This Week’s Top Lots: August 31 – September 4

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* The top lot of the September 2 sale of toys and dolls at Bonhams in Knowle was a group of eight Door of Hope Mission dolls that sold for £2,220 (estimate £300-500). Other top lots were a circa 1870 Francois Gaultier doll that sold for £1,440 (estimate £1,200-1,600), and a collection of assorted empty Corgi toy boxes from the …

This Week’s Top Lots: July 20 – 24

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*  The sale of Aboriginal art at Sotheby’s Melbourne on July 20 totaled over 2.5 million AUD. The top lot was Corroboree by William Barak that sold for 504,000 AUD (estimate 180,000-250,000 AUD). Other top sales—also painted works—included an untitled work by Shorty Lungkata Jungurrayi sold for 168,000 AUD (estimate 90,000-120,000 AUD), Awelye by Emily Kame Kngwarreye that sold for …

This Week’s Top Lots: June 2 – 5

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*  The Christie’s New York sale of 20th century decorative art and design on June 2 totaled $1.4 million with 76 of 102 lots sold. The top lot was a patinated bronze cheetah by François-Xavier Lalanne that sold for $74,500 just below its estimate of $80,000-120,000. Another lot by Lalanne—a copper turtle topiary—sold for $52,500, about twice its estimate of …

This Week’s Top Lots: May 15 – 22

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*  Prices were down at the May 15 sale of American and European paintings and prints at Skinner in Boston. The top lot was Picasso’s Portrait of Ambrose Vollard with His Cat, which sold for $308,500 (estimate $450,000-650,000), and the next highest prices paid were $118,500 for the Henri Matisse drawing Seated Woman in Oriental Dress (estimate $150,000-250,000), and $41,475 …

This Week’s Top Lots: March 30 – April 3

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* Monday’s sale of photographs at Christie’s New York, which totaled over $1.5 million with 71% of the lots sold, brought few surprises—most works were sold within their estimates. The top lot was a Robert Mapplethorpe Cala Lily from 1988 that was sold to a European collector for $122,500 (estimate $100,000-150,000). Richard Avedon’s iconic Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by …