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PARIS (AFP) –

The contemporary art market experienced a record-breaking year in 2013/14, smashing through the $2 billion mark for the first time, according to new figures released on Tuesday. US artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988, Jeff Koons and Christopher Wool remain the...Full story

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BEVERLY, Mass. –

On Sept. 7, Kaminski held its most successful modern and contemporary sale to date. Headed by 20th Century Department Specialist Kate Wilkins, the sale presented 382 carefully curated lots that together garnered over half a million dollars in sales. LiveAuctioneers.com...Full story

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THE HAGUE (AFP) –

The tragic life of Vincent van Gogh will be brought to the stage as a musical to mark 125 from the death of one of theworld's greatest artists, organizers said Tuesday. Simply called "Vincent", the musical will open late next year along with several other events commemorating the...Full story

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Pérez Art Museum Miami examines printmaking in US

Pérez Art Museum Miami examines printmaking in US

MIAMI – Pérez Art Museum Miami recently opened an exhibition exploring the evolution of fine printmaking in the United States in the period following 1960. The exhibition features several important...

Jet-setter’s wardrobe departing via Kerry Taylor auction Oct. 7

Jet-setter’s wardrobe departing via Kerry Taylor auction Oct. 7

LONDON – The eclectic and fun wardrobe of Hannelore Smart, wife of the late British circus impresario Billy Smart Jr., is a highlight of Kerry Taylor Auctions’ early autumn antique and vintage...

Wright to auction Lawrence Laske design collection Oct. 24

CHICAGO – Wright will conduct an online-only auction titled “Lawrence Laske: Design Studio and Collected Works” on Oct. 24 beginning at noon Central Time. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide...

Lawrence Antique Gallery to auction fine Chinese pieces Sept. 25

PRINCETON, N.J. – Lawrence Antique Gallery will sell approximately 480 lots of high-quality Asian antiques at auction on Thursday, Sept. 25, the second since its debut sale in late June. Liveauctioneers.com...

Works from Southern collection added to Ahlers & Ogletree sale Oct. 4-5

ATLANTA – Four original oil paintings from the renowned James Cowan Collection of fine artwork, gathered in the early part of the last century and mostly housed at a museum in Nashville, have...

Don Presley to auction antiques from upscale So. Calif. estates on Oct. 5

Linwoods marks successful first year with Sept. 27 auction

Marathon session in store for Jeffrey Evans glass sale Sept. 27

Polar exploration notes reach Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Oct. 2

Ming dynasty box holds good fortune for I.M. Chait sale Sept. 21

Roland Auctions to offer best of NYC estates Sept. 20

Jewelry, luxury goods from Princeton's Silver Shop in Sept. 27-28 auction

Mid-century modern pieces stand out in Capo auction Sept. 20

Lichtenstein, Fini, Giacometti lead Clars' Sept. 13-14 auction

Stephenson’s to auction Tiffany gold, Russian silver & more, Sept. 19

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Kovels release 47th edition of antiques price guide

Kovels release 47th edition of antiques price guide

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Antiques collectors have turned to the Kovel family for their peerless annual guide since the first edition appeared in 1968. In the past four decades, Americans have become much...

Bidder offers $283K in government auction of historic lighthouse

Bidder offers $283K in government auction of historic lighthouse

SOUTH HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) - The top bidder in a government auction for a Maine lighthouse is willing to pay $283,000 for the 1871-built structure. The federal General Services Administration shut...

Artists hope to turn Maine State House copper into art

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - To some, the weathered green copper sheets that have been removed from the Maine Statehouse dome may just look like scrap. But to the artists in Maine who are clamoring to get a...

Flood-damaged Minot museum now fully restored

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Ward County Historical Society Pioneer Village Museum in Minot is thriving three years after being swamped by Souris River floodwaters. Damage to the museum on the North Dakota...

Sotheby's to auction Jasper Johns' iconic 'Flag,' Nov. 11

NEW YORK - On Nov. 11, 2014 Sotheby’s will present Jasper John’s Flag, one of the most recognizable works of American art which will feature in the Contemporary Art Evening sale. This late...

'Vincent: the musical' to mark 125 years since Van Gogh's death

Pérez Art Museum Miami gifted with artworks from JPMorgan Chase

Record-breaking $2 billion year for contemporary art

19th-century Trenton ceramics on view Mon./Tues. in Princeton, NJ

Hudson Motor Car museum opens in southeast Mich.

Pensacola celebrates 100 years of Naval aviation

Picassos among artworks going on public view at Ohio State

Last stretch of New York City's High Line to open

Islamic extremists threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

Trove of Great Depression photographs a click away

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Contemporary art, modern furnishings soar at Kaminski sale Sept. 7

Contemporary art, modern furnishings soar at Kaminski sale Sept. 7

BEVERLY, Mass. – On Sept. 7, Kaminski held its most successful modern and contemporary sale to date. Headed by 20th Century Department Specialist Kate Wilkins, the sale presented 382 carefully...

Pomo basket delivers $23,000 top bid at Allard’s Santa Fe sale

Pomo basket delivers $23,000 top bid at Allard’s Santa Fe sale

SANTA FE, N.M. – A large, museum-quality Pomo burden basket with beautiful fine geometric designs done in red fern sold for $23,000 at the Best of Santa Fe auction, an event held each year by...

Morphy’s $1.38M Aug. 30-31 sale yields $284K for Pa. Treasury

DENVER, Pa. – The citizens of Pennsylvania will profit handsomely from Morphy Auctions’ Aug. 30-31, 2014 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, which brought in $1,380,000, inclusive of 20% buyer’s...

