888 Auctions is presenting a timed auction of over 400 lots of fine diamonds and watches, a selection of stamps, and Asian antique items through iCollector.com. This is an absentee bidding catalog and bids are required to be completed before the live auction begins at 3PM Eastern Time on Thursday July 20th, 2017. At that time, the auctioneer will take the highest bids on iCollector.com and place them in the live auction happening later in the day. This is an outstanding selection of artwork and antiques and has many treasures to offer. Included in the antiques are snuff bottles, paintings, stone, nephrite, jade, jewelry, and furnishings.
An incredible find hits the auction block at Lot 151. This is an extremely rare Chinese Imperial Hetian Jade Sword with a low estimate in value of $150,000. As described in the online catalog:
Extremely rare Chinese imperial Hetian white jade carved sword; with sheath carved with openwork dragon; one side of sword carved with Chinese character calligraphy in seal script with the artist seal; hand guard carved with mythical beast head; butt cap carved with a couching tiger; accompanied with a wood box; L: 55 cm, W: 7.5 cm, Cover: L: 37 cm, W: 5.5 cm
Provenance: Property of Simon Tang Hong Kong 1978 Retired Chinese Military Officer. Received as gift and imported to Canada in 1980
Lot 151 has an array of photos for viewing and inspection in the online catalog. This museum quality piece is one of the best pieces at auction this year.
The top stamp of the offering is a small 2 cents error stamp at Lot 329. Estimated in value from $30000 to $60000 it is opening for bidding at only $1000. The full description of this incredible find is as follows:
Canada small 2 cents error stamp; double side print; extremely rare; 1868-1870
Provenance: Toronto private collector.
All pieces have an array of beautiful photos and full descriptions available for immediate viewing in the online catalog. All final bids will then be taken to the auction floor and placed in the live auction on behalf of each internet bidder. Winning bidders will be notified of their treasures shortly after the conclusion of the live auction.