Joni Back-Bubenzer May 12, 2008 (Indianapolis, Indiana) Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper greeted the month of May with an auction weekend packed with diverse buying opportunities for collectors of every description.

The May 3 Coin and Currency auction drew a fresh audience to the gallery. Coin collectors were happy to capture additions that included Morgan silver dollars, mint proof sets, and a rare $1,000 Bill that sold to a floor bidder for $1,351.25.* But the currency that brought the most money was a complete set of 15 two dollar half gold Indian Head Quarter Eagles. They brought $6,935.50* from a telephone bidder.

While the coins were selling inside, another, more traditional auction was taking place inside the tent behind Antique Helper’s main building. This good old fashioned auction, featuring items from several area estates, attracted bidders who were ready to scoop up some bargains and unearth treasures. While most bidders were pleased with the bargains that abounded in this, there was one lot that stopped bidders in their tracks. Competitive bidding drove the price of a cut glass punch bowl and cups soaring to $800 before the hammer fell.

The Spring Art and Antiques Auction on Sunday May 4 was rich with Indiana art and Orientalia. There were plenty of selections of fine and desirable art and antiques to go around, including a matched pair of antique Continental carved wood and gesso angel figures. Despite wear and repairs, they quadrupled the high estimate of $500, bringing an impressive $2,450* from an Internet bidder.

A lovely representation of American art glass attracted numerous collectors. A Midwestern telephone bidder was pleased to be the buyer of a Tiffany Colonial lamp with a rare turquoise leaded glass shade, at $12,925*. Two Daum cameo art glass vases brought $5,287.50* a piece from the same East Coast telephone bidder, while a rare Steuben decorated Aurene art glass vase saw $3,981.25* from an Internet bidder.

Among the abundance of fine art offered was “Mother and Child,” a 1904 oil on board by Indiana artist Wayman Adams (1883-1959), who painted in the style of his contemporaries William Merrit Chase and Robert Henri. The painting sold within estimate at $4,900*. “Munich Man,” a charcoal drawing on paper by Hoosier Group artist William Forsyth (1854-1935) is the latest edition to an Indianapolis collection. It brought $4,218.75* from the floor. Another work by Forsyth created quite a stir when it arrived at Antique Helper. “Willow of Winona Lake” attracted attention from residents of the small Indiana lake community, enticing one resident to make the trip to Indianapolis in order to bid in person. This lucky bidder took the painting home for a solid $6,750*, remarking that she planned to cover every corner of the town’s scenic island, in order to locate the exact spot where the landscape was painted.

Other European and American fine art offerings included a mountain landscape by Walter Koeniger (1881-1943) who was part of the Woodstock, New York artists’ colony. It sold for $9,400* to an absentee bidder. A fjord painting by Scandinavian artist Anders Monsen Askevold (1834-1900) saw $7,050* from a New York telephone bidder. An internet bidder scored as the successful buyer of “La Pointe de l’Ile de la Cite,” an oil on canvas by Russian/French painter Constantine Kluge (1912-2003). It brought $5,818.75*. Fairing even better was a seascape painting by Dutch/American painter M.F.H. de Haas (1832-1895). It surpassed high estimate of $8,000, selling for $11,025*, to an Internet bidder.

Complete auction results can be found on our webpage, www.antiquehelper.com. For more information, or to obtain images for publication, please call Antique Helper at 317-251-5635.

The midsummer auction weekend is scheduled for June 28 and 29. The auction catalog will be posted on the Antique Helper website two weeks before the auction events.