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Infamous Titanic survivor's letter sells for nearly $12,000

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Friday, 23 January 2015 15:26
Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, 1919. Image by Arnold Genth, New York, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BOSTON (AFP) – An indignant letter from a British aristocrat who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 has sold for $11,875, an auction house in New England said Friday.

Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a target of public outrage after she fled the doomed ocean liner on a near-empty lifeboat, penned the two-page letter in London a month after the disaster.

"How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety," the fashion designer wrote to a stateside friend.

"According to the way we've been treated by England on our return we didn't seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn't it disgraceful."

RR Auction, which regularly handles Titanic memorabilia, had expected the letter to fetch as much as $6,000 at Thursday's live auction in Boston, which followed a week of online bidding.

Duff-Gordon, 48, and her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, 49, were traveling first class on the Titanic on its ill-starred maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York.

They became the subjects of derision when it emerged that their lifeboat carried only 12 people, including seven crew members, despite having room for 40 people.

Some 1,500 died when the Titanic went down off Newfoundland on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg, in what remains the most storied maritime tragedy of all time.

The couple were alleged to have bribed the crew in order not to go back to rescue other survivors – a claim that a British inquiry concluded was unfounded.

They were the only passengers called to testify before the inquiry, conducted by the British Wreck Commissioner in London from May through mid-July 2012.



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Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, 1919. Image by Arnold Genth, New York, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 15:53
 

Bonhams to auction code breaker Alan Turing's notebook

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:32
Allan Turing sculpture by Stephen Kettle, on display at Bletchley Park. Image by Sjoerd Ferwerda. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

NEW YORK (AP) – A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game, is going on the auction block.

The 56-page manuscript was written at the time the British mathematician and computer science pioneer was working to break the seemingly unbreakable Enigma codes used by the Germans throughout World War II. It is being sold by Bonhams in New York on April 13. It is expected to bring at least $1 million.

The notebook contains Turing's complex mathematical and computer science notations. It is believed to be the only extensive Turing manuscript known to exist, the auctioneer said.

It dates from 1942, when Turing was trying to break the seemingly unbreakable code with his team of cryptanalysts at Britain's World War II code and cypher school Bletchley Park.

In one entry Turing writes about a complex calculus notation.

“The Leibniz notation I find extremely difficult to understand in spite of it having been the one I understood the best once! It certainly implies that some relation between x and y has been laid down eg, y(equals)x2+3x ... ”

The notebook was among the papers he left in his will to friend and fellow mathematician Robin Gandy.

Gandy gave the papers to the Archive Center at King's College in Cambridge in 1977. But he kept the notebook, using its blank pages for writing down his dreams at the request of his psychiatrist. Bonham describes Gandy's entries as highly personal; the notebook remained in his possession until he died in 1995.

At the beginning of his journal, Gandy writes: “It seems a suitable disguise to write in between these notes of Alan's on notation, but possibly a little sinister; a dead father figure, some of whose thoughts I most completely inherited.”

In a statement through Bonhams, Turing scholar Andrew Hodges said the notebook sheds more light on how Turing “remained committed to free-thinking work in pure mathematics.''

The Imitation Game, which also stars Keira Knightley, is based on Hodges' book Alan Turing: The Enigma.

Turing committed suicide in 1954. He was gay at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain and was convicted of indecency in 1952. He agreed to undergo hormone treatment as an alternative to imprisonment to `cure' his homosexuality.

Bonhams said the seller wished to remain anonymous. Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:49
 

Reading the Streets: 'The Future Is Now'

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Written by ILANA NOVICK, Auction Central News International   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:46

Kimyon Huggins at the ‘Future is Now,’ 60 Orchard St., New York City. Photo by Lois Stavsky via Street Art NYC

NEW YORK – An artillery of sleet chased me into the gallery at 60 Orchard, which was showing “The Future is Now,” featuring an eclectic mix of artists, including Art is Trash, Joseph Conrad-Ferm, Kimyon Huggins, NDA, Iena Cruz and Jaime Martinez, many of whom are active in the street art scene.

