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19th century American Horn and Hide Armchair

iGavel Auctions Presents Online Decorative Arts Gifts for the Holidays

Released: November 27, 2018

Who doesn’t know the traditional gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas—partridge, doves, golden rings, and so on. That’s why this season iGavel is offering a different lineup of gifts for the 12 days of Christmas—and they are anything but traditional. And why would they be? iGavel broke with tradition long ago when it launched as one of the first online auction sites to offer unique items from the world of antiques, collectibles and fine art. So grab your songbook and sing along to iGavel’s version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and start bidding on! On the 12 days...

The Magnificent Sword Collection of William Koch

World Renowned Collector William I. Koch to Sell Extraordinary Historical Swords at Cowan’s

Released: October 16, 2018

The unrivaled collection is the finest assemblages of swords to ever be offered in the United States and features stunning British swords from the turn of the 19th century and historic presentation swords from the Mexican-American and Civil Wars. CINCINNATI -- Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. announced today that it plans to offer 45 magnificent swords from the collection of William I. Koch in its two-day fall Historic Firearms & Militaria auction to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 30-31. The $2 million collection features a stunning array of ornate British and American ceremonial an...

TOP SILVER SHOW IN THE UNITED STATES • 38th Annual Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Released: June 28, 2018

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, now in its 38th year, returns Labor Day Weekend (August 30 – September 2, 2018) to the Baltimore Convention Center featuring items with a wide range of price points.  Show guests can discover many great items ranging from $100 to museum quality treasures with values of more than $1,000,000.   Known amongst dealers and collectors as one of the most important silver showcases in the nation, the Baltimore show has over 30 leading silver specialists ranging from early coin, English, Georgian, Irish, Russian and Victorian to local Baltimore Sti...

Lot 1013 - Cartier - Limited Edition Louis Cartier Ebonite, 0819/1847 - $1,000 – 1,500

Rago to Auction Investment Quality Collectibles on June 9, 2018

Released: May 23, 2018

Lambertville, NJ - On Saturday, June 9, Rago Auctions brings to market a 40+ lot sale of investment quality collectibles across a wide swathe of interests: sports collectibles and cards, historical and political memorabilia, aerospace memorabilia, vintage movie posters, fine fountain pens, and weapons and militaria. Highlights from the sale include a 1793 Treasury Letter penned and signed by Alexander Hamilton, a 1949 Jackie Robinson Bowman baseball card, a 1935 movie poster for the Marx Brother’s “A Night at the Opera”, and several limited edition fountain pens by Cartier, Montblanc, Dupo...

La Place Antiques French flower maket cart

Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair 13-15 October 2017

Released: September 26, 2017

The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair returns to the luxury laden Haynes International Motor Museum from 13-15 October, 2017, following a smash hit debut in October 2016 when buyers flooded in from across the country and the rest of the world! Organisers Cooper Events will welcome some brilliant new names on board, Kore Purchase, Tetbury, Bombe Interiors and Elham Antiques from Kent, Molly & Maud’s Place and Chris Holmes Decorative Antiques both Yorkshire, John Read Smith, Wales, The Archives from The Netherlands will join Bruton this year with their Folk Art, Country House furniture ...

English three quarter suit of armor, c.1630

EN GARDE! Get Your Armor On!

Released: September 15, 2017

A knight in shining armor introduces the next auction, on October 4th, at Gray’s Auctioneers. Several lots of armor from a private collector display an armory from centuries past and from many different cultures. Not to be outshone, a huge collection of American decorative, stretch and pressed glass makes their mark in the auction, lots 111 to 299. Features notable manufacturers like Fenton, Imperial and Cambridge.   Perched on an antique oak pedestal base, lot 1, is a three quarter suit of English armor, circa 1630. The helmet is comprised of a four part bowl with hinged, pierced vents ...

Rare, 16th century Spanish (or Italian) combed morion, or tall dome-shaped infantry helmet, profusely etched ($7,675).

Rare 16th century Spanish or Italian infantry helmet brings $7,675 at Mohawk Arms' Auction #77

Released: July 26, 2017

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A rare, 16th century Spanish or Italian combed morion (tall dome-shaped infantry helmet featuring a rim and upswept front and rear peak) sold for $7,675 to take top lot honors at Militaria Auction #77, a catalog and internet sale held June 16-17 by Mohawk Arms, Inc., online (via and in the firm’s gallery along Route 20 in Bouckville.   The body, brim and comb of the morion were profusely etched with floral designs to go with a rope pattern along the brim’s edges. A large etched panel on one side included a coat-of-arms, a drummer and a male figur...

