May 2023 Auction Block

A signed Hermès bag, a 1963 autographed Beatles Fan Club card, a Modern American painting by John Marin, a Fabienne Verdier abstract ink work, and even an authentic 1906 seven-passenger touring car are showcased this month. 


Hermès Black Shiny Mississippiensis Alligator ‘Mini’ Kelly Bag 


Estimate: $10,000-$15,000  

Sold for: $31,500   

Channel your inner Jackie O. or Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy with this top handle bag with gold-tone hardware and a turn-lock closure. The bag – from the property of a Southhampton estate — features black leather interior with a side slip pocket and is signed “Hermès, Made in France,” c. 1993.  


1906 Thomas Flyer 50HP Seven Passenger Touring Car 


Sold for: $841,000   

One of the highest performance American automobiles of the early 1900s, this car was formerly in the Harrah Collection and has had only two owners since the 1960s. The vehicle has a remarkable original example of a famed marque.  


John Marin (1870-1953), Lobster Boat, Cape Split, Maine  

Estimate: $600,000-$800,000  

Sold for: $1,925,500  

Starting in the summer of 1914, artist John Marin escaped New York City for the shores of Maine. There, he painted the rocky shoreline, staying in the Small Point Harbor area. He later bought a small cottage on Cape Split in Addison.  

The Potomack Company  

The Beatles Autographed Official Fan Club Card, Circa 1963 



Estimate: $7,000-$9,000  

Sold for: $11,000  

This gem is autographed by all four band members, with George Harrison adding the inscription “love from.” The card shows Dezo Hoffmann’s black and white image of the group. Authenticated by Frank Caiazzo the card is dated December 4, 2005 with a signed letter, including a frame.  



Fabienne Verdier (French, b. 1962) “Cercle — Ascese (from Silencieuse Coincidence), 2006 



Estimate: $60,000-$80,000  

Sold for: $151,200   

This lot, located in Chicago, is from the French painter Fabienne Verdier. It has ink, pigments and varnish on canvas and is signed. The piece measures 73 x 59 inches.  









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