BROWSE MORPHY HEADLINE NEWS
Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:28
DENVER, Pa. – As the landscape begins to reflect the first signs of the holiday season, with twinkling lights and snow-flocked trees visible through windows everywhere, collectors know it’s time for their favorite buying event of the year: Morphy’s December toy auction. This year the event is slated for December 13-14 and includes a colorful 1,750-lot array of antique toys, rare marbles, banks, trains and Part II of the incomparable Enzo Pertoldi robot and space toy collection. All forms of bidding will be available during the sale, including live via the Internet.
The Friday session will open with 300 lots of antique and vintage marbles. A prized selection gathered by Morphy’s marble expert Brian Estepp includes Lot 165, a rare maglight Indian marble measuring 2 3/8 inches in diameter. This remarkable piece with spotting reminiscent of end-of-the-day glass appears to have a black ground, but under a black light, it turns red. It is expected to roll out of the gallery on auction day for $7,000-$10,000.
Other marble highlights include Lot 135, a 2 5/16in shrunken-core onionskin, est. $6,000-$10,000; Lot 129, a 1¾in painted-dog sulphide, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 64, a three-quarter-inch unglazed china floral marble, $1,000-$2,000. Additionally, Lot 41, a near-mint clambroth measuring over 2 1/16in is estimated at $1,500-$2,500; while Lot 15, a 4-lobe onionskin with suspended mica is entered with a $1,000-$2,000 estimate. In addition to the handmade examples, the grouping also includes some very desirable machine-made marbles.
“Everyone is wondering where they should put their money these days, and I still believe the best place to put it is in the bank, as long as it’s a nice, old mechanical bank in fine condition,” said Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions. Morphy is an expert on mechanical banks and authored the 2007 reference book titled “The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks.”
Morphy’s Dec. 13 session contains more than 100 mechanical and still banks. Mechanicals are led by four coveted J & E Stevens productions: Lot 386, a Girl Skipping Rope, $12,000-$16,000; Lot 378, an excellent-plus Breadwinners, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 385, a North Pole bank, $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 401, a Shoot the Chute, $15,000-$25,000. Made by Philadelphia’s Kyser & Rex, Lot 346, an Organ Grinder & Performing Bear is expected to make $9,000-$14,000.
Topping the still bank category is Lot 343, an extremely rare Board of Trade bank made by Harper. “To my knowledge, this is one of only two or three that exist. It came out of a house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” said Morphy. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000.
More than 100 cast-iron toys – both automotive and horse drawn – will be offered in the opening session. The highest-estimated cast-iron lot, at $20,000-$30,000, is a rare 11-inch-long Hubley “Say It With Flowers” Indian motorcycle delivery van. Turquoise blue with a black-uniformed driver, the vehicle retains its factory flower decals on both sides and is an all-original piece. “This toy was consigned to us by its original owner, who lives in Pennsylvania, where the Hubley plant was located,” said Morphy.
Next on the auction roster are 75+ European tin toys by Lehmann, Gunthermann, Martin and other fabled German manufacturers; followed by 100+ character toys. Highlights include Lot 626, a Schuco tinplate Mickey Mouse holding a balloon and riding in a wind-up cart, $2,000-$3,000; Lot 642, a Tinko Japanese celluloid wind-up dancer, $1,200-$1,800; and Lot 655, a Japanese tin friction Dream Car, $1,500-$2,500. Friday’s activities will conclude with more than 100 lots of pressed steel, including pedal cars, trucks and cars.
The Saturday session will start off on an extraterrestrial note with Part II of the world-renowned Enzo Pertoldi robot and space toy collections. More than 400 lots will be offered, with many classics included, such as Lot 1184, a painted and litho’d-tin Diamond Planet Robot, $6,000-$9000; Lot 945, a boxed, wind-up tin-litho Chime Trooper, $4,000-$8,000; and Lot 991, a near-mint tin-litho and plastic battery-operated Change Man in its original box, $4,000-$6,000. Other top lots from the Pertoldi collection include Lot 1020, a painted and lithographed-tin crank-wind X-27 Explorer, $4,000-$6,000; and Lot 971, a Musical Drummer Robot, $3,000-$5,000. Both robots come with their original boxes.