The group show’s participants may share a presence in the street art scene, but their styles are disparate, from Conrad-Ferm’s Basquiat-like figures to Kimyon Huggins’ voluptuous neon nude woman, but share a general appreciation of the early 1980s, of punk and a general DIY, make something out of nothing New York City spirit.

Huggins’ glowing woman was particularly powerful, standing on a red pedestal, flanked by two men. She’s serene but fierce, a difficult but effective combination most of us can only aspire to.

Irene Cruz’s was my other favorite piece, though, with bared teeth and wide eyes, a roar almost audible beneath the sharp, almost angry blue streaks strewn across the canvas. I’m still wondering exactly who the figure on the left is or what it's doing. Current theories include a woman on a motorcycle made of insects, a woman in a red blazer with one blue glove and antlers, fashion inspiration for the new year.



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Kimyon Huggins at the ‘Future is Now,’ 60 Orchard St., New York City. Photo by Lois Stavsky via Street Art NYC 

Irene Cruz at the ‘Future is Now,’ 60 Orchard St., New York City. Photo by Tara Murray via Street Art NYC 

Jamie Martinez at the ‘Future is Now,’ 60 Orchard St., New York City. Photo by Tara Murray via Street Art NYC 

Joseph Conrad Ferm at the ‘Future is Now,’ 60 Orchard St., New York City. Photo by Tara Murray via Street Art NYC

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:11
 

LiveAuctioneers video spots today’s celebrities back in time

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Written by ACNI Staff   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:49

Scarlett Johansson and 'Girl in the Ruffle Dress.' Scarlett Johansson photo credit- Greg Razzi; Flickr

NEW YORK – Somewhere in Time is a 1980 film in which an unhappy playwright (Christopher Reeve) falls in love with a 70-year-old photograph of a young actress (Jane Seymour) and wills himself back in time to meet her. The tearjerker was panned by critics but its premise of time travel remains fascinating.

Recently an item that went viral on social media claimed actor Nicolas Cage was a “man from the 1850s” and his actual likeness was captured in an antique photograph, which was offered for sale on eBay for a million dollars.

Producers of LiveAuctioneers TV latched onto the idea and came up with some startling likenesses of current celebrities and their counterparts, which are offered on LiveAuctioneers.com. To view a video log on to http://youtu.be/99IMcPQ5-Iw

Topping the list is a look-alike of actress Scarlett Johansson, whose double appears not only in Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring, but also in a portrait of a Girl in a Ruffled Dress, a 1938 painting by Greta Kempton (American, 1903-1991). The large oil on canvas, which carries a $400-$600 estimate, will be sold at a Susanin’s auction Feb. 21.

Born and trained in Vienna, Kempton immigrated in the 1920s to the U.S., where she became a successful portrait painter. Her style is said to be reminiscent of Rembrandt, Rubens and other European masters. Her subjects included President Harry S. Truman and first lady Bess Truman.

"An early portrait from Kempton's career, this innocent depiction of a young girl paved the way for her later days spent painting movie stars and statesmen. In person, reviewing her work, one can see why she was compared to the likes of Renoir and Degas," notes Emily Betts Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Here are some other celebrities and their doppelgangers somewhere back in time:

  • British actor Damian Lewis (Showtime series Homeland) and Vincent van Gogh in Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. A lithograph after the famous painting will be offered by Buy Art Auctions on Feb. 26.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy on TV and Abraham Lincoln (sans beard). The 16th president is depicted in a 1953 lithograph by African American artist Charles White (1918-1979), which will be sold by PBA Galleries on Jan. 29.
  • A young Robert Downey Jr. and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who’s depicted on a Royal Vienna portrait plate that will be sold Jan. 31 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
  • Veteran actor Jack Nicholson and an 1862 photograph of Maj. Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston. The photo looks like it could have been a still picture from an early 1960s Roger Corman film (see The Terror). The photo will be offered at auction by Flannery’s Auction & Estate Services on Jan. 24.
  • Actress Glenn Close and George Washington – the likeness is closer than you might imagine. The image our the first U.S. President, a primitive oil on board painting signed “Hlinka 72,” is offered in a Jan 26 auction by East Coast Auctions.


