Top 10 Items Sold on Invaluable in May

Lot 22, 1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Pagode, Galerie Fischer Auktionen AG (May 28)

The month of May starred important prints and multiples, decorative art, and Asian art sales. Outside of the art sphere, demand for jewelry and collectible books also fueled excitement at the auction block. Some of our most memorable sales last month included Coys’ “Legende et Passion,” Doyle New York’s “Fine Jewelry,” Swann Auction Galleries’ “Contemporary Art,” Cortrie Spezial’s “Fine Pocket & Wristwatches,” and Profiles in History’s “The World of The Hunger Games Auction.” From those exciting sales and others, we highlight the most interesting and precious items sold on Invaluable this May.


1967 Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale


Lot 138
1967 Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale Continuation
Coys (May 14)
Realized Price: $456,043 (€410,000)

6.12 Carat Diamond Studs

Lot 1105
Pair of 6.12 carat diamond stud earrings
Round cut, GIA certified
Bid Global (May 8)
Realized Price: $200,000

“Self Portrait, Mallorca” by Paul Cadmus

Lot 111
Oil on canvas, 1932, signed
Doyle New York (May 3)
Realized Price: $90,000

1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Pagode

Lot 22
1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Pagode (W113)
Galerie Fischer Auktionen AG (May 28)
Realized Price: $80,496 (CHF80,000)

“Senza Titulo” by Anastasio Soldati

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Lot 13
Anastasio Soldati (1896-1953)
Mosaic, iron frame
Finarte (May 11)
Realized Price: $57,840 (€52,000)

Louis Audemars Pocket Watch

Lot 4270
Gold & enamel hunting case minute repeater with “Grande & Petit Sonnerie”
Cortrie Spezial Auktionen (May 7)
Realized Price: $51,166 (€46,000)

“Antique Battle Scene” attributed to Amico Aspertini

Lot 5
Brown ink heightened with cream wash on oatmeal paper
Doyle New York (May 18)
Realized Price: $50,000

“Water Lilies” by Mario Schifano

Lot 59
Enamel and acrylic on canvas
Finarte (May 11)
Realized Price: $46,717 (€42,000)

Gilt-Bronze Figure of Vajrasattva

Lot 2093
Qing Dynasty period
California Asian Art Gallery USA (May 21)
Realized Price: $35,000

“Espaces chromatiques” by Gregorio Vardanega


Lot 53
1966-67, electric light, plexiglass, metal
Piasa (May 3)
Realized Price: $34,481 (€39,928)

Katniss Everdeen Signature Combat Bow

Lot 277
From “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”
Profiles in History (May 20)
Realized Price: $32,500