The remainder of the session is devoted to 350+ train lots. Three lots of particular importance are: Lot 1434, an American Flyer Spiegel passenger train set in original box, $3,000-$6,000; Lot 1436, an American Flyer #1448 Minute Man set in original box, $2,000-$4,000; and Lot 1437, a J.C. Penney department store passenger train set in its original box, $2,000-$4,000.
For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Dec. 13-14 auction, call 717-335-3435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:55
The following is Dan Morphy’s travel schedule which includes the most up to date cities and information for his visits to cities near you.
This travel page was created to assist our customers who are interested in consignment and collection previews. Please contact Dan at 717-335-4569 or email@example.com
Dan Morphy, CEO/Owner
December 9: Marion Station, PA
December 10: St. Louis, MO
December 15: Allentown Gun Show, Allentown, PA
December 17 – 20: Las Vegas, NV
December 29 – 30: Daytona, FL
January 9 – 10: Scott Antique Market, Atlanta, GA
January 17 – 19: The All American Collectors Show, Glendale, CA
Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 14:31
DENVER, Pa. – It pays to advertise, but as auction prices have shown over the past few years, it also pays to collect advertising. A steady stream of interested, new collectors continues to step up to join those who’ve long embraced this popular hobby, with the result being a symbiosis that works very well for all involved. As veteran collectors sell their pieces at auction to upgrade or finance upper-end acquisitions, newer collectors keep the marketplace buoyant at the entry level and mid range.
One of the most reliable sources for antique and vintage advertising – at a variety of price points – is Morphy Auctions in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company conducts several specialty sales per year devoted exclusively to advertising, with the next one slated for December 6-7, 2013.
The 1,400-lot selection in the December event includes not only advertising and general store items, but also coin-op machines and occupational shaving mugs, the category that will open the sale.
The shaving mugs represent the third and final offering from the collection of the late Ray Jones, whose career in the US Navy influenced his love of military themes. Within the auction grouping are mugs emblazoned with images of a naval ship gunboat, $1,200-$1,500; a Civil War soldier standing next to a cannon and firearms, $1,500-$2,000; and a double-masted steam yacht, $1,200-$1,600.
More than 50 antique coin-op machines stand ready to accept pocket change from previewers. A Caille upright slot is expected to make $16,000-$24,000. Two Mills machines are estimated in the five figures, as well. An Automatic 5-cent slot could reach $10,000-$12,000; and a novelty “Electricity Is Life” arcade machine might spark a winning bid of $12,000-$15,000.
Next up will be 250 general store lots, led by a complete run of early dye and veterinary medicine cabinets, all in near-mint condition. The vet cabinets advertise the top three brands of their day: Dr. Daniels,’ Dr. Humphreys’ and Dr. Lesure’s.
Many outstanding signs await their turn in the spotlight. A coveted Soapine reverse-on-glass sign depicts a man scrubbing a smiling whale with the famous cleaning product introduced in 1827 in Providence, Rhode Island. Considered a New England classic, this sign is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Another early prize is a colorful self-framed oval tin sign advertising John Bardenheier Wine & Liquor, estimate $4,000-$6,000.
There are 75 lots of tobacco tins and rare cigar cutters in the sale. A fine Union Leader Cut Plug Tobacco cardboard sign with a fantastic image of Uncle Sam reading The Naval Review is in near-mint condition and estimated at $4,000-$8,000. Top tins include examples that once held Exquisite Cut Plug Tobacco, est. $2,000-$3,000; and Continental Cubes Tobacco, $1,000-$1,500.
The opening session will wrap with a 100-lot single-owner collection of items advertising Whistle Soda. One of the largest known collections of its type, it is led by a beautiful sign depicting a boy and girl with glasses of Whistle soda. Estimate: $750-$1,500.
