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Auction of BMW K1 motorcycle to aid Nepal earthquake victims

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Written by Auction House PR   
Monday, 18 May 2015 11:28


BMW K1 motorcycle to be auctioned on May 23 to benefit Nepal earthquake victims. Image courtesy of RM Auctions Sotheby's

LONDON - RM Sotheby’s will offer a classic BMW K1 motorcycle at its upcoming Villa Erba sale this weekend, with 100 percent of all proceeds benefiting Caritas International in support of earthquake relief in Nepal. The auction will take place during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy, May 23.

The world has been stunned and deeply saddened by the horrific devastation wrought by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, with thousands of people either killed or injured and many more left homeless. The sale of this motorcycle, generously donated by BMW specialists Mint Classics, of Münster, Germany, will make a valuable contribution to the relief efforts in the region.

Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: “It is impossible not to be moved by what we have all seen of the devastation in Nepal. We are proud to lend our auction services to support the area’s earthquake relief efforts, with 100 percent of proceeds from the bike’s sale, including buyer’s premium, supporting this deserving cause. We hope that everyone will dig deep and help raise as much money as possible on the night.”

The 1992 BMW K1 is the first production BMW motorcycle to feature four valves per cylinder and boasted highly distinctive, streamline styling when it was launched. A bona fide classic of the motorcycle world, the K1 was a great success for BMW and one of its first forays into modern high-speed sports bikes. It boasts the lowest drag coefficient of any production motorcycle to date, and in its eye-catching red and yellow colour scheme, will always command attention.

The example donated to the Villa Erba sale has been expertly restored, recently serviced, and is ready to ride. “It is a technological tour de force that would be the perfect addition to any significant motorcycle collection,” adds Girardo.

A full description on the motorcycle is available online at www.rmauctions.com or by calling 011 44 207 851 7070.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 13:03
 

Historic club becomes meeting place for B.B. King's fans, friends

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Written by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press   
Monday, 18 May 2015 10:45


Club Ebony in Indianola, Miss., where blues legend B.B. King grew up as a child. Richard Apple This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) – Club Ebony was once a hopping juke joint, a place where blues masters B.B. King, Little Milton and Howlin' Wolf performed for residents of this humble farming community looking to spice up their Saturday nights with dinner, dancing and maybe some drinks.

On Friday night, the historic club in Indianola became a meeting place for friends and fans of King who talked about his influential music, his friendly personality and his effect on the town where he used to live and returned every year to perform as their own personal guitar hero.

King died Thursday in Las Vegas at age 89. Fans in Indianola and around the world have been mourning since they heard the news.

Annise Strong James, 67, used to get into the club as an underage teenager, and was able to see Bobby “Blue” Bland and Little Milton perform. The club was something of a town hall, a locale where folks would gather at football games to eat burgers and fish plates, where the fun would extend until early in the morning. James' brother would drive around in a van, picking up residents and driving them to the club, she said.

“It would get packed. We had a ball,” said James, who enjoyed a beverage with a friend as others sat around tables and chatted with King's music playing in the background Friday night. “This was a spot for us to enjoy life.”

James said one of the thrills of her life was meeting King at a one of his homecoming shows in 1978.

“You would not believe his voice was from Mississippi,” she said. “It was so elegant.”

King bought Club Ebony in 2008, after its previous owner Mary Shepard retired. He later donated the roughly 70-year-old building to the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center.

According to the Mississippi Blues Trail historical marker outside the green wooden building, Club Ebony was built just after the end of World War II by entrepreneur Johnny Jones, opening for business in 1948.

In a memoir, Jones wrote “there were no other clubs for Negroes in Indianola at the time.” It was part of the “chitlin' circuit,” a collection of juke joints and clubs where blacks could forget their hardscrabble existence and enjoy themselves in the racially divided South.

Under Jones and other owners, including a white bootlegger named James B. “Jimmy” Lee, the club's early performers included Ray Charles, Count Basie, Albert King and Willie Clayton.

Ruby Edwards took over the club in the 1950s. When King came from Memphis to play Club Ebony in 1955, he met Edwards' daughter, Sue Carol Hall. King and Hall were married in 1958.

Mary Shepard and her husband Willie bought the club in 1975. It would go on to play host to James Brown, Ike Turner and Bobby Rush.

The club had live music from Thursday through Sunday for a time after King donated it to the museum in 2012, said Dion Brown, the museum's executive director. However, it no longer has regular shows; it only opens for tour groups and special occasions.

The wooden exterior of the club is painted green, and the entrance has a small portico. Interior walls have wood paneling, and they are decorated with posters advertising concerts by King and Rush. Photos of Charles, Bland and Albert King also line the walls.

A wall behind a stage near the front of the club has a painting of a wild juke joint, complete with two men fighting and patrons lining a bar. The rear of the club is a large dance hall, with recessed lighting and a long dance floor. Red light gives the club a sultry feel.

Alphonso Sanders, a musician and educator, said the club was the town's most popular place, an oasis of fun for countless music lovers. But it also was a refuge for neighborhood folks who needed help.

“They took care of you. You could come here and get a meal,” said Sanders, who runs the B.B. King Recording studio at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena. “This was a place where people in the community could get away.”

