The Auction Block September 15, 2021

The auction block is back! We hope you enjoy some highlighted offerings from selected auction houses such as Christie’s, Bonhams, Sotheby’s and more. Noteworthy pieces include jewelry from HRH Princess Margaret, a note from Abraham Lincoln and ceramics from Picasso.  

Auction House: Sotheby’s Online Auction 

 Item: Van Cleef & Arpels Drop-Shaped Cream and Grey Natural Pearl Earrings 

Estimate: 20,000-30,000 GBP   

Date: Closes, Sept. 17  

Every woman has a piece of jewelry that makes her feel like royalty. These earrings are actually the real thing! They are formally in the collection of HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. Suspended from a geometric openwork surmount set with single, rose, carré-cut, they are bullet-shaped with elongated hexagonal diamonds.   

Auction House: Bonham’s, Online Auction 

ItemCharles Dormon Robinson (1847-1933) Painting  

Estimate : $1,000-$1,500  

Auction Date: Nov. 20 – Dec. 3 

This painting is a view of Mt. Tamalpais and is 5 3/8” x 10 1/8” framed in an 8 x 12 5/16’ frame.  

Auction House: Doyle, Online Auction 

Item: John Quincy Adams Letter to the Editors of the Boston Atlas  

Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 

Auction Date: Soft close begins Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. EDT. 

Doyle will hold a timed auction of Rare Books, Autographs and Maps closing on Thursday September 23 at 10 a.m. The auction includes books, manuscripts and maps in early printing, a note from Abraham Lincoln and this letter about slavery from John Quincy Adams.   

Auction House: Weschler’s, Online Auction 

Item: “Gottfried Kumpf (Austrian, b. 1930), “Fireworks in the Park” (Wurstelprater), Oil on Masonite, 21-1/2 X 18’ 

Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 (STARTING BID $10,000) 

Auction Date: Sept. 24, 10 a.m. EDT.  

Kumpf is an Austrian artist best known for his paintings and sculptures depicting landscapes of animals like cats, bears and scorpions. He is self-taught and politically minded, sometimes hiding dark or anti-establishment themes in his often colorful works.  

Auction House: Christie’s, Online Auction  

Items: Picasso Ceramics  

Estimate: 50,000-7,000 GBP 

Auction Date: Through Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. EDT 

This online-only auction includes ceramics that engage lots of energetic colors and forms. Estimates on items begin at just £500. This vase Azteque aux quatre visages by Picasso is estimated to be worth £50-£70,0000.  



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