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Brown's Celebrated Indian Queen, a figural bitters bottle that's prevalent but popular, this one a particularly nice color, deeper than the usual lime green ($14,375).

Indian Queen bitters bottle patented in 1868 brings $14,375 at American Bottle Auctions

Released: November 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare and beautiful Indian Queen bitters bottle patented in 1868 sold for $14,375 and a Lafayette DeWitt Clinton half-pint lime green flask brought a record $10,925 in Auction #64, an internet and catalog auction that went online October 13th and ended Sunday, October 22nd, by American Bottle Auctions (www.americanbottle.com), based in Sacramento.   The auction featured rare and vintage bottles from across the United States – to include Western and Eastern sodas, bitters, inkwells, whiskeys and more. “This auction had the largest and finest selection of Western so...


Oil on canvas painting of Gaspe Peninsula in southeastern Quebec, Canada, rendered around 1960 and attributed to Eugene Klimoff (1901-1990) (est.  $1,500-$3,000).

Oil painting of Gaspe Peninsula in Canada, rendered by Eugene Klimoff around 1960, will be sold Dec. 1-3

Released: November 20, 2017

RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is gearing up for a huge three-day auction event December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, one that’s packed with over 2,200 lots of railroad passes, Express collectibles, Western and postal history, mining memorabilia, rare bottles, Americana and more, online and in Holabird’s gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno.   Start times all three days will be 8 am Pacific time. Online bidding will be provided by the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted....


Lot 77: Richard Hakluyt, Novus Orbis, engraved folding map, showing first printed use of “Virginia,” Paris, 1587.  Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.

Cartographical Debut of ‘Virginia’ Being Offered at Swann

Released: November 16, 2017

Important cartographical milestones abound in Swann Galleries’ auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on Tuesday, December 5. The sale promises to be one of the best the department has ever offered, with the estimated total exceeding $1,000,000.             Richard Hakluyt’s 1587 map of the New World, Novus Orbis, is the first to use the designations “Virginea” and “Nuevo Mexico.” The map, valued at $40,000 to $60,000, is not known to have appeared at auction since 1917. It is one of a selection of duplicates from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Colle...


Lot 7: George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780.  Sold November 7, 2017 for $40,000.  (Pre-sale estimate $25,000 to $35,000).

Musical Manuscripts by Jimmy Van Heusen Swing on a Star at Swann

Released: November 10, 2017

Swann Galleries’ auction on Tuesday, November 7 saw fine results for Autographs by important historical figures in a variety of fields, from government to science to music. The total of $662K exceeded the estimate for the sale as a whole by almost $100,000, as lot after lot hammered above estimate. The highlight of the sale was the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection, offering manuscripts by the composer as well as important letters, musical quotations and manuscripts by some of the most influential composers of the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. Of the 76 lots offered from the collection,...


Lot 33: Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, Normandie / Maiden Voyage, 1935.  Sold October 26, 2017 for $20,000.  (Pre-sale estimate: $15,000 to $20,000)

From Cassandre & Dupas to Yogi Bear, Swann Travel Poster Auction Runs the Gamut

Released: November 3, 2017

Bidders were treated to a voyage across time at Swann Auction Galleries’ Thursday, October 26, sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters, with spectacular examples that embodied a century’s worth of technological development. The top lot of the sale was Adolphe Mouron Cassandre’s promotional image for the maiden voyage of the Normandie, 1935, one of the most iconic posters of all time. It was purchased by a bidder in the room for $20,000. A fine selection of early ocean liner images opened the sale, as the earliest form of mass leisure transportation. A rare circa-1911 depiction of the...


Gorham, Bird's eye view of the Vase or Bonbon Dish Sterling Silver and ‘Translucent’ Enamel 2.75 inches high by 6.25 inches in diameter New York, NY, 1893

Winter Antiques Show Announces New Exhibitors for 2018 Edition

Released: November 15, 2017

The Winter Antiques Show is pleased to announce the selection of six new exhibitors: Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York), Jason Jacques Gallery (New York), Lillian Nassau LLC (New York), Lobel Modern (New York), Spencer Marks (Southampton, Massachusetts), and Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval in collaboration with continuing exhibitor Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz (Paris). Returning to the Show after a one-year hiatus are Peter H. Eaton and Joan R. Brownstein (Newbury, Massachusetts). The new and returning exhibitors complete the 2018 Show’s roster of 70 renowned experts in fine and decorative art...


1968 oil on board painting by Dr.  Granville Fisher (1906-1988), a renowned criminologist who also earned a reputation as an accomplished eclectic painter.

