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  • 22
    Jul

Christie’s Education Launches Six-Week Course on ‘Andy Warhol and the Business of Art’

[caption id="attachment_2514351" align="aligncenter" width="449"] “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” — Andy Warhol[/caption] NEW YORK – Christie’s Education New York will launch a unique new course this fall, “Andy Warhol and the Business of Art,” an introduction to...

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  • 19
    Jul

Auction Report: Carved Jade Chariot Blows Past Estimates in South Florida Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514289" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This white jade figure depicting a chariot and riders streaked past its pre-sale estimate of $300 to $500 to realize $40,210.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A Chinese hand-carved white jade sculpture galloped past its pre-sale estimate and sold for nearly 100 times its expected price at an auction sponsored by Elite Decorative Arts. The...

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  • 19
    Jul

Sundblom Painting, St. John Estate Headline Summer Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Original oil painting by Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) titled "1914 Kentucky Derby" headlines the Atlanta sale.[/caption] ATLANTA — An original oil painting by the renowned magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) is the expected top lot at the Summer Estates Auction planned for Aug. 4, by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The...

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  • 19
    Jul

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514343" align="alignleft" width="245"] Lot number 241, an “Extremely Rare Extra-Grand-Sized German Mohair “Petsy” Bear by Steiff with Family Provenance,” carries a presale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It is expected to be the top lot in the July 28 “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken” auction hosted by Theriault’s.[/caption] Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy,...

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

[caption id="attachment_2514239" align="alignright" width="300"] This set of antique cabinet cards shows the outlaw Jessie James.[/caption] Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn't—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read:...

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  • 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 [caption id="attachment_2514324" align="aligncenter" width="216"] An image of a Qílín as depicted in the Ming Dynasty work Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會), compiled by Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思義).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514325" align="aligncenter" width="243"] A modern-day digital art version of the Qílín.[/caption] All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has...

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  • 18
    Jul

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

[caption id="attachment_2514276" align="alignright" width="288"] This Sandusky Plow Plane, designed for cutting grooves into wood, recently sold for $14,000.[/caption] The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was...

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  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to find in the...

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  • 16
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/17/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514211" align="alignright" width="288"] Red Sonja #1 (Stephanie Buscema Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99. I love this one and it might be harder to find than you think.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place...

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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514196" align="alignleft" width="300"] The expected top lot of the Summer Decoy Auction—slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel—is this bufflehead drake by A. E. Crowell, which carries a $125,000 to $175,000 presale estimate.[/caption] HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer)...

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