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Kerry Taylor Auctions to sell designer Celia Birtwell archive

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Friday, 27 March 2015 15:44
Detail of 'Tulip Reign' print by Celia Birtwell. Kerry Taylor Auctions image LONDON – Kerry Taylor Auctions, specialists in antique and vintage fashion and textiles, will sell the historically important collection of British designer Celia Birtwell on June 23 as part of the firm’s “Passion for Fashion” sale.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire pieces by two of the leading British fashion/textile designers of the late 20th century, taken from Celia Birtwell’s own personal archive,” noted Kerry Taylor. “Beautiful, timeless and historically important, they will appeal to collectors, museums and those stylish women the world over who just wish to wear them as they were originally intended.”

The collection of approximately 60 pieces range from one of Ossie Clark’s earliest pop-art influenced mini dresses (made just after he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1965), through to a spikey black leather “biker” girl ensemble he made in 1996 just before his untimely and tragic death.

Undoubtedly the most beautiful and mesmerizing designs are those of the late 1960s and 1970s, which combine the virtuosity of Celia Birtwell’s colorful textile prints and Ossie Clark’s consummate cutting skills.

The most famous dress in the collection is the instantly recognizable and iconic black and red moss crepe “Heavenly Twins” dress which Celia wore for the double portrait of herself and Ossie Clark with their white cat, painted by David Hockney in 1970 titled Mr. & Mrs. Clark & Percy.

The sale will also include fine haute couture by Elsa Schiaparelli from the 1930s, historic dress and outstanding McQueen examples from other collectors. Kerry Taylor is still accepting entries for this auction until early May.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 16:05
 

Auction of Romanian dictator memorabilia bags $55,000

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Written by ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press   
Friday, 27 March 2015 12:42
Stamp commemorating the 70th birthday (and 55 years of political activity) of Nicolae Ceaușescu, 1988. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Bidders in Romania have spent 50,000 euros ($55,000) buying Communist memorabilia in an auction that included items belonging to the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

The star lot was a Communist Party card issued to Ceausescu in 1954, when it was known as the Worker's Party. It was sold for 2,000 euros ($2,200), seven times the asking price, sparking applause in the room.

Dozens attended the auction Wednesday night at the 19th-century Athenee Palace Hotel, a Bucharest landmark. Bids also came in by phone and online for the items, some luxurious, others of historical interest.

Ceausescu led one of the most repressive regimes in Eastern Europe, but some remain fascinated with his life 25 years after he and his wife Elena were deposed and executed during the 1989 revolution.

The party card shows Ceausescu's father was a member of the center-right Liberal Party and the family were landowners – surprisingly middle-class origins for a leader who championed the rights of the masses.

A woman who outbid everyone to buy the card swiftly left the auction, saying she would donate it to a museum.

Ceausescu's flat cap, which he wore with everything including suits, sold for 350 euros ($385).

Other items included posters warning against AIDS that were never made public, because Ceausescu banned public knowledge of the disease.

Artmark auction house said Thursday that 78 of the 116 items were sold.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 12:50
 

Picasso painting valued at $140M heading to Christie’s auction

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 13:55
Picasso's 'Les femmes d'Alger (Version O),' photographed at Christie's King Street in London on March 23. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Christie's Images Ltd. 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – A radiant masterpiece by Pablo Picasso from the 1950s will lead an auction in May where it could top $140 million.

Women of Algiers (Version O) will be offered at Christie's on May 11.

The vibrantly colorful 1955 painting features a scantily attired female in the foreground amid a jumble of smaller female nudes. The central figure is Picasso's muse Jacqueline Roque, who became his second wife in 1961.

The oil on canvas was part of a 15-work series Picasso created between 1954 and 1955 that was inspired by Women of Algiers in their Apartment by Eugene Delacroix, an 1834 work Picasso greatly admired that hangs in the Louvre in Paris.

The hefty estimate hovers near the current record for any artwork sold at auction, held by Francis Bacon's triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud. It sold at Christie's for $142.4 million in 2013.

Christie's did not reveal the seller, but said the collector acquired the painting in 1997 for $31.9 million when Christie's sold the collection of noted New York collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, who at one time owned all 15 works in the series.

“One can arguably say that this is the single most important painting by Picasso to remain in private hands,” said Olivier Camu, Christie's deputy chairman of impressionist and modern art.

