Charming decorative arts exceed estimates in Neue Auctions' Summer Art & Antiques Auction, July 25th
A charming garden bird whirligig yard ornament standing 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' July 25th auction.
By: Neue Auctions
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.
To learn more, visit www.neueauctions.com.