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Heritage to sell art from Watterson-Pastis collaboration Aug. 8

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Friday, 25 July 2014 16:18

Bill Watterson and Stephan Pastis 'Pearls Before Swine' daily comic strip original art dated 6-5-2014 (Universal Uclick, 2014).

DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three comic strip collaboration between Bill Watterson, the reclusive genius behind the much-loved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, and Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephen Pastis – taking place in a three-day run in June 2014 in Pearls – will be sold at Heritage Auctions on Aug. 8. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

All three comic strips are on display through Sunday at San Diego ComicCon.

“Anytime original Bill Watterson comic art shows up for auction it’s a big deal,” said Todd Hignite, vice president at Heritage Auctions. “His collaboration with Stephan Pastis was an unexpected treat for his millions of fans. Now, thanks to this auction, fans will get to take the original art home while raising money for a great cause.”

The collaboration between the two artists came at the suggestion of Watterson and was immediately embraced by an overwhelmed Pastis, who, like some many modern cartoonists, was greatly influenced by Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes. The trajectory of the three-strip arc follows Pastis’ comic strip alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a precocious second-grader named Libby for three days. The results are both wickedly funny and uniquely Watterson, while remaining true to the sharp humor that defines the Pearls Before Swine strip.

At Watterson’s request, the artwork is being sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a nonprofit charity established by editor/designer Chris Sparks on behalf of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson, who is battling Parkinson’s Disease – a piece of artwork done by Watterson depicting one of Thompson’s Cul de Sac characters sold in 2012 as part of a charity auction to benefit Team Cul de Sac – and the profits from the sale of the original art (Heritage is waiving the seller’s fee on the artwork and will also contribute half of the buyer’s premium) will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.



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Bill Watterson and Stephan Pastis 'Pearls Before Swine' daily comic strip original art dated 6-5-2014 (Universal Uclick, 2014).  

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 16:41
 

Reprise: Bonhams to take turn at selling Casablanca piano

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:53

The iconic piano from 'Casablanca' upon which Dooley Wilson plays 'As Time Goes By' to Ingrid Bergman as 'Ilsa' and Humphrey Bogart as 'Rick.' Image courtesy of Bonhams.

NEW YORK (AFP) – The iconic piano from Hollywood romance Casablanca goes on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors' items from the fabled war-time classic.

"Play it, Sam," says a stunning Ingrid Berman, cajoling Dooley Wilson into singing As Time Goes By before a moody Humphrey Bogart storms over to find his ex-lover sitting in his nightclub.

Wilson's character Sam first played the song on the piano for Bogart's character Rick and Bergman's Ilsa when they fell in love in Paris as Nazi troops advanced on the French capital.

The salmon-colored instrument is the star of more than 30 items from the 1942 black and white movie offered for sale on Nov. 24 by Bonhams auction house and Turner Classic Movies.

Also on sale are the doors of "Rick's Cafe Americain," Bogart's nightclub where Bergman asks Bogart to help her fugitive Czech resistance leader husband escape to America.

Other lots include passports and transit papers created for the film, a final draft screenplay, signed photographs of the cast and production memos. All of the lots come from a private collector.

"Bonhams is thrilled to represent this remarkable Casablanca collection, certainly one of the most significant film memorabilia collections still in private hands," said Catherine Williamson, director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams.

The auction house expects the piano to sell for seven figures. It last sold for $602,500 at auction in 2012, below Sotheby's then estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million.

The sale also features a host of other collector pieces from other films, including a test dress and pinafore designed for Judy Garland for the 1939 production of The Wizard of Oz.

The items will go on display in preview exhibitions held in Los Angeles from Nov. 6-9 and in New York from Nov. 20-24.

Casablanca is ranked one of the greatest American films of all time by the American Film Institute.

The Warner Bros movie won three Oscars in 1943 for Best Picture, Best Writing (Screenplay) and Best Director.

It is perhaps best known for Bogart's catchphrase to Bergman "Here's lookin' at you, kid."



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The iconic piano from 'Casablanca' upon which Dooley Wilson plays 'As Time Goes By' to Ingrid Bergman as 'Ilsa' and Humphrey Bogart as 'Rick.' Image courtesy of Bonhams.

