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Some Interesting Recent Auction Sold Items and Good Resources for Researching Past Auction  Prices 

Page updated June 7, 2017

Lladro “Eighteenth Century Coach” Sold at Auction. Feb 13, 2017.

The auction price realized for this magnificent figural group was $6,500 plus 25% buyer premium. It is Lladro #1485 and was introduced in 1985 as a limited edition of 500, priced originally at $14,000. To my knowledge it is still offered by the manufacturer, but current retail pricing is hard to come by, the only listing I have found is a $9,500 earlier auction price and in 2001, the retail price was $30,000!

This model is probably the most elaborate ever produced by Lladro, the incredible detail was extremely difficult to produce. It was sculpted by Francisco Catala and measures 44 1/2 inches in length and 17 3/4 inches in height and is mounted on a wooden base. The presale estimate was $10,000 - $12,000. The sale was held at The Auction Gallery of Boca Raton in Florida Feb 13, 2017.

An Unusual Engraved, Brass and Wrought Iron Fireplace Trammel

This beautifully crafted trammel dates to 1838 and was passed in the James D. Julia auction and is open for offers until February 28, 2017.

For more details, click here.

Photo Courtesy of James D. Julia, Boston

Useful Sources for Auction Prices Realized

Alderfer Auction - A large number of past auctions listed, but awkward to use and of limited research value as descriptions and photos are short or non-existent. If you have time to spare, check it out as it is a very good auction company. is the best free source of sold prices. They list about 5 million auction results recorded globally since 1987. Its price database is very useful to get an idea about the current value of an item to be sold at auction. is a good source to stay up to date with the current trends and events in the global art scene. Art prices realized database goes back to 1922! It costs $39 / month, but is a huge repository.

Christies, one of the world's top auction houses has an extensive prices realized database going back to 2006. An excellent resource for researching a broad spectrum of art and antiques. Descriptions are adequate and photos are excellent.

Fontaines Auction Gallery - Located in Pittsfield MA, The prices realized section of their site is well organized and presented. Each auction can be searched. Lot descriptions are thorough. The single drawback or rather, limitation is that the results only go back to 2014, but they are in the process of rebuilding their prices realized pages

Invaluable  Although an auction house aggregator, Invaluable has an extensive price realized database, identifying also the auction house having sold each item. There are 3 categories of paid membership - Basic, $20 / month (search 1,000,000 auctions over the past year), Premium, $40 / month (search 20,000,000 auctions over the past 5 years), and finally, Professional, $ 199.95 / month (search 50,000,000 auctions from the past 15+ years). This site gives access to both Sotheby's and Christie's databases.

James  D. Julia Inc. is one of America's top 10 auction houses. It features auctions of fine firearms, glass and lamps, Asian art and toys and dolls. Where they excel is in their extensive and accurate descriptions. A great deal of time is devoted to producing their catalogs and those catalogs with prices realized are available to anyone wishing to do research. Each catalog is independently searchable as well. Clicking the link above will take you directly to the catalog library. is currently the most advanced auction browsing portal, developed by collectors on collectors’ needs. Presenting the most comprehensive and up to date list of auction sales worldwide, Lot-Art allows saving precious time to any eclectic art buyer interested in a wide range of artists, brands and collection items. One can search for current items, after sale items open for offers, and past sales. It is entirely free.

PCGS Prices Realized - This site represents an outstanding repository of recent prices realized for coins and medals. Information on grading and much useful descriptive information.

We are affiliated with Catawiki, an auction aggregator based in Belgium and organized under a novel concept. Click on the banner below to find out more. It is a good international source for ongoing auctions, but has no prices realized database.

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Sources for Prices Realized