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Ballots from 1864 presidential election sell for $8,000

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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 04 February 2013 11:05

Approximately 260 ballots from the 1864 presidential election were sold as a single lot. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two collectors in Knoxville are trying to figure out what do with their latest acquisition: about 260 ballots from the 1864 Presidential election, most of which were cast for Abraham Lincoln. Case Antiques of Knoxville conducted the Auction on Jan. LiveAuctioneers.com provided Internet bidding.

Cole Piper of Knoxville said he and collecting partner Andy Simon of Maryville, Tenn., would probably sort through the items to find the ones they want to keep and may offer the rest to others.

Piper told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he and Simon bid $8,000 to purchase the collection of ballots, which were auctioned in Maryville last month. He said finding more than one ballot from the election is rare.

“No. 1, you don't ever see multiple Lincoln ballots,” said Piper when explaining his excitement. “One will come up for sale and someone will have it, but to see that 270 of them came up for sale was pretty amazing.”

The items started with a $2,500 bid, but quickly rose past their estimated valued of $6,000. Piper and Simon said after the auction they weren't sure what they would do with all the ballots.

“Obviously he and I don't need 270 of them,” said Piper. “We're going to go through and the ones we want we will put in our collection, and probably we'll offer them (the other ones) to other people.”

Although Piper has been a member of the American Political Items Collectors since 1971, most of his collection has consisted of buttons, posters and banners until now. He listed Lincoln among his three favorite presidents, along with Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington.

The ballots were put up for auction by an Ohio family. They included 238 that were cast for the incumbent, Lincoln and his running mate, Andrew Johnson, along with 32 that went to Gen. George McClellan and his running mate, George Pendleton. Twelve of the ballots were handwritten.

View the fully illustrated catalog from the Winter Case Antiques Auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Approximately 260 ballots from the 1864 presidential election were sold as a single lot. Image courtesy Case Antiques.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 11:42
 

Christie’s to sell masterpiece discovered on hotel wall

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Written by Pascale Mollard-Chenebenoit   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:39

Charles Le Brun (1619-1690), 'The Sacrifice of Polyxena,' 1647, oil on canvas 179 x 131 cm. Estimate: €300,000-500,000. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2013

PARIS (AFP) - It is the art world's equivalent of finding a precious gold coin down the back of a sofa.

A major renovation at Paris's legendary Ritz hotel has resulted in the discovery of a painting thought to be the work of 17th century artist Charles Le Brun that nobody knew was there.
Now, the giant tableau is to be sold by Christie's auctioneers and could raise up to 500,000 euros ($665,000) for the foundation established by owner Mohamed Al Fayed in memory of his son Dodi, the late boyfriend of Princess Diana.
The oil painting has been identified by experts as an early work by Le Brun (1619-1690) that would have been completed before he became the official painter at the court of Louis XIV and established his reputation as one of the dominant figures of 17th century French art.
It adorned one of the suites in which Coco Chanel lived for more than 30 years, but when exactly it was installed in the hotel remains a mystery.
The building that houses the hotel on the swanky Place Vendome dates from 1705 and was initially a family home for French nobles. It became the Ritz after it was bought by Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1898.
The hotel archives offer no clue as to how the painting ended up there, according to Christie's art advisor Joseph Friedman.
"When I saw this painting in the suite, I had to take a step back. It had a very powerful impact," Friedman told AFP.
"The use of color and the movement are remarkable. The influence of (Baroque master Nicolas) Poussin is obvious."
"A colleague then found the initials CLBF, which stand for Charles Le Brun Fecit (Le Brun did this) and a date, 1647."
Christie's then embarked on a process of consultation with relevant experts and although they have not found any contemporary record of the painting, "no one is in any doubt that it is a genuine Le Brun," according to Friedman.
The man who first spotted the painting was Olivier Lefeuvre, a Christie's France specialist in the period, who came across it in July, a month before the Ritz closed its doors for a two-year renovation.
"I thought it was a Le Brun straight away," he said. "It was very well preserved. It was really quite moving."
The painting depicts the killing of Trojan princess Polyxena after she was implicated in the death of Achilles. In the absence of any historical records, Christie's has named the painting as "The Sacrifice of Polyxena."
According to Lefeuvre, Le Brun most likely painted the scene after a three-year stay in Rome where he studied the work of Raphael and became close to Poussin.
The painting is to go on display in New York next week and will be auctioned in Paris in April.
"Mohamed Al Fayed decided to sell it because he thinks its quality means it should be in a museum," Friedman said. "It deserves to be part of a major collection."
The hotel of choice of Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway, the Ritz is also infamous as the place where Dodi and Diana dined before their fatal car
crash in 1997.

