Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


More than 500 lots will come up for bid, all pulled from prominent local estates and collections.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A beautiful and monumental bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943), several vintage Leica cameras previously owned by a photographer for Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, and a stunning Mikimoto 18kt gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set will all come up for bid at Auction Life on Sunday, June 3rd.

This will primarily be an online auction, starting at 1 pm Eastern, with limited seating available for live bidders and an RSVP required. Online bidding is facilitated by,, and eBay Live. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. All lots can be viewed now, on the Auction Life website. Visit

Officially titled an Antiques & Assets Adoption Auction, the sale will consist of more than 500 lots of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, fine art and sculptures. Over 20 lots will be Part 2 of an estate of dedicated lifetime collectors – a husband and wife team – who traveled the U.S. in the 1980s and ‘90s, purchasing works from notable galleries. Auction Life sold Part 1 in November.

The Part 2 offerings will include original works and exhibition art by artists such as Gayle Nason, Kerry Kinman, Frank Lalumia, Mary Vander Molen, Pablo Antonio Milan, Patrick Coffaro, Frederic Remington, Carol Hamilton, Derry Lynn Day, Mary Wyant, Phyllis Kapp, Ronald Himler and Clifford Beck. The Sandy Scott bronze fountain, though, is the headliner.

The fountain – titled Fountain of Peace – is impressive, at 72 inches tall by 56 inches wide, and is an artist’s proof (est. $30,000-$60,000). It depicts birds in various stages of flight above, and birds drinking from, preening around and bathing in, a large bird bath. It’s signed and dated (“85”) to the base and includes Scott’s original engineered plans for the water basin/reservoir.

Vintage Leica cameras are highly sought after by collectors. The ones in the auction include a Leica M6 black camera (#2469472) with Summicron-M 1:2/35 lens (est. $2,000-$3,000); a Leica M4 black camera (#1384338, est. $500-$1,000); and a Leica Winder M camera (#14402) with motor drive (est. $100-$200). All three were owned and used by photographer Karen Johnson.

The Mikimoto bracelet set features pearls ranging in size from 8.0-8.5 mm throughout, having excellent luster. The 30-inch necklace has an oval 18kt gold floral pendant clasp with white gold or platinum leaf accents as well as a 7mm emerald cabochon to the center. Four 18kt gold nugget spacers interrupt the first three pearls on each side of the pendant closure (est. $6,000-$8,000).


The French artist Romain de Tirtoff, more popularly known simply as Erté, (1892-1990), is represented in the auction by an original gouache painting titled Parisian (est. $4,000-$6,000), rendered on watermarked paper. The image area is 14 inches by 10 inches and the frame measures 26 inches by 22 inches. The title is handwritten in script on back.

A circa 1840 watercolor painting titled Entrance to Amsterdam Harbour is gorgeous and will adorn any wall handsomely in its 36 ½ inch by 50 ¼ inch gilt gessoed frame, but is signed with a monogram that’s illegible so the estimate was difficult to assign. A 1986 invoice indicates it previously sold for over $4,000. Now, it could fetch $1,000-$10,000. Provenance shows that it was once owned by Yngve Soderberg, a notable nautical artist.

A large glass wall sculpture by Jon Kuhn (Am., b. 1949), 40 inches by 29 inches, should bring $1,000-$2,000. The mixed media abstract wall hanging is signed and dated 1984. Kuhn is best known for his glass sculptures made with trapped shards of colored glass within their centers, using a cold-working process of grinding and polishing.

Also in the auction will be Part 1 of the personal collection of an unnamed antique dealer and important 1970s/’80s-era Miami real estate developer and contemporary of Miami downtown development titans Jorge Perez and Ugo Colombo. All items in the collection were purchased from Sotheby’s in London, Geneva, Monaco and New York, between 1982-1985. Included are Chinese jade and other carvings, Russian and Judaica silver items, Meissen and Continental porcelain, fine artwork and more.

“This is the most concentrated auction we’ve staged to date and it also took us the longest, but the potential rewards are great because of the merchandise,” said Tarek ElJabaly, owner and auctioneer of Auction Life, based in Loxahatchee. “It’s always rewarding to see the catalog online, with many lots attracting immediate attention.”

Auction previews are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, or to RSVP for limited seating at the live venue in the West Palm Beach area, please call Tarek ElJabaly at (561) 757-1551. He can also be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Auction Life’s team of consulting specialists has over 50 years of combined experience in the fields of estate jewelry, fine art, sterling silver, diamonds and antiques. Tarek Jabaly has been heavily involved in the South Florida auction industry for years, as an auctioneer, estate buyer, manager, auction coordinator and consignor liaison.

Auction Life, Inc. is currently seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 757-1551 or you can email them at [email protected]. To learn more about Auction Life, Inc. and the auction on Sunday, June 3rd, beginning promptly at 1 pm Eastern time, visit

Artist’s proof bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943), titled Fountain of Peace, 72 inches tall by 56 inches wide (est. $30,000-$60,000).