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BEVERLY HILLS, CA –

Many of the world’s premier natural history collections, both private and institutional, contain prized specimens that previously passed through the doors of I.M. Chait’s Beverly Hills auction gallery. Twice a year, the family-owned company conducts a sale...Full story

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LONDON –

Amber, it seems, is once again the new gold, but be quick, the spike in what it’s fetching in the saleroom might be nothing more than a flash in the pan. In April, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, auctioneers Halls sold a necklace comprising 44 graduated, oval...Full story

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CARACAS, Venezuela –

A painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago in Caracas and later recovered in an FBI sting is on display again in the Venezuelan capital. The Odalisque in Red Pants, worth around $3 million, was exhibited Tuesday for the first time in more than a decade at the...Full story

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Art, Americana stand out in Thomaston Place sale Aug. 23-24

Art, Americana stand out in Thomaston Place sale Aug. 23-24

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Summer Auction of Fine Art & Antiques on Aug. 23 and 24 will present a vast selection of important American and International art, including...

Tim’s Auctions to sell contents of large Conn. home Aug. 3

Tim’s Auctions to sell contents of large Conn. home Aug. 3

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The contents of a gorgeous 4,000-square-foot home on Silver City Road in Newtown valued at over $500,000 – 10 rooms, all of them beautifully decorated with quality items purchased...

Vintage guitars to take center stage at Capo Auction July 26

NEW YORK – The current “Instruments of C.F. Martin” guitar exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art isn’t the only place you’ll find some of these rare instruments. Capo Auction Fine...

Bruhns has 1,000 high-end lots lined up for auction July 27

DENVER – Antique collectors need look no further than the Mile High City for fine antiques this summer. On Sunday, July 27, Bruhns Auction Gallery will be conducting their Summer Estates Auction...

Heritage July 30 auction a highlight of political items convention

DALLAS – An 1860 campaign flag for Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Hannibal Hamlin (est. $20,000+) highlights Heritage Auctions’ American Political Item Collectors National Convention Auction,...

Morphy's to auction 1,200 toys, trains, cast-iron novelties July 26-27

Mumbling Muse to auction fine Asian, European & Canadian art, July 27

Ewbank’s militaria sale coincides with anniversary of WWI

Find the unexpected at Artemis Gallery’s July 23 Discovery Auction

Jeffrey S. Evans to auction 19th/20th century glass, July 26

Sworders to hold their largest ever art and design sale July 29-30

John Moran presents Euro. art, Continental furnishings, July 22

Jewelry, silver and objets d’art offered at Stephenson’s, July 18

Important pottery discovery leads Case’s July 19 auction

Material Culture offers fine, self-taught and outsider art, July 18

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Captain Action on cover of 2015 Overstreet Comic Book Guide

Captain Action on cover of 2015 Overstreet Comic Book Guide

SAN DIEGO – With the July 23 release of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44, “The Bible of comic collectors” has achieved a first in its long publishing history: This year’s guide includes...

Griffin Art Prize UK entry deadline extended to Aug. 10

Griffin Art Prize UK entry deadline extended to Aug. 10

LONDON – The Griffin Art Prize 2014 UK is now open for entry to all UK based artists graduated since 2009, and whose primary medium is painting or drawing. The deadline for submissions has been...

China's censors squash reports of giant inflatable toad

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation...

Recovered Matisse goes on view in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – A painting by Henri Matisse stolen more than a decade ago in Caracas and later recovered in an FBI sting is on display again in the Venezuelan capital. The Odalisque in...

Judge rules: Students, staff can oppose Corcoran merger

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nine current students, faculty and staff members can argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest museums, and its college with two...

Artifacts recovered from Union ship that sank in Fla.

Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Air Force museum

Antique show promises treasures to be found in El Dorado

Nelson-Atkins' Gardner exhibition documents vanishing frontier

Rare Elvis items featured in first-ever Auction at Graceland, Aug. 14

Confederate Battle of Franklin flag losing fight with time

Reprise: Bonhams to take turn at selling Casablanca piano

Pa. Department of Transportation marketing historic bridges

Jersey shore carousel to be sold at auction this fall

Funding stands in way of Okla. pop culture museum

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury achieves high prices for silver, jewelry

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury achieves high prices for silver, jewelry

LONDON – Jewelry and silver from the second half of the 20th century stole the hearts of bidders at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on July 9, proving the huge international demand for works...

Famille rose plaques achieve $463,000 at Michaan’s

Famille rose plaques achieve $463,000 at Michaan’s

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction on June 23 was a resounding success, raking in over $2.4 million. Over 400 lots of fine Asian antiquities were presented to the world...

Bronzes among top lots in Capo's June 28 auction

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. - Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques’ first summer auction in New York on Saturday, June 28th featured exquisite bronze figures, along with a contemporary sculpture and...

Moran’s June 17 sale heats up summer auction season

PASADENA, Calif. - John Moran Auctioneers’ June 17th Decorative Art Auction offered an eclectic mix of mid century modern furniture, Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts, Continental porcelain,...

Mohawk Arms auctions Civil War cannonball, other relics

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A Confederate cannonball from the Battle of Gettysburg, mounted on three brass leg finials and engraved in script “Rebel shell – Gettysburg 1863,” sold for $5,850 at Mohawk...

