Superb results at Phillip’s Wondrous Beasts, Feathered Fantasies: R.W. Martin & Brothers sale, December 15, 2015

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Phillips New York held their Wondrous Beasts, Feathered Fantasies: R.W. Martin & Brothers sale on December 15, 2015, with total sales of $1,592,250 for the very small 23-lot auction. The sale was 100% sold, with a very strong average of $69,228 per lot.

Martin Brothers Disraeli bird, Phillips lot #7

Martin Brothers Disraeli bird, Phillips lot #7

Martin Brothers stoneware has been strong now for years and this auction was affirmation of the trend. Top lot of the sale was #7, a large bird (14¼”), signed and dated 1889, fashioned after the 19th Century English politician, Benjamin Disraeli. Estimated to sell for $100,000 – $150,000, it sold for $233,000, including buyer’s premium — to my knowledge, the world record for any Martin Brothers object at auction.

Martin Brothers armadillo, Phillips lot #13

Martin Brothers armadillo, Phillips lot #13

Second best result was lot #13, a grotesque, smiling armadillo, 11¼” long, signed and dated 1894. It sold for approximately double its high estimate of $70,000, realizing $143,000, including buyer’s premium.

Martin Brothers triple bird, Phillips lot #23

Martin Brothers triple bird, Phillips lot #23

In my opinion, lot #23, a rare triple bird, signed and dated 1908, sold for under the money. Although it sold near its high estimate of $70,000, realizing $75,000, including buyer’s premium, I thought it should have sold for at least $100,000.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.


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