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Elvis Presley Signed Contract for The Purchase of Graceland in Memphis Sells Online for $114,660 by PristineAuction.com

Phoenix, AZ, USA, September 22, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- The 1957 contract signed by Elvis Presley and both of his parents for the purchase of the home in Memphis that became known as Graceland soared to $114,660 in an online auction held August 10th by PristineAuction.com, based in Phoenix. It was the only lot in the auction. A month later, Beckett named PristineAuction.com its Auction House of the Year for 2021.

“This auction was certainly one of a kind,” said Jared Kavile the president and founder of PristineAuction.com. “The company is proud to be part of the sale of such an incredible piece of history. The legend of The King will always live on, and Graceland is one of the most famous mansions in the world, visited by millions of people from around the globe. To be part of that is an honor.”

The contract was the actual purchase agreement allowing the Presleys to purchase the property at 3764 Highway 51 in Memphis. It was printed on Virginia Grant Realty Company letterhead and included Virginia Grant’s handwritten agreement, stating the Presleys would trade their property on Audubon Drive in Memphis for $55,000 credit, plus an extra $90,000 to purchase Graceland.

When Elvis was a boy, he told his parents one day he would make a lot of money and take care of them, putting an end to their years of hard work and financial struggles. Buying the Graceland mansion was the fulfillment of that childhood promise. Graceland was Elvis’s world. He and his parents lived and died there. For many, Graceland has come to represent the American Dream.

The custom-framed document, 30 inches by 34 inches, was dated March 17, 1957. It was signed by Elvis, his parents (Vernon and Gladys) and agent Virginia Grant, who signed her name in red and black ink pen. The $114,660 purchase price included the buyer’s premium. After Presley’s 1977 death, Graceland was named a National Historic Landmark. It opened to the public in 1982.

Beckett, the internationally respected sports memorabilia authenticating and grading service based in Dallas, each year hosts its Industry Summit Awards, where it recognizes and honors the best and most prominent figures in the autographed memorabilia industry. PristineAuction.com was named Auction House of the Year at this year’s event, held September 12-15 in Las Vegas.

To learn more about PristineAuction.com and the firm’s calendar of upcoming online-only auction events, please visit www.pristineauction.com.

About Pristineauction.Com:
PristineAuction.com holds frequent online-only auctions, featuring rare and highly collectible items in its popular historical auction category. Typically, the best items are offered in sales ending the last Sunday of each month, in their elite auctions. Many of the elite historical items are signed by influential figures such as former presidents, artists, actors and musicians. All are authenticated. PristineAuction.com is a family owned and operated consignment-based online auction house. Since its founding in 2010, the company have grown from a spare bedroom to a 37,000-square-foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona. A team of over 100 people actively services the many customers. The firm specializes in autographed memorabilia, sports cards, coins, art and collectibles. By working with leading authentication companies, it ensures all items offered are 100% authentic. PristineAuction.com offers items certified by trusted names, including Leaf, JSA, PSA, Beckett, Steiner Sports, Schwartz Sports, TriStar, Total Sports Enterprises, Upper Deck Authenticated, and MLB Authentication. PristineAuction.com runs multiple weekly auctions, a premium monthly auction, and daily and 10- minute auctions. In addition to auctions, it has an extensive web store with display cases, custom framing options, and other accessories to display memorabilia. PristineAuction.com is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single piece or an entire collection of sports-related items and memorabilia, you may send an email to sales@pristineauction.com. To learn more about PristineAuction.com, please visit www.pristineauction.com.

