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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”