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Auction Report

Post Auctions
Bonham’s Jewellery, Oxford
January 10

306 lots of jewellery were offered for sale by Bonham’s. The highest price went to lot 274, a black opal and diamond cluster ring which was sold for £3,000. The circular shallow cabochon opal displaying shades of red, blue, green and orange, within a border of single-cut diamonds, to a pierced mount, ring size L.

Jewellery, London, South Kensington
January 18

292 lots of jewellery were offered for sale at Christies London. 227 lots were sold for 681,512 (GBP). The highest price went to lot no. 179, a pair of coloured diamond and onyx "Tiger" earrings and a ring, by Cartier, which was sold for £43,250. The earrings designed as pavé yellow diamond hoops with black onyx stripe detail, clip fittings; the ring designed as a pavé yellow diamond and onyx slightly bombé band to yellow diamond borders.

Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza John James Audubon's the Birds of America the Duke of Portland Set
January 20

Christie’s had put up for auction AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). The Birds of America; from Original Drawings. London: Published by the Author, 1827-1838. The copy of the world's most expensive book, John James Audubon's 19th-century masterpiece Birds of America was sold for $7,922, 500.

This masterpiece of ornithological illustration, captures the variety of birds in the early American republic.

European Furniture and Decorative Arts, Featuring Fine Ceramics
January 14

Skinner Inc. had auctioned 851 items of European Furniture and Decorative Arts at its Boston gallery. The highest price went to lot no. 3 Extensive Chamberlains Worcester Regent China Dinner Service which was sold for $22,515.


Creative India Series 2: The Punjab & Delhi Auction, New Delhi
January 27

Osians will put up for sale Pahari School Miniatures and Modern & Contemporary Indian art. Osian’s will offer 126 art pieces contributed by 62 artists from Delhi and Punjab. Some popular artists that have contributed their work are Tyeb Mehta, MF Husain, Biren De, Ranbir Kaleka, Manjit Bawa and others. (P.S. By the time the magazine is published this auction would have already taken place).

Bid & Hammer
Jewellery and Indian Silver (Including Furniture & Collectibles), Bangalore
January 30

Bid & Hammer will offer 138 lots, of jewellery and Indian silver including furniture & collectibles, for sale. The jewellery highlight of the auction include a lot 3 item, very impressive Deccani gold ring, circa 1850, with a parrot perched on a circular base of the ring, encrusted with fine Burmese rubies, emeralds and pearls. The estimated price for the item is Rs. 1,90,000 - 2,50,000. The highest price from the Silver section is expected to be lot 68, a very fine and intricately carved Victorian pattern silver comport/ fruit tazza, circa 1900. Its estimated price is Rs. 3,75,000 - 4,50,000. From Furniture, lot 111 is the highest priced item, with an estimated price of Rs. 50,000 - 65,0000  an original burmese teakwood chair, with intricately carved foliage patterns all round with two large snake faces in front of the hand rest, the backrest and seating done in cane. The highlight from the Collectible segment is lot 127, a Dresden clock case is estimated for Rs. 45,000 - 60,000. (P.S. By the time the magazine is published this auction would have already taken place)

Miniatures and Paintings
February 1

Pundole’s will offer 47 lots of Indian antique miniatures and paintings for sale. The highest price estimated is for lot 26, Maqbool Fida Husain (1915 - 2011), Mithuna, oil on canvas, with an estimated price of Rs.  20,000,000 - 30,000,000. Other highlights include antique miniature illustrations, Akbar Padamsee’s Head, Nicholas Roerich’s Himalayas and paintings by Francis Newton Souza, K.H Ara, K.K. Hebbar, Hemendranath Mazumdar, Jamini Roy, Sakti Burman, and others.


Christie's Impressionist / Modern Evening Sale, London, King Street
February 7

Christie’s will offer 51 lots for auction from its Impressionist / Modern Evening Sale section. The highest price is expected to be lot 19, Juan Gris (1887-1927) Le Livre, oil on canvas, painted in 1914-1915. The estimated price for this painting is £12,000,000 - £18,000,000.

Christie's Interiors, New York, Rockefeller Plaza
February 7

Christie's Interiors will offer 919 lots for auction. The highest lot is expected for lot no. 59 which is  Circle of Luis de Morales (SPANISH, circa 1520-1586?), a triptych of The Virgin and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist; Saint John the Baptist on the left wing; Saint John the  Evangelist on the right wing inscribed 'ORA PRO NOBIS P ANTONI CONFESOR' (on the tabernacle frieze), oil on panel, in the original engaged frame, the wings extended. The estimated price is $20,000 - $30,000.


Important Jewels, New York
February 9

Sotheby’s will offer 339 lots for auction from their Impartant Jewels section. The highest price is estimated to be lot 163, 18 karat white gold and fancy orangy pink diamond pendant-necklace with an estimate price of 500,000 - 700,000 USD.

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers

Asian Works of Art
February 15

Skinner will put up 805 lots of Asian art work for auction. The auction at Skinner will present Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Japanese artwork and antiques, including fine calligraphy, rare jade, furniture, decorative arts, and contemporary Chinese art. The highest price of $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 is expected to be lot no. 186, six hardstone carvings, China, two reclining horses, a hippo, a large Kuan Yin, a small Kuan Yin, and an immortal, all with stands.


Inaugural Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art
February 15 February 16

Saffronart will start its online auction of Impressionist and Modern Art on 15 February. It will also offer a preview of the sale in Delhi and Mumbai. The highlights of the auction includes Vincent Van Gogh, L'allee aux deux promeneurs, oil on canvas laid on panel, 1885, 12.6 x 15.6in with an  estimated price of $ 800,000 - 1,000,000.



Phillips de Pury & Company

Contemporary Art Auctions, London
February 16 to February 17

Phillips de Pury & Company will present an auction of contemporary art featuring varied contemporary works of art. The exhibition will start on February 16 and ends on February 17, 2012.

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