Global Auction Calendar: Highlights For The Rest Of 2017

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Global Auction Calendar: Highlights For The Rest Of 2017

For all of the collectors out there, here are the can’t-miss events on the global auction calendar for the rest of the year.

Written by Renyi Lim on 10 August 2017

We may be past the halfway mark of 2017, but that doesn’t mean things have gone quiet on the auction front. Prep your diaries and dust off your bidding paddles – you won’t want to miss these sales once the hammer’s about to drop.

August

Image sourced from Rm Sotheby’s – 1953 Chrysler Special, with coachwork by Ghia.

Christie’s: The Golden Age of Baseball
16-24 August, online

A wide range of baseball memorabilia will brings the history of America’s classic pastime to life at the Christie’s Golden Age of Baseball auction, which explores the love of the game and its best moments through key items including photographs, baseball bats, baseballs, signed contracts, and handwritten letters. An extremely rare 1866 Unions vs. Athletics trophy baseball is estimated to be worth between US$15,000 and US$20,000, while a 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card of the legendary player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, may fetch up to US$100,000.

Bonhams: Quail Lodge Auction
18 August, Carmel, California

Held during the famous Monterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach Car Week, this will be the 20th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in California – a truly historic event with a blue-chip lineup of collectors’ motorcars. This year’s selection features the first 1995 Mclaren F1 to be imported to the United States, a beautifully restored 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider, and a highly desirable 1953 Chrysler Special, with coachwork by Ghia. Look out for two sure-to-be hotly contested lots: the Ferrari Classiche-certified 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition that raced at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans.

September

Part of Odilon Redon’s “The Seashell”

Artcurial: A Praise to Symbolism
26 September, Paris

This Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction will be dedicated to the Symbolist movement, presenting 30 years of rare acquisitions from across the world.         Some of the greatest Symbolist names such as Carlos Schwabe, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, and Odilon Redon, will feature prominently in this diverse sale, which includes 130 works – 80 of which hail from a private Italian collection. French and Belgian artists lead the charge for an artistic movement that sought to question the world, with Lévy-Dhurmer’s L’Automne – estimated to fetch between US$ 55,000 and US$77,000 – displaying the pastel technique he so excelled in.

Christie’s: The Collection of Paul F. Walter
21-28 September, online and New York

Considered one of New York’s most respected aesthetic connoisseurs, polymath and scholar Paul Walter amassed a tremendous collection of post-war and contemporary art, photographs, prints, sculpture, English furniture and decorative art, and Indian art. This auction’s entire collection of 560 lots comes from Walter’s Manhattan and Sag Harbor residences, and is expected to collectively fetch well over US$4.5 million. “I don’t think you learn anything unless you buy. It is about commitment, passion, testing one’s own judgment,” was one of Walter’s most famous remarks – not to mention an excellent reason to get bidding.

October

Image sourced from Gearheads – 1911 Pierce Four

Bonhams: The Autumn Stafford Sale
15 October, Stafford

Buyers spent an impressive £1.6 million (US$2.1 million) at last year’s Stafford Classic Bike Show during Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale, where motorcycle enthusiasts gathered to net choice specimens and spares. Doubtless, they’ll be looking to do the same again this year. Fortunately for them, a 1911 Pierce Four valued between £80,000 (US$104,000) and £120,000 (US$156,000) is already in prime position for the auction block, along with a well-preserved 1914 Henderson 1,068cc Four, which is likely to go for between £70,000 (US$91,000) to £90,000 (US$117,000).

Phillips: Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century
26 October, New York

A historic event in its own right, Phillips’ inaugural New York watch auction, Winning Icons – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century, will offer one of the most ‘storied’ and important vintage Rolexes of our time. The singular Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona – owned and worn by none other than Paul Newman himself – is the timepiece that inspired the legendary nickname for the most prestigious versions of Rolex’s Daytona. A fitting star lot for a landmark auction dedicated to the most iconic collectors’ watches of the last century. Its estimate falls in excess of US$1 million, so be prepared to bid high.

November

Image sourced from Sotheby’s – A rare and large famille-rose canton enamel tray Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period

Sotheby’s: Important Chinese Art
8 November, London

Held at the same time as the globally-recognised Asian Art In London event – a peak time for top Asian art dealers, prime auction houses, and leading museums and institutions – Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art auction will present private collections of imperial ceramics and jades covering 4,000 years of China’s history. Besides paintings, furniture, and lacquer, bamboo, and ivory works of art, a remarkable and rare Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of the wrathful deity Mahakala – estimated to be worth as much as £250,000 (US$325,000) – is guaranteed to be a highlight of the sale.

Julien’s Auctions: Joseff of Hollywood – Treasures from the Vault
17-18 November, Los Angeles and online

A veritable king’s ransom of 600 unique costume jewellery and accessories designed by Eugene Joseff – master jeweller to Hollywood’s glitziest stars of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s – will be presented for sale by Julien’s Auctions. Joseff created red carpet and silver screen jewellery pieces that were highly sought-after by screen icons, costume designers, and fashionistas. Lots to watch include a brooch worn by Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express, a cigar case used by Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind, and a pair of earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Christie’s: African and Oceanic Art
22 November, Paris

A key highlight of this African and Oceanic Art auction comes from an exceptional European collection assembled by a couple with a keen eye for art and design, which Christie’s CEO, Guillaume Cerutti, has called, “One of the greatest moments of the autumn season.” A superb Hemba statue from the Democratic Republic of Congo, estimated to be worth around €200,000 (US$235,200) to €400,000 (US$470,500), is set to be a main attraction of the sale, having been acquired from the renowned African and tribal art expert Jacques Kerchache.

December

Part of Isaac Israels, Ballet school in London Dutch (1865 – 1934)

Sotheby’s: 19th Century European Paintings
13 December, London

Offering masterpieces from the Barbizon, Belle Époque, Symbolist and Orientalist movements, this auction is currently welcoming consignments until mid-October, although they’ve already identified one lot that could end up at the centre of a bidding war. Isaac Israels’ The Seamstresses – a painting that illustrates the Dutch artist’s perennial interest in the hardworking women who toiled to create glamorous works of high fashion – may potentially fetch between £100,000 (US$130,000) and £150,000 (US$195,000) on the block.

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