This Week’s Top Lots: Nov 15 – 20

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Skinner Boston/November 15, Fine Books & Manuscripts
*  Important letter signed by Martin Luther, 1581 $106,650 (estimate $15,000-25,000)
*  Map of English and French dominions in North America, 1755 $65,175 (estimate $15,000-20,000)
*  John James Audubon, Carolina Parrot from Birds of America, 1830 $38,513 (estimate $25,000-35,000)

Christie’s London/November 17, Centuries of Style: Silver, Ceramics, Miniatures & Gold Boxes
Total: £3.5 million
*  Prussian enameled gold box by Daniel Baudesson, 1758 £657,250  (estimate £150,000-200,000)
*  Saxon gold-mounted specimen snuffbox by Johann-Christian Neuber, 1775/1790 £289,250 (estimate £120,000-180,000)
*  Silver-mounted Rhenish salt-glazed tigerware jug £175,250 (estimate £50,000-80,000)

Bonhams Los Angeles and San Francisco/November 17 Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art

*  Emil Fila, Still life with a lemon, bottle of olive oil, bell peppers and a bowl of vegetables, 1925 $266,000 (estimate $15,000-25,000)
*  Maurice Utrillo, Bourg-la-Reine, $91,500 (estimate $70,000-90,000)
*  Pedro Coronel, Untitled, 1979 $79,300 (estimate $60,000-80,000)

Christie’s New York/November 17, Latin American Sale

Total: $14.6 million, 68 of 76 lots sold
*  Fernando Botero, Mujer fumando, 1987 $1.1 million (estimate $800,000-1,200,000)
*  Claudio Bravo, White, Blue and Yellow Papers $722,500 (estimate $400,000-600,000)
Botero, Mother and Child, 1990 $614,500 (estimate $450,000-650,000)—a record for a work on paper by the artist

Bonhams London/November 18, 20th Century British Art
*  Frank Auerbach, Portrait of J.Y.M. Seated, 1976  £240,000 (estimate £100,000-150,000)
*  Laurence Stephen Lowry, Man standing on steps, 1964  £162,000 (estimate £120,000-180,000)
*  Alfred James Munnings, Meet at the crossroads, c.1906  £69,600 (estimate £50,000-70,000)

Sotheby’s London/November 18, Fine Furniture, Tapestries, Ceramics, Clocks, Silver & Carpets
Total: £3.6 million
*  Pair of English gilt-gesso armchairs attributed to James Moore, c. 1718 £109,250 (estimate £60,000-90,000)
*  Flemish large leaf verdure tapestry, 16th century £94,850 (estimate £30,000-40,000)
*  Italian painted glass, rosewood, and ebonized cabinet and parcel-gilt stand, 17th century £82,250 (estimate £40,000-60,000)

Sotheby’s New York/November 18-19, Latin American Art
Total: £14.7 million, 50 of 58 lots sold
*  Matta, Endless Nudes, 1941-1942, $2.4 million (estimate $2-3 million)
*  Sergio Camargo, Relief, 1964 $1.5 million (estimate $350,000-450,000)
*  Cristóbal Rojas, La Lectora (Woman Reading), 1890 $1.1 million (estimate $300,000-400,000)

Christie’s Paris/November 17-20, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, 2nd Sale
Total: €8.9 million
*  An unusual pair of Empire ball armchairs, first quarter 19th century €241,000 (€7,000-9,000)
*  Bas relief, 17th century €193,000 (estimate €10,000-15,000)
*  Suite of antler lounge furniture, 20th century €169,000 (€6,000-8,000)
*  Metal and stained glass gueridon by Marc du Plantier, c. 1939 €97,000 (estimate €3,000-4,000)

Christie’s London/November 20, Property from the Collection of HRH the Prince George
Total: £2 million
*  Two pairs of mahogany hall benches attributed to William and John Linnell, c.1760 £187,250 and £175,250 (estimate £30,000-50,000 for each pair)
*  Pair of silver wine-cooler, London, 1836 £121,250 (estimate £20,000-30,000)
*  Giltwood and specimen marble side table, c. 1805 £51,650 (estimate £20,000-30,000)

Images from above: Still life with a lemon, bottle of olive oil, bell peppers and a bowl of vegetables by Emil Fila, 1925. Man standing on steps by Laurence Stephen Lowry, 1964. Courtesy of Bonhams; Pair of ball armchairs, 19th century. Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd. 2009.