Sotheby’s amazing $1 billion November

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Sotheby’s worldwide auctions of art and jewelry totaled $1.02 billion in 10 days in November, 2013. Records were broken repeatedly, including for individual items and total sales. Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale realized $200 million, the highest total for any jewelry auction ever.

Giacometti bronze Grande Tête Mince (Grand Tête de Diego), Sotheby's lot #15

Giacometti bronze Grande Tête Mince (Grand Tête de Diego), Sotheby’s lot #15

Top lot of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sales on November 6th was #15, a bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti entitled Grande Tête Mince (Grand Tête de Diego). Estimated to sell for $30,000,000 – $50,000,000, it realized $50,005,000 — near the high estimate.

Andy Warhol Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), Sotheby's lot #16

Andy Warhol Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), Sotheby’s lot #16

Andy Warhol won the bidding wars at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction on November 13th. His Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), lot #16, sold for $105,445,000, a world record for a Warhol. The estimate was secret, listed as “Estimate Upon Request”. Not sure why they do that, but basically it means “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Andy Warhol

Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a regular at the Triple Pier Show in NYC before his death in 1987 at age 58. I saw him many times, but never talking to anyone. He never came into my booth. I wish I had taken a photograph of him, but it didn’t even cross my mind at the time. I didn’t know he would become such a big deal.

We’ve been buying for the last several weeks, with great success. You won’t believe all the wonderful Tiffany Studios glass, lamps and candlesticks we’ve purchased from fantastic private collections. We’ll have it all on display at our four shows down south, starting with the Miami National Antiques Show on January 24, 2014, less than two weeks away. We’ll end with the wonderful Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference, February 21 – 23, 2014. We last exhibited there a few years ago and couldn’t exhibit again because of scheduling conflicts. This year there were no conflicts, so we’re happy to return. It will immediately follow the important Palm Beach Antiques Show.

Wonderful Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved leaves, just in

Wonderful Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved leaves, just in

Click here to view my new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps

Sotheby’s New York sells a Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp for $1,565,000, December 18, 2013

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December is 20th Century month, with every major and many minor auction houses holding a sale. Sotheby’s held two sales yesterday, December 18, 2013, with some truly impressive individual results. The Important Tiffany auction realized total sales of $3,675,625, while the Important 20th Century Design sale realized $5,145,500.

Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp, Sotheby's lot #330

Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #330

First among the results was a world-record price for a Tiffany Studios Wisteria table lamp at auction. Sold as lot #330, with a pre-sale estimate of $600,000 — 800,000, it soared to $1,565,000, with two phone bidders who wouldn’t give up. The color was strong and the provenance royal, from Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza of Spain.

Tiffany Studios Double Poinsettia table lamp. Sotheby's lot #317

Tiffany Studios Double Poinsettia table lamp. Sotheby’s lot #317

Another Tiffany lamp with a super result was lot #317, a 22″ Double Poinsettia. It was a particularly nice example, with strong red and blue colors — just what collectors like. It sold for $221,000, against an estimate of $120,000 — $180,000.

Wonderful, rare Tiffany Favrile red carved vase, Sotheby's lot #304

Wonderful, rare Tiffany Favrile red carved vase, Sotheby’s lot #304

The selection of Tiffany Favrile vases in the sale was limited, but choice. I lusted for lot #304, a fantastic cherry red Tiffany Favrile vase, completely wheel-carved with flowers and leaves. It sold for $21,250, against an estimate of $8,000 — $12,000. Unfortunately, I was the underbidder. There’s only so much a dealer can pay. Retail buyers will win every time.

There were some disappointments too. The cover lot, a rare Tiffany Bat lamp failed to reach its reserve of $500,000, against an estimate of $550,000 – $750,000. Another important lot, a piano from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio in the Charles Tiffany mansion in NYC, also failed to sell, against a reserve of $200,000 – $300,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here. Tune in Monday for the results of Christie’s 20th Century sales being held today, Thursday, December 19, 2013.

We’ll be busy buying for the next several weeks in anticipation of the important Florida shows, starting with the Miami National Antiques Show on January 24, 2014. We’ll end our winter schedule with the wonderful Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference, February 21 – 23, 2014. We last exhibited there a few years ago and couldn’t exhibit again because of scheduling conflicts. This year there were no conflicts, so we’re happy to return. It will immediately follow the important Palm Beach Antiques Show.

