Mid-Century Modern Watches, Art, Furniture, & More!

August 21, 2021 12:00 PM EDT
Live Auction

132 Lots

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Hess Fine Art

Location: Saint Petersburg , FL, US

Phone: 727-896-0622


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  • Accepts online payments
Accepted Forms of Payment: American Express, COD (cash on delivery), Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Other, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


Many smaller items can be shipped.
Storage fees of 1% per month will apply for all items not picked up within 30 days. Items will be considered abandoned after 180 days

On Saturday August 21, Hess Fine Auctions' sale will feature masters of mid-20th century art and design with offerings of fine art, watches, jewelry, furniture, and ephemera of the era. Of these are the works of the world renowned Richard Arbib, who worked for many companies ranging from industries such as automobiles, boats, railroad, rubber, watch, jewelry, and even science fiction art. A doyen of 20th century design, Richard Arbib’s résumé and credits are endless – he even dated famed pinup darling, Bettie Page. It should be noted that much of the Arbib related pieces in this auction are from the private collection of Jeffrey P. Hess, CEO and owner of Hess Fine Auctions. Jeffrey Hess, known worldwide for his horological research, met with Richard Arbib in 1987 and had the pleasure of interviewing the legend, which was featured in Mr. Hess’ first published research in Ed Faber’s book, American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Style and Design. You can read that interview HERE. “This is a true sale of the Atomic Age!” roared Mr. Hess raising his head from a deep focus inspecting large piece of jewelry. “Arbib had an eye for the future; his work clearly stands out amongst many of his contemporaries.” Hess affirmed. “The shapes and designs of his work are more at home on the set of a science fiction production than anything else.” Hess explained further. This does hold some truth as Arbib’s famous Ventura watch is worn by the alien hunting duo in the 1997 feature film Men in Black. Another famous face who wore his iconic design was the King of Rock ‘N Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Jeffrey Hess elaborated on this by noting, “Not only did Elvis wear and Arbib design, our auction also showcases the collection of Elvis’ personal advertising agent, Ken Clanton.” “Nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s still runs high in the collecting world. Even Millennials who watched television shows like Mad Men or The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel glorify this roughly 20 year epoch.” said Brandon Peck, Auction Coordinator for Hess Fine Auctions. The August 21st auction also features works from famed artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Robert Indiana, Ado Chale, Jose Villanueva, , Robert Brundle, and George Cohen. There certainly is a cornucopia of offerings that casts a wide net across multiple collecting fields. One could conclude there might be a little something for everybody.
Buyer's Premium
$1+: 25.0%
Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $4,999 $100
$5,000 $9,999 $250
$10,000 $49,999 $500
$50,000 $99,999 $1,000
$100,000 + $5,000

Conditions of Sale

Bidding is binding: Your bid is a legally binding contract. If you are the successful bidder, you have entered into a contract to purchase the property bid on from the seller. You should contact HFA to resolve any questions prior to placing any bids.
Legal Jurisdiction. HessFineAuctions is a division of Hess Fine Art, and is registered in Pinellas County, FL, USA. It is agreed that all parties will abide by the laws of the State of Florida in all matters relating to this agreement. And that in the case of any dispute, the legal jurisdiction of resolution shall be Pinellas County, Florida. The buyer acknowledges that any items not returned within 30 days of receipt of the refund will be deemed appropriated by the buyer and buyer also acknowledges their intent to deprive from seller, either temporarily or permanently, the right to the property or the benefit from the property
The Terms of Sale will take precedence over any other conditions, whether printed or posted on internet websites. Terms of Sale may be amended by posted notices or by announcement from the auctioneer.Hess Fine Auctions
Invaluable Sales Conducted by:
Katrina M. Hess, Florida Auctioneer License AU#4434, ATN Properties, LLC AB#3356

How to pay: We accept Cash, check, money order, moneygram, wire transfer, Visa, Mastercard, American express and Paypal. Processing fees for electronic payment will be paid by buyer.

Shipping Terms: Many smaller items can be shipped.
Storage fees of 1% per month will apply for all items not picked up within 30 days. Items will be considered abandoned after 180 days

Buyers premium: Buyers premium will apply to all sales

Florida Sales Tax: For all items delivered within the State of Florida or picked up in person, we are required to collect Florida Sales Tax at the rate specified for Pinellas County, currently 7% of the selling price and shipping/handling. Unless the purchaser provides a copy to us, either by fax or email, of a current Form DR-13 Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax, in the name of the purchaser, we will charge 7% Florida Sales Tax on the purchase. The name on the DR-13 must be shown on the shipping name and address.

Exemption from Florida Sales Tax cannot be provided for deliveries within Florida even when the purchaser may be exempt in their resident State or Country. Only Florida Form DR-13 will be accepted.

If you are entitled to an exemption from Florida Sales Tax and do not comply with the above, Florida Sales Tax will be charged. You may be entitled to claim the amount paid on Line 6, Less Lawful Deductions of Form DR-15, Florida Sales and Use Tax Returns.

Condition: ALL SALES ARE FINAL. All lots are sold AS IS, where is with all faults, imperfections, and errors of description. Hess Fine Auctions (hereafter HFA), their employees and/or agents are not responsible for errors of description, genuineness or authenticity, and fault or defect in any lot. No warranties or representations whatsoever are given by HFA, its employees and/or agents, to any buyer in respect to any lot, except as noted below.
ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE IMMEDIATELEY FOLLOWING AUCTION, and all merchandise must be removed from the premises within 5 business days of the auction by the buyer or the authorized shipper of their choice. Please note our payment options posted elsewhere.
LIMITED WARRANTIES FOR FINE & DECORATIVE ARTS, JEWELRY & ESTATE PROPERTIES: Artists who are cataloged with dates in parentheses indicate it is our opinion that this artwork was created or designed by the artist listed. Artists born before 1800, works created before 1870 and works identified as School of, Manner of, After or by other limiting or speculative descriptors do not apply to the following: Notwithstanding any Terms of Sale, if within 14 calendar days of the sale, HFA has received notice in writing from the original buyer of record of any artwork that authorship is in error and also within this time period this error is confirmed by a certified letter from an independent appraiser satisfactory to HFA, our firm will set aside the sale and refund to the buyer the amount paid by the buyer for the lot, excluding shipping. This limited warranty is specific to authorship only and does not extend to condition, restoration, medium, size, losses, relationship of an artist to a multiple edition or any other defect. Any artwork returned for refund under the above provisions must be returned to HFA in the same condition it was in at the time of sale. The same applies to jewelry or watches misdescribed as to the physical qualities of the jewelry and such inaccuracy is confirmed by a certified letter from an independent appraiser satisfactory to HFA, then our firm will set aside the sale and refund to the buyer the amount paid by the buyer for the lot. Physical Qualities are limited to descriptions of karat, weight of metal, type of stone or metal, carat (weight of stone), and cut of stone. The above provisions allowing return and refund will not be applicable upon evidence of any physical removal or tampering. Watches are covered by the same 14 day limited guarantee and terms as jewelry as to manufacturer of movement and case. Manufacturer of dial, bezel and bracelet is not guaranteed unless specified.
Storage fees of 1% per month will apply for all items not picked up within 30 days. Items will be considered abandoned after 180 days