Artworks by Granville Fisher, Charles Schulz, others will be sold in a televised auction,Nov. 30th

Released: November 15, 2017

READING, Pa. – Berks Community Television has announced the next airing of its hit program Auction Action on BCTV – a unique show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers. It will be on Thursday, November 30th, at 6 pm Eastern time. As before, the show will be hosted by local auctioneer Bill Howze, who is also the host of the BCTV show All That Stuff.   At the beginning of the show, Mr. Howze will remind viewers how the auction works and preview featured lots. All bidding is online. Individuals can bid from anywhere in the world on their desktop or mobile device...


Gorgeous circa 1860s English repousse silver pitcher by R&S Garrand of London, with marks dating it to London around 1861, 8 inches tall (est.  $4,000-$6,000).

Asian objects will be sold along with items from the Western culture at Converse's East Meets West auction, Dec. 1st

Released: November 14, 2017

MALVERN, Pa. – An English repousse silver pitcher made by R&S Garrand of London around 1861, a seven-piece sterling silver tea service made in Germany, and a fine selection of Tibetan Buddhist thangkas (religious paintings) are key lots in Converse Auctions’ next East Meets West Sale, an online-only auction scheduled for Friday, December 1st, starting at 10 am Eastern time.   Those are just a few items in a 474-lot auction where Asian objects will be sold along with items from the Western culture – hence the title East Meets West. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneer...


Sunray D-X Petroleum Products sign, 27 inches square, displays well.

Visually striking vintage petroliana signs will be sold at Route 32 Auctions' inaugural sale, Nov. 25th

Released: November 13, 2017

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Nearly 350 lots of petroliana – or gas station collectibles, featuring porcelain and tin signs, globes, lenses, oil cans, pump plates and more – will come up for bid on Saturday, November 25th, in the debut auction of Route 32 Auctions, a new auction firm based in Crawfordsville. The auction will be held online and live at Christy’s of Indiana in Indianapolis.   The online auction will begin at 10 am Eastern time, with a 30-lot uncatalogued live-only auction slated for 9:30 am. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid...


Oil on canvas landscape painting by the Scottish-born abstract modernist William Gear (1915-1997), titled Paysage, Mai 50 (1950) (est.  $10,000-$20,000).

Oil painting by Scottish abstract modernist William Gear (1915-1997) will lead Bruneau & Co.'s Nov. 25th auction

Released: November 13, 2017

CRANSTON, R.I. – An oil on canvas landscape painting by the Scottish-born abstract modernist William Gear (1915-1997), titled Paysage, Mai 50 (May Landscape, 1950), is the expected headliner in a 436-lot Estate, Antiques, Fine & Decorative Art Auction planned for Saturday, November 25th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, in their Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue.   The auction will begin promptly at 12 noon Eastern time and will be preceded by a live-only DiscoverIt Estates Auction (no online bidding) starting at 10 am. The noon auction will feature furniture, fine art, sculptu...


Oil painting by the Italian artist Nicola Simbari (1927-2012), titled Near Amalfi, signed and dated 1965 ($5,700).

Artworks by Simbari, Soulacroix, Lamotte all perform well at A. B. Levy's Oct. 30th auction

Released: November 10, 2017

PALM BEACH, Fla. – A 17th century Chinese polychrome-decorated, carved wood figure of a seated bodhisattva (in Buddhism, a spiritually enlightened person) sailed well past its pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000 to sell for $60,000 at A.B. Levy’s Jewelry, Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art Auction held October 30th, online and at A.B. Levy’s gallery in Palm Beach, Fla.   “Walking into the Palm Beach home of the person who owned it, I was instantly fascinated with the carved bodhisattva figure and looked forward to the opportunity of bringing it to auction,” said Albert Levy of A.B....


Made in North Korea by Nicholas Bonner.  Published by Phaidon

Made in North Korea: Graphics From Everyday Life in the DPRK

Released: November 8, 2017

In a new book with 500 illustrations, North Korea is uncensored and unfiltered – ordinary life in the world's most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera. "An insight into the banalities of a country's whose name is synonymous with the cult of personality, political and cultural oppression, and the threat of nuclear war." —Independent The 240-page new release, Made in North Korea (Phaidon), by Nicholas Bonner, uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea - from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-fa...


Early Soviet porcelain tea service made at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in 1931.  Estimate £40,000-60,000.

