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White Gloves and World Records

White Gloves and World Records

The Year (so far) in Review

26 June 2018

Summer is a time for rest and relaxation. A time for leisurely walks and lackadaisical afternoon naps. It is a time divorced from the harsh winds of winter and manic mood swings of spring wherein one may finally stop and reflect on the long months passed since the turning of the calendar.

So pull up a chair and sit for a spell while we reflect on Rago Auction’s winter and spring 2018 sales.

January 20, 2018
Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein

Our first single-owner auction of 2018 saw the sale of 150+ lots from the personal collection of Seymour Stein, co-founder and chairman of Sire Records. Stein’s ear for music was matched only by his eye for fine decorative arts, as reflected in his impressive collection. Property on offer included early 20th century and art deco ceramics, art glass by Rene Lalique, and a smattering of commemorative gold and platinum records from Sire Records artists like Madonna, Depeche Mode and The Ramones.

Lot 434 – Rene Lalique
Price Realized - $40,625

January 20, 2018
Early 20th C Design

Rago’s Early 20th Century Design auctions are the auction house’s founding specialty and the most successful Arts & Crafts auctions in the field. The January 2018 sale featured fine examples of Arts and Crafts furnishings by Stickley, Roycroft and Charles Rohlfs; ceramic art by Grueby, Rookwood, Zsolnay and Newcomb College; lighting by Tiffany Studios and Handel; and art glass by Loetz, lalique, Daum and Galle.

Lot 600 – Frederick H. Rhead; Arequipa
Price Realized - $93,750

January 21, 2018
The Albert Paley Archives

In January of this year, internationally recognized metalworker, Albert Paley, tasked Rago Auctions with selling an initial installment of his archives spanning nearly fifty years of his art. This single-session catalogue offered for sale a compendium of his oeuvre, from furniture and sculpture to maquettes, drawings, and some of his early work in jewelry; all consigned directly from Albert Paley Studio in Rochester, New York, and offered at auction for the first time.

Lot 960 – Albert Paley
Price Realized - $68,750

January 21, 2018
Modern Design

Rago’s Modern Design Auctions are among our most popular and successful sales. The January 2018 Modern Design Auction was no exception, achieving strong realized prices for works by Paul Evans, George Nakashima, T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Judy Kensley McKie, Wendell Castle and Harry Bertoia.

Lot 1026 – Paul Evans
Price Realized - $137,500

January 21, 2018
Modern Ceramics and Glass

The objects may be fragile, but the results they bring are strong! Rago’s January 2018 Modern Ceramics and Glass Auction saw the sale of over 120 works of ceramic and glass art by leading makers of the 20th century including Dale Chihuly, Peter Voulkos, Mary Ann “Toots” Zynsky, Rudy Autio, Jon Kuhn and Edwin Sheier.

Lot 1579 – Dale Chihuly
Price Realized - $75,000

February 23-25, 2018

With property ranging from period furniture and antiques to modern art and mid-century design, all offered without reserve at very attractive price points, Rago’s Unreserved Auctions are among our most varied and accessible; a perfect ‘point of entry’ for those looking to try their hand in the realm of live auctions.

Lot 985 – Mary Whyte
Price Realized - $11,875

April 7, 2018
Remix: Contemporary + Classic

Rago’s Remix Auctions are about how people like to decorate today, unconfined by any one decade or design period. Since their inception in December of 2016, Rago’s Remix Auctions have proven so successful that we were forced to expand them for 2018. This nearly 700 lot auction saw the sale of downtown pieces of mid-century modern and 21st c. design side-by-side with period furnishings, urbane antiques, heirloom silver, and compelling art, staged and photographed together in designer room settings.

Lot 2194 – Yongzheng Style Porcelain Loving Bowls
Price Realized - $100,000

May 5, 2018
American/European Art

Featuring over 140 lots, Rago’s May auction of American and European art and sculpture through early Modernism, saw the sale of works by such notables as M.C. Escher, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali and brought exceptional results for paintings by Henri Baptiste Lebasque, Gustav Loiseau and Winslow Homer.

