Weekly News Roundup: April 19-23

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find a pair of pricey jade elephants, the 1790 census and fakes, fakes and more fakes.

From BBC News:
Rare jade elephants found in Dorset to go under hammer

One of the English Queen Mum’s goddaughters bought a pair of jade elephants in 1952 and kept them hanging around her house until she died a few months ago. It’s not known if she knew the value of the 18th-century ornaments. Pre-auction estimate? More than $1.5.

From the Associated Press via Politics News:
1st census signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1791 sold at auction for $122,500

This being a census year, it’s certainly timely that the 1790 census, signed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (he didn’t become president until 1801) went up for auction. The document had been owned by newspaper publisher James S. Copley (1916-1973). For trivia buffs, 3.9 million people were counted in 1790 and 281.4 million in 2000.

From The Associated Press via Auction Central News:
Surprise! Fakes dominate artifact collection seized from dealer

There was sort of good news/bad news for antiquities dealer Leonardo Patterson. The bad news was German authorities seized more than 1,000 ancient artifacts from him in 2008. The sort of good news was Mexican archaeology experts say that 252 of the pieces are modern fakes thus cutting Patterson’s losses. For years, the Costa Rican dealer was thought by some to deal in pieces of “dubious provenance.”

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