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The Top Auction Houses in North America

The Top Auction Houses in North America
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider from Gooding & Company
(Photo by Mike Maez; Courtesy and © Gooding & Company)

CANADA

Joyner Waddingtons
Toronto, Canada

waddingtons.ca/joyner
Focus: Canadian art

Joyner Waddingtons continues to be one of the few secondary market pillars of Canadian art. Its Important Canadian Art Auction, in early June 2013, invited fevered bidding and posted impressive results, with late painter William Kurelek’s work realizing prices of over $C150,000. Meanwhile, the house’s off-shoot contemporary art auction and curatorial project, Concrete Contemporary, demonstrated improvement in 2013, its sophomore year, with growing sales despite a still-tentative audience. Highlights included an Evan Penny sculpture, which sold for $C44,400, and a Wanda Koop painting, which realized $C26,400.

Ritchies Auctioneers
Toronto, Canada; New York, U.S.; Hong Kong, China; Dubai, U.A.E.

ritchies.com
Focus: Canadian art, fine art, decorative arts, and jewelry

Leading the pack in Canada’s small pool of auction houses with not only a banner year in sales but also some unprecedented moves, Ritchies Auctioneers has established itself as a comeback kid. Most notably, new partners Kashif Khan and Ravi Poddar revived Ritchies from a three-year bankruptcy, quickly establishing international satellites in Hong Kong, New York, and Dubai and achieving unprecedented sales. Just this spring, Ritchies stepped up to become the first Canadian auction house to grant artists resale rights. Among the house’s notable 2012–2013 auctions was the sale of the late Billy Jamieson’s shrunken-head and tribal mask collection. Another recent highlight, a blue-and-white dragon vase, flew past its estimate of $C180,000 to $C300,000 to sell for $C3.4million at last November’s Fine Asian Art sale.

RM Auctions
Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada; Culver City, CA, and?Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S.; London, U.K.; Hamburg, Germany

rmauctions.com
Focus: Vintage and collectible motorcars

In just three decades, RM Auctions has evolved from being Canada’s oldest and largest indoor car auction to becoming a leader in the global collector car market. Noted especially for its private collection sales, RM has represented a clientele that includes Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone, the late motoring industry legend Joe MacPherson, and broadcast entrepreneur Art Astor. One recent notable private collection sale was the 2012 Sotheby’s-partnered offering of the Milhous Collection. Over 50 years of collecting by brothers Bob and Paul Milhous brought in a whopping total of ?$38.3 million, including the $3.3 million sale of its headlining 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring. At the company’s August 2012 Monterey auction, a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight racing car sold for $11 million, making it the highest paid at auction for an American car. In May 2013, RM’s biennial Villa Erba sale in Italy set a new world record for a closed Ferrari Berlinetta sold at auction, with a price of $12,812,800.

Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Vancouver, Toronto, Ottowa, and Montreal
heffel.com
Focus: Canadian art

Recent Top Lots: Composition, 1955, by Jean-Paul Riopelle, $C1,228,500 (est. $C600–800,000); Old Timer, 1931–32, by Emily Carr, $C936,000 (est. $C400–600,000); and Vue de St-Siméon, circa 1945, by Marc-Aurèle Fortin, $C672,750 (est. $C400–600,000), from the Spring 2013 Live Auction, May 15, 2013. Hurdy Gurdy, circa 1913, by Lawren Stewart Harris, $C1,082,250 (est. $C400–600,000); Alert Bay, 1912, by Emily Carr, $C702,000 ($C200–300,000); and Radium Mine, 1938, by A.Y. Jackson, $C643,500 (est. $C200–300,000), from the Fall 2012 Live Auction, November 22, 2012.

Levis Fine Art Auctions & Appraisals
Calgary
levisauctions.com
Focus: Canadian art

Recent Top Lots: ?Pat Grasshopper–Sarcee Indian, 1942, by Nicholas de Grandmaison, $C31,590 (est. $C20–25,000); Untitled–Indian Chief, early 20th century, by Nicholas de Grandmaison, $C21,060 ($C12–15,000); Golden Yukon, 1979, by Ted Harrison, $C22,230 ($C10–15,000); and Untitled–Riding the Herd, by Jack Elmo King, $C18,135 (est. $C12–15,000), from the Canadian auction, April 21, 2013. Kitseukla, 1928,? by Emily Carr, $C234,000 (est. $C300–350,000); and Moraine Lake, by Alfred Crocker Leighton, $C19,890 (est. $C15–25,000),? from the November 4,? 2012, sale.

MEXICO

Morton, Casa de Subastas?
Mexico City
mortonsubastas.com
Focus: Contemporary and modern art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? La evolución de Comercio y los Transportes en México, by Raúl Anguiano, $468,000 (est. $492–656,000), and El?juego de Don Leonardo, by Alfredo Castañeda, $206,000 (est. $107–123,000), from the? Latin American Art Auction, May 16, 2013. La Boda?del Prefecto (Provincia de Basilicata), by Giacomo?di Chirico, $150,000 ?(est. $57–86,000), from the Antiques Auction, ?May 31, 2012. Pila de sombreros, by Rufino Tamayo, $673,000 (est. $397–505,000), and Año I Luna, by Pedro Coronel, $374,000 (est. $325–361,000), from the Latin American Art Auction,? May 17, 2012. El Milagro?de las Rosas, by Juan Correa, $70,000? (est. $46–61,000), from the Antiques and Novohispanic Art sale, January 26, 2012.

UNITED STATES

Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers?
Santa Fe, NM; Dallas; and Scottsdale, AZ
altermann.com
Focus: American? Western art?

