The auction featured art, antiques, rock ‘n’ roll-signed albums, vintage posters, decorative arts, Asian objects, furniture garden items, works on paper and more. Overall it grossed $54,580.
(Cleveland, OH) – A simple but charming garden bird whirligig yard ornament standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a central post, attached to which were seven spinning branches, each with a bird on either end, proved irresistible to bidders in Neue Auctions’ online-only Summer Art & Antiques Auction held July 25th. After spirited bidding, it flew away for $1,353.
The birds appeared to be machine stamped metal with traces of blue paint, and the tip had an ornamental fleur de lis style finial. Each branch spun in the wind with ease. The estimate was conservative at $150-$300. After 23 bids, it sold to a Liveauctioneers bidder for $1,100 (less 23 percent buyer’s premium) and was marked as a “hot lot” with 50 bidders marking it a favorite.
The sale was packed with 300 lots of unique treasures seeking new homes. These included art, antiques, rock ‘n’ roll-signed albums, vintage posters, decorative arts, Asian objects, furniture garden items, works on paper and more. Overall, the auction grossed $54,580, with the buyer’s premium. Online bidding was via Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com.
“I wasn’t sure if bidding would be soft or strong, but many lots exceeded our expectations and estimates,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “People are staying home right now and getting their fix through online shopping and bidding. This is the first summer auction I’ve had in 20 years.
Maciejewski said, historically, Neue Auctions has had an auction every other month, but for 2020, it’s been every month. “We’re working with many estates right now,” she said. “The Baby Boomer generation is downsizing and properties are selling quickly, and that’s keeping us busy. I’m grateful that we’re able to keep up with the momentum.”
Neue Auctions’ next major auction is a mid-century design auction with contemporary art slated for Saturday, August 22nd, at 11 am Eastern time. The sale is titled “What’s Neue Pussycat?” and bidding will be online-only, through Liveauctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com.
Headlining the sale is an artwork by Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997). The offering of this screen print, titled Oval Office, gives it additional meaning in our current trying times. Commissioned as part of the Artists for Freedom of Expression Project, the 36 inch by 45 inch print, signed in pencil by Lichtenstein and dated 1992, has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
The Modern auction will feature many other wonderful finds in the fine art category, to include works by artists like Viktor Schreckengost, Julian Stanczak and others. Cataloging is underway. Furnishings will showcase some excellent Mid-Century Modern classics from names such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Folke Ohlsson and others. Watch website for details
Neue Auctions continues the long-standing history and tradition of art collecting in Cleveland by bringing fine works of art to the market for sale, encouraging the current and next generation of collectors. Neue Auctions is accepting consignments for future sales. For purchases or inquiries about consigning, please call 216-245-6707; or send an email to [email protected].
To learn more about Neue Auctions and the Saturday, August 22nd “What’s New Pussycat?” online auction at 11 am Eastern time, visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted often.
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