The Auction Block

As summer rears its fiery head, many auction houses close their doors for the season. Through July and August, they devote their resources to selecting, organizing and curating their fall and winter schedules. June presents the last opportunity to explore their unique troves of art, historic furniture, antiques and collectibles before the leaves begin to signal the arrival of autumn. Here is what’s coming up this month. So, be sure to get there quickly— there is likely to be some friendly competition.

**Doyle New York

Woven Gold Fringe Necklace and Pair of Ear Clips 18 karat with French assay marks & French export marks, ca.1950.

Auction Date: June 20

Estimate: $3,500 – $4,500**

Doyle New York’s Fine Jewelry auction on Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. will feature a glittering array of jewelry bearing more moderate estimates than in the Important Jewelry sales. Showcased are exquisite designs—many of them signed pieces—set with diamonds, colored stones and pearls, as well as gold jewelry, fine watches and gentlemen’s accessories. The woven gold fringe necklace is a classically beautiful accessory that feels right in place among the recently growing popularity of fringe necklaces. Certain designs never goes out of style.www.Doyle-

Sotheby’s *William Faulkner Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Manuscript and typescript with the Nobel medal, citation and 4 press photographs.*

Auction Date: June 11

Estimate: + $500,000

On June 11, Sotheby’s will offer the largest and most important archive of William Faulkner’s work ever to appear at auction. Featuring a recently discovered unpublished short story and a handwritten draft of his acclaimed Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the lot contains a highly personal selection of letters, manuscript drafts and drawings, providing a remarkable window into key moments of the celebrated author’s life. Further glimpses into the private life of this public figure are offered by intimate gifts the author prepared by for his wife and daughter. A portion of the collection, estimated to fetch over $2 million, was only recently discovered on his family’s property in Virginia, including a number of items previously feared lost. Highlights will be on view in New York in advance of the June sale.


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian) Povesti i razskazy (Stories and Tales), 1984 Presentation copy with inscription

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Auction Date: June 26

Bonhams will present its second-ever dedicated U.S. auction of Russian Literature & Works on Paper on June 26. Building on the success of the inaugural Russian Literature auction in December 2012, Bonhams will offer Russian books, manuscripts, periodicals, posters, artwork and photography ranging from the early 19th to the mid 20th century. Movements from the intellectualism of Silver Age literature to the groundbreaking aesthetics of Constructivism will be represented. The auction’s top lot is the first authorized edition, signed by the author, of the complete works of prerevolutionary master Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, published in St. Petersburg between 1808 and 1816. Another important edition on offer is Anton Chekhov’s “Povesti i razskazy” (“Stories and Tales”) from 1894. This presentation copy is warmly inscribed to a waiter and good friend at the Grand Hotel in Moscow where Chekhov stayed, Semen Ilich Bychkov.

Sloan and Kenyon

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Portrait of Alta Hillsdale, ca. 1904-14. Oil on canvas.

Auction Date: June 14 – 16

From Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16, Sloans and Kenyon will hold its June Estate Catalogue Auction, following an exhibition of the auction beginning June 8. An important portrait by Edward Hopper, depicting Alta Hillsdale, his romantic interest from 1904 to 1914, is a highlight of the event. The portrait’s discovery and authentication coincides with the exhibition of 58 recently discovered letters from Alta Hillsdale (1884-1948) to Hopper, which revealed their previously unknown romantic relationship. The letters are exhibit for the first time in “Dear Mr. Hopper” at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, N.Y., through Oct. 20. Hopper’s interest in representation by photographic means and, in particular, the intersections between photography, the creation of “atmosphere,” and the artist’s masterworks of the 1920s and ’30s, will also be the subject of a forthcoming scholarly article, coauthored by Sloans & Kenyon’s president, Stephanie A. Kenyon.


M.C. Escher (Dutch 1898-1972); Stars (Bool 359); Wood engraving. Auction Date: June 12

Estimate: $10,000 – $20,000

Weschler’s upcoming auction on June 12, at 10 a.m., will consist mostly of prints—including serigraphs, lithographs, etchings, and gelatin silver photographs. M.C. Escher’s “Stars” (Bool 359) is a signature example of the renowned graphic artist’s work, exhibiting his style that blends symbolism and playful optical illusions of perspective and geometry with humor and worldly beauty. Other featured artists include Ansel Adams, Sam Gilliam, Gene Davis, Andy Warhol and Willem de Looper.

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