H&H Classics- Iggy Pop’s Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari

H&H Classics- Iggy Pop’s Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari

Iggy Pop's Ferrar H & H Classics Auction

The next H&H Classics Live Auction Online on September 16th includes a rare Chiaro Blue 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV, the history file for which suggests that it was owned between 1998 and 2002 by Iggy Pop – the famous American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Estimated at £20,000 to £30,000, the two-seater is believed but not warranted to have covered some 61,800 miles from new.

James Newell Osterberg Jr, better known as Iggy Pop, was designated the “Godfather of Punk”. He was the vocalist and lyricist of influential proto-punk band the Stooges, who were formed in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since.


As an aside, Tim Stanford learnt his craft from Richard Cressman who was not only a founder member of Ferrari’s North American Racing Team (NART) but also responsible for opening Florida’s first Ferrari dealership, Cressman Foreign Cars Inc.

Fitted with a reconditioned steering rack at an indicated 44,217 miles during August 2003, the two-seater was treated to a new air-conditioning blower and cambelts the following year. The interior was refreshed by Peppy’s Auto Trim & Upholstery Inc of Naples, Florida at a cost of $4,770 in January 2010 and the cambelts reportedly changed again the next year at c.50,000 recorded miles. Mr Linardakis sold the Ferrari to Georgia-based lawyer Norman ‘Chip’ Gerry who had it maintained by Sports Car Service of Snellville.

Rare Chiaro Blue Ferrari 308 Gts QV

New oil hoses costing $1,052.84 were installed in November 2011, while work undertaken during 2012 encompassed: new water pump and cambelt tensioner bearings; a new hose between the fuel tanks, new Koni shock absorbers all round, fresh rear anti-roll bar bushings, replacement front ball joints (x4) plus a new Sanden 508 air-conditioning compressor (one of the associated bills totals $6,661.90 and quotes a recorded mileage of 55,638).

Benefiting from a new distributor oil seal and refurbished alternator in 2013, 2014 saw the 308 gain new stainless steel brake lines, fresh brake pads and overhauled brake callipers all round (the corroborating invoice totals $3,479.21 and lists the indicated mileage as 59,995). The last American bill on file is for two new Bridgestone tyres and a four-wheel alignment. Purchased from America by the vendor in 2016, the two-seater was UK road registered as ‘B762 HFE’ the following year. Interestingly, the V5C Registration Document gives the date of first registration as 01/01/1985 (January 1st is often chosen when an imported vehicle’s exact first date of registration is unclear). Regularly MOT tested during the current ownership but sparingly driven, the Ferrari’s odometer now shows some 61,800 miles.


Damian Jones of H&H Classics says:

“The car started readily upon inspection and remained untemperamental during our recent photography session. The Ferrari is now overdue a cambelt change and would doubtless respond to further fettling. There are imperfections to the paintwork but the car’s overall appearance is presentable. A decidedly inexpensive entry to Ferrari ownership with a fascinating back story. What’s not to love especially if you have a ‘Lust for Life’?”



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H&H Classics- German & Japanese Speed Machines Sale

H&H Classics- German & Japanese Speed Machines Sale

German classic speed machine 1983 Audi Quattro 10v

If it’s the speed you are after but you also want a classic to enjoy, H&H Classics have two iconic cars to choose from on August 19th, one from Germany and one from Japan in their next Live Auction Online.

The German entry is this 1983 Audi Quattro 10v. A rare UK-supplied, analogue dashboard model, it is estimated to sell for £35,000 – £40,000.

Supplied new by Massingbred Ltd of Harrogate to Peter Djal Ltd and resident in Northern Ireland for two decades, ‘A58 JYG’ was entrusted to MC Autos of Stockport, near Manchester during August 2018 for a thorough service / recommissioning.

As well as attention to its suspension and brakes, the Coupe was treated to a new ignition amp, second hand ‘dizzy’ unit, reconditioned metering head and five new injectors etc. Returning to MC Autos two months later, the Audi benefited from a new timing belt and auxiliary belts not to mention repairs to its original and notably well-preserved Brown and Green cloth upholstery, new bulbs and fresh Toyo Proxes 225/50R15 tyres. The work cost over £4,200 and was completed a few hundred miles ago. More recently the Quattro’s cosmetic appearance has been enhanced via sundry detail paintwork/graphics, refurbished alloys and new carpets (all of which is estimated to have cost an additional £4,000).

Starting readily upon inspection, the rally-bred icon is accompanied by its original stamped service book, MOTs back to 1987, service invoices back to 1988 and a fresh MOT certificate.

Introduced at the March 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Quattro Turbo was destined to revolutionise the faces of both international rallying and high-speed motoring. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering, its permanent all-wheel-drive system was famously derived from that of the VW Iltis utility vehicle. Powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the model’s speed, poise and agility netted Audi two drivers’ (1982, 1984) and two constructors’ titles (1983, 1984) in the World Rally Championship. Progressively enhanced during an eleven-year production life, the Quattro Turbo merited its own dedicated production line in Hall N2 of Audi’s Ingolstadt plant (each hand-built car undergoing a gruelling multi-point inspection before being signed off). Phased-in during October 1982, the first right-hand drive cars boasted a ‘WR’ code DOHC 2144cc powerplant that developed some 200bhp and 210lbft of torque. Sporting single-lens Cibie headlamps, they were reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and 137mph. Rarer and more expensive than subsequent rally champions such as the Lancia Delta Integrale and Subaru Impreza WRX, just 11,452 examples of the original (or ‘Ur’) Quattro Turbo were made.


The Japanese classic speed machine is this elegant 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo with just 34,000 miles which are estimated to sell for £26,000 to £30,000.

The best Z32 we have encountered, ‘H354 UKW’ has had just one registered keeper and covered a mere 34,500 miles from new. The accompanying vehicle order form shows that supplying dealer, D.C. Cook of Worksop, took a 1988 Porsche 944 Lux in part exchange against the Nissan’s £26,500 list price. Fitted with a quad tailpipe sports exhaust very early on, the 300 ZX is otherwise thought to be to standard specification throughout. Pleasingly retaining its original titanium ignition key, the 2+2-seater also comes with its factory tools and Targa roof panel stowage covers. 

Japanese classic speed machine is this elegant 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo

As a garage owner, the registered keeper performed most of the maintenance work on ‘H354 UKW’ himself. Though, he did entrust Nissan dealer Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Grimsby with changing the cambelt circa 1,500 miles ago. More recent invoices on file from 2011 reveal that the Z32 has also benefited from a fresh clutch and flywheel plus replacement Brembo disc brakes (x4). Kept garaged and babied throughout its life, a handwritten note on a bill from when the 300ZX was a few months’ old is telling: ‘my father scratched left-hand front wing (p.s. I feel sick!)’. According to howmanyleft.co.uk, there are just 109 1991 Nissan 300ZX Turbos currently known to the DVLA. We would be surprised if any were as well preserved as ‘H354 UKW’

Model Background:

Introduced in 1989, the Z32 version of Nissan’s 300 ZX sportscar was among the first production machines to be designed with the assistance of a Cray-2 supercomputer. Altogether faster and more capable than its Z31 predecessor, the newcomer was equipped with all-round independent suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and vented disc brakes. Powered by a 2960cc DOHC V6 engine with variable valve timing in either normally aspirated or turbocharged guises, the Z32 could also be had with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The range-topping twin-turbo model was credited with developing 276bhp and 274lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and 155mph, it also boasted dual-mode adjustable suspension and four-wheel steering. Praised by the contemporary motoring press for its supercar-baiting performance and handling, the force-fed Nissan appeared in Car and Driver magazine’s ‘Ten Best’ list for seven years straight and was listed by GQ magazine as one of the most stylish cars of the last fifty years in 2010. Although in production for eleven years (1989-2000), the Z32 was only officially imported to Great Britain from 1990-1994. As such, it is now easier to find a Japanese import than the UK supplied example. Long a favourite with the tuning fraternity, the number of unmodified 300ZXs has similarly dwindled in recent years.



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Roseberys- Successful Modern British Art Auction

Roseberys- Successful Modern British Art Auction

 Bidders were out in force for Roseberys Modern & Contemporary British Art auction on Tuesday 11 August, absorbing 80% of the lots on offer. Containing a wealth of high-quality art by celebrated British artists, the auction that took place on a scorching hot day generated spirited bidding throughout with a number of lots exceeding expectations. 

Vicki Wonfor, Joint Managing Director commented ‘I was delighted to see a strong sold rate of 80% across the board in the sale. We are operating an appointment system for viewings which has been well received by clients as they get to enjoy the view safely and our specialists can ensure they can spend time with the clients assisting them. 95% of bidding took place online with the remainder on the telephone, it is great to see the clients have the confidence in the options that are available to them including video viewing pre-auction as an alternative to attending. The sale had a stronger focus on the third to fourth quarters of the 20th century on this occasion, but it was good to see the popularity of the earlier works was still evident with pieces from Stanley Spencer, Walter Sickert and Sir Jacob Epstein selling well.’ 

Lot 2: William Tillyer, British b.1938- Untitled, 1980

Opening the sale off to an exciting start was lot 2, by British artist William Tillyer. Rarely does his work on mesh come onto the market, especially in such great condition, so this artwork proved to be extremely popular amongst bidders on the day. Entered into the auction at £5,000- £8,000, the work exceeded its estimate to make £13,750. The artwork was purchased from Bernard Jacobson Gallery London in 1980s by the current owner’s father, where it was exhibited at in 1980. Tillyer studied at Middlesbrough College of Art (1956-1959) and the Slade School of Art in London (1960-1962). In 1978, he moved to Wiltshire, where he first began to paint on wire mesh, such as this piece. 


Richard Smith CBE, British 1931-2016- Bucklee, 1972
Sir Jacob Epstein, British 1880-1959- Peonies

Following incredible sale results from Richard Smith CBE in the previous sale, Roseberys were delighted to be able to offer multiple works by the artist once again. Lot 7 was the highlight sale from the collection by the renowned artist making £12,500. The artwork named ‘Bucklee’ is a pun on the name Stephen Buckley, a close friend of Richard Smiths who owned works by the fellow Pop artist. The artwork was bought from Christie’s in 2013 and purchased by the present owner from the Roger Hilton Gallery. 

Among the other highlight sales from the auction was work by Sir Jacob Epstein, titled ‘Peonies’. Jacob Epstein made his name as a sculptor of monuments and portraits, as well as working as a painter and illustrator. The watercolour on paper (lot 35) that was estimated to sell for £1,000 – £1,500 eventually made over double its top estimate selling for £4,500. 

Charles Henry Sims RA RWS, British 1873-1928- Pastorale

Entered into the market at £400 – £600, lot 48 by Charles Henry Sims RA RWS, exceeded its top estimate to make £1,625. The oil on board titled ‘Pastorale’, is a beautiful example of the unique style that he adopted later in his career. An expert at portraying sunlit landscapes, Sims specialised in society portraits and neo-classical fantasies, typically idealised scenes of women, children or fairies in outdoor settings. Later in life, his artworks became a lot more modernist in style, termed “Spirituals” like the artwork sold at Roseberys. 

Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA, British 1891-1959- Portrait of a girl
Claud Lovat Fraser, British 1890-1921- Kitchener's Army
Quentin Blake OBE, British b.1932- Cockatoos

Following shortly after this highlight was an artwork by British artist, Sir Stanley Spencer CBE RA that sold for £5,750, exceeding its top estimate of £3,000. Titled ‘Portrait of a girl’, this particular drawing would have been executed over a year before the artist’s death on 14th December 1959. Spencer was frequently commissioned to complete portrait drawings – referred to as ‘heads’ – until the end of his career. The fine lines and precision of the drawing shows the influence of his time at the Slade under the tutelage of Henry Tonks between 1908 and 1912. 

The Illustrations within the auction did very well, including works by Claud Lovat Fraser, Quentin Blake and Louis Wain. Entered into the auction at £150 – £200, titled Kitchener’s Army’, Claud Lovat Fraser’s work finally realised £2,500. The black ink and wash and watercolour on buff coloured paper are from an album of twenty-two studies entitled ‘The Costumes and Uniforms of the British Army’. The work by the illustrator and costume designer has previously been exhibited at Leicester Galleries, London, Exhibition of Works by C. Lovat Fraser in December 1921, the RWS Galleries in London for their Fifty Years Ago Exhibition in June 1965 and examples from the same series have also been displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 

Estimated to make £800 – £1,200, the illustration in pen, ink and watercolour by the popular illustrator Quentin Blake OBE, titled Cockatoos’ made £5,750. The provenance of this work comes from Chris Beetles Ltd., in London, where it was also exhibited in 2000. The illustration was created for the cover of his classic book series, about a group of troublesome cockatoos on the run from their owner, first published in 1992. 

Estimated to make £300 – £500, the signed, pen, ink and watercolour illustration by the hugely prolific British artist Louis Wain titled It Rained Very Hard made £3,000. Louis Wain was one of the most popular commercial illustrators in the history of England. Born in 1860, his anthropomorphic portrayals of cats captured the imagination of the Edwardian era and his work helped to raise the profile and popularity of felines to unprecedented heights. Before Wain, cats in England were often thought of with disdain but his work humanised them and helped to show them as something to be liked, admired and eventually loved. 

Therese Oulton, British b.1953- Heresies No.1, Opus316
Therese Oulton, British b.1953- Heresies No.2, May 1986


Both coming with fantastic gallery provenance were lots 109 and 110 by former Turner Prize nominee Therese Oulton. The two oils gained great interest from both the UK and the US to achieve results beyond their original estimates. Lot 109, titled ‘Heresies No.1, Opus316’, was entered into the auction at £400 – £600, selling for £2,125. Following swiftly after lot 110 titled ‘Heresies No.2’, also estimated at the same value, sold for £3,250. 

Lot 172, by artist Stephen Cox RA, proved to be the highlight of the auction. The work on offer titled ‘Ecstasy’, made from red verona marble is a very significant work to have come onto the market by this artist. It comes from a private collection and was previously on display at the Tate, so comes with great exhibition history. The result signals a new auction record for the artist. Roseberys has had previous outstanding results for the artist in past Modern & Contemporary British Art auctions. Estimated to sell for £3,000 – £5,000, the bidding was between a phone and internet bidder, finally selling to a UK bidder for £15,000. 

Ending the highlights from the sale is lot 267 by artist duo Boyd & Evans. Roseberys are delighted to have offered work by the artists again following the collection for sale in September 2019, alongside an event featuring a talk by the artists about their work to date. The acrylic on canvas titled Point of View created in 1972 coming from the Flowers Gallery in London was estimated to make between £800 – £1,200, finally realising a price of £4,250. 


The next Modern & Contemporary British Art auction will take place on Wednesday 4 November. Now welcoming consignments for this auction. To request a valuation please contact [email protected] 


For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 


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H&H Classics- Captain Tom Moore Loves Motorcycles

H&H Classics- Captain Tom Moore Loves Motorcycles

Captain Tom Moore and the Royal Enfield Model 200

If one man represents the best of Britain during this global pandemic it is Captain Tom Moore who stole the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS, achieving a total of £32m by the time he had finished.


Captain Tom pledged to complete the 2.5km (1.6 miles), the 100-lap garden challenge at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire by his 100th birthday on 30 April. He was knighted for his efforts.


Now an ITV documentary has been filmed about Sir Tom’s love of motorcycles. It was produced by North One and was broadcast on ITV 1, yesterday August 13th.

Mark Bryan of H&H Classics with Captain Tom


For the film shoot, Mark Bryan of H&H Classics provided a 1920’s Royal Enfield Model 200, supplied by Hitchcocks Motorcycles in Solihull. It was one of the first bikes that Sir Tom restored after discovering it as a barn-find, and which he rode around in his garden as a very young man.


