July 2023 Auction Block

July’s auction block includes a unique stamp from H.R. Harmer, a $1 million Bulgari Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring, a 19th century Chinese carved wooden figure, a Western-Americana Daguerrotype portrait of gold miners, and a Billboard music award from the estate of Donna Summer.  

H.R. Harmer  

Canal Zone Stamp 


Estimate: $150  

Sold for: $2,100  

The fine stamp auctions house established in 1940 had a realized price of $2,100 on a unique use of a 1920 1-cent Canal Zone stamp on cover from Balboa Heights to Michigan. The stamp sold at 14 times its starting price.   


Bulgari Platinum, Fancy Intense Blue-Green and Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Ring 


Estimate: $300,000-$500,000 

Sold for: $1,058,500  

A highlight of a recent Doyle Important Jewelry Auction was an exquisite Bulgari ring. It features a nine-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamonds and is by Ramond Yard, circa 1930. The ring was property of a New Jersey collector and sold to a private buyer participating by phone. The piece of jewelry ended up selling for more than double its estimate.  




Chinese Painted and Carved Wood Figure of a Seated Official, 19th Century 

Estimate: $100-$200  

Sold for: $5,500   

Part of a June Metro Timed Auction, this painted and carved wood figure of a seated official has some minor chipped losses but is generally in good condition. The figure sold for almost 30 times its asking price.  


 Western Americana – Mining: A Half Plate Daguerrotype of Three Gold Miners 

Estimate: $4,000-$6,000  

Sold for: $37,800  

A half plate daguerreotype portrait of three miners sold for well over its asking price. The portrait shows three bearded men, each with a cigar in his mouth. The man in the middle wears a wheel cap and carries a poke bag in his front pocket and a knife in his belt.  


Billboard Disco Forum VI Award Presented to Donna Summer 

Estimate: $400-$600  

Sold for: $47,880  

A Billboard Disco Forum VI Award was auctioned off from the estate of the late Donna Summer. The award was presented to Summer for the 1978 live double-LP “Live and More.” The award is engraved with “Best Disco Album / Donna Summer / ‘Live and More’ / July 1979.”  







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