The work has been in several major museum retrospectives in the 1950s and 1960s. More recently it appeared in exhibitions at the National Gallery in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Tate Britain.

Women of Algiers (Version O) will be offered with a group of two dozen other blue chip works created between 1902 and the end of the 20th century in a stand-alone sale called “Looking Forward to the Past.”

In May 2010, Christie's set an auction record for any work by Picasso when it sold his 1932 painting Nude, Green Leave and Bust of his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter for $106.5 million.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:11
 

C.M. Russell 'For Supremacy' painting sells for $1.5M

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:44
Charles M. Russell, 'For Supremacy,' oil, size: 23 x 35in. Price realized: $1.5 million. Image courtesy of the C.M. Russell Museum GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – An auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls grossed just over $5.6 million.

Three Russell pieces – two oils and a bronze – combined sold for $2.85 million during the auction Saturday.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that four watercolors also saw solid sales in the $200,000 to $250,000 range.

The piece titled For Supremacy, which depicts a battle between Blackfeet and Crow warriors, sold for $1.5 million.

The auction is the climax of Western Art Week.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE
Charles M. Russell, 'For Supremacy,' oil, size: 23 x 35in. Price realized: $1.5 million. Image courtesy of the C.M. Russell Museum Charles M. Russell, 'Medicine Whip,' bronze, 9  x 10  x 4 ¼in. Price realized: $400,000. Image courtesy of the C.M. Russell Museum
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:12
 

Goldwyn estate art collection going to New York auction

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Friday, 20 March 2015 14:41
Pablo Picasso, 'Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil,' signed Picasso (upper right) and dated 1.11.48 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ by 28 ¾ in. (92 by 73 cm), painted in 1948. Estimate $12/18 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby's NEW YORK (AP) – Works of fine art collected by Hollywood film moguls Samuel Goldwyn and his son are going to auction in a series of sales in New York City beginning in May, Sotheby's announced Thursday.

The 27 works are expected to bring in a total of $25 million. The first auction is scheduled for May 5, when two works – by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse – will be included as part of the Impressionist and Modern Art sale.

Woman With a Chignon in an Armchair, a portrait of Picasso's lover Francoise Gilot, is estimated to bring $12 million to $18 million. It depicts her in an embroidered red peasant jacket that Picasso purchased for her in Poland.

Sotheby's said Gilot was furious that Picasso left for the trip to attend a conference of the Communist Party in Warsaw while she was expected their child. Picasso held on to the painting until 1956 when it was purchased by the Goldwyn family from a Paris gallery.

Matisse's Anemones and Pomegranates, also from 1948, was purchased by the elder Goldwyn two years after it was painted. It was the first work he acquired for his collection. It is estimated at $5 million to $7 million. It was one of Matisse's last works on canvas.

On May 12-13 at Sotheby's Contemporary Art sales, two David Hockney works from the collection will be offered. Fruit in a Chinese Bowl is a still life with a presale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million. Malibu House, estimated to bring $600,000 to $800,000, was painted in 1988, the year of his retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Other sales in May, June and October include paintings by Milton Avery and Diego Rivera. They will be offered in New York, with the exception of one that will be held in London on June 9-10.

Highlights of the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby's Los Angeles galleries March 25-26.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who died in January, was a champion of the independent film movement. His father, Samuel Sr., died in 1974, was one of the founders of Paramount Studios and his production company became part of Hollywood's largest studios, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). The Hollywood dynasty extends to the third generation: Goldwyn's son John was vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, and another son, actor Tony Goldwyn, stars in the ABC drama Scandal.

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Pablo Picasso, 'Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil,' signed Picasso (upper right) and dated 1.11.48 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 36 ¼ by 28 ¾ in. (92 by 73 cm), painted in 1948. Estimate $12/18 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby's
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 15:01
 

Ming Dynasty artwork sells for $14M at Sotheby’s

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Friday, 20 March 2015 08:52
A 600year-old collection of Ming Dynasty Buddhist sutras sold for $14,026,000 on March 19, 2015 at Sotheby's New York, many times the $100,000-$150,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Sotheby's NEW YORK (AFP) – A 600-year-old album of Ming Dynasty Buddhist art and calligraphy sold for $14 million in New York on Thursday, the highest price for a Chinese painting sold outside Asia, Sotheby's said.