Lot 10 – Winslow Homer, The Dutch Door
Price Realized - $137,500

May 5, 2018
Post-War + Contemporary Art

Rago’s May 2018 Post-War + Contemporary Art Auction featured paintings, sculpture, editions and photographs by Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Keith Haring, Lenore Tawney, Roy Lichtenstein, Bo Bartlett, Wayne Thiebaud and more, plus works by Latin American artists from the collection of art world insider Clara Diament Sujo including Manuel Espinoza, Edgar Sanchez and Alirio Rodriguez, among others.

Lot 540 – Arshile Gorky, Still Life with Pitcher
Price Realized - $175,000

May 19, 2018
Early 20th C. Design

Our second Early 20th Century Design auction of the year presented an array of 275 lots consisting of art deco, art nouveau and Arts and Crafts furniture, lighting, pottery and art glass by Tiffany Studios, Rene Lalique, Stickley, Handel, Van Briggle, Zsolnay, Daum, Greuby and more.

Lot 1275 – Tiffany Studios
Price Realized - $20,000

May 19, 2018
Modern Ceramics and Glass

At 172 lots, Rago’s second Modern Ceramics and Glass Auction of 2018 was nearly 50% larger than the first. The sale featured art glass and ceramics from William Morris, Jon Kuhn, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Kiyoko Ikuta, Paul Soldner and Rago regulars, Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra.

Lot 434 – William Morris
Price Realized - $20,000

May 20, 2018
The Daphne Farago Collection

Sold for the benefit of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Daphne Farago Collection consisted of 91 lots of contemporary art glass and ceramics, modern designs, and woven fiber and bamboo Japanese decorative objects. The sale totaled $520,375, after buyer’s premium (against a high estimate of $438,400), and enjoyed a 100% sell-through rate, making this our second “White Glove Sale” in as many years.

Lot 2047 – Sam Maloof
Price Realized - $33,750

May 20, 2018
Modern Design

Rago’s second modern Design Auction of the year was led by the collection of the CEO of BET, Debra Lee. This impressive collection consisted primarily of art glass by Dale Chihuly, Philip Baldwin, and John Littleton, as well as a work by Lino Tagliapietra title “Masai” which achieved the highest price ever for a work by the artist at auction, selling for $118,750.

Included in the main portion of the sale were several designs by George Nakashima, Hans Wegner, Paul Evans, Harry Bertoia, Phil Powell, Albert Paley, Pierre Jeanneret and more. Including buyer’s premium, the sale exceeded its high estimate of $3,004,250 by nearly 10%, achieving a total of $3,264,094.

Lot 2100 – Lino Tagliapietra
Price Realized - $118,750

June 9, 2018

In June of this year, Rago held its inaugural auction of investment quality items and significant collections including sports collectibles, historical and political memorabilia, air and space memorabilia, antique firearms and a selection of limited edition fountain pens. A small but powerful sale, this 40 lots auction saw strong prices realized for Presidential and early American documents, correspondence and photographs, as well as for special edition Montblanc fountain pens.

Lot 1040 – Alexander Hamilton Treasury Department Letter
Price Realized - $31,250

June 9, 2018
Coins + Currency

A veritable trove of numismatic rarities, Rago’s June 2018 Coins + Currency Auction featured 478 lots of fine and rare coins and currency, including many ancient, world and U.S. coins fresh to the market. Presented in the sale was a fine selection of early American coppers, including two exceptionally rare 1793 chain cents.

Lot 1043 – U.S. 1793 Chain 1c Coin
Price Realized - $22,800

June 10, 2019
Fine Jewelry

Rago’s first Fine Jewelry sale of 2018, the June Jewelry Auction was a resounding success for heirloom and modern designs alike. Featured among the many examples of fine antique, designer, diamond and gemstone jewelry, accessories, and object de vertu were two works by renowned American craftswoman, Marie Zimmermann, a tourmaline and gem-set enameled yellow gold ring that sold for $7,500 and a enameled yellow gold and gem-set collar necklace which sold for $53,125; the highest price achieved by any lot in the sale and an auction record for jewelry by the maker.

Lot 2051 – Marie Zimmermann
Price Realized - $53,125