Recent Top Lots: The Pursuers, 1910, by William Herbert Dunton, $379,700, and Sunlit Aspens, by Ernest Martin Hennings, $192,000, from the April 5, 2013, sale. The End of the Trail, bronze, 1918, by James Earle Fraser, $370,000; The Bronco Buster #25, Bonnard Foundry, bronze, 1895, by Frederic Remington, $350,000; The Hunter, by Gerard Curtis Delano, $306,000; and Chief Black Bird, Ogalalla Sioux, bronze, by Adolph Weinman, $273,000, from the March 30, 2012, sale.

A.N. Abell Auction Company?
Los Angeles
abell.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? Four Chinese porcelain insert panels with landscapes, $60,000 (est. $3,000–4,000), and Two Musicians, nickel-plated bronze, by Franz Hagenauer, $55,000 ($25–35,000), from the Fine Art, Antique & 20th Century Design auction, May 19, 2013. Geranium table lamp, by Tiffany Studios, $70,000 (est. $60–80,000), from the Quarterly Fine Art and Antique Auction, June 10, 2012. A pair of Louis XV carved grisaille cherubs, 18th century, $65,000 (est. $30–50,000), from the Quarterly Fine Art and Antique Auction, March 18, 2012.

Antiquorum
New York; nine other locations worldwide
antiquorum.com
Focus: Timepieces

With 10 annual auctions around the globe, Antiquorum remains one of the world’s leading auctioneers of modern and vintage timepieces. Founded in Geneva in 1974, Antiquorum was an influential force in opening an auction market for wristwatches in the early 1980s and has broken several world auction records for wrist and pocket watches alike. Apart from its auction centers in Geneva, New York, and Hong Kong, Antiquorum has offices and agents in seven countries in addition to its online presence. Among the luxury brands offered are Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Vacheron Constantin. Most famously, the auction house sold Mahatma Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch, circa 1910, for $2,096,000 in 2009 and an Omega Constellation with calendar owned by Elvis Presley, circa 1960, for $52,500 last year. Notable recent sales include?that of a gold Rolex Cosmograph Oman with more than 250 diamonds for a record-breaking SF470,500 ($490,000); a gold Rolex Daytona Paul Newman, circa late 1960s, for SF841,300 ($879,000); and ?a pink-gold, two-dial, twelve-complication Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon for SF1,202,500 ($1,256,000).

Aspire Auctions
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta
aspireauctions.com
Focus: Fine and decorative art

Recent Top Lots: Lumberville, by Edward Willis Redfield, $120,750 (est. $75,000–125,000), and Pittsburgh Steel Mills at Night, early 20th century, by Aaron Harry Gorson, $34,500 (est. $15–25,000), from the March 2013 sale. Portrait de Femme à la Fraise et au Chapeau, linocut, 1963, by Pablo Picasso, $81,650 (est. $30–40,000), from the September 2012 sale. A 4.02-ct. diamond ring, $34,500 (est. $35–40,000), from the February 2013 sale.

Brunk Auctions
Asheville, NC
brunkauctions.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? Cliffs of Green River–Wyoming Territory, 1883, by Thomas Moran, $1.5 million (est. $250–350,000), and a carved marble head of Apollo, Roman, circa A.D. 125–150, $130,000 (est. $150–250,000), from the March 10, 2012, sale. Elizabeth Allen Deas Marriage Portrait, circa mid 18th century, by Jeremiah Theus, $123,900 (est. $70–90,000), from the May 12, 2012, sale. A bronze standing Buddha, Chinese, circa late 19th/early 20th century, $118,000 (est. $2,000–4,000), from the November 11, 2012, sale.

Charlton Hall Auctions
West Columbia, SC
charltonhallauctions.com
Focus: Fine and ?decorative art?

Recent Top Lots:? A pair of Vanderbilt armchairs with mother-of-pearl and carved giltwood, circa 1883–84, by Herter Brothers New York, $250,000 (est. $10–20,000), from the Ancient Artifacts to Americana auction, March 25, 2012. A Chinese white jade carved mountain with figures and poem, early Qing Dynasty, $130,000 (est. $5,000–8,000), and a Chinese jade carved ruyi scepter with figures in a river landscape, Qianlong period, $130,000 (est. $5,000–8,000), from the Great Estates auction, June 16, 2012.

Clars Auction Gallery
Oakland, CA
clars.com
Focus: Fine and decorative art, Asian art?

Recent Top Lots: Blue-and-white porcelain brush pot, Chinese, by Wang Bu, $480,000 (est. $6,000–8,000), and gilt bronze figure of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava Ekavira, Himalayan, 19th century, $220,000 (est. $1,000–2,000), from the Fine Art & Antique Auction, February 17, 2013. Untitled, mid 20th century, by Tancredi Parmeggiani, $200,000 (est. $80,000–120,000), from the Fine Art & Antique Auction, May 20, 2012. Sterling, ivory, and obsidian Aztec presentation dagger, late 19th century, designed by G. Paulding Farnham for Tiffany, $90,000 (est. $10–20,000), from the February 19, 2012, sale.

Coeur d’Alene Art Auction
Reno, NV, and Hayden, ID

cdaartauction.com
Focus: 19th- and 20th-century American art

Originally based in the bucolic Idaho town of Hayden, Coeur d’Alene Art Auction was founded more than 25 years ago with a focus ?on American and Western art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The house relocated to Reno in 1999, and the city plays host to Coeur d’Alene’s annual auction, held in July and attended by more than 1,000 collectors, with additional bidding online and by phone. Despite its small-town beginnings, Coeur d’Alene is now the largest Western- and American-art house in the nation, with an average 95 percent of lots sold. Not surprisingly, the house’s biggest successes have been classic cowboy portraits and Western landscapes—at the 2012 auction, Frank Tenney Johnson’s Cowboys Roping the Bear sold for $921,000, and Howard Terpning’s 1988 Scout’s Report brought in $977,000.

Cowan’s Auctions
Cincinnati, OH
cowanauctions.com
Focus: Asian art?