Rare English clock rings up $109,250 at Jeffrey Evans auction

Queen Anne highboy reigns at Ahlers & Ogletree auction

Calif. gold quartz pocket watch tops $37,000 at Cowan's sale

Chinese porcelain screen brings $126,900 at Elite Decorative Arts

Chinese huanghuali furniture leads Clars' to $1.6M auction

Russian buyers drive up icon prices at Jackson’s International

Miniature lamps spark big bids at Jeffrey S. Evans auction

Fresh-to-market jewelry in demand at John Moran Auctioneers

Max Ernst, Rosetta works leave impression at Capo Auction

Chinese bronze vessel sells for $722,500 at Hindman auction

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Texas blues/rock legend Janis Joplin honored on US postage stamp

Texas blues/rock legend Janis Joplin honored on US postage stamp

WASHINGTON – On August 8th, the USPS will release a Forever stamp honoring the groundbreaking Texas blues/rock singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970). The latest in the postal service’s Music Icons...

Australian mogul James Packer gives away $188M to arts

Australian mogul James Packer gives away $188M to arts

SYDNEY (AFP) - Billionaire James Packer, one of Australia's richest men, on Tuesday announced he was setting up a philanthropic foundation to give away Aus$200 million (US$188 million). The casino...

Wis. man loans part of his artifact collection to local museum

TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) – A lot of children collect things – shells, stamps, sports cards – but most eventually abandon their collections. This wasn't the case for Ron “Curly” Babler who began...

Nat'l Gallery of Art appoints Lynne Cooke to senior curator post

WASHINGTON ― Lynne Cooke, renowned art scholar, will become senior curator, special projects in modern art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, effective August 11, 2014. During her two-year...

In Memoriam: Fine art philanthropist Peter Wege

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Peter Wege, heir to the Steelcase Inc. fortune whose philanthropy kept much of the office furniture manufacturer's money in Grand Rapids, has died. He was 94. Peter Melvin...

Terry Kovel to speak at antique advertising convention

Jaguar owner finds surprise note from Seinfeld in glove box

Miranda Lash named contemporary art curator at Speed Art Museum

Roger Ebert statue about to get a permanent home

Tom Hathazy named president of Morphy's Classic Car division

Royal hair force: William, Kate given waxwork makeover

In Memoriam: Eli Wallach, veteran actor, 98

Robert Morgenthau steps down as NY Jewish museum chair

In Memoriam: Charles Barsotti, New Yorker cartoonist, 80

Jane Fonda puts New Mexico ranch up for sale at $19.5M

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Miscellaneana: Amber

Miscellaneana: Amber

LONDON - Amber, it seems, is once again the new gold, but be quick, the spike in what it’s fetching in the saleroom might be nothing more than a flash in the pan. In April, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 21, 2014

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 21, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - Artists often express political ideas in their work, and many years later, collectors have trouble understanding the politics. Kirkpatrick/Anna pottery worked from 1839 to 1896...

Miscellaneana: Folk art

LONDON – Better men than I am have tried, and sometimes succeeded, in defining just what “folk art” is. Art critic Herbert Read in his 1931 book The Meaning of Art called it “peasant art”...

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Fumetto, il mercato di Dylan Dog

TORINO, Italy – Ottimo bilancio per la mostra "Dylan Dog a Torino - Bruno Brindisi e Fabio Civitelli", organizzata dalla casa d'aste e galleria d'arte specializzata in fumetto Little Nemo, che ancora...

Art Market Italy: Dylan Dog comics at Little Nemo

TURIN, Italy – Good results for the exhibition "Dylan Dog in Turin - Bruno Brindisi and Fabio Civitelli," organized by Turin-based auction house and art gallery specialized in comics Little Nemo,...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 14, 2014

Miscellaneana: Pearls

Reading the Streets: Joe Iurato

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 7, 2014

Reading the Streets: Top street artists 'go green' to benefit inmates

Miscellaneana: Russian decorative arts

Furniture Specific: $#%& Locks

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Libri e dipinti antichi da Bibliopathos

Art Market Italy: Bibliopathos presents Old Masters, books

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 30, 2014

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Harvey Girls cheerfully served Southwest railroad travelers

Harvey Girls cheerfully served Southwest railroad travelers

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Patricia Kiddney walked in the steps of railroad history this week while exploring the El Paso Union Depot. Kiddney carefully carried manila folders stuffed with photographs...

Old postcards still captivate, as one new collector explains

Old postcards still captivate, as one new collector explains

IOLA, Wis. – During National Postcard Week 2014, I was drawn to several box lots of postcards in an online Fusco Auction catalog. I thought the lots had ample potential for launching a collection and...

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

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) – This tiny town is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists' galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. Whimsical free libraries...

Memphis Milano: Bold color, extreme design

PHILA., Pa. - In late 1980, Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), a well-known designer and architect in Milan, Italy, gathered together a group of younger colleagues to brainstorm a new international design...

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

ROME (AP) – For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi...

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

Spring brings metal detecting hobbyists in search of treasure

Old libraries, pubs beckon visitors to literary Dublin

Revisiting the 1964 New York World's Fair, 50 years later

Mont. T-rex to move to Smithsonian natural history museum

Old baseball cards rain down from rafters of Pittsburgh house

Former Hasbro CEO celebrates G.I. Joe milestone

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