Five great objects to bid for in online auctions including Paolozzi print and Presley debut single27 April 2020 Fancy bidding for an Eduardo Paolozzi print from a collection of 50 by the great Modern British artist for sale online? Or maybe a rare first US issue of Elvis Presley’s debut single 'That’s All Right'? Of course you do.
These and plenty of other great options to bid for are coming up soon at auction. Five highlights are pictured here.
Due to the coronavirus alert these auctions are being held with salerooms themselves closed, as online-only and timed online sales. But bidding online is easy - and a handy way to do something enjoyable, constructive and quite possibly profitable during lockdown.
Fifty Paolozzi prints
On April 29 Forum Auctions holds a sale of 50 prints by Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) from a private collection.
This 1964 screen print titled Plaza 1964 (Miles 21) pictured top, an artist’s proof aside from the edition of 10 printed by Kelpra Studios, London, measures 21 x 16in (53 x 45cm). Estimate £200-300.
All right now and then
This rare first US issue of Elvis Presley’s debut single That’s All Right issued on the Sun label in 1954 carries an estimate of £900-1000 at Stacey’s in Rayleigh, Essex, on May 2.
By repute the 10in shellac (with a deep groove through the outside edge of the label consistent with the first US issue) came from the collection of ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement who was a producer working with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in the 1950s.
You can view the first US issue of Elvis Presley’s debut single That’s All Right via thesaleroom.com.
Keep your eyes on this helmet
Among the top-estimated lots at £6000-9000 is this Apulo-Corinthian helmet from southern Italy, c.350-500BC. The hammered bronze helmet was previously part of the Axel Guttmann collection of ancient arms and armour sold by Sotheby’s in December 1985.
Unlike the classic famous Greek Corinthian helmet, which was won full-face when in combat, the Apulo-Corinthian variant was worn on the top of the head like a cap. This is clear in this example, where the aperture for the eyes is far too small to have been functional.
To bid for this Apulo-Corinthian helmet from southern Italy, c.350-500BC see thesaleroom.com.
Fortune favours the brave bidder
This 17th century gold posy ring is inscribed with the motto fortunate if favoured – a rare verse that does not appear in any of the known references. Recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, it has an estimate of £500-600 at Hansons’ Historica sale in Etwall, Derbyshire, on May 6-7.
Visit thesaleroom.com to view the 17th century gold posy ring at Hansons.
Chinese vases from private collection
This pair of 18in (44cm) Chinese vases decorated with famille verte narrative scenes carry Kangxi four-character marks but are not deemed of the period. They come for sale at Ewbank’s Asia art sale in Surrey on April 30 from a named English private collection formed between c.1968-85. Estimate £400-600.
You can bid for the Chinese vases decorated with famille verte narrative scenes at Ewbank's on thesaleroom.com.