Beachwood, Ohio, USA, August 3, 2020 -- A simple but charming garden bird whirligig yard ornament standing about 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’ online-only Summer Art & Antiques Auction held July 25th. After spirited bidding, it flew away for $1,353.
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.”
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.
A stunning, hand-carved and painted figure of an Osprey hawk by artist Wendell Gilley (Maine, 1904-1983), depicting the Osprey in flight landing on a driftwood branch over a flounder on the sand, 17 inches tall and artist signed, brought $1,599. Also, an oak Arts and Crafts watchmaker’s desk having a rectangular top and fitted with a glass panel over three drawers, commanded $799.
A sailor attracted much attention in the decorative arts category. He was lot 182: a hand-painted cast iron door stop in the form of a uniformed sailor, painted in red, white and blue and standing 13 ½ inches tall ($1,169). Also, a Nantucket basket hand-woven in 1995 by Sylvia Terry, oval form, surmounted by a carved whale, with bone fittings and closure, artist signed, rose to $677.
23533 Mercantile Rd. #119
Beachwood, OH 44122 (USA)
Company :-Neue Auctions
User :- Cynthia Maciejewski