Signed 5-by-7 photograph of American actor and singer Dooley Wilson at the piano in a scene from 'Casablanca.' Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and International Autograph Auctions Ltd. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 12:59
 

‘Phantom’ movie poster could top $150,000 at Heritage sale

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:46
'The Phantom of the Opera' (Universal, 1925), one sheet (27 x 41 inches). Estimate: $80,000-$160,000. Heritage Auctions image. DALLAS – The haunting one sheet for Carl Laemmle’s 1925 epic The Phantom of The Opera, a landmark film featuring Lon Chaney’s “living skull” makeup (est. $80,000+) highlight’s Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction July 19-20.

The rare poster, one of four known to exist, highlights the auction’s epic selection of one sheets, inserts, lobby cards and more, many of which were previously unknown to collectors and movie memorabilia experts.

“This auction holds a number of never-before-seen rarities from history’s finest films,” said Grey Smith, director of movie posters at Heritage. “Numerous one sheet and large format examples haven’t seen the light of day for decades and horror collectors will be very pleased to see the discoveries.”

Universal’s The Wolf Man, another monster from the golden age of horror flicks, graces a rare insert from 1941. The stunningly preserved insert shows the films’ main characters and Lon Chaney Jr. in full wolf makeup (est. $30,000+). Collector’s seeking a collection-defining piece can look no further than a half sheet for the 1932 RKO classic The Most Dangerous Game (est. $20,000+) – one of the rarest and most coveted half sheets from the 1930s horror genre.

A rare style B half sheet from Paramount’s 1953 shocker The War of the Worlds depicts the remarkable special effects made famous during the film’s harrowing Martian invasion (est. $15,000+). Another scarce, sci-fi rarity based on a novel by H.G. Wells is a rare insert for the 1936 film Things to Come by United Artists (est. $8,000+).

The auction’s rare discoveries include the iconic 1942 insert for Casablanca, Warner Brothers’ masterpiece wartime tale (est. $20,000+), as well as a remarkable 1948 Italian 2 foglio for The Lady from Shanghai (est. $20,000+).



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'The Phantom of the Opera' (Universal, 1925), one sheet (27 x 41 inches). Estimate: $80,000-$160,000. Heritage Auctions image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:13
 

Sotheby's to auction property of the late Rachel Lambert Mellon

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Written by Catherine Saunders-Watson   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:24
Paul Mellon and Rachel Lambert Mellon. Image provided by Sotheby's

NEW YORK - Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby's President, Chairman and CEO, today announced that Sotheby's will offer exceptional fine art, jewelry, furniture and decoration from the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon, who died earlier this year at the age of 103. The collection, which was acquired over a lifetime, is drawn from the Mellons' residences in the United States and abroad.

The more than 2,000 individual items together have an estimated value in excess of $100 million.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a charitable entity established by Mrs. Mellon in memory of her father. The Foundation supports horticultural and educational endeavors.

Bill Ruprecht commented: "Sotheby's is immensely honored to offer collectors a rare glimpse into the life of Mrs. Mellon, whose personal collections reflect the taste and style for which she was long admired."

Mrs. Mellon's collection will join those in a long line of iconic American women whose estates have been presented by Sotheby's, including that of her close friend Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

About Mrs. Paul Mellon:

Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910-2014) was a renowned horticulturist and collector, whose marriage to Paul Mellon in 1948, the only son of financier Andrew Mellon, united two of America’s most affluent families. Throughout her life, she pursued a love of gardening, both at her own homes as well for a number of friends, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who asked her to redesign the White House Rose Garden in 1961. The Oak Spring Garden Library, Mrs. Mellon’s celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art and artifacts relating to gardening, landscape design, horticulture, botany, natural history and travels, is world-renowned and among the finest of its kind.

Passionate about art, Mr. and Mrs. Mellon built an extraordinary collection, while generously supporting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and establishing the Yale Center for British Art. Equally ardent about horses, the couple bred and raised race horses, including the 1993 Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero.

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Paul Mellon and Rachel Lambert Mellon. Image provided by Sotheby's
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:12
 

1942 Oscar sells for $79,200 at Rhode Island auction

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:43
Joseph C. Wright also won an Oscar for the 1942 wartime film 'This Above All.' Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com archive. EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) – A rare auction of an Oscar statuette brought a total of $79,200, well more than expected, at its sale Monday by a Rhode Island auction house.

