• 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation of artist Jeff Koons’—for $28 million Wednesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York City. The brilliantly colored sailor man is posed with his impressive, cleft chin jutting out, his right […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale. Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was born on May 15, 1827, in Bordeaux, France, to a well-known family of artists. Isidore’s first salon entry was a plaster study of an African horseman attacked by a Lion in 1848. He later exhibited in his sculptures at the Paris Salon and The Royal Academy in London. This piece […]

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  • 6
    Mar

Works by De Kooning, Chinese & Asian Antiques to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim Soutine and Angel Botello, plus Chinese objects and other Asian antiques will headline an estates auction slated for Saturday, March 15, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, at 1034 Gateway Blvd. here […]

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  • 5
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Art of Master Carver John Haley Bellamy

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with author Jim Craig for a fascinating discussion of the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, N.H., Historical Society’s exhibition titled Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from slated to run from April 4 […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Stolen-Art Recovery Services: When Do Finder’s Fees Become Blackmail?

The Art Loss Register, a for-profit company that calls itself the “world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art,” has evolved over the years into the de facto authority when it comes to successful art recovery. As reported in the New York Times last September, the ALR helps fill a “gaping void”—billions of dollars’ […]

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  • 19
    Feb

Fine Art, Design, Orientalia, and Clocks on the Block at Hess Fine Auctions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – More than 125 lots of rare and highly collectible Orientalia, fine art, design pieces, tribal art, antiquities, clocks and more will be sold in an Internet and catalog auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 22, by Hess Fine Auctions, with assistance from ATN Properties, LLC. Both companies are headquartered in St. Petersburg, […]

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  • 17
    Feb

New Ivory Ban to Prove Problematic for Executors, Dealers & Collectors

In February of last year, armed wardens of the California Department of Fish and Game descended on an auction preview hosted by Slawinski Auction Company. The wardens seized 40 lots of ivory with a market value of about $150,000. Slawinski employees claimed that there were about 20 wardens, armed and in uniform. Owner Bob Slawinski […]

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  • 10
    Feb

Cruise Ship Art Values a Matter of Knowing Appraisals

Wandering through the house with the executor, I tried to get a sense of the contents of the estate. I was immediately curious about the dozens of shipping tubes I saw; they were everywhere. There were tubes in closets, on shelves and in the spaces beneath the beds. I asked if the decedent an architect. […]

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