Top 10: Dog collectibles
10) Dickens’ dog collar - $11,590
9) Dog bank - $55,000
Speaking Dog cast iron mechanical bank by J & E Stevens Co, Cromwell CT, circa 1895. Sold for $55,000 at Morphy Auctions in October 2007.
8) Fabergé griffon - £84,000
A Fabergé crafted hardstone figure of a griffon, circa 1907. Sold for £84,000 at Sotheby’s in May 2006.
7) Andy Warhol – Dog (cocker spaniel) - $114,000
In the 1970s, Andy Warhol began to focus on dogs instead of his previous animal passion, cats. He had a dachshund himself, but this picture from 1976 is a portrait of art collector Peter Brant’s cocker spaniel Ginger. Sold for $114,000 at Sotheby’s in November 2006.
6) Percival Leonard Rosseau’s hunting dogs - $144,000
Percival Leonard Rosseau was renowned for his portraits of dogs. This 1921 oil on canvas painting, A Pair of English Setters in the Field, sold for $144,000 at Sotheby's in December 2005.
5) Jade foo dog censer - $160,000
A Jade censer dating from 18th-19th century China, carved in the form of a foo dog. Sold for $160,000 at Skinner in April 2008.
4) Marilyn’s Maf - $222,500
3) Roman marble hound - £218,400
A Roman Imperial marble figure of a hound, circa early 2nd Century AD. Sold for £218,400 at Sotheby’s in October 2003.
2) Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker - $520,000
Two of C. M. Coolidge's original famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings, created to advertise Brown & Bigelow cigars in the early 20th century, sold for $520,000 at at Doyle New York in February 2005.
1) Meissen pugs - £361,250
A pair of Meissen pug dogs modelled by J. J. Kandler on gilt-bronze bases, dating from circa 1740, Louis XV period. Sold for £361,250 at Sotheby’s in July 2008.
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