Viewing in New York will be at Rockefeller Center on Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan 27, 1-5 p.m.; Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Jan 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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Charles Le Brun (1619-1690), 'The Sacrifice of Polyxena,' 1647, oil on canvas 179 x 131 cm. Estimate: €300,000-500,000. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2013

Painting in situ at the Hotel Ritz, Paris, Coco Chanel Suite. Charles Le Brun (1619-1690), 'The Sacrifice of Polyxena,' 1647. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2013.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:39
 

Morphy's awarded contract to auction Pa. Treasury valuables

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:01

An example of the fine jewelry items sourced from the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is this 18K yellow gold and diamond men’s Rolex watch. Estimate: $6,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions has been awarded a one-year contract to sell unclaimed valuables on behalf of the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property. The goods to be auctioned come from safe deposit boxes located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have been stored in the state treasury’s Finance Building vault in Harrisburg.

“There are more than 75,000 items to inventory. Going through it all is like an amazing treasure hunt that produces one surprise after another. People don’t put cheap things in their safe deposit boxes, and some of these items have been untouched in 20 years – that’s what you call ‘fresh to the market,’” said Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions.

Morphy said he and an assistant have been assessing and hand-selecting 400 lots of items for inclusion in a Feb. 8-9 Fine & Decorative Arts sale. So far, there are bags of silver coins, precious-metal bars, 1,500 watches and timepieces by Rolex and other makers; antique firearms and swords; musical instruments, historical documents – including one signed by Benjamin Franklin – and a large selection of fine jewelry.

“There are diamond brooches that we’ve set aside for the February auction that will probably bring $10,000 to $20,000 apiece,” Morphy noted.

The contract between Morphy’s and the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is renewable by mutual consent at the end of the first year.

“I’m very excited about being awarded this contract and have every hope that our arrangement with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property will become an ongoing one. Morphy’s has the knowledge, experience and capability to sell the types of valuables the Pennsylvania Treasury is entrusting to us, and by using the auction method, they will benefit the people of Pennsylvania. It’s a win-win all around,” Morphy said.

“This is the first live unclaimed property auction in more than a decade for Treasury, so we want to get it right, which is why we selected an auction house with a sterling worldwide reputation and one with a proven track record of getting the best price for valuable items,” Treasurer Rob McCord said. “Morphy Auctions lends us the expertise to properly evaluate and price the items from our vault, which enables our team to focus their efforts on the work to search and reunite the remaining property in our possession with its rightful owners.”

All Morphy auctions containing goods from the Pennsylvania Treasury will feature Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

To contact Morphy Auctions, call 717-335-3435.

View the fully illustrated catalog for Morphy's Feb. 8-9 auction and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at LiveAuctioneers.com.

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An example of the fine jewelry items sourced from the Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is this 18K yellow gold and diamond men’s Rolex watch. Estimate: $6,000-$10,000. Morphy Auctions image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:14
 

Grey Flannel Auctions, Basketball Hall of Fame renew partnership

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Monday, 14 January 2013 11:40

1972-73 Dave Cowens Boston Celtics MVP Award. Sold for $156,000 by Grey Flannel Auctions.

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Grey Flannel Auctions has announced the renewal of its exclusive partnership agreement with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The agreement extends the mutually beneficial arrangement that has existed between the two entities since the early 1990s.

Under the terms of the partnership, Grey Flannel will continue to conduct its Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction at the Hall each September. As part of the induction weekend’s activities, Grey Flannel will also keep up its tradition of hosting the annual Reunion Dinner for returning Hall of Famers, new inductees and their families. Additionally, Grey Flannel will maintain its long-held role as the Basketball Hall of Fame’s official appraisers and authenticators.

“We highly value the friendship and close working association that has developed between our company and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the past two decades,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek. “We are honored that the Hall chose to renew the arrangement that has worked so well for so many years.”

