04
Feb
16

Just Bead It: Worldwide Lindstrom Collection, March 7

Naomi Lindstrom (1924-2014) was a collector of the purest sense. A longtime flight attendant for Pan Am, she traveled the world rubbing elbows with sheiks and presidents, all the while collecting what she loved along the way. Her fifty years of collecting became a personal journal of sorts, a testament to a life of adventure, intellect and visual curiosity. Michaan’s Auctions is proud to present these objects on March 7, 2016, chronicling the love and life of Ms. Naomi Lindstrom, expressed in treasures found from around the globe.

 

What has been described as the most significant collection of world beads in the United States, the bulk of the auction comprises international and ancient pieces from Naomi’s prized bead accumulation in over 290 lots. Beads composing necklaces and other curiosities at sale are from over fifty noted origins, spanning a dizzying world list ranging America to Africa, Germany to Java and Mexico to Morocco to name a few. Virtually all are of her design, while remaining true to cultural heritage. Some beautiful picks from the collection:

Lot 4364: Tibetan Coral & Gilded Metal Necklace, $20,000-30,000.

Lot 4364: Tibetan Coral & Gilded Metal Necklace, $20,000-30,000.

 

Lot 4376: Central Asian Agate Bead Necklace, $14,000-18,000.

Lot 4376: Central Asian Agate Bead Necklace, $14,000-18,000.

 

Lot 4282: Pre-Columbian Tairona Bead Necklace, $4,000-6,000.

Lot 4282: Pre-Columbian Tairona Bead Necklace, $4,000-6,000.

 

Lot 4340: Chinese White Jade Bead Necklace, $2,000-4,000.

Lot 4340: Chinese White Jade Bead Necklace, $2,000-4,000.

 

Lot 4426: Ancient Luristani Persian Gold Necklace, $2,000-4,000.

Lot 4426: Ancient Luristani Persian Gold Necklace, $2,000-4,000.

 

For more information on the Naomi Lindstrom Collection auction as well as future Lindstrom collection pieces to be offered in upcoming estate sales, please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th, the day of sale. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

 
10
Nov
15

December Fine 2015: Red Lizard to Red Sea

It’s time to show off! Michaan’s December fine sale season brings to the showroom floor some of the most outstanding property presented all year. Exciting offerings of jewelry, fine art, furnishings and decorative arts will be made available on December the 11th, with a dedicated Fine Asian Works of Art auction on December the 14th. So, what do you have to look forward to? By the looks of these department highlights, quite a lot…

 

Jewelry: Hermès Rouge Lizard 32 cm Kelly Bag, Circa 1991 (Dec. 11, $15,000-20,000).

Jewelry: Hermès Rouge Lizard 32 cm Kelly Bag, Circa 1991 (Dec. 11, $15,000-20,000).

 

Fine Art: Attributed to Charles Le Brun, Crossing the Red Sea, after Poussin (Dec. 11, $500,000-700,000).

Fine Art: Attributed to Charles Le Brun, Crossing the Red Sea, after Poussin (Dec. 11, $500,000-700,000).

 

Furniture & Decorative Arts: Tiffany Table Lamp with Tyler Glass Shade (Dec. 11, $15,000-20,000).

Furniture & Decorative Arts: Tiffany Table Lamp with Tyler Glass Shade (Dec. 11, $15,000-20,000).

 

Asian: Fu Baoshi Hanging Scroll Wandering Poet (Dec. 14, $200,000-300,000).

Asian: Fu Baoshi Hanging Scroll Wandering Poet (Dec. 14, $200,000-300,000).

 

For more information on Michaan’s December fine sale season, please call 510-740-0220 and visit www.michaans.com.

 
11
Sep
15

Beauty from a Beast: Hermès Crocodile Kelly Bag

At Michaan’s appraisal event on August 5, 2015, unexpected luxury walked through the door in the form of an authentic Hermès black crocodile Kelly bag. Brought in by a private Tiburon consignor, the piece showed all the earmarks of an original, further solidified by the accompaniment of Hermès packaging as well as an official Hermès of Paris refurbishment receipt dated to July 9, 2015. Hermès aficionados know such a receipt is a golden ticket so to speak, as the manufacturer will reject performing a service on any bag that is not an authentic Hermès.

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Time to loosen the purse strings for this purse!  The Hermès 32 cm black crocodile Kelly bag will be sold in Michaan’s estate auction of October 10, 2015 at an estimate of $17,000-20,000. For more information on this auction feature, please call Ms. Rhonda Harness at (510) 227-2525 or e-mail at rhonda@michaans.com.

 
25
Jun
15

Asian Fine of June 2015, by the Numbers

Drumroll please (drrrrrrrr)……..The top five sale figures ladies and gents:

One – The auction realizes over $2.8 million USD, becoming Michaan’s second highest grossing Asian auction.

Two – Fu Baoshi’s Lady by the Bamboo realizes over seven times estimations at $1,410,000.

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Three – A victory sail (sale) of Lin Fengmian’s Boats at Shore, which more than doubles the high estimate at $88,500.

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Four – Bowled over by the sale of the Jiaqing period piece at over four times the high estimate for $82,600.

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Five – A hot ticket found in Guangxu period ice chests, selling for over twelve fold estimates at $76,700.

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June ji zyr (auspicious day), xiexie (thank you)!

