Auction Block – December 8, 2021 Issue

This month’s auction block includes a bejeweled bracelet from Doyle, a seasonally appropriate Norman Rockwell from Weschler’s, a Picasso original at Sotheby’s and signed items from Ben Franklin and the Beatles.  


A white gold, diamond, cabochon ruby, sapphire and black onyx bracelet  (featured above) sold for $21,420 after being estimated at $6,000 to $8,000. The colorful piece depicts birds and urns made with rectangular and fancy-shaped buff-topped jewels. Ruby cabochons have a smooth, polished and dome-shaped surface and appearance and are typically round and oval-shaped.  


Weschler’s sold a Norman Rockwell oil and graphite on board, measuring 16 x 18 inches. The piece portrays a Santa figure and sold for $135,000 (originally estimated $80,000 – $120,000). The art includes correspondence between Norman Rockwell himself and the original owner circa October 1973.  


A document signed “B. Franklin” as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, 6 August 1787 sold for $17,500. The historical piece was estimated to be worth $12,000 – $16,000. The record is a land document granting a parcel of land to John Bolseley, a private in the late army of the U.S.  Some of Franklin’s titles included Postmaster General and Speaker of the House.   


Sotheby’s sold a Picasso original “Terre de faience” pitcher, circa 1954 for $47,880 (originally estimated at $25,000 to $35,000). Signed in black paint the item was numbered 32/50. There were Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura stamps on the item as well. The ceramic was in good condition with a bit of soiling throughout, mostly on the handle.  


Fresh on the heels of the Disney+ documentary “The Beatles: Get Back,” Bonhams auctioned off a signed record of the Fab Four’s 1962 single “Love Me Do.” Signed on the A-side label in blue ballpoint pen, the 45” plus cover sold for $20,312. The item includes signatures from the band: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  








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