Upcoming Auction Preview: Five Lots We Love

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Hindman Auctions, estimate: $100,000 – 150,000.

Hindman Auctions holds their American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts sale on March 10 and 11 at their Cincinnati location. The star of this show is an impressive Andrew Clemens sand art bottle. Clemens would bring home sand in many different colors and sort it into different bottles. He used these to create his sand art without the benefit of glue or artificial coloring. He used tempered hickory sticks with specially designed tips to deposit and position naturally colored grains of sand inside the bottles. Clemens created elaborate designs grain by grain, using only different colors of sand in much the same way an artist uses paints on a palette. Clemens started out making simple and attractive geometric designs. As his skill and talent grew, he began crafting complex pictures, including sailing ships, George Washington riding a horse, landscapes, and more. His patriotic designs are among his best-loved and most desirable to collectors.

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Bertoia Auctions, estimate $25,000 – 45,000.

Bertoia Auctions hosts the Monique Knowlton Collection on March 11 & 12 in Vineland, NJ. Knowlton was an international cover girl and NYC art dealer with a love for tin toys. The collection features wide provenance with an emphasis on condition and rarity. Our favorite item is a Tippco Mickey and Minnie Mouse Motorbike produced in Germany in 1932.

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Favaro Auctions, open estimate.

Our newest partner, Favaro Auctions, holds their Carousel & Rocking Horse auction on March 10 in Genoa City, WI. Our favorite item is a rare carved wood carousel Sea Horse. Making carousel horses is a lost art. It has been nearly 130 years since Gustav Dentzel pioneered the carousel industry in America and employed woodworkers from around the world to carve the marvelous figures for his machines on Coney Island.

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888 Auctions, estimate $100-200.

888 Auctions holds its Paintings, Silverware and Chinese Art auction on March 10 in Ontario, Canada. Our favorite item is a Chinese Zisha Teapot in a bamboo pattern. Zisha teapots can usually fit in the palm of your hand and hold just about one cup of water. These teapots are made from 350-million-year-old zisha ore, found only in Yixing, China. This sand clay is easily recognized by its purple, reddish-brown color after firing.

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Gray’s Auctioneers, estimate: $20,000 – 30,000.

Gray’s Auctioneers holds their Modern & Contemporary Art auction on March 9 in Cleveland, OH. Our favorite item is an untitled oil on canvas by American artist Dorothy Hood. Known for her expansive compositions that merge elements of abstraction and color field painting, Hood is considered a trailblazer among female Modernists for her epically scaled works.

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