Most of day two will be dominated by America’s favorite soft drink, Coca-Cola. The long list of Coke-related highlights includes a 1941 aviation-theme festoon, $7,500-$10,000; a 1918 calendar, $5,000-$7,000; and a 1930s radio shaped like a Coke bottle, $3,500-$5,500. A 1932 illuminating counter sign manufactured by Brunhoff could fetch $5,000-$7,000; while a tin “Pick Up 12” reminder sign with Coke “button” is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
The session is rounded out with an array of syrup dispensers and other soda-related pieces – surely enough to quench any enthusiast’s thirst for soda pop collectibles.
The Dec. 6-7 auction will commence at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on both days. All forms of bidding will be available. Preview the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online during the auction through MorphyLive, Artfact.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.
For additional information, call 717-335-3435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by admin on Sun, 11/17/2013 - 12:54
Prehistoric American Artifact & Arrowhead Auction debut chalks up $544,800
DENVER, Pa. – A buzz filled the room at Morphy’s November 9 auction after the hammer fell on Lot 57, a 9¾-inch sea-green obsidian artifact known as the Rutz Clovis point. The star of Morphy’s 159-lot Prehistoric American Artifact & Arrowhead debut auction, the point discovered on a mountain in Washington state in the early 1950s is known to collectors far and wide as one of the great treasures of its type. Entered with a $200,000-$400,000 estimate, the Rutz Clovis did not disappoint, selling to a Texas collector for $276,000. All prices quoted are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.
“How famous is the Rutz Clovis point? Ask the floor bidder who had an image of it tattooed on his calf!” said an amused John Mark Clark, who heads Morphy’s Prehistoric American Artifact & Arrowhead department. “Unfortunately for him, he’ll have to be satisfied with the tattoo, because he wasn’t the winning bidder.”
With the sale of the Rutz Clovis, Morphy’s has established what experts believe is a world-record price for a North American flaked stone artifact at auction.
Many other lots in the sale achieved strong prices. A ferruginous quartz bottle bannerstone found on the Bell Farm in Davidson County, Tennessee, in 1910, handily surpassed its estimate at $38,400. Another unusual figural piece, a rat-tail spud of polished metamorphic material, described in the auction catalog as “one of the rarest spud forms within the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex,” was bid beyond its estimate range to $31,200. Also attracting an impressive price was the lot of 20 points from the grouping known as the Motley Cache, of Todd County, Kentucky. It concluded its bidding run at $28,800.
“Top lots in the sale attracted fantastic prices, and many collectors around the country were paying close attention,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of positive feedback after the sale, and we had several phone calls regarding the potential consignment of important collections. It’s an exciting new category for Morphy’s, and we’re definitely well guided with Mark Clark as head of our department. All of the collectors know how incredibly knowledgeable and honest he is.”
Commenting on the success of Morphy’s debut in the category of prehistoric American artifacts and arrowheads, Clark remarked: “I think buyers had confidence in our authentication process and with our introduction of scientific procedures to that process. Right out of the gate, Morphy’s has established itself as the place to buy and consign top-quality artifacts.”
Morphy’s next specialty auction in this category, slated for June or July of next year, will be considerably larger than the Nov. 9 Prehistoric premiere and will continue to focus on the upper end of the market. Premium-quality artifacts have already been consigned, including a one-of-a-kind proto-historic pottery pipe, blades and projectile points from a three-generation northern Ohio family’s collection.
To contact Morphy's, call 717-335-3435 or email email@example.com. Visit their website at www.morphyauctions.com.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 09:45
Dan Matthews to head new department and produce future specialty sales under Morphy banner
DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, has confirmed that Matthews Auction Co. of Nokomis, Ill., will become a division of Morphy’s as of January 1, 2014. Dan Matthews, owner of the Midwestern auction house known for its high-profile sales of antique and vintage petroliana and automobilia, will head the new department.
“This is a great match-up,” said Morphy. “We’ve always wanted to expand and develop our automotive-related category into a stand-alone division with its own specialized sales, and at the same time, Dan Matthews has built an exceptional auction company that is respected by petroliana and automobilia collectors everywhere. We already share many clients in common with Matthews, so it will be a seamless transition.”