Mark comments: “It was an absolute honour to be able to help out, even in such a small way. Sir Tom’s infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of motorcycling is quite amazing”


Two other motorbikes featured in the documentary, an Excelsior Manxman and a Scott two speed. Both are bikes Sir Tom remembers fondly from his youth.


He was described as being: “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”, and for his shining example, Captain Tom Moore was awarded a knighthood.



Fundraising for ‘NHS Charities Together’, the then 99-year-old said he was doing it “for the sake of the nurses and the NHS”. Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, and a veteran of World War Two, Captain Tom Moore was inspired to help the NHS after receiving treatment for skin cancer and a broken hip after a fall in 2018.

The money he raised by his sponsored walk round his garden is being used to help comfort and care for NHS workers through these turbulent times. After completing his 100 laps, he had a message for the British public in the midst of the pandemic. “To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment… the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”




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Freeman’s- The Pennsylvania Sale Returns with Esherick

Freeman’s- The Pennsylvania Sale Returns with Esherick

On Wednesday, October 28th, Freeman’s will hold its renowned Pennsylvania Sale. This returning event showcases the development of craftsmanship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Wharton Esherick furniture from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection will highlight the sale, along with works by George Nakashima and a collection of folk portraits by Joseph Maentel.


Launched in 2005 to coincide with Freeman’s bicentennial, the sale is a tribute to Pennsylvania’s long-standing legacy as a major and influential artistic region. From the portraits of Thomas Sully to the woodwork of George Nakashima, this year’s sale is once again poised to represent the state’s prolific artists across generations.


Building on Freeman’s long-term success selling items from its native state, The Pennsylvania Sale is a tribute to the entire region—its history, people, and the art and objects they made, used, and cherished.


Connecting works with collectors in Europe and Asia, in addition to the robust American market, Freeman’s has helped build the global art market’s appreciation of Post-War craft and design from Pennsylvania.



The previous Pennsylvania Sale and the American Furniture, Folk, & Decorative Arts auction held the following day brought in a combined $1.7 million in sales. Bidders around the world competed for some of Pennsylvania’s finest 20th-century design, fine silver, furniture, folk art, and early American portraiture.


“We were thrilled with the results for the 20th Century Design section of The Pennsylvania Sale and equally delighted with the results achieved by exceptional examples of Americana,” said Vice President of Freeman’s, Lynda Cain, at the time.



As part of this year’s Pennsylvania Sale, Freeman’s is proud to present Wharton Esherick furniture made for the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most historically significant collections of the artist’s work.


In 1923, Esherick began designing for the Hedgerow Theatre in exchange for his daughter’s acting lessons. He built sets, woodblock posters, furniture, and other pieces for the theatre’s use. Eventually, its Green Room even became an unofficial gallery for Esherick’s work.



The sale will feature a rich selection of works by George Nakashima. Vintage pieces from the 1950s through the 1980s by the famed New Hope, Pennsylvania woodworker will be made available. Joining Nakashima is work by 20th-century designers Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans, and Samuel Yellin, including pieces from the latter’s estate.


Pennsylvania portraiture ranges from the formal work of Thomas Sully (1763-1872) to five folk portraits by Jacob Maentel (1778-1863). Consignments from three East Coast private collections include a selection of fraktur, redware, Chester County needlework, and an extremely fine polychrome carving of a fantail rooster.


Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, and Classical furniture and timepieces from Philadelphia and several counties will also be available. Of special note is a group of Federal furnishings: chairs, pier table, pair of chests, and a secretary bookcase attributed to the workshop of Ephraim Haines (1775-1837) and Henry Connelly (active 1793-1824).


This year’s Pennsylvania Sale is still open for consignment. If you have a piece that would make an exemplary addition to the event, please contact Tim Andreadis at [email protected] with more information about your property.


October 28 | 10 am EST


Tim Andreadis, [email protected]



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H&H Classics- 1915 Hupmobile for Bid in Online Auction

H&H Classics- 1915 Hupmobile for Bid in Online Auction

1915 Hupmobile Owned by Irish Family for 105 years 

Not many cars can claim to have been owned by just one family for 105 years like this stunning 1915 Hupmobile Model HA Tourer for sale with H&H Classics on August 19th in an Auction Online sale.

Currently located in Londonderry it has been owned from new by the MacFlynn family from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.

The car comes with its original sales invoice and is offered with all its early history.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics says of the car: “This is a rare opportunity.”


This remarkable 1915 Hupmobile Model HA was first registered with on the 20th of April 1915. After seeing a listing in a June edition of the Irish Times in 1914 “The Hup” was later ordered by Mr MacFlynn a Spirit Merchant from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. It was ordered in early 1915 through The Dublin Motor Company via McStay and Colgan, an Automobile Engineering Company in Belfast, with an optional Westinghouse Electric Starter, Westinghouse Dynamo, Five Electric Lamps and 815×105 Dunlop Tyres (Including Spare).

The Hupmobile itself was imported from the USA to London and was then shipped to Dublin in May 1915 where it was then duly delivered to Mr MacFlynn who would become the second owner of a Motorcar in Magherafelt.


This Hupmobile was in regular and daily use by him and his family from delivery until approximately 1936 when it was eventually decommissioned and was placed in one of sheds only to be seen occasionally by family members as they explored the shed. In 1966 the Hupmobile was passed on to William’s Son Charles, who in the late 1970s, pulled it out of the shed and began a partial/light restoration. After this, Charles used the Hupmobile regularly to attend local Vintage Rallies and Car Shows between 1980 and 2000.

In 2000 the Hupmobile was eventually passed onto its current Owner, Mr L MacFlynn who is the late Charles MacFlynn’s Nephew and the late William James MacFlynn’s Grandson.


Now a third-generation custodian of OI 3389, the Hupmobile was used locally until 2009/2010 when it was then put back into storage – then in 2016 they set about beginning the full restoration of the Hupmobile which consisted of a full overhaul of the complete car to bring it back to its former glory as it was in 1915 which took roughly two years and was completed in 2018 to an extremely high standard. The coachwork and overall condition of this Hupmobile is in excellent order and the car still retains its matching numbers as it was when it was new – it is also accompanied by a folder full of paperwork showcasing its history.

Unfortunately, post restoration – the car has not received the use that it deserves, and it is with a heavy heart that the MacFlynn family have decided collectively that it is time for this 105-year old 3rd generation family owned Model HA to be passed onto a new custodian who can give “The Hup” the spotlight it really deserves.

Henry Ford paid the ‘Hupp’ 20 the ultimate compliment. “I recall looking at Bobby Hupp’s roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money.”

Hupmobiles were built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Company. The prototype was developed in 1908 and had its first successful run on November 8 with investors aboard for champagne at the Tuller Hotel a few blocks away. The company was incorporated in November of that year. The first Hupmobile model, the Hupp 20, was introduced at the 1909 Detroit Automobile Show. It was an instant success.



Found in Lincolnshire, this 1951 Lagonda 2.6 Litre Saloon sleeping beauty, is going to make someone a fantastic restoration project.  H&H Classics estimate that it will sell for £8,000 – £10,000.

The Lagonda is described by Damian Jones of H&H Classics as “A seemingly complete, original and unmolested barn find that has been in the present family ownership since the 1950s. It was laid up in 1961 due to a carburettor fault and has been unused since.”

“The chassis is reportedly “sound”. Sadly the logbook has been mislaid but may be found by the time of the auction. This is an exciting restoration project or special builder’s dream!”



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H&H Classics-1965 Alvis Drophead sold for £51,750

H&H Classics-1965 Alvis Drophead sold for £51,750

This charming 1937 Fiat 500 Topolino or ‘Little Mouse’ consigned by David Mitchell, a 92-year-old classic car enthusiast from Lewes, East Sussex sold for £19,550, three times its estimate, at the latest H&H Classics sale on July 22.

The little car is just like the one which featured strongly in that superb 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was estimated to sell for £5,000 to £7,000 but after some fierce bidding made £19,550.

“The sight of a six foot plus Gregory Peck endeavouring to get into the back of a Topolino was a great sequence,” says John Markey of H&H Classics.

In the film, Audrey Hepburn is a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman, Gregory Peck in Rome. The little Fiat adds greatly to the charm of this story.

The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1936, three models were produced until 1955. It was equipped with a 569cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle, later an overhead valve motor.

Owners frequently squeezed four or five people into the nominal two-seater car, and in later models, the chassis was extended at the rear to allow for more robust semi-elliptic springs. With horsepower of about 13 bhp, its top speed was around 53 mph (85 km/h), and it could achieve about 47.1 mpg. Nearly 520,000 were sold.​


1965 Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupe sold for £51,750.

This superb car is one of only 18 automatic examples known to have survived worldwide. It sold for £51,750.

It was illustrated in Kenneth Day’s definitive work ‘Alvis, The Story of the Red Triangle’ and in ‘The Complete Encyclopaedia of Sports Cars Classic Era’ by Rob de la Rive Box.

It had had new sills, rear springs, leather upholstery, hood bag fitted by the previous owner who also had the car rolling road tuned and given halogen headlights.


It came from a collection of four cars owned by Louis Gendebien In Belgium, a cousin of Olivier Gendebien who drove for Ferrari in the late fifties early sixties and was brilliant in Sports Ferrari’s.

Former British race driver, John Markey of H&H Classics, who sourced the four car consignment from Belgium said: “By happy coincidence when Olivier won Le Mans in 1958 I was standing over his pit at La Sarthe.”

“His cousin, Louis whose collection this was has written a book about his illustrious cousin. His decision to sell through H&H Classics is once more an indication of the international appeal of H&H Classics.”


1991 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 sold for £24,150

This Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 is the most original and best-preserved 1.6 GTi H&H Classics have encountered. It sold for £24,150.

Supplied new by Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Morecambe to Mr Waterhouse on 2nd January 1991, this exceptionally original 205 1.6 GTi has covered just 49,800 miles. Self-evidently cherished over the past twenty-nine years, with paperwork on file to substantiate the mileage, it comes with an assortment of MOT certificates (dating back to 1994 at 14,569 miles) and stamps in its original service book up to 48,587 miles. Entrusted to Colehill Garage of Wimborne in more recent years, accompanying bills from them describe ‘H142 XEC’ as ‘probably the best 205 GTi 1.6 in Dorset’ and encompass one issued on 2nd July 2015 for £2,359.72.


Model Background:

Introduced in 1984, the Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the best ‘hot hatches’ ever made. Despite impressive performance figures (0-60mph in 8.6 seconds and 121mph), it was the model’s handling that won over the contemporary motoring press. Weighing in at just 880kg, the 205 1.6 GTi possessed a nimbleness and delicacy of feel sadly lacking from its modern equivalents and indeed is considered by many to offer a purer driving experience than its heavier albeit faster 1.9 sibling.


1954 Sunbeam Alpine MKI£18,400

Found in a Staffordshire barn, this wonderful discovery is going to make a fabulous restoration project for the bidder lucky enough to have secured it at the H&H Classics auction

One just like this Sunbeam Alpine found fame at the hands of Works drivers Stirling Moss and Sheila Van Damm and also starred in the 1955 film ‘To Catch A Thief’, featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

This rare car is one of just 200 known survivors and was offered as a ‘barn find’. It has been dry stored since retiring from historic rallying. Its engine is in running order and it appears to be substantially complete. Its history file includes the original buff logbook and FIA HVIF papers.



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Roseberys- Highly Successful Asian Art Sale Realises £1.14m

Roseberys- Highly Successful Asian Art Sale Realises £1.14m

Results: Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art 

Highly successful Asian sale realises £1.14m 

“Undoubtedly, we were vindicated in our decision to postpone May’s sale until July, as it allowed prospective buyers to attend our viewing days by appointment, and handle objects in the flesh. This enabled us to offer some of the very finest and rarest objects from China and Southeast Asia and achieve the best possible results.”

“It was a tremendous privilege to sell this pair of porcelain wall pockets made in the imperial kilns during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Emperor Qianlong was arguably one of the greatest collectors of art and these vases, likely to have been commissioned by him, reflect this through their complex potting, impeccably painted decoration in enamels, and the inscription of an ancient poem.”

Bill Forrest, Head of the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art Department


LONDON: An exquisite pair of Chinese imperially inscribed wall vases realised a staggering £324,500 at Roseberys £1.14m sale of art and antiques from China, Japan and South-East Asia. 

Chased by nine determined bidders including one who added £80,000 in a single bid, the pair soared above the pre-sale estimate of £20,000-30,000 in the auction held on July 28. They eventually sold to a Chinese agent in the room on behalf of a Chinese collector after 15 minutes of bidding. 

“The couple who consigned the vases were, of course, delighted when they heard the result. They were so pleased that we spotted the vases among the contents of their house as they were in the process of downsizing and disposing of most of their possessions and had never looked at them closely enough to appreciate their true worth. I was told that they had been furnishing a mantelpiece for many years and may or may not have made the cut to be moved to their new house. Like many inherited objects, one attaches a certain degree of sentimental value but may not appreciate their true value. We have been truly privileged to be custodians of these wonderful objects, and thanks to a hugely successful sale, we have found them a new home.” 

Bill Forrest, Head of Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art auction 

The imperially inscribed Qianlong mark and period porcelain wall vases were inherited in c.1950 and came from a private West London address. The Imperial poem inscribed on each was composed by the Emperor Qianlong apparently to express his delight in seeing a wall vase filled with a flower hanging inside of his sedan chair on the way to a hunting trip. Of the 300 or so Qianlong wall vases recorded in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, only half are inscribed with poems by the emperor. 

Wall vases, also known as wall pockets or sedan chair vases, became one of the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite types and developed significantly during his reign. Pairs are seldom offered on the market. 

Enhancing their rarity further was the yangcai decoration, introduced by European Jesuit craftsmen to the Qing court around 1685. Developed in the Jingdezhen imperial workshops under the patronage of the Qianlong Emperor, it is representative of the superb quality of porcelain production achieved during the Qianlong reign. (Lot 87)

Other prized rarities in the 630-lot sale included lot 45, a Chinese porcelain monochrome blue-glazed teapot with a period Yongzheng mark, which raced away to £52,500 and lot 86, a fine Chinese imperial porcelain doucai marriage bowl, spotted in a kitchen cabinet five minutes from Roseberys, making £37,500. The latter was delicately detailed with mandarin ducks swimming amidst large lotus blooms and was notable for its period Jiaqing mark (most examples bear a later Daoguang mark).

 A multi-estimate bid of £26,250 secured a mid-20th century Chinese porcelain garlic-head vase with a label for Peter Wain, the respected Shropshire dealer in oriental ceramics. It was finely painted to the bulbous body with a father and son repairing a railroad in a winter landscape and bore a Jingdezhen factory seal mark to the base. 

A rare 17th/18th century Chinese carved chenxiangmu (aloeswood) brush pot, finely carved with bamboo and pine trees, soared above estimate to sell for £27,500. The cup came from a private West Country collection and had been inherited from the grandparents of the vendor in the 1960s.

A Chinese porcelain powder blue ground Kangxi period bottle vase, noted for its large size and rare underglaze of blue and copper red, smashed its estimate of £5,000-7,000 to sell for £23,700. The 41cm high piece, featuring a dragon to the slender neck and two mythical beasts to the body, came from a private collection in Germany and was acquired by the vendor’s family prior to 1920.