 
15
May
15

Michaan’s: Making Sure a Fine Time is Had By All

The month of June brings two fine sales to Michaan’s auction room floor. The first will be held on Friday the 19th in a Fine Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewelry sale. Feast your eyes on a selected sale highlight from each department…

 

Jewelry: An Approximate 4.00 Carat Diamond & Platinum Ring (lot 3200, $35,000-55,000)

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Furniture & Decorative Arts: A Magnificent Tiffany Sterling Centerpiece Bowl (lot 3417, $50,000-70,000)

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Fine Art: Wojciech Fangor’s Oil on Canvas M1 (lot 3274, $80,000-120,000)

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That’s not all folks. On Monday, June 22, 2015 is the Fine Asian Works of Art auction. The approximate 230 lot sale includes vibrant and exceptional property in the forms of porcelains, jades, furniture, corals, artworks, decorative objects, scrolls, bronzes and textiles.

 

Asian: Fu Baoshi’s Hanging Scroll Lady by the Bamboo (lot 6222, $150,000-200,000)

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For more information on Michaan’s June fine auctions please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. The illustrated auction catalogs will be posted online at www.michaans.com when they become available. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 
24
Mar
15

Talesa’s Jewelry Pick of the Month – April 2015

A stylish spotlight from Michaan’s upcoming auction of April 11, 2015: A cultured pearl, sapphire, 18 karat white gold bracelet (lot 054, $700-900).photo

Michaan’s fashion-conscious Dir. of Marketing, Talesa Eugenio: This is a beautifully classic piece for sure, but its simplicity can be spun in many fashion directions. Pair it with an unexpected leather jacket, or go ultra-feminine for an event, such as a cocktail party.

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Michaan’s Jewelry Dept. Dir., Rhonda Harness: Lustrous pearls command center stage, but the subtle feature of the round-cut sapphires on the spacers gives sparkle to this piece. The uniformity of the pearls in this bracelet is also quite lovely.

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews for the April Estate Auction will be held on April 4th, 5th and 10th and on the day of sale, Saturday, April 11, 2015. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 
09
Feb
15

Going, Going…Gone? No!

Missed Michaan’s last estate auction? For the following 5 business days post sale, you now have the opportunity to purchase unsold lots. Michaan’s presents “Buy It Now,” giving you a second chance at owning an unclaimed treasure. For more information and to view unsold estate auction lots, please click here.

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30
Jan
15

Talesa’s Jewelry Pick of the Month – Feb. 2015

A stylish spotlight from Michaan’s upcoming auction of February 7, 2015: An aquamarine, diamond, 14 karat white gold ring (lot 078, $800-1,200).

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Michaan’s fashion-conscious Dir. of Marketing, Talesa Eugenio: To me, this ring is a great take on an updated, modern cocktail look. It’s glamorous and makes a big statement, but the streamlined mounting and silhouette keep it fresh looking for 2015.

 

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Michaan’s Jewelry Dept. Dir., Rhonda Harness: This ring is great because it carries with it an opulent look at a low price point. The aquamarine is rather large and the band is diamond encrusted, but the ring is estimated at a mere $800-1,200.

 

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews for the February Estate Auction will be held on January 30th to February 1st and on the day of sale, Saturday, February 7, 2015. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

 
09
Jan
15

Feel the Love on Saturday, February the 7th

Ruby, 18k Yellow Gold Heart Pendant, jewelry lot 027, $600-800. Sweetly simple, featuring twenty-two calibre-cut rubies.

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Five Red Glass Snuff Bottles, Asian lot 190, $1,500-2,500. May you be prosperous in all endeavors of the heart.

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Viacheslav Vasilevich Kalinin “Lovers” Pastel, fine art lot 230, $1,000-1,500. Love cannot be defined, for it is a feeling within.

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Six Paperweights For Your Valentine, decorative lot 346, $300-400. These adorable pieces are part of an 18 lot fine paperweight collection in the February sale.

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The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews for the February Estate Auction will be held on January 30th to February 1st and on the day of sale, Saturday, February 7, 2015. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 
22
Dec
14

“Horse” Trots Off With Top Spot in Michaan’s Multimillion Asian Auction

Michaan’s December Fine Asian Works of Art auction closed 2014 with a sale realizing over $2 million USD. Artworks from the private family collection of a prominent Kuomintang government statesman dazzled at auction with a lengthy list of successes. A leading lot presented from the estate collection was 8399, Zhang Daqian’s hanging scroll titled “Horse” ($50,000-70,000). The painting was commissioned for the statesman’s daughter, who expressed a fondness for equestrian activities. The depiction of a lone horse was an unusual image for Daqian, leaving the scroll an extremely rare piece from the artist. Bidders took heated notice of the offering, pushing the price realized to a hefty $236,000, well over 3 times the high estimation. Asian Art Specialist Mr. Harry Huang noted, “The combination of rarity, an artist of Daqian’s stature and an esteemed provenance proved to be a commanding one. As a result, we saw the market respond as positively as it did.”

Zhang Daqian's "Horse" realizes $236,000 ($50,000-70,000).

Zhang Daqian’s “Horse” realizes $236,000 ($50,000-70,000).

 

Another top price achieved from the statesman selection was in the hanging Daqian scroll “Prunus and Bamboo” which sold for $177,000 (lot 8400, $100,000-150,000). Eleven additional artwork lots from the statesman auction grouping generously surpassed projections as well, raking in a cumulative price realized of $385,270 (lots 8391, 8392, 8393, 8396, 8397, 8398, 8401, 8402, 8409, 8413, 8415).

Zhang Daqian's "Prunus and Bamboo" realizes a price of $177,00 ($100,000-150,000).

Zhang Daqian’s “Prunus and Bamboo” realizes a price of $177,00 ($100,000-150,000).

 

For complete results of Michaan’s December 2014 Fine Asian Works of Art auction, please click here.  Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

 



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