The sutras, which had been valued at $100,000-$150,000, were sold after frantic bidding between four would-be buyers in Asia and the United States that lasted 31 minutes, the auction house said.

The winner was Chinese tycoon Liu Yiqian, who bid by telephone, Sotheby's said. The taxi-driver-turned-financier is one of China's biggest art collectors.

Forbes estimates his net worth at $1.37 billion.

Sotheby's said $14 million was the top price for any sale at Asian art auctions in New York this month and the highest price paid for a Chinese painting outside Asia.

The sutras, an album of 39 leaves, came from an important Japanese collection and the only other known works from the series are in Chinese hands.

Liu, 51, in 2014 paid $36 million for a tiny white Ming Dynasty wine cup, breaking the world auction record for Chinese porcelain.



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A 600year-old collection of Ming Dynasty Buddhist sutras sold for $14,026,000 on March 19, 2015 at Sotheby's New York, many times the $100,000-$150,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Sotheby's
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:00
 

Leighton conducts consignment session every Monday

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:48

Leighton Galleries sold this Ivan Choultse (Russian, 1874-1939) painting for $26,000 to an Internet bidder through LiveAuctioneers.com in 2012. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Leighton Galleries

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Monday, March 23, is the last opportunity to consign to Leighton Galleries' April 16 auction.

Leighton’s consignment day is an event held every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., when customers are welcome to visit the company’s showroom with items they are interested in selling at an upcoming auction.

Leighton Galleries' showroom is located at 6-C Pearl Court in Allendale, NJ 07401.

For details send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 201-327-8800.



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 Leighton Galleries sold this Ivan Choultse (Russian, 1874-1939) painting for $26,000 to an Internet bidder through LiveAuctioneers.com in 2012. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Leighton Galleries

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 13:00
 

Qing Dynasty imperial jade seal sells for $4.45M at Sotheby’s

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:02
Da Guan Tang Bao, an important imperial jade seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, sold for $4,450,000 Wednesday. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK – During Sotheby’s opening day of Asian Art sales on Wednesday, the Da Guan Tang Bao, an important imperial jade seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, from the collection of Lolo Sarnoff sold for $4.45 million. It was estimated to sell for $1 million to 1.5 million.

The seal is believed to have been collected by Sarnoff’s father, Willy Dreyfus, and had been in the family’s collection for several decades. The $4.45 million result is the highest price so far in the 2015 New York-wide Asia Week series of auctions.

In addition to the Da Guan Tang Bao, a pale celadon jade seal with inscription “Huang Tang Shou Ming Zhi Bao,” probably Ming Dynasty, also from the Sarnoff Collection, shattered all presale expectations when frenzied bidding drove the price to $1.64 million against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Both lots were offered in “Inscriptions: History as Art,” a sale that charted the artistic development of Chinese writing and calligraphy. The sale totaled $9.48 million, well over the $3.5-$5.2 million estimate.

The Sarnoff seals were just two among a number of outstanding results for pieces from distinguished private collections. A  fine and rare carved “Ding” “Peony” bowl, Northern Song Dynasty offered in the single-owner sale “Chinese Art through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō – Ceramics” achieved $3.37 million (est. $1-$1.5 million). Property from the estate of Dr. Claus Virch, former curator of 19th century and European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, brought a total of $1.18 million, double the estimate in the “Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art.” In the same sale a very fine gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, Tibet, 15th century, fetched $1.57 million, three times the $400,000-$600,000 estimate.



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Da Guan Tang Bao, an important imperial jade seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, sold for $4,450,000 Wednesday. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:21
 

Sculpture of England's soccer losses sells for $646,000

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:50
'Maurizio Cattelan, 'Untitled,' black granite, structure in MDF and steel, executed in 1999. This work is from an edition of two. Estimate £400,000 - 600,000. Lot sold: £425,000. Image courtesy of Sotheby's. LONDON (AFP) – A granite monument with every defeat ever suffered by the England's national soccer team over 124 years engraved on it sold for $646,000 on Tuesday.

The gloomy sculpture by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was sold to an anonymous French-speaking bidder at a Sotheby's auction in London.

"Carved into it are all the defeats of England's national football team. I guess it's a piece which talks about pride, missed opportunities and death," said Cattelan.

Its list of defeats begins with England's 1874 2-1 defeat to Scotland, and spans infamous games such as the 1986 2-1 loss to Argentina, remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.

