Exceptional December Sales Limit A Year of Big Auctions at Michaan’s


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Exceptional December Sales Limit A Year of Big Auctions at Michaan’s

ALAMEDA, CA, USA, Jan 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – Happy winter sales
Friday, December 17, 2021
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Saturday, December 18, 2021
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Exceptional December Sales Limit A Year of Big Auctions at Michaan’s

Michaan’s Auctions hosted two successful sales in December, closing a fourth quarter of highly anticipated events with phenomenal results. “These are exciting times in the auction business,” said Founder and CEO Allen Michaan. “We are reaching more buyers than ever before and our team brings them fantastic properties, from distinguished clients that we are so proud to represent. Shipments from the San Francisco Art Museums and the Monterey History and Art Society were presented in late 2021, as was the estate of San Francisco business leader and social luminary Lois Lehrman. The astonishing array of goods for auction, offered in December and throughout 2021, spanned countless time periods, cultures and categories.

Banksy’s “Girl with Balloon” was the first lot in Michaan’s Winter Sale. Purchased at a flash warehouse sale hosted by Banksy in London in the early 2000s, the screenprint sold for the realized price of $ 174,000 at Michaan’s on December 17 (all prices include the buyer’s premium. ). “Girl with Balloon” came with Banksy’s new Certificate of Authenticity from Pest Control Office.

A particularly exciting moment at Michaan’s Winter Sale was the world auction record set for a work on paper by artist Ernie Barnes. His mixed media study sketch (Lot 5055), of a dancing couple with tremendous verve and dynamism, was estimated between $ 1,500 and $ 2,500 and sold for $ 24,000. Several works by Ira Yeager (born 1938) have been sold, with her oil on canvas “Chicken Lady” fetching $ 18,000, the artist’s second highest price at auction. Albert Bierstadt’s view of the Hudson also grossed $ 18,000 on December 17.

Henrietta Berk, whose paintings flew off this year at Michaan’s, featured in the winter sale. His bold and brilliantly colored oil painting of two figures (lot 5033) sold for $ 16,800. Alphonse Mucha caused a sensation at Michaan during several auctions in 2021. On December 17, a set of four original Mucha posters, “The Times of the Day,” sold for $ 17,220; a Mucha wallet of 72 boards (Lot 5058) brought in $ 15,600. Beautiful paintings of iconic European cityscapes continue to sell quickly at Michaan’s, and “The Grand Canal, Venice”, by a Canaletto follower, grossed $ 39,000 in the winter sale.

Artworks sold at the gallery’s auction on December 18 included American landscapes, Pop Art, and prints. “Sunset with Palms”, the magnificent tapestry by Mark Adams (American, 1925-2006), sold for $ 3,900. The original celluloids from the 1968 Beatles animated film, “Yellow Submarine,” grossed $ 2,400 at Michaan’s on December 18th. “The Flowers”, oil on canvas by David Davidovich Burliuk, Russian avant-garde poet, critic and artist of Ukrainian origin and visionary, sold for $ 2,700. This short list of highlights illustrates the diversity and quality offered by Michaan’s fine arts department, where many more discoveries and triumphs are assured over the coming year.
Tiffany glass has long reigned at Michaan’s, a trusted resource for collectors. In the winter sale, the Tiffany Studios Striped Dogwood Glass Shade fetched $ 21,600. Tiffany Studios’ stunning lampshade and spider base were sold separately at Michaan’s in December, for a total of $ 25,000 for the complete lamp. Another batch of fine art glassware has sparked the interest of San Francisco history buffs: the legendary Bardelli’s “Peacock Window” restaurant, a local favorite for much of the 20th century. Made up of three glass panels, this magnificent nostalgic lot sold for $ 19,200 on December 17th. The next day, a fierce auction drove the sale price up to $ 8,000 for the United Glass Company’s circa 1900 stained glass window. Depicting a soldier with a sword and shield, the piece has been withdrawn from the San Francisco art museums.

Michaan’s December auctions showcased the world’s top luxury brands. The leather bench, Lot 5160, was designed by Jean-Michel Frank for Hermès; it sold for $ 15,600 in the winter sale on December 17th. Great rarity from Chanel’s Russian period, the 1920s coat with Kitmir embroidery, sold for $ 13,200. Creations by Chanel, Gucci, Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Judith Leiber were also sold at the December gallery auction of December 18.

Tiffany & Co. was one of the Fine Sale jewelry selection, with Tiffany’s exceptional Art Deco Sugarloaf Cabochon Emerald Ring realizing $ 10,200. Rolex, Patek Philippe, Heuer and Omega were among the luxury brands in the selection of timepieces. Helvetia’s 18-karat gold-coated ladies’ wristwatch fetched $ 4,000. The biggest jewelry and watch brands are popping up month after month at Michaan’s, where near 100% jewelry sales are not uncommon. Lot 5033, another extraordinary diamond, was over 2 carats in size and fetched $ 16,800. Fine gold jewelry sold very well throughout 2021, with gold coin jewelry ranking among the top jewelry lots in several auctions.

Period jewelry – Victorian, art deco, retro – does not fail to attract collectors looking for unique and high quality pieces. At Michaan’s Gallery auction on December 18, the exquisite Edwardian pendant of cultured pearls and platinum-set diamonds (lot 360) sold for $ 1,800, more than double the amount estimate. Even higher went the line of antique jewelry in diamonds, enamel and 14-karat gold; estimated between $ 500 and $ 700, the ring with pendant brooch (Lot 482) brought in $ 2,000.

Carved jade, fine porcelain, and embroidered Chinese textiles performed exceptionally at Michaan’s this year, as did almost all types of Asian art treasures offered for auction. In winter sales, a Chinese bronze alloy statue of Bhaisajyaguru Buddha climbed to $ 42,000, and the enameled Buddha statue of the rose family in a carved shrine (Lot 5217) topped estimates to reach 18,000 $. The massive eight-panel carved wood screen, set with blue and white porcelain plaques, fetched $ 16,800. Roll paintings, a calligraphy couplet, Huanghuali and rosewood furniture sold very well. The display case filled with porcelain cups and hard stones (Lot 5216) attracted many bidders, realizing $ 5,400.

The December gallery auction saw exceptional sales of fine Chinese porcelain such as lot 537, the flamed red copper enamel plate, Qianlong period, $ 3,900; the silver-streaked Jian bowl (lot 542) went up to $ 6,600, only to be surpassed by lot 557, the octagonal guan-type vase ($ 9,000) with its serene bluish-green glaze. “We are seeing tremendous vigor in the Asian art collecting community,” says Michaan scholar Annie Zeng, who does not anticipate any slowdown in the coming year.

Talesa Eugenio
Michaan’s auctions
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