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In the middle of the holiday season, Material Culture will host a winter estates sale subtitled “Art, Antiques, Decorative and Ethnographic Arts.” Over 700 lots come fresh to the market in this Dec. 20 sale, including fine art, Oriental rugs, Asian decorative arts, and American advertising, ephemera and decorative arts. With a broad...Full story

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In the end, what saved Detroit's art museum from being sold off painting by painting was a legal pad covered in doodles. The Detroit Institute of Arts has been owned by the city since 1919, when Detroit was “rolling in dough,” as museum director Graham Beal put it. But in 2013, with the city's bankruptcy...Full story

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Two nearly identical Tiffany wisteria lamps designed in 1901 have sold for over $1 million each at auction. They sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday. One sold for $1,205,000, the other for $1,145,000. They were part of a group of seven Tiffany lamps collected by dealer Sandra van den Broek over three...Full story

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Presley to sell priest’s decorative arts to benefit church, Jan. 1

Presley to sell priest’s decorative arts to benefit church, Jan. 1

SANTA ANA, Calif. – In 1989, Father Alfred Baca, a priest at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Tustin, Calif., vowed that on the 25th anniversary of his priesthood, he would divest himself of...

Anticvarium selling masterpieces of Russian typography Dec. 21

Anticvarium selling masterpieces of Russian typography Dec. 21

MOSCOW – Auction house Anticvarium offers for its Dec. 21 auction almost 400 lots, representing the history of typographic culture from rarities of the 16th through 18th centuries and unique books...

Morphy's Dec. 20 Firearms auction features 1863 Colt .44 Army revolver

DENVER, Pa. – Since Morphy’s first opened its Firearms division, the company’s specialty sales of antique, vintage and modern guns have drawn strong interest and very active bidding. The next...

Material Culture staging expansive auction Dec. 20

PHILA., Pa. – In the middle of the holiday season, Material Culture will host a winter estates sale subtitled “Art, Antiques, Decorative and Ethnographic Arts.” Over 700 lots come fresh to...

Asian art treasures abound in I.M. Chait auction Dec. 13-14

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – I.M. Chait Gallery / Auctioneers’s will conduct a two-day auction of Asian art, antiques and estate items on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14. LiveAuctioneers.com will...

WWI posters on the front line of Onslows auction Dec. 18

Paul Evans sculptural cabinet headlines Quinn & Farmer Dec. 13 auction

Christmas wishes granted early at Morphy’s Dec. 13-14 Toy & Doll Auction

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell garden designer's books Dec. 17

Nova Ars Auction celebrates Italian design Dec. 16

Plessel photos, Warhol print headline Capo auction Dec. 13

Sterling Assoc. presents Asian porcelain collection, silver, jewelry Dec. 10

Paintings, cloisonné, jewelry highlight Roseberys sales Dec. 9-10

Tonya A. Cameron Auctions selling diverse collection Dec. 9

Former TV exec’s antique telephones star in Dec. 7 auction at Morphy’s

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Oregon town hopes to protect WWII training hangars

Oregon town hopes to protect WWII training hangars

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) – The Madras Municipal Airport has many features that hearken back to its former use as a U.S. Army air base during World War II. But none are as intact and reminiscent of that...

Proposed name change stirs controversy in historic town

Proposed name change stirs controversy in historic town

TAOS, N.M. – A proposal to change the name of Kit Carson Memorial State Park to Red Willow Park in the town of Taos met with such controversy, backlash and death threats that the name change...

2 Tiffany table lamps sell for more than $1M each

NEW YORK (AP) – Two nearly identical Tiffany wisteria lamps designed in 1901 have sold for over $1 million each at auction. They sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday. One sold for $1,205,000, the...

Authorities recover $10M in stolen art, arrest suspect

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art – including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera – that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists. According to...

San Francisco Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on. Illuminate...

Now that Detroit's art museum has been saved, go see it

Lincoln Logs production returning to USA for toy’s centennial

British royals mull removal of trophies from museum

Verona's Roman amphitheater to get $17M restoration

Replica of explorer Henry Hudson’s ship bound for Europe

Lights out at longtime Oregon fiber optics company

Navajos took different tack in dealing with auction of artifacts

Churchill paintings from daughter’s estate auctioned

Cézanne landscape could top $15M at Christie's sale Feb. 4

Restoration work reveals hidden Robert Reid painting

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Sapphire ring tops Dreweatts & Bloomsbury luxury auction

Sapphire ring tops Dreweatts & Bloomsbury luxury auction

LONDON – Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions achieved exceptional results in a day of luxury sales Nov. 27 at their London saleroom, with prices totaling over £1 million. Fierce International...

Imperial cinnabar lacquer box leads Roseberys auction at $47K

Imperial cinnabar lacquer box leads Roseberys auction at $47K

LONDON – Roseberys’ Dec. 10 fine art auction saw a rare and impressive 18th century cinnabar lacquer quatrefoil box and cover sell for an exceptional £30,600 ($47,118). LiveAuctioneers.com provided...

Large diamonds boost Moran jewelry auction past $1.2M

ALTADENA, Calif. – In their final auction event of 2014, John Moran Auctioneers offered over 250 lots of fresh-to-the-market jewelry and luxury items to buyers on Dec. 9. With every piece carefully...

Gardner Civil War sketchbook captures $144,000 at Cowan’s

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. American History: Live Salesroom Auction on Nov. 21 was a success, with sales totaling over $800,000. The 302-lot auction was held in Cowan’s salesroom and featured...

