• 26
    Jul

Auction Report: 19th-C. Half Tester Bed, Grandfather Clock Shine at Stevens Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514438" align="aligncenter" width="187"] This mahogany half tester youth-size bed by C. Lee, circa 1850, was the top lot in an on-site sale of the contents of Green Gables, one of Jackson, Tenn.’s, stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions. It gaveled for $29,900.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514439" align="aligncenter" width="147"] This fine R.J. Horner carved oak, nine-tube grandfather clock, beautifully crafted...

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  • 26
    Jul

The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza to Debut at Sotheby’s Exhibition

[caption id="attachment_2514445" align="alignright" width="243"] An Alexandre Reza-designed brooch featuring untreated Ceylon sapphire will be among the highlighted items in a November exhibition to be held at Sotheby’s in New York. The brooch includes an exceptionally large oval sapphire of 134 carats mounted on a gold clip set with 14 round diamonds weighing 17 carats, a pear-shaped diamond of...

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  • 25
    Jul

Kevin Smith’s Low-Key Celebrity Auctions Benefits The Wayne Foundation

[caption id="attachment_2514412" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Kevin Smith’s eBay auction will benefit The Wayne Foundation, which is committed to ending commercial sex trafficking within the United States.[/caption] Celebrity auctions come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are for charitable causes, while some are estate liquidations. You’ll find celebrities auctioning off their prized possessions or even themselves with proceeds...

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  • 24
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

[caption id="attachment_2514396" align="aligncenter" width="491"] (Left to right): Lauren Lessing, Hannah Blunt and Elizabeth Finch of the Colby college Museum of Art.[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren...

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  • 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

[caption id="attachment_2514389" align="aligncenter" width="225"] An example of a 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox that sold on eBay in 2007 for $450.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514390" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The interior of 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label...

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

[caption id="attachment_2514380" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring will be sold by RR Auction on Oct. 24, 2013.[/caption] As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to...

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  • 22
    Jul

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) [caption id="attachment_2514373" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hermann-Spielwaren commemorated the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen Elizabeth with this bear.[/caption] Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

[caption id="attachment_2514360" align="alignright" width="300"] The early 19th century Federal “D end” table just left the leaf hanging until needed. Two such ends could be placed together with the leave raised, supported by the other table.[/caption] Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded...

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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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