Wonderful Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved leaves, just in

Wonderful Tiffany Favrile vase with wheel-carved leaves, just in

Click here to view my new website and look around. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps

Three Norman Rockwell masterpieces coming to auction at Sotheby’s New York on December 4, 2013

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Norman Rockwell painting, Saying Grace

Norman Rockwell painting, Saying Grace

Sotheby’s New York will hold their American Art auction on December 4, 2013, including seven works by famed American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. Saying Grace, his cover for the November 24, 1951 issue of Saturday Evening Post, is expected to be the star of the group, with a pre-sale estimate of $15 million – $20 million. It depicts a Mennonite family saying prayers in a restaurant. It was voted a fan favorite in a poll of Saturday Evening Post readers.

Norman Rockwell painting, Breaking Home Ties

Norman Rockwell painting, Breaking Home Ties

All of the works were the property of Kenneth J. Stuart Sr., who was the longtime art director of the Saturday Evening Post. Mr. Rockwell gifted him many paintings. For the last 20 years, they’ve been on loan to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Unfortunately for the museum, the new owner’s gains will be the museum’s losses. Some famous and fabulously wealthy clients collect Norman Rockwell’s works, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ross Perot and Alice Walton (of Walmart fame). They (and others) could easily break the Rockwell world record of $15.4 million, set at Sotheby’s in 2006, with the sale of Breaking Home Ties.

Norman Rockwell painting, The Gossips

Norman Rockwell painting, The Gossips

The Gossips is expected to realize the second best price of the group. It depicts 15 pairs of people animatedly talking to each other. The inspiration for the painting came from a rumor that was circulating in his hometown of Arlington, Vermont, about the artist himself. Notice the first lady (upper left) is the same as the last lady (lower right). That’s Rockwell himself (bottom row, in the grey hat) chewing her out. Each person appears twice — first hearing the rumor and then turning around and spreading it. The moral of the story is “Don’t piss off a famous artist”.

Norman Rockwell painting, Walking to Church

Norman Rockwell painting, Walking to Church

The third Rockwell masterpiece is Walking to Church. It will carry a pre-sale estimate of $3 million – $5 million.

If you follow my blog, you know that Lia and I will be leaving shortly for Italy to attend the antiques fair in Parma, courtesy of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast and the Fiere di Parma. As a result, there won’t be a Thursday post this week. I’ll do my best to post from Italy next Monday, with a few local photos.

My new, totally redesigned website is almost ready for prime time. Click here to view it. Then look around, try the links and use the site as you normally would. I need your reactions, so don’t be bashful. Please write to me and let me know what you think! philchasen@gmail.com or use the CONTACT form on the site. I expect there are bugs, which I hope you’ll let me know about. We’ll fix all the problems and then roll out the new site. Thanks!!!

Wonderful 12" Daum rain scenic vase, just in

Wonderful 12″ Daum rain scenic vase, just in

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Sotheby’s may sell its Manhattan headquarters

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Sotheby's York Ave. headquarters in NYC

Sotheby’s York Ave. headquarters in NYC

Sotheby’s has hired two real estate firms to explore the possibility of a sale of their Manhattan headquarters. The first firm, Eastdil Secured, will look for potential buyers. The second firm, Jones Lang LaSalle, will search for a site to relocate.

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Selling their Manhattan headquarters will not be new. After first purchasing the building in 1979, they were forced to sell it in 2002, after the collusion debacle with Christie’s. Sotheby’s continued to occupy the York Ave. building by leasing it back from the purchaser, RFR Holding LLC. Then in 2009 they bought the building back from RFR, after a substantial improvement in business. The pressure to sell now may be coming from Marcato Capital Management LLC, Third Point LLC, and Trian Fund Management LP, who collectively purchased 15% of Sotheby’s shares. They expect a sale would allow Sotheby’s to increase dividends and buy back shares.

Chelsea, New York City

Chelsea, New York City

So where would Sotheby’s move? Chelsea is one possibility because of the concentration of art dealers. Personally I’ll be sad wherever they move. York Ave. is far from midtown and very convenient. Christie’s move to Rockefeller Center made every move by car very difficult.

My new, totally redesigned website is almost ready for prime time. Click here to view it. Then look around, try the links and use the site as you normally would. I need your reactions, so don’t be bashful. Please write to me and let me know what you think! philchasen@gmail.com or use the CONTACT form on the site. I expect there are more than a few bugs, which I hope you’ll let me know about. We’ll fix all the problems and then roll out the new site. Thanks!!!