Neue Auctions’ Online Art & Antiques Auction on Saturday, September 25th, Features Undiscovered Finds in Many Categories

Beachwood, OH, USA, September 16, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Neue Auctions’ online-only Art & Antiques auction on Saturday, September 25th at 10 am Eastern time, is an exciting offering of more than 400 lots that include undiscovered finds in many categories. Most were acquired from regional estates and longtime collectors. Paintings, works on paper, glass and Asian ceramics will all come under the gavel.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by two platforms: Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

The list of artists in the auction reads like a who’s who in the fine art world, names like Henri Matisse, Charles Burchfield, Georges Braque, John Cyril Harrison, Emilio Sanchez Perrier, Mauritz Frederik De Haas, Franklin D. Briscoe, Andre Gisson and many others. The superb glass collection includes gorgeous examples from Galle, Legras, Muller Freres, Daum and others.

“We are also privileged to be offering many fine Mid-Century Modern pieces from a home in Akron, Ohio, where the interior designer was Isabelle Lichtenstein, the wife of the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein,” said Bridget McWilliams, an appraisal services specialist at Neue Auctions. “In fact, Roy hung the curtains in the house. The couple worked there in the late ‘50s and ‘60s.”

Items from the home include a Japan Series upholstered teakwood lounge chair (1957), designed by Finn Juhl for France and Son (Denmark) and retailed by John Stuart (estimate: $600-$1,000); and a Jens Risom walnut two-part rectangular credenza, the left side with a hinged blind door and tambour door and the right side having four graduated long doors (estimate: $500-$1,000).

The paintings category will feature an oil on canvas marine work by Mauritz Frederik De Haas (Dutch/American, 1832-1895), of a rocky coast with figures along the rocks and sails at sea, signed (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and an oil on wood panel tranquil river scene with two boys in a boat by Emilio Sanchez Perrier (Spanish, 1855-1907), also signed (estimate: $6,000-$9,000).

A lithograph on Arches paper by Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966), titled House in Majolica, signed lower right and numbered (“26/65”) and matted and framed, should bring $4,000-$6,000; while an etching on chine colle by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled Nu Pour Cleveland (1932), signed and numbered (“231/250”) has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The outstanding glass collection comprises around 75 pieces in all and includes cameo glass and Victorian glass. The Galle pieces are expected to do particularly well. A few examples include:

  • A large Galle cameo glass vase, Lilies, 23 inches tall, of baluster form with incised Galle signature, cameo carved with lily flowers on long leafy stems (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A Galle cameo glass scenic table lamp, the base with tall pines in a mountain landscape, the shade showing eagles soaring over clouds, 14 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A Galle cameo glass blown out vase with a Plums design, 15 ½ inches tall, of baluster form, fire polished with pendant branches heavy with plums (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Fans and collectors of silver will have much to consider, including a Gorham Buttercup sterling flatware service (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a Towle sterling flatware service in the King Richard pattern in a fitted felt-lined case, weighing 90.66511 oz. troy; and several pieces of Old English silver, including a Hester Bateman sterling silver tea caddy from 1784 (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Other Old English silver pieces include a silver brandy warmer and stand (London, 1826), possibly by Allen Dominy (estimate: $400-$700); two silver gadrooned dishes (London, 1801), each engraved with a unicorn crest and motto (estimate: $500-$1,000); and a sterling silver tankard (London, 1804), fitted with a silver gilt figure of a running fox (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Fine furniture will feature an early 19th century English Regency marble top console cabinet on fluted columnar supports, painted in faux bois with gilded leaf design (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and an 18th century Chinese Chippendale armchair with an arched crest rail over a fretwork back, with scroll arms and fretwork side supports above an upholstered seat (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).

A lovely collection of oil paintings by the American artist Andre (Gittelson) Gisson (1921-2003) will be offered, a couple with provenance tracing them to the Vixseboxse Art Galleries in Cleveland. They include Portrait of a Young Girl in a Lavender Hat and Portrait of a Girl with White Bow. Both are artist signed, framed, and carry identical pre-sale estimates of $400-$800.

Gisson works with loftier estimates include a beautiful oil on linen canvas Still Life with Flowers that’s signed upper right and housed in a 32 inch by 38 inch frame (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and a colorful and vibrant oil on canvas Parisian street scene, signed lower left and with a canvas size of 24 inches by 12 inches (sight, less frame). It’s expected to change hands for $600-$1,000.

