Artfact Live! Monthly Auction Roundup
FuscoFour | 14 May 2009

Important Sale Results from the Artfact Live! Staff

(Newton, MA) – Artfact’s staff highlights key sales from the more than 100 auctions hosted on Artfact Live! during April 2009.  All sales and prices are final and have been confirmed by Artfact’s auction house partners.

Cottone, “Fine Antique Clock Auction” – April 25, 2009
18th Century Duncan Beard Brass Dial Tallcase Clock
Made by the renowned Delaware clockmaker Duncan Beard, this 18th century tallcase clock with brass dial and walnut case sold to an Artfact Live! bidder for $6,785 (including buyer’s premium). An example of Beard’s work was included in the “Delaware Clocks” exhibition at Biggs Museum of American Art in 2007.

Freeman’s “American Furniture and Decorative Folk Art” – April 19, 2009
Maria Cosway, portrait of Thomas Jefferson, Oil on Panel, signed on label
Selling for $2,625 (including buyer’s premium) on Artfact Live!, this portrait of Thomas Jefferson painted by Maria Cosway generated interest from several online and floor bidders. Cosway, an Anglo-Italian artist, was purported be the love interest of Thomas Jefferson while he served as the American envoy in Paris.

Lyon & Turnbull “Blenheim” – April 8, 2009
A 16th Century Turkish Iznik jug, circa 1580
Dating to the 16th century, this Iznik jug decorated with stylized tulips, carnations and fruit medallions generated considerable interest among Artfact Live! bidders. Iznik pottery, which was originally made to imitate Chinese porcelain, was named after the region in Anatolia in which it was produced. Bidding for this jug, which is in remarkable condition considering its age, alternated between the floor and Artfact Live! Ultimately it was an Artfact Live! bidder who beat out the floor with an impressive £6,000 (USD $9,025) bid.

Eldred’s “Americana and Paintings” – April 4, 2009
Octagonal Sailor’s Single Valentine “Home Sweet Home”
This 19th century Sailor’s Valentine with the words “Home Sweet Home” sold well above it’s pre-auction price estimate of $2,000-3,000 to an Artfact Live! bidder for $4,095 (including buyer’s premium). “Valentines” were originally brought home by sailors in the 19th century to loved ones. Their intricate designs were created by natives in Barbados using small sea shells. Traditional designs included a compass, heart or rose. Rare examples, like this lot, include sentimental messages spelled out in shells.

Alderfer Auction & Appraisal “Antique Doll Auction” – April 2, 2009
5 WWI Kaiser Wilhelm Doll House Soldiers
A set of WWI Kaiser Wilhelm Dolls, Alderfer’s top selling lot, was won by an Artfact Live! bidder for $5,537 (including buyer’s premium). Outselling the next highest lot by $3,995, this lot soared above its pre-auction estimate of $2,000-3,000, as floor and Artfact Live! bidders competed for the rare set of 5 German Bisque-head dolls.   

Other standout sales on Artfact Live! during the past month in which high sell through volumes were achieved include:

National Book Auctions, “Books, Ephemera, Stamps, Coins, Currency – Judaica” April 5, 2009
Artfact Live! generated 297 sales, equaling over 66% of the total lots sold.   

Fusco Auctions, “Important Camera, Lens and Film Making Auction” – April 4, 2009
Artfact Live! bidders bought 298 lots in this sale, accounting for 42% of all lots sold.

Strawser Auctions, “Spring 2009 Majolica Auction” – April 3, 2009
In this sale, Strawser sold 101 lots through Artfact Live!, accounting for 26% of all lots sold.

About Artfact:
Founded in 1989, Artfact is the largest global marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions.  On January 1, 2009, Arfact launched Artfact Live!, its proprietary live auction bidding platform, enabling users to bid real time on auctions being held around the world by its prestigious auction house partners.  Currently, over 1,000 fine auctioneers actively list their catalogues with Artfact.com and its U.K. sister site Invaluable.com, reaching the Artfact community of more than 10 million knowledgeable collectors and dealers worldwide. Artfact's industry leading database includes more than 50 million complete auction results totaling more than $190 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists. In 2006, Artfact merged with RFC Systems, the leading provider of enterprise software developed specifically for the fine art and antique auction house industry.  RFC helps prestigious auction houses around the world manage their businesses by automating their day-to-day operations.