2007 saw over a million and half online bidders registering to bid online through LiveAuctioneers.com partner auction houses. This was a record number for the site and LiveAuctioneers feels it demonstrates a "greater level of confidence in Internet bidding".
There were a total of 1,507,639 items up for bid and the Top Lots list demonstrates just how wide the variety of items was during the year.
1. Joseph Sharp Painting
Oil on canvas painting by American Joseph Sharp, Indian Encampment (In Winter's Embrace) 1905, signed and dated lower right: J H SHARP. 1905
Sold for $207,000 in the Santa Fe Art Auction on November 10, 2007.
Joseph Sharp, 1959-1953
2. Eanger I. Couse Painting
Oil on canvas by American, Eanger I. Couse, Pawhyumma, Umitilla Indian, 1892, signed and dated lower left: Eanger I. Couse / 1892
Sold for $138,000 also at the Santa Fe Art Auction on November 10, 2007.
Eanger I. Couse 1866-1936
3. Fernando Botero Bronze
65 pieces were sold online at Fuller's inaugural sale with the top lot a 1981 Fernando Botero patinated bronze "Hand with Cigarette". The 33¾-inch tall sculpture was signed, numbered and stamped Botero 2/6 Fonderia/M/Italy, and offered with provenance from New York's Marlborough Gallery and Philadelphia's Benjamin Mangel Gallery.
Sold for $132,000 at Fuller's Fine Art Auctions on December 1, 2007
Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932)
4. Steve McQueen's 1967 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle
McQueen's personal 1967 Triumph T120R Bonneville Motorcycle has been painstakingly restored to it's former glory, including Mr. McQueen’s personal extra touches including chrome brake levers, brake backing plate, wheel nuts, and chain adjusters.
The actor's personal motorcycle comes with Certificate of Authenticity from the McQueen Estate, framed photo with McQueen.
Sold for $120,000 at the World Of Décor/Motorbilia Auctions October 7, 2007.
5. Mel Ramos Pencil on Paper
Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 76er #2, 1995. Signed and dated "Mel Ramos 1995" lower center. Provenance: Private Collection, Portugal. Exhibited: San Francisco, Modernism Inc., Mel Ramos; The Lost Paintings of 1965, January 18-March 2, 1996.
Sold for $110,250 at Phillips de Pury & Co. on February 27, 2007.
Mel Ramos, b. 1935
6. George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Table
An exceptional walnut Conoid dining table, free-edge top with five rosewood butterfly keys.
Sold for $104,125 at the Sollo Rago Modern Auction on October 27, 2007.
7. Frederic Remington Bronze
Frederic Remington’s "The Bronco Buster" bronze, size 22.5".
Sold for $99,450 at the Scottsdale Art Auction on March 31, 2007
8. Mexican Palace Guard Helmet
Nickel-silver skull, brass mountings with remnants of gilding, gold and silver-plated rivet heads. The underside of the front peak is lacquered green and the rear peak covered with green velvet. The helmet spike in the form of a Mexican eagle clutching a serpent in its talons and beak, with partially polished gilding in outstanding condition. The silver-plated emblem is the star of the Order of the Mexican Eagle set in gold on the copper-gilded medallion.
Estimate: 20,000€ - 40,000€
Sold for 61,250 ($89,960) at Hermann Historica GmbH on October 17, 2007.
9. John James Audubon: The Birds of America
The Birds of America, New York and Philadelphia: 1840-44, first 8vo edition, in seven volumes, gilt tooled morocco.
Sold for $79,625 by Skinner on November 18, 2007.
John James Audubon (1785-1851)
10. Annibale Fagnola Violin
Italian Violin by Annibale Fagnola,, Turin, 1922.
Sold for $73,500 by Skinner on May 6, 2007.