Recent Top Lots:? A pair of Kangxi dragon chargers, $274,500? (est. $30–40,000), from the Asian Art sale, July 27, 2012. A 28-ct. platinum and diamond necklace made for Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds, $192,000 ?(est. $65–85,000), from the Fine Jewelry and Timepieces sale, April 14, 2013. Eastern Plains three-bladed knife club from the collection?of Marvin L. Lince, Oregon, circa 1870, $180,000? (est. $150–250,000), from the American Indian Art Auction, April 5, 2013. Archaistic jadeite lidded wine vessel, Chinese, 19th century, $132,000 (est. $10–15,000), from the Asian Art sale, January 27, 2012.

Dallas Auction Gallery?
Dallas
dallasauctiongallery.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: ?A pair of Russian Imperial porcelain palace vases, circa 1833, $2.7 million ?(est. $1–1.5 million), and Untitled, four panels, 2002, by Lui Liu, $160,000 ?(est. $200–250,000), from the Antiques, Fine Art & Estate Jewelry sale, April 17, 2013. Physichromie?no. 511, 1970, by Carlos Cruz-Diez, $537,750?(est. $150–250,000), from the Modern Art & Antiques sale, April 25, 2012. Qing Qianlong cloisonné vases with dragons and lotus? on original rosewood stands, Chinese, circa 1735–95, $147,000 (est. $8,000–12,000), from the Asian Auction, March 14, 2012.

Doyle? New York?
New York; ?four offices nationwide

doylenewyork.com
Focus: Fine art

Established in 1962,? Doyle New York averages ?40 sales per year in ?categories from paintings? and jewelry to Asian art? and rare books. Though? based on Manhattan’s? Upper East Side, the house? also maintains regional? offices across the U.S.,? as well as international ?alliances in European? and Asian markets. ?Throughout its 50 years in? operation, Doyle has? handled a number of? high-profile estate ?auctions, including those ?of James Cagney, Bette? Davis, Rock Hudson, and ?Louis Armstrong. It’s also known for its onsite sales, such as the ones for New York’s Russian Tea Room restaurant and the estate of American painter Ogden Minton Pleissner. Meanwhile, lots at Doyle New York continue to garner landmark results, as in November 2012’s Books, Photographs, and Prints auction, when a one-page letter by George Washington more than tripled its presale estimate to achieve $362,500, and in April’s Doyle + Design auction, when the $1,762,500 sale of Chevreuil, Biche et Bambi, a bronze and glass console table, set a world record for Swiss designer and sculptor Diego Giacometti.

Dumouchelles
Detroit
dumouchelle.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? Little Girl with Puppies, 1906, by Arthur John Elsley, $130,000 (est. $20–30,000), from the September 14, 2012, sale. Cicada Song in Woods, 1960, by Charles Burchfield, $70,000 ?(est. $20–30,000), from the January 18, 2013, ?sale. Leaping Gazelle,?by Marshall Maynard Fredericks, $60,000 ?(est. $60–80,000), from the July 22, 2012, sale.? The Grand Canal, Venice,? by Félix Ziem, $55,000 ?(est. $50–70,000), and Young Boy Fishing, by Nikolai Petrowitsch Bogdanoff-Bjelski, $50,000 (est. $25–50,000), from the March 18,? 2012, sale.

Eldred’s Auction Gallery?
East Dennis, MA
eldreds.com
Focus: Fine and decorative art?

Recent Top Lots:? A young man and woman gaze out a window, 1877, by Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, $112,100 (est. $6,000–9,000), from the Fine & Decorative Art sale, June 28, 2012. Cased full-plate daguerreotype, circa 1840, $106,200 ?(est. $5,000–7,000), from the Americana, Decorative Art & Paintings sale, November 17, 2012. Sail Boat, white-line color woodcut, 1931, by Blanche Lazzell, $106,200?(est. $100–150,000), from the Americana sale, August 1, 2012. A white jade seal ?in a carved zitan case with dragon motif, 19th century, $74,750 (est. $15–20,000), from the Asian Art sale, August 23, 2012.

Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM)
Miami
faamiami.com
Focus: Russian, Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art

Recent Top Lots:? Voilier sur le petit bras ?de la Seine, Argenteuil, 1872, 1875, by Claude Monet, $9,265,500?(est. $8–12 million), from the Important Paintings ?& Sculptures sale, April 26, 2012. Les bords de la Seine au pont d’Argenteuil, 1874, by Claude Monet, $8,817,500 ?(est. $8–10 million), and Portrait of Oskar and Roza Gruzenberg, 1910, by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, $4,673,500?(est. $150–200,000), from the Important Paintings & Sculptures sale, December 6, 2012.

Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
Philadelphia

freemansauction.com
Focus: American fine art

Founded in 1805, Freeman’s is America’s oldest auction house. With 200-plus years in operation, the house has garnered a reputation as Philadelphia’s premier auctioneers and appraisers, while remaining a family-owned business for six generations. Freeman’s offers more than 30 in-house auctions each year in over a dozen categories, from American fine art and furniture to jewelry and rare books. In an effort to adapt to the evolving art market, Freeman’s formed a marketing alliance with Edinburgh’s Lyon & Turnbull auction house in 2000, allowing it to develop a presence across the Atlantic. During a sale in March 2012, Freeman’s showed its firm grasp of the booming Asian art market when it sold a Chinese gilt bronze and cloisonné jar from the Ming Dynasty for $1,538,500—more than 100 times its high estimate of $15,000. Still, Freeman’s remains committed to its roots, achieving record prices for works by American artists. At last December’s Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture auction, Landscape, an 1855 painting by Asher Brown Durand, went for $386,500, the highest price yet for the Hudson River School artist.

Gene Shapiro Auctions
New York
geneshapiro.com
Focus: Russian art?

