August 2023 Auction Block

This month’s auction block includes a black opal gemstone from Bonhams, a collection of first and early edition volumes from Mark Twain from Weschler’s, a diamond and gold evening clutch from Doyle, and more.  


Black Opal


Sold for: $20,480  

Part of the Gemstones and Exotic Gemstone Jewelry Auction, the stone featured is outshined by very few other opals for its vibrancy. There are large patches of electric blue, purple, green, and orange as well as a center windmill pattern of fiery red and orange.  



Collection Of Eleven First Or Early Edition Hardcover Volumes By Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (American 1835 – 1910)

Estimate: $500-$1,000 

Sold for: $2,600  

Books include: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Innocents Abroad: The New Pilgrims’ Progress” by Twain, with authorship in his given name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, as well. The opening page of the book “Following the Equator” has a dedication in pen.  


“Tropic Cool” by Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994)


Estimate: $50,000-$70,000  

Sold for: $252,000  

Part of a post-war and contemporary art auction, artist Friedel Dzubas’s (1915-1994) acrylic on canvas “Tropic Cool” is signed, titled and dated ‘Dzubas 1979 TROPIC COOL.’  


Two-Color Gold and Diamond Evening Clutch Estimate: $10,000-$15,000  

Sold for: $20,160  

From the estate of Renee Myers is an 18-kt yellow and white gold clutch sporting single-cut diamonds. The diamonds are 1.20 carats, and the clutch includes an interior with a small mirror.  


Stephen Pace (American, 1918-2010) Untitled (#58-A3), 1958


Estimate: $6,000-$8,000  

Sold for: $37,800  

This colorful oil on canvas by artist Stephen Pace (1918-2010) is signed and dated in the lower right corner. It was sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.  











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