[Lot 90] [Lot 296] [Lot 37] 

Bidders also clamoured to own a pair of early Chinese black lacquer and inlaid cabinets dating to the late Qing dynasty. Each door was set with semi-precious stones and decorated with figures in landscapes. Estimated at £300-500, it went on to sell for £22,500. [Lot 353] 


A bid of £12,500 secured a Chinese painted enamel ‘dragon and bats’ dish similar to an example found in the British Museum. From the Qianlong period, it was decorated to the central reserve with a forward-facing dragon amidst clouds and flames. [Lot 343] 

Further highlights include a rare Chinese porcelain ‘three friends of winter’ wine cup from the collection of the late Jonas G Gadelius and his wife Gabita, which took £15,000. It had a period Jiajing mark and was painted in underglaze blue and yellow enamel with pine, prunus, and bamboo to the exterior. An 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of Tara that had been acquired in 1970 in Kathmandu improved upon presale hopes to sell for £8,125. [Lot 84] [Lot 490] 


The next Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian auction will take place on Wednesday 11 November, and the department is now welcoming consignments.

For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 


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Roseberys- International Buyers Dominate Post-War Sale

Roseberys- International Buyers Dominate Post-War Sale

Roseberys London: International buyers were out in force for Roseberys sale of Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art, securing over 80% of the lots sold and competing fiercely for the best works on offer. Despite the obstacles of the current ongoing pandemic and the auction that took place on Wednesday 15 July 2020 ended with an array of outstanding results, with strong results being seen throughout the 125 lot sale. 

Tess O’Brien, Head of Sale commented: The sale which was once again on a smaller scale, was a carefully curated selection of works spanning from Impressionism to contemporary, suiting a diverse collecting audience. With the current situation, we were concerned about the interest for the pieces, however it proved not to be an issue. The sale ended with an 80% selling rate, with most pieces selling above their high estimate, so we were delighted. It seems bidders are more ready to use the internet during this period, and have time to search for artworks. As a result, we had registrations worldwide, 90% of the buyers were overseas, and more people were actively bidding online, rather than leaving absentee bids. Once again, the école de Paris was the strongest section in the sale, we saw many of the post-impressionist paintings selling for well above their high estimate. Also, the post war pieces were of interest, in particular the collection of Claude Venards, which were fresh to the market. Being Australian, I was delighted to see the Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly piece sell for £12,500, particularly when some similar pieces had gone unsold in Australia at similar prices. 

Of early interest was lot 2, an early gouache by the renowned Russian artist, Boris Grigoriev, titled ‘At the Tent’. This painting originally came from the pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg collection of Alexander Evgenievich Burtsev and remained with him until 1917. Burtsev was a Russian bibliophile, bibliographer, publisher, art collector, author of ethnographic works, and merchant of the first guild. As an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, he gathered a large library of rare books and acquired a significant collection of autographs. On top of curating the library, he also arranged exhibitions of his collections and had ambitions to create a museum dedicated to new and innovative Russian art. Burtsev published journals on his collection including; ‘My Journal for the Few’, and it was for volume 9, issue 12 that this particular artwork was executed by Grigoriev. The consigner of this lot previously purchased the gouache many years previously within a mixed group lot at another auction house. Unbeknown of its real value or knowledge of the artist behind the work, the consigner was pleasantly surprised when Roseberys specialist Tess O’Brien revealed it to be a rare work by Russian artist Boris Grigoriev after a valuation request. ‘At the Tent’ sold for a final price of £45,000. 

Attracting special attention was a selection of bronzes by the Czechoslovakian artist Otto Gutfreund. The lots from 13 to 16 went very well, altogether making a total of £19,250. Lot 14 in particular realised an outstanding result of £8,750, a significant mark up from its top estimate of £3,000. The collection originated from the estate of Abe Gottlieb (died 1976), who was President of Liberty Fabrics of New York-based at 105 Madison Avenue, New York. 

Following this highlight, came an outstanding result for a work of art by Mela Muter – the pseudonym of Maria Melania Mutermilch, who was one of the most significant Polish/Jewish female painters in Paris in the early 20th century. She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi under Etienne Tournés. In Paris, Muter swiftly built a reputation as a portrait painter and exhibited her work regularly, first at the Paris Salon in 1902, and subsequently at the Salon des Indépendants, the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon des Tuileries as well as the Salon des Femmes Artistes Modernes. During the Second World War, Muter went into hiding in the South of France, from this point on she created Fauvist landscapes of the area, such as Lot 23 presented in this auction. ‘Landschaft’ which was entered at a price of £5,000-7,000, ended up making £25,000. Tess O’Brien, commented ‘I was really pleased with the result of this painting as there were restoration issues but the oil is an exquisite work from her early period’. 

Estimated to make £7,000 – £9,000, lot 29 by French artist Claude Venard realised £15,000. The 1955 oil on canvas titled ‘Nature Morte à la Cruche’ alongside lots by Vernard 24 – 30 were acquired directly from Arthur Tooths & Sons Ltd., London, and have remained in the same collection since this sale. Venard has become a highly celebrated artist having featured in exhibitions globally since 1935. He held numerous successful one-man shows around the world in establishments such as Romanet-Vercel, Bernheim-Jeune, Romanet Gallery, Kleeman Gallery, The Fine Arts Association, the Knoedler Gallery, the Lefevre Gallery and at Arthur Tooth & Sons, from where this collection of works originates. 

Lot 94 was a personal highlight for the Head of Sale, who like the artist hails from Australia. The work by Sir Sidney Nolan OM AC RA, titled ‘Ned Kelly’ created in 1952; with a mixed technique on paper was gifted from Sidney Nolan’s wife to the consigner. Estimated at £3,000 – £5,000, this artwork ended up making over double its top estimate for £12,500. The artwork depicting the iconic bushranger Ned Kelly was sold to a private collector in Australia. Sidney Nolan’s paintings on the theme of the 19th-century bushranger Ned Kelly are one of the greatest series of Australian paintings of the 20th century. Highlighting these works makes the point that Australian art is part of the world, with its own stories to tell. This dual emphasis on connectedness and distinctiveness in relation to culture and place is integral to Nolan’s work depicting Ned Kelly. 

Lot 97, A stunning abstract work of art by Guyanan, British artist Aubrey Sendall Williams, titled ‘Nuno’ made £6,250. Estimated to sell at £2,000 -£3,000 the mixed technique on board created in 1976 came from a private collection. Roseberys had previous success within December 2019 with another abstract from the same artist selling for £4,000. The artist’s prices have been on the rise over the last couple of years with works coming up at salerooms across the country, lot 97 achieving a record-breaking price of £6,250, making it the most successful recorded sale at auction to date. 

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism works of art were a strong focus throughout the auction. In particular, the French Post-Impressionist paintings sold very well on the sale day. A highlight within the genre came from Henri Le Fauconnier. His artwork titled Paysage avec un pont (landscape with a bridge), circa 1915; estimated at £150-250, sold for £4,750. Furthermore, an oil by Henri Hayden, titled Hameau dans la vallée, sold for £5,500. Making £2,500 more than its top estimate. 


For more information about the sale please contact Marketing & PR Project Manager Peigi Mackilop : [email protected] +44 (0) 20 8761 2522 

We are now welcoming consignments for the inclusion of the Impressionist, Modern, Post War & Contemporary auction on Thursday 3 December 2020. 

To request a free valuation please contact our pictures department [email protected] 

Roseberys- Modern & Contemporary Prints Results

Roseberys- Modern & Contemporary Prints Results

Roseberys London: The Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction that took place on 7 July proved to be another stellar sale of outstanding results. 

Shane Xu, Head of Department commented: We are very pleased that the sale achieved an overall great result. Once again, the Prints department carried on the tradition of breaking the record of our previous sale total. It is very nice to know that the market demand is still there during this uncertain time. The Modern British section was strong as usual, as most works are collected by private buyers for their own enjoyment. We had two special sections by Stanley Hayter and Taskashi Murakami, with all the work by both artists selling out. Outstanding highlights came from works by wide-ranging artists such as Frank Auerbach and Yoshitomo Nara, which again proves our ability to present works which can be either academic or commercially popular amongst our clients. We are pleased to continue to offer a great selection of prints by prestigious artists for the general public and help everyone to start their collection.  

To begin the highlights within the start of the sale was the artworks created in 1977, by British artist and architect Victor Pasmore CH CBE, titled, The Image In Search of Itself, (lot 81). The complete portfolio of eleven screenprints were estimated to sell for £3,500 – £5,000. The work by the artist who pioneered the development of abstract art in Britain in the 40s and 50s, ended up achieving a price higher than its estimate, selling for £8,125. 

Estimated to sell for £6,000 – £10,000, (lot 180) the Portrait of Jacqueline by Pablo Picasso sold for £15,000. The offset lithograph in colours on wove made in 1956 depicts Picasso’s muse and second wife Jacqueline. Their marriage lasted 11 years until his death, during which time he created over 400 portraits of her, more than any of Picasso’s other loves. The original of this print can be found in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 

The highest value lot of the auction was sold within the middle of the sale. Estimated to sell for £8,000 – £12,000, (lot 295) Frank Auerbach’s, complete set of six etchings on Arches wove titled, Six Etchings of Heads, sold for £18,750. Title’s and subjects within the etchings comprise of fellow famous artists and friends including Joe Tilson, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Lucian Freud and Gerda Boehm, who are regular sitters for Auerbach. 

Work by British/American artist Susan Hiller was estimated to sell for £6,000 – 8,000, eventually realising the price of £12,500. The work titled The Storm (Addenda 3 to “Dedicated to the Unknown Artists”) was created in 1978. The collection involves three original sea charts, typed and typeset and eighteen vintage postcards mounted on seven boards. Beginning her artistic practice in the early 1970s, Hiller was influenced by the visual language of Minimalism and Conceptual art[ and later cited Minimalism, Fluxus, Surrealism and her study of anthropology as major influences on her work. Her art practice included installation, video, photography, performance and writing. 

Within the Japanese contemporary works of art section of the sale, lot 428 by artist Yoshitomo Nara realised the highest price of £15,000. The work titled Cosmic Girl: Eyes Open/ Eyes Closed was estimated to make £5,000 – £7,000, finally achieving a price over double its top estimate. Nara is a contemporary of Takashi Murakami, whose artworks would follow swiftly after in the sale. Similar to Murakami her work has been influenced by pop culture in both the East and West. 

At the end of the sale, a collection of twenty lots of artwork by Takashi Murakami had a 100% sell-through rate. One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from post-war Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and pop culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colourful anime and manga cartoon style, which the lots within the sale demonstrated perfectly. Overall, the works by the Japanese artist sold for £41,190, with the highlight from the collection being five offset lithographs in colours on wove (lot 441), titled Flowers Blooming in This World and the Land of Nirvana, 2013; selling for £6,000. 


The next Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction will take place on Tuesday 6 October. 

Now welcoming consignments for this auction. To request a valuation please contact [email protected] 

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Roseberys- June Jewellery & Watches Auction Results

Roseberys- June Jewellery & Watches Auction Results

The third sale to take place since lockdown restrictions relaxed last month was the Jewellery & Watches auction on Tuesday 23 June. Similar to the other two auctions that took place before it, the sale was a great success. Despite the postponement and not allowing bidding within the room, the sale produced some outstanding results, with a selling rate of 84%. 

Mark Bowis, Head of the Jewellery & Watches department commented on the sale:

“Having been postponed from March there was a lot of tense anticipation for this live sale and given the difficult times at present, efforts were made to allow potential buyers to view the sale, acquire information, register bids and bid live online and on the phone as easily and comfortably as possible. On a hot day, the sale was extremely busy with a pattern of very prompt and enthusiastic bidding. The fact that there were only seven lots remaining unsold in the first 100 lots was very encouraging. At the end of the session, the sale showed an 84% sold rate. Lots with heavy gold emphasis including pocket watches benefited somewhat by the buoyant uplift in the current bullion price. However antique and esoteric items also sold strongly, this included a group of early rings. Lot 38 with an attractively placed estimate of £500-700 realised £5,250 an Edwardian coral and diamond bangle in original fitted case realised £1,250 and an early 20th-century gold-mounted butterfly wing brooch in original fitted case realised £1,750. A small group of Indian jewels also attracted swift bidding, showing that Indian pieces with age are always popular. Results for diamonds were also solid. High-value diamond lots included lot 324 a 2.30 carat round brilliant-cut diamond of good colour sold at £6,250. While lot 54 an attractive flexible, diamond bracelet realised £3,500. The icing on the cake was lot 133 a very speculated large rose-cut diamond ring with rose-cut diamond shoulders estimate £4000-6000 realised an impressive £40,000. Designer jewels such as pieces by Grima and Elisabeth gage generated traditional interest including an early garnet and diamond ring by Grima, featured on the back cover of the catalogue realised £2,750. We were pleased that the more traditional jewellery from the eminent jewel houses such as Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Tiffany & Van Cleef & Arpels, often the main backbone of a jewellery sale is still consistently achieving strong results. The selection of high-end wristwatches with examples by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier and Vacheron & Constatine did extremely well, with only three unsold lots out of the twenty-nine offered. A small selection of modestly priced pens by Mont Blanc did exceptionally well also. “

The highest value lot of the sale was Lot 133, a rose-cut diamond three stone ring in a gypsy style setting. The central rose-cut diamond was a large stone measuring 12.8mm in diameter. Rose diamonds of this size are quite rare and could have originated from the alluvial areas of India making it ‘an old stone’. These factors and the reasonable colour obviously attracted a lot of interest; speculative stones are always exciting. The low estimate was £4,000-6000 and this sale closed at £40,000. 

Another highlight within the sale was Lot 311, a diamond, ruby, and sapphire bracelet. This was designed in the style of the Art Deco jewellery produced by the great names of Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels. Although this bracelet is a more recent copy, the quality is outstanding with attractive Indian carved rubies and vibrant diamonds. Estimated £8000-10,000, this bracelet realised £10,625. 

(Lot 201) Estimated at £3000-4000, this nice clean and typical high-quality platinum-set ring by Cartier, set with a classic top colour 1.00-carat diamond, realised the price of £5,250. Retailed by Cartier London and produced in the 1970s, this gave the ring an added vintage charm and was fiercely fought for on the sale day. 

Continuing with highlights from the Cartier section in the sale was a very fine and attractive emerald and diamond ring. Set in 18ct gold, the strong coloured emerald was flanked by two top colour diamonds typical of Cartier’s timeless three stone designs. The ring was in great condition complete with makers case. Estimated to sell for £2000-3000, this ring (Lot 198) realised a price of £3,750.

(Lot 196) Another small but charming item by Cartier was a 9ct gold circular pillbox of recognizable 40s design. Vintage items by Cartier appear less often on the market now. With an estimate of £400-600, this item realised over double its top estimate, selling for £1,625, proving the popularity of these collectable pieces.

Lot 159 This early 20th-century diamond and sapphire brooch was closely followed, with many eager bidders registering ahead of the sale to secure this lot. Although not desperately sought after as a brooch, old pieces such as this are often set with old un-heated gemstones from sought after regions such as Burma. This brooch was set with an attractively saturated sapphire and probably had no heat treatment to improve its colour. Estimate £1000-1500, this stunning brooch sold for £4,250 to the lucky bidder. 

Lot 269, an 18ct. gold citrine, hematite, and cultured pearl ‘kiss pin’ by Elizabeth Gage realised £2,000. Pieces of ‘Art Jewellery’ by this designer and goldsmith are highly collectable and measuring 6.1cm wide this piece is quite a statement and complete with maker’s case, making it highly attainable. 

With an estimated price of £800-1200, Lot 268, a pair of diamond brooches by Vedura realised £3,500. Typical of Vedura’s high standard in the manufacture and charming design of pine cones, these were a very appealing purchase. 

Estimated to sell for £1500 – 2000, Lot 274 an early 18ct gold, garnet, and diamond ring by Anglo-Italian designer Andrew Grima realised £2,200. Early rings by Grima are scarce and although the design seemed quite simple, the abstract decoration to the mount and gallery showed the early signs of Grima’s flare for the unusual. Coming from his father in laws workshop with the mark HJCO, it was signed by Grima. 

