Sale of the Week, July 22-28: Olympics Artifacts Make for Great Auction Sport
SALE: The Olympic Games Sale
LOCATION: Bonhams London
DATE: July 25, 2pm
ABOUT: Bonhams is cashing in on the upcoming London Games by holding an auction of Olympics art and memorabilia. Lots include several Olympic torches, from as far back as the Nazi-hosted 1936 Games in Berlin. Other items on offer include medals, badges, maps, tickets, photographs, and official posters.
Most lots are priced in the hundreds of dollars, but there are exceptions. A Sèvres porcelain vase awarded to English boxer H.J. Mitchell after he won the gold medal in the 1924 Paris Olympiad could fetch £6,000-8,000 ($9,300-12,000). The tug-of-war silver medal from the 1908 Games in London is estimated to sell for £4,000-6,000 ($6,200-9,300), depending on bidders' tenacity.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL SALES:
Sale: Coeur d'Alene Western and American Art Auction
Location: Silver Legacy Resort, Reno
Date: July 21, 12pm
Sale: Prints and Multiples
Location: Christie's New York
Date: July 25, 10am and 2pm
Sale: Vintage Comics and Comic Art
Location: Heritage Beverly Hills
Date: July 26-28, various times
Click the slide show to see works from the Olympics sale at Bonhams London and the Prints and Multiples sale at Christie's New York.