Brian Coole nautical painting sets record at Kaminski Auctions

BEVERLY, Mass. – Fine art was the highlight of the day at Kaminski Auctions’ Aug. 24 Nautical and Americana sale, with all nautical paintings in the sale performing well. LiveAuctioneers.com...

$210K Coca-Cola calendar sets record at Morphy’s Aug. 22-24 auction

DENVER, Pa. – Motivated bidders and an unprecedented selection of antique advertising and coin-op machines found common ground at Morphy’s gallery over the weekend of Aug. 22-24, with the result...

Internet bidding buoys Kodner Galleries auction Aug. 6

Lincoln flag tops Heritage political auction at $20,000

Calligraphy scrolls keep Asian items on a roll at Michaan’s

Anatole Vély painting leads bidding at John Moran auction

Victorian, art glass excel at Jeffrey Evans auction July 26

Warhol portfolio, decorative items impress buyers at Capo auction

Case record-breaking Summer Auction a ringing success

Benjamin West artworks sell for £138,880 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

Aboriginal shields shoot to $23,000 each at Clars Auction Gallery

Busy preview foretells success for Morphy’s July 19 Firearms sale

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Ai Weiwei says tax case demonstrates China's dark side

Ai Weiwei says tax case demonstrates China's dark side

BEIJING (AP) – China's best-known dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, has accused his country's Communist government of losing its principles and using underhanded ploys to try to silence critics. The...

War bride's visit to RMS Queen Mary tops bucket list

War bride's visit to RMS Queen Mary tops bucket list

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) – Shortly after her second husband died two years ago, Anderson resident June Allen discovered a box she didn't realize she had. Tucked away were all sorts of memorabilia from...

Pope's skullcap raises over 100,000 euros on eBay

ROME (AFP) – An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 euros in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay. The host...

Thomas Crow to present 2015 Mellon Lectures at Nat'l Gallery of Art

WASHINGTON— The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced that Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine...

Maria Shriver buffed from Schwarzenegger portrait

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been covered with a splotch of blue paint. Former...

Director David Lynch returns to Philly for exhibition debut

Reclusive artist Robert Indiana doesn't show at HOPE Day

Erika Holmquist-Wall assumes art post at Speed Museum

Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman retiring in 2015

Jeff Koons to create works to benefit UN foundation

Schwarzenegger on hand to unveil official governor's portrait

In Memoriam: Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, 86

'LOVE' artist Robert Indiana at center of exhibit

'Edsel King' clearing 2,300 cars from his North Dakota lot

In Memorian: 'Dogtown' skateboarding legend Jay Adams, 53

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Reading the Streets: Tony Cragg's bronze works

Reading the Streets: Tony Cragg's bronze works

NEW YORK – Tony Cragg’s sculptures, the latest in Madison Square Park’s Mad Square Art series, defied my mind’s futile attempts at categorization. At first I thought Caldera, the bronze behemoth...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 22, 2014

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 22, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - In past centuries, fireplace tools consisted of a poker and tongs to rearrange burning logs, a small shovel to remove ashes, perhaps a whiskbroom to sweep up leftover fuel and ashes,...

Miscellaneana: Illustrator Frank Martin

LONDON – Frank Martin might well have been one of the London’s countless “jobbing artists” – his description of himself – but his heart was in Hollywood. As a boy he had been enthralled...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 15, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Sometimes an antique toy tells an almost-forgotten story. The Tammany Hall bank with a well-dressed man taking the penny is a criticism of corrupt politicians in New York City...

Ceramics Collector: Christopher Haun, patriot potter

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In America’s early history, skilled artisans supplied consumers’ demand for utilitarian and luxury goods to fill their homes. While making the objects we cherish as antiques...

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Collezione della famiglia Martignone

Art Market Italy: Bonhams to auction property of Martignone family

Miscellaneana: Smoking Paraphernalia

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 8, 2014

Furniture Specific: Using your head, not your back

Live Auction Talk: Harry Houdini

Miscellaneana: Walking sticks and canes

London Eye: August 2014

Gallery Report: September 2014

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 1, 2014

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Preserved buildings reflect Michigan’s U.P. heritage

Preserved buildings reflect Michigan’s U.P. heritage

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) – Material manifestations of history can come in many forms, such as arrowheads, fossils, photographs and books. Perhaps the most grandiose of these, tough, are the preserved...

Honolulu's Kakaako district a gritty gallery for street art

Honolulu's Kakaako district a gritty gallery for street art

HONOLULU (AP) – Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city's warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won't find kitschy...

Florida Highwaymen artist's works locked behind prison walls

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Behind the rusting chain-link fence topped with razor wire and inside abandoned buildings where muted rooms are blanketed with dust lies artistic treasure. Two years ago, the...

Pompeii: Ancient city of the dead 'buried' in tourists

POMPEII, Italy (AP) – Pompeii is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D....

Va. woman finds hand-carved family crest in thrift store

HITE OAK, Va. (AP) – Betty Hilosky goes treasure hunting every day, scouring thrift stores for items others discard. She's found some great deals: Waterford crystal, a Hummel angel figurine and...

Horror of World War I inspired innovative art, literature

Harvey Girls cheerfully served Southwest railroad travelers

Old postcards still captivate, as one new collector explains

Mineral Point, Wis.: Figgyhobbin, pasties and the arts

Memphis Milano: Bold color, extreme design

Amid Italy's art gems, artists' tombs inspire, too

Obama’s restrictions on instruments strike sour note

Last Post descendant to head Hillwood museum stepping down

Americans and their cars: a love affair on fumes?

Volunteers help dig up dinosaurs for Utah museum

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