Morphy’s will perpetuate the successful formula Matthews Auction Co. has already established, holding four or five major sales per year in conjunction with popular petroliana shows. These events include the twice-yearly Chicagoland Petroleum & Advertising Show in Peotone, Ill., the Iowa Gas Swap Meet, and the Check the Oil (CTO) Show in Dublin, Ohio. The first auction reflecting the new business union between Morphy’s and Matthews Auction Co. is slated for Feb. 28, prior to the Peotone show.
Dan Matthews, who authored the reference “The Fine Art of Collecting Petroliana,” is considered by many to be the top authority in his field. While his own auction company might well have continued to thrive as the market leader within its niche in the years to come, Matthews said he recently came to the conclusion that he needed to “take it to the next level.”
While picking up a quarter-million-dollar collection of automotive advertising signs in New England, Matthews said he noticed that the consignor also had several important decorative art collections that were being “parceled out” to other auction houses.
“I thought, ‘If I had been associated with Morphy’s, the consignor would have given all of the collections to me, because it’s always easier to go to a one-shot place,’” Matthews recalled.
That was one important factor in his decision to merge with Morphy’s, which is a full-service auction house, but it wasn’t the main reason, Matthews said.
“I like meeting with people and making sure that things get done right, like cataloging and advertising – but I don’t like the actual office part of it or being a manager,” Matthews confessed. “I’ve always said you make your own destiny, so when Dan Morphy offered me an attractive package that would free me to do what I enjoy most, I decided to go for it.”
Matthews, who holds an auctioneer’s license in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky and New Hampshire, plans to obtain a Pennsylvania license, as well, but he and his current staff will continue to be based in Nokomis, Illinois.
In summary, Dan Morphy stated: “There are very few people in the antiques and auction business who are as respected as Dan Matthews. His tremendous knowledge and personal integrity put him right up there with the best of the best. I feel extremely honored that Dan has agreed to join our operation, and I can’t wait for Morphy’s to produce its first petroliana auction under his supervision. There are exciting times ahead.”
(Left) Dan Morphy, owner and CEO of Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa.; and Dan Matthews, founder of Matthews Auction Co. of Nokomis, Illinois, which will operate under the Morphy's banner commencing January 1, 2014.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 14:19
SYDNEY – An exciting new series based on Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania, made its primetime debut on Australian television on October 22nd. Titled Million Dollar Auctions, the show is carried on FOXTEL’s A&E channel, which delivers original and exclusive programming from the US cable giant to Australian audiences in high definition. Million Dollar Auctions joins a powerful lineup of hit shows on FOXTEL A&E that includes American Pickers, Storage Wars and Dog the Bounty Hunter.
The Australian deal with FOXTEL was concluded at Mip TV (Cannes, France) earlier this year by exclusive sales agent and production company Icon Television. Icon TV will have 13 half-hour episodes of Million Dollar Auctions finished by December. The show has generated interest from networks in 10 other countries, including the United States.
“What sets our show apart from some others is that it’s not a reality show as most people would think of the term,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy, the central figure in Million Dollar Auctions. “From the beginning, we set out to produce a series that was genuine and unscripted, with the goal of entertaining as we educated viewers about antiques and collectibles.” Million Dollar Auctions is the creation of Dan Morphy (executive producer), award-winning filmmaker Glenn Aveni (director, executive producer) and Bob Newman (executive producer).
Each episode of Million Dollar Auctions incorporates privileged visits to advanced collectors’ homes, valuations of items that might be lying dormant in anyone’s attic; and actual auction footage taken at Morphy’s gallery, where winning bids decisively reveal what’s hot in today’s marketplace.
In the opening episode, Morphy and his team visit the world’s largest Coca-Cola collection, appraise a rare Mr. Peanut window display, and auction a fantastic lineup of valuable robots.
Episode 2, which will air October 29th, includes a visit to a $3 million private collection of marbles, plus segments on superhero comics and a prized 19th-century slot machine.
Million Dollar Auctions airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. local time on FOXTEL A&E. For information on upcoming episodes and repeat times, log on to www.foxtel.com.au.
To participate in a future episode of Million Dollar Auctions, email Serena Myers at Morphy Auctions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:36
19th-century Bru bebe commands $18K at Morphy’s Sept. 21 Doll Auction
DENVER, Pa. – As expected, the top lot in Morphy’s September 21 doll auction was a magnificent 23-inch French circle dot Bru bébé (Lot #262) made in 1880. An impressive representation of the golden age of French doll manufacture, the bisque beauty with amber-threaded, deep-brown eyes sold for $18,000. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.