M.  Evelyn McCormick's "Fremont House" is in Witherell's May 2-16 auction.

McCormick painting, Gold Rush items highlight Witherell’s Premier Western Design Auction

Released: April 28, 2017

A large McCormick painting and items relating to the Gold Rush era highlight Witherell’s Premier Western Design auction May 2 to 16, 2017.  One of the first women to embrace Impressionism, M. Evelyn McCormick, (American, 1869-1948) became known for her plein aire oils of Monterey’s historic buildings and adobes. Born in Placerville, but raised in San Francisco, McCormick studied at the Academie Julian in Paris as well and California School of Design in San Francisco. Traveling to France, Italy and England, she settled in San Francisco, but established a studio in Monterey’s Custom Hous...

Rare & Important Album Containing CDVs & Cabinet Cards of Wells Fargo Highway Men, Train Robbers, & Other Criminals

Auction of Legendary Dealer Norm Flayderman Brings $1.1M and Achieves Record Prices

Released: February 24, 2017

Antique firearms, Bowie knives, Civil War broadsides and imprints, folk art soldier-carved pipes, and manuscript archives from the famed dealer spark robust bidding setting records in the process.   Once again proving that exceptional items bring exceptional prices, Cowan’s auction of the property of legendary dealer Norm Flayderman topped $1.1 million including the buyer’s premium. Cowan’s registered 877 bidders including 113 phone bidders on just 290 lots, a per-lot record for the auction house. Between the record number of phone bidders, a near capacity crowd on the floor, and biddi...

Lot 1 – A Rare Victorian Centennial Table, 1776-1876


Released: November 08, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio – (November 8, 2016) Gray’s Auction on November 21st features a vast collection of memorabilia from the World’s Fair Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893, as well as a selection of items from the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Souvenirs from ribbons, coins, prints, books to sculptures, games, furniture and textiles make up this extraordinary collection, each piece celebrating the achievements of their time. This is a single-owner collection from a prominent expert and published author on the subject. The auction opens at lot 1 with a rare Victorian Centennial T...

'Wunderkammer II', 1998.  Etching and aquatint, 10 x 21 inches.

'Erik Desmazières: Imaginary Places' on exhibit at Childs Gallery

Released: July 14, 2016

Erik Desmazières’ prints and drawings are fascinating explorations of places both real and unreal. In the artist’s hand, cities, battles, libraries, and various curiosities are all rendered with the same virtuosity of draftsmanship as the Old Masters, but encompass a cerebral twist. With the lines of Dürer, the vision of Piranesi, and a healthy dose of science fiction and fantasy elements, Desmazières captures on paper intricately complex and dreamlike spaces and scenes. Imaginary Places, based on the highly successful exhibition of Desmazières’ works on paper at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey...

Caillie double-upright slot machine with music sold for $75,000 at Witherell's Western Design Auction

Musical double-upright slot machine hits the high note at Witherell’s Western Design Auction

Released: June 02, 2016

At $75,000, a 1905 Caille Brothers double-upright slot machine with music hit the high note at Witherell’s Western Design Auction that ran from April 27 to May 11, 2016. Containing a 25-cent Centaur and 5-cent Eclipse mechanism, people can play one-to-six coins on either or both machines. When the player pushes the handle and the color slot chosen matches the color on the wheel, music plays and winnings are paid.     “The price for the slot machine was very good,” said Brian Witherell, chief operating officer and a featured appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow.” The average price per lo...

Colonel Elmer E.  Ellsworth Presentation Sword and Archive

Sword of First Union Officer Killed in the Civil War to Hit the Auction Block

Released: June 01, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Having objects of great significance from events that still resonate around the world, the American History sale at Cowan's Auctions on June 10 offers an intriguing selection of memorabilia. Topics range from the Revolutionary War to the sinking of the Titanic, and from the White House to the California gold rush. Headlining the auction is the presentation sword of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Part of a 52-piece archive estimated at $100,000 to $200,000, the Model 1850 officer's sword is inscribed, "Presented by Infantry Corps...