A lithograph on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled Summer Benediction, the Print Club of Cleveland publication #31 for 1953, edition of 250 plus 10, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,500; while a workingman’s lithograph by Edward Arthur Wilson (Scottish/American, 1872-1912), titled The Propeller (1941), one from an edition of 200, should finish at $200-$400.

Two of the more intriguing artworks in the auction are a color woodcut with embossing on handmade paper by Katharine Hood McCormick (American, 1882-1960), titled Rittenhouse Square, Spring, signed, titled and matted (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and an offset lithograph film poster for Andy Warhol’s 1968 movie Flesh, starring Joe D’Allessandro (estimate: $100-$200).

Returning to the house in Akron, other Mid-Century Modern treasures include a circa 1950s-‘60s Massimo Vignelli for Venini pendant glass lamp having a conical shade with concentric rings in blue, green, maroon and plum colored glass (estimate: $400-$700); and a Charles and Ray Eames rocker for Herman Miller with a molded fiberglass orange seat (estimate: $400-$600).

Other Akron house pieces will include a circa 1950s-‘60s Venini pendant glass lamp, 11 inches tall, with an expanding pattern of vertical stripes in yellow and red (estimate: $400-$700); a Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe Barcelona lounge chair for Knoll International, with black tufted leather upholstery on an X form chromed steel base (estimate: $700-$900); and an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, having a steel frame and wool upholstery (estimate: $300-$600).

To learn more about Neue Auctions and the Art & Antiques auction that’s planned for Saturday, September 25th at 10 am Eastern, visit www.neueauctions.com.

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. For info, visit www.neueauctions.com. To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

Nye & Company’s Online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction, September 8-9, is Packed with Fine and Decorative Arts

Bloomfield, NJ, USA, August 25, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction features property from the Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf family, the NAMITS collection, the estate of Peter Benchley (the author of JAWS, Princeton, N.J.), and several private collections. It is slated for Wednesday and Thursday, September 8th and 9th, at 10 am Eastern both days. Up for bid are thousands of lots of fine and decorative arts.

Real time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by the popular platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, as well as the Nye & Company website: www.nyeandcompany.com. Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

“This is going to be a special sale,” said Andrew Holter, Director of Business Development at Nye & Company Auctioneers, adding, “It is sure to delight collectors, dealers and institutions alike and features an exceptionally curated selection of property from private collections, with an emphasis on American and European furniture, books, folk art, textiles, Chinese and Japanese works of art, silver and jewelry. For those who prefer contemporary and modern to the traditional, there is also a nice selection of chic furniture, lighting and carpets.”

Headlining the auction are works from a private collection based in New England. The collection features a delightful group of early American furniture, folk art and Northeastern Indian baskets. Of particular note is a richly figured maple Queen Anne high chest. The face of the chest is so vigorously figured, the eyes can’t help but dance with delight.

The collection also has two early mirrors that are rare survivors and gems. The first is an early 18th century diminutive looking glass that is in untouched condition and a real survivor of the late William and Mary/early Queen Anne period. Equally exciting is a William and Mary japanned courting mirror. Only traces and shadows of the japanning remain, but this mirror is potentially a rare example of Boston japanning and a true survivor.

The collectors also amassed a superb collection of colored and potato-stamped Northeastern Indian woven splint baskets. The colors, shapes, sizes and condition are truly striking and exciting to see. For those that appreciate folk art and collect textiles, the collection also includes a rather large selection of quilts from the 18th through the early 20th century. Highlights include a terrific “Whig rose” example, as well as “log cabin” and “flying geese” patterned quilts.