Nanci Thompson of Briarbrook Auctions said the total included a 20 percent buyer's premium for the 1942 Oscar. She declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said “you would recognize the name.”

The auctioneer had estimated the golden statuette would sell for $5,000 to $30,000.

The statue was awarded to Joseph C. Wright at the 15th Academy Awards for color art direction for his work on My Gal Sal, starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Prior to the auction, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was investigating the sale of the statuette. Since 1950, the academy has prohibited Oscar recipients and their heirs from selling the statues without first offering them back to the academy for $1. But the auction house said the restriction does not apply because the Oscar was awarded before 1950.

Wright died in 1985, and his nephew inherited the statue. It weighs around 6 pounds and is 13 inches high. The auctioneer said it is in good condition, with just a little wear at the back.

Wright received 12 Academy Award nominations and won twice, both in 1942 and both shared with Richard Day. The other award was for black-and-white art direction for This Above All, starring Tyrone Power and Joan Fontaine.

Wright also was nominated for his work on movies including Days of Wine and Roses, Guys and Dolls and the Man With the Golden Arm.

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Joseph C. Wright also won an Oscar for the 1942 wartime film 'This Above All.' Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com archive.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:11
 

Helen Beling sculptures selling at Gray’s Auctioneers

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:15
'Remember some of the greatest geniuses in any field have broken all the rules to achieve their vision. But breaking rules isn’t what made them geniuses.' – Helen Beling. Gray's Auctioneers LLC image. CLEVELAND – The artist Helen Beling (New York, 1914-2001) was once prolific on the art scene, working with sculptors such as Jacques Lipchitz, exhibiting at the Metropolitan and Whitney museums in New York, and finding home for her works in some of the most established collections in the country. She worked in a variety of media including clay, stone, bronze, stainless steel and a material she called Belplast, revolutionizing the medium with her forms and process.

“Remember some of the greatest geniuses in any field have broken all the rules to achieve their vision. But breaking rules isn’t what made them geniuses.” – Helen Beling

However, after her death, her works went into storage and without a champion to her name, her fame faded and her works all disappeared into the collections of private owners.

This past year has seen a resurgence in the Beling name, with the recent “rediscovery” of her works by The Gallery at Gray’s. The gallery, which is now working closely with the Beling family, represents the estate of the artist and is working vigorously to introduce her works to the 21st century art collector.

This year works by Beling were featured in the 17th edition of the ArtPalmBeach fair in West Palm Beach where there were several successful private sales. She also made her first appearance at auction in two years this past month. Beling’s Business is Bad, a bronze from her early career, sold for $6,000 (including’s buyer’s premium) at Gray’s Auctioneers in Cleveland.

Gray’s Auctioneers will host the next auction of Beling’s work this fall, featuring a group of large to life-size works that were recently found by the Beling family in the artist’s storage unit in upstate New York.

For more information on the artist, sales and upcoming auctions, contact Kate Stamm, gallery director, The Gallery at Gray’s, by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: 216-226-3300.



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'Remember some of the greatest geniuses in any field have broken all the rules to achieve their vision. But breaking rules isn’t what made them geniuses.' – Helen Beling. Gray's Auctioneers LLC image. 'Enigma,' bronze and wood, edition of 20, 10.5 inches x 8 inches x 5 inches. Gray's Auctioneers LLC image. 'Seated Man,' bronze, edition of 20, 11 inches x 7 inches x 6 inches. Gray's Auctioneers LLC image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:46
 

Buffalo Bill's gun, necklace, fetch $81K at Heritage Auctions

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:00
This necklace was given to 'Buffalo Bill' Cody by Chief Sitting Bull. It sold for $40,625 Saturday in Dallas. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions. DALLAS (AP) – A necklace made from the claws of a grizzly bear and a Colt .45 six-shooter once owned by Western scout and showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody sold at auction in Dallas for more than $40,000 each.

Heritage Auctions says both sold Saturday for the same sale price: $40,625.

The Dallas-based auction house sold the two pieces during its “Legends of the West Signature Auction,” which featured nearly 400 collectible items including guns, photos, badges and books.

Heritage spokesman Tom Slater says Sioux warrior chief Sitting Bull gave Cody the grizzly bear-claw necklace.

Slater says Cody bought the 1873 Frontier revolver from the New York City firearms dealer Hartley & Graham in January 1883.

