* The top lot of the June 16 sale of jewelry at Skinner in Boston was a platinum and diamond-set, emerald-cut diamond (8.02 carat) solitaire ring that sold for $319,500 (estimate $275,000-325,000). Another top lot was an arts and crafts moonstone and sapphire pendant necklace attributed to Frank Gardner Hale that sold for $30,810 (estimate $2,500-3,500).
* On June 16 the sale of Indian art at Sotheby’s London totaled over £2 million. The top lot was Francis Newton Souza’s Orange Head that sold for £403,250 (estimate £80,000-120,000). Other top sales were Day Dreaming by Jogen Chowdhury that sold for £373,250 (estimate £80,000-120,000), and two oil paintings by Maqbool Fida Husain that each sold for £109,250, and were estimated at £50,000-70,000 and £70,000-100,000.
* The June 17 sale of works from a private European collection at Christie’s London, “Le Grand Goût,” totaled £3.1 million. The top lot was a pair of life-size marble, ormolu, and cut-glass torcheres by Eugène Delaplanche, dated 1885, that sold for £325,250 (estimate £200,000-300,000). Other top sales included a marble sculpture by Cesare Lapini that sold for £109,250 (estimate £20,000-30,000), and an ormolu-mounted mahogany Steinway & Sons piano with case attributed to François Linke that sold for £205,250 (estimate £150,000-250,000).
* At Sotheby’s New York today (June 20) the Graham Arader sale of prints, maps, and books totaled over $3.2 million. The top lot was Robert Salmon’s Royal Naval Vessels off Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven that sold for $242,500 (estimate $200,000-250,000). Other top sales were Red-Tailed Hawk and Osprey by Robert Havell Jr. that sold for $134,500 (estimate $55,000-65,000), George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio that sold for $230,500 (estimate $180,000-250,000), and François Levaillant’s Histoire naturelle des perroquets that sold for $194,500 (estimate $100,000-150,000).