J. Levine to host auction for art, furniture, currency

A Route 66 motel table on auction at J. Levine’s upcoming three-day auction. (Submitted Photo)

An eclectic mix of fine art, vintage furniture, coins and currency as well as other collectibles will hit the auction block at J. Levine Auction and Appraisal Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27.

The Scottsdale auction house at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road is open for preview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday, May 22. Doors open at 9 a.m. for preview on each of the three auction days with live bidding starting at 11 a.m., according to a release.

Bidders can also view the full catalog online and place a bid now at www.jlevines.com, a release states.

“The best word to describe this auction is eclectic,” Josh Levine, owner and CEO of J. Levine Auction and Appraisal, said in a prepared statement.

“There’s a notable Native American collection that includes pottery from acclaimed artists Marie Martinez and Jesse Garcia. There are vintage tables from Route 66 motels that were sand-painted by Native American artists. Other fine art includes an Ed Mell painting, a Bob Scriver bronze and an original pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso.”

Mr. Levine said the auction also features a large coin and currency collection that includes a rare Flowing Hair half dime from 1795 estimated to be worth between $1,000 and $2,000, and a $20 Gold Liberty coin from 1901 estimated to be worth between $1,200 and $1,600.

“There are a few early American coins in this sale that you just don’t see,” Mr. Levine said in a prepared statement.

Haig Kachian consigned several pieces of the vintage furniture with J. Levine for the auction.

“The Route 66 motel furniture is from the bygone era of when families would hit the road to ‘see the USA in their Chevrolet,’” Mr. Kachian said in a prepared statement. “These pieces of history would make an artistic addition to even a modern home décor.”

For western collectors, the auction includes a Victorian Eastlake steer hide settee, which came from an old cattle ranch in Wyoming, Mr. Kachian said in a release.

Much of the Native American pottery also was sold along Route 66.

“It’s a remarkable, historic collection, with many of the original Native American pueblo wares dating back from 40 to 100 years,” Mr. Levine said.

The three-day auction includes more than 800 collectibles from multiple estates. Other items include an assortment of estate jewelry, Asian antiques, sterling silver and more.

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