Last week was a big one in the auction sphere, with a number of items selling for well above their guide prices. Einstein’s theory of happiness note sold for $1.6m, $1.592m above its guide price of $8,000. Likewise, the Paul Newman Daytona Rolex, tipped to sell for $1m, went for a record-breaking $17.8m, making it the most expensive wrist watch in history.
This week will see another lot of collectable and rare pieces swap hands once again. Heritage Auctions will be starting their week with a luxury accessories auction on Tuesday. Bonhams will be selling off important scientific and technology instruments, while old paintings will take centre stage at Sotheby’s.
Sorting the items of value from the rest can be a time consuming task. Thankfully, we have done our best to highlight some the items worth watching. Here are our favourite bid-worthy pieces going under the hammer the week:
Norman Rockwell – Lazybones
Guide price: $1m-$1.5m
After going missing for 40 years, this Norman Rockwell piece will go up for sale this Friday, 3 November at as part of Heritage Auctions’ American Art collection. This early piece of Rockwell art was rediscovered earlier this year, but its lengthy disappearance could end up benefits its original owners. Rediscovered art usually increases in value and could see this piece break the $1m mark.
Panhard et Levassor Model B car
Guide price: £350,000-£400,000
Forget about Ferraris. Bonhams are offering you the chance to own a piece of car history at their London to Brighton Run sale. The auction will be taking place in London on Friday, 3 November. This vintage car will take centre stage. Built in 1903 by Paris based manufacturer René Panhard, this 10 horsepower, four cylinder car is one of the first production vehicles ever made.
Irving Penn – Single Oriental Poppy
Guide price: £50,000-£70,000
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Phillips is offering up this one of Irving Penn many up-close flower pictures that defined the famed American artist’s career. The piece is set to sell at the Photographs auction in London on Thursday, 2 November.
Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe
Guide price: $2,300-$3,300
Andy Warhol produced a number of iconic images over his lengthy artistic career, but his image of Marilyn Monroe is one of his most famous. Numerous reprints have been produced since, but DUMBO Auctions will be selling off an original print poster used to promote a 1983 exhibition. The item will sell at DUMBO’s Rare Posters – Hard to find & one-of-a-kind sale in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, 2 November.
Nirvana MTV Video Music Award
Guide price: $50,000-$70,000
Julien’s Auctions will be selling off the MTV Video Music Award that Nirvana won for the Smells Like Teen Spirit video back in 1992. This iconic piece of music memorabilia will go under the hammer as part of the Icons & Idols – Rock “n” Roll auction in Los Angeles on Saturday, 4 November. The auction will also feature Kurt Cobain’s Blockbuster membership card and Jimi Hendrix’s necklace.
Muhammed Ali signed shorts
Guide price: $4,000-$6,000
Prior to the rock star sale, Julien’s will be holding an Iconic & Idols – Sports auction in Los Angeles on Friday, 3 November. There are a number of incredible items up for sale from a range of sports. However, these signed Muhammed Ali shorts, worn in the lead up to his final fight against Trevor Berbick in 1981, stands out.
Early microchip prototype
Guide price: $400,000-$600,000
Nowadays we take electronics for granted. However, without the work of electrical engineers Jack Kilby and Tom Yeargan, that wouldn’t be possible. This microchip, created almost 60 years ago, started it all off, paving the way for everything from smartphones to spaceships. The item, going under the hammer at Heritage’s Nature & Science auction in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, 4 November, will come complete with a letter penned by Yeargan detailing how the tiny circuit was made.
Pablo Picasso – Nude
Guide price: $2,000-$4,000
If you’re looking to add a Picasso to your art collection, but can’t afford to go all out, this lot is perfect for you. For just a few thousand dollars, Woodshed Gallery is selling off this pencil signed lithograph print by the famed artist. Woodshed is selling this print via an online auction, with bidding ending on Wednesday, November 1.