Christie's and Sotheby's make headlines with multimillion-dollar sales, but they aren't the only game in town. There are smaller auction houses, often featuring less expensive lots, which even the casual buyer of art and decorative objects can easily patronize. Here are four worth visiting.
Mike Eruzione's game-worn jersey from the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 Olympic hockey championship is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York. (Feb. 21, 2013)
A copy of Detective Comics #27 from the Billy Wright Collection at Heritage Auctions in Dallas came to auction at Heritage New York. (Feb. 13, 2012)
John Wayne's Golden Globe award for his performance in "True Grit" was among John Wayne memorabilia on auction at Heritage.
A London house nearly as old as Christie's and Sotheby's, Bonhams auction house covers the traditional categories -- furniture, silver, paintings -- plus oddities such as its recent dog art auction and a dedicated whiskey sale in the fall.
A personal album of photographs by Joe Rosenthal, taken on Iwo Jima from Feb. 19 to March 1, 1945, at Bonhams.
Sample sales at Bonhams include World War II: The Pacific Theater and Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets.
A rare Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo detonation timer circa 1943 in the original WWII wood case at Bonhams.
Asian works of art are on auction at Doyle New York March 18, including this 3-inch Japanese case from the 19th century.
Asian works are on auction during Asia Week at New York at Doyle New York, including this pair of Chinese Hongmu chairs from the late 19th century.
The Charlotte Moss Collection is on auction at Doyle New York March 7, 2013, including this oil on canvas by Emile Auguste Pinchart (French, 1842-1924), "The Young Lovers." Estimate is $1,500-2,500.
People view the offerings at Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan.
People bid on offerings up for auction at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. (April 2008)
A first edition of James Nasmyth and James Carpenter's "The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite" (London, 1874), at Swann Galleries. (Feb. 28, 2013)
A woodcut showing acupuncture points and meridians (China, circa 1800), at Swann Galleries. (Feb. 28, 2013)