“With prices for authentic, game-worn professional basketball memorabilia skyrocketing, we foresee new world records in our annual Hall of Fame auctions,” Russek said. “Basketball has become a powerful international attraction, and its superstars and legends of the past are viewed as sports royalty everywhere on earth. When we can achieve prices like $156,000 for Dave Cowens’ Celtics MVP Award and $132,000 for one of Dr J’s All-Star uniforms, that tells you what basketball means to its fans.”

Grey Flannel’s 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction will be one of the key events featured within a slate of activities scheduled for Sept. 6-9 at the Hall. For additional information or to discuss consigning to the auction, contact Grey Flannel at 631-288-7800 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . www.greyflannelauctions.com.

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1972-73 Dave Cowens Boston Celtics MVP Award. Sold for $156,000 by Grey Flannel Auctions.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 11:48
 

Christie's to sell landmark Hockney painting from 1963 trip

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Monday, 07 January 2013 17:42

David Hockney's 'Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes,' 1963. Christie's image.

LONDON – In February Christie’s postwar and contemporary art department will offer for sale David Hockney’s Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes (1963). A unique landmark painting, it stands as the only canvas to commemorate the artist’s first trip to Egypt at the age of 26.

Commissioned by art critic David Sylvester and journalist Mark Boxer at the Sunday Times, the trip came shortly after the artist’s graduation from the Royal College of Art. It marks a watershed in his practice in terms of style, scale and composition. Forming part of an important British collection for more than 40 years, this is the first time that this painting has ever been seen at auction. It has a £2.5 million-£3.5 million ($4 million-$5.6 million).

“Egypt is one of the most thrilling countries I’ve ever been to in the sense that these monuments are the oldest known buildings anywhere. After all, when Cleopatra showed Julius Caesar the pyramids, they were already 2,000 years old and more. It is quite awe-inspiring; not even in China are there things older, and I think you feel connected with them, whoever you are,” David Hockney, 1993 (D. Hockney, N. Stangos (ed.), That’s the Way I See it: David Hockney, London 1993, p. 36).

Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes holds a unique place in the artist’s oeuvre, being the only surviving canvas created following his trip to Egypt in 1963,” said Francis Outred, Christie's head of postwar and contemporary art, Europe. “It represents a watershed moment in the artist’s career, situated between Hockney’s graduation from the Royal College of Art and his move to the sun-drenched swimming pools of Los Angeles in 1964. At the center of the composition we find a single hieratic palm tree sprouting up towards the pinnacle of the geometric pyramid at Giza. The style of the painting is unmistakably Hockney, the artist breaking up the foreground with a piece of piping, forming a stark contrast to the broken Head of Thebes lying buried in the sand. In doing so, the artist was drawing a clear link between ancient and modern, the human and natural landscape.”

Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes follows on from Hockney’s well-documented obsession with Egypt developed through his encounter with the ancient Egyptian art he encountered at the British Museum and later at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, as well as his deep admiration for the poetry of Greek Alexandrian poet Constantine P. Cavafy. This was also a time of popular fascination with “Egyptiana,” culminating in Elizabeth Taylor’s leading role as Cleopatra in 1963. The Egyptian inspiration first began to appear in Hockney’s work as early as 1961 (with A Grand Procession of Dignitaries in semi-Egyptian style), and his trip in 1963 sponsored by the Sunday Times and David Sylvester was the fulfilment of a long-held dream. While in Egypt, Hockney undertook some 40 works on paper, but no canvases. This painting is the only surviving work to have been completed upon his return to Britain, standing as the most important monument to his trip.

First exhibited at the Kasmin Gallery in London in 1963, other major works from this inaugural solo show are now housed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Museum Calouste Gulbekian and the British Council collection. It was with the proceeds of this highly successful, inaugural solo-exhibition that Hockney made his first trip to California in 1964. Since it was first exhibited in 1963, Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes has formed part of major shows including the Calouste Gulbekian exhibition of important postwar artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon and Jasper Johns held at the Tate Gallery, London in 1964, Hockney’s major retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 1970 and in Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre in 1974.



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 David Hockney's 'Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes,' 1963. Christie's image.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:59
 

National Geographic auction brings in $3.7 million

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Monday, 10 December 2012 12:06

Steve McCurry's photo of an Afghan girl brought in a world-record auction price for the artist, selling for $178,900. Christie's image.

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York auction of photographs and artworks from the archives of the National Geographic Society has brought in more than $3.7 million

Christie's said 185 lots were sold Thursday. It's the first time any of National Geographic's enormous collection was put up for sale.

