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A magnificent blue diamond has fetched $32.6 million in New York, breaking the world auction record for any diamond of its color, auction house Sotheby's announced. The stunning 9.75 carat, pear-shape diamond was bought by a Hong Kong private collector after...Full story

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A relative of late German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt lodged a claim Friday for his inheritance, a Nazi-era art hoard which he has bequested to a Swiss museum, a spokesman said. The surprise move came just days before the Museum of Fine Arts in Bern is expected to...Full story

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In his Notes on Japanese Art, Scottish architect and scholar George Ashdown Audsley (1838-1925), raved about a form of decorative enameled metalware called cloisonné. He wrote: “A careful examination of the Japanese enamels almost bewilders the mind and...Full story

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Kodner Galleries to auction exquisite porcelain plaques Dec. 10

Kodner Galleries to auction exquisite porcelain plaques Dec. 10

DANIA, Fla. – Following two years of negotiations Kodner Galleries recently acquired possibly the largest collection of 19th and 20th century Continental painted porcelain plaques in private hands....

Ancient Resource taps into major collections for Dec 7 Artifacts Auction

Ancient Resource taps into major collections for Dec 7 Artifacts Auction

MONTROSE, Calif. (LAPRS) – In 2003, after years of producing and writing ancient-history documentaries for History Channel, Discovery Channel and other respected networks, Gabriel Vandervort took...

Mosby & Co. brings toys, off-the-wall circus items to Nov. 29 auction

FREDERICK, Md. – Around 400 lots from an unusual and tantalizing group of collections – mostly toys, dolls, advertising and circus memorabilia – will come up for bid on Saturday, Nov. 29,...

Surrealist Stanley Hayter featured in Bloomsbury auction Nov. 26

LONDON – With works spanning all media, Bloomsbury Auctions will be celebrating the career of pioneering British surrealist Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988), with the collection, “Stanley...

Thomas Del Mar to sell antique arms from princely castle Dec. 3

LONDON – Schloss Langenburg is the ancestral seat of the Princes Hohenlohe-Langenburg in southern Germany and is today the family home of Princess Saskia and Prince Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg....

Extraordinary Jaeger-LeCoultre watch up for grabs at Sworders sale Nov. 25

Waverly's Dec. 4 sale features ephemera from colonial America, Nuremberg trials

Tibetan, Chinese masterpieces in Gianguan auction Dec. 7

Material Culture prepares full-course auction for Nov 23

Couture, memorabilia, antiques in Sterling Associates' Nov. 19 sale

Finest jewelers represented in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sale Nov. 27

Palm Beach Modern's Nov. 22 auction a Who's Who of design luminaries

Chinese jadeite carvings highlight I.M. Chait auction Nov. 23

Stephenson’s to sell antiques, art from 18th C. farmhouse Nov 16

Jeffrey S. Evans devotes Nov. 15 auction to Americana

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Blue diamond sells for record $32.6 million at Sotheby’s

Blue diamond sells for record $32.6 million at Sotheby’s

NEW YORK (AFP) - A magnificent blue diamond has fetched $32.6 million in New York, breaking the world auction record for any diamond of its color, auction house Sotheby's announced. The stunning...

Gurlitt relative files lawsuit over Nazi-era art hoard

Gurlitt relative files lawsuit over Nazi-era art hoard

BERLIN (AFP) – A relative of late German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt lodged a claim Friday for his inheritance, a Nazi-era art hoard which he has bequested to a Swiss museum, a spokesman said. The...

Tate offers rare chance to view mid-1800s photographic prints

LONDON – “Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860” is the first major exhibition in Britain devoted to salt prints, the earliest form of paper photography. The exhibition features some...

Bob Feller Museum to be Van Meter's new city hall

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) – The Bob Feller Museum will be transformed into a city hall. The museum, which opened in 1995 in Van Meter, was built to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller for the Cleveland...

Washington state gun law leads museum to remove WWII rifles

SEATTLE (AP) – A small museum in Washington state is removing World War II-era weapons from an exhibit to avoid having to comply with a new voter-approved law requiring background checks on gun...

Photographers who covered JFK donate collections

William Ruprecht stepping down as CEO of Sotheby's

Wagner card, Jackie Robinson bat top SCP Auctions lineup

$44.4M for O'Keeffe painting sets record for any female artist

Tate creates Minecraft worlds inspired by works of art

Art San Diego fair announces record attendance, strong sales

Auction of more Elvis Presley items set for January

Geologist finds site of idyllic 1833 Jacob Eichholtz painting

Cornell professor unlocks mysteries of paintings

'Degenerate art' should go back to museums says adviser

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‘Moonwalk’ a giant leap for Warhol at Gray’s contemporary auction

‘Moonwalk’ a giant leap for Warhol at Gray’s contemporary auction

CLEVELAND – Gray’s kicked off their first postwar and contemporary auction on Nov. 5, setting records on the day leading to the second biggest auction in the auction house’s eight-year history....

Odundo, Rie vessels top Cowan’s contemporary ceramics auction

Odundo, Rie vessels top Cowan’s contemporary ceramics auction

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. modern and contemporary ceramics auction on Nov. 7, 2014 saw high prices for well-known artists such as Lucie Rie, Magdalene Odundo, George Nakashima, Akio...

Rare guns & frontier relics led Morphy's Wild West Museum sale

DENVER, Pa. – Aficionados who attended Morphy’s Oct. 31-Nov. 2 sale of contents from Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum came away with a well-honed sense of what life was like in America’s frontier...

American landscapes in demand at John Moran art auction

PASADENA, Calif. – Attracting a crowd that has rarely been seen in recent years, John Moran’s California and American Fine Art on Oct. 21 featured works across price points from $2,000 up through...

