To mark the return of Antiques Roadshow on Monday, January 4, 2021 (check your local PBS listings), here is every story ever published on The Hot Bid that features appraisers who have appeared on the program. It includes a lot of people, and it’s been updated to include stories published between October 2019 and now. Enjoy!
Chip Barber, Skinner, a double folk portrait of sisters, painted by an anonymous artist. The circa 1830s-1840s portrait ultimately sold for just shy of $10,000.
Chip Barber, Skinner, a miniature carving of a robin by the late Jess Blackstone. It fluttered a bit past its high estimate to sell for $584.
Chip Barber, Skinner, a circa 1863 memorial quilt, created to honor the memory of a Civil War Union soldier. The remarkable quilt uses the full length of the fabric as a canvas for its bird and flower design.
Michael Bertoia, Bertoia Auctions, Tremendous Mike toy robot. The winsome red robot commanded $11,000.
* Sebastian Clarke, Rago Auctions, carving by William Edmondson. The Crucifixion, a circa 1930s carving by the African-American outsider artist, ultimately sold for $175,000.
Wes Cowan, Cowan’s Auctions, patriotic sand bottle by Andrew Clemens. In the story, Cowan talks about first encountering Clemens’s art on Antiques Roadshow. This bottle ultimately sold for $102,000.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Subway by Wadsworth Jarrell. The vibrant 1970 painting went on to set a new world auction record for the artist.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, an early untitled work by David Hammons. The paper collage and tempera on board is believed to have been made as a gift for a friend.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Irene Clark’s Mansion on Prairie Avenue. Part of the corporate art collection of the Johnson Publishing Company, it set a new world auction record for the artist.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Elizabeth Catlett’s Seated Woman. The 1962 mahogany work set a new world auction record for a sculpture by the artist.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Emma Amos’s Let Me Off Uptown. The mixed-media fabric work set a world auction record for the artist, selling for $125,000.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Emperor Jones prints by Aaron Douglas. Shown from the group of four 1972 reprints is Defiance.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, record-setting Faith Ringgold story quilt. Commissioned by Oprah Winfrey as a birthday gift for Dr. Maya Angelou, it sold at Swann in 2015 for $461,000.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Elizabeth Catlett’s painting, War Worker. The 1943 tempera-on-board commanded $149,000.
Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries, Sargent Johnson’s Untitled (Negro Mother). The rare mid-1930s copper repoussé mask sold for $100,000 and a record for the artist at auction.
Daile Kaplan, Swann Auction Galleries, Milk Drop Coronet by Harold Edgerton. This print of the iconic image shot by the MIT professor sold for $4,250.
Daile Kaplan, Swann Auction Galleries, Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House, aka PowerHouse Mechanic, by Lewis Hine. This was an exceptionally early print, dating to circa 1921.
Daile Kaplan, Swann Auction Galleries, an Edward S. Curtis portrait of the Oglala Lakota leader Red Cloud. The platinum print commanded $32,500.
Daile Kaplan, Swann Auction Galleries, a 1925 portfolio of nudes by Albert Arthur Allen. The rare complete set of 15 images from The Model, Series No. 1 fetched $2,860.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Kenneth Nolan’s Songs: Yesterdays. The 1985 chevron painting sold for $550,000, well over its estimate.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Bibi on the Ball by Carole Feuerman. The hyperrealistic sculpture went on to set a world auction record for the artist.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Spring Flowers in Washington, D.C. by Alma Thomas. This was the debut post on The Hot Bid. The painting sold for $387,500 and set a world auction record for Thomas.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Bounty Hunter dune buggy. An unusually well-built example of the mid-century off-road vehicle sold for $36,250.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Man with a Briefcase (C) by Jonathan Borofsky. The woodcut with collage on handmade paper fetched $9,375.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Wendell Castle Abilene rocking chair. The stainless steel limited edition appeared at LAMA roughly a month after Castle died.
Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Ed Ruscha’s Double Standard. When it sold for $206,250 at LAMA in October 2014, it set a record for a print by the artist.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, Tadanori Yokoo’s Word Image poster. Created for a 1968 MoMA show, it sold for $4,250.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, a 1917 “I Want You” recruiting poster. It fetched $14,300, just $101 shy of the world auction record.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, 1927 movie poster for The Siren of the Tropics, starring Josephine Baker. The rare poster garnered $9,750.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, a 1928 trio of Mont Blanc travel posters. Showing the famous mountain at day, twilight, and night, the triptych sold for $13,750.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, Alphonse Mucha poster of Sarah Bernhardt. The 1896 poster, created to advertise the actress’s American tour, commanded $8,750.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, a circa 1935 German travel poster. The “pleasant trip to Germany” image, which pictured the Hindenburg, sold for $6,000.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, a 1928 Corsica travel poster by Roger Broders. Does the pose of the woman seem familiar to you? It should, especially if you’ve visited the Uffizi Gallery.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, a 1938 London Transport poster by Man Ray. Yes, that Man Ray. The exceptionally rare poster fetched $149,000.
Nicho Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries, L.M.S./Best Way, by A.M. Cassandre. It earned the world auction record for any travel poster in 2012 when it sold for $162,500.
Giles Moon, Heritage Auctions*, Billie Holiday concert poster. The rare poster, which dates to 1949, commanded $13,750.