Recent Top Lots:? Don Cossacks Crossing the Balkans, bronze, circa 1892, by Karl Avgustovich Bertault, $84,000 (est. $25–35,000), from the September 29, 2012, sale. Study of a Shore, 1923, Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich, $150,000 (est. $125–175,000); Horse-drawn Sled in the Winter, late 19th century,? by Isaac Levitan, $120,000 (est. $120–180,000); A ?Leaf from the Tibetan Album, 1928–29, by Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich, $120,000 (est. $100–150,000); Summer in the Village, 1890, by Konstantin Aleksandrovich Trutovskiy, $60,000 (est. $50–70,000); and Rocky Shore, late 19th century, by Isaac Levitan, $60,000 (est. $35–60,000), from the April 28, 2012, sale.

Gooding & Company
Santa Monica, CA

goodingco.com
Focus: Automobiles

In only a decade of operation, Gooding & Company has raced to the forefront of the classic car market. Started in 2003 by David Gooding, who began his career in Christie’s International Motor Cars department, the company held its first sale in 2004 at the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now the official car auction house at Pebble Beach, Gooding & Company also shows at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida and in Scottsdale each January at Arizona Auction Week during the state’s Classic Car Season. These outings consistently boast landmark sales, including the current ?world record for any car sold at auction: a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype that ?fetched $16.39 million at Pebble Beach in 2011. Gooding & Company shows no signs of slowing down, closing out 2012 with a 44 percent increase in year-end sales and three new world ?records: the record for a Ferrari California Spider, with $11.3 million for a 1960 Ferrari 250?GT LWB California Spider Competizione, and the records for both a Mercedes-Benz and a prewar car, with $11.8 million for a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Von Krieger Special Roadster.

Grogan & Company
Dedham, MA
groganco.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: Homage to the Square, Late Sound, 1964, by Josef Albers, $236,000 (est. $200–400,000), and Still Life, 1921, by Anton Faistauer, $112,500 (est. $30–40,000), from the May Auction, May 20, 2012. A pair of Chinese gilt bronze cloisonné covered vases, 19th century, $92,250 (est. $8,000–12,000), ?from the 25th Anniversary Auction, June 16, 2013. A pair of Russian porcelain military plates, 19th century, by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, $79,650 (est. $5,000–7,000), from the Estate of Peter J. Gomes auction, March 24, 2012.

Guernsey’s
New York
guernseys.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, three volumes with 150 lithographs, 1845–48, by John James Audubon, $793,000; The Birds of Asia, 1850–83, by John Gould and Richard Bowdler Sharpe, $195,200; and Plate 1: Wild American Cock, from The Birds of America, 1826, by John James Audubon, $170,800, from the Historic Maps, Rare Books, New York–centric Art, Natural History Watercolors & Color Plate Books, and American and European Oil Paintings sale, December 5, 2012. Plate 431: American Flamingo, 1838, by John James Audubon, $125,000, from the Roger Tory Peterson Auction, plus Rare Prints by John James Audubon sale, September 8, 2012.

Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers?
Saint Louis?
iveyselkirk.com

Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: A carved celadon jade pebble, Chinese, 18th–19th century, $80,000 (est. $2,000–2,500), from the Autumn Gallery & Fine Jewelry Auction, September 16, 2012. A 4.59-ct. diamond, $70,000 (est. $75–85,000), and a platinum engagement ring with a brilliant cut 5.15-ct. diamond, $55,000 (est. $60–70,000), from the Spring Gallery & Fine Jewelry Auction, March ?10, 2012. A hall table with micromosaic marquetry, circa 1890, by Tiffany & Colman, $60,000 (est. $70,000–100,000), from the Spring Gallery & Fine Jewelry Auction, March 16, 2013.

Jackson Hole Art Auction?
Jackson, WY
jacksonholeartauction.com
Focus: American? Western art?

Recent Top Lots: ?John Ermine, 1903, by Frederic Remington, $690,000 (est. $600–800,000); Unbranded, circa 1897, by Charles M. Russell, $575,000 (est. $500–700,000); Grizzly Bear and Cubs, by Carl Rungius, $373,750 (est. $250–350,000); Untitled, by Carl Rungius, $345,000 (est. $200–400,000); Bucking Bronco with Cowboy, 1910, by William R. Leigh, $345,000 (est. $300–500,000); and The Trail Boss (Settlers and Seeds—Civilization’s Forerunners), by W. Herbert Dunton, $276,000 ?(est. $250–350,000), from the 2012 Auction of Past ?& Present Masterworks? of the American West, September 15, 2012.

Jackson’s
Cedar Falls, IA
jacksonsauction.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: The Serafimo-Ponetaevskaya Sign Mother of God, circa 1912, by N. Emelianov, $630,000 (est. $250–350,000), from the World Treasures: Important Russian, Asian, European & American Works auction, November 13, 2012. River Hills, 1945, by Marvin Cone, $174,000 (est. $80,000–120,000); In the Park, early 20th century, by Raoul Dufy, $90,000 (est. $50–75,000); and a silver Chrysanthemum punch bowl, 1875–91,?by Tiffany, $72,000?(est. $40–60,000), from the World Treasures: Russian, Asian, European & American Works sale, May 23, 2012.

James D. Julia Auctioneers
Fairfield, ME
jamesdjulia.com
Focus: Asian art, firearms

Recent Top Lots:? Korean ten-panel folding longevity screen, Yi Dynasty, $603,750 (est. $3,000–5,000), from the Antiques, Asian & Fine Art sale, February 1, 2013. A pair of huanghuali yoke-back armchairs, Chinese, late 17th/early 18th century, $460,000 (est. $400–600,000), and a rhinoceros horn seal, Chinese, possibly Qianlong period, $322,000 (est. $75,000–100,000), from the Antiques, Asian & Fine Art sale, February ?4, 2012. One-of-a-kind engraved and gold inlaid lightweight Winchester Model 1886 rifle made for John F. Dodge, $333,500 (est. $175–275,000), from the Firearms Featuring Wes Adams’s Collection of Rare Winchesters & Savages sale, March 11, 2013.

