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Lalique 'Serpent' Vase Brings World Record Price

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 realized $56,673.

The opening lot of the acution, 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 of 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.

Lalique collectors 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 $3,000.

"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 days."

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Diamonds Shine in $4.2+ Million Jewelry Auction

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.

A 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.

Continuing the 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+ pre-auction estimate.

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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.

Auction Consignment Deadline
Decorative Arts & Design
Beverly Hills - March 12
January 22
Fine Silver & Vertu
Dallas - April 13
February 9
Illustration Art
Beverly Hills - May 12
March 1
Texas Art
Dallas, May 14
March 19
American & European Art, including Art of the American West  
Dallas, May 17
March 8
Fine Jewelry & Luxury Accessories
New York, May 20
March 18
New York, May 21
March 19
Modern & Contemporary Art
Dallas, May 24
March 22
Vintage & Contemporary Photography
Dallas, May 25
March 23

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Monthly Internet-Only Silver Auctions Continue

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 at HA.com/911011. To consign, contact Karen Rigdon at either 214-409-1723 or KarenR@HA.com.

Highlights Include

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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 Masterpieces.

Highlights Include
Gustaf Tenggren
Gustaf Tenggren

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
original promotional art
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish

At the Close of Day
Gil Elvgren
Gil Elvgren


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The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor

When it comes to Hollywood couples, few have achieved legendary status like Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor.

Paul Gregory &
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 in 1937.

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' decorative arts auction scheduled for March 12, 2011, in Beverly Hills.

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 auction.

Shortly after 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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  Website tips: Bid Protection

Tired of losing lots by one increment? Now, you can choose to add Bid Protection to any lot when you place a proxy bid through Heritage Live, If your proxy bid is outbid, Bid Protection will automatically increase your bid by one additional increment, giving you an additional chance to win. You can use Bid Protection on all items available for proxy bidding through Heritage Live, except for the current lot and the next upcoming lot.

There are three ways that you can add Bid Protection to your Heritage Live Proxy bids. If you are bidding from the lot listing at the bottom of the Heritage Live interface, just click on the Bid Protection box next to your bid or bids, then click the Bid LiveProxy button.

If you've clicked on the link to the lot description, enter your bid, check the box below your bid amount, and click on the "Bid Now!" Button.

Finally, you can go to the MyBids/MyTrackedLots tab and add or remove Bid Protection at any time, even for items on which you've already placed LiveProxy bids. In addition, the status column will point out all items where you have Bid Protection.

Bid Protection is designed to add one additional increment to your bid, if it is needed to try to win the lot. It is not protection against much higher Internet or proxy bids.

  Is It Time To Sell?

Prospective consignors and sellers of rare fine art are invited to call to discuss consignment options. Sell your quality art in our high-profile Signature Auctions.

Ed Beardsley
Vice President & Managing Director,
Fine & Decorative Arts
800-872-6467 ext. 1137

Ed Jaster
Senior Vice President
800-872-6467 ext. 1288

Jill Burgum
Director of Fine Jewelry
800-872-6467 ext. 1697

Frank Hettig
Director, Modern & Contemporary Art
800-872-6467 ext. 1157

Atlee Phillips
Director, Texas Art
800-872-6467 ext. 1786

Tim Rigdon
Director, Silver, Decorative Arts
& Design
800-872-6467 ext. 1119

Marianne Berardi, Ph.D.
Sr. Fine Art Expert
800-872-6467 ext. 1506

Ariana Hartsock
Consignment Director, Fine Art
800-872-6467 ext. 1283

Todd Hignite
Consignment Director, Illustration Art
800-872-6467 ext. 1790

Karen Rigdon
Consignment Director, Silver, Decorative Arts & Design
800-872-6467 ext. 1723

Jim Wolf
Consignment Director, Timepieces
800-872-6467 ext. 1659

Kirsty Harper Buchanan
Consignment Director,
Art of the American West
800-872-6467 ext. 1741

Mary Adair Dockery
Asst. Consignment Director,
European Art
800-872-6467 ext. 1799

Meredith Meuwly
Appraisal Services
800-872-6467 ext. 1631

Mark Prendergast
Director, Trusts & Estates
800-872-6467 ext. 1632

Nicholas M. Dawes
Consignment Director, New York

Carolyn Mani
Consignment Director, Beverly Hills
800-872-6467 ext. 1677

Tiffany Dubin
Director of Business Development, New York
800-872-6467 ext. 1673

Or visit www.HA.com/FineArt.

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Other Auctions Closing Soon
Fine & Decorative Art Auctions
2010 December Silver Internet Auction Heritage Live Enabled
2011 January Silver Internet Auction #911011
January 12, 2011
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Other Signature Auctions
2011 January New York Signature World Coin Auction Heritage Live Enabled
2011 January New York Signature World Coin Auction #3012
January 2-3, 2011
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2011 January Tampa FUN Signature Currency Auction Heritage Live Enabled
2011 January Tampa FUN Signature Currency Auction #3512
January 6-10, 2011
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2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Heritage Live Enabled
2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1151
January 5-9, 2011
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet movieposters Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #511011
January 2, 2011
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #111011
January 2, 2011
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #211011
January 2, 2011
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #411011
January 2, 2011
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Tuesday Internet Wholesale Watch Auction Tuesday Internet Wholesale Watch Auction #711011
January 4, 2011
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #311011
January 4, 2011
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #211011
January 4, 2011
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Monthly World Coin Internet Auction Monthly World Coin Internet Auction #611011
January 11, 2011
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2011 January World Coin Non-Floor Session Heritage Live Enabled
2011 January World Coin Non-Floor Session #3013
January 11, 2011
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