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Damian Lewis and Vincent Van Gogh, lithograph after 'Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear.' Damian Lewis photo credit: Engyles; Flickr

Bill Nye and Abraham Lincoln, lighograph of Lincoln by Charles White (1953). Bill Nye photo credit: Tim Wilson; Flickr

Robert Downey Jr. and Napoleon Bonaparte. Robert Downey Jr. photo credit: reelchange.net

Jack Nicholson and Maj. Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston. Jack Nicholson photo credit: marshallmatlock.com

Glenn Close and George Washington. Glenn Close photo: Glenn Close News; Flickr

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:55
 

Christie’s announces record-setting results for 2014

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:45
Edouard Manet's 'Le Printemps' sold for $65.1 million at Christie's last year. Christie's Images Ltd. 2015. LONDON – Christie’s today announced record results with art sales of £5.1 billion, up 12 percent ($8.4 billion), for the year ending December 2014. This figure is the highest total for Christie’s or any art company in the history of the market.

Sales figures were driven by an increase in activity across all geographies and strong sales of works of the highest quality, particularly in the Post-War & Contemporary Art, Impressionist & Modern Art and Jewelry departments. All sales platforms increased during 2014 with auction sales up 10 percent to £4.2 billion ($6.8 billion), private sales totaling £916.1 million up 20 percent ($1.5 billion) and eCommerce sales realizing £21.4 million, up 54 percent ($35.1 million).

“Christie’s sales grew by 12 percent during 2014 and the team has succeeded by focusing on the art and connecting it to a growing global audience,” said Patricia Barbizet, chief executive officer, Christie’s. “We continue to lead the art market by offering the broadest opportunity to collectors globally. The top end of the market grew during the year as evidenced by the 48 percent increase in works sold above $10 million. Our strategy to develop in new markets such as China and India and in new channels such as private dales and eCommerce, has further propelled the global growth of our business. Our focus remains on serving our clients whenever and however they choose to connect with art, through auctions, exhibitions or online.”

Strong Performances Across Collecting Categories

Post-War and Contemporary Art had its best year ever with total sales of £1.7 billion ($2.8 billion) up 33 percent on 2013. This made a significant contribution to the results for 2014 and was led by Christie’s fall evening sale in New York, which realized $852.9 million, the highest total ever for an auction in the history of the art market. The Impressionist and Modern Art department saw a 14 percent increase to £732.5 million ($1.2 billion) with strong sales across all locations highlighted by the sale of Edouard Manet’s Le Printemps (Springtime) for $65,125,000 to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A record year in luxury goods included jewelry sales totaling £460.2 million ($754.7 million), a global year-on-year increase of 7 percent, resulting in the 20th successive year of auction market leadership. Decorative Arts was up 9 percent, with the inaugural Exceptional sale in New York in December, realizing $41.3 million, highlighted by a beautiful bronze sculpture by Adriaen de Vries bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for $27,885,000.

All Art Sales Channels Increase Auction sales continue to be the primary driver of activity with robust global growth of 10 percent year-on-year at £4.2 billion ($6.8 billion, up 15 percent). Christie’s sold 86 works of art for over $10 million each during 2014, up 48 percent and 870 lots were sold for over $1 million during the year, up 19 percent. Private sales grew 20 percent totaling £916.1million ($1.5 billion).

New exhibition spaces were opened in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a busy, creative schedule drew new clients to view well received shows including among others the "Bad Shepherd" in London’s Mayfair, "The Year of the Horse" shown in Hong Kong and Shanghai and works by Michele Oka Doner at Rockefeller Center in New York. Online-only sales totaled £21.4 million ($35.1 million), a 54 perecent increase, driven by the 78 eCommerce sales held across 21 different categories. Buyers on the online platform came from 69 countries with 32 percent new to Christie’s and 42 percent of new buyers under the age of 45.

The highest price for a work of art in the live auction room via Christie’s LIVETM was Tyeb Mehta’s (Untitled) Falling Bull, which sold for $2.8 million in the India sale in December in Mumbai. Total sales for online buying via LIVETM and eCommerce were $178 million.