John Moran Auctioneers
Altadena, CA
johnmoran.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, first phase, mid 19th century, $1.8 million (est. $100–200,000), from the Fine Antiques Auction featuring Native American Objects, June 19, 2012. Street Scene, Algiers, 1882, by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, $270,000 (est. $300–500,000), and Balinese Women Surrounded by Flower Blossoms, mid 20th century, by Adrien-Jean le Mayeur de Merprès, $240,000 (est. $100–150,000), from the European & Modern Arts Auction. Apples on a Table, 1896, by William J. McCloskey, $90,000 (est. $80,000–120,000), from the California & American Fine Art Auction, April 17, 2012.

Julien’s Auctions
Beverly Hills, CA
juliensauctions.com
Focus: Entertainment memorabilia?

Recent Top Lots:? Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz costume, 1939, $480,000 (est. $400–600,000), from the Icons & Idols: Hollywood sale, November 9, 2012. John Lennon/George Harrison Vox custom prototype guitar, 1966, $408,000 (est. $200–300,000), from the Music Icons sale, May 18, 2013. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” tour jacket, 1987, $240,000 (est. $80,000–120,000), from the Collection of Tompkins & Bush: Michael Jackson sale, December? 2, 2012. Star Trek pilot episode William Shatner phaser rifle, 1966, $231,000 (est. $50–70,000), from the Hollywood Legends sale, April 5, 2013.

Kaminski Auctions
Beverly, MA; Beverly Hills and San Diego, CA
kaminskiauctions.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques, estates?

Recent Top Lots: ?Plum Blossom painting dedicated to Yu San, China, 20th century, by Qi Baishi, $510,000 (est. $20–30,000); Peonies, China, 20th century, by Qi Baishi, $480,000 ?(est. $10–13,000);? Blue Flowers, China, 20th century, by Qi Baishi, $410,000 (est. $10–13,000); Chrysanthemums, China, 20th century, by Qi Baishi, $400,000 (est. $10–15,000); and a pair of famille verte bowls, Chinese, 19th/20th century, $300,000 (est. $400–600), from the Fine Asian ?Art & Antiques sale,? March 30, 2012.

Kestenbaum & Company
New York
kestenbaum.net
Focus: Judaica?

Recent Top Lots: Parcel-gilt silver filigree spice container from Galicia, Spain, 1721, $280,000 (est. $150–200,000), from the Magnificent Judaica from the Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of England sale, December 6, 2012. Hayim Samuel Jacob Falk, the Ba’al? Shem of London, circa 1777, attributed to Philip James de Loutherbourg, $75,000 (est. $30–50,000), and?a Hebrew manuscript?on vellum from Kastoria, Macedonia, 1381, by Abraham ibn Ezra, $60,000 (est. $50–70,000), from the Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic & Ceremonial Art sale, January 31, 2013.

Legendary Auctions 
Chicago
legendaryauctions.com
Focus: Sports memorabilia

Recent Top Lots: Los Angeles Dodgers signed game-worn Sandy Koufax home jersey, 1960, $155,350 (est. $125–150,000); an E107 Breisch-Williams card featuring Christy Mathewson, 1903, $125,475; an N302 Mayo’s Cut Plug card set, 1894, $59,570; an M101-4 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth rookie card, 1916, $56,763; Monte Pearson’s New York Yankees World Champions pocket watch, 1938, $27,483; a signed, annotated copy of Forty Thousand Quotations, 1940s–50s, by Woody Guthrie, $26,290; and a W600 Sporting Life cabinet card featuring Connie Mack, 1902–11, $22,705, from the Sports Memorabilia auction, May 2013.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers?
Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Naples, and Palm Beach

lesliehindman.com
Focus: Fine and decorative art

Founded in Chicago in 1982 by the eponymous auction aficionado, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is a leading fine art auction house in the Midwest, offering high ­profile sales in categories ranging from contemporary paintings and jewelry to furniture and rare books. In 1991 Hindman made international news when an associate discovered a previously unknown van Gogh painting in suburban Milwaukee and the piece subsequently sold for a record­breaking $1.43 million in the company’s Chicago showroom. Though acquired by Sotheby’s in 1997, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers reopened in 2003 and? has continued to grow, adding facilities in Naples and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Denver, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and expanding into a second Milwaukee office in 2013. Recent sale highlights include an antique 18­-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond ring, which brought in $542,500, more than twice its high estimate of $200,000, at April’s Fine Jewelry sale, and an artist’s proof of Picasso’s 1958 Buste de Femme d’après Cranach le Jeune, which fetched $572,500 on an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 at the Modern and Contemporary Art sale in May.

Lewis & Maese Auction Co.
Houston
lmauctionco.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots: When Neighbors ?Come Calling, 1972, by G. Harvey, $25,000 (est. $28–29,000), and Burros at Teriihgva, 1970, by G. Harvey, $17,500 (est. $22–32,000), from the Fine Art & Antiques Auction, December 12, 2012. 1993 Dodge Viper V-10 400HP, $24,000 ?(est. $22–28,000), from?the Art & Antiques Auction, February 13, 2013. Abstract, gouache on paper, circa? 1968, by Alexander Calder, $20,000 (est. $18–22,000); and Mother & Girls, 1895, by Vicente Palmaroli, $16,000 (est. $16,500–17,500) ?from the Fine Art, Antiques & Charity Wine Auction, November 7, 2012.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Los Angeles

lamodern.com
Focus: Modern and contemporary art and design

Tapping into his modern and contemporary art expertise, Peter Loughrey—a curator, art consultant, and sometime appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow—founded LAMA more than twenty years ago. The house holds estate auctions for prominent Californians, but its main source of revenue comes from its four annual auctions, which feature work from well-known names like John Baldessari, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Rauschenberg. A top lot last year was Le Corbusier’s 1950 tapestry, Bogota, which sold for $131,250, more than double its high estimate of $60,000, at the Modern Art & Design Auction on May 6. This year’s iteration of the sale included a whimsical freestanding kiosk, 1964, by Charles and Ray Eames, which sold for $56,250 on an estimate? of $20,000 to $30,000, and Vija Celmins’s austere Untitled (Knife and Dish), 1964, which brought in $587,500 on an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