Continuing along the theme of folk art, the NAMITS collection features a superb gilt and paint-decorated zinc and iron optician’s trade sign. Purchased from the highly respected dealer, Alan Katz, this piece can’t help but garner collectors’ attention with its superbly painted eyes. Also included in the sale are some exceptional painted cast-iron banks acquired from noted dealers, Gemini Antiques. The Clown and Globe bank is a personal favorite and conjures up fond childhood memories of the circus and the joys that the clowns brought to the audience.

The collection also contains a broad and diverse selection of inlaid tea caddies, boxes and miniature chests of drawers from both sides of the Atlantic. The collector’s tastes also dipped into the contemporary and modern design aesthetic and include a terrific pair of hemp rope and wood Christian Astuguevielle designed chairs. These tall-backed chairs are reminiscent of weeping willow trees that can be seen in early folk art needlework and paintings and are a nice complement to the folk art in the auction.

Another collection with a strong hold in the traditional decorative arts is being offered by descendants of the early New England Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf families. Steeped with a rich New England history and tales of global travel, this family amassed a superb collection. Of note is a collection of Asian arts that includes carved jade, Japanese baskets and carved boxes that were part of the Heber R. Bishop collection. Bishop assembled one of the finest collections of carved jade in the world. A large portion of his collection was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1902 and is recognized as a hallmark collection. Of particular note is a cast bronze vase that possibly dates from the 16th century.

Dovetailing nicely with this group is a selection of Asian arts that were collected by Charles Shultz, the celebrated collector from Montclair, NJ. This serendipitous connection with the aforementioned family was buoyed by fact that Shultz purchased several items that were part of the Heber R. Bishop auction held in 1906 at the American Art Galleries in New York City. Two spectacularly weaved Japanese bamboo baskets by the celebrated basket weaver, Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937), are woven so tightly and with such precision, one can’t help but marvel at the craftsmanship. Also acquired at the Bishop auction was a great pair of Samurai warrior chainmail sleeves.

Further strengthening the connection with the Far East is an exceptional Chinese Queen Anne carved hardwood armchair. This delicately carved chair was made in the George II manner and is a magnificent example of Chinese artisans imitating the English Georgian style at the height of the Queen Anne period. Representing the Chippendale period, Nye & Company will be offering a boldly sculpted block-front chest of drawers from Boston, circa 1770. This exceptional chest stands proudly and is wonderfully proportioned and balanced. The large original brass back plates would have reflected the dancing and shimmering light of 18th century candles.

The sale also features a large selection of printed books dating back as early as the 16th century. Included is a selection of early American printings and Revolutionary war period books and period travel books with pull-out maps. There is also an exceptional early topographical map exhibiting the plan of Fort Washington (now Fort Knyphausen), surveyed by Claude Joseph Sautheir, published by permission of Right Honorable, the Commissioners of Trade of Plantations by William Faden, 1777, “A Plan of Attack of Fort Washington, now Fort Knyphausen, and of the American Lines on New York Island by the King’s Troops on the 16th of November 1776.” For those who like American and English literature, there are several large sets, including works by Washington Irving, Rudyard Kipling, Herman Melville and Charles Dickens.

Fine art is also well represented in this auction. There are several works that were exhibited at the famed Salmagundi Club in New York City. Many works descended in the Clinedinst family who count the highly acclaimed artist, Benjamin West, as one of their descendants.

If traditional furniture is not your preference, fear not. There is a wonderful selection of contemporary furniture, including a pair of Weiman kidney-shaped sofas, terrific dining tables and chairs. The sale is also brightened by a large selection of chandeliers and lighting by designers such as Sean Lavin, Thomas O’Brien and Chapman & Myers.

Speaking of bright objects, the sale includes one of Nye & Company’s largest offerings of silver and jewelry for the year. Of particular note is an incredibly large and sophisticated early Tiffany & Company sterling silver punch bowl with Bacchante handles. This piece is a pure showstopper and hails from an old Virginia family. Equally impressive is a sterling silver presentation repousse footed bowl, Bigelow-Kennard & Co., Boston. Bold and impressive, this footed bowl would have been the envy of all dining guests seated at the table.