Digital Access and Geographic Development Invites New Audience to Collect

Thirty percent of all buyers were new to Christie’s in 2014 and a growing digital audience was echoed by a 39 percent increase in footfall to the Christie’s King Street headquarters in London. Also in 2014, Christie’s opened a second office in India in New Delhi and the stunning new Ampire Building on the Bund, Shanghai. While Auction sales in Asia totaled £514.8 million, down 14 percent ($844.1 million), 2014 saw an increase in spending globally across categories from Asian clients, up 18 percent, with growing activity in many sale categories. Asian clients accounted for 27 percent of all sales globally

Clients in the Americas acquired 38 percent of sales, an increase in spending of 13 percent on 2013 and accounted for the largest volume of new buyers to Christie’s. Buying from clients in EMERI countries represented 35percent of total auction sales, with sales up in Europe by 20 percent. New buyers from the Middle East increased by 23 percent from 2013.



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Edouard Manet's 'Le Printemps' sold for $65.1 million at Christie's last year. Christie's Images Ltd. 2015.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:53
 

Sports specialist SCP Auctions launches new, improved website

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:27
Honus Wagner baseball card. Image courtesy of SCP Auctions LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – SCP Auctions, one of the nation’s largest auctioneers and private sellers of sports memorabilia and cards, has just unveiled its new website. Implementing vibrant colors, a fresh design and user-friendly navigation, the new look highlights the company’s record-setting prices over the past two decades.

“We needed a facelift,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “It was time for us to make a renewed statement about what we do best and that’s to sell important sports memorabilia and cards to collectors worldwide.”

The Southern California-based company that has set world-record prices for such items as a Babe Ruth circa 1920 game-worn New York Yankees road jersey, $4.4 million; a 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, $2.8 million; and one of Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic gold medals from Berlin, $1.4 million.

Visit the new-look website at at www.scpauctions.com . Contact: 949-831-3700.

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Honus Wagner baseball card. Image courtesy of SCP Auctions Babe Ruth jersey. Image courtesy of SCP Auctions
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:47
 

Century-old baseball cards fetch $200,000 at Saco River Auction

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Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 16 January 2015 17:24
This T206 baseball card picturing Cleveland pitcher Cy Young sold for $2,900 plus the buyer's premium. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Saco River Auction Co.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) -- The first batch of century-old baseball cards from the “Portland trove” fetched about $200,000 Wednesday at Saco River Auction Co.

Bidders flew in from as far away as California for the auction in Biddeford. Troy Thibodeau from Saco River Auction Co. says cards depicting hall-of-famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb went for $4,000 to $5,000 apiece.

All told, 212 cards were them were sold.

Thibodeau says the collection of 1,400 cards is so big that cards will be sold in installments over the coming year. The next group of cards will be auctioned next month.

The cards that ranged from 1909 to 1911 feature color lithographs on the front and a tobacco advertisement on the back. The collection belongs to a Portland family that has chosen to remain anonymous.

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Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 17:46
 

Rare 1792 penny sells at auction for almost $2.6M

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:10

Obverse side of the Birch cent. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS (AP) – An experimental U.S. penny struck to test a design in 1792 sold at auction for almost $2.6 million a day after another rare penny sold for $2.35 million at the same collectors' convention.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the 1792 coin sold Thursday for $2,585,000 to a California man. A Heritage official says the coin is called the “Birch cent” after engraver Robert Birch.

The official calls it the “finest” of only about 10 known surviving examples of the pennies struck to test a design depicting “Miss Liberty,”' surrounded by the words “Liberty Parent of Science & Industry.” That motto wasn't adopted for circulating coins.

A U.S. penny from 1793 sold last Wednesday for $2.35 million. It's known as a “chain cent” because of the design on the back.

Heritage President Greg Rohan said the copper cent is rare because the design was changed soon after production started in March 1793. He says critics at the time thought the chain evoked an image of slavery. A wreath replaced the chain in later pennies.

The coin was purchased for $76 the first time it appeared in an auction in 1879.