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This necklace was given to 'Buffalo Bill' Cody by Chief Sitting Bull. It sold for $40,625 Saturday in Dallas. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:15
 

Historic Va. estate to be sold at auction

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Friday, 13 June 2014 09:25
The estate manor at Four Mile Tree, circa 1940. Historic American Buildings Survey image,  courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPRING GROVE, Va. (AP) – A historic estate in Surry County is going on the auction block.

The 309-acre Four Mile Tree is scheduled to be sold at auction on June 26. The estate's manor home and a caretaker's cottage are both on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bill Londrey with auction company Tranzon Fox tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the highest bid is subject to approval of the estate.

The property was claimed in a 1625 land grant. The manor home was built around 1745.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, ttp://www.timesdispatch.com

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The estate manor at Four Mile Tree, circa 1940. Historic American Buildings Survey image,  courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 09:31
 

Heritage Auctions to sell Buffalo Bill's Colt .45 June 14

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Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:08
Buffalo Bill Cody's Colt Model 1873 Frontier six shooter revolver is expected to be the highlight of Heritage Auctions’ Legends of the West Signature Auction on June 14. Heritage Auctions image.

DALLAS (AP) – A grizzly bear claw necklace and a Colt .45 six-shooter once owned by ex-scout and showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody will be auctioned this weekend by Heritage Auctions.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A statement from Heritage Auctions says the Dallas-based auction house will sell the two pieces during its Legends of the West Signature Auction Saturday in Dallas. Nearly 400 photographs, law badges and railroad memorabilia will also go under the auctioneer's hammer.

Heritage spokesman Tom Slater says the grizzly bear claw necklace was a gift to Cody from Sioux warrior chief Sitting Bull. It's expected to sell for more than $12,000.

Slater says Cody bought the 1873 Colt model 1873 Frontier Six-Shooter Revolver from the New York City firearms dealer Hartley & Graham in January 1883. He expects bidding to top $30,000.

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Buffalo Bill Cody's Colt Model 1873 Frontier six shooter revolver is expected to be the highlight of Heritage Auctions’ Legends of the West Signature Auction on June 14. Heritage Auctions image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:20
 

Christie’s to sell Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Saint Praxedis’

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:29
'Saint Praxedis' by Johannes Vermeer is one of only two paintings by the Dutch artist in private hands. Image courtesy of Christie's. LONDON – Next month Christie’s will sell the painting Saint Praxedis by Johannes Vermeer of Delft (1632- 1675), from 1655, which is the earliest dated picture by the artist and one of only two from his rare oeuvre to remain in private hands (estimate: £6-8 million, $10.08-13.44 million).

The results of recent material technical analysis conducted by the Rijksmuseum in association with the Free University, Amsterdam endorses Vermeer’s authorship of the picture. They establish not only that the lead white used in the paint is consistent with Dutch painting and is incontrovertibly not Italian; they also reveal a precise match with another established early painting by Vermeer - Diana and her Companions, in The Mauritshuis, The Hague.

The match even suggests that the exact same batch of paint was used for both paintings. Offered from the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection with proceeds to benefit the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, this magnificent painting will be offered in Christie’s Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale in London on July 8.

The recent scientific evidence that endorses the
 Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) attribution of Saint Praxedis is a
 significant art historical development and makes this work one of
 the stars of the summer sales. One of only two works by the artist to remain in private 
hands, this striking picture is one of the earliest known works by
 Vermeer. Signed and dated 1655, it was painted when the artist
was 22 or 23. Two other major history paintings by the artist are
datable to the same period: Christ in the House of Mary and Martha (National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh) and Diana and her 
Companions (the Mauritshuis, The Hague). These three pictures
 together represent the early phase of the artist’s career before he
 evolved the modern style for which he is best known.

Saint
 Praxedis was attributed to Vermeer for the first time in 1969 and
 was fully included in Vermeer’s oeuvre in 1986. Barbara Piasecka Johnson moved quickly to acquire it less than a year later. Saint Praxedis appeared in the seminal monographic exhibition of Vermeer’s work held at both the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Mauritshuis, The Hague, in 1995-96, and most recently in the Vermeer exhibition held at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome in 2012/13.