Highlights from the estate jewelry and watches category include pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Company and Spiral Brequet Remontion, plus unmarked turn-of-the century engagement rings comprising old-mine diamonds from private collections.

People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from August 25th thru September 8th-9th at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to info@nyeandcompany.com.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Estate Treasures online only auction on Wednesday and Thursday, September 8th and 9th, visit www.nyeandcompany.com. The full color catalog can be viewed in its entirety right now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.LiveAuctioneers.com, www.Bidsquare.com and www.Invaluable.com.

About Nye & Company Auctioneers:
John Nye had a long and fruitful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, acquired Dawson’s in 2003 and started Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The firm is nationwide, but the vast bulk of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area. For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers, visit www.nyeandcompany.com.

Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important September Estates Auction, Sept. 11-12, is Packed with Over 800 Quality Lots

New Orleans, LA, USA, August 26, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Crescent City Auction Gallery will greet the busy fall season with a two-day Important September Estates Auction on Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th, starting at 10 am Central time both days. More than 800 lots, pulled from prominent estates and collections, will come up for bid, online and live in the gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave.

A large collection of Old Master paintings will be on offer, led by a 19th century oil on board after Domenico Tintoretto (1560-1635), titled The Penitent Magdalene, measuring 24 ½ inches in height by 18 ½ inches in width (estimate: $1,000-$2,000). Also, an unsigned 18th century oil on board painted in the manner of Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), titled Fete Galante Picnic, 17 ½ inches tall by 21 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

The renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) will be represented twice in the auction, once with a circa 1965 oil on canvas board titled Uncle Tom in the Garden with Little Eva, signed lower right and measuring 17 ¼ inches by 23 ¼ inches (estimate: $4,000-$8,000); and again with an oil on canvas board, also painted around 1965, titled Cotton Picking with African House, 17 ½ inches by 23 ½ inches. The work should finish at $3,000-$5,000.

A Newcomb College art pottery Moon and Moss matte glaze baluster vase, crafted in 1921 by Anna Frances Simpson, 10 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter, is expected to change hands for $4,500-$6,500. Also, a pair of French bronze and alabaster 12-light chandeliers from the late 19th century, 42 inches in height and 39 ½ inches in diameter, has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,200.

American furniture will be highlighted by a gorgeous mid-19th century rococo carved mahogany four-poster bed, 90 inches tall by 61 inches wide and 75 ½ inches deep (estimate: $800-$1,200); and an iron and brass vanity and stool, matching double bed and an ebonized iron and brass floor lamp, by the New Orleans artisan Mario Villa (1953-2021) and being sold as three separate lots.

The merchandise mix is broad, with items ranging from a 20th century human medical or dental skull (estimate: $600-$900); to a group of four early 19th century Andrew Jackson campaign ribbons (each estimated at $3,000-$5,000); to an antique brass inlaid rosewood Erard baby grand piano (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); to lovely couture items by Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel.

Original artworks by noted New Orleans and other regional artists are a staple at most Crescent City auctions, and this sale will be no exception. In addition to the aforementioned paintings by Clementine Hunter, the auction will also feature an untitled oil on canvas by John T. Scott (New Orleans / Houston, 1940-2007), from the artist’s The Slum Series (estimate: $4,000-$8,000).

Other paintings by renowned artists from the area will include the following:

  • An oil on canvas by James Michalopouolos (Pa./New Orleans, b. 1951), titled New Orleans Center Hall Cottage (1988), signed lower left and signed and dated verso, 27 ¾ inches tall by 21 ¾ inches wide (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • Another work by Michalopouolos, an oil on canvas titled Noting Passion (2004), signed lower left, signed and dated verso, 40 inches by 29 ¾ inches (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).
  • A 20th century oil on panel by Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959), titled Bayou Bridge, signed lower right and titled verso, 15 inches by 18 inches (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • An acrylic on Masonite by Noel Rockmore (New Orleans, 1928-1995), titled Stovall Son (1969), artist signed, dated and titled, 12 ¾ inches by 7 inches (estimate: $1,500-$2,500).
  • A mixed media on paper by Roy Ferdinand (New Orleans, 1959-2004), titled Voodoo Priestess in a Cemetery, unsigned, 27 inches by 21 inches (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).

