Friday, May 20, 2016

5/20/16 Report - What Florida Says To Do If You Find A New Shipwreck. Top Priced Treasure Auction Items.

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This gold disk sold for $65,000 in the Sedwick auction that closed yesterday.  With buyers premium, it comes to $76,375.  I think that is the highest selling price in the entire auction.

Here is the lot description.

Gold disk with cut edge, 1438 grams, fineness XIX••• (19.75K), foundry / assayer STN / DTS (?), from the Atocha (1622), ex-Christie's (1988). 4" in diameter and 1/2" thick. Impressive disk with lots of markings (four fineness, two foundry / assayer and four circular tax-stamps) on flat top, tangential piece removed from edge in its time by shallow chiseling and deep breaking (with encrustation in crevices of break), much copper color on surfaces, great pedigree. From the Atocha (1622), pedigreed to the original Christie's (New York) auction of June 1988, lot #81.

I think this is the item with the second highest selling price.

The winning bid for this silver bar was $57,500.

Here is the lot description for this item.

Large silver bar #488, 85 lb 9.76 oz troy, Class Factor 1.0, from the Atocha (1622). 14" x 5" x 3-1/2". Choice example with all markings clear, including fineness IIUCCCLXXX (2380/2400) to left of intricate assayer-mark for Juan Sanchez Mexia, manifest number IIIUDXXX, three circular tax stamps, foundry/date Po1621, owner/shipper mark (large asterisk), silvermaster mark B next to diagonal line at corner, plus small double-scoop assayer's "bite" in center, nearly corrosion-free and attractively toned in the details From the Atocha (1622), with Fisher photo-certificate #S488.


Here is an interesting bit from Kovels Komments.

A painting was discovered behind the glass in a mirror waiting to be sold at a March 2016 Clars auction. The painting was identified as a picture of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina by Elliott Daingerfield, an important North Carolina artist. It’s in excellent condition because it has been secretly preserved behind the mirror for over 40 years. The estimate was $6,000 to $9,000. Bidding started at $3,000, and after many bids, it ended in a battle between two phone bidders. The picture sold for a record price of $39,325. The auction house was pleased, the consignor was pleased and the president of Clars joked it was the highest price ever paid for a mirror at Clars.

Look behind mirrors.  You never know where you might find good things.  Look between the pages of books and behind paintings.


Here is a Q and A from the site. 

Q: What should I do when I find an underwater archaeological site?
A: The best thing to do when you find a site is to not disturb it. As the "discoverer" of a site, you should make some important decisions that will help to determine the site's future. This includes giving us a call or sending us an email reporting the discovery. We can help you in determining what you have found, and whether it has already been reported, recorded, or investigated.

Bureau of Archaeological Research
Division of Historical Resources
B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology
1001 de Soto Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

And here is the link if you want to look at the other Q and A items.


More of the same at the beach.  The surf will start to increase daily, but very slowly.

Happy hunting,