Press Release: December 30, 2016

Private Estate Jewelry brings over $30,000

Worth Auctions recently handled an extensive collection of vintage jewelry and gemstones from a fine Upstate New York estate. A total of 140 lots were sold across two cataloged sales which were held live at Worth’s galleries in Dryden and simulcast to collectors worldwide via the auction house’s online bidding platforms.

Leading the first sale was a trio of loose, round brilliant-cut diamonds for which Worth secured GIA certificates. Together they brought over $6,700.

Other pieces of note in the fine jewelry category included an 18 karat gold acanthus leaf mesh bracelet with 19 diamonds ($1000); an Art Deco platinum ring with diamonds and sapphires ($1,200); and a 1.5 carat solitaire diamond ring ($1,300).

Additional offerings included Native American turquoise and sterling pieces, men’s watches and cuff links, and other group lots of vintage costume jewelry and accessories.

In total, the collection brought over $30,000.

To speak with the specialists at Worth Auctions about your jewelry collection, please email or call 607-330-0358.

Worth Auctions featured on December 30, 2016 cover of ANTIQUES AND AUCTION NEWS

Big Eyes and Diamonds Shine at Worth Auctions

Press Release: November 30, 2016

Big Eyes, Diamonds Shine at Worth Auctions

An iconic “Big Eyes” painting by Margaret D. H. Keane offered at Worth Auctions on November 27, 2016 fetched over $12,500—the artist’s second-highest price on record.

Keane’s distinctive portraits of waiflike children became phenomenally popular during the 1960s, although all of the fame and fortune went to her husband Walter, who signed his name to her paintings and passed them off as his own. In 2014, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz starred in Big Eyes, an award-winning biopic that chronicled the couple’s troubled relationship and Margaret’s eventual triumph in a dramatic courtroom paint-off.

Other strong results from the fine art department included $5,400 for a post-cubist still life painting by Claude Venard, $1,900 for Kathe Kollwitz’s famous 1928 woodcut Maria und Elisabeth, and $1,150 for a whimsical hand/foot sculpture by the celebrated Mexican artist and furniture designer Pedro Friedeberg.

The sale also showcased an extensive collection of jewelry and gemstones, led by three GIA-certified loose diamonds that brought in more than $8,700. Other items included antique and vintage guitars, art glass, and porcelain.

The sale was held live at the Galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, New York and simulcast to bidders worldwide via Invaluable and LiveAuctioneers. Worth’s next auction is scheduled for December 18, 2016 and will feature further offerings of fine art and jewelry, plus a collection of unusual pre-Columbian artifacts and other special finds from multiple estates.

For more information about consigning, bidding, or appraisals, contact Evan D. Williams, AAA, Director of Fine Art & Special Collections, at or 607-279-0607.

Margaret Bourke-White collection

A singular collection of original exhibition photographs by the pioneering documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White brought $44,075 at the Worth Auction galleries in Ithaca, New York. Active bidding came from the floor as well as through the auction house’s global online bidding platforms.

Bourke-White (1904-1971) is remembered the world over as the first female war photojournalist, the first Western photographer allowed into the Soviet Union, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce’s Life magazine, for which she supplied the first issue’s cover image.

She is also remembered as a prominent alumna of Cornell University, where she honed her craft by documenting the rural campus and selling prints to campus publications and fellow students. “It was the beauty of Cornell and of its environs,” she later said, “that was the deciding factor in my choice of photography as a life work.”

The collection comprised 35 large-scale, specially mounted gelatin silver prints from the original negatives which were part of a retrospective show in New York. The images covered much of Bourke-White’s dynamic range, from harrowing scenes inside liberated concentration camps to Soviet workers sifting through carloads of rocks to Black preachers at a prayer meeting.

Other photographic works recently consigned to Worth Auctions and its sister company National Book Auctions include a unique contact print by Philippe Halsman from the estate of actor Ray Bolger and a first edition of Robert Frank’s landmark photobook The Americans. Worth’s appraisal staff have also just finalized an insurance appraisal of a private photography collection in the Midwest valued at just under $1 million.

Press Release: October 14, 2016

Local Auction Gallery with Elite Service and Global Reach

An innovative local business is bringing the elite service and global reach of the Manhattan auction gallery to our area.  Worth Asset Brokerage, breathing new life into the former Stevens Heritage Furniture Gallery in Dryden, is the new home of National Book Auctions and Worth Auctions, where polished online marketing techniques are harnessed to find new homes for personal property and family heirlooms in Tompkins County.  Experienced estate experts unravel the complexities of sending personal property to a global market for best exposure and the cataloging team works with collections of all sizes.

Drawing on 20 years of development as National Book Auctions, offering complete solutions for complete collections of rare books and collectible paper, Worth Auctions utilizes a carefully developed system of cataloging and international marketing that maximizes attention for each and every item.  Employing advanced technology, personal property is made available to bidders around the world through live auctions synchronized with online bidding platforms, so that when the hammer falls, every lot is afforded access to the highest possible return.

Worth Asset Brokerage is a family-owned and operated enterprise that hosts multiple independent companies. Consignment services were launched in the 1990’s, primarily selling rare and collectible books online when the internet was just beginning to take shape. The first gallery-based book and ephemera auction was held at the former National Book Auctions gallery on January 23rd, 2005 in the original Danby Road location. In the Spring of 2016, National Book Auctions was joined by Worth Auctions and relocated to the galleries at Worth Asset Brokerage in Freeville, NY.

Since the earliest days, consignment work has always been a part of the services offered and today, it is the backbone. Early in the company’s history, inventory was frequently purchased at area estate and other auctions where individual items that were worth small fortunes we often acquired for very low prices. This pattern demonstrated that an important market was being underserved. Hence, the galleries have been forged with the very deliberate plan to act as advocates for heirs, institutions and individuals with personal property to sell, who need critical expertise to market their personal property to a global marketplace, for a sound return.