From France, a late 19th/early 20th century oil on canvas by Louis Charles Bombled (1862-1927), titled Napoleon and French Cavalry During the Russian Campaign in Winter, signed lower left, should hit $1,000-$2,000; and a 19th century French Provincial Louis Philippe carved mahogany commode, 37 ¼ inches tall and 50 ½ inches wide, is expected to knock down for $600-$900.

Other noteworthy furniture lots include a 19th century Chinese carved mixed woods canopy bed with alcove (estimate: $2,500-$4,500); a four-piece Baker Biedermeier style ebony inlaid burled walnut living room suite consisting of a settee, matching armchair, two-drawer lamp table and a matching oval coffee table (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and a 19th century Dutch carved mahogany cantilevered cylinder top desk, 42 ¾ inches in height by 52 inches wide (estimate: $600-$900).

Rounding out this short list of just some of the expected top lots are a 92-piece set of sterling flatware by Reed and Barton in the Francis I pattern, with a total weight of 83.6 troy oz. (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); and a large, 20th century patinated bronze erotic figural garden group of a seated satyr and a nude woman, 58 inches tall by 22 inches wide (estimate: $500-$1,000).

Exhibition previews will be held daily (except Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day), by appointment only, in the Crescent City gallery, starting on Thursday, September 2nd. A Saturday, Sept. 4th preview will be held from 9 am -1 pm Central time. To schedule a preview appointment, call 504-529-5057, or, send an email to info@crescentcityauctiongallery.com.COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time on Friday, September 10th. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house (three percent discount for cash or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email info@crescentcityauctiongallery.com.

For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the two-day Important September Estates Auction slated for the weekend of September 11-12, visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.

About Crescent City Auction Gallery:
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send an e-mail to info@crescentcityauctiongallery.com. All phone calls and e-mails are confidential. For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery, visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com. Updates are posted frequently.

The Neil Krinke Collection of Classic Cars, Rod Projects, Barn Finds, Petroliana and more will be Auctioned Sept. 18th

Scranton, ND, USA, August 13, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Classic car collectors, rod project enthusiasts, barn find buffs, vintage tractor fans and folks looking for rare old car parts (mostly Ford) and wonderful vintage gas station and oil signs, gas pumps and gas globes need to mark their calendars for Saturday, September 18th, for the sale of the lifetime collection of Neil Krinke, at his farm in Scranton.

“The auction will be held live at the Krinke’s family ranch,” said Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions, which is conducting the sale. “There won’t be any cell phone reception, but there is high-speed Internet to the residence and online bidding is available. But it’s best to come in person and spend a beautiful weekend on the high plains of gorgeous western North Dakota. There’s more than enough to finish off that man cave or score a hot rod or collector car.”

Internet bidding is available via the VanDerBrink website: www.VanDerBrinkAuctions.com.

The Krinke collection is a wonderland of amazing cars, tractors, signs and more, mostly from the 1930s to the 1960s. The property, which has been in the family for over 100 years, contains a field of dry Western metal (no rust) barn find Fords, many dating from 1932 to the 1940s, ideal for those rod projects. The rare 1932 and 1933 Ford 3-window coupes are a hot rodder’s dream.

The collection features Dearborn and AACA award winning cars that would complete any collection. While the town of Scranton was growing and updating, Neil would get the old signs that were set aside. Some he even rescued from dumpsters. He lovingly gathered all he could, mostly from a radius no more than 50 miles from the ranch, and he sold practically nothing.