Wonderful Daum Nancy scenic blownout vase, in rare purple variation, just in

Wonderful Daum Nancy scenic blownout vase, in rare purple variation, just in

Click here to view French cameo glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show. Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps.

Solid results at Sotheby’s Important 20th Century Design auction, June 12, 2013

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Sotheby’s was the first of the major auction houses to hold their 20th Century sale in June (20th Century month). Their Important 20th Century Design auction was held on June 12, 2013, with total sales of $4,738,940 — a strong result for a relatively small 165-lot sale. The top two lots of the sale were beyond my comprehension — a Paul Lobel silver-plated coffee service (lot #89, $449,000) and a François-Xavier Lalanne realistic sheep, Mouton, (lot #148, $341,000).

Rare Tiffany Studios Dragonfly and Waterflowers table lamp, Sotheby's lot #27

Rare Tiffany Studios Dragonfly and Waterflowers table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #27

Top lot of the Tiffany section of the sale (and third overall) went to #27, a rare Dragonfly variation called Dragonfly and Waterflowers, on a rare and desirable mosaic glass Arrowhead base. It sold at the high estimate of $200,000, for a total of $257,000, including the buyer’s premium.

Tiffany Studios 20" Dragonfly table lamp, Sotheby's lot #22

Tiffany Studios 20″ Dragonfly table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #22

My personal favorite Tiffany Studios lamp of the sale was lot #22, a 20″ diameter Dragonfly on a killer Bird Skeleton base, with a fabulous patina. The lamp sold for $161,000, near its high estimate of $150,000. It would have sold for more if the shade had been more exciting. This was one of those rare times when the base was worth more than the shade.

Rare Argy-Rousseau Monkey vase, Sotheby's lot #76

Rare Argy-Rousseau Monkey vase, Sotheby’s lot #76

There was a small, but excellent quality, selection of French glass in the sale, led by lot #76, a very rare Argy-Rousseau pate-de-verre Monkey vase. It more than doubled its high estimate of $35,000, to sell for $87,500.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

No shows until July 19-21, when we’ll be in Denver. A fellow dealer convinced me to try the show again. She said the show has new promoters, who filled the hall with buyers the last time. So we’ll give it one more shot. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call or write if you would like to buy, sell or trade.

Just got this incredible 8½" Daum blackbird vase (dirty in this photo, but soon to be cleaned)

Just got this incredible 8½” Daum blackbird vase (dirty in this photo, but soon to be cleaned)

Click here to view French cameo glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Wonderful A. Walter pate-de-verre vase with lizard, just in

Wonderful A. Walter pate-de-verre vase with lizard, just in

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps.

Solid results for Tiffany Studios items at Sotheby’s 20th Century Design sale, March 6, 2013

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Sotheby’s held a 20th Century Design sale on March 6, 2013, with very good results for Tiffany Studios lamps, glass and desk sets. The sale totaled over $3.6 million, led by a strange Ron Arad experimental “Rietveld Chair” from 1996, which sold for $194,500. Since I don’t know understand why, I’ll stick to a subject I do know about, namely Tiffany Studios.

Fine Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, Sotheby's lot #28

Fine Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #28

Top lot of the Tiffany Studios section of the sale went to #28, a fine 20″ diameter Dragonfly table lamp, with red jeweled eyes and beautiful wings, in excellent condition. Estimated to sell for $50,000 – $70,000, it realized $98,500, including buyer’s premium. I had a lovely spot in my home for the lamp, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Original set of four Tiffany Studios door knobs, Sotheby's lot #1

Original set of four Tiffany Studios door knobs, Sotheby’s lot #1

It’s not every day one gets to bid on a rare and unusual item, like a set of four original Tiffany Studios door knobs. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ever seen them for sale. The bidders agreed, sending the final price to $8,125, against a pre-sale estimate of $1,000 – $1,500. That’s over $2,000 per knob. Not bad.

Daum Nancy Dragon vase, Sotheby's lot #101

Daum Nancy Dragon vase, Sotheby’s lot #101

There were very few French cameo glass lots in the sale, and they all did very well. Lot #101 was a rare, large (12″) vase with a stylized dragon, in the German manner. Crossing the block with an estimate of $6,000 – $8,000, it soared to $28,125. It wasn’t for me, as it appeared that the dragon had been repainted at a later date.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.

