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Money and Art

On September 4 in Los Angeles, Bonhams will auction rare coins and banknotes from the collection of the late casino and hotel owner Charles Mapes and his wife, Helen, of Reno, Nev.

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The highlight will be a super-rare, high-grade 1870-CC (for Carson City) Double Eagle. The $20 gold coin is one of around 40 known to be in existence, and was purchased at auction by Mapes in 1961. Having been out of circulation for 50 years qualifies this coin as a discovery piece. It is estimated at $150,000–180,000. Also in the sale will be three 1907 High Relief Double Eagles ranging in grades from “about uncirculated” to “choice uncirculated” (estimates from $8,000–10,000 to $12,000–14,000), as well as various non-American coins and notes.

Bonhams will be offering Japanese works of art in New York on September 13. Among the highlights of that sale will be a rare porcelain bottle in Arita ware, Kakiemon type, circa 1660 (est. $20,000–30,000). The green- and white-glazed bottle is ornamented in relief with designs representing chrysanthemums, pine, bamboo and plum trees, and stands just over 10 inches high. A late 19th-century bronze figure of a yamabushi (an ascetic hermit with supernatural powers) from the workshop of Miyao Eisuke is also estimated at $20,000–30,000. The halberd-carrying figure is shown signaling by blowing into a conch shell. His realistically modeled armor is decorated with a dragon motif, and he stands on a lacquered wooden base with vine designs and a stylized phoenix image. —A&A Staff

Author: Art & Antiques Magazine | Publish Date: September 2011

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