Past Auctions

The Frame as Art:
Eli Wilner's Personal Collection

February 19, 2020

“Paysage sous un Ciel Mouvementé” by Vincent Van Gogh was sold at auction for $54,010,000. It was presented in this exquisite, hand-crafted picture frame made by America’s foremost master framer, Eli Wilner. This frame, and more than four hundred other extraordinary Wilner frames, will be sold online only on February 19th at an unprecedented Guernsey’s auction.

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Leonardo Da Vinci - Horse and Rider

October 30, 2019

Later this year, that unique 28 cm bronze, the only casting to emerge directly from Leonardo’s c. 1510 beeswax figure - along with the original mold made from the wax figure, will be sold by Guernsey’s

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Humanity & Inhumanity: Unprecedented Auction Links Holocaust with Civil Rights Movement

September 19, 2019

Included in the collection is a truly singular audio piece: a recording never before heard in its entirety of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King addressing an audience at County Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 30, 1967.

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A Spectacular Vintage Automobile

August 6, 2019

Elizabeth Taylor’s 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead will be sold without minimum reserve on August 6th at The Pierre Hotel, 61st Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Preparations are being made for the car to be on display at The Pierre starting July 23 through the August 6th (auction date).

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A Century at Sea: A comprehensive maritime auction

July 19 & 20, 2019

We will be continuing in this tradition by offering some of the most significant and exciting items ever to come to auction. The Titanic Cane, consigned by the family of the survivor who attempted to signal rescue ships from her lifeboat, is just one of many hundreds of wonderful items that will be up for sale.

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Collectors' Odyssey

February 20 & 21, 2019

The event will feature nearly one thousand unreserved lots raging from Movie Posters(from the talkies to Star Wars), Sports(Baseball, Football, Boxing, Topps), Political (The Kennedys, Nixon, LBJ), War (WWI & WWII Posters), Pulp Fiction, American History (Gettysburg Address), Art (Lichtenstein, Milton Glazer, James Rizzi), Circus (Posters, Photos, Ephemera), Television (Original TV Guide Cover Art), Nautical (SS United States, RMS Republic), Animation, Comic Art and much more!

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November 17 & 18, 2018

Featuring a monumental, unreserved auction of the contents of Asherwood, one of America’s most prominent homes. Including hundreds of ornate examples of antique and bespoke 20th-century furniture, furnishings and decor, substantial works of art, oriental rugs and countless smaller objects, virtually all in pristine condition. Approximately 1,300 lots being sold will be offered without minimum reserve.

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African American Historic &
Cultural Treasures

July 25 & 26, 2018

Featuring a remarkable collection of rare documents, manuscripts, and other treasured items tracing African-American history, the Civil Rights movement, and African American music. Gregory Reed is a Detroit-based lawyer who represented Rosa Parks for many years, consequently ending up in possession of a number of documents relating to the civil rights movement.

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A Cinema Apart Collection

July 25 & 26, 2018

A powerful, comprehensive auction, focusing on African-American history, culture, and the Civil Rights movement. Hundreds of motion picture posters featuring African-American stars and addressing African-American issues, as well as rare broadsides, window cards, and ephemera. Items feature names including Paul Robeson, Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sidney Poitier. So culturally important that a section of it is now in the collection of the Smithsonian.

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The Jackson Five's 1st Contract

July 25 & 26, 2018

Original signed contract between Joe Jackson and Steeltown Records, November 21, 1967. This contract signed The Jackson Five to their first professional label. William Adams, of Steeltown Records, has signed on both the President and the Secretary lines. Joseph Jackson has signed the artist line. Document has been stamped and signed by a notary public.

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1963 Cheetah Race Car

May 10, 2018

This 1963 Cheetah, created to bring glory to American racing, will be sold by Guernsey’s in NYC at an unprecedented one-lot auction. Owned by the same gentleman since 1965, the General Motors collaboration was the fourth of the twenty three Cheetahs believed built and is the only known unrestored, completely original surviving example. Featured in a 1981 twelve-page Automobile Quarterly article, this car set a Daytona track record in 1964 at 215 mph.

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Chelsea Doors

April 12, 2018

For over a century, New York City’s Chelsea Hotel has been home to some of the most legendary, accomplished, and fascinating individuals of their time. Bob Dylan, Jackson Pollock, Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kerouac – all of these people, and more, were residents, guests & habitués of the Chelsea. The Hotel’s bohemian environment led to wild parties as well as inspiration for such iconic figures.

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Legendary Guitars & Musical Treasures

December 2, 2017

Following our recent extraordinary sale of Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" that fetched nearly $4 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Guernsey's is now in the preparatory stages for a major Guitar Auction featuring rare and exceptional acoustic and electric guitars.To discuss the possible inclusion of fine instruments from your collection, please contact us at your soonest convenience.