A photo of an Afghan girl taken by Steve McCurry brought in a world-record auction price for the artist, selling for $178,900. That was far higher than the estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

An oil painting by Tom Lovell of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Civil War surrender at Appomattox brought in $80,500. The estimate was between $15,000 and $25,000.

Edward S. Curtis’ The North American Indian, Portfolios 1-20 and Volumes 1-20 sold for $902,000, just topping the high estimate.

National Geographic sponsors and funds scientific research and exploration through its official journal, National Geographic Magazine, which reaches 8.8 million people worldwide.

A gelatin silver print titled Iceberg, Antarctica, circa 1911 by Herbert G. Ponting hit $37,500, a world-record auction price for a single print by the artist.

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Steve McCurry's photo of an Afghan girl brought in a world-record auction price for the artist, selling for $178,900. Christie's image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 12:37
 

Christie’s sets record for most expensive item sold online

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:06


Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), 'October on Cape Cod,' oil on canvas, painted in 1946. Estimate: $8,000,000–$12,000,000. Price Realized: US$9,602,500. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

NEW YORK – On Nov. 28 at Christie's American art auction in New York, an online bidder purchased Edward Hopper’s October on Cape Cod for $9,602,500 (£5,953,550/€7,393,925), setting a new record for the most expensive item sold online at any international auction house.

Christie’s previous house record of $3.3 million was established in 2010 with the sale of a rare Shang dynasty bronze wine vessel.

Since 2007, participation in online bidding in Christie’s auctions worldwide has increased steadily. For the year 2011, 29 percent of Christie’s bidders transacted online, and the company's Internet platform drew 25 percent more bids than the previous year.

Earlier this year, Christie’s announced its further expansion into online-only sales of fine and rare wines, vintage couture, prints & multiples and special collections, offering clients additional online buying opportunities, no matter where in the world they may be located.

Steven P. Murphy, chief executive officer, Christie’s International, commented: “The sale of October on Cape Cod via Christie’s LIVE™ proves once again that our clients are eager to use our online channel to grow their collections with works of significant value and quality. This record-setting online price is a testament to clients’ embrace of the online bidding option as a regular and integral component of doing business with Christie’s.”

The Hopper painting was a star lot of Wednesday’s American Art auction at Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York. Painted in 1946, the scene depicts a solitary house along a deserted road in Cape Cod, where Edward Hopper painted many of his greatest works. Tinged with autumn light, the scene is imbued with a profound sense of silence. It is one of a very small number of important oils by the artist still in private hands.

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Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967), 'October on Cape Cod,' oil on canvas, painted in 1946. Estimate: $8,000,000–$12,000,000. Price Realized: US$9,602,500. Image courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 December 2012 23:15
 

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work on display at Christie’s new Tokyo office

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:35

Standing Figure of Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-Headed Kannon)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century)  Wood  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

TOKYO – Christie’s Japan will present an exhibition of works by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. On view Dec. 7-8, the exhibition is being held to recognize the artist for his design of the new Christie’s Tokyo office.

An internationally acclaimed Japanese artist with a celebrated body of work, Sugimoto produces art in a variety of mediums. Recognized for his accomplishments in contemporary art and architecture, Sugimoto is also known as an avid collector, passionate for a wide range of art, from ancient artifacts to contemporary works. Comprising a series of his photography presented alongside a selection of works of art from his personal collection, the exhibition will be held in the gallery of the Christie’s Tokyo office, designed by the artist.

The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Christie’s Japan, and to coincide with this auspicious achievement, Christie’s Japan has relocated to a prewar stone building designated as “Important Cultural Property” in Marunouchi, one of Japan’s most prestigious business districts, and located between Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace.

Sugimoto oversaw the design of the entire Tokyo office, with special emphasis placed on the aesthetics of the entrance area, gallery space and the main meeting room facing the outer garden of the Imperial Palace.

“What manner of design might befit the Tokyo office of Christie’s, to best reflect its leading role in the booming world art market? I posed this question to myself as an architect,” said Sugimoto. “Artworks both soothe and enrich the human spirit. No matter how opposed we as people might be politically, the artworks gathered here under one roof from so many different countries will surely please our eyes. Accordingly, I based my design for the entrance area in keeping with Prince Shotoku’s injunction to ‘uphold harmony as to act with respect’ that appears at the very beginning of the Seventeen Article Constitution of Empress Suiko’s reign.”

