Lalique 'Serpent' Vase Brings World Record
With more than 415
bidders, both online an in-person, competing for the just more than
400 lots in Heritage Auctions' Dec. 4 Signature Lalique,
Art Glass and Perfume Bottles auction, Heritage Consignment
Director and Auctioneer Nick Dawes had a feeling it was going to be
a good day.
"Art glass collectors had not seen such a large and impressive
group of glass offered 'fresh to the market' in some time," said
Dawes, "so the buyers were ready. Almost all of the property came
from old collections or estates, and had not been seen on the
market for more than 30 years, if at all."
When all was said and done, after two sessions of spirited
bidding from the phones, Internet and a packed room – including
Oscar-winning actress and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg, who
regularly cracked jokes when she was outbid throughout the auction,
though she did take home a few Art Glass treasures of her own – the
auction total had far exceeded Heritage's predictions for the event
to finish the day at $1.28 million, with a 94% sell-through rate by
lot value, firmly establishing Heritage as America's premier venue
for French Art Glass.
The evening session, which was entirely devoted to the works of
René Lalique, provided the auction's principal highlight in the
form of a
'Serpent' vase in deep amber glass, circa 1924, with a molded
signature, that set a world record price for Lalique when it
The opening lot of
an early Gallé perfume bottle with silver mount and cover, c.
1895, in pristine condition, proved very popular with bidders and
set the stage for the rest of event when it realized $7,170 amidst
several rounds of intense bidding. The biggest fireworks of the
night, after the Lalique 'Serpent,' came in the form of
one of the rarest Lalique perfume bottles, a 'Raquel Meller'
fragrance by Roditi & Sons enameled on each face in orange and
black, c. 1925, which was recently found in a New Jersey
estate, when it brought $20,315 against a pre-auction estimate of
$6,000. Collectors were equally impressed with a grouping of 20
Lalique hood ornaments, which brought consistently high prices, led
by the classic
Victoire hood ornament at $19,718 and a superb version
Lalique's famous Cinq Cheveaux, which finished the
evening at $16,730.
A small group of
Daum 'Rain' vases, discovered in an old Southern California
collection, had collectors buzzing when
a particularly fine example of Daum's 'Rain' landscape vase,
full of the melancholy unique to this rare form of French art
glass, soared to more than five times its pre-auction estimate of
$2,500 to bring a final price realized of $14,340. Bringing the
same price of $14,340,
Emile Gallé's 'Jeanne D'Arc' cameo glass vase drew attention
from museums, dealers and collectors before selling for double the
pre-auction estimate of $7,000.
recognized the rarity and excellent condition of
a Lalique Flore vase, boldly made in clear and frosted
glass, pushing it to $$13,145 against a pre-auction estimate of
"The key to making this auction so successful was our
determination to estimate property reasonably, and offer it without
reserve," said Dawes. "That made this an authentic, old-fashioned
auction, which is becoming rarer and rarer in New York these
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Diamonds Shine in $4.2+ Million Jewelry
It was all about
big diamonds on Monday, Dec. 13, as some truly stunning rocks took
center stage at Heritage Auctions' Signature Fine
Jewelry Auction, with an almost 88% sell-through rate by value
adding to the stellar $4.2+ million total for the jewelry,
certainly Heritage's finest result in the category to date. All
prices include a 19.5% Buyer's Premium.
"This collection was all about certified diamonds ranging in
sizes from 3.00 carats up to 18.00 carats," said Jill Burgum,
Director of Jewelry at Heritage, "and our clients clearly responded
to the selection. It's also safe to say that big diamonds are back
in demand. This particular auction showcased five diamonds, each
weighing more than 10.00 carats."
The top jewelry lot was a stunning
Diamond, Platinum Ring, featuring one emerald-cut diamond
weighing 18.40 carats, enhanced by triangle-shaped diamonds
weighing a total of approximately 5.00 carats. It rose, amidst
spirited bidding, to finish the day at $388,375, more than doubling
its pre-auction estimate at $175,000.
Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring set produced its own fireworks in
the auction, when it realized $239,000, topping its $150,000+
pre-auction estimate, while a Fancy
Yellow Diamond, Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring, with a Fancy
Yellow Internally Flawless diamond weighing 10.62 carats, realized
$167,300 against a pre-auction estimate of $100,000+, a price that
was matched by a
Diamond, Platinum Ring set, which also excelled against a
$100,000+ pre-auction estimate.
diamond dominance of the day, a
Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring, featuring a round brilliant-cut
diamond weighing 8.73 carats , and being sold to benefit Scottish
Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, realized $149,375, while a
Diamond, Fancy Yellow Diamond, Platinum, Gold Ring showed
strength with a final price realized of $89,625 and a
Diamond, Platinum Ring featuring an 11.59 carat pear-shaped
diamond realized the same $89, 625 price against a $60,000+
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Seeking Consignments for Spring Auctions
Now is the time to consider consigning to our spring auctions!
We are building some outstanding sales, and the sooner your items
come to us, the more opportunities there are to market them. Please
contact one of the specialists listed at the bottom of this e-mail
to discuss your possible consignment.
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Monthly Internet-Only Silver Auctions
Our monthly Internet-only Silver Auctions, launched this fall,
will continue in 2011. They take place the second Wednesday of
every month, January 12, at 7:00 PM CT. Browse January's offerings
To consign, contact Karen Rigdon at either 214-409-1723 or
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Sneak Peek at Illustration Art
We're putting the finishing touches on our next Illustration
Art Auction, to be held at our Beverly Hills office on February
11. Look for excellent examples of iconic American illustration
art, including Paperback, Pulp, Pin-Up, and Animation
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The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet
When it comes to Hollywood couples, few have achieved legendary
status like Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor.
Gregory (b.1920) is a celebrated film and theater producer whose
many achievements include the films Night of the Hunter
(1955) and The Naked and the Dead
(1958). Gaynor (1906-1984)
won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1928. She starred
in the original version of A Star Is Born
Their 20-year marriage was a true love affair built upon an
enduring friendship that preceded it. Items from the Collection of
Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor are featured in Heritage Auctions'
arts auction scheduled for March 12, 2011, in Beverly
Before marrying Gregory, Gaynor was married to the talented
costume designer known as Adrian (1903-1959), who is perhaps best
remembered for his magical designs for The Wizard of Oz
(1939). Paintings of Africa and Brazil by Adrian as well as his
magnificent collection of rare butterflies will be part of the
their marriage, Paul Gregory & Janet Gaynor received
recognition from the Directors Guild of America.
Gregory and Gaynor's life together brought them into contact with
notable artists, writers, actors and politicians, says Marianne
Berardi, senior expert of fine art at Heritage Auctions. "Their
wide-ranging collection reflects these associations in works by
Picasso, Dali, Modigliani and Chagall, among other notable modern
artists." In addition, the collection includes a flask gifted to
Janet from Joan Crawford; one of Winston Churchill's spittoons; and
a Chinese lacquered tea chest from Katharine Hepburn.
The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor also features
rare and beautiful objects acquired during the stars' extensive
travels, including European furniture, prints and paintings.
"Gaynor was an accomplished oil painter in her own right," Berardi
says, "and several fine examples of the still lifes she gave her
husband Paul will be offered."
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