To view all the results from the Jewellery & Watches auction click here. The next Jewellery & Watches auction will take place on Tuesday 22 September.

For any further enquiries in regards to the Jewellery & Watches department please contact the Head of Department, Mark Bowis: [email protected]roseberys.co.uk


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Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

Roseberys- Islamic & Indian Art Online Auction Results

International buyers embraced remote bidding at rescheduled auctions of Islamic and Indian Art at Roseberys London.

Portrait of ‘The Messalina of the Punjab’ who fought British rule was among the top-selling lots.


A posthumous portrait of Maharani Jind Kaur – the fearless Sikh queen of Lahore who became a serious obstacle to British rule in India – was a star lot in Roseberys rescheduled Indian and Islamic art sales. 

The oil on canvas came from a private collection in Copenhagen and was painted in c.1905 by the Danish artist Hugo Vilfred Pedersen (1870-1959), a leading painter in the British Indian colonies during the early 20th century. Estimated at £3,000-5,000 in the Arts of India auction on June 17, it attracted fierce competition and eventually sold for £23,750. 

Jind Kaur, popularly known as Rani Jindan, was the youngest wife of Ranjit Singh, the Maharaja of Punjab. Her revolt began when her husband died of a stroke in 1839 and the British tried to wrest the kingdom from Duleep Singh, her infant son, and heir. 

Renowned for her beauty, energy, and strength of purpose, Jindan is chiefly remembered for the fear she engendered in the British in India. In a smear campaign, she was derisively labeled the ‘Messalina of the Punjab’, a salacious seductress too rebellious to be controlled. During her rule as regent, she waged two disastrous wars against the British that led to the annexation of Punjab. Her life was the subject of the 2009 film Rebel Queen. (Lot 79)

With social-distancing restrictions in place, Roseberys rescheduled sales of Islamic and Indian art saw a huge increase in international bidding across online platforms and on the phones. The June sales, originally planned for April and containing a wide range of artefacts from the Islamic and Indian Worlds, was particularly strong on Islamic manuscripts. 

A manuscript of the Qasida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle) – a celebrated ode to the Prophet Muhammad – sold for £23,750 in the Islamic Art & Manuscripts sale on June 16. The Arabic manuscript was copied and signed by Sadiq bin Yusuf of Sian, China, in 1010AH (1601-02) and contained interlinear translation and copious notes throughout. Online and commission bidders competed before it was eventually won by an international online bidder on thesaleroom.com. (Lot 66)

A £18,750 bid secured a fine and rare Timurid copy of Rumi’s Mathnawi Ma’nawi made in Iran in c.1480 and sourced from a private collection in London. The polychrome frontispiece was particularly admired, with its rigorous and complex pattern of interlacing split-palmettes, flowering vines and stellar motifs. (Lot 134)

Eagerly contested elsewhere was an attractive and colourful Persian manuscript bound in concertina-form and containing ten calligraphic panels set against intricate patterns of weaving gold flowers on coloured paper. This Qajar muraqqa, signed by Ali Raza Abbasi and dated 1007AH (1598), drew fierce bidding across the online platforms Roseberys Live, Invaluable and thesaleroom.com before it was knocked down at £17,500. (Lot 100)

Two large Qajar pottery tiles from a distinguished Italian collection were much admired in the sale. The first was a c.1890 example finely painted with two princely figures on horseback hunting wild boar and was bid to £8,750. The second, a c.1880 piece, depicted the founder of the great Safavid dynasty, Shah Ismail, herding wild animals with his courtiers against a vivid cobalt background. Bidding took place between the telephone and online, eventually going to an online bidder for £5,500. (Lot 248) (Lot 249) 

Further highlights included a dozen ancient black Etruscan bucchero vessels from a private collection in New Mexico that sold together at £5,750 and a large Indo-Persian brass celestial globe signed by Amal Nasir al-Din Tusi in 1305AH (1887-88AD) and extensively engraved with markings, figures, astrological symbols and pictorial representations of the constellations. This was secured by a bidder on Roseberys Live for £3,750. (Lot 14) (Lot 262) 

Bids also emerged for Indian miniatures with distinguished provenance. The scene of a princess lamenting her lover’s departure painted on a miniature from Kangra in North India sold to a telephone bidder for £7,500. The early 19th-century work came from the collection of Dr. WB Manley, a great collector of Indian paintings who had served in the Indian Police in the Bombay Presidency from 1905-24. He exhibited works from his collection on a number of occasions, including in the Royal Academy Exhibition The Art of India and Pakistan (1947-48). (Lot 166)

Also from Kangra was an illustration of Vipralabdha – the so-called ‘disappointed mistress’ and one of the eight ‘nayikas’ who is deceived into waiting all night for a lover who never comes. Another miniature with excellent provenance, it was acquired by Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop (1823-1887) and thence by descent. 

Dunlop was born in Madras and held the position of district officer of the Meerut District during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He penned the books Service and Adventure with the Khakee Ressalah (1858) and Hunting in the Himalaya (1860). The lot went to a telephone bidder for £3,000. (Lot 162)

The trend for strong sales continued in the jewellery section where a 19th-century emerald inscribed with Quranic verses and set in a European gold mount sold to a commission bidder for £4,750. (Lot 92)

A 19th-century sword with an undulating blade, gold overlaid hilt and an inscription to the inside of the knuckle guard was won by a telephone bidder who paid a multi-estimate £3,250 among a select offering of arms and armour. (Lot 76)



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Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Freeman’s- Ongoing Success of Online Art + Design Auctions

Following its highly successful online Design and Modern & Contemporary Art auctions this Spring, Freeman’s is pleased to announce another stellar result. Its inaugural June 26 Art + Design auction achieved a 95% sell-through rate and totaled just shy of $500,000, comfortably surpassing its pre-sale high estimate.


With works offered at more accessible price points by world-class artists and designers such as George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, and Pablo Picasso, the 94-lot auction welcomed a host of new online bidders. Accounting for 40% of successful buyers, the influx of new bidders confirms Freeman’s continued success in attracting new online buyers.

“Not only am I thrilled by the competitive bidding and strong prices achieved throughout our Art + Design sale, but I’m also highly encouraged by the robust presence of new collectors attracted to the sale by its diversity of material and approachable price points,” remarked Head of Sale Shannon Jeffers, “As the art market continues to shift towards a predominantly virtual format, Freeman’s continues to create new and exciting opportunities for first-time, online buyers to join our community of art lovers. We are harnessing the momentum generated by this first Art + Design auction by offering similar sales this fall, including another Art + Design auction as well as a dedicated, online Prints and Multiples auction.”

Last Friday’s auction was led by a Rare Four-door “Chan” Cabinet, New York, circa 1970s by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne (Lot 15), which surpassed its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $43,750.



Other Design works that exceeded expectations include a Special “Triple Cabinet with Sliding Doors”, 1971 by George Nakashima (Lot 70), which sold for $27,500 and a Two-door Gate for the Miles F. Goodman Residence, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1924 by Samuel Yellin (Lot 77), which realized $27,500.

A light-switch cover made by Yellin for the same residence (Lot 78) sparked a lengthy bidding war that saw the piece soar past its pre-sale estimate of $400-600, bringing $16,250.

Prints, multiples, and sculptures by well-known artists from around the world elicited spirited competition, resulting in numerous strong prices. A particular highlight was New York, N.Y. 10008 by Chilean artist Nemesio Antunez (Lot 40), which realized $19,500, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $800-1,200.

The Untitled sculpture by Mexican artist Pedro Friedeberg (Lot 12) also performed well, nearly doubling its pre-sale high estimate, realizing $5,938.

Works on paper by blue-chip artists such as Adolph Gottlieb (Lot 36); Patrick Heron (Lot 35); Josef Albers (Lot 31); and Paul Jenkins (Lot 94) also achieved prices above their estimates.


The Art + Design auction is the first of its kind at Freeman’s. It presents art and objects from the Modern & Contemporary and Design departments in compelling ways, appealing to a new generation of buyers who collect across categories. A number of similar auctions are planned for Freeman’s Fall/Winter 2020 auction season.


Shannon Jeffers | [email protected]



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Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys- Portraits Proving Popular at Old Master Auction

Roseberys London: The highly anticipated Old Master, 18th & 19th Century Pictures auction, on Thursday 4 June was the first sale to take place since the lockdown began. Despite the postponement and obstacles due to Covid-19, the auction was a great success, producing fantastic results throughout. With highlights including a Hunting scene, painted by French artist René Princeteau and a portrait of a lady in the manner of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, both selling both for £30,000 each. 

On the overall sale, Marcus Grey, Head of Department, commented: Last Thursday’s auction showed some fantastic results for Roseberys with early portraiture dominating the highlights. A beautiful mid-17th century portrait attributed to the circle of Pierfrancesco Cittadini made a result of £30,000, whilst a unique portrait by Lavinia Fontana made £7,500. Also, our private collection of Portrait miniatures proved to be very popular, with Lot 4 selling for £6,875 and lot 20, a Portrait miniature of a high-ranking Napoleonic officer by Louis-Marie Sicardi- selling for £5,500. The results of the René Princeteau’s also showed that the market for this artist continues to be strong with many selling for the above estimate. 

Before the sale began, the internet clerks were briefed and ready to expect a busy day of sales. Expectations were set high due to the number of pre-registered bidders which exceeded 800, poised, and ready to compete for their lots throughout the day. 

The beginning of the sale saw a collection of 67 miniatures realise excellent results, with many achieving prices higher than their estimates. One being lot 4, circle of English artist Isaac Oliver. The portrait miniature of a lady in a glazed oval silver frame, sold for £6,875, over double its expected estimated value. 


Estimated to sell for £6,000 – £8,000, lot 72 was fiercely bid up to a successful sale price of £30,000. The Portrait of a lady, wearing a red Italo-Hispanic dress, holding a rose is circle of Italian artist Pierfrancesco Cittadini, 1616–1681. Born in Milan, Cittadini initially became a pupil of Daniele Crespi before heading to Bologna in the 1630s to establish himself as an artist in the workshop of Guido Reni, later rivaling his former master for altarpiece commissions within the city. The Portrait of a lady is typical of the artist’s style. Known for his attention to detail in the portraits of female sitters, the present oil on canvas characteristically displays the attention to the elaborate costume of the sitter and the rose she holds in her hand. 


Another work that sailed high above its estimate to £23,750 was lot 75. The oil on canvas depicting choppy waters with a whale and a sea-monster, is circle of Dutch artist Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, 1562-1640. Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom was a Dutch Golden Age painter credited with being the founder of Dutch marine art or seascape painting. His work can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals Museum, and Westfriesmuseum. 


Previously sold at Sotheby’s London in 1993, lot 103, was successfully bid up to a final selling price of £8,125, from its original estimate of £2,000 – £3,000. The oil on canvas, titled Esther Before Ahasuerus, hails from the Genoese School, 17th century. 


Realising a price of £7,500, lot 96 is a beautiful self-portrait, with strong provenance by Italian artist Lavinia Fontana, 1552-1614. The, signed, inscribed, and dated oil on canvas self-portrait of the artist as St. Catherine of Alexandria, was painted in 1595. St. Catherine is portrayed with her traditional attributes gazing up to the heavens in Fontana’s typically Mannerist style. The detail and colour is employed vibrantly, reminiscent of the work of Sofonisba Anguissola, another female northern Italian Renaissance painter.


Titled Il Guercino, lot 109, study of a woman half-length with arm outstretched in red chalk on laid paper sold for £6,875. The Italian picture that was likely to be created around the period of 1591-1666, is from the workshop of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, proving that there is still some market demand for good quality works on paper, a market that has suffered greatly over the last ten years. 


A collection of star lots within the auction came toward the end of the sale, with multiple bidders competing from Belgium, France, and the US. All the works by French artist René Charles Pierre Princeteau, 1843-1919, came from a private collection. A master in the depiction of equestrian subject matter, René Princeteau is considered to be one of the most highly sought-after academic French artists of the late 19th century. Lot 364, Early morning, bringing out hounds with huntsmen in attendance; oil on canvas, was the hotly contested work that soared up to £30,000. The work is considered to be a fine example of the artist’s carefully conceived hunting scenes. This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on René Princeteau compiled by Louis Cuvreau and Hubert de Watrigant. 



Other sale highlights coming from the private collection of Princeteau’s works, were lot 358, Veneur pendant un débuché, selling for £13,750, lot 359, La Chasses Basque selling for £12,500 and lot 360, Piqueur Foulant selling for £11,500. In total, the collection of seven works by Princeteau sold for, £90,125. 


For further information please contact

Head of Department Marcus Grey [email protected] 

Please note all the prices quoted include Buyer’s Premium of 25% 

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

Freeman’s – Impressive Chinese Imperial Porcelains

PHILADELPHIA, PA— On Friday, June 19, Freeman’s will offer over 200 carefully selected lots in its Asian Arts auction.  Spanning centuries and countries, the sale is a compelling offering of furniture, porcelains, jades, textiles, sculpture and fine art from across the Far East, including a group of ancient Chinese bronzes from a private Main Line collection and a selection of mark and period Chinese porcelains of the Qing dynasty.


The sale includes a fine selection of elegant imperial Chinese porcelains from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The highlight is a rare and refined blue and white-decorated porcelain lobed bowl, Qianlong mark, and period (Lot 58, $30,000-50,000).  When acquired by the present owner in 2011, only one other known example, with a yellow enamel ground, was noted.



A strong section of the sale is composed of Buddhist figural arts, including examples rarely encountered on the market.  For sheer elegance of execution, the 15th century Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva (Lot 31, $20,000-30,000) is unequaled among the sculptures.  With finely cast and finished details and a rich gilded surface suitably-worn by centuries of adoration, the bodhisattva is an example of the fine workmanship, likely Newari, which so influenced the exquisite gilt bronzes of the early Ming dynasty.

Of particular note is a small, gold repoussé Southeast Asian figure of a seated Buddha from the 12th-14th century (Lot 26, $10,000-15,000).  Acquired by the husband of the present owner from noted New York dealer Doris Wiener, the Buddha is a rare survivor in precious metal, with a lively expression and large presence belying its 2 ¼ inch height.  It is joined in the sale by a number of additional Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese figures of Buddhas and bodhisattvas, which differ in size and are made of varying elements including wood, sandstone, copper, and bronze.

This piece is joined by a small group of monochrome red bowls and dishes (Lots 59-62) given to the present owner’s mother by her longtime friend, Joseph Paul Gardner — an architect and dancer who served as one of the Monuments Men in World War II and as first Director (1933-1953) of what is now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

Lot 31: A Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva

15th century

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Lot 194: Waterfall, Tani Buncho (1763-1840)

H: 130 1/2, W: 55 3/4 in.

Estimate $6,000 – 8,000

Lot 189: A rare and impressive Japanese patinated bronze censer and cover with original wood stand, Miyao.

Meiji period, late 19th century.

Estimate $25,000 – $35,000



California collector Betty Borman assembled a fine group of Japanese ink paintings and calligraphy, including works by some of the most noted artists of their time.  Of particular note is the grandly-scaled “Waterfall” by Tani Buncho (1763-1840) (Lot 194, $6,000-8,000), which may be the artist’s largest extant work, and a six-panel folding screen, “Dragon Vanishing into Clouds,” by famed lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) (Lot 195, $10,000-15,000).



June 19 | 10am



Ben Farina, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]


Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

Freeman’s – Modern Art Auction Achieves Over $1M

PHILADELPHIA, PAFreeman’s is delighted to announce the results of its highly successful Modern & Contemporary Art Auction—their first online fine art sale of 2020. With an impressive sell-through rate of 95%, the 58-lot sale achieved over $1 million, just shy of its pre-sale high estimate. Strong prices were achieved for Latin American, English, and iconic American Pop artists. With many consignments from private New York collectors, the auction included notable works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Andy Warhol.