Early Soviet Porcelain at Bonhams Russian Art Sale

Released: November 8, 2017

An early Soviet porcelain tea service decorated with industrial motifs in the Constructivist style, and made at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in Leningrad in 1931 features in Bonhams Russian Art sale in London on Wednesday 29 November. It is estimated at £40,000-60,000. The service was a collaboration between the leading ceramicist Sergei Chekhonin – also the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory director during the 1920s – and the illustrator L. V. Protopopova, who was responsible for the ornamentation. Bonhams Russian Art specialist, Daria Chernenko, said, “This rare service is an excellent ...


George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1877-78.  oil on canvas.  26 ¼ x 36 ¼ in.Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J.  Terra Collection, 1992.15.

Mississippi Museum of Art Presents Major Exhibition Celebrating the State's Bicentennial

Released: November 7, 2017

MAJOR EXHIBITION PRESENTS 175 WORKS BY 100 ARTISTS RESPONDING TO MISSISSIPPI OVER TWO CENTURIES  Picturing Mississippi, 1817–2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, on view December 9, 2017–July 8, 2018, celebrates state’s bicentennial Jackson, MS… Picturing Mississippi, 1817–2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, the landmark exhibition exploring Mississippi identity, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood. Illuminating the perception and depiction of Mississippi over more than 200 years, the exhibition showcases 175 works by 100 artists who either resided in...


Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy issue #15, (Aug.  1962), the first-ever appearance of Spider-Man in a comic book, signed by the legendary artist-illustrator Stan Lee ($13,750).

Copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee, sells for $13,750

Released: November 6, 2017

CRANSTON, R.I. – A rare copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 from August 1962 – the first appearance of Spider-Man in a comic book, signed by the legendary artist-illustrator Stan Lee – sold for $13,750 at a Fall Toy, Comic & Comic Art Auction held October 28th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston.   The comic, graded well at CBCS Gold Label 2.5, is desirable to collectors because it not only introduced the iconic Spider-Man to the comic book-crazy readers of the era, but also the other peripheral characters, such a...


The Canterbury Pilgrims.  Oxford: The Alley Workshops, circa 1925.

41st Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov 10-12

Released: November 3, 2017

BOSTON, MA – The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Russia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.    Special events at this year’s Fair includ...


Lovely 8.75-inch pickle castor with amberina swirl ribbed art glass insert, set on a Derby #1917 silverplate frame in the shape of a two-wheel cart with a large butterfly.

Figural napkin rings, pickle castors, art glass and more will come up for bid Dec. 2nd at Woody Auction

Released: November 3, 2017

DOUGLASS, Kan. – Part 2 of the Fred and the late Maxine Zumthurn collection out of California – which features figural napkin rings and quality pickle castors but also includes art glass pieces, Wave Crest, Mount Washington, R. S. Prussia and Victorian antiques – will be held Saturday, December 2nd, by Woody Auction, online and in the Woody Auction gallery, at 120 Third Street in Douglass, Kansas.   Maxine Zumthurn passed away years ago and Fred has decided that now is the right time to share their vast collection with the buying and collecting public. The auction will get underway at ...


Peter Carl Fabergé; Henrik Emanuel Wigström, workmaster.  Rose Trellis Egg (detail), 1907.  Bequest of Henry Walters, 1931 44.501

Fabergé and the Russian Craft Tradition, An Empire's Legacy

Released: November 2, 2017

Fabergé eggs, some of the most exquisite and innovative objects ever created, continue to fascinate with their beauty and complexity. These royal treasures were designed by Peter Carl Fabergé, jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian imperial court, and made by his team of skilled craftsmen. Fabergé and the Russian Craft Tradition, An Empire's Legacy, is on view at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, from Nov. 12, 2017, to June 24, 2018. This dazzling exhibition features 70 works including the Walters’ two famed Fabergé Easter eggs, alongside a stunning array of gold and silver vessels, i...


Oil on board painting by South Carolina artist William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), titled Cabin Scene, 5.5 inches by 11.5 inches, signed lower left (est.  $10,000-$15,000).

Oil on board painting by William Aiken Walker (S.C., 1838-1921) will lead Crescent City's Nov. 17-19 estates auction

Released: November 2, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A 19th century oil on board painting by South Carolina artist William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), an oil on cardboard work by folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988), and a bronze figural group from around 1900 by French sculptor Alfred Boucher (1850-1934) will all come up for bid at Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Nov. 17th-19th estates auction.   The three-day event will be held in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 1 pm on Friday, November 17th (340 lots); at 9 am on Saturday, November 18th (750 lots); and at 10 am on Sunday,...