Fine Galle Plum blownout vase, just in

Fine Galle Plum blownout vase, just in

Click here to view French cameo glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

This superb Galle fuchsia blownout vase has great color and just arrived yesterday

This superb Galle fuchsia blownout vase has great color and just arrived yesterday

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

You could have bought the original piano from the 1942 classic film Casablanca

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Sam plays As Time Goes By to  Rick and Ilsa

Sam plays As Time Goes By to Rick and Ilsa

The two weeks from the end of November to the middle of December were good for fans of the classic 1942 film, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. First Heritage Auctions sold a 1942 Casablanca poster for $191,200 on November 29, 2012 and then Sotheby’s offered the famous original piano from the movie on December 14, 2012. You remember the flashback scene in the French café La Belle Aurore, where Sam (Dooley Wilson) serenaded Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) with “As Time Goes By”? It doesn’t get more romantic than that.

The piano and bench on display at Sotheby's

The piano and bench on display at Sotheby’s

The piano came to the auction block with a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 – $1,200,000. Apparently there weren’t that many multi-millionaires willing to pay the big bucks, so the piano sold for only $602,500 — probably disappointing to the consignor, but maybe not. He (a Japanese man) paid $154,000 for it at auction in 1988 and brought it to Japan. Now it’s back (but the buyer has not been named). I’d like to think it was Steven Spielberg, but that’s wild speculation on my part.

miami-national-2013

The Miami shows are almost upon us. The first one, the Miami National Antiques Show (The Airport Show), begins in one week, on Friday, January 25, 2013, at noon and ends on Sunday, January 27, at 5 PM. It’s a very fine quality show with top exhibitors. If you come just a little early to Miami, you can visit the Airport Show and get first crack at the very same antiques that will be exhibited the following week at the huge, important, eagerly awaited Original Miami Beach Antiques Show. You can see two shows for the travel price of one, in warm, sunny Miami and legitimately write the whole thing off as a business expense (well, only if you’re a dealer).

I will be posting videos on YouTube of my lecture on French Cameo Glass to the Metropolitan Glass Club. I need some time to edit the videos. When they’re ready, I’ll put the link on my website and here in my blog.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

Good results at Sotheby’s Important Tiffany auction, December 15, 2012

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Sotheby’s New York held its Important Tiffany auction on December 15, 2012, immediately following its Masterworks by Tiffany Studios from the Geyer Family Collection auction. The sale did well, grossing $2,950,500. Results were a little stronger in this sale than the Geyer Collection sale. The quality was high in both sales, so I can only speculate that the more conservative estimates in the various owner sale achieved better results.

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Sotheby's lot #331

Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #331

The top lot of the sale was a Tiffany Studios Trumpet Creeper table lamp, with the same form as a Wisteria lamp, but with a rarer flower. It flew past its pre-sale estimate of $400,000 – 600,000, to sell for $914,500, including buyer’s premium.

Good Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp, Sotheby's lot #332

Good Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #332

A fine Tiffany Peacock table lamp, with matching Favrile glass base, was the second best lot of the sale. Estimated to sell for $140,000 – $180,000, it handily exceeded its high estimate to sell for $242,500, including buyer’s premium.

Tiffany 7-inch diameter Favrile blue counterbalance table lamp, Sotheby's lot 333

Tiffany 7-inch diameter Favrile blue counterbalance table lamp, Sotheby’s lot 333

The prize winner for the most bizarre price paid at the sale goes to lot #333, a 7″ diameter blue Favrile counterbalance table lamp. The shade had decent color with the lamp off and weak color with the lamp on. For that reason, I decided not to bid, regardless of how low the price would be. Instead, it was one of the most competitive lots of the sale. Its final price of $46,875 was approximately five times the low estimate. The estimate of $8,000 – $12,000 was appropriate, so what happened? Easy. Two wealthy, but unknowledgeable bidders, butted heads. Each had more cents than sense (pun intended). The consignor hit a home run and the underbidder should thank his lucky stars that he was outbid.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Important Tiffany results.

I will be posting videos on YouTube of my lecture on French Cameo Glass to the Metropolitan Glass Club. I need some time to edit the videos. When they’re ready, I’ll put the link on my website and here in my blog.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red Tel-El-Amarna vase, just in

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red Tel-El-Amarna vase, just in

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

Sotheby’s Masterworks by Tiffany Studios from the Geyer Family Collection auction was held on December 15, 2012

Let me begin with a retraction and an apology to Alan Michaan of Michaan Auctions. In my blog of December 6, 2012, I falsely accused him of making it appear that some items that were bid up to or beyond the low estimate sold, but actually did not. After further checking of my facts, it appears that the auction house did no such thing. As is normal practice, items were bid up to an amount just below the reserve. Those items that were bid beyond that, actually did sell. It was never my intention to malign Mr. Michaan or Michaan Auctions. My opinion was based on the belief that the auction house had committed some unethical practices that did not actually occur.
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My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Sotheby’s New York held their 20th Century decorative arts auctions on December 15, 2012. They were separated into two catalogs and sales, one immediately following the other. The first was a private collection sold as Masterworks by Tiffany Studios from the Geyer Family Collection, which grossed $2,871,126. Immediately following, the various owner Important Tiffany sale was held (Thursday’s blog).