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Obverse side of the Birch cent. Heritage Auctions image 

Reverse of the Birch cent. Heritage Auctions image 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:20
 

Indignant letter by Titanic survivor coming up for auction

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:09
The RMS Titanic in Cork Harbor, Ireland, prior to her maiden voyage. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BOSTON (AFP) – An indignant letter from a British aristocrat who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is coming up for auction in the United States next week.

Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a target of public outrage after she fled the doomed ocean liner on a nearly empty lifeboat, penned the two-page letter in London a month after the disaster.

"How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety," the fashion designer wrote to a stateside friend.

"According to the way we've been treated by England on our return we didn't seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn't it disgraceful."

New England auction house RR Auction, which regularly handles Titanic memorabilia, said Monday the letter could fetch as much as $6,000 at the live auction in Boston on Jan. 22.

The sale will follow a week of online bidding.

Duff-Gordon, 48, and her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, 49, were traveling first class on the Titanic on its ill-starred maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York.

They became the subjects of derision when it emerged that their lifeboat carried only 12 people, including seven crew members, despite having room for 40 people.

Some 1,500 died when the Titanic went down off Newfoundland on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg, in what remains the most storied maritime tragedy of all time.

The couple were alleged to have bribed the crew in order not to go back to rescue other survivors – a claim that a British inquiry concluded was unfounded.

They were the only passengers called to testify before the inquiry, conducted by the British Wreck Commissioner in London from May through mid-July 2012.



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The RMS Titanic in Cork Harbor, Ireland, prior to her maiden voyage. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:36
 

Vintage tommy gun nets $25,000 for sheriff department

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:58
Thompson Model 1921 with Type C drum magazine. Image by Hmaag. This file is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) – The auction of a .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun has netted $25,000 for the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

The Daily Times Leader reports the tommy gun, manufactured in 1936 and donated to the sheriff's office in 1945, was sold to a Newellton, Louisiana, man.

Sheriff Eddie Scot says bidding ended last Thursday.

Scott says the money will used to buy weapons for deputies.

Currently, deputies are responsible for purchasing their own guns, which can cost up to $1,000 dollars each.

Scott says the weapons purchased with proceeds from the sale will go to the patrol division and the special response team.

The tommy gun became infamous from its use by both law enforcement officers and criminals like Al Capone. It's now popular among gun collectors.

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Thompson Model 1921 with Type C drum magazine. Image by Hmaag. This file is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:01
 

Saco River to auction early baseball images Jan. 14

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:37
One of a collection of original 1888 Old Judge N173 5-by-7 glass negatives. This player is identified as C. Boyce of the Washington Club. Saco River Auction Co. image.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) – The first lot from a trove of more than 1,400 century-old baseball cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers is going on sale this week.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live-bidding services for the event.

Saco River Auction Co. says 212 cards from what's been dubbed the “Portland trove” will be auctioned on Wednesday.

Auctioneer Troy Thibodeau says the collection is so big that the cards be sold in installments over the coming year. The first one includes some of the highest-value cards, including three Cy Young cards and eight featuring Ty Cobb.

The collection dates to 1909. Smaller than modern baseball cards, the so-called tobacco cards feature color lithographs on the front and a tobacco advertisement on the back.

Also up for auction are 48 glass negatives used to create “Old Judge” baseball cards in 1888.

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One of a collection of original 1888 Old Judge N173 5-by-7 glass negatives. This player is identified as C. Boyce of the Washington Club. Saco River Auction Co. image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:04
 

Sotheby’s to stage fundraising auction supporting ‘1 in 11’ campaign

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Monday, 12 January 2015 17:26
Takashi Murakami, ‘Lionel Messi and a Universe of Flowers,’ 2015 (est. £200,000-£300,000). ©2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

NEW YORK – FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach OutTo Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF on Friday launched the ‘1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries.

Globally, one in 11 primary school-age children – or 58 million out of 650 million children – are out of school. The majority are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable: children living in areas affected by conflict; children in extreme poverty; children with disabilities; and children from indigenous communities. In addition, in many schools, sports programs do not exist, even though studies have shown that including sports in school curricula can inspire children to attend and stay in school, lead to better physical health, and help to improve their grades.

The ‘1 in 11’ campaign will raise funds through individual donations and a major art auction at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday, Feb. 12, featuring donated works by 17 renowned artists including Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Shirin Neshat.

