• 30 Jun
    2011

Auction Report: Christie’s Timepieces Sale Fast & Frenetic

Christie’s sale of Important Watches, held on June 15, was like a tornado blowing through a hapless mid-western town. The collectible watch world will never be the same, as 416 wrist and pocket watches—many highly important and downright fabulous watches, including two unique, one-of-a-kind pocket watches from the famous James Ward Packard Collection—sold for prices […]

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  • 29 Jun
    2011

A Tour of Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair

WorthPoint went to the 38th Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair 2011 in London to see what British dealers and international exhibitors have to offer, and to get an up close view of the Country Life – LAPADA’s Object of the Year 2011. For those of you in the United States, some definitions would […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2011

NBC to Enter Antiques & Collectibles TV with ‘It’s Worth What?’

If something works on television, you’re sure to see impersonators all over the airwaves. This is certainly true for antiques and collectibles shows, as antiques TV warhorse “Antiques Roadshow” has been followed by the likes of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters.” Now, at least one of the […]

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  • 15 Jun
    2011

Rare Collection of Benjamin Franklin’s Privately Printed ‘Bagatelles’ on the Block

NEW YORK – An extremely rare, finely bound collection of Benjamin Franklin’s privately printed “Bagatelles”—light essays, witty dialogues and satirical sketches printed by Franklin himself—will be a featured lot in of Christie’s Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts sale, slated for June 23. Written by Franklin at his residence in Passy, a Paris suburb, while serving […]

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  • 15 Jun
    2011

Auction Report: R.J. Horner Mahogany Dining Room Set Soars Past $100,000

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A monumental circa-1890 R.J. Horner figural carved mahogany 12-piece dining room set—consisting of a dining table, sideboard, china cabinet, server and set of eight dining room chairs—soared to $100,300 at an Exceptional Cataloged Antique Auction held on Saturday, May 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The set was the top lot in a […]

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  • 24 May
    2011

Only Known Perfect Julius Goldbaum Back Bar Bottle Gavels for $25,200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A mint condition spin mold fifth bottle for Jule’s Bourbon, probably made around 1900 and most likely the only known perfect example of a Julius Goldbaum back bar bottle, soared to $25,200 to claim top lot honors in an Internet and catalog sale hosted by American Bottle Auctions that began April 29 […]

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  • 23 May
    2011

Collection of Cuban Art Rescued from Apartment to Cross the Auction Block

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The market for Cuban art is very strong, competitive, and definitely mysterious in South Florida. On Monday, May 23 and Tuesday May 24, Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will offer to collectors both locally and internationally a group of Cuban artworks that according to Gallery president Brian Kogan, “is […]

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  • 23 May
    2011

Auction Report: American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale Sets Artist Records

NEW YORK – An auction of American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture at Sotheby’s New York on May 19 saw new artist records set for Ernest Leonard Blumenschein, William J. McCloskey and William Aiken Walker and achieved a realized a total of $27,124,125, more than a pre-sale low estimate of $25.3 million. The sale featured works […]

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  • 19 May
    2011

Christie’s New York Major Spring Auction Series Yields $557M in Total Sales

NEW YORK — A just-concluded two-week series of art auctions devoted to important Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art held by Christie’s realized a combined $557 million, underscoring the solid demand in the high-end art market. In total, a whopping 88 lots offered over the course of the last two weeks surpassed the $1 million […]

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  • 18 May
    2011

Sioux Chief Black Bird’s War Shirt Sells for $2.7 million

NEW YORK – A new auction record for a piece of American Indian Art was set on May 18 when an Oglala Sioux beaded and fringed hide war shirt that had once belonged to the famous and celebrated Sioux Chief, Black Bird, sold to an anonymous buyer for $2,658,500 at Sotheby’s. The war shirt—which held […]

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