Imperial seal box secured for $90,000 at Converse auction

MALVERN, Pa. – A rare antique Chinese carved imperial seal box, fitted with 16 seals of green jade circling a large 4-inch square central Shi-mounted seal, sold for $90,000 at an East Meets West...

Steinways, Mid-Century Modern heat up Capo Auction fall sale

Rare Sphinx lamp reveals its true value at Coker auction

Cigar store figure packs a $102,600 punch at Showtime sale

'55 Porsche Speedster leads pack at Morphy’s auto auction debut

Hovsep Pushman painting brings $50,000 at Ahlers & Ogletee

Harrah gambling machines pay off for Morphy's at $2.4M Vegas auction

Ruth Asawa sculpture tops Keno auction at $329,000

Tiffany trio tops Cottone Auctions’ Sept. 26-27 sale

With LiveAuctioneers, Moran's fall auction harvests strong prices

Cowan’s Western-themed sale on LiveAuctioneers exceeds $940,000

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Elissa Auther joins curators at Museum of Arts and Design

Elissa Auther joins curators at Museum of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) today announced that Elissa Auther will join the museum as its new Windgate Research Curator, effective Dec. 1, 2014. She will serve as the inaugural...

In Memoriam: Andrew Bucci, modernist painter, 92

In Memoriam: Andrew Bucci, modernist painter, 92

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) – Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, has died. Bucci died Sunday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland...

Departing Smithsonian head reflects on its progress

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Wayne Clough prepares to leave the Smithsonian Institution after six years at the helm, the retiring engineer wanted to know a few more things about the 138 million objects at the...

Chicago museum taps Tao Wang to lead Asian art department

CHICAGO – The Art Institute of Chicago has appointed internationally recognized Chinese art scholar Tao Wang as the Pritzker Chair, Department of Asian Art, and Curator of Chinese Art. Wang will...

In Memoriam: French photographer Lucien Clergue, 80

PARIS (AFP) – French photographer Lucien Clergue, a longtime friend of Picasso and a founder of Europe's largest photography festival, died Saturday at the age of 80, his daughter told AFP. Anne...

Tate Britain toasts sculptor Phillip King on his 80th birthday

Pierre Cardin opens design museum in Paris at 92

Belgian king visits Jewish museum in show of support

SC State exhibit honors James Brown, Godfather of Soul

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich revels in Hollywood, history

Phil Collins donates his Alamo collection to Texas

Elyse Luray joins Heritage Auctions' New York team

In Memoriam: Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer

In Memoriam: Legendary designer Oscar de la Renta, 82

Louis Armstrong remembered in unique photo exhibit

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Miscellaneana: Cloisonné

Miscellaneana: Cloisonné

LONDON – In his Notes on Japanese Art, Scottish architect and scholar George Ashdown Audsley (1838-1925), raved about a form of decorative enameled metalware called cloisonné. He wrote: “A careful...

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Gabriella Crespi da Piasa a Parigi

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Gabriella Crespi da Piasa a Parigi

PARIGI – La casa d'aste francese Piasa celebra la designer italiana Gabriella Crespi con un'asta che si terrà il 26 novembre. Auction Central News ha intervistato al riguardo il vice-presidente...

Art Market Italy: Gabriella Crespi at Piasa in Paris

PARIS – French auction house Piasa celebrates Italian designer Gabriella Crespi with an auction that will take place here Nov. 26. Auction Central News interviewed Piasa's Vice Chairman Chief Executive...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Nov. 17, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Rookwood pottery, made in Cincinnati since 1880, is perhaps the most popular American art pottery among collectors. The company not only made artist-decorated vases, molded bookends,...

Miscellaneana: Early porcelain decorated again and again

LONDON – Readers of this column are unlikely ever to be been clobbered and skinned, but anyone who collects early porcelain might well have been fleeced. Don't worry if this sounds meaningless,...

Miscellaneana: Chinese chairs

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Nov. 10, 2014

Furniture Specific: The first question

Auktionsgespraeche: Das ganze haus

Auction Talk Germany: The whole house

Miscellaneana: Wedgwood

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Cambi apre un dipartimento di auto

Art Market Italy: Cambi opens a department for vintage cars, cycles

Live AuctionTalk: Yosemite

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Nov. 3, 2014

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It’s Oscar season in Hollywood and at auction houses

It’s Oscar season in Hollywood and at auction houses

LOS ANGELES (AP) – ’Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February. But winning isn't the only way to...

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) – For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris. Many claim to be the Paris of the East: Bucharest, Prague, Istanbul, Beirut and Shanghai to name...

Mark Twain's hometown Hannibal a trip back in time

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) – Mark Twain only lived in Hannibal, Missouri, for 13 years, but many of his most famous stories were inspired by this humble Midwestern city. A visit to Hannibal today, with...

St. Paul guitar vendor unfazed by rock star visits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Before indie rocker Ryan Adams played Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis on Oct. 14, he made a stop in St. Paul. At Willie's American Guitars on Cleveland Avenue, Adams bought...

Halloween: LiveAuctioneers' team recalls the costumes that rocked

NEW YORK – Some childhood memories, like being teased for a bad haircut or not being picked for a sports team, are best forgotten. But one thing no one ever forgets is a favorite Halloween costume....

Ding-dong – Trick or treat! A look at popular Halloween collectibles

Town clocks have civic function beyond timekeeping

Indiana family honored for spurring Goshen's revival

Hand-carved Dogpatch figures returning home for exhibit

Preserved buildings reflect Michigan’s U.P. heritage

Honolulu's Kakaako district a gritty gallery for street art

Florida Highwaymen artist's works locked behind prison walls

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

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

Horror of World War I inspired innovative art, literature

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