Another French highlight was a very rare circa-1877 Fernande Sustrac all-bisque mignonnette (Lot # 130) with ball-jointed elbows. A delightful package, just 5½ inches tall, she was dressed in a blue silk and lace original factory costume, including ribbon-wrapped feet to simulate boots. Her new owner paid $4,200. A 25in Phénix Bébé (Lot #532) wearing an antique cream wool dress with black velvet trim was purchased for $5,400.
The German bisque category was brimming with desirable Hertel, Schwab & Co.; Kley & Hahn, Gebr. Heubach, and Kammer & Reinhart characters. Top honors went to a splendid 21-inch K & R 114 doll (Lot #289) with rare glass eyes, pouty mouth and crisp modeling, which sold for $9,000. A rare 16-inch Heubach 7746 character (Lot #163) with a cheeky grin was ready to entertain in an antique gold and black clown suit for a $6,600 price. Also by Heubach, an 11in candy container doll on a sled with pouty bisque head went to a new home for $2,160. Other notable dolls were a 20-inch H.S. & Co. 141 (Lot #435) with painted eyes and closed mouth ,$4,200; and a rare variant of the same mold (Lot #288) with glass eyes and open mouth, $2,700.
Lady dolls were quite popular. A 24in Simon & Halbig 1159 (Lot #291) in original red and white striped nurse’s uniform sold for $2,280. A dainty 14in painted bisque Armand Marseille 402 doll with slender lady face and body sold for $1,560. A 17in French lady doll (Lot #131) with wistful face and desirable kid-over-wood body with bisque lower arms and legs brought $5,700, even though one arm was repaired.
Other items of interest included a 15in Neapolitan crèche figure of an elderly lady (Lot #205) with wonderful character face, $3,600; an early Moravian cloth doll “Polly Heckewelder” (Lot #600), $3,200; a boxed H. Handwerck child doll with original clothing (Lot #167), $1,560; and a boxed DEP Jumeau (Lot #260), $2040. A Kathe Kruse 1931 “Hampelchen” (Lot #352), all original with label, brought $2,700; while a desirable Door of Hope small boy in silk (Lot #587) went for $1,920.
In addition to antique dolls, the 623-lot auction featured compositions, hard plastics, Sashas, R. John Wright and other high-end artist dolls; antique and vintage teddy bears, antique doll clothing and shoes; accessories and period furniture.
Morphy’s next cataloged doll sale is scheduled for March 22, 2014. Consignments will be accepted through December 2013. For more information, contact Morphy’s doll specialist Jan Foulke at 717-335-3435 or e-mail email@example.com.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 09:46
Rainbow selection of fancy colored diamonds, long-held fine art collection headline Morphy’s Nov. 1-2 auction
Star lot: 5.16ct fancy gray/yellow/green diamond ring with 26 pink, 18 blue diamonds
DENVER, Pa. – A spectacular array of colored diamonds and a fresh collection of fine artworks assembled in the 1950s and ’60s top the long list of highlights in Morphy Auctions’ Nov. 1-2 Fine & Decorative Art sale. In all, 1,200 lots will be offered.
Day one will glitter with its first-class selection of jewelry, precious coins and silver, starting with 100 coin lots from the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
“This is our third consignment of valuables from the Commonwealth’s vaults, and the quality continues to amaze me,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “In addition to silver dollars, we’ll be auctioning 5, 10 and 20-dollar gold pieces, plus a variety of fine jewelry. This arrangement has worked out so well for both sides that the Pennsylvania Treasury has chosen to continue its arrangement with Morphy’s next year.”
More than 100 lots of silver wares will follow the Treasury goods. The grouping includes teapots, candlesticks, a 48-piece Tiffany sterling flatware service, $2,000-$3,000; and a 6-piece Mexican silver tea and coffee set, $3,000-$4,000. An S. Kirk & Son sterling pedestal centerpiece is estimated at $3,500-$5,500.