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OCC to Auction Custom Motorcycle in Support of Hurricane Harvey Victims

October 12, 2017

Orange County Choppers, the most famous maker of extraordinary, one of a kind motorcycles - “choppers” has just revealed a spectacular Texas Strong bike that will be sold at auction on October 12 in Houston. Proceeds going to support the Peace of Mind Foundation and those whose mental health has been severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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The Kennedy Era

October 7,2017

Several wonderful collections from the families of close aides to both John F. Kennedy and the First Lady to be sold in the fall of this, the one hundred year since the late President's birth.

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Jerry Garcia’s
Legendary Guitar, Wolf

May 31, 2017

Wolf as one of Jerry Garcia’s earliest and most recognizable instrument to be auctioned in support of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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The Marcial de Gomar Collection

April 25, 2017

An important assemblage of extremely rare, museum-quality gems at auction. Emeralds from Colombia's Muzo mine featured including Muzo emeralds recovered from the wreck of the Atocha.

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The Neil Leifer Photographic Collection

December 2 & 3, 2016

Widely recognized for photographically capturing the great Muhammad Ali like no other, the legendary sports photographer to sell his own work along with his riveting collection of printed images by other Legendary 20th Century Photographers

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"America's War Heroes" Art Exhibition & Auction

November 7, 2016

The event is taking place from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on November 7th at the Wyndam New Yorker. This event is free, open to the public and will feature a dramatic exhibition of fine art featuring war heroes, patriots and icons throughout history

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Johnny Winter, The Auction

September 30 & October 1, 2016

The Blues / Rock Legend’s Iconic Guitars and hundreds of other treasures to be sold by Guernsey’s.

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NJ Palisades Estate

June 8, 2016

Stunning, architecturally-unique home built c. 1947. Beautifully landscaped 1.3-acre park-like grounds at the edge of the Palisades cliffs. High-profile former owners include a previous owner of the New York Yankees, comedian Buddy Hackett and mob boss Albert Anastasia, Jr. Currently owned by Arthur Imperatore, the widely respected owner of NY waterway ferry system.

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Forever Ellington

May 18, 2016

Few individuals have had a greater influence on the twentieth century popular culture than Duke Ellington. His remarkable musical legacy combined with an unfailing sense of style have accorded him iconic status. And although such evergreen hits as Take the A Train, It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) and Satin Doll resonate from coast to coast, that he was our nation's Jazz Ambassador endeared the Duke to a global audience.

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The Guitar Auction

February 27, 2016

The event will feature magnificent Acoustic instruments (Martin, Gibson, Washburn, Larson Bros. and other fine names) along with classic D'Angelico, Gretsch, Epiphone transitional models plus many of the most exceptional Electric guitars ever to cross the auction block. Included in the sale is a wonderful private collection of Electric guitars formerly owned and played by such iconic figures as Eric Clapton, Ace Frehley, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

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Tattoo Art Collection

November 13 & 14, 2015

The Mui Collection is believed to be the largest collection of original tattoo art by what many consider to be the world's most accomplished tattoo artists. For over fifteen years Mui traveled the globe, seeking out the top tattoo masters of every style. His collection consists of more than one thousand original works on canvas, board and paper by such noteworthy artists as Japan's Horiyoshi III, Swiss artist Filip Leu, American Traditional tattoo icon Bob Roberts, among many others.

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The Mel & Deo Fisher Collection

August 5, 2015

Without question, the most successful treasure hunter of all time was Mel Fisher whose remarkable and dedicated efforts lead to the discovery of many noteworthy undersea wrecks including the legendary Spanish Galleon, the Atocha. His work, well documented in print and film, lead to landmark decisions by the United States Supreme Court.

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The Col. McCrahon Collection

World War I Posters - June 30 & July 1, 2015

Often described as"the Great War," World War I is vividly remembered by a vast number of extraordinarily graphic posters published during the years of that historic international conflict. Serving first as a war-time ambulance driver for the French, and then becoming a Colonel in the U.S. Army, Col. McCrahon devoted his post-war years to amassing one of the most comprehensive collections of WWI Posters known to exist.

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The Seymour Stein Collection

May 2, 9 & 10, 2015

Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and manager of such pop-cultural icons as Madonna, the Talking Heads and the Ramones, has also, for the last fifty years, been the inveterate collector. The auction will feature Stein’s collections of original art, rare advertising, ceramics and a wide assortment of other forms of collectibles.

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Urban Archaeology

March 27 & 28, 2015

A two-day auction offering dramatic antique architectural artifacts assembled over four decades by Urban Archaeology and its owner, Gil Shapiro. Among the hundreds of important items to be offered are the fabled gates from NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and elegant figures that once graced the Place de Concorde in Paris.

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Les Paul/Chet Atkins -
The Tom Doyle Collection

February 19, 2015

The highlights of this auction are two legendary guitars - the original prototype of the revolutionary Les Paul Gibson guitar, the instrument that made Rock and Roll possible and often spoken of as “the holy grail,” and Chet Atkin’s prototype Gretsch guitar.

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