Hirst and Murakami have created specially commissioned works of art featuring Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona player, UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and president of the Lionel Messi Foundation. Murakami designed the campaign logo.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 17:41
 

Sotheby’s expects Monet’s view of Venice to top $30M Feb. 3

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Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:33
A year after 'Le Grand Canal' was first exhibited in 1912, the painting was acquired by Hunt Henderson, a New Orleans sugar magnate whose collection included a significant number of works by the Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir and Degas. Image courtesy of Sotheby's. LONDON – Sotheby’s London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Feb. 3 will be led by a rare and important view of Venice by Claude Monet, Le Grand Canal of 1908, estimated at $30.6–45.9 million.

“The market for works by Claude Monet has now reached an all-time point of strength, with bidders coming from four times as many countries as a decade ago,” said Helena Newman of Sotheby’s. “Reflecting the outstanding quality and beauty of the work, Le Grand Canal was prominently displayed for eight years at the National Gallery, London. Given the painting’s rarity and exceptional quality, and the strong price of £19.7m achieved when we sold Monet’s Venice view Le Palais Contarini in 2013, we anticipate enthusiastic global interest prior to the sale in February.”

Painted during a three-month trip to Venice in 1908 – the year of one of the first Venice Biennales – such works depicting Venice are highly sought after by collectors as they represent the peak of Monet’s career. Le Grand Canal has been exhibited around the world, most recently on loan to the National Gallery, London, for eight years (2006-2014) and previously exhibited at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and the Royal Academy of Arts London.

Prior to Sotheby’s auction on Feb. 3 in London, the painting will be exhibited in Hong Kong (Jan. 9–12), New York (Jan. 21–23) and then London (Jan. 28–Feb. 3).



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A year after 'Le Grand Canal' was first exhibited in 1912, the painting was acquired by Hunt Henderson, a New Orleans sugar magnate whose collection included a significant number of works by the Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir and Degas. Image courtesy of Sotheby's.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 12:02
 

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates recaps successful year

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Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:49

The Samuel Betts (London, active 1645-1673) ebonized bracket clock, circa 1660-1665, realized $109,250. The winning Australian buyer won the clock through LiveAuctioneers in a heated battle against seven phone bidders and numerous other Internet bidders. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – 2014 was an outstanding year for the auction firm Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, with year-end results indicating substantial growth in sales revenue. While the house offered only 157 more lots than the 10,957 sold in 2013, gross sales actually increased in 2014 by 25 percent over the previous year.

With top-quality auctions spread throughout the calendar, each month offered new highlights across a variety of categories. Whether it is offering glass, lighting, ceramics, fine and decorative art, Americana, folk art, or Southern material, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates continues to impact the market while strengthening its reputation as a leader across multiple fields.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding services for Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates' auctions.

Top lots of the year included a Samuel Betts bracket clock, made in London during the second half of the 17th century, which sold for $109,250; and an important eagle-decorated Southern stoneware jar, which sold for $74,750. The latter piece was the high lot in the landmark auction of the John and Lil Palmer Americana Collection held in April. This $1.6 million single-owner sale was a tremendous success, producing robust prices from the first lot to the last.

Anticipating continued growth for the future, JSE & Associates has recently added staff, including three new cataloging specialists. Additionally, plans to expand the facility’s storage and packing areas have just been finalized, and construction is slated to begin at the auction gallery this winter.

With an ambitious 2015 schedule to included 15 auctions and five educational seminars, the firm will need all of the extra space and all of the extra assistance it can muster. Principal Jeffrey S. Evans is optimistic about the future and offered the following comments: “2014 was a very strong year on several levels. We presented a number of very important collections during the year that realized some amazing prices, and the overall quality of the merchandise we offered improved over past years. In addition, prices in general are beginning to rebound as collectors start to take advantage of the great values available in today’s market.”

Evans went on to add, “We are very excited about 2015; we have assembled an unbelievably talented and hard-working staff, and the number of commitments for outstanding, single-owner collections of glass, ceramics, folk pottery and lighting is at an all-time high. With a full slate of exciting upcoming sales and a number of educational events and outreach programs planned, 2015 promises to be an exciting and fast-paced year.”