Ryutaro Katayama, managing director of Christie’s Japan, noted that Sugimoto has created a space where the East and the West harmonize, and the past and the present blend together seamlessly.

“This interior marks the artist’s latest aesthetic achievement and one with which Christie’s is proud to be associated,” he said.



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Standing Figure of Juichimen Kannon (Eleven-Headed Kannon)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century)  Wood  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Asahi Breweries  (Architect: Philippe Starck)  1997  Gelatin silver print  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Gyodomen (Gyodo Mask)  Heian Period (10th - 11th century) Wood and gold leaf over lacquer  ©Hiroshi Sugimoto  Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:08
 

Leica camera snapped up for $2.18M at Westlicht auction

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Monday, 26 November 2012 13:00

Only four of these Leica cameras (M3D-1 to M3D-4) were produced, this one for American photographer David Douglas Duncan.It sold for $2.18 million. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Westlicht Photographica Auction.

VIENNA, (AFP) – A custom-built Leica camera that once belonged to influential American photographer David Douglas Duncan fetched more than 1.6 million euros at a Vienna auction Saturday.

Duncan used the 1955 black M3D Leica when he worked for Life magazine. The final sale including fees was 1.68 million euros ($2.18 million).

Leica built the camera specially for Duncan, according to the Westlicht photo gallery, which ran the auction in the Austrian capital.

Its estimate had been between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.

Duncan is best known for his combat photos, including pictures taken during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and his close friendship with Pablo Picasso.

Saturday's sale also included thousands of NASA vintage photographs and slides that went for 200,000 euros.

Another batch of photographs of Russia's space exploration was sold for 60,000 euros.



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Only four of these Leica cameras (M3D-1 to M3D-4) were produced, this one for American photographer David Douglas Duncan.It sold for $2.18 million. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Westlicht Photographica Auction.    

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 14:30
 

Rago Dec. 4 open house to include jewelry talk

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:37

Tiffany & Co. bicolor gold ruby brooch, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – The Rago Arts and Auction Center will host an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 4, featuring a talk by Newark Museum curator Ulysses Grant Dietz.

The talk, "The Lower End of Splendor: Middle Class Jewelry in Context," focuses on the story of Newark, N.J., as a jewelry manufacturing center, its decline during the Great Depression, through its demise in the 1990s.

By the eve of the great Depression, in 1929, Newark produced 90 percent of the gold jewelry in the United States (including 50 percent of the 18-karat jewelry). The mass of this jewelry, which was not sold under Newark maker's names, but retailed through jewelry stores in every corner of the nation, was small scale, finely crafted and very wearable. It was characterized by small diamonds, colored stones, enamel, in modern designs, for men and women. Millions of cufflinks and brooches, signet rings and wedding bands, poured out of Newark's factories six days a week.

Newark's jewelers knew their market well. Their clients were not the Vanderbilts or (later) the stars of the silver screen. Their customers saw high society and celebrity in magazines, and wanted jewelry that evoked that glamour, but which they could buy in their local jewelry stores and, more importantly, could afford.

Newark was the king of jewelry manufacturing in America, employing thousands of people, until the consumer base was eroded by the Great Depression, World War II and the rise of costume jewelry. By the 1950s Newark's industry had shrunk to half its former size, and by the 1990s the last of the factories closed forever. Newark's story as a jewelry center is remarkable. Come see what the industry was up to.

Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of decorative arts at the Newark Museum since 1980. He has been collecting items for the Newark Museum for over 30 years.

The talk takes place during preview week for Rago's Silver, Jewelry and Great Estates auctions, to be held on Dec. 7-9.

The auction house opens on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at noon. A reception begins at 5 p.m. Dietz will speak at 6 p.m.

RSVP to 609-397-9374 ext. 119 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Unable to rsvp in advance? Please attend if possible. All are welcome.

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.


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Tiffany & Co. bicolor gold ruby brooch, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.  

Art Nouveau enameled gold flower brooches, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate: $1,200-$1,800. Rago Arts and Auction Center image.

Nine gold dragon, griffon or serpent stick pins, to be sold Dec. 9. Estimate; $900-$1,200. Rago Arts and Auction Center image. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:23
 

Carrolls clarifies date of its antiques auction: Nov. 23

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Monday, 19 November 2012 10:49

Image courtesy of Carrolls Auctioneers.