“We were delighted to see that the market remains competitive for top works by blue-chip artists, and to achieve an enviable sell-through rate in our first online fine art sale,” said Dunham Townend, Head of Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art Department. With this most recent success, Freeman’s raises its average sell-through rate for its 2020 fine auctions to 93.5%.



The sale was led by Chanel, an iconic print from Andy Warhol’s, Ads series, which sold for $175,000—nearly the high end of its pre-sale estimate. This price is the second-highest ever fetched at auction for this important screenprint.  Robust pre-sale interest and spirited bidding from the East and West Coasts, as well as from Europe, culminated in one of the highest auction prices ever achieved for this iconic Pop image.



Skoob Assemblage by British Modernist John Latham was a runaway success.  Bidders from the United Kingdom, Europe, and America competed vigorously for this fresh-to-market assemblage by one of England’s most celebrated Conceptual artists. The work more than quintupled its pre-sale low estimate, realizing $27,500.

Similar-spirited bidding drove Lynn Chadwick’s Pair of Cloaked Figures to sell for $43,750. This quintessential example by the revered British sculptor had been in a private New York collection since 1978.

These robust results continue Freeman’s long-established history of success with Modern British artists including William Scott, Henry Moore, and John Hoyland.

Lot 44: Skoob AssemblageJohn Latham (British, 1921-2006)

Sold for: $27,500 (buyer’s premium included)


Lot 30: Yellow RoadAlex Katz (American, born 1927)

Sold for: $46,875 (buyer’s premium included)


Lot 2: Soldat Marocain et Hamido, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)

Sold for: $18,750 (buyer’s premium included)



Strong prices were also achieved for works by many other internationally renowned and sought after artists. Other notable results include $46,875 for Pablo Picasso’s Face with Black Nose and Alex Katz’s Yellow Road; $32,500 for Diego Rivera’s Seated Woman; $25,000 for George Rodrigue’s Blue Over You; and $18,750 for Henri Matisse’s Soldat Marocain et Hamido.




Dunham Townend  [email protected]



Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

Freeman’s – Significant Art By Redfield & Garber

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Sunday, June 7, Freeman’s will hold its much anticipated, bi-annual auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists. The sale will include a number of works by marquee names in the field, such as Robert Henri(1865-1929), William Macgregor Paxton (1869-1941), Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) and Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935). This season, a particularly heavy focus will be made on the New Hope School through high-level pieces coming from the private Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott, granddaughter of the illustrious Hiram Bingham who notably rediscovered the archeological site of Machu Pichu in 1911.



Spring at Point Pleasant on the Delaware River by Edward Redfield (1869-1965) is one of the anticipated highlights of the Stott Collection (Lot 40, estimate: $300,000-500,000). Executed en plein-air on May Day of 1926, the painting depicts, in thick and short brushstrokes, a plunging view of the Delaware River from the artist’s studio in Point Pleasant. The subject was one of Redfield’s favorites, and he continuously returned to the location to paint similar vistas, as exemplified by The Peaceful Valley (Lot 57, estimate: $200,000-300,000) another view of the celebrated locale from a different private collection, which Redfield executed in a more modern fashion almost a decade later.

Among the other highlights of the Stott Collection are three oils by Daniel Garber (1880-1958), including Rodger’s Meadow (Lot 44, estimate: $200,000-300,000),  an important canvas that illustrates a shift in the artist’s career. Executed in 1922, the work faithfully records the local geography and the daily life of Bucks County, where Garber and his family moved at the turn of the century.

The Stott Collection also includes two quintessential nocturne scenes by George Sotter (1883-1951) (Lots 41& 42), as well as a rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951), which the artist completed after her return from Florence in 1926 (Lot 43).


Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania artists will be well-represented in the June sale, starting with The Converted Barn, an early painting by N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890), which depicts the studio where the artist would paint Treasure Island several years later (Lot 26, estimate: $50,000-80,000). Executed in 1908 (the year N.C. and his wife Carolyn moved from Delaware to Chadds Ford), the work shows Wyeth’s affinity for landscape painting and more specifically, his appreciation of the lush Brandywine River Valley.


Lot 57: The Peaceful Valley, Edward Redfield (1869-1965)

Estimate $200,000-300,000


Lot 44: Rodger’s Meadow, Daniel Garber (1880-1958)

Estimate $200,000-300,000


Lot 41: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $50,000-80,000


Lot 42: 1 of 2 quintessential nocturne scenes, George Sotter (1883-1951)

Estimate: $40,000-60,000


Lot 43: A rare Italian canvas by Fern Coppedge (1883-1951) in 1926.

Estimate: $25,000-40,000


Lot 26: The Converted Barn, N.C. Wyeth (1853-1890)

Estimate $50,000-80,000


Four pieces by Philadelphia native Arthur B. Carles (1882-1952) will also be included in the sale, starting with a 1908 portrait of his then-fiancée Mercedes de Cordoba (Lot 29, estimate: $15,000-25,000). Shown seated in front of a window pane in which one can spot the reflection of the artist himself, Mlle de C. owes a great debt to the art of Henri Matisse, whom Carles revered and met in Paris. In contrast, Abstract Still Life with Drape (Lot 32, estimate: $15,000-25,000) shows the strong influence that Cubism and Georges Braque had on Carles in the 1930s, a moment when the artist tried to synthesize his exploration of shapes with his love of color.



Among the several 19th century pieces on offer are two oils by Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), both kept in the family of the artist since his death in 1896. Respectively executed in Giverny and at his return to the United States, Moyen-Age (Lot 10, estimate: $7,000-10,000) and Vermont Hillside (Lot 9, estimate: $20,000-30,000) illustrate the influence of French painting, and of Impressionist Master Claude Monet, on the artist. The rest of the sale includes the recently rediscovered Signing of the Compact in the Cabin of the Mayflower by Edwin White (1842-1946), which is considered one of the greatest pieces the artist ever made (Lot 4, estimate: $10,000-15,000); three French canvases by Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) with stellar provenance (Lots 17-19, estimates: range from $15,000 to 40,000); as well as two watercolors by Stephen Scott Young (born 1957), including one directly bought from the artist (Lot 37, estimate: $10,000-15,000 & Lot 38, estimate: $12,000-18,000)



June 7 | 2pm


Alasdair Nichol, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Julien’s – ‘Sports Legends’ With Iconic Kobe Bryant Pieces

Los Angeles, California -Julien’s Auctions announced the new date for SPORTS LEGENDS will be May 21 2020, live online at juliensauctions.com with over 300 historic sports artifacts atop the auction podium in a winners’ circle of uniforms, medals, shoes, memorabilia, sports equipment and more from the worlds of basketball, soccer, baseball, and beyond.

Among the highlights announced is a collection of items from Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend and 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Items include: Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); Bryant’s 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the NBA legend became the first athlete to cast prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers home number “24” jersey game worn during the 2006-2007 season (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a pair of black and white Adidas brand basketball shoes game-worn and signed by Bryant and inscribed with his jersey number “8” (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).


The highlights also include a Spalding NBA All-Conference basketball signed by the members of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers including, Bryant, Ron Artest, Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, Sasha Vujacic, and Luke Walton (estimate:$2,000-$4,000).

Born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bean Bryant was the son of Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player in Italy where Bryant and his family lived for eight years and where Bryant learned to speak Italian fluently. In 1996 after graduating from high school at the age of 18, Bryant became the youngest player at the time in NBA history when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the team he would play for throughout his entire professional career. In his spectacular 20-year basketball career, Bryant would elevate the sport to new heights and achieved other unprecedented feats and honors including 18 NBA All-Star titles, five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball and ranking as the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history.

On April 13, 2016 in his final NBA game before retiring, Bryant scored an astounding 60 points for the Lakers who defeated the Utah Jazz 101-96. In 2017, the Lakers retired Bryant’s jersey numbers No. 8 and No. 24. Bryant also won a Sports Emmy and Academy Award for the 2018 Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball.

On January 26, 2020, Bryant’s tragic death, at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash with eight other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, sent shock waves across the globe. Before his death, Bryant was named one of the eight finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

“As one of the millions of fans mourning around the world, we were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Kobe Bryant’s passing while we were preparing for our annual Sports Legends auction a few weeks ago”, said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “We are honored to include this collection of his items and pay tribute to this giant who was an inspiration not only to basketball fans but to the entire world.

Other Sports highlights include: a Jules Rimet replica trophy presented to Marco Antônio Feliciano during the 1970 World Cup with the Brazilian National Soccer Team when Brazil defeated Uruguay 3-1 in the semifinals and crushed Italy 4-1 in the tournament final at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); a Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics silver medal (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team from the first World Cup to be held in Asia and the first and only World Cup to be jointly hosted by more than one nation, in South Korea and Japan (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a 1994 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a member of the champion Brazil national football team during which Brazil defeated Italy 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0-0 in extra time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); a yellow and green satin sash presented by the Brazilian Football Confederation to commemorate Brazil’s fourth FIFA World Cup victory (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a gold tone medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, winner of the 2005 Confederations Cup during which Brazil won the tournament, defeating Argentina 4-1 in the final at Waldstadion in Frankfurt (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a 2009 medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national football team, the winner of the 2009 South Africa Confederations Cup by defeating the United States 3-2 in the final to retain the Cup trophy the team won in 2005 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) and more.



Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.



Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game-worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain

Estimate: $10,000-$20,000

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

Freeman’s – Results of P.G. Wodehouse Books & Ephemera

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Continuing its success with private collections and single-owner sales, Freeman’s achieved a 96% sell-through rate for its May 7 auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis. The house is pleased to add this strong sell-through rate for a single-owner collection to its list of recent single-owner sale successes.


Comprising nearly 200 lots that included first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more, the comprehensive, albeit niche, collection elicited interest from Wodehouse aficionados worldwide.



As a result of a robust digital marketing campaign combined with direct outreach to Wodehouse societies and collectors around the globe, 40% of buyers in this auction were new to Freeman’s–a statistic that is consistent with the company’s average for online auctions in 2020.  Aggressive and lengthy bidding wars erupted for many of the collection’s most covetable lots, driving selling prices far past their pre-sale estimates.


Most notably, Lot 177: P.G. Wodehouse’s Pocket Watch, which was elaborately engraved with the author’s monogram, sold for over ten times its high estimate to achieve $4,375. The sale was led by Lot 24: A corrected typescript of Do Butlers Burgle Banks, which featured extensive autographs revisions and annotations in pencil and red and blue ink by Wodehouse himself; the lot exceeded expectations to sell for $8,750.


Selling works from private & corporate collections –whether as stand-alone single-owner sales or featured works within departmental auctions–is considered to be one of Freeman’s strongest areas of achievement.  Recent successes include The Collection of Robert J. Morrison; The Collection of Richard E. Oldenburg; The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer; The Jeff Hunter Collection; and The Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton.


H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics- 1934 Alvis Speed 20 Sb Vanden Plas Saloon

H&H Classics are proud to offer this magnificent Alvis for sale at their next Live Auction Online on May 27th. 

Charles Follett was a mercurial character who became renowned within the London motor trade for sourcing the very best pre-owned exotica. He would travel anywhere in the UK for the right car, building-up an enviable client base in the process. A member of the Brooklands set, his ‘black book’ comprised society’s elite from racing drivers to celebrities via members of the aristocracy. Given sufficient funding to buy showrooms in the heart of Mayfair, he became the Alvis concessionaire for London and the Home Counties during 1931. 


Seriously impressed by the Coventry firm’s engineering integrity but dismayed at the staidness of its offerings, Follett set about turning the marque into a Lagonda, Sunbeam, Invicta and (later) Bentley rival. Decades before Jaguar came up with its famous ‘Grace . . . Space . . . Pace’ slogan, he was adamant that all three were intrinsic to making a car appeal to wealthy buyers.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Introduced in late 1931, the Alvis Speed 20 SA was the first model which Follett could really sink his teeth into. Based around a low-slung, double-dropped chassis frame, powered by a lusty 2511cc OHV straight-six engine and boasting 90mph performance, it proved an ideal canvas for the coachbuilder’s art. Conscious that Vanden Plas’ order book had thinned considerably due to Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Bentley and the subsequent hiatus in the latter’s production, he approached the London company with a bold proposal. Follett would order a minimum of 100 bodies from them if they would (a) cut the average cost from £600 to £195 per chassis and (b) devise a range of suitably rakish designs over which he would have sign off. Vanden Plas capitulated and came up with a notably stylish Saloon, Tourer and Drophead Coupe which The Autocar hailed as ‘very attractive special bodies’.

Often at loggerheads with Alvis’ supremo T.G. John and his chief engineer G.T. Smith-Clarke over the ‘unnecessary’ expense of a la mode coachwork, Follett once denied the pair access to their own boardroom while he laid out the £895 required to buy a Speed 20 in one pound and ten shilling notes just so they would better appreciate that looks and amenities were as important as driving dynamics when such sums were involved.

Embracing the ‘Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ ethos, Follett campaigned a series of Alvis cars at Brooklands. Evolving from SA to SB guise in September 1933, the Speed 20 gained a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox, independent front suspension and adjustable rear dampers. While, stylistically the model was enhanced via a forward sweeping scuttle / bonnet join line, 19-inch wire wheels and larger Lucas P100 headlights. Again tasked by Follett with clothing the Speed 20SB to best effect, Vanden Plas produced a variety of open and enclosed bodies the best looking of which was undoubtedly a two-door saloon cum fixed head coupe known as the ‘Flatback’.


A close-coupled, Four Light design with notably slim A-, B- and C-Pillars, the ‘Flatback’ also sported a distinctive swage line that accentuated its airy glasshouse and ‘letter box’ rear window. A spectacular exemplar of the ‘airline’ styling trend which captivated the automotive industry on both sides of the Atlantic during the mid-1930s, the Speed 20 SB ‘Flatback’ is arguably the best-looking enclosed Alvis ever made. Indeed, for many its desirability is second only to that of the (again) Vanden Plas-bodied 4.3 Litre Short Chassis Tourers. Often finished in two-tone liveries, the four-seater sported extravagantly peaked, full flowing wings as well as a louvred scuttle and external fuel filler neck. Long prized by collectors for being among the most elegant pre-WW2 Saloons, only eight of the thirty-six Speed 20 SB ‘Flatbacks’ made are known to have survived to the present day. Interestingly, the last one to go under the hammer fetched $198,000.

First registered in London on 24th January 1934 (or so its expired ‘AXH 434’ number plate would imply), chassis 11154 had migrated to West Sussex and the care of Frederick James Scott some twenty-one years later. Mr Scott kept the Alvis until Christopher Charles Storrar took possession during July 1970. Acquired by the famous W.O. Bentley dealer Stanley Mann the following November, the Speed 20 SB was sold to New Zealander David Curry shortly thereafter. Treated to an engine overhaul before passing to fellow Antipodean Joe Marsden in 1973, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was subsequently treated to an extensive restoration that spanned two decades and was not completed until 1990.

Having refurbished the Alvis as a retirement project, Mr Marsden finally relinquished it to the then President of the Alvis Car Club of New Zealand, John St. Julian during 2008. Loaned to a member of the British Bentley Drivers’ Club the next year for a rally, the Speed 20 SB was forced to retire with a broken crankshaft. A new billet replacement was made by a firm in Melbourne and the camshaft reground to the original profile with new bearings being fitted throughout etc. However, with all Mr St Julian’s other commitments and cars, the ‘Flatback’ Saloon was in need of some recommissioning when it entered the current ownership in 2017. A committed Alvis enthusiast, the vendor has gone through the Speed 20 SB and got it running to his liking. As well as refurbishing the cooling system (radiator clean and repair), he has had the magneto rejuvenated and new brake linings installed throughout.

