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Nye’s eclectic auction yields superior prices
By Carole Deutsch

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — One of the most diverse auctions that Nye and Co. has ever offered yielded notable realized prices across the board in nearly every genre.

The sale, which was posted on and was from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, was comprised of antique furniture, fine art, silver, jewelry, art glass and designer fashion accessories. The private collection amassed by music industry mogul Michael Klenfner was one of the features of the auction, and strong prices were realized among these lots, as well.

Previews for the online auction were at Nye’s 25,000-square-foot building in Bloomfield, N.J., and were widely attended by bidders from the metropolitan area and beyond. The state-of-the-art facility has been dubbed “The New Jersey Alternative to the New York Auction House” due to its convenient proximity to New York and surrounding areas as well as easy access from several national airports.

John Nye was pleased with the results, stating

“Of the nearly 1,000 lots in the auction, all but 44 sold,” said Nye. “The rock-n-roll collection from the Michael Klenfner estate was popular. People came from all across the Tri-State area. One bidder flew in from Boulder, Colo. The autographed guitars were the most expensive items, but the Fillmore posters, tour jackets, and bags of T-shirts garnered strong prices and tremendous interest.”

Nearly 350 lots of rock-n-roll memorabilia from the collection of the renowned record executive generated keen bidder interest in the iconic relics that represented some of the most celebrated moments in rock-n-roll history.

Highlights included a Joe Perry and Aerosmith signed Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar that opened at $400 and climbed to a realized price of $2,124 and a Keith Richards signed ESP 400 Series electric guitar that brought $1,320.

Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

A gold-studded hot red/orange Elton John stage vest, made by Gianni Versace, Italy, achieved $660. A price of $594 was realized for a group of 10 vintage concert and radio T-shirts.

One especially appealing item was that of a serigraph print on paper, 156 of 350, by John Entwistle of “The Who” titled The Who by Numbers, 1995. It was created for the cover of the 1975 hit album by the same name. All four members of the band were illustrated in cartoon characterization with a black and white “paint by number” format. It sold with a certificate of authenticity and fetched $930.

Classic antiques were in demand, and top lots among them included a 20th century Daum Nancy cameo glass table lamp, Autumn, from the Four Season collection that earned $19,800. The fall shades are considered by many collectors to be the most colorful and therefore the most desirable of the Four Seasons.

Art works of interest included a miniature oil-on-board landscape by Julian Onderdonk (1892-1922). The painting was noted on back, “At Evening,” 1908, and it sold for $3,720. An oil on board, signed Bevan, depicting American barns and out buildings near a lakeside setting brought $6,300.

Jewelry items of special note were represented by a vintage 14K yellow and white gold emerald and diamond plaque link necklace that sold for $4,440 and a companion plaque link bracelet that brought $3,720.

An Edwardian gold and platinum dermatoid garnet and diamond brooch made in a five petal flower-form setting with a central diamond realized $5,702.

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