On January 18, 2010 Gateway Gallery Auction held it’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday auction, which consisted of an eclectic mix of fine antiques and artwork. The standing room only crowd was filled with motivated live and phone action, and received extensive absentee bidder interest.
Of significant interest, two signed Lily Spandorf gouache watercolors brought $900 and $1,100 respectively, proving that the interest in original Spandorf works in on the rise. “Spandorf’s works hold special significance for the Capitol region” said John F. Kohler, Jr. owner/auctioneer, “She depicted Washington DC neighborhoods and buildings, many of which are no longer standing, with animation and grace.”
Other selections included a seldom seen John Bell Syrup selling for $4,700; a remarkable miniature tall case clock sold for $1,100; a Tiffany & Co. desk clock sold for $750; and an exceptional period solid walnut art nouveau table lamp for $325.
Most popular were the firearms from private collectors and estates. A broomhandle Mauser brought $2,500; a Tikka 12-70 sold for $1,050; an A.H. Fox double barrel sold for $950; a Colt 1911 pistol for $1,700; and a Colt 1875 38 cal. Pistol realized $2,200.
Focusing on quality antiques and artwork, Gateway’s holiday auction offered unique and fresh-to-market pieces that created enthusiasm throughout the crowd. A Lincoln engraving signed by Marshall sold for $625, suggesting that bidder’s are looking to buy quality. “It’s seems that bidder confidence is up” says Kohler.
Gateway Gallery’s next two auctions will be held in February1 & 15, 2010. Consignments are being accepted for April auction dates. Prices given do not reflect 10% buyer’s premium.