The seller informs us that: “There is a thermostatically- controlled electric fan fitted with a manual override (the model was not specified with a mechanical fan when new). In our hottest summer temperatures ever recorded (37.5 Celsius) the car performed perfectly during the annual Art Deco parade through the town of Napier (Art Deco Capital of The World), driving in 1st gear for 40 minutes without the fan coming on once. I have also converted the accelerator to the right of the brake pedal, as I have been driving for over fifty years and was prompted to do so after a very close call with a fence! The pedal layout can be returned to original configuration in five minutes if you are concerned with absolute authenticity. The trafficators ‘flash’ and there are indicators at all four corners for safety. These are integrated rather than being external additions. All original fittings are present on the car. These include: the built-in jacks front and rear, the Luvax adjustable rear shockers and the one-shot lubrication system. The extensive history file documents the restoration carried out by Joe Marsden as well as the additional work done by John and myself. It further includes the old-style UK buff logbook and registration plates, which are still on the car. The Alvis starts and runs very well and I have no hesitation in driving it anywhere”.



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Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

Freeman’s – American Furniture & Arts Results

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its April 28 & April 29 online auctions of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts. Together, the back-to-back sales totaled just shy of $975,000. Both sales elicited the participation of a sizable number of new bidders and ultimately exceeded expectations, nearly reaching their pre-sale high estimates.

On April 28, 75 phone bidders competed against nearly 5,000 registered internet bidders resulting in lengthy bidding wars and an 87% sell-through rate. The 160 lot auction realized $886,645, with strong prices achieved for furniture, art, textiles and decorative objects alike.



The sale was led by a Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose (Lot 23), which realized $62,5000—one of the highest prices achieved for the maker at auction. Fine examples of period furniture performed well throughout the day and oftentimes exceeded their high estimates, discrediting the pessimistic, but popular, opinion that there is little desirability in today’s market for traditional  “brown wood.” Other notable results for furniture included: $25,000 for a Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791 (Lot 19, estimate: $10,000-15,000); $25,000 for an aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre (Lot 103, estimate: $8,000-12,000); and $17,500 for a Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table (Lot 41, estimate: $8,000-12,000).

Bidders competed aggressively for fresh-to-market objects that had compelling histories or had descended through prominent American families. A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection (Lot 155) generated considerable interest and ultimately achieved its high estimate of $50,000. A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch (Lot 68) came with an affixed note that said it descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), helping it to soar past its $500-800 pre-sale estimate to sell for $16,250. Similarly, a gilt-washed sterling askos claret jug by Gorham Mfg. Co. (Lot 111) that had descended in the Macalester Family and had been owned by Eliza Lytle ‘Lily’ Macalester (1832-1891) and her husband Alfred D. Berghmans (1832-1872), more than tripled its pre-sale high estimate to sell for $18,750. A striking group of ten Masonic charts by artist, miner and engineer George M. Silsbee (1840-1900) of Leadville, CO, sold for fifteen times its low estimate to realize $15,000.


The auction featured a strong selection of maritime art & decorative objects, with many works coming from the Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott. Comprising a number of sailor’s valentines and woolies, the Collection was highlighted by two woolwork pictures: the first, depicting the “Capture of Canton by the Allies, December 28, 1857” (Lot 63), quadrupled its pre-sale low estimate to sell for $13,750; the second, depicting five ships by a coastline in white water (Lot 133), sold for over six times its low estimate, realizing $12,500. Beyond the collection, other nautical items, including ship paintings and Chinese Export porcelain, achieved strong prices: a collection of Chinese Export ‘Tobacco Leaf’ porcelain (Lots 29-39) totaled $57,151; and an American School 19th century painting of White Diamond Line Packet leaving Boston Harbor (Lot 87, estimate: $2,000-3,000) sold for $13,750.

Following suit, the April 29 auction was led by a painting by Alexander Charles Stuart (1831-1898) of an American Naval Engagement (Lot 105), which sold for over seventeen times its high estimate to realize $13,750.


Other highlights in the April 28 sale included an 18th century Boston canvas work picture (Lot 5, $35,000);  a Portrait of Henry Clay (1777-1852) by School of Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827) (Lot 69, $32,500); A Mexican War presentation sword to Brevet Major John Frederick Roland, 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery by Ames Mfg. Co. (Lot 89, $23,750); and a rare and possibly unique painted tinware and zinc Liberty cap with Civil War association to the Pratt Street Riot (Lot 95, $18,750).


Lot 23: Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock with works by Pennsylvania clockmaker Daniel Rose

Sold for: $62,5000

Lot 19: Chippendale figured walnut secretary desk made for Jeremiah Wood, by Joseph Kimsey, Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ, 1791

Sold for: $25,000

Lot 103: Aesthetic rosewood multi-tiered table inlaid with a fly, and spider with web by A. & H. Lejambre

Sold For: $25,000 

Lot 31: Philadelphia Chippendale carved mahogany dressing table

Sold For: $17,500

Lot 155: A rare historic record of a specific North American time and place: of Western Plains life, exploration, the life and arts of Native peoples, and the transformation of the West, the single-owner Clement Hungerford Pollen Collection

Sold for: $50,000

Lot 68: A Baltimore painted and stenciled Grecian caned couch descended in the Patterson Family of Baltimore, including Elizabeth (Betsy) Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879)

Sold for: $16,250

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

H&H Classics- Online Only Auction Achieves £600,000

The 70% selling rate and £600,000 total achieved at the latest H&H Classics sale on Wednesday 29th April 2020 further embeds the success of the company’s Live Auction Online platform with four successful sales held during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Top Lot in the sale was a very fast Ford – a 1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback which made £63,250.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics, comments: “If you are a fan of the model of Mustang immortalised by Steve McQueen’s Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and one of the most memorable car chases in cinema history, then you’ll probably be blown away by ‘YTA 488E’, which is without question the best 390 GT we have ever seen”.


The sale attracted some 387 online bidders with log-ins from as far afield as California and New Zealand. With mouse clickers vying against telephone and commission bidders, plenty of lots sold over top estimate but perhaps more impressively 48 percent of those participating in yesterday’s auction were new to H&H.

Nine cars exceeded their top estimate including an older restored, ex-USA 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster which had been in the same family for the past 19 years, that sold for £50,600.


A 1996 Ferrari 456GT made £35,650 despite having over 99,000 miles on the clock. One of just 141 RHD manual cars supplied to the UK, it had been first owned by English entrepreneur, Sir Peter de Savary.

By way of complete contrast was a ‘restoration project’ from Derbyshire, a 1933 Invicta 12/45 Saloon which sold for £11,500. This car had stood out in all weathers for 35 years.

A 1999 Jaguar XK8 Convertible with 102,000 miles on the clock surprised by making £7,475. Its rare Metallic Aubergine livery obviously taking the fancy of two determined bidders.




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Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

Freeman’s – Art Auction led by Warhol, Picasso & Katz

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Thursday, May 14, Freeman’s will hold its online auction of Modern & Contemporary Art. The 58-lot sale spans myriad artistic periods and features fresh-to-market works by important international artists such as Sam Gilliam, Wolf Kahn, Harry Bertoia, Henri Matisse, and Lynn Chadwick, amongst others.

Says Dunham Townend, Head of Sale: “We are delighted to present this well-curated sale, which offers a wide array of works that will appeal to a broad cross-section of collectors.  With pieces by early Modern masters, Post-War luminaries, and dynamic blue-chip artists still working today, this sale offers something for the new as well as the established collector.”



Leading the auction is Chanel from Ads (Lot 48, $120,000-180,000) by American Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. Chanel is one of ten prints from Andy Warhol’s Ads series, each of which features images that were appropriated from ubiquitous ads or logos of the 1950s-1980s.  Like his famous depictions of celebrities, Warhol’s Ads both reveal and revel in our devotion to the iconography of fame and luxury. Chanel is an excellent example of the themes and techniques that Warhol explored throughout his long and celebrated career.

Other notable international top lots in the sale include: Äpfel (Lot 4; $60,000-100,000) by German Expressionist Max Pechstein and Cavaliers sur la Neige (Lot 32, $60,000-100,000) by French artist André Brasilier.  Äpfel depicts a still life of apples in a compressed and flattened space that seem to fall forward toward the viewer. Painted in 1928, this work reveals the influences of Matisse and Cézanne in Pechstein’s early work.  Brasilier’s Cavaliers sur la Neige is an excellent example of the artist’s lyrical and elegant depictions of horses in the landscape. Both paintings are fresh-to-the market, having been held in private collections for decades.

Notable contemporary works in the auction include Yellow Road (Lot 30, $25,000-40,000) and Forsythia (Lot 31, $20,000-$30,000) by Alex Katz; Behind Sam’s (Putney, VT) (Lot 29, $10,000-15,000) by Wolf Kahn; and Run (Lot 50, $15,000-$20,000)by Sam Gilliam.  Executed in 2011, Run is an exciting recent example by Gilliam, whose market has seen robust growth in recent years.

The sale also includes a grouping of ceramics by Pablo Picasso (Lots 8-11).  Leading them is Face with Black Nose  (Lot 11, $25,000-$40,000), an excellent example of the artist’s exploration of portraiture in his ceramic forms.  Additionally, there is a collection of sculptures by Kiki Smith, Lynda Benglis, David Salle and Richard Tuttle from the noted innovative Art Foundry Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Lots 51-54).



A considerable number of works in the sale are by artists hailing from or working in Central and South America. This sizable representation of Latin American artists contributes to a sale that features blue-chip artists from around the world.

Highlights of this section include The Merchant (Lot 20, $25,000-40,000) and Seated Woman (Lot 21, $25,000-40,000)—two paintings by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera.  Both works have descended in the family of the woman to whom the artist dedicated the works, and come to the market for the first time in decades.

An untitled, mixed media textile (Lot 17, $25,000-40,000) by Brazilian artist Roberto Burle-Marx is included in the sale, as well as four paintings (Lots 13-16) by Venezuelan painter and muralist Oswaldo Vigas, and two works by Mexican artist Francisco Zúñiga (1912-1998), including Madre e Hija Sentadas (Lot 19, $25,000-40,000), a figural onyx sculpture depicting a mother and daughter working in Zuniga’s trademark voluminous style.



With the house’s recent launch of an online only sales format, Freeman’s is increasing its accessibility and ensuring that the buying experience for their international bidders remains as seamless as possible. To that effect, the house launched a new eco-friendly and technology-driven catalogue, encouraging exploration and immersion through the use of different media. The digital format aims to simplify the online buying process while its multi-sensory delivery enhances and enriches the viewing experience. Explore the interactive e-catalogue on Freeman’s website.


AUCTION: May 14 | 12pm



Dunham Townend, [email protected]


Madeline Hill, [email protected]



Lot 4: Max Pechstein (German, 1881-1955) Äpfel

Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000

Signed and erroneously dated 1947 bottom right, signed again and titled verso, also inscribed with the artist’s address, oil on canvas. Executed circa 1928. 19 3/8 x 19 7/16 in. (49.2 x 49.4cm)


Lot 32: André Brasilier (French, born 1929). Cavaliers sur la Neige

Estimate: $60,000 – $100,000

Signed and dated 1969 bottom center, oil on canvas.
76 1/4 x 50 9/16 in. (193.7 x 128.4cm)


Lot 30: Alex Katz (American, born 1927). Yellow Road

Estimate: $25,000 – $40,000

Signed and dated 98 bottom right, oil on board.
14 5/8 x 11 9/16 in. (37.1 x 29.4cm)

Lot 31: Alex Katz (American, born 1927). Forsythia #2

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

Signed and dated 97 top right, oil on board.
11 3/4 x 9 in. (29.8 x 22.9cm)


Lot 29: Wolf Kahn (American/German, 1927-2020). Behind Sam’s (Putney, VT)

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Signed bottom left, inscribed #53-1976 and titled verso, oil on canvas. Executed in 1976.
14 x 28 in. (35.6 x 71.1cm)

Lot 50: Sam Gilliam (American, born 1933). Run

Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Signed and titled bottom right, mixed media.
Executed in 2011.
sight: 30 x 29 x 1 1/2 in. (76.2 x 73.7 x 3.8cm)

Freeman’s – Single Owner Collection of P.G. Wodehouse

Freeman’s – Single Owner Collection of P.G. Wodehouse

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On May 7, Freeman’s will proudly present an online auction of The P.G. Wodehouse Collection of William Toplis (1924-2019). The present collection encompasses an array of material that spans Wodehouse’s entire career, from his earliest forays into publishing in the 1890s, to the 1970s when he published his last works. William Toplis was a Philadelphia native, veteran of the US Navy, dedicated teacher, and—in true Bertie Wooster fashion—a fervent collector of bespoke suits. His high standards and love for the author’s work allowed him to build a collection without peer. Diligently researched and covering both his literary work as well as his work for the stage, the collection encompasses first editions, manuscripts, original art, sheet music, libretti, scripts, and much more. In its breadth, it charts the author’s trajectory from aspiring writer to world-renowned author.


Featured in this sale are many rare and unusual items, including a unique set of P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks (Lot 176, Est. $3,000-5,000). Wodehouse compiled these four scrapbooks over an almost 50-year period from 1911 to 1960. They contain hundreds of newspaper clippings, programs, telegrams and other ephemera related to Wodehouse’s career, both on the page and on the stage, and offer a rare glimpse into Wodehouse’s own chronicles of his professional life. Also on offer is a first issue of Wodehouse’s 1910 novel “The Intrusion of Jimmy,” charmingly inscribed to Wodehouse’s mother and signed by the author with his nickname, “Plum” (Lot 60, Est. $1,000-$1,500). Published six months later in England with a new title, “A Gentleman of Leisure,” this work represents an important period of Wodehouse’s writing career, when it began to take off in both the United States and England. This, along with numerous other important books – like a first English issue of “Big Money” in its exceedingly scarce first issue dust jacket (Lot 7, Est. $3,000-5,000) – brings together a robust and expansive collection spanning the illustrious career of P.G. Wodehouse


An English humorist, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) is perhaps best known as the creator of comedic duo Bertie Wooster and his sharp-witted valet, Jeeves, who appeared together in 11 novels and 35 short stories. His humor prodded at the eccentricities of the gentlemanly upper-class, and his poetic writing style captured the attention of audiences around the world. Wodehouse, a prolific writer if there ever was one, published more than 90 novels and 200 short stories in his lifetime, solidifying his place in the English literary canon and in the hearts of his readers.


AUCTION: May 7 | 10am



Darren Winston, [email protected]



Madeline Hill, [email protected]

“The Intrusion of Jimmy” inscription.

Estimated: $600-$900

Lot 60: New York: W.J. Watt & Company, (1910). First edition, first issue. 8vo. (vi), 314 pp. Inscribed by Wodehouse on front free endpaper: “To Mr. Mathis/with the author’s compliments/P.G. Wodehouse.”

P.G. Wodehouse’s Personal Scrapbooks,, 1911-1960

Estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 176: In four volumes. P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks. Compiled over an almost 50-year period.

P.G. Wodehouse’s Personal Scrapbooks,, 1911-1960

Estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 176: In four volumes. P.G. Wodehouse’s personal scrapbooks. Compiled over an almost 50-year period.

P.G. Wodehouse Collection of Willia Toplis

Thu, May 7 2020

“The Intrusion of Jimmy”

Estimated: $600-$900

Lot 60: New York: W.J. Watt & Company, (1910). First edition, first issue. 8vo. (vi), 314 pp. Inscribed by Wodehouse on front free endpaper: “To Mr. Mathis/with the author’s compliments/P.G. Wodehouse.”

