Live Online Bidding on Fine Native American Basketry with Artfact

  • SCOTTSDALE, Massachusetts
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  • April 26, 2011

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J. Levine Auction and Appraisal partners with Artfact Live! to offer live online bidding on hundreds of museum quality Native American baskets April 30, 2011.  The auction features the Frank E. Curley Family Collection, which includes nearly 400 works, predominantly from Arizona tribes.  The Curley Family Collection is one of the most culturally significant multi-generation collections amassed by a single Arizona family and has been continuously cared for and treasured until the recent death of the family’s last surviving member.  For additional information, or to bid live online from anywhere in the world on Artfact Live! please visit


Highlighting the sale is a Chemehuevi coiled vessel weaved by Mary Snyder.  The circular basket features a rattlesnake and star pattern and measures 16 inches in diameter and 4 inches in depth.  This fine specimen, woven by a well-known artisan, is expected to sell between $18,000 - $25,000.


Also offered is a large Pomo boat shape gift basket.  The basket, woven by the Pomo people of Northern California, contains beautiful ceremonial drops made of shell and also boasts quail topknot feathers.  The oblong piece measures 12 inches in width and 20 inches in length and is estimated to bring $12,500-$15,000.

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Additional featured items include an Apache Olla type storage vessel (est. $16,000 - $20,000); a Yavapai large coiled vessel (est. $10,000 - $12,000); a fringed Tulare vase (est. $8,500 - $10,000); and a Haida conical hat basket ($3,500 - $5,000).


A full-color catalog for the sale is available at 


In addition to this important Native American basketry auction, Artfact Live! also offers live online bidding at premier auctions around the world.  Artfact Live! bidders benefit from an enhanced, easy-to-use bidding console; a comprehensive auction database; and a powerful search engine that allows bidders to search consignments by keyword, auction house, artist name and more.  To register to bid at this or any other Artfact Live! auction, please visit

Image Courtesy of J. Levine is the largest global marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions.  In 2009, Artfact launched two live online bidding platforms, Artfact Live! and Invaluable Live! In the UK, allowing users to bid in real-time on auctions held around the world reaching a community of more than 10 million knowledgeable collectors and dealers worldwide. In 2010, Artfact merged with, increasing the reach of their platforms to include thousands of auction houses around the country.  Artfact's industry leading database includes more than 57 million complete auction results totaling more than $204 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists.


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