Neil Krinke has been fascinated with all things automotive since childhood, when, at eight years of age and barely able to see over the dashboard, he was entrusted by his father to gather loads from the field by driving a 1928 Chevrolet grain truck; then, up to high school graduation, when he bought his first car (a 1949 Pontiac); and on into adulthood, when he got the collecting bug.

One of the first cars Neil obtained was a 1929 Ford Model A that he bought so a man in town could bury his brother. He met his future bride in a similar Model A. Later, the couple joined the early Ford V8 club and saw how much the members loved their cars and their histories. When he bought a 1941 Ford and spent six years restoring it back to factory condition, he was hooked.

Having been born in 1932, Neil was drawn to vehicles from that era, and was especially drawn to Fords. Of the 70 tantalizing rod projects in the auction, most are Fords. They include 1932 Ford Victoria two-door sedan bodies, a 1932 Ford four-door sedan, and a 1933 Ford four-door sedan.

Additional rod projects will include 1934 Ford coupe bodies, a 1934 Ford sedan for rod or restore, a 1934 Ford roadster project, 1940 Ford sedans, 1941 Ford sedans, 1946 and 1947 Ford coupes, a 1954 Ford Sunliner convertible and a 1930/1931 Ford Model A 5-window coupe body.

Ford collector cars will feature an older restore 1929 Ford Model A four-door sedan, a restored 1934 Ford Victoria two-door sedan (a Dearborn Award winner, flathead V8), a restored 1935 Ford Deluxe four-door sedan, flathead V8, and a restored 1936 Ford Cabriolet, flathead V8.

Also up for bid will be an amazing, fully restored 1940 Ford coupe with a flathead V8, a fully restored Dearborn winner 1941 Ford convertible with a flathead V8, a beautifully restored red and white 1957 Ford with a retractable hardtop, plus Ford and Dodge trucks for rod or restore.

Mercuries will include an older restore, fully loaded yellow and white 1950 Mercury convertible with a flathead V8, the 1964 Mercury Marauder two-door hardtop car that Neil and his wife Rosalie bought new with 30,893 original miles, and 1948 and 1942 Mercury coupe project cars.

Chevrolets and Pontiacs will feature a national award-winning 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible with automatic transmission and a 283 V8 engine, a nicely restored 1954 Chevrolet 3100 series five-window cab pickup truck, an original for restore 1938 Chevrolet coupe, a nice original 1950 Pontiac Chieftain convertible with an 8-cylinder engine, and other fine examples.

As for collector parts, there is a huge assortment of grills, carburetors, restored flathead motors, NOS (new old stock) parts, body panels, fenders, hoods and more. Most of the parts are Ford.

Antique tractors will include a 1940 Ford 9N/Ferguson, a restored 1954/55 Ferguson 35, a fully restored 1943 Ford 9N, a 1952 Ford 8N with Funk conversion, a rare 1940 Ford 9N with Al2 diecast radiator, a restored 1948/49 Ford 8N, two Fordson tractors, a Farmall Cub, a 1957 John Deere 420, a restored 1960 John Deere 330, a 1953 John Deere 40 and a 1959 John Deere 430.

An open-house preview will be held the day before the auction, on Friday, September 17th, from 10-6 Mountain time, at the Krinke ranch located at 10105 132nd Avenue SW in Scranton, S.D. No early previews, please; the family is farming. Scranton is in western North Dakota, 180 miles each from Bismarck, N.D. and Rapid City, S.D., and not far from Glendive and Billings, Mont.

For more information about the sale of the Neil Krinke collection on September 18th, visit www.VanderBrinkAuctions.com.

About Vanderbrink Auctions:
VanDerBrink Auctions is based in Hardwick, Minnesota. The firm specializes in collector car parts auctions, older salvage yard liquidations, auto related items, antique tractors, estates and private collections. It has a proven track record of selling farmland and other real estate at auction. For more information, please visit www.VanderBrinkAuctions.com.