P.G. Wodehouse Collection of Willia Toplis

Thu, May 7 2020

H&H Classics- Race & Rally Cars Head The Grid

H&H Classics- Race & Rally Cars Head The Grid

The next Auction Online at H&H features a number of race and rally cars including this 1972 Chevron B20, the only Formula 3 version of its B20 design built by Chevron. It is estimated to sell for £38,000 to £42,000 at the March 4th sale.

The Chevron was a works car for Chris Skeeping in 1972. It has been the winner of Formula 4, Monoposto and HSCC Classic and the F3 Championships. It has had just four owners from new and is ready to compete.

The car comes with a fully documented history, has been professionally maintained and features a low mileage Twin Cam engine.

Car number one of only eleven B20’s built by Chevron; this is the only Formula 3 version ever produced and was the works car for Chris Skeaping who raced it in F3 events in England and Europe. Chris’s best result was 3rd at Silverstone, 14 May 1972.

The car passed briefly into the hands of Chevron’s Italian agent, Eris Tondelli, then in 1975 it was sold by Chevron Cars to Alex Lowe and went on to win the Formula 4 & Monoposto championships in 1977 and 1980 respectively. Alex then sold the car back to Chevron.

In 1994 it was totally restored by Roger Andreason at Chevron Cars for Nick Crossley. Nick spared no expense at all and he used it in HSCC F3 races, winning the Classic F3 Championship in 1995.

When the present owner bought it the car had been standing for quite a number of years so it was subjected to a light restoration and returned to its original livery from when Chris Skeaping ran it for Chevron.

Whist in his ownership it has been maintained by Martin Stretton Racing so has wanted for little although it will need new tyres and seatbelts and the extinguisher will need recertification as it hasn’t been raced since Oulton Park in August 2014.

The Twin Cam engine was overhauled by Colin Holt in April 2013 and since then it’s done five races, a total of 584 miles, verified by Martin Stretton’s record. So, apart from the tyres, seatbelts and extinguisher and the obvious change of fluids, it is pretty much ready to race. It also comes with a set of (old) wets, a spare nose section, rear wing, 2 rear uprights, 4 front wishbones and various other suspension items.

The car was raced at Monaco in 2010 so would certainly be eligible should they run a suitable class in the future. Could run in Classic F3 but also Classic Racing Cars. 

This Triumph Vitesse MK2 rally car, which has been owned for almost 10 years by the vendor is affectionately known as ‘The Snotter’.

It has provided huge enjoyment as a Historic Rally car and has covered around 20,000 miles during that time either competing in rallies or getting to and from them and has proven to be 100% reliable.

All its events have been in Switzerland or France and include multiple Alpine Challenge rallies, Rallye du Dauphine, Rallye du Chablais, Rallye Glace et Neige, Rallye Mont Blanc, Ollons Villars Hillclimb and many more. The owner’s co-driver being Swiss allowed the car to be garaged in Geneva between rallies only returning to the UK periodically for maintenance and minor repairs. The last competition event undertaken was in 2018 and the car was driven back to the UK in December 2018 after which it has hardly been used and this is the main reason for the sale.

Mechanically, it has been kept very standard for reliability. It has a 4 speed non-overdrive gearbox, upgraded high ratio differential, 14in Minilite wheels, conversion to telescopic rear shock absorbers. Internally, there is an FIA spec full Rollcage, Competition Seats, Full Harnesses, Tripmaster. Structurally, it is very sound but with some cosmetic details – faded paint on boot lid and roof and very minor bubbling around base of doors – it is after all a rally car. The original front and rear seats are included if someone wants to revert to non-competition use.

It also has an MSA Historic Rally Car Passport, large history file showing that it is a matching numbers and Devon registered car from new, original service book and has had 5 recorded keepers in 50 years. Mot and tax exempt.

It would make an ideal vehicle for someone to start historic regularity rallying.

  • Previously winning car at Prescot B in 2014
  • Built for Mike Henney
  • Complete with V5C
  • All original running gear including straight cut gearbox
  • Complete with 4.5, 4.8 & 4.3 ratio diffs
  • Supplied with standard 1275 cc engine requiring rebuild
  • FIA Rear roll cage
  • Lightweight hardtop
  • Racing fuel tank and facet fuel pump
  • Comes with some spares


Julian Roup

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H&H Classics- Prince Bernhard’s 1938 Lagonda

H&H Classics- Prince Bernhard’s 1938 Lagonda

Originally the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and known by subsequent keepers as ‘Penelope’ this stunning car featured extensively in the authoritative book ‘Lagonda’ by Bernd Holthusen.

It comes to auction with H&H Classics at Duxford Imperial War Museum on March 18 with an estimate of £200,000 to £250,000.

The drophead coupe was beautifully restored by the late Peter Whenman of Vintage Coachworks during 1992-1993 and is still highly presentable. The LG6 was invited to the 2016 Dutch Paleis Het Loo Concours d’Elegance where it won its class. The four-seater was also an award winner with the Lagonda Club in both 1959 and 2003!

“A very special Post Vintage Thoroughbred” says Damian Jones of H&H Classics.

The Lagonda was used by the vendor to learn how to drive whilst it belonged to his father from 1958-1962 and has been in the current ownership since 2002.

Prince Bernhard was the German-born consort to Holland’s Queen Juliana. His life embraced triumph and scandal. Bernhard Leopold Frederik Everhard Julius Coert Karel Godfried Pieter, Prince of the Netherlands lived to be 93 from 1911 to 2004.

His life was full of drama, twists and turns. Having bought the LG6 new in 1938, he moved to England when Holland fell to the Nazis two years later. Volunteering his services to Allied Intelligence, he was vetted by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and later flew various missions over Continental Europe under the assumed name of ‘Wing Commander Gibbs’. In 1944 he held the rank of commander-in-chief of the Dutch armed forces. Later it emerged that he had had early links to the Nazi party and in 1976 he was exposed for taking bribes in the global Lockheed scandal.

Juliana chose Bernhard as her future husband after meeting him at the winter Olympics in Bavaria in 1936 and they married the following year.

For 30 years, he travelled the world promoting the economic and cultural interests of the Netherlands, as well as his pet causes, setting up the Bilderberg Circle, a private forum for frank discussion of world issues by the west’s great and good. He was also president of the World Wildlife Foundation and the International Equestrian Federation.

The Lagonda was used by Prince Bernhard while based in Britain during the war. A very keen car enthusiast he owned more than 60 cars in his lifetime, one of his favourites was a uniquely green 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale.

Prince Bernard arrived in the UK with the Dutch Royal Family in June 1940, right after the Germans invaded Holland in May 1940.

In 1940 he founded ‘The Spifire Fund’, a fund that acquired war equipment, that formed the basis of the now well-known Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, supporting cultural projects.

1940: Liaison officer between the Dutch and British armed forces.

1941: Honorary Air Commodore at the RAF

1943: Founder of 322 Dutch Squadron RAF, mainly escort flights, V1 interception and combat and ground attacks.



Estimate: £200,000 – £250,000

Registration No: GPH 299

Chassis No: 12318

MOT: Exempt

  • Featured extensively in the authoritative book ‘Lagonda’ by Bernd Holthusen

  • Beautifully restored by the late Peter Whenman of Vintage Coachworks during 1992-1993 and still highly presentable

  • Formerly the property of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

  • Used by the vendor to learn how to drive whilst it belonged to his father from 1958-1962 and current ownership since 2002

  • Invited to the 2016 Palais Het Loo Concours d’Elegance where it won its class

  • Known as ‘Penelope’

  • An award winner with the Lagonda Club in both 1959 and 2003!

  • A very special Post Vintage Thoroughbred


Julian Roup

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H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

H&H Classics- 1934 Delage D6-11 Saoutchik Cabriolet for Sale

Among the most elegant 1930s French cars H&H Classics have offered is this imposing 1934 Delage, which not surprisingly was awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux. It is estimated to sell for £40,000 to £50,000 with H&H Classics at Duxford, Imperial War Museum on March 18.

It was rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989. Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013.

It is believed to be one of just 18 survivors of this model from the magnificent French marque.


Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, the svelte Cabriolet boasts ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers. Equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator, it has been used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics says emphatically that it is: “Among the most elegant 1930s French cars we have offered.”


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Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000

Registration No: 644 YUX

Chassis No: 37988

MOT: August 2020

– Rebodied in the style of Saoutchik by coachbuilder Daniel Nantou of Bazemont during 1989 and subsequently awarded first prize at the 1993 Paris Deauville Concours d’Elegance and 1994 Rallye de Lisieux

– Resident in France for most of its life, the Delage spent seven years on Guernsey before entering the current UK ownership during 2013

– Known to the Delage Register and Les Amis de Delage, ‘matching’ chassis and engine numbers

– Used by the vendor for frequent 40-mile round trips and equipped with a more modern fuel pump and alternator

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Salon du Dessin- Ode to Nature- In Gardens & The Wild

Theme of ‘Ode to Nature – In Gardens & The Wild’ attracting British gardeners & Art lovers to 29th Salon du Dessin – the World’s Premier art drawing fair in Paris.

Greener than ever, the Salon du Dessin will devote this year’s International Symposium to the art of gardens and botany. The 2020 fair guest, the Musées de Marseille, will present a selection of their best works based on nature and several galleries will present drawings related to the theme.

The work of Walter Leistikow, an avant-garde Berlin artist active at the end of the 19th century, can be found in the museums of Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. His contacts with Edvard Munch, his travels in northern countries and a stay in Paris in 1893 influenced the naturalist, symbolic lyricism seen in this watercolor and gouache on paper presented by Martin Moeller & Cie.


Ode to nature: atmosphere

Gustave Doré, a seasoned hiker, painted the Alps, the hills of Scotland, the Brittany coastline and other natural areas. The artist made marvelous use of watercolors in his landscapes, as can be seen in this picture of the setting sun in the mountains, to be presented at the fair by Galerie Terrades.

The New York gallery W.M. Brady and Co. will present a beautiful pencil drawing by Georges Seurat, Rain, which belonged to the collection of the American John Quinn (1870-1924). Seurat, who loved to draw, takes this black-and-white study to the limit, using a soft Conté crayon on coarse-grained Ingres paper to represent the gradations of light and shade.

Gérard de Palézieux (1919-2012) was a little-known Swiss artist whose work was revealed to the public through a wonderful exhibition at the Fondation Custodia in Paris in 2019. An outstanding illustrator, Palézieux excelled at still lifes and was also a great landscape artist. The Swiss gallery Ditesheim & Maffei will feature a group of delicate works by the artist, a follower of Corot.

The virgin forest flourishes in Sam Szafran’s work. A good example is this watercolor, to be shown by Galerie Berès. Szafran became enamored of nature in the 1970s, when he discovered a plant genus that was new to him, the philodendron, in the Paris studio of a friend, the painter Zao Wou-Ki. “That was when my obsession with plants found the best way to express itself”, he said.




In 1901, Henri le Sidaner moved to Gerberoy, in the Oise department of France, where he created three monochrome gardens: an all-white garden, a rose garden (site of his summer studio) and a yellow and blue garden. In this beautiful work on paper presented by Talabardon & Gautier, the painter evocatively depicts the softness and clarity of the moonlight on the plants.

The London gallery Stephen Ongpin Fine Art will present two watercolors and gouaches on paper by Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, a famous cartographer and illustrator who accompanied Jean Ribault’s second expedition to the New World in 1562. He is known for his artistic depiction of the landscape and flora and fauna, and for his descriptions of the inhabitants.

From his youth in the Jura until his death on the shores of the Mediterranean, Le Corbusier was always interacting with nature: he collected stones, bones and shells, experimented with a wealth of materials and sought to bring green spaces to the city. He was also fascinated by women’s bodies, as seen in a work presented by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau.

A watercolor and gouache by Hans Reichel to be shown by Martin Moeller & Cie, demonstrates the artist’s kinship with Klee: witness the bird, the blade of grass and the star. Reichel and Klee worked together in Munich during the war, then at the Bauhaus in Weimar in the 1920s, an adventure they experienced together, both of them somewhat on the sidelines. Reichel moved to Paris in 1928 and died there 30 years later.



Three centuries of drawings from the Musées de Marseille – Nature in all its states

The presence of the Salon du dessin’s guest this year, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, offers an opportunity to show a selection of drawings from its graphic arts department as well as from two other Marseille museums with Old Master drawing collections, the Musée Grobet-Labadié and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode. In line with the theme of this year’s fair, the art of gardens and botany, works depicting nature in one form or another were selected from the three museums’ collections. Forty drawings dating from the 15th to the 19th century – including works by Pierre Puget, Jean-Baptiste Huet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Jean-Antoine Constantin and Camille Corot – will offer a sampling of the treasures to be found in Marseille’s museums.





Salon du Dessin: Open noon-8 p.m., until 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 26

Admission: €15 – Free catalogue

Palais Brongniart, Paris March 25–30, 2020

Press Opening: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 2 p.m.


For more information about the fair, please contact:

Sylvie Robaglia, [email protected]

Samantha Bergognon, [email protected]

Charlotte Corre, [email protected]


Press Inquiries:

Julian Roup on [email protected]


Aspire x Piasa- Contemporary African Art to Remember

Aspire x Piasa- Contemporary African Art to Remember

First French-South African auction partnership promises new world records on contemporary African art this Valentine’s day, February 14th


Pan African vision spanning 10,000 miles from Paris to Cape town set to shake up Africa’s art market


French flair and passion from Piasa combined with South African energy and local knowledge from Aspire promises to deliver an auction sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art to remember on February 14th at 3pm in Cape Town.

This collaboration is unprecedented and represents the first time an African and European auction house have partnered to present a sale of African art, in Africa, for a global audience.

The landmark auction: Modern and Contemporary African Art takes place on Friday, 14 February at OroAfrica House in Cape Town. The curated collection comprises 198 lots, featuring 139 artists representing 27 countries from Africa and the diaspora. While presenting a broader pan-African offering, it spotlights key collecting segments from 20th Century modernism to contemporary production and photography.

Christophe Person, of French auction house Piasa, says: “The South African market is one of the most dynamic on the continent. But until now collectors have been mostly focussed on local artists and less on art from other African countries. What is special about this new partnership between Aspire and Piasa is that it offers a pan-African vision of contemporary creation.” Ruarc Peffers of Aspire, adds: ”We are delighted to be working with Piasa who have made significant inroads into the Contemporary African Art Market in Europe. Creating both depth and breadth geographically is one of the real excitements of this joint initiative.”

Ever-increasing global interest in art from Africa is changing the art market. To meet the growing demand, Aspire has partnered with Paris-based house Piasa, to introduce an Africa-focused auction that presents some of the best examples of modern and contemporary art produced on this continent.

Headlining the collection, and the top lot by value, is J.H. Pierneef’s Baobabs with Soutpansberg in the distance, 1920 (R6–9million). Pierneef’s baobab paintings are extremely rare. Painted a century ago and never before seen on the market, this large, splendid painting, with impeccable provenance, will enhance any serious art collection.

Adorning the catalogue cover is a superb, early painting by internationally acclaimed Marlene Dumas, never before seen on the market. Oktober 1973 is only the third Dumas painting ever offered at auction in South Africa. Estimated at £160,000 – £260,000 (R3–5million), the work is set to attract significant interest.

An impressive variety of drawings and sculpture by William Kentridge leads the contemporary selection. Topped in value, Kentridge’s mixed media work Whilst Reaching Down (Slowly), 2013, £160,000 – £260,000 (R3–5million) is a series of drawings on dictionary paper which highlights the artist’s command of drawing, text and animation.

The auction introduces some of the most in-demand African artists on the market. A remarkable painting by Chéri Samba (Congo) titled Retour au Bercail, 1995, (R225,000 – 300,000), is the first work to be offered at auction in South Africa by this seminal painter.