Carved in 1999, the untitled artwork ends with Romania's 2-1 victory at the 1998 World Cup.

Its sale comes in the wake of one of England's worst ever performances in a World Cup in 2014, in which the team lost to Italy and Uruguay and crashed out without a single win.

Cattelan is known for humorous and satirical works, including one sculpture that shows Pope John Paul II struck by a meteorite.

His comment on England's footballing woes was sold at Sotheby's "Bear Witness" auction of a collection of 550 artworks that has so far raised £26.5 million (37.3 million euros, $40 million).



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE
'Maurizio Cattelan, 'Untitled,' black granite, structure in MDF and steel, executed in 1999. This work is from an edition of two. Estimate £400,000 - 600,000. Lot sold: £425,000. Image courtesy of Sotheby's.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:51
 

Spanish court blocks Christie’s sale of Columbus letter

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:36
'The Inspiration of Christopher Columbus' by José María Obregón, 1856. Photo by ClarkSui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. MADRID (AFP) – A Spanish court on Tuesday banned a letter written by Christopher Columbus from being sold in a London auction, saying the document with a hammer price of 21 million euros was of "huge national importance."

The letter, written on April 29, 1498 by Columbus to his son Diego, was being put up for auction by a foundation run by the House of Alba, one of Spain's noblest and richest families.

A Madrid High Court ruled in favor of a ban on sending the letter out of the country after the culture ministry opposed the sale on the ground that it was an invaluable and intrinsic part of Spain's cultural heritage, a decision which the Alba Foundation challenged in court.

The Foundation had argued that it would use the proceeds of the sale to help preserve the rest of its collection.

It said it had chosen this letter, among the 21 Columbus letters in its hands, as it had "the least historical value."

British auction house Christie's said the letter had "an individualized content" and that it "cannot be considered one of the most important."

The House of Alba is now headed by Carlos Martínez de Irujo, after the death of his flamboyant billionaire mother María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva in November.

The 88-year-old woman was the world's most titled person and the owner of a string of fabulous palaces and priceless works of art.



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'The Inspiration of Christopher Columbus' by José María Obregón, 1856. Photo by ClarkSui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:05
 

Portrait of Davy Crockett's widow sells for $10,500

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:39

The portrait Elizabeth Crockett, Davy Crockett's widow, sold at auction for $10,500. A-OK Auction Co. image.

DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) – A portrait of folk hero frontiersman Davy Crockett's widow has been sold at auction for $10,500.

A-OK Auction Co. tells media outlets that the portrait of Elizabeth Patton Crockett was sold Saturday at the auction house in Damascus. LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

Born in 1788, Elizabeth Patton grew up in North Carolina. She married Davy Crockett in 1815.

A-OK Auction owner Alan Shope said previously that the oil painting was discovered at the old Patton house in Asheville, North Carolina.

Davy Crockett represented Tennessee in Congress and died at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Elizabeth died in Acton, Texas, on Jan. 31, 1860 at the ago of 71.

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 The portrait Elizabeth Crockett, Davy Crockett's widow, sold at auction for $10,500. A-OK Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:56
 

Iconic Yankee Stadium sign to be auctioned by Sotheby's April 1

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Monday, 09 March 2015 12:05

The giant letters atop the former Yankee Stadium. Image by Kjetil Ree.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s New York Sale on April 1 will offer an icon not only of sports memorabilia, but of New York City history and one of the world’s most renowned sports franchises: the monumental sign that welcomed visitors to the old Yankee Stadium from 1976 to 2008.

Comprising 13 letters that each stand 10-feet tall, the sign is on offer from the collection of Reggie Jackson, who cemented his legend as a New York Yankee and sports icon while the sign was affixed to famed Bronx ballpark. The New York Sale will be on public view in Sotheby’s New York City headquarters beginning March 26.

The Yankees have played in the Bronx since the building of their original stadium in 1923. The look of Yankee Stadium remained largely the same until its 50th anniversary season in 1973, when the Yankees moved to Shea Stadium for two seasons while their field was modernized and renovated. On April 15, 1976, Yankee Stadium reopened with a new façade that featured the present 13 letters, which remained in place until its closure in 2008.

During that time, the sign presided over: six of the Yankees’ record-setting 27 World Series championships, nine consecutive American League East titles, 13 consecutive seasons with a playoff appearance, the only two perfect games thrown by Yankees pitchers to date, and their historic 1998 season when they recorded 125 wins.