Next up will be a 300-lot selection of fine jewelry and timepieces. Men’s watches are led by an 18K gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual, $6,000-$8,000; and a Brietling two-tone model with diamond bezel, $6,000-$8,000.
Of the jewelry lots featuring GIA-certified natural-colored diamonds, several are expected to bring six-figure prices, including a 20K gold ring with a 5.16ct pear-shape fancy gray, yellow and green diamond surrounded by 26 round pink diamonds weighing 1.5 carats and 18 round blue diamonds weighing .75 carats. Morphy described the ring, estimated at 150,000-$180,000, as “a knockout.”
The highest-estimated jewelry lot is a platinum ring set with a 2.16ct fancy gray-blue oval-shape diamond and surrounded by 25 pink diamonds weighing 1.2 carats. The center diamond is graded Si1 for clarity, and the ring is estimated at $175,000-$200,000. A 5.06ct cushion-shape loose diamond, VS2, color G, is entered with a $90,000-$110,000 estimate. Other exciting diamond lots include an 18K gold ring with 1.06ct vivid yellow-orange oval diamond, Si1, color G, estimated at $22,000-$25,000; and a ring featuring a 1.02ct fancy puplish-pink cushion-shape diamond, Si1, which could realize $60,000-$70,000.
A number of highly regarded mid-century American artists are represented in the fine art collection to be auctioned in the Saturday session. The collection passed by direct descent through a New Jersey family and has remained intact ever since, making it a particularly fresh and desirable offering.
More than 100 paintings will cross the auction block. One of the top prizes is a Grandma Moses (American, 1860-1961) oil on board titled “First Snow,” which the consignor’s parents purchased in 1961 from Galerie St. Etienne, a New York firm that represented the artist. It retains its original artist’s label and inventory number on verso. Measuring 8in by 13in, the work is a classic Grandma Moses winter landscape, with figures, a horse and sleigh, houses, Christmas tree and a dog. It is illustrated in Otto Kallir’s 1974 reference titled “Grandma Moses” and has a presale estimate of $18,000-$22,000.
Also coming from the New Jersey collection is a 24in by 30in oil on Masonite by Theodoros Stamos (American, 1922-1997). “Stamos was a member of the art collective known as ‘the irascibles,’” said Patrick Orbe, head of Morphy’s Fine Art division. “They were really the founders of the New York abstract expressionist movement.” Titled “The Lamplighter,” the painting is signed and dated “1945 New York.” Its estimate is $15,000-$18,000.
A Moses Soyer (American, 1899-1974) oil painting in the November auction measures 25in by 18¼in and is titled “Four Dancers.” It was purchased directly from the artist’s studio in 1961 and is expected to realize $6,000-$8,000.
The New Jersey collection exhibits an appealing variety of media and subject matter. There are two particularly nice pastels on paper by Joseph Stella (American, 1877-1946). The one titled “Tropical Plants” measures 18in by 24in and is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
A formidable lineup of paintings by British artists includes a 1960 John Bratby, RA (1928-1971) oil on canvas that measures 74¾in by 26¾in and is titled “Gloria on Back and Revolving Studio.”
“The Bratby is a great one, really large and fresh,” said Orbe. “Bratby was from the Kitchen Sink Realism cultural movement in Britain (1928-1992), and the mid century was his period.” The painting is artist-signed and carries a presale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
Another British highlight is oil-on-canvas Scottish landscape by Alfred De Breanski Sr. (1852-1928) titled “Loch Awe, N.B.” The work measures 24in by 36in. and is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
James Jebusa “J.J.” Shannon, RA (American/British, 1862-1923) is best known for his portraits of British and American society. A quintessential Shannon portrait in the sale – undated but probably early 20th century – depicts a handsome young man in tennis whites, clutching tennis balls in one hand. The 36in by 28in oil on canvas has an impressionist feel that is typical of Shannon’s work. It is signed at lower left and expected to make $15,000-$18,000.
A great example of mid-century American illustration, Earl Moran’s (1893-1923) pastel on paper is the original artwork for a pinup calendar published by Brown & Bigelow, a promotional products distributor that has been in business for well over a century. The 26in by 20in pastel is absolutely fresh to the market. It has clear provenance with paperwork from the owner and has been in the same collection since it was first painted. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000.