Rarely exhibited in South Africa and making its inaugural local auction appearance, is an early 1980s photograph Every Mother’s Son / Children of Suffering (R70,000–90,000) by the late Nigerian/British photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Legendary photographer David Goldblatt is represented with seminal images from his famous photobooks Some Afrikaners Photographed and TJ/Johannesburg Photographs, including the highly sought-after work; A railway shunter who dreamed of a garden without concrete or bricks, watered by this dam, Koksoord, Randfontein. 1962 (R250,000– 400,000). Aspire currently holds the world auction record for Goldblatt’s work and continues to dominate this market globally.

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Tuesday, 11 February at 6 – 8:30 pm


Wednesday 12 February
12 to 5 pm

Thursday 13 February
10 am to 5 pm

Friday 14 February
10 am to 3 pm


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William Kentridge (South Africa, b.1955)

Whilst Reaching Down (Slowly), 2013

charcoal, pastel, red conté and screenprint on found Shorter Oxford English Dictionary pages

signed in red conté bottom right

120 x 160 cm



Estimate: R 3,000,000 – R 5,000,000

Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Aboudia) (Cote D’Ivoire, b.1983)

Untitled, 2013

acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas


100 x 139 cm



Estimate: R 130,000 – R 160,000



Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (South Africa, 1886-1957)

Baobabs with Soutpansberg in the distance, 1920


oil on board

signed and dated bottom left

70 x 98 cm



Estimate: R 6,000,000 – R 9,000,000

Marlene Dumas (South African, b.1953)

Oktober 1973, 1973

oil and water-based paint on canvas

inscribed with the title top right

183 x 121 cm



Estimate: R 3,000,000 – R 5,000,000

Freeman’s – Morisot, Van Gogh and Degas

Freeman’s – Morisot, Van Gogh and Degas

On February 18th, Freeman’s will hold its inaugural auction of European Art and Old Masters at its brand new 2400 Market Street location. The tightly-curated 50-lot sale will showcase Continental and British works spanning from the 16thto the early 20thcentury. A variety of mediums will be featured, including early prints and works on paper, paintings, and sculpture – some being important rediscoveries by celebrated artists such asNiccolò Codazzi (1642-1693), women artists Giovanna Garzoni(1600-1670) and Emilie Preyer (1849-1930), Max Liebermann(1847-1935), Armand Guillaumin(French, 1841-1927) and Montague Dawson(British, 1890-1973).


One of the highlights of the sale will beBerthe Morisot’sApollon Révélant sa Divinité à la Bergère Issé(after François Boucher)(Lot 37; $150,000-250,000) – a striking late work completed in the fall of 1892. The painting is one of two paintings that Morisot copied after François Boucher, an 18thcentury artist she particularly revered and studied. So distinctly Rococo in theme and technique, the present work made an impression on Claude Monet, who insisted on including it in the artist’s retrospective show in 1896. It later inspired his famous Nymphéasseries. This painting remained in the Morisot family’s collection until it was purchased by the present owner from the artist’s grandson, giving it impeccable provenance.

Also on offer will beBald-Headed Orphan Man, Facing RightbyVincent van Gogh(Lot 32; $120,000-180,000). Completed in The Hague in January 1883, the charcoal drawing follows the artist’s move from his hometown in Etten – an important moment in the artist’s creative development.  It depicts Adrianus Jacobus Zuyderland, a 72 year-old pensioner of an almshouse who would become van Gogh’s most frequently used model. Here, Vincent captures a certain sense of pride in the downtrodden old man, perhaps revealing a sense of his own calm defiance. Other, less posed, versions of the orphan man can be found in the collection of prestigious museums, including the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

A fresh-to-market bronze by Edgar Degasentitled Grand Arabesque, Deuxième Temps(Lot 48; $120,000-180,000) will also be featured in the sale. Purchased from Alex Maguy Gallery in 1966 by the grandparents of the present owner, the sculpture has never been seen at auction before, remaining in the same family’s collection until the present date. The work presents a carefully modeled dancer in arabesque, one of ballet’s most challenging poses. As Degas preferred to work in clay and all his bronze castings are posthumous, the present work is an interesting piece showcasing the artist’s ability to capture all the strength and delicacy of the ballerina’s pose in a three-dimensional work.The sculpture will be exhibited in London alongside the Berthe Morisot oil and the van Gogh drawing between January 27 and 30, 2020.


The sale will also showcase numerous attractive 19th century landscapes, including an unusually-large Venetian vista by Rubens Santoro(Italian, 1859-1942), which depicts Saint Mark’s Basilica in the distance (Lot 35; $50,000-80,000) as well as two Dutch scenes by Willem Koekkoek(Dutch, 1839-1895) (Lot 26; $50,000-80,000 and Lot 27 $25,000-40,000). Other landscape paintings of international repute will include an impressive landscape by Danish artist Peder Mørk Mønsted(1859–1941) (Lot 38; $20,000-30,000) and a newly unearthed painting of a chapel in Valdai County by Russian Symbolist painter Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich(1874-1947) (Lot 39; $30,000-50,000).


Along with 19th century works, Old Master paintings will be well-represented through  a rare and iconic woodcut of The Rhinoceros(Lot 1; $12,000-18,000) by Albrecht Dürer(German, 1471-1528) , a striking copy of a lost devotional piece by an artist in the circle of Quentin Massys the Elder(Dutch, 1466-1530) (Lot 4; $40,000-60,000) and a bountiful still life by David de Coninck(Flemish, 1644-1701) featuring jewel-toned fruits, animals, and architectural elements in an extensive landscape (Lot 8; $20,000-30,000).


This month, Freeman’s opened its new flagship location in Center City’s prestigious 2400 Market Street. Featuring a purpose-built gallery and auction room with corporate offices above, Freeman’s is excited to be a part of the 600,000 square-foot development that has been recently hailed as one of the biggest and most visible mixed-use projects in Philadelphia. This move to new, custom-designed headquarters is a key component in the company’s contemporary business model and will further establish it as a leading and dynamic 21st century auction house. In their new location, Freeman’s is ideally positioned to meet the growing demand for global service, while continuing to be ingrained within the heart of the city that we have called home since 1805.



David Weiss | Senior Vice President | Head of Department

[email protected]| 267-414-1214

Press Inquiries:

Madeline Hill, [email protected], +1 267.414.1201

H&H Classics – Founder Sells His Personal Collection

H&H Classics – Founder Sells His Personal Collection

One of Britain’s best-known and most respected classic car auctioneers, Simon Hope, chairman and founder of H&H Classics has sold his Matchbox 1-75 model collection of nearly 3,000 cars and trucks for a premium inclusive total in excess of £300,000.

Simon says it was something of a wrench to sell, even at that price, as it was a collection he put together with love and passion over some 60 years, starting when he was a young boy. His grandma would not let him play with them on her lovely mahogany dining table, so he simply played with them by taking them out of the box and then putting them back – practically untouched. The collection, rightly noted as one of the finest in the world and comprising some extremely rare examples, was in mint condition, including their original boxes, attracted bidders from all over the world.

Simon, 68, based in Warrington Cheshire, where H&H Classics is headquartered, kept his cars in pristine condition and in their original mint Matchbox packaging. It truly was one of the best collections of its kind in the world. The collection was so big it had to be spread out over three different sales with specialist toy auctioneers Vectis of Thornaby, North Yorkshire.

Simon says thathis hobby began as a young child when his parents and grandparents started to buy him bought him a Matchbox model car for birthdays and Christmases. His passion for Matchbox models continued into adulthood and as he got older, he continued to buy more and more models. “It was only I got older that I realised there was actually a collecting scene out there and information on rarer versions and colours. I never took part in that scene preferring to simply track down the ones I wanted in perfect (or as near as possible) condition. It just grew and generally they were bought with amounts of money not missed at the time.”

Julian Royse, a specialist at Vectis, said: ‘There is a big market out there for items like this, particularly the models from the 1970s as these things do tend to be generational. “Models from the 1950s which have previously been very valuable are now less so and later examples are extremely desirable. We find the demand far outstrips the supply and as such people will be very keen to get their hands on pieces which may not come up again in their lifetimes. These toys used to be exported to eastern Europe and there is surprisingly now a really big market in the Czech Republic.

‘This collection was astounding and and probably had the biggest range of any I’ve seen.”

Press Enquiries:

Julian Roup, [email protected], 07970 563958


Matchbox Superfast 68a Porsche 910


H&H Classics – 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

H&H Classics – 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe

This stunning pre-war 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe will be sold for an estimate of £300,000 to £400,000 at the next H&H Classics sale at Duxford on March 18th2020.

Quite possibly the finest example on the market today and a real jewel for any collectionit was unearthed after forty years’ barn storage and subsequently treated to an exhaustive ‘chassis up’ restoration with input from the likes of LMB Racing, Bishop Gray and Mel Cranmer.

This Lagonda was the most technologically advanced motor car to come out of Britain pre-WW2. A Lagonda press release from August 1937, states:’Of the half-dozen patrician motor cars still remaining on the world market, none ever inherited such a rich patrimony of design as the 12-cylinder Lagonda. The new car is no mere recapitulation of a good – but tired – design in terms of 1937. It is a new-born car, unrelated to any yet on the road – here or on the Continent. New ideals of performance were set up and these have been exceeded in the sheer versatility of the new car. Such is the 12-cylinder Lagonda – a car destined to rank from now on, among the greater names in motoring history’.

‘In making an evaluation of the better British cars, the Lagonda V12 certainly must be considered an excellent design and one that contributed to raising the state of the art – not forgetting, of course, that it probably should be considered W O Bentley’s masterpiece’. (Road & Track, October 1978).

The most technologically advanced and ambitious motorcar to come out of Britain pre-WW2, the Lagonda V12 had few international peers. Bugatti’s Type 57 may have boasted a similarly exotic overhead camshaft powerplant but its chassis layout was positively archaic by comparison. Mercedes-Benz’s 540K could match the British car’s power output but only when its refinement-compromising supercharger was engaged, while Hispano-Suiza’s J12 needed over twice the cubic capacity to develop an extra forty horsepower! A landmark design, the Lagonda will forever be notable as the world’s first production car to feature an overhead camshaft V12 engine.

Debuting in prototype guise at the October 1936 Olympia Motor Show (but not officially launched for another year), the Lagonda V12 was engineered by a crack team of ex-Rolls-Royce employees including W.O. Bentley, Stuart Tresillian and Charles Sewell. A ‘clean sheet’ design that aimed to marry limousine refinement to sportscar performance, it was based around a substantial cruciform-braced box-section chassis. Boasting sophisticated unequal-length wishbone independent front suspension actuated via unusually long torsion bars and special shackle pins that helped obviate side thrust on its semi-elliptic rear leaf-springs, the newcomer also incorporated a Marles steering box, Salisbury hypoid rear axle and twin master cylinder Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Singularly advanced, the model’s aero-engine inspired 60? V12 featured overhead camshafts (one per bank), twin SU carburettors, a combined duplex-chain / gear-driven timing system and Lanchester-type vibration damper. Displacing 4480cc (bore 75mm x stroke 84.5 mm) the unit was quoted as developing 180hp @ 5,500rpm. Available in 10’4″, 11’0″ and 11’6″ wheelbase lengths, the Lagonda flagship was among the fastest cars of its generation. Though, the provision of a centre-change four-speed manual gearbox (with synchromesh on the top three ratios) and conventional pedal layout made it surprisingly easy to drive.

Beguiled by in-house stylist Frank Feeley’s marvellous creations which seemed to capture the very spirit of the age, most customers opted for factory coachwork (though, outside commissions were still welcome). Not content with the publicity garnered by Earl Howe’s record breaking Brooklands run aboard a Standard Short Saloon on October 10th 1938 which saw the titled racer lapping at up to 108.27mph and average 101.5 miles for the hour (despite an unscheduled pitstop), Lagonda proprietor A.P. Good commissioned W.O. Bentley to mastermind a V12 assault upon the 1939 Le Mans 24-hour race. Given less than six months in which to complete the project, Bentley was relentless in his pursuit of more horsepower, lower weight and better aerodynamics. Still retaining a 10’4″ wheelbase, the resultant racer was theoretically capable of 140mph. Governed by a strict protocol that prized finishing above all else, the two V12s entered for the June 17th-18th race duly crossed the line in third and fourth place overall. Interestingly, their average speeds of 83.61mph and 83.35mph respectively would have been sufficient for outright victory in either the 1938 or 1949 events. Of the 190 Lagonda V12s produced between 1938 and 1940, a mere 100 are thought to have survived to the present day.

According to information kindly supplied by the Hon. Registrar of The Lagonda Club Mr Arnold Davey, chassis number 14092 was first registered on June 12th 1939 to a Mr A.C.W. Norman of Montague St, London W1. A factory-bodied Drophead Coupe built on the short (10ft 4in) wheelbase, its guarantee was issued three days later. Fitted like many of its siblings with a replacement Sanction 2 engine under warranty (V12 151 being swapped for V12 59), ‘MG 6768’ was purchased by its second keeper, a Mr Withair of Cheyne Place, London SW3 in November 1945. Looked after by Davies Motors of Staines until 1952 (the same year that Mr Davies – a former Lagonda service manager – curtailed his role as the factory’s semi-official maintenance depot for prewar cars), the V12 subsequently migrated to Bognor Regis (Mr Dewhurst) and Middleton-on-Sea (Mr Sanderson) before being bought by the Hollinshead family who barn stored it for forty years.

Still covered in protective wax when purchased by Alfred Hill MBE via our July 2006 Buxton auction, the Lagonda soon found itself being disassembled for the first time since leaving the Staines factory. Thoroughly overhauled with new parts sourced from Farndon Engineering (crankshaft / con-rods), Arias (forged pistons) and LMB Racing (camshafts), the engine was also treated to an unleaded fuel conversion, replacement timing chains and fresh bearings etc not to mention a refurbished starter motor and dynamo. Photos on file show that the suspension, brakes, fuel system and wiring were all rejuvenated, while attention was paid to the ash frame, alloy bodywork, G10 four-speed manual gearbox and steering joints too. Gaining a new crown wheel and pinion and differential bearings courtesy of LMB Racing, the Lagonda had its radiator and hubs reconditioned by CPA Services and Richard Bros respectively.

Retrimmed in Dark Blue leather with a matching mohair hood by J. Krych, the interior also gained a European walnut dashboard and door cappings. Following a bare metal respray, the Drophead Coupe had its brightwork refinished by S&T Electro-Plate. Sadly, Mr Hill died before ‘MG 6768’ had been properly run-in or debugged. Thankfully, the vendor whose garage has hosted various important WO Bentleys, Bugattis and front-engined Grand Prix cars proved an ideal new owner. Discovering that a huge amount of man hours and money had gone into the project, he set about fine tuning the result. Thus, the ingenious mechanism which secures the door in two planes is fully functional, the ‘disappearing’ rear luggage rack works as it should and literally every ‘nut and bolt’ underneath has been checked / tightened. A seasoned racer, the vendor is a firm believer in preparation and even a cursory examination shows that the Lagonda has been suitably gone through and set-up.

Starting readily upon inspection, idling happily and accelerating in a decidedly post-WW2 fashion, the V12 remains every bit as impressive as it must have done eighty odd years ago. Collectors have traditionally been wary of W.O. Bentley’s masterpiece but we believe ‘MG 6768’ to be among the very best examples available. Drawing on the expertise of BishopGray, LMB Racing and Mel Cranmer, the Drophead Coupe is a singularly imposing and impressive machine. Decidedly undervalued when compared to its Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz counterparts, the Lagonda is offered for sale with a DVD chronicling different stages of the restoration, continuation buff logbook, three files of invoices and numerous photographs. A jewel for any collection.

For more information about the auction please contact visit H&H Classics.

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