GUILFORD, Conn. – Carrolls Auctioneers & Appraisers of Guilford, Conn., is advising potential bidders that the correct date for its upcoming Coins, Jewelry, Antiques & Collectibles Auction is Friday, Nov. 23.

The company’s management told Auction Central News that an inadvertent error on their catalog had indicated an auction date of Tuesday, November 20, 2012. They would like for all approved registered bidders and those who may wish to sign up for the sale that the sale will take place the day after Thanksgiving, starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Time / 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here to view the fully illustrated catalog and to sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Image courtesy of Carrolls Auctioneers.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 12:40
 

Neal Auction selling unique trumpet Nov. 17 to benefit Satchmo fest

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Written by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:44

Custom-made by Jason Harrelson, the trumpet features a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece receiver, engraved 'Satchmo,' with transcription of Louis Armstrong’s solo for the song 'A Kiss to Build A Dream On,' a tuning slide mounted with the iconic New Orleans water meter cover, and multiple finger button inlays in blue, purple, green and black onyx. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Trumpet-maker Jason Harrelson said he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument – Louis Armstrong.

Harrelson's specially made brass “Satchmo” trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score for Armstrong's trumpet solo in the song, A Kiss to Build a Dream On. It also has a tuning slide mounted with a small replica of an iconic New Orleans water meter cover.

The trumpet is set to hit the auction block Saturday with proceeds benefiting Satchmo Summerfest, the free, three-day festival in the French Quarter held each year in early August around Armstrong's birthday. Some of Harrelson's custom trumpets are valued at more than $10,000, but there is no minimum bid for the “Satchmo” trumpet.

Harrelson, a Louisiana native who now lives in New Brighton, Minn., said he's attended the festival the past two years but has been an Armstrong fan since childhood. As a fifth-grader, he said, he wrote a book report about Armstrong – and he later took up playing the trumpet because of his admiration for the jazz great.

“I could relate to his story, to his coming from poverty and making music his life,” said Harrelson, who was born in Leesville, La., and was 19 when he started making trumpets.

Armstrong was born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901 and died in 1971 after a stellar career as a trumpet player, vocalist and bandleader. He remains one of the best-known figures in jazz, with a career that extended into motion pictures. The city's international airport is named for him.

Now 38, Harrelson has his own shop in New Brighton and provides instruments to musicians worldwide. In New Orleans, more than a dozen musicians use his trumpets, including Kermit Ruffins, Shamarr Allen and members of the city's brass bands. His instruments also are used by New York jazz band leader Jeremy Pelt; Ray Riccomini, a member of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in New York; and San Juan's Latin jazz artist Charlie Sepulveda, whose recording credits include the soundtrack for the 1992 movie The Mambo Kings.

“We're just so honored that he's giving this trumpet to us,” said Marci Schramm, executive director of French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces Satchmo Summerfest. “The hardest thing about producing free festivals is that it's so expensive, and every little bit counts.”

The group's French Quarter Festival, one of the largest free music festivals in the region, draws an estimated 400,000 attendees each year. Satchmo Summerfest draws about 30,000 people, Schramm said.

The “Satchmo” trumpet will go to the block at Neal Auction Co. on Saturday. It's expected to come up for bids between 2 and 3 p.m. CST. Bids are being accepted by phone at 504-899-5329 or 800-467-5329.

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Online:

Neal Auction Co., http://www.nealauction.com

Satchmo Summerfest, http://www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest

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Custom-made by Jason Harrelson, the trumpet features a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece receiver, engraved 'Satchmo,' with transcription of Louis Armstrong’s solo for the song 'A Kiss to Build A Dream On,' a tuning slide mounted with the iconic New Orleans water meter cover, and multiple finger button inlays in blue, purple, green and black onyx. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Neal Auction Co. image.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 10:23
 

Sotheby’s loses $32.6M in third quarter, but total revenue up

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Friday, 09 November 2012 18:30

Sotheby's headquarters at York Avenue and 71st St. in New York City. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK – Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) today announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended Sept. 30. The company reported a net loss of $32.6 million in the third quarter, while total revenues increased.