Copies of Avengers #1, Amazing Spider-Man #14 and Pokemon TCG Collectibles do well In Bruneau & Co’s Pop Culture Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, July 21, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- A copy of Marvel Comics’ Avengers #1 from September 1963 sold for $23,125, a copy of Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #14 from July 1964 brought $17,500, and a 1st edition, factory sealed booster box of Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Gym Challenge from 2000 made $17,500 at a Pop Culture auction held July 10th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.

“The bidding action this Comic, TCG & Toy auction brought to the gallery takes me back to what was found in similar sales ten, fifteen years ago,” said Kevin Bruneau, president and owner of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. “The floor, phones, online were all busy. It shows what direction the business is headed in for the next generation to come.” TCG stands for Trading Card Games.

Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co.’s Director of Pop Culture, added, “This auction proved again how hot the comic and TCG market is. Everything was on fire. I’m happy to say we broke 51 market records for graded books. Most notably, percentage-wise, was the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. The day of the auction market average was $1,680, but it ended up hammering for $4,750.”

The copy of Marvel Comics Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), graded CGC 8.0 and featuring the origin and first appearance of the Avengers, plus appearances by the Fantastic Four, Loki and Teen Brigade, was the expected top lot of the auction and it delivered, selling within its estimate of $18,000-$24,000. Mr. Bruneau called it “the finest copy of Avengers #1 we’ve handled to date.”

Not far behind was the copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), graded CGC 9.0 and having a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000. The comic book featured the very first appearance of the Green Goblin, as well as the first meeting of the Hulk and Spider-Man. Like with Avengers #1, Mr. Bruneau called it the finest example of ASM #14 he’s ever handled.

On to Pokémon, and the ever-popular world of TCG. The Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Gym Challenge 1st edition factory sealed booster box from 2000, a true Holy Grail item for Pokémon / TCG collectors, was a big hit with collectors. Also, a 1999 French Pokémon base 1st edition Dracaufeu (Charizard) holographic trading card, graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint, finished at $10,000.

A 1999 Wizards of the Coast Pokémon Fossil 1st edition factory sealed booster box with minimal shelf wear and tight WOTC branded cellophane wrap, another Holy Grail item for Pokémon and TCG fans, finished at $13,750. Also, a group of 30 factory-sealed 1999 Pokémon Jungle 1st edition trading card packs in the original booster box made $11,250.

A copy of Marvel Comics’ X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963), featuring the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto, graded CGC 3.0 with cream/off-white pages, in a CGC case, achieved $13,125. Also, an estate fresh, original owner collection of 115 Hot Wheels redline diecast cars, each car about 3 inches long, all played with and enjoyed, some with more wear than others, including a large grouping of buttons, garnered $9,375.

The first 52 lots in the auction were from the collection of Eric Baker, the creative lead of props and set dressing for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World and Disneyland. He was also Nickelodeon’s prop master and fabricator. Several props were fabricated by him during his storied career with Nickelodeon.

The second portion of the catalog featured 321 lots of graded CGC and CBCS comic books, in addition to group lots of Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Modern Age comics. The entirety of the recently graded CGC Silver and Bronze age comics came from an original owner New Jersey collection Bruneau & Co. processed this year – truly a great selection of books. The final portion of the catalog included 166 lots of Pokémon trading cards.

The auction overall had more than 550 lots. Internet bidding was via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. All prices quoted in this report included the buyer’s premium.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has several important auctions lined up for the rest of 2021. These include the following:

  • Estate Fine Art & Antiques auction, Thursday, August 19th @ 6 pm Eastern time.
  • Summer Single-Owner Fine Art & Antiques auction (time and date to be announced)
  • Historic Arms & Militaria auction, Saturday, November 20th, @ 10 am Eastern time.
  • Sports Cards & Memorabilia auction (time and date to be announced)

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the firm’s calendar of upcoming events, visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted often.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is accepting quality consignments for these and all future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you can send an e-mail to them at info@bruneauandco.com; or, phone them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers visit www.bruneauandco.com.