Splendid Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp, Sothebys lot #226

Splendid Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp, Sothebys lot #226

The top lot of the sale was #226, a gorgeous Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp, on a rare Turtleback and Mosaic base. The final price of $746,500, including buyer’s premium, would seem to indicate the lamp did very well, but it sold below the estimate of $800,000 – $1,200,000. Perhaps the estimate was a little too optimistic, but at least the reserve was realistic.

Most items in the sale sold within or above the pre-sale estimates, but a few good lots sold below. It was a rare buying opportunity for astute buyers. I think some people will be kicking themselves in the near future, when they look back at the results.

Tiffany Studios Lily Pad table lamp, Sotheby's lot #241

Tiffany Studios Lily Pad table lamp, Sotheby’s lot #241

Lot #241 was an attractive Tiffany Studios 20″ diameter Lily Pad table lamp with a desirable Twisted Vine base. It sold well above its pre-sale estimate of $100,000 – $150,000, realizing $218,500.

Ultra rare Tiffany Studios Pine Needle clock/barometer, Sotheby's lot #233

Ultra rare Tiffany Studios Pine Needle clock/barometer, Sotheby’s lot #233

Tiffany Studios desk set items were well represented in the sale. The rarest single item was a combination clock/barometer in the Pine Needle pattern. Estimated to sell for $7,000 – 9,000, it soared to a final price of $21,250, the most I can recall for any individual Tiffany Studios desk set item ever at auction — not a surprising result, considering its rarity.

For the complete results of the sale, click on the following link. Geyer Family Collection results.

I will be posting videos on YouTube of my lecture on French Cameo Glass to the Metropolitan Glass Club. I need some time to edit the videos. When they’re ready, I’ll put the link on my website and here in my blog.

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Incredible Tiffany Favrile red decorated paperweight vase, just in

Click this link to view some of the new objects I recently purchased and listed. Tiffany glass for sale. We always strive to offer the finest objects for sale on our website and at every show.

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Fine Gallé clematis blownout vase, recently acquired

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and etchings by Louis Icart. Here’s the link. Philip Chasen Antiques.

Have an Apple I computer? It could be worth over $350,000.

My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t see a new post on Thursday, it’s because I was too busy, so please look for a new one the following Monday.

Apple I motherboard, Sotheby's lot #57

Included in Sotheby’s New York sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, was a working Apple I computer from 1976, with the original manual. Curious choice of sales in which to put a computer, but apparently they did so because of its historical significance. Estimated to sell for $120,000 – $180,000, it almost tripled its low estimate to sell for $374,500, including buyer’s premium. Not a bad return, considering the original price was $666. It’s also interesting to note that a computer then is not what a computer is today. You only got the motherboard in 1976. You had to supply your own keyboard, monitor and cassette machine to run the programs. Here is the link to Sotheby’s sale. Apple I computer results.

Detail of the Apple Computer Company contract, Sotheby's lot #241

The Apple I sales price shouldn’t have been a surprise considering that in December, 2011, Sotheby’s New York sold three Apple documents, including the original contract for the formation of the Apple Computer Company, for $1,594,500 — 15 times the pre-sale estimate of $100,000 – $150,000. The historical significance of the lot was not lost on the public. Here is the link. Sotheby’s sale of Apple contracts.

So go searching in your attic if you were into early Apple computers. Maybe you’ve got a fortune there.

Our next show won’t be until July 27-29, in Redondo Beach, CA, but we’re still very much in business. Don’t hesitate to call or write, and let me know what you’d like to buy, sell, or trade.

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Superb Galle water lily blownout vase, just in

Look around my website. There are many items for sale, sold items with prices and free lessons about glass and lamps. I regularly add Tiffany vases, lamps and desk accessories, as well as French cameo glass by Galle and Daum Nancy and Louis Icart etchings. Just recently, I added about 10 new items. I’ve listed those and more will be coming this week. Here’s the link. chasenantiques.com