An addition to a small group of works showing the young artist’s response to contemporary Italian painting, the picture shows Vermeer copying a composition by the Florentine Felice Ficherelli (1605-c.1669). Vermeer has, however, subtly recreated in his own style the saint’s head into an image of sweet piety, and shows her grasping a crucifix on which she meditates while squeezing a sponge soaked in martyr’s blood into a ewer. Praxedis was a Roman Christian from the second century who made it her mission to care for the bodies of those who had been martyred for their faith. The emotional subject of the picture and its Italian links held a special appeal for Johnson.

An art connoisseur whose dedicated collecting was underpinned by art historical training in Poland, where she was born, Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) was also a humanitarian and philanthropist. Having married J. Seward Johnson (1895 -1983), son of one of the co-founders of the Johnson & Johnson medical and pharmaceutical firm, in 1971, Johnson and her husband acquired many masterpieces together, and she also established the foundation that bears her name today. Throughout her life she was sustained by a strong religious faith; her veneration of St. Francis was reflected in many of her finest acquisitions and also fueled her extensive charitable work, which was recognized with many prestigious awards. She was passionate about Italian art and Italy, and her collection reflected this, highlighting the illustrious history and quality of the works and the vision Johnson showed in her choices.

Johnson had followed with keen interest the scientific research carried out on her other great Dutch picture, the Rembrandt portrait Portrait of a man, half-length, with his arms akimbo from 1658, sold at Christie’s London in 2009 for £20.2 million, and would have been gratified though not at all surprised, at the findings that Christie’s has unveiled.



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'Saint Praxedis' by Johannes Vermeer is one of only two paintings by the Dutch artist in private hands. Image courtesy of Christie's.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:48
 

D-Day ship's tattered US flag sells for $350K at Bonhams

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Monday, 09 June 2014 13:10
Inclusive of the buyer's premium, this D-Day 48-star Ensign flown from LST-493 on June 6,1944 and onward sold for $386,500. Image courtesy of Bonhams. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches on D-Day sold for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of other World War II artifacts on Thursday, a day before the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the American flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493, which went for far more than the presale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France's north coast on June 6, 1944. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war's European and Pacific theaters.

Among the higher-priced items for sale were the original designs of the Mulberry harbor, the massive structures the Allied ferried across the English Channel to use as temporary ports on Normandy's coast. The British innovation allowed quick resupply and reinforcement of the assault troops after they started advancing inland. Sketched in pencil by engineer Hugh Iorys Hughes, the nine drawings had a presale estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. But Bonham's said they did not sell Thursday.

“Every object in the June 5 World War II sale has an incredible story to tell,'' said Tom Lamb, Bonhams' business development director for the books and manuscripts department in New York. “They bear witness to the war's unparalleled turmoil, and testify to the bravery of many individuals as well as entire nations.”

More than half of the 350-lot auction is owned by Brown, a military historian and collector who also owns the original 12.5-foot-tall version of the sculpture depicting the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima. Inspired by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's famous image of the event, Felix de Weldon made the stone monument seven years before his larger bronze of the flag raising was installed in Arlington, Va., as the Marine Corps War Memorial. The original statue failed to sell during a February 2013 auction at Bonhams.

Brown, a 71-year-old Army veteran, began collecting World War II items as a 10-year-old canvassing his Philadelphia neighborhood, telling homeowners he was collecting items from the war.

“They'd say, ‘Great, take them out of here,’” Brown said in a telephone interview.

Brown, founder and owner of the New York-based War Museum, said it was fitting to put his items up for sale on June 5 because June 6 was the day “the greatest invasion in history took place.” He points out that the Dow Jones printouts from various news sources that historic day are particularly rare since they were usually tossed away or used for “ticker tape” parades.

“Somebody knew enough to clip out and save the D-Day bulletins,” Brown said. “It's a unique document. I don't believe there's another one in existence.”

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Inclusive of the buyer's premium, this D-Day 48-star Ensign flown from LST-493 on June 6,1944 and onward sold for $386,500. Image courtesy of Bonhams.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 13:24
 

Helen Drutt to speak at Rago Arts & Auction Center, June 10

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 15:14

Helen Drutt. Image courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Center.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Helen Drutt, an authority in contemporary craft, will present a lecture at Rago Arts and Auction Center on Tuesday, June 10, during the preview for Rago’s 20th Century Design Auctions.