Single-action Colt revolver sold for $500,000 at Witherell's Old West Show May 6 and 7

Single-action Colt revolver tops the bill at Witherell's Old West Show

Released: May 24, 2016

Despite the newly discovered Billy the Kid tintype debuting at Witherell’s Old West Show in Grass Valley, Calif., May 6 and 7, 2016, the talk of the show was a single-action Colt revolver that sold for $500,000. “That gun is arguably the best Colt single-action known,” said Brian Witherell, Witherell’s chief operating officer and a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.  Dealers also sold a wooden Cigar Store Indian for $30,000; a Wells Fargo strong box for $25,000; a Buffalo Brewing advertising calendar for $17,000 and a bronze for $10,000. Witherell had re-configured the lay-out ...

The Magnificent Sword of Wu Peifu - estimate $500,000/1,000,000

Historical Chinese National Military Treasure Surfaces and Hits the Auction Block on June 5th

Released: May 19, 2016

ORANGE, Calif. -- A historical rarity, the dress sword of Wu Peifu (1874-1939), noted Chinese warlord during the early 20th century and one of the country's beloved figures, will be sold by Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in conjunction with Little John's Auction Service on June 5 at their Orange, California auction facility. The sword is estimated at $500,000 to $1 million. A Chinese nationalist hero, General Wu, "The Jade Marshall," is fondly recalled as China's incorruptible, honest warlord. He strove to unify the country and return control to the Chinese people. The unmarked sword is the wo...

Samples from a rare collection of underhammer guns.

Pook & Pook, Inc. Presents May 21st Firearms Auction

Released: May 04, 2016

Pook & Pook, Inc.’s next firearms auction takes place on Saturday, May 21st, at 9:00am. May’s sale solidifies the company’s commitment to bi-annual gun and militaria sales. The upcoming auction also includes sporting and Native American art, and with slightly over two hundred lots, focuses more on item quality than quantity. Drawing from several strong collections, the auction progresses from long guns to handguns and finishes with militaria, sporting art, and Native American items. The long guns are led by an exquisite Parker AAH grade, twelve-gauge shotgun with fine floral engravin...

An expected top lot of the auction is this stainless steel sculpture by the Chinese sculptor Zhan Wang (b.  1962), titied Artificial Rock #53.

Artworks by Zhan Wang, Adolf Gebens, Purvis Young, Harold Newton will be part of Louis J. Dianni's May 15th auction

Released: April 25, 2016

SUNRISE, Fla. – An internet, phone and absentee bid auction featuring around 750 lots of ancient to modern antiques, arms and art will be held on Sunday, May 15th, by Louis J. Dianni, LLC ( There won't be live bidding, but items can be previewed from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, by appointment, at 4630 North Hiatus Road in Sunrise, Fla. A strong candidate for top lot of the auction is a stainless steel sculpture by the Chinese sculptor Zhan Wang (b. 1962) titled Artificial Rock #53. Created in 2002, the work is able to be displayed in more than one orient...

An Edward Bohlin saddle valued at $15,25000 in Western Design Auction starts April 27.

Witherell's holds best items for Western Design Auction

Released: April 20, 2016

A Bohlin saddle, 1901 “Indian Maiden on Buffalo” calendar, zinc Demuth Cigar Store Indian, “Chief Joseph” stained glass and part of an 1852 presentation goblet have been held back for Witherell’s most exclusive sale, the Western Design Auction that runs from April 27 to May 11, 2016. Western Design Auction highlights are exhibited in the entrance-way showroom to Witherell’s Old West Show in Grass Valley, Calif. May 6 and 7. “We hold back items all year long for this auction,” said Brian Witherell, chief operating officer of the eponymous company and a featured appraiser on “Antiques Ro...

Ralph E.  Cahoon, Jr.  painting brought $30,000 at Eldred's


Released: April 14, 2016

A rare micro-mosaic panel depicting Castel Sant’ Angelo by Vatican artisan Cesare Roccheggiani sold to a phone bidder for a sale price of $32,400, making it one of the top sellers at Eldred’s annual spring Americana and Paintings auction. The sale, which took place April 8 and 9, included lots from a wide range of collecting areas including early American glass, folk art, firearms, period furniture and more.   Other than the micro-mosaic, most of the sale’s top lots were in the paintings category. Highlights include two works by Ralph E. Cahoon, Jr., one a quintessential scene of sailo...