Bermuda scenes have their own small but dedicated following. A marvelous example of a Bermuda cottage with picket fence and tropical greenery, painted by Edith Sarah Watson (American, 1861-1943), is expected to capture the attention of those particular collectors. It measures 12in by 16in and is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
The auction also includes a varied selection of regional art, including a Florida scene by Rachel V. Hartley (1884-1995, granddaughter of George Inness and daughter of sculptor Jonathan Hartley), a James Milton Sessions (American, 1882-1962) watercolor of the Mississippi River, and a group of oil paintings by Native-American artist Louis ShipShee (1896-1975).
The decorative art section includes some unusual and very beautiful pieces, such as a circa-1905 metamorphic brass and marble butterfly by Carl Kauba (Austrian, 1865-1922). A quintessential example of Art Nouveau artistry, the butterfly slowly opens its filigreed, translucent enamel wings to reveal a nude woman when its antenna is pressed. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
A grouping of 20+ stained glass windows includes a double-hung, stained- and leaded-glass window commissioned around 1897 by a man named George Crane – perhaps explaining its crane motif. The window came from an old house on West Main Street in Mountville, Pa., Morphy said.
More than 100 art glass lots have been cataloged, including a 15in Quezal Jack-in-the-Pulpit vase with a large oval head in stunning gold luster. The circa-1915 vase carries a presale estimate of $12,500-$15,000. The unmistakable quality of Tiffany is seen in an 8in, circa-1900 Blue Nash vase with pulled-feather decoration and strong purple and yellow colors. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.
Amphora collectors would be pleased to know that Morphy’s will be offering a 50-piece grouping that includes a monumental 20in Fates vase with 100 Art Nouveau faces modeled into the design. In mint condition, it is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. A 25in Amphora Stellmacher Frog and Fly vase could achieve $5,000-$7,000.
More than 100 music boxes will be on hand to fill the gallery with their richly melodious sounds. Highlights include a large, interchangeable 7-cylinder organ box, $25,000-$30,000; an oversize Paillard revolver music box that plays an 18½in cylinder, $30,000-$35,000; and a Regina 20¾in bowfront automatic changer, $15,000-$25,000.
Rounding out the second session are a group of 20+ clocks, including a Jacob Guthart (1779-1867) tall-case model made in Lebanon, Pa., $6,000-$10,000; and a classy ride for transporting auction goods back home – a 1955 Cadillac Series 62 coupe. Remarkably, it is a one-owner car with only 60,000 original miles on it. The price to glide out of Morphy’s in mid-century style is expected to be in the range of $12,000-$18,000.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 13:01
Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, has announced the appointment of Michael L. Vice as expert consultant in firearms and militaria. In his new position, Michael, who is based in Gettysburg, Pa., will appraise and catalog guns, rifles and military- related artifacts for all Morphy Firearms sales, starting with a January 11 auction that features a major Colt collection.
Michael is a Texas native who obtained his B.A. in history from Mississippi State University, and a Master of Arts degree in museum science from Texas Tech University. He undertook further postgraduate studies in military history at Kansas State University and was an honorary research associate at the University of Birmingham’s World I History Centre in Birmingham, England.
Additionally, Michael is a graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration, a nationally recognized museum management and leadership training course sponsored by AAM, AASLH, The Smithsonian, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In 2009, Michael co-authored a major work about surviving Crimean War British artifacts that are held in UK museums and private collections. Titled “Crimean Memories: Artefacts of the Crimean War,” it won the Independent Publishers Association’s Silver Medal for Best Reference Book for 2010.
Michael is a Vietnam veteran and retired major in the US Army Reserve, and has spent the past 30+ years in the museum field. Most recently, he served as museum curator at the US Army Medical Museum at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. During the decade between 1993 and 2003, he was chief museum curator at Gettysburg National Military Park, overseeing a world-famous collection of 42,000 historical artifacts, a vast park archive, and a collection of 700,000 archaeological specimens. His distinguished work history also includes curatorial positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers Office of History, the US Army Center of Military History, the National Park Service, and the United States Cavalry Museum.