Drutt's lecture, A Passionate Observer, hopes to bring insight into the changes in college curricula wrought by the G.I. Bill and its effect on the art and craft of post-World War II America.

Drutt is a gallerist, author, lecturer, curatorial consultant and collector, acknowledged for introducing American contemporary craft internationally and for bringing contemporary European and Australian craft to Philadelphia.

Her involvement in the field began in the mid-1950s as a collector. She was appointed a cultural ambassador for the city of Philadelphia by the Office of Arts and Culture in 1965, and, in 1967, became a founding member and executive director of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen.

She established her gallery, Helen Drutt: Philadelphia in 1973, devoting it to the furtherance of the contemporary crafts and makers she esteemed.

The auction house opens to the public at noon. A reception begins at 5 p.m. Drutt will speak at 6 p.m.

RSVP by calling 609-397-9374 ext. 119 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Those who don’t RSVP may attend; all are welcome.

Rago Arts and Auction Center is located at 333 N. Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 15:24
 

Auctioneer withdraws Civil War-era skull; burial planned

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 08:40
The Soldiers National Monument at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, which contains three areas for graves of the unknown. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The planned auction of a skull found at Gettysburg that purportedly was that of a Civil War soldier has been canceled following protests, and officials say the remains have instead been donated by the auction company for burial with honors.

Estate Auction Co. of Hershey, Pa., had listed the skull for sale at auction Tuesday in Hagerstown, Md., drawing protests from the U.S. National Park Service in Gettysburg and others.

The listing was removed from a public auction website and replaced by a statement saying the auction company was donating the skull to the Park Service. “At the auction company's request, it remains as part of the catalog due to its historical value,” the statement said.

Gettysburg National Military Park and the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation said Tuesday in a news release that the remains had been donated to the foundation late Monday. After they are authenticated, they will be donated to the park “for interment with full military honors in the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg,'' the announcement said.

The park and foundation said auction organizers had been “overwhelmed” by “an unprecedented outcry from concerned citizens.”

Auctioneer Tom Taylor told WHAG that he believed “like the National Park Service told me, it should have a proper burial.”

Gettysburg National Military Park superintendent Ed Clark said in a statement that officials were grateful for the opportunity “to honor what is very likely an American veteran and have his final resting place recognized.”

The auction site said the remains were found in 1949 as a garden was being tilled on the Benner Farm in Gettysburg. Notarized and handwritten documents said the remains, along with 13 other artifacts, were found two miles north of a barn used as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, Taylor said.

Gettysburg park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said there are two Benner Farms in Gettysburg, and one was known to be a hospital during the war. She told the York Daily Record that in her two decades of working in Gettysburg, she had never heard of a soldier's remains being offered for sale.

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The Soldiers National Monument at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, which contains three areas for graves of the unknown. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:01
 

Poignant items in ranks of Baldwin & Sons military sale May 29

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Friday, 23 May 2014 10:21

Zulu War Casualty Medal awarded to Pvt. John Jones, H Company, 1st/24th (Warwickshire)  killed in action at Isandhlwana on Jan. 22, 1879. Estimate: £7,000-£8,000, $11,815-$13,502. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image.

LONDON – In the year of the World War I centenary and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the annual collaboration between Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and A.H. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. offers medals, orders, decorations and militaria in the Military Sale on Thursday, May 29, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom in Mayfair.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

A unique collection of approximately 45 original signatures of Great War and late 19th century Victoria Cross recipients is a poignant piece in the sale. Likely to have been collected at a reunion of the recipients during the 1920s, the collection is presented in an autograph album with related newspaper cuttings. It is estimated at £1,000-1,200 [Lot 348].

Another fascinating group is a rare Suffragette WSPU “Hunger Strike” medal and World War I campaign group of four awarded to Gertrude Lowy (later Salaman). The eldest daughter of an influential Jewish family in North London that fervently supported the fight for equality and the WSPU cause, Gertrude Lowy was arrested for militancy and smashing windows in London’s West End on March 4, 1912, being sentenced to two-months of hard-labor as punishment. During World War I she enlisted with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and served as a radiographic assistant in Italy until 1919, being also awarded the Italian War Merit Cross. The group is estimated at £8,000-10,000 [Lot 134].