Sotheby’s reported third quarter 2012 revenues increased 18 percent, to $68.5 million, driven by a $4.9 million, or 50 percent, improvement in private sale commission revenues and a $1.6 million, or 56 percent increase, in finance segment revenues. Largely due to these revenue increases, the company reported a pretax loss of $46.4 million for the quarter, compared to a pretax loss of $57.9 million in the prior year – an $11.5 million, or 20 percent, improvement.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012, Sotheby’s reported a net loss of $32.6 million, which reflects a slight $2.8 million deterioration from the prior year due to an $11.6 million tax benefit recognized in the third quarter of 2011 as a result of the reversal of a valuation allowance against certain Sotheby’s deferred tax assets.

Because of the seasonal nature of the art auction market, third quarter auction sales have historically represented approximately 7 percent to 10 percent annual auction sales resulting in a loss period for the company.

Third quarter results are typically not indicative of expected full year results. Management believes that investors should focus on results for six- and 12-month periods, which better reflect the auction market business cycle.

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 Sotheby's headquarters at York Avenue and 71st St. in New York City. Photo by Jim Henderson.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 10:54
 

Post-storm notice: Leighton Galleries extends consignment times

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 17:33
Among the items already consigned to Leighton Galleries' Dec. 6 auction is this enameled diamond and opal cocktail ring, est. $600-$700. Leighton Galleries image.

ALLENDALE, N.J. – Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s Leighton Galleries is extending its dates and hours for acceptance of consignments to their planned Dec. 6 auction.

Leighton’s management invites potential consignors to bring items to the company’s gallery from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 and Monday Nov. 12. The Dec. 6 auction features fine jewels, but sterling silver, fine art and other valuable objects will also be accepted for consignment.

Leighton Galleries is located at 6-C Pearl Court in Allendale, NJ 07401. For additional information, call 201-327-8800 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit the company online at www.leightongalleries.com.

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Among the items already consigned to Leighton Galleries' Dec. 6 auction is this enameled diamond and opal cocktail ring, est. $600-$700. Leighton Galleries image.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 17:42
 

Castner’s reschedules Nov. 3 auction; new date: Nov. 17

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Friday, 02 November 2012 10:45

Lot 92, pearl necklace and pendant in 18K gold setting, 16 inches long. Est. $200-$500. Castner's Auction image.

BRANCHVILLE, N.J. – Castner’s Auction, Appraisal & Estate Service LLC is rescheduling its Nov. 3 auction due to a power outage following Hurricane Sandy. The 203-lot sale of jewelry, coins, decorative and fine art will now be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, with a start time of 4 p.m. Eastern.

To enquire about any item in the auction, call 973-948-3868.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Lot 92, pearl necklace and pendant in 18K gold setting, 16 inches long. Est. $200-$500. Castner's Auction image. 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 11:02
 

New Jersey's Bertoia Auctions issues post-storm statement

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:41
Marklin “Jolanda” clockwork luxury yacht with canopy over bow, circa 1915-1925, 16 inches long, est. $25,000-$27,000. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, N.J. - Situated only 38 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Bertoia Auctions might have seemed an unavoidable target as Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast on Monday. "But miraculously, we were spared," said the firm's owner, Jeanne Bertoia. "In fact, we never even lost our power, telephone or Internet service."

Bertoia believes her gallery in Vineland avoided the storm's destructive fury because of the particular path it took as it moved across coastal New Jersey toward New York. "The eye of the storm passed right through the city of Vineland. That was what saved us," she said.

Today Bertoia's issued a statement thanking customers for the "many thoughtful phone calls and e-mails" received after the storm. The statement also assured  customers that business has continued without interruption at the gallery.

The statement reads, in part: "We want to assure you that our Saturday, Nov. 10 auction of the Dick Claus Collection Part II will take place as originally scheduled, with a start time of 1 p.m., Eastern US time. If you have arranged for a telephone line or plan to bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com, please be assured that there has been no disruption and there is no reason for concern. Absolutely everything is running smoothly as we make our final preparations leading up to the sale."

Jeanne Bertoia also noted that roads between I-95 and Vineland are clear and unaffected by flooding. "We look forward to greeting a full house of bidders on auction day," she said.

View the fully illustrated catalog for the Nov. 10 auction of the Dick Claus Antique Toy Boat & Nautical Toy Collection - Part II and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Marklin “Jolanda” clockwork luxury yacht with canopy over bow, circa 1915-1925, 16 inches long, est. $25,000-$27,000. Bertoia Auctions image.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:37
 
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