Several medals, one featuring a radio host of the 1930s and ’40s,
were sold this month during a Christie’s auction of items collected by a notable
“An American Dynasty: The Clark Family
Treasures” was an auction held by the New York auction house on
June 18. Among the more than 400 "treasures" featured were
fine art, musical instruments and furnishings possessed by the family
of Sen. William Andrews Clark, which Christie’s describes as “one of
the cornerstone dynasties of Industrial Age America.”
"As one of the nation’s wealthiest men at the turn of the 20th
century, William Andrews Clark’s name is synonymous with American
aspiration,” the Christie’s website reads. "Both a senator and a
magnate of a successful personal empire enveloping multiple
industries, Clark’s prosperity and wide-ranging curiosity drove him to
pursue a lifelong passion for art and culture that he shared with his
wife and daughters."
Two lots in the auction
featured medals designed by Mario Joseph Korbel.
One lot, which realized $5,250, features a pair
of 14-karat gold portrait reliefs, one portraying Margaret Illington
Bowes and another portraying Edward "Major" Bowes.
Edward "Major" Bowes was a writer and composer who
hosted CBS Radio’s Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour from 1934
to 1946, according to IMDb.
Bowes has a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio. His IMDb profile states he
was married to Margaret Illington Bowes from 1909 to 1934.
The Bowes medals are inscribed with MARIO KORBEL and TO ANNA
WHOM SHE WOULD HAVE LOVED MAJOR.
The other Korbel lot included three
bronze-with-gold-patina plaques that feature portraits of two of
Clark’s daughters, Andreé and Huguette Clark, and his wife, Anna La
The lot with those three medals, each
inscribed with the name of the individual portrayed, sold for $1,750.