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Gent’s Rolex Explorer II wristwatch
Sold at Clars’ Fabulous February Auction, Feb. 2-3. The top Internet lot was a fabulous gentleman’s Rolex Explorer II wristwatch with black dial and bezel and oyster bracelet. The wristwatch, with original Rolex box and papers, was estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and settled at $19,200.

Loretta Lux photograph
At Phillips de Pury’s Jan. 31 photographs sale, photography continued to assert its place as a highly-collectible form of fine art. Hugo and Dylan I, a 10-inch by 8 3/4-inch Dye destruction print by photographer Loretta Lux, flashed past its $9,000-$12,000 estimate, selling for $18,750. Works by Lux, best known for her surreal photos of young children, have been extensively exhibited internationally and continue to bring ever-higher auction prices.

Thomas Hill oil-on-canvas
At Wes Cowan’s Feb. 7-8 sale of paintings, sculpture and works on paper, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Thomas Hill (American, 1829-1908) oil-on-canvas painting titled, View of Yosemite Valley, signed and dated 1902, showed the strength of California landscapes in today’s marketplace by selling online for $25,200.

Group of four early to mid-20th century Chinese scrolls
Chinese art found no shortage of suitors in Quinn’s Feb. 9 Fine and Decorative Arts, Asian Art and Icons sale. Fifty-four bids were lodged on a group of four early to mid-20th century Chinese scrolls featuring calligraphy and signed with a chop, which eventually sold for $54,900.

People’s Republic of China stamp
Philip Weiss Auctions saw spectacular results in its Feb. 9 auction of the Newport Collection, Stamps and Coins. Eighty-four bids were lodged on a crimson and gold postage stamp from the People’s Republic of China featuring a throng of smiling workers holding up their Little Red Books. On this stamp, the crowd is accompanied by a smiling Communist soldier, holding a machine gun, surmounted by a red map of China. With an opening bid of $20 and estimated at $15,000-$20,000, the philatelic treasure of historical importance sold via the Internet for $37,760.