What's It Worth? Auction Results Can Still Surprise Us

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Katrina Hess, a licensed auctioneer, oversaw our $235,000 auction this past week that was heavy in Asian antiques, many of which were consigned to us from an Orlando-area diamond dealer who recently retired to the South of France. Last month we reported on his mid-century modern collection, and this month we sold his Asian collection.

Item number 1 was a particularly good-quality woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada: Buddha Riding on a Sea-dragon, from the series Buddhist Precepts (Hasso-ki Imayo Utsushi-e), c. 1860. It fetched $5,200. (Please note most woodblock prints bring $25 to the low hundreds. This one was rare and brightly colored.)

Item number 2 was a large, unusual Asian porcelain charger (large plate or platter) from the late 1800s that brought $5,000.

Item number 3 was an Imperial Tanto dagger sword honoring Hirohito’s family, with box and papers; from the last of the great master samurai swordmakers, Sadakatsu Tsukiyama, in 1929. Estimate was $4,000 to $6,000; it fetched $9,000. It was consigned by an Iowa jeweler.

Item number 4 was the surprise hit of the auction. Bought 35 years ago at Christie’s, we were warned by a well-known expert that because of its repaired arm it would bring no more than $4,000, and would not sell to an Asian. Because of our incredible audience, this Ming dyanasty treasure brought $14,000 – and it sold to a Chinese collector in Beijing!
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