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This mid-20th-century Nootka painted ceremonial mask, one of several lots of ethnic and American Indian art in Pook & Pook's variety auction next Friday, should sell for $200 to $400.

Sales late next week, one in Chester County and the other in the city, will offer opportunities to bid on the personal property of a sports personality and to acquire antique and vintage Americana at bargain prices.

The sports personality's belongings will be featured by Barry S. Slosberg Inc. at a sale beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday at the gallery in Port Richmond. Although the personality is not identified by name on the Slosberg Web site, a published report in July said the goods were from the Villanova estate of former 76ers star Allen Iverson and his wife, Tawanna, who moved from the area after he signed with the Denver Nuggets.

Among the more conspicuous offerings are fur coats, including a full-length chinchilla and an electric-blue Saga fox hooded coat, and a 6-foot-long gas-powered child's Maserati. Slosberg says that the Maserati was originally purchased for $15,000 and the fox fur for almost as much, but that they probably will sell for not much more than $1,000 each.

Also from the estate are a patio furniture set, a pair of bronze lions, and a pair of elephant-shaped bronze fountains that were on the estate grounds. Each pair of bronzes should bring $700 to $1,500, Slosberg says.

The estate is also the source of a collection of contemporary art glass. And from another estate comes a collection of about 100 glass paperweights that are expected to sell for $10 to $500 each.

Preview is from 3 p.m. to sale time Thursday at the gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. For more information, call 215-425-7030 or go to www.bssauction.com.

Americana at Pook & Pook. Vintage Americana will be offered at the company's first variety auction of the fall season, beginning at 9 a.m. next Friday at the Downingtown gallery. The auction is a prelude to Pook & Pook's Sept. 28-29 catalog sale of furniture and accessories and its cataloged art sale Oct. 26.

Next Friday's sale is not a catalog auction as such, although a complete illustrated listing of the more than 1,000 lots of furniture, silver, porcelain, artwork and ethnic items, as well as presale price estimates, can be seen online at www.pookandpook.com.

What distinguishes the variety sales are the modest price expectations for the goods to be sold. Only a dozen or so lots are expected to bring four-figure prices, notably a 20th-century Black Forest hall rack with an eagle crest and standing bear column ($1,000 to $2,000) and a large pair of late-18th-century oval fan skylights ($3,000 to $5,000).

The rest of the offerings are expected to sell for prices in the three-figure, and sometimes two-figure, range. A pair of 20th-century oil-on-board paintings - one a nude, the other a landscape - are expected to bring $50 to $100. A New York bowback Windsor chair made about 1790 has a presale estimate of $100 to $200, a far cry from some of the four-figure prices Windsor chairs fetch on fancier occasions.

The auction offers some unusual finds: an early-18th-century George I oak gateleg table ($400 to $800); a 91-inch Sensenich Bros. airplane propeller ($200 to $400); American Indian art, including a pair of early-20th-century Santa Clara blackware pitchers ($400 to $800) and a mid-20th-century Nootka painted ceremonial mask ($200 to $400); Halloween items, including a single lot of two German painted cardboard jack-o'-lanterns and a composition skull lantern ($200 to $400); and half a dozen pond sailboats expected to sell for between $300 and $500.

An opportunity to start collecting relatively unknown artists also is afforded by the sale. Among the paintings are nine lots by the 20th-century American Henry Clarence Pitz, including an oil on canvas titled Hilltown, that are expected to sell for $100 to $200.

Previews are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to sale time next Friday at the gallery, 463 E. Lancaster Ave. Information: 610-269-4040.


Contact David Iams at daiams@comcast.net.

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