An active member of many state and national organizations devoted to antique firearms and military history, Michael enjoys collecting, researching, restoring and shooting American military longarms made between 1835 and 1890. He is considered a leading expert on the American Civil War and American Indian Wars (1866-1890).
“We feel extremely honored that Michael agreed to join Morphy’s as head of our Firearms and Militaria department,” said Dan Morphy. “His qualifications are superb, and his expertise and reputation will play a major role in the further development of what has become one of our strongest and most active departments at Morphy’s.”
To contact Michael Vice regarding consignments to future Firearms sales at Morphy’s, call 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Robots sweep the top 10 at Morphy’s million-dollar Toy Auction, Sept. 6-7
More than 40 record prices achieved by Enzo Pertoldi space toy collection
DENVER, Pa. – “We knew the robots were going to take off, but we had no idea the sale was going to turn into such a landmark event for collectors. The excitement level was through the roof,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy, describing the scene at his company’s Sept. 6-7 Toy Auction.
The centerpiece of the 1,122-lot offering was the renowned Enzo Pertoldi collection of vintage robots and space toys, which had traveled from Italy to take the spotlight at Morphy’s. When the last of the lunar dust had settled, pieces from the Pertoldi group decisively occupied all of the top 10 slots in the $1,032,000 auction. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.
The leader of the pack was a battery-operated Radicon Robot from Masudaya’s “Gang of Five” series. Like most of the other robots in the collection, the 14¾in, gray textured-metal Radicon was made in Japan. Accompanied by its unusual remote control and colorful original box, it commanded a winning bid of $37,300 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Another great favorite with collectors was the 7¾ in lithographed-tin wind-up Interplanetary Explorer Robot made by Naito Shoten. The rare, vividly graphic factory box depicting a helmeted explorer in space, his rifle shooting off sparks, played a big part in achieving the runner-up price of $22,800 against a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Not far behind was an 11in tall Nomura Radar Robot, known to collectors as “Topolino” (the Italian name for Mickey Mouse) because of its upright ears. A rare boxed example, it shot to $18,600, more than double the high estimate. Achieving the same money at $18,600, a Masudaya tin-litho Space Patrol with Suctorial Missiles came complete with its original box designed for use as a target. The crude, early space-theme box graphics, coupled with the naïve imagery on the toy, drove the lot to six times its high estimate.
Other high flyers included a futuristic T.V. Space Patrol tin car in sky blue with a bubble top and pictorial box, $16,800 (estimate $5,000-$7,000); a boxed Masudaya Robot Mighty 8 with Magic Color, $15,600 (estimate $4,000-$8,000); and a boxed Nomura Robby Space Patrol, $13,800 (estimate $2,000-$4,000).
“This sale proved that robots are stronger and in greater demand than ever before, especially those that are rare, boxed and in superior condition, like the ones in Enzo Pertoldi’s collection. We had great live, phone and Internet action, and international buyers – especially the Japanese – were very competitive throughout,” said Morphy. “After the auction, our robot expert, Mark Bergin, said we had broken more than 40 individual price records and that it was the strongest robot sale he has seen to date.”
Enzo Pertoldi, who spent 35 years presciently amassing and refining his incomparable collection, also had words of praise to offer. He described the auction results as “extraordinary and unbelievable.”
Part II of the late Ray Jones and Theresa Jones collection of antique occupational shaving mugs, which opened the sale, also brought significant prices. A gilt-finished china mug with a realistically painted image of a greenhouse tripled its estimate at $6,600; while a shipbuilder’s shaving mug depicting a craft under construction sailed to $4,800 against an estimate of $800-$1,200. With crossover appeal to collectors of sports memorabilia, a mug with the image of a baseball player sliding into second base doubled its high estimate to finish at $3,600.
Morphy’s will conduct a Toy & Advertising auction on October 29 and a major Toy & Marble auction on December 13-14. For additional information, call Morphy’s gallery at 717-335-3435 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit Morphy’s website, www.morphyauctions.com, for regularly updated details on future sales.