• 10
    Jul

N.C. Wyeth’s ‘Deerslayer’ Illustration Sells for $1.3 Million

When the original art for a famous book illustration comes up for auction, I’m always curious. Where has it been? Why is it now being sold? Will a museum or benefactor buy it, so that the public will be able to enjoy it? Or will it just disappear into a private home? Often, book illustrations […]

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  • 15
    Jun

Removing Mold from Art & Antiques a Job for Restoration Professional

The rash of devastating hurricanes across the United States over the last few years has created a potentially dangerous situation for collectors and institutions now salvaging mold and mildew covered artwork and antique items from flood-affected areas. Mold should be treated very carefully. Your first priority should be to protect yourself against any health and safety […]

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  • 22
    May

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, a record price. Other Rockwells are selling in the millions—“After the Prom” sold at Sotheby’s for $9.1 million in May 2014. “The Rookie” sold at Christie’s in May 2014 for […]

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  • 21
    Apr

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Most Expensive Thing in the World is a One-Cent Stamp; Is this a Good Thing?

The new Most Expensive Thing in the World is a stamp; the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta postage stamp, to be exact. The calculations going into the designation seem to make sense. The little red scrap of paper, measuring just one inch by 1 1/2 inches, sold on Tuesday night for $7.9 million. Add in […]

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  • 20
    May

LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

I met Joe DiMaggio once, when I was 17. A friend of mine was DiMaggio’s third cousin, twice-removed or something like that, and he invited me to a DiMaggio family barbeque that Joltin’ Joe was going to attend. At the time, in the mid-’80s, DiMaggio was better known as “Mr. Coffee” to kids of my […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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