Additional highlights

– German wheel-lock sporting carbine, 17th century, with a 63cm (25.2 inches) swamped sighted barrel engraved with the maker's name over the breech [Lot 243, est. £8,000-10,000].

– Zulu War Casualty Medal awarded to Pvt. John Jones, H Company, 1st/24th (Warwickshire) Foot, killed in action at Isandhlwana on Jan. 22, 1879 [Lot 43, est. £7,000-8,000].

– Boer War and World War I DSO and “1914” MC Group of six awarded to Lt. Col. Francis Lane Congreve, Home Guard, late 120th Battery, 27th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. A scion of the highly distinguished Congreve Family, he was the youngest brother of the Boer War “Colenso” VC winner Gen. Sir Walter Norris Congreve, and uncle of World War I “Longueval” VC winner William “Billy” La Touche Congreve. Francis was himself one of the very first recipients of the "new" award of the Military Cross in January 1915 [Lot 1, est. £4,000-6,000].

– World War II German Army BMW R35 motorcycle of standard production specification engine block no. 313017 in good restored running order, complete with original brown leather saddlebags [Lot 463, est. £5,000-7,000].
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Zulu War Casualty Medal awarded to Pvt. John Jones, H Company, 1st/24th (Warwickshire)  killed in action at Isandhlwana on Jan. 22, 1879. Estimate: £7,000-£8,000, $11,815-$13,502. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Restored World War II German Army BMW R35 motorcycle. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000, $8,439-$11,815. A.H. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image. 

 German wheel-lock sporting carbine, 17th century. Estimate: £8,000-£10,000, $13,502-$16,878. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image.

 Approximately 45 signatures of World War I and late 19th century Victoria Cross recipients in an album with related newspaper clippings. Estimate: £1,000-£1,200, $1,688-$2,025. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Rare Suffragette WSPU 'Hunger Strike' medal and World War I campaign group of four awarded to London resident Gertrude Lowy, who served as a radiographic assistant in Italy during the war. Estimate: £8,000-£10,000, $13,502-$16,878. Bladwin & Sons Ltd. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 11:11
 

Rockwell painting 'The Rookie' fetches $22.6M at Christie's

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Friday, 23 May 2014 09:02
Norman Rockwell, 'The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room),' oil on canvas, 1957. Price realized: $22,565,000. The Rookie illustration © SEPS NEW YORK – A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million.

The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room) led the bidding Thursday at Christie's auction of American art in New York.

The Rookie depicts Hall of Famer Ted Williams and other seasoned veterans as an awkward newcomer arrives for spring training.

The painting appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1957. An anonymous owner acquired it in 1986. It remained in the same private collection since.

It was exhibited this month at Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was previously shown at the museum in 2005 and 2008 following Red Sox World Series victories.

Rockwell's Spirit of America, an oil on canvas painted in 1974, fetched $1,085,000.

Christie's sold 115 pieces Thursday, netting $64 million.

“The strong result of this sale confirms the continued strength of the market for American Art, with all sectors of the category having performed well,” said Liz Sterling, head of American art at Christie’s.

The $22.6 million paid for The Rookie is the second highest price for a Rockwell painting at auction and the highest price of the season, she said.

Western art also saw top prices, with Thomas Moran’s masterwork The Grand Canyon of the Colorado achieving $12.5 million, the second highest price in the auction.

“Fresh-to-the market works with esteemed provenance commanded top prices,” said Sterling, noting that five lots from the Estate of Edgar Bronfman realized a total of $2,357,000, led by Milton Avery’s The Mandolin Player, which realized $1,445,000.

Avery’s oil on canvas titled Siesta sold for $1,565,000. Anchors, an oil on canvas by Stuart Davis, sold for $1,805,000, and a 1929 watercolor and pencil on paper work titled Coast Guard Boat I by Edward Hopper cruised to $1,745,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:19
 

Leighton Galleries moves consignment day to May 27

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:39

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Leighton Galleries has rescheduled its weekly consignment day to Tuesday, May 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Leighton Galleries is seeking jewelry and couture pieces to add to a fine collection that will be auctioned July 17.

Customers are welcome to stop by the auctioneer’s gallery showroom at 6-C Pearl Court with items they are interested in selling at an upcoming auction.

Leighton Galleries' consignment days are ordinarily Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m.

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

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:46
 
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