Giles Moon, Heritage Auctions*, an original 1969 Woodstock concert poster. It stands apart for lacking its small text and for bearing a signature from Arnold Skolnik, the artist who designed it.
Alasdair Nichol, Freeman’s, UNTITLED (EYES) by Martial Raysse. Inscribed to Stanley Bard, the longtime manager of the Hotel Chelsea, it fetched $50,000–ten times its low estimate.
Suzanne Perrault, Rago Auctions, Dale Chihuly chandelier. The ten-foot-tall work set a record for a Chihuly chandelier at auction in 2015.
Suzanne Perrault, Rago Auctions, Lino Tagliapietra dinosaur. The exquisite glass sculpture sold for $17,500.
Matthew Quinn, Quinn’s Auctions, a Chinese cloisonné bottle vase. It sold for $812,500 against an estimate of $400 to $600 thanks to bidders who were convinced that it dated to the 14th century, and not the 18th or 19th centuries. The bidders were right.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, a Lalique Tortues vase. The amber glass vase with white patina garnered $25,000.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, a tall Wally Bird. Designed as a tobacco jar, the snarky-faced ceramic bird sold for $50,000.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, a Paul Evans cabinet. The seven-foot-tall furnishing sold for a record $382,000.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, a Frederick Hurten Rhead peacock tile. The unique, large, four-panel tile sold for the staggering sum of $637,500.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, George Ohr vase. The exceptional large vase with ear handles and a serrated rim commanded $10,625.
David Rago, Rago Auctions, Phillip Lloyd Powell carved and sculpted black walnut fireplace. It set a world auction record for any Powell piece.
Deborah Rogel, Swann Auction Galleries, tintype of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker. The circa 1865 image of the first female winner of the Medal of Honor sold for $9.375.
Deborah Rogel, Swann Auction Galleries, a Peter Hujar Portrait of David Wojnarowicz. Dubbed David Wojnarowicz: Manhattan-Night (III), the 1985 silver print commanded $106,250 and a world auction record for the artist.
Deborah Rogel, Swann Auction Galleries, a photograph of the George Washington Bridge by Margaret Bourke-White. Offered in February 2020, it sold for $81,250.
Robin Starr, Skinner, a Florine Stettheimer still life. Offered in 2016, it garnered $375,000 and a world auction record for the artist.
Todd Weyman, Swann Auction Galleries, Galaxia by Rufino Tamayo. Produced in 1977 and offered at Swann in May 2020, it set a new world auction record for the print when it fetched $15,000.
Todd Weyman, Swann Auction Galleries, Howard Cook’s Chrysler Building. The 1930 print sold for $10,625.
Todd Weyman, Swann Auction Galleries, M.C. Escher’s Day and Night. The mind-bending 1935 print sold for $40,000.
Dr. Catherine Williamson, Bonhams, original artwork for the Italian movie poster for Sylvia Scarlett. The 1935 film starred Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, but artist Anselmo Ballester kept the focus on the female star.
Dr. Catherine Williamson, Bonhams, Robby the Robot. The star of Forbidden Planet sold for $5.3 million and set a world auction record for a screen-used prop.
Dr. Catherine Williamson, Bonhams, a test wand designed for Glinda the Good Witch from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. It’s the only surviving wand prop from the classic film.
Grant Zahajko, Grant Zahajko Auctions, a 1936 Olympic basketball gold medal. The prize was awarded to John Haskell “Tex” Gibbons, a player on the winning American team.
Special thanks to Bertoia Auctions for the image of Tremendous Mike.
Special thanks to Cowan’s for the image of the Andrew Clemens sand bottle.
Special thanks to Rago Auctions for the images of the William Edmondson carving; the Dale Chihuly chandelier; the Lalique vase; the Rhead tile panel; the Paul Evans cabinet; and the tall Wally Bird.
Special thanks to Swann Auction Galleries for the images of Emma Amos’s Let Me Off Uptown; the Faith Ringgold narrative quilt; the Emperor Jones prints; the Elizabeth Catlett painting; the Sargent Johnson mask; the Albert Arthur Allen image; the Lewis Hine photograph; the Harold Edgerton photograph; the portrait by Edward S. Curtis; the Tadanori Yokoo poster; the I Want You poster; the Josephine Baker movie poster; the trio of Mont Blanc postes; the Mucha poster; the 1930s German travel poster; the Borders Corsica poster; the Man Ray London Transport poster; the A.M. Cassandre poster; the Mary Edwards Walker tintype; the Peter Hujar photograph; the Howard Cook print; and the M.C. Escher print.
Special thanks to Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) for the images of the Kenneth Nolan painting; the Carole Feuerman sculpture; the dune buggy; the Wendell Castle rocking chair; the Alma Thomas painting; and the Ed Ruscha print.
Special thanks to Heritage Auctions for the images of the Billie Holiday concert poster and the Woodstock concert poster.
Special thanks to Freeman’s for the images of the Martial Raysse work.
Special thanks to Quinn’s Auctions for the image of the Chinese cloisonné bottle vase.
Special thanks to Skinner for the image of the Florine Stettheimer still life.
Special thanks to Grant Zahajko Auctions for the image of the 1936 Olympic gold medal.
And special thanks to Marsha Bemko and all at Antiques Roadshow, for generally being awesome.
*Clarke has since moved to Doyle, and Moon has since moved to Bonhams.
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