Kate Burgin Deputy Director for Museum Advancement Walters Art Museum

The Walters Appoints Kate Burgin Deputy Director for Museum Advancement

Released: April 07, 2016

April 7, 2016 – Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, today announced that Kate Burgin has been named the institution’s new Deputy Director for Museum Advancement after a national search.  Burgin will lead the museum’s Advancement Division of development, marketing and communications, and visitor services staff dedicated to engaging audiences, building support and increasing awareness of the Walters. In this role, she joins the Walters’ senior leadership team, which comprises Eleanor Hughes as Deputy Director for Art & Program; ...

A newly discovered Bramley sold for nearly $30,000 at Witherell's recent auction, Mar 2 to 16.

Newly discovered Bramley, 18th century Chinese helmet exceed estimates at Witherell's

Released: April 04, 2016

A newly discovered Frank Bramley, ARA, (1857-1915) and an 18th century Chinese military helmet exceeded expectations at Witherell's auction March 2 to 16. The Newlyn school painting—discovered by Brian Witherell, Witherell’s chief operating officer, with a collection of ornate frames at a Sacramento, Calif. home— sold for $27,501.25. It was estimated at $8/12,000. With the luminous sunset and color highlighting the faces of the family, the framed 50.25 by 37.75 inch “Daddy’s Welcome” is an excellent example of the type of paintings made famous by the Cornwall, England school. The ...

50D: Large / Important Indus Valley Jar - 5000 Years Old!

Artemis Gallery raises the bar for cultural antiquities and ethnographic art with a March 31 auction

Released: March 29, 2016

BOULDER, CO.- Founded and operated by Bob and Teresa Dodge, Artemis Gallery is widely regarded by private collectors and institutional buyers as the most trusted source for cultural antiquities and ethnographic art. Each piece offered in their sales is rigorously vetted and unconditionally guaranteed to be both authentic and legal to own or resell. Their next auction of investment-grade antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art is set for Thursday, March 31st, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. An overview of auction categories reveals broad variety: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Daunian, Etru...

Rare micro-mosaic panel by Cesare Roccheggiani.

Rare Micro-Mosaic Panel by Cesare Roccheggiani Goes on the Block at Eldred's Spring Auction

Released: March 24, 2016

Though officially titled the Spring Americana and Paintings Auction, Eldred’s sale on April 8 and 9 will encompass a far more diverse range of material including maritime art, antique firearms, Oriental rugs, sporting art and a extensive array of European furniture and decorative arts, highlighted by a Cesare Roccheggiani panel. The remarkable micro-mosaic, a luminous scene of Castel Sant’ Angelo, Ponte Sant’ Angelo, the Tiber River and a distant view of St. Peter’s Basilica, is composed from thousands of miniscule pieces of opaque glass. Roccheggiani was employed from 1856 to 1864 by th...

A Model 1860 Henry rifle used in the Civil War is up for bid in Witherell's catalogue auction.

Henry rifle, rare Lalique, Newlyn school find highlight Witherell's March 2-16 auction

Released: February 26, 2016

(Sacramento, Calif., January 20, 2016) -- A Model 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle that was manufactured in 1863 and sold to the federal government for use in the Civil War is one of the highlights of Witherell’s catalogue auction March 2 to 16, 2016. The rifle was captured in October 1864 by Private James G. Sandidge of the 6th Louisiana Cavalry, who sent it home, and was later presented to Sandidge’s brother, George M. Sandidge also of the 6th Louisiana Cavalry, at the latter’s wedding in 1868. The item came from the Arthur V. Crego collection, most of which was auctioned by Witherell’s in...

Van de Weghe at TEFAF 2015

TEFAF Maastricht to Launch Two New Fairs at Park Avenue Armory in New York

Released: February 04, 2016

TEFAF | Maastricht, the world's foremost fair of art, antiques and design presented annually in Maastricht, Netherlands, has announced that, through a joint venture with New York based Artvest, it will be launching two TEFAF art fairs that will be presented annually in New York at the Park Avenue Armory.  Building on TEFAF Maastricht’s 30 years of success and experience in bringing together the best objects for sale from 7,000 years of art history by expert dealers from around the globe and an unsurpassed reputation for vetting, these two TEFAF fairs will allow the leading art dealers of t...

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