For further information about auctions and educational events that are on the 2015 calendar, log on to www.jeffreysevans.com , email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 540-434-3939.



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The Samuel Betts (London, active 1645-1673) ebonized bracket clock, circa 1660-1665, realized $109,250. The winning Australian buyer won the clock through LiveAuctioneers in a heated battle against seven phone bidders and numerous other Internet bidders. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:12
 

Guernsey's to auction prototype Les Paul ‘Black Beauty’ guitar Feb. 19

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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:44
Guernsey’s will sell the original Les Paul 'Black Beauty' prototype at auction on Feb. 19. Guernsey's image NEW YORK – On Feb. 19, Guernsey’s will present at auction the very instrument that made rock ’n’ roll possible: the original prototype of the revolutionary Les Paul Gibson guitar. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

This particular guitar, known as Black Beauty, was designed by and belonged to guitarist-inventor Les Paul decades ago – it is the prototype for all Les Paul models produced by Gibson to this day.

The guitar’s storied history began when it left the Gibson factory in December 1953 and was delivered to Les Paul in early 1954.

This forward-thinking instrument featured superior refinements: a new tune-o-matic bridge and stoptail piece system, finer inlays, and a fancy-looking binding around the entire guitar – all in black with gold.

After more than 20 years of performing with and innovating on this guitar, Les gifted this iconic instrument in 1976 to his personal luthier, technician and close friend Tom Doyle, where it has remained in his private collection to this day.

A pioneering musician as well as an avid inventor, Paul was always looking to improve upon the guitars he was playing. Approached in the early 1950s by Gibson with the hopes of building a true electric model suited to his needs, the first guitar constructed (known the Gold Top) had multipl design flaws. In response, Les demanded that a much better instrument be made if it were to bear his name. Though initially referred to as the Les Paul Black Custom, this marvel eventually became known as “Black Beauty.”

In addition to this landmark instrument Guernsey’s will offer other select items from the collection of Tom Doyle, most notably Chet Atkins’ legendary prototype Gretsch guitar known as “Dark Eyes.”

For additional information contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280. Watch for the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:44
 

Victorian Casino Antiques now using the name Morphy Auctions Las Vegas

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Monday, 05 January 2015 10:50
DENVER, Pa. – Five months after its acquisition by Morphy Auctions, Victorian Casino Antiques (VCA) of Las Vegas, Nevada, is now officially operating under the banner of its new parent company. All signage, corporate literature, auction catalogs and other materials generated by the firm – which is known nationwide for its sales of antique advertising and vintage gambling and coin-op machines – now reflects the Morphy Auctions name.

“It has been a very easy transition getting to this point,” said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. “Our teams have blended together perfectly from day one, and our game plan for the future is right on target. We will be adding classic car, antique and art auctions to the traditional Victorian Casino roster of three to four major advertising and coin-op auctions per year in Las Vegas.”

Morphy said the final step in completing the VCA to Morphy Auctions Las Vegas transition was getting the word out to VCA’s consignors and buyers.

“We wanted to allow adequate time for their client base to be notified that Victorian Casino is now the Western-states branch of Morphy’s and that Morphy’s business practices would now apply in all dealings. We’re satisfied that we’ve reached everyone, and now we can all move forward in building a powerful and transparent West Coast business that welcomes many auction categories, not just a few,” Morphy said.

Morphy’s is planning a January 23-25 Coin-Op & Advertising Auction at the Las Vegas gallery. The company’s first West Coast Classic Car Auction is tentatively scheduled for March of 2015, also at the Las Vegas branch. Other auctions in the immediate pipeline for the Vegas gallery will focus on antique firearms, and fine and decorative art. All Morphy Auctions events utilize LiveAuctioneers for absentee and Internet live bidding.

For additional information or to discuss consigning to a future auction at Morphy’s Las Vegas gallery, contact Dan Morphy by calling 877-968-8880 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or call Peter Sidlow at 702-382-2466. Visit Morphy Auctions Las Vegas online at www.morphyauctions.com/lasvegas .

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