Mecum Auctions
Walworth, WI

mecum.com
Focus: Automobiles

With over 15,000 vehicles presented each year, Mecum is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of collector cars. Founded by Dana “the Dealmaker” Mecum in 1988, the company averages more than an auction per month at locations across the U.S. from Anaheim to Indianapolis. In addition to a selection of Corvettes, “chrome and fins,” vintage muscle cars, and automotive memorabilia, attendees of a Mecum auction can expect all the excitement and showmanship of a televised event, as many of the proceedings are broadcast live on Discovery Channel’s car-centric Velocity network and online at Ustream. At Mecum’s 26th Spring Classic in May, crowds flocked to bid on the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor hero car used in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, which ultimately sold for $1 million, and the legendary one-of-a-kind 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which sold for $1.3 million, making it the world’s most valuable Mustang. Mecum’s record-breaking, 2,610-vehicle Kissimmee collector car marathon sale in January lends credibility to the slogan on the house’s website: “Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody.”

Michaan’s Auctions
Alameda, CA

michaans.com
Focus: Antiques and fine art

Northern California–based Michaan’s, founded in 2002, holds more than thirty auctions annually in a spectrum of categories including Asian art, jewelry, and decorative arts. In addition to its larger sales, the house hosts frequent estate and annex auctions. Recent top lots include a Tiffany Studios Poinsettia chandelier, which brought in $306,800 during May 2013’s Treasures of Louis C. Tiffany from the Garden Museum, Part 2, sale; William Herbert “Buck” Dunton’s The Trial Boss (Settlers and Seeds—Civilization’s Forerunners), which sold for $236,000 at the 19th and 20th Centuries American and European Paintings, Sculptures, Prints, and Works on Paper Auction in June 2012; and a Qianlong period gilt bronze archaistic ritual bell, which took in $198,900, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, at the Fine Asian Works of Art Auction, also held that June.

Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers?
Houston
auction.mortonhouston.com
Focus: Fine and ?decorative art?

Recent Top Lots:? A 14-ct. yellow gold and diamond ring, $32,000 (est. $40–50,000), from the Fine Art & Antiques auction, September 27, 2012. A pair of Italian Rococo-style gilt consoles, mid 19th century, $55,000 (est. $32,500–42,500); a French bronze, gold, and white china three-piece clock garniture, 19th century, $38,000 (est. $12–18,000); and Landscape of the Early Suffolk Period, attributed to Thomas Gainsborough, $22,000 (est. $1,500–3,000), from the April Specialty Catalog auction, April 29, 2012. A group of five porcelain fertility figures, $46,000 (est. $200–300), from the Antiques & Interiors auction, April 12, 2012.

Neal Auction Company
New Orleans
nealauction.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:?Three Cabins Along Shoreline, circa late 19th century, ?by William Henry Buck, $382,000 (est. $250–350,000); Portrait of Jeanne Roman Holding a Dove, circa early 1840s, by Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans, $197,175 (est. $15–25,000); and View of Holy Name of Jesus Church from Audubon Park, circa early 20th century, by Ellsworth Woodward, $185,225 (est. $80,000–120,000), from the Louisiana Purchase Auction, November 17, 2012. Louisiana Drilling Rigs, circa late 19th century, by Richard Clague, $206,138 ?(est. $80,000–120,000), from the Winter Estates Auction, February 4, 2012.

New Orleans Auction Galleries?
New Orleans
neworleansauction.com
Focus: Fine and? decorative art?

Recent Top Lots:? My Yellow Oak, 2002, by George Rodrigue, $98,400 (est. $25–40,000), from the Major Estates Auction, February 23, 2013. A monumental handcrafted Baccarat full-lead crystal 48-light Zenith long chandelier, designed by Philippe Starck, $98,400 (est. $20–40,000), from the Major Estates Auction, October 7, 2012. The Moth, 1918, by Helen M. Turner, $92,250 (est. $75,000–125,000), and Grid Five, 1969, by Thomas Downing, $86,100 (est. $8,000–12,000), from the Grand Opening Sale, November 30, 2012. Moose Trappers, by Philip Russell Goodwin, $89,175 (est. $60–90,000), from the Major Estates Auction, March 2, 2012.

Northeast Auctions
Portsmouth and Hampton, NH
northeastauctions.com
Focus: 18th- and 19th-century fine and decorative art?

Recent Top Lots:? Pair of portraits of Captain James Cary of Nantucket and the Hong merchant Chung Qua of Canton, circa 1802, by Spoilum, $401,000 (est. $100–150,000); sperm whale’s tooth scrimshawed by the Pagoda/Albatross artist, $324,000 (est. $140–180,000); and a carved and painted figurehead of a young woman from the four-masted bark Joseph Dollar, $165,200 (est. $50–75,000), from the Annual Marine, China Trade & Historical Americana Auction, August 18, 2012. Livingston family silver salver, circa 1740, by George Ridout, $159,300 (est. $25–45,000), from the Important Portsmouth Weekend Auction, March 9, 2013.

Pook & Pook Inc.
Downington, PA
pookandpook.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques, design?