After the lights were shut off at the stadium for the final time, Reggie Jackson – one of the most iconic New York Yankees – purchased the sign to preserve this rare piece of New York City and sports history. Yankee Stadium was the stage for some of Jackson’s most iconic moments, including his three home runs in Game Six of the 1977 World Series – feats that earned him the moniker “Mr. October.”

“I see this auction as an opportunity for a new generation to own and enjoy this icon of the Yankees and of New York City,” said Jackson. “There were a few items I wanted to purchase before the old Yankee Stadium was torn down, including my old locker and a section of the black bleachers off of centerfield. But I kept thinking about the stadium lettering, and if there was any way for me to own it. I ended up making an offer, and was thrilled when it was accepted – it’s been a privilege to own such a recognizable piece of baseball history.”

Sotheby’s New York Sale on April 1 will offer 85 items from, inspired by and celebrating New York City. The works have been selected from across the fields of prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, silver, books and jewelry as well as iconic New York memorabilia, and reflect the diversity, energy and creativity inherent to the city.



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The giant letters atop the former Yankee Stadium. Image by Kjetil Ree.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. 

Image courtesy of Sotheby's
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 13:35
 

Quinn's postpones March 5 auction due to heavy snow in DC area

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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 18:36

April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Due to heavy snow and inclement weather expected tonight in the Washington, DC metro area, Quinn’s Auction Galleries is postponing its Thursday, March 5 auction.

The auction has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 12, with a 6 p.m. Eastern start time.

The auction is headlined by the letter President Lyndon Baines Johnson wrote to Coretta Scott King following the assassination of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Any questions may be directed to Quinn’s Auction Galleries at 703-532-5632. Online: www.quinnsauction.com.

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April 5, 1968 letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson to Coretta Scott King, offering condolences after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The letter will be auctioned on March 12, 2015 at Quinn's Auction Galleries, with a $120,000-$180,000 estimate.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:00
 

Stephenson's to host free valuation days, starting March 10

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Monday, 02 March 2015 13:58
Early 19th-century Henry ‘Hy’ Bower (Pennsylvania) dwarf clock, auctioned by Stephenson’s for $31,625 in January 2013. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image PHILA., Pa. – Stephenson’s auction house in Southampton, Pa. (Bucks County, suburban Philadelphia) has built a compelling track record over the past half-century for identifying hidden treasures in local estates. Stephenson’s expert appraisers have evaluated and brought to auction every imaginable type of antique and vintage collectible, from a diminutive early 19th-century Pennsylvania walnut clock that sold for $31,625 to a contemporary Alex Katz screen-print that hammered $17,250. Now they are making their knowledge available to a much wider audience in the tri-state area by means of free valuation days on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 3-7 p.m.

The first free valuation day will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at Stephenson’s gallery in Southampton, Pa. (suburban Philadelphia). Typical appraisal categories include but are not restricted to: silver, porcelains, china, crystal, pottery, sculptures, artwork, jewelry, coins, books and ephemera; and old toys, trains and dolls. Furniture appraisals may be conducted either in person or via photographs.

“Anyone with an interest in learning the value of their antique or collectible object is encouraged to bring it to the gallery. There’s no charge for the service and no obligation, however if they decide they would like to sell their item in one of our future auctions, we will gladly accept the consignment right on the spot,” said Cindy Stephenson, ISA CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) and owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

Valuations will be conducted by Cindy Stephenson, as well as Tom Wakeley ISA AM (Accredited Member), Brianna McGettigan ISA, and Melissa Hertzler. Stephenson, Wakeley and McGettigan earned their designations by successfully completing courses in professional personal property appraisal theories and standards, and all three are current in USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). Hertzler has taken several classes in the Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program through AAA (Appraisers Association of America) and New York University, and is current in USPAP.

Stephenson’s gallery at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966, has ample free parking on site. For additional information, call 215-322-6182 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit Stephenson’s online at www.stephensonsauction.com .

