Million-dollar painting to be star of J. Levine fall auction

Two original paintings by Marc Chagall – one estimated to be worth more than $1 million — and more than 100 other luxury items and rare collectibles from regional estates will be auctioned on Thursday, Oct. 29 during the “Fall Catalog Auction” at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Road.

The public can preview items 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and again starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, before the auction begins at 11 a.m.

In addition, Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives,” will visit from London for a free lecture about fakes and forgeries on 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to a press release.

Josh Levine, auctioneer and owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, stated that the Fall Catalog Auction features a diverse selection of rare antiques, estate jewelry and other high-end items, but the fine art will most likely steal the show.

“The Marc Chagall Cockerel oil on board is clearly the star of the auction. We’re estimating its value to be close to $1.2 million. The same consignor also is selling a Chagall Musician oil on canvas that we believe to be worth about $300,000,” Mr. Levine stated in the release.

Other notable pieces of fine art include a René Magritte oil painting, estimated to be worth between $600,000 and $800,000. Mr. Magritte was a 20th century Belgian surrealist who achieved fame in his 50s for his thought-provoking paintings.

An original Salvador Dali pen and ink drawing (circa 1950s) shares similar attributes to Dali’s fascinating “Face of Mae West” and is estimated to bring in between $10,000 and $20,000.

There will be light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served during the free lecture. Reservations are requested by Oct. 27.

For information, visit or call 480-496-2212.

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