Circa-1940 watercolor painting by Oscar Berninghaus (Am., 1874-1952), titled Ranch Corals, New Mexico, housed in the original frame (est.  $6,000-$12,000).

Circa-1940 watercolor painting by Oscar Berninghaus (Am., 1874-1952) will be sold at Big Fall Phoenix, Nov. 11-12

Released: November 1, 2017

MESA, Ariz. – An historic early 20th century Navajo rug from J.B. Moore, a San Ildefonso pottery plate crafted by Maria Martinez around the same time, a circa-1940 watercolor painting by Oscar Berninghaus (Am., 1874-1952), and a large Apache basket from the 1930s or ‘40s are just a few of the expected top lots in this year’s Big Fall Phoenix auction planned for Nov. 11-12.   Big Fall Phoenix is held every autumn by Allard Auctions, Inc., based in Saint Ignatius, Mont. Like last year, this year’s event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, Ariz., just outside Phoen...


Paolo Costagli, New York, 18kt Rose Gold Brillante® Earrings.  Asking bid: $2,725

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN CELEBRATES INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE WITH ITS ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION ON BIDSQUARE

Released: October 31, 2017

Bidsquare is proud to partner with the Museum of Arts and Design for its annual gala, MAD Ball 2017. For over twenty years, the MAD Ball has recognized visionaries in the fields of art, design, business, and philanthropy, reflecting MAD’s mission to celebrate innovation and excellence across all creative disciplines. MAD Ball kicks off its celebrations this week with an online auction on Bidsquare. Bidding is now live and closes Tuesday, November 7th at 10:15PM EST. The auction features outstanding works of art, jewelry, unique travel packages, design items and more. Art highlights inclu...


Pages out of a ship's log from June 1846 describing California's famous "Bear Flag Revolt" that led to the state's breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood.

Pages out of a ship's log from June 1846 describing California's "Bear Flag Revolt" will be sold Nov. 7th

Released: October 31, 2017

WESTPORT, Conn. – Pages from a ship’s log from June 1846 describing California’s famous “Bear Flag Revolt” that led to the state’s breakaway from Mexico and eventual statehood, and a set of Thomas Bowles 1720 South Sea Bubble playing cards that chronicled the original stock market crash in England, are expected highlights in University Archives’ November 7th auction.   The “Bear Flag Revolt” lot, with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, is a critical piece of California state history. It’s a first-hand account, upfront and personal, likely written by a bi-lingual ship’s mate, describing Am...


Oil on canvas portrait from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech (Br., 1738-1806), titled Miss Ann Congreve with Three Children (1780), signed and dated (est.  $8,000-$12,000).

Oil painting from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech (Br., 1738-1806) will be auctioned Nov. 11

Released: October 30, 2017

ATLANTA, Ga. – The estate of Thomas Ruben Jones (1929-2014), a prominent Atlanta businessman, patron of the arts and avid lifelong collector of 18th and 19th century American and European antiques, fine art and decorative arts, will be sold without reserve on Saturday, November 11th, on-site at Mr. Jones’ former plantation estate in north Georgia, at 11 am Eastern.   For security reasons, the address of the estate won’t be revealed until the week before the sale. It has a 30513 zip code, however, and out-of-town guests are encouraged to secure lodging in either Blue Ridge or Ellijay, G...


Never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from 1922 by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951), expected to soar to $100,000-$150,000.

Rare cover art for The Saturday Evening Post by Joseph Leyendecker from 1922 will be auctioned

Released: October 30, 2017

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A never-before-seen cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post from Dec. 30, 1922 – the New Year’s issue – by Joseph Leyendecker (Am., 1874-1951) is expected to soar to $100,000-$150,000 at a two-day auction of iconic collectibles planned for November 15th and 16th by Weiss Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook.   Joseph Leyendecker was one of the most influential American illustrators of the early 20th century. Between 1896 and 1950, he painted over 400 magazine covers; 322 of those were for The Saturday Evening Post. No other art...


Artist rendering of the One World Connected exhibition.

National Air and Space Museum to Undergo $900M Redo

Released: October 26, 2017

The Smithsonian has announced plans to revitalize the National Air and Space Museum and transform its exhibitions. The project, which will take approximately seven years, will be done on a phased sequencing schedule that will keep many exhibitions open during the construction process. The building will undergo complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements. The visitor experience will also change when all of the museum’s 23 galleries and presentation spaces are updated or completely redone. The Smithsonian has req...


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