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Early 19th-century Henry ‘Hy’ Bower (Pennsylvania) dwarf clock, auctioned by Stephenson’s for $31,625 in January 2013. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image Alex Katz, ‘Gray Day,’ screen-print on paper, auctioned by Stephenson’s for $17,250 in January 2014. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image
Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 14:09
 

Ancient Chinese vase expected to fetch $7.7M at Sotheby’s

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Monday, 02 March 2015 11:48
Outstanding Guan octagonal vase, Southern Song Dynasty, height 21.9 cm. Estimate: in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million. Sotheby's image. HONG KONG (AFP) – A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch HK$60 million ($7.7 million) when it goes under the hammer next month, Sotheby's said.

The plain octagonal piece, tinted a milky blue, was created during the Southern Song Dynasty – which ruled southern China from 1127-1279 – and is just 8 inches tall.

Despite its simplicity it represents the most coveted art of the period, Sotheby's said, since it is part of a rare collection crafted for the imperial court, known as "guan yao" or "official ware."

The vase is from the same collection as a Chinese porcelain bowl created at around the same time, which fetched nearly $27 million at a Sotheby's sale in April 2012. That price was a record for Song Dynasty ceramics.

"This for me epitomizes what's most sublime in the Chinese artistic tradition, which is simplicity and naturalness of design, powerful yet understated and unselfconsciously beautiful," Sotheby's director and international specialist for Chinese works of art Julian King told AFP.

Hong Kong has emerged as one of the biggest global auction hubs alongside New York and London, fueled by China's economic boom and demand from Chinese and other Asian collectors.

A Ming Dynasty wine cup broke the world auction record for Chinese porcelain in 2014, selling for U.S. $36.05 million in Hong Kong.

The Southern Song Dynasty vase is part of Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art spring sale, which starts on April 7.



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Outstanding Guan octagonal vase, Southern Song Dynasty, height 21.9 cm. Estimate: in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million. Sotheby's image.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 11:58
 

Christie’s master’s degree program starts in September

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:51
Program Director Robin Reisenfeld with students. Christie's Education image, photography by Amy Obarski

NEW YORK – In September, Christie’s Education New York will welcome its first class of students to the world capital of contemporary art for a unique new master’s degree program called “Global Contemporary Art,” designed to prepare students for careers in the constantly evolving contemporary art marketplace.

This 15-month Master of Arts program emphasizes hands-on experience with art, exposure to a wide variety of professional practitioners in the global art market, and an in-depth understanding of the cultural, socio-economic and market forces that shape today’s global art scene.

Through a series of integrated courses, field visits, and an internship, the program offers students direct engagement with the artistic methods and procedures used today as well as extensive individual contact with active art world professionals. Students learn about the global art market’s impact on and its relationship to the creative process, with special consideration of the shifting relationship between the consumer and producer and the changing dynamics between the artist and the collector.

The highly tailored program provides students with the competitive edge to become professionally involved in one of the fastest growing areas of the art world, with the practical and conceptual tools to understand the complexity of the global art market from 1980 to the present. Studies are organized thematically, rather than geographically, reflecting the cross-pollination of ideas and influences shaping today’s art world, with a major focus on non-Western contemporary art from South America, Asia and Africa and how it engages with and confronts contemporary art practices in the more-established arts scene. The courses emphasize the interface between institutional networks and commercial art markets, as well as recent digital technology and social platforms and their impact on contemporary artistic production on all continents. Within the 15-month program, students gain hands-on experience through a 45-day internship in the field of their choice.

Students from diverse backgrounds who have either a B.A. in art history or
comparable professional experience in the art world are welcome to apply. Students enjoy a small student-teacher ratio, which gives them an opportunity
to work closely with knowledgeable professors and highly regarded art experts,
as well as with one another, to focus on mastering professional art world skills. Students not only gain a solid academic grounding, they also study contemporary exhibitions and art fairs, conservation and collection practices, and relevant legal and insurance issues. The program is ideal for anyone beginning or looking to advance a career in the ever-growing art market, including art fairs, galleries and auctions, and the emergence of new geographic and online markets.

Students who begin in September 2015 can graduate in December 2016.

Program Director is Robin Reisenfeld, Ph.D.

Tuition and fees total $53,439 ($1,190 per credit, plus fees; 44 credits required for graduation).

An online application is available at www.christies.edu/new-york/courses/masters-global-contemporary.



ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE
Program Director Robin Reisenfeld with students. Christie's Education image, photography by Amy Obarski Field studies: artist Jomar Statkun, courtesy of Garis & Hahn gallery, photography by Amy Obarski
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 13:09
 
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