offered, with the permission of the Ansel Adams Gallery and the artist’s grandson, Matthew Adams.

Bringing the Hammer Down Record Breaking Auctions in 2017

“Salvator Mundi,” c. 1500
Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Auction Date: November 15

Final Selling Price: $450.3 million
Record Breaker: The most expensive painting ever sold

“Robby the Robot”
Original Suit and Jeep from “Forbidden Planet,” 1956
Auction Date: November 21
Final Selling Price: $5.4 million
Record Breaker: The most expensive movie prop ever sold at auction

“Unititled,” 1982
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)
Auction Date: May 18
Final Selling Price: $110.5 million
Record Breaker: The most expensive painting by an American artist ever sold at auction

Christie’s Hong Kong
Diamond-Encrusted Crocodile Hermès Birkin Bag
Auction Date: May 31
Final Selling Price: $379,261
Record Breaker: The most expensive handbag ever sold at auction

Sotheby’s Hong Kong
The Pink Star Diamond
Auction Date: April 4
Final Selling Price: $71.2 million
Record Breaker: The most expensive gem ever sold at auction

Cattle Auction, Victoria, Australia Holstein Calf

Bred by Lighted Genetics
Auction Date: January
Final Selling Price: $193,000
Record Breaker: The highest price ever paid for a calf at auction


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