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:57
 

Auction houses can list for free in Antique Trader consignment guide

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Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:15




IOLA, Wis. — Antique Trader has announced it will be producing an auction consignment guide and directory, which will be published in the July 22 edition of Antique Trader magazine. It will be available at no additional cost to magazine subscribers, and also available to the public as a low-cost digital download.

Categorized by state, the directory will include auction houses from across the United States, but will also include information from some auction companies in the UK, Europe and Canada. The consignment directory will be comprised of not only auction house names, locations and telephone numbers, but also the names and contact email addresses and telephone numbers of consignment directors. Also included will be frequently asked questions regarding the auction consignment process, which will be answered by auction house consignment directors.

“Each week we are contacted by people who are wondering how to sell specific items,” said Karen Knapstein, print editor of Antique Trader. “They don’t know where to start; this directory should give those people who aren’t comfortable with selling items on their own a starting point.”

All auction houses, regardless of size or location, are invited to include their company information in the guide free of charge as long as there is a specific person who can be reached for consignment information. Companies with multiple consignment directors are invited to list each director with their specialty area and contact information.

“I’m really excited about this project,” Knapstein continued. “It’s going to help both auction houses and potential consignors. Auction houses will get their names and services available into the hands of the people who need those services the most.”

Limited specialty advertisement placements are also available. Those auction companies that would like to place consignment ads in the directory should contact sales representative Nick Ockwig at 715-318-4505 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Consignment Directory Form is available to download here: http://media2.fwpublications.com/ATR/ConsignmentForm.pdf. Auction houses that would like to be included should submit the completed Consignment Directory Submission Form to Antique Trader by midnight, June 25, 2015. Email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject Line: Antique Trader Consignment Directory).

Submission forms can also be mailed to: AT Consignment Guide, C/O Antique Trader Editors, 700 E State St, Iola WI 54990.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:53
 

Vermont lawmakers consider ban on ivory sales

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Written by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press   
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:20


Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction.

The latest concern among supporters of the proposed ban is a move to insert exemptions in the state legislation for old pianos and other antiques. Supporters got to air their concerns at a legislative hearing Thursday that featured talk of grandma's piano, the slaughter and near extinction of African elephants, and terrorism.

New York passed a crackdown on ivory sales last year, and New Jersey an outright ban. Legislation is pending in Vermont and seven other states, said Joanne Bourbeau, Northeast regional director for the Humane Society of the United States.

Ashley McAvey, an activist from Shelburne who is heading efforts to get a ban passed in Vermont and asked lawmakers to bring the ban bill, said she would like to see legislation similar to the law in New Jersey. She told the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee that permitting any sales of the materials will encourage an international market that is funding terrorist groups and leading to the likely extinction of African elephants.

“Ivory is ivory is ivory is ivory is ivory,” she said.

Still, Rep. David Deen, the committee chairman, was less certain of the nexus. “People are having trouble connecting their grandmother's piano with terrorism,” he said.

Consideration of the bill comes at a time of increasing concern about illegal poaching of elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and other wildlife as a funding source for terrorist groups. The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Wednesday in Washington that the group Al-Shabaab has been able to raise as much as $600,000 a month from the sale of elephant tusks, a violation of international law. Four gunmen from the Somali extremist group killed 148 people earlier this month at a college in Garissa, Kenya.

Meanwhile, the National Academy of Sciences reported last year that 40,000 African elephants were killed in 2011 alone.

“It is the demand for ivory and rhino horn that is driving the elephant and rhino massacre,” Bourbeau said in previous testimony before Vermont lawmakers. “Most of the demand for ivory is in China, where the ivory carving tradition dates back to prehistoric times.”

McAvey said that while the U.S. has banned the importation of new ivory since 1976, the country ranks second behind China as an importer. Under international criticism, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports last month.

The committee also heard from Cameron Wood of the Legislative Council, who walked lawmakers through changes to the bill that would allow exemptions for ivory legally purchased before the 1970s. And antiques and piano dealers are fighting back.

“The idea, however, of limiting possession and sale of what was once a legal and accepted commodity and destroying and/or banning the sale of antique items seems like our government overstepping its bounds,” Greg Hamilton, president of the Vermont Antiques Dealers Association, wrote in an email to lawmakers.

Dale Howe, co-owner of Frederick Johnson Pianos in White River Junction, took a view similar Thursday to the committee chairman's. “I don't know how a 50-year-old piano has any effect on what's happening today,” he said in an interview.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 09:14
 

Landmark Detroit buildings going up for auction in June

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Friday, 24 April 2015 13:45


Detroit's 1928 Fisher Building with its 28-story tower was designed by architect Joseph Nathaniel French of Albert Kahn Associates. Image by Mikerussell at en.wikipedia.

DETROIT (AP) – Two historic Detroit buildings are going up for auction after the previous owner defaulted on the mortgage.

The Detroit News reported Wednesday the Fisher and Albert Kahn buildings will be part of a package auction in June. The opportunity to buy the New Center area buildings comes after FK Acquisition LLC defaulted on a $27 million mortgage two years ago.

The 30-story Fisher, a national historic landmark, was built in 1928. The nearby 8-story Kahn is named after the architect and firm he established, Albert Kahn Associates, which remains a key tenant.

Analysts say the downtown building-buying frenzy led by businessman Dan Gilbert has yet to take root in the New Center area. But the construction of a light-rail line and growth in neighboring Midtown are thought to be promising signs.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 13:58
 
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