Recent Top Lots: Incised stoneware jug, circa 1825–30, by Absalom Stedman, $402,900 (est. $50,000–100,000), from the Collection of Mr.? & Mrs. James Grievo sale, May 5, 2012. Painted pine dresser box, 1845, by Jonas Webster, $159,975 (est. $20–25,000), from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Flack sale, October 27, 2012. Queen Anne walnut tall case clock, circa mid 18th century, by Edward Duffield, $118,500 (est. $35–55,000), from the Period Furniture, Fine Art and Accessories Sale, January 14, 2012.

Profiles In History
Calabasas Hills, CA
profilesinhistory.com
Focus: Hollywood memorabilia?

Recent Top Lots: 1971 Heuer Monaco wristwatch worn by Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney in Le Mans, $799,500 (est. $200–300,000), from the Treasures from the Hollywood Vaults sale, July 30, 2012. Lothlórien bow used by Orlando Bloom as Legolas ?in the Lord of the Rings” trilogy, 1999, sculpted by Warren Mahy, $372,000 (est. $80,000–120,000), from Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction, December 15, 2012. Letter in French from Vincent van Gogh to Joseph Ginoux and Marie Ginoux-Julien, 4 pages, 1890, $280,000 (est. $200–300,000), from the Property of a Distinguished American Collector sale, December 18, 2012.

Rago Arts And Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ

ragoarts.com
Focus: Modern art and design

Among the top U.S. houses known for 20th-century design, the Rago Arts and Auction Center has been in operation since ?1994. New Jersey’s foremost auction house, Rago sells close to $30 million annually in monthly auctions between September ?and June. In addition to design, the house also deals in 19th-century furnishings, postwar and contemporary art, and jewelry, among other categories. But early-20th-century sales continue to be a major boon for Rago: last October, a four-part tile panel adorned with a peacock by ceramist Frederick Hurten Rhead achieved $637,500, over 14 times its high estimate of $45,000, while this past March a Fritz Albert Teco-style vase with iris blossoms, circa 1905, sold for $212,500 on an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.

Rogallery
Long Island City, NY
rogallery.com
Focus: Fine and decorative art?

Recent Top Lots: L’Havre, circa 1850, by Eugène Boudin, $14,000, and July Colors, 1987, by John Joseph Reboli, $4,800, from the Winter Modern & Contemporary Art Auction, January 31, 2013. Untitled (For Mort), circa 1962, by Lawrence Weiner, $6,000, from the Fine Paintings, Prints, Photos & Sculpture Sale, May 7, 2013. Composition, 1988, by Pierre Soulages, $4,500, from the Fine Art Auction featuring the Prudential Collection, October 4, 2012. The Book of Love 6, 1996, serigraph, by Robert Indiana, $4,000, from the March Fine Art Auction, March 8, 2013.

Santa Fe Art Auction
Santa Fe
santafeartauction.com
Focus: American Western art

Recent Top Lots:? Advance of the Long Knives, 1980, by Howard Terpning, $875,000 (est. $800,000–1 million); Indians on Horseback, 1894, by Charles M. Russell, $120,000 ?(est. $200–250,000); Are You Calling Me a Liar?, circa 1935, by W.H.D. Koerner, $150,000 (est. $200–300,000); Christmas Gathering, circa early 20th century, by LaVerne Nelson Black, $175,000 (est. $180–275,000); and Entrance to the Rio Hondo, circa early 20th century, by E. Martin Hennings, $75,000?(est. $60–80,000), from the 18th Annual Santa Fe Art Auction, November 17, 2012.

Scottsdale Art Auction
Scottsdale, AZ; Hilton Head Island, SC; New York
scottsdaleartauction.com
Focus: American Western art?

Recent Top Lots:? The Pack-Horse Men Repelling an Attack by Indians, 1901, by Frederic Remington, $1,035,000 (est. $500–700,000); Against the Cold Maker, 1992, by Howard Terpning, $632,500 (est. $600–900,000); Prayers of the Pipe Carrier, 2011, by Martin Grelle, $488,750 (est. $200–300,000); Voices in the Night, by Frank Tenney Johnson, $322,000 (est. $300–500,000); and Horse Raid, 1978, by Tom Lovell, $287,500 (est. $200–400,000), from the 2013 Scottsdale Art Auction, April 6, 2013.

Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers
Milford, CT
shannons.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? The East Hampton Elms?in May, 1920, by Childe Hassam, $288,000?(est. $400–600,000), from the American & European Fine Art auction, April 25, 2013. Summer Morning, New York Bay, 1873, by Edward Moran, $300,000 (est. $70–90,000); Canal in Venice, circa late 19th century, by Franz Richard Unterberger, $180,000?(est. $150–250,000); and Sleigh Days, circa 1917, by Edward Willis Redfield, $168,000 (est. $100–150,000), from the American & European Fine Art Sale, October 24, 2012.

Simpson Galleries
Houston
simpsongalleries.com

Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? A platinum and 18k yellow gold lady’s necklace with 11 emeralds and 44 yellow and 155 colorless diamonds, $60,000?(est. $65–75,000), from the Fine Art & Antique Auction [Session 2], September 30, 2012. A platinum and pink diamond lady’s ring, $70,000?(est. $125–150,000); a Chinese kingfisher and hongmu ten-panel screen, Daoguang/Xianfeng, 19th century, $60,000 (est. $40–80,000); and a platinum and diamond lady’s necklace, by Sol Rafael, $50,000 (est. $60–80,000), from the Fine Art & Antiques Estate Auction, February 12, 2012.

Skinner
Boston and Marlborough, MA
skinnerinc.com

Focus: American art

Recent Top Lots: Double Portrait of the Ten Broeck Twins, Aged 10 Years, Seated with a Bowl of Fruit, 1834, by Ammi Phillips, $880,000, from the American Furniture & Decorative Arts sale, March 3, 2013. Still Life with Tazza, Peeled Lemon, and Roemer, 1630, by Willem Claeszoon Heda, $666,000, from the American & European Paintings & Prints sale, September 7, 2012. Study?for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building, circa mid 19th century, by Constantino Brumidi, $539,500, from the American Furniture & Decorative Arts Sale, March 4, 2012.

Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers And Appraisers?
Chevy Chase, MD
sloansandkenyon.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? La Burla, 1882, by Juan? Luna y Novicio, $87,500 (est. $75,000–125,000), from the Auction of Antiques, Fine Art, and Asian, January 26–27, 2013. A Chinese celadon jade?ruyi scepter, Tongzhi period, $66,000 (est. $6,000–8,000), from the February Estate Catalogue Auction, February 24–26, 2012. Approaching Storm at Sunset, 1973, by Alma Woodsey Thomas, $52,000 (est. $30–50,000), from the 8th Annual Auction of Americana & More, November 10–11, 2012.

Slotin Folk Art
Buford, GA
slotinfolkart.com
Focus: Folk art?

Recent Top Lots:? Trail Riders, 1982, by William Hawkins, $70,000 (est. $20–30,000); Caballero, by Martín Ramírez, $44,000 (est. $35–45,000); and Penn School Drummer, 1920, by Sam Doyle, $40,000 (est. $8,000–12,000), from the September 21, 2012, sale. Dr. Buz, by Sam Doyle, $43,000 (est. $20–30,000), from the November 10, 2012 sale. There Will Be Peace In The Valley Of God #583, 1977, by Howard Finster, $37,500 (est. $5,000–8,000), and UNK, circa 1980s, by Sam Doyle, $37,000 (est. $8,000–$12,000), from the April 20, 2013, sale.

Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers?
Chicago
susanins.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? Walls 72, No. 12, 1972, by Burhan Dogançay, $115,000 (est. $40–60,000), from the Fine Art, Jewelry, & Timepieces sale, May 11, 2013. Walls 70 (Five), 1970, by Burhan Dogançay, $130,000 (est. $40–60,000), and?Ice Box, 1960, by Peter Saul, $60,000 (est. $20–30,000) from the Premiere Auction, December 1, 2012. Composition—March 57, 1957, by Sandra Blow, $55,000 (est. $3,000–5,000), from the Premiere Auction, May 12, 2012.? A diamond and 18k? yellow gold ring, $52,000 (est. $60–75,000), from the Premiere Auction, September 15, 2012.

Swann Auction Galleries
New York

swanngalleries.com
Focus: Rare books, works on paper, African-American fine art

Established in 1941 as an auctioneer of rare and antiquarian books, Swann has since added specialty departments in photographs, autographs, prints and drawings, posters, and maps. In 2007 it also created a department for African-American fine art and remains the only major auction house with regular sales in the category. In keeping with its literary roots, Swann’s 20th Century Illustration sale in January featured a rare first edition of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, inscribed and signed by the late author, which sold for $15,000. Last October, Swann sold a series of 50 plates from 1918 by Gustav Klimt for $144,000 on an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000, setting the auction record for the only Klimt monograph published in the artist’s lifetime, while The North American Indian, an early-20th-century collection of 20 volumes and 20 portfolios by photo-historian Edward S. Curtis, garnered $1,440,000.

Treadway Toomey Galleries?
Cincinnati; Oak Park, IL
treadwaygallery.com
Focus: 20th-century art and design?

Recent Top Lots:? Library table, a variation of model no. 454, by Gustav Stickley, $390,400, and hall clock, model no. 3, by Gustav Stickley, $103,700, from the 20th Century Art & Design Auction, May 20, 2012. Le Repas Frugal, etching from “La Suite des Saltimbanques,” 1904, by Pablo Picasso, $130,000, from ?the 20th Century Art & Design Auction, March 4, 2012.? Lamp #356 with bronze base, leaded green and? white glass shade, by Tiffany Studios, $110,000, from the 20th Century Art & Design Auction, December 1, 2012.

Weschler’s
Washington, DC
weschlers.com
Focus: Fine art, antiques

Recent Top Lots:? Untitled (D59), 1997, by Christopher Wool, $200,000, (est. $200– 300,000), from the Works of Art from Dewey & Leboeuf LLP auction, February 1, 2013. A 6.04-ct. diamond and platinum ring, $180,000 (est. $40–60,000), from the Capital Collection Estate Auction, May 18, 2012. A Louis XV–style ormolu mounted parquetry? and marquetry kingwood and tulipwood bureau, late 19th century, $75,000 ?(est. $20–30,000), from? the Capital Collections Estate Auction, May 17, 2013.

Worldwide Auctioneers?
Auburn, IN, U.S.;? Alberta, Canada
worldwide-auctioneers.com
Focus: Vintage motorcars

Recent Top Lots: ?A 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, $1,050,000, and a 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster, $500,000, from the 2013 Houston Classic Auction. A 1934 Auburn 12 Salon Cabriolet, $473,000, and a 1934 Packard Twelve Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, $319,000, from the 2012 Auburn Auction. A1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB Custom Speedster, $297,000, and a ?1937 Cord 812 “Sportsman” Convertible Coupe, $242,000, from the Houston Classic Auction 2012. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $222,000, from the 2012 Classics at the Trump Taj Majal sale.

Wright
Chicago

wright20.com
Focus: Modern and contemporary design

A key player in the design arena, Wright specializes in modern and contemporary design, as well as postwar and contemporary fine art. Since its establishment in 2000, Wright has sold almost 40,000 lots in auctions that cater to emerging markets, including Italian design and branded luxury. While many design pieces have remained below the $100,000 mark, some fine artworks have taken their place atop the 2012–13 list of sold lots. During the Pablo Picasso: Master Drawings sale last April, Buste de Femme, 1942, a study for the painting Femme Assise dans un Fauteuil, sold for $746,500, while Christopher Wool’s Untitled (Prankster), 1989, sold for $506,500, more than double the low estimate of $200,000.

Zachys Wine Auction
White Plains, NY, U.S.; Hong Kong, China