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury sells mysterious Sickert painting for £44,640

LONDON – One of Walter Sickert's last great paintings, a 1941 view in Bath titled Vineyards, captivated and mystified the art world when it was offered in the Modern & Contemporary British Art...

Paintings, sterling silver exceed estimates at John Moran sale Nov. 18

Clars auction tops $2.5M, sets record for Diebenkorn artwork

Guests received VIP treatment at Palm Beach Modern’s Nov. 1 Art Auction

American Indian crafted jewelry in high demand at Allard auction

Jeffrey Evans auction underscores demand for Southern Americana

‘Moonwalk’ a giant leap for Warhol at Gray’s contemporary auction

Odundo, Rie vessels top Cowan’s contemporary ceramics auction

Rare guns & frontier relics led Morphy's Wild West Museum sale

American landscapes in demand at John Moran art auction

Imperial seal box secured for $90,000 at Converse auction

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Ex-Soviet artist has been working in US for nearly 40 years

Ex-Soviet artist has been working in US for nearly 40 years

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Internationally acclaimed artist Anatoly Dverin's story is as colorful as his paintings. His masterful paintings showcase peaceful landscapes ranging from the...

George W. Bush's advice: Don't paint your mom or wife

George W. Bush's advice: Don't paint your mom or wife

WASHINGTON (AP) – George W. Bush doesn't readily offer political opinions, but when it comes to portraits, he has some broad-brush advice: “Never paint your wife or your mother.” Bush's...

Nadine Orenstein named Met’s prints, drawings curator

NEW YORK – Nadine M. Orenstein will become the Drue Heinz Curator in charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Feb. 1. She will succeed George R. Goldner,...

La Salle University's Bob Dylan archive getting rave reviews

PHILA., Pa. (AP) – The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down – before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted...

Marianne Richter named director of Columbus Museum

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Marianne Richter was today named director of the Columbus Museum, a nationally known American art and history museum. Fray McCormick, the museum’s president of the board, announced...

Sir Greg Knight MP joins UK auction house H&H Classics

Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell wins Turner Prize

Elissa Auther joins curators at Museum of Arts and Design

In Memoriam: Andrew Bucci, modernist painter, 92

Departing Smithsonian head reflects on its progress

Chicago museum taps Tao Wang to lead Asian art department

Tate Britain toasts sculptor Phillip King on his 80th birthday

SC State exhibit honors James Brown, Godfather of Soul

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich revels in Hollywood, history

Phil Collins donates his Alamo collection to Texas

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Miscellaneana: Wine and spirits

Miscellaneana: Wine and spirits

LONDON – Like it or not, it's time to get into the festive spirit again. But if you're not yet in the mood and haven't even begun to think about all those presents you have to buy, pour yourself...

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 15, 2014

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 15, 2014

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Tradition claims that it was the bubonic plague in the 14th century that inspired the creation of beer steins. Many people had noticed that there were more deaths in filthy places...

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Le aste italiane di dicembre

GENOVA, Italia – Nell'ultima settimana prima delle festività natalizie le case d'asta italiane hanno in calendario alcuni importanti appuntamenti, in particolare con il design, l'arte orientale...

Art Market Italy: December auctions

GENOA, Italy – In the week before Christmas, the Italian auction houses have scheduled some important appointments, in particular with Design, Oriental art and Old Masters. In Genoa, Boetto holds...

Miscellaneana: Cabinet card photographs

LONDON - Here’s something you don’t see every day, particularly in Lancashire: a collection of 19th century cabinet photographs of American Indian warriors, one of whom, it is speculated, might...

Furniture Specific: The second question

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 8, 2014

Reading the Streets: 'Solar Reserve' by John Gerrard

Miscellaneana: Tea caddies and other boxes

Gallery Report: December 2014

London Eye: November 2014

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 1, 2014

Reading the Streets: Centre-Fuge Public Art Project

Il mercato dell'arte in Italia: Dadamaino a Londra

Art Market Italy: Dadamaino in London

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Style yourself: Holiday dressing at auction

Style yourself: Holiday dressing at auction

NEW YORK (ACNI) – I recently watched Advanced Style, a documentary produced by the creator of the eponymous blog that chronicles the personal style of women over 50: a purple, blue and green caftan...

Owner of Little Norway prepares to sell historic property

Owner of Little Norway prepares to sell historic property

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS, Wis. (AP) – Scott Winner knows it's time for a new chapter in the Valley of the Elves. This quaint, secluded, one-of-a-kind spot called Nissedahle, but known by most as Little...

Couple renovates Carnegie library into art museum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Once upon a time there was a little girl named Karen Kent who loved books. She liked to hop on her bike and pedal to the public library near her house in Clarinda, in southwest...

From Kovels: Great tips on setting a Thanksgiving table

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - Collectors who are setting a table for Thanksgiving can look to Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel for inspiration. Their plate, glassware and serving pieces reflect their different collecting...

It’s Oscar season in Hollywood and at auction houses

LOS ANGELES (AP) – ’Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February. But winning isn't the only way to...

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Mark Twain's hometown Hannibal a trip back in time

St. Paul guitar vendor unfazed by rock star visits

Halloween: LiveAuctioneers' team recalls the costumes that rocked

Ding-dong – Trick or treat! A look at popular Halloween collectibles

Town clocks have civic function beyond timekeeping

Indiana family honored for spurring Goshen's revival

Hand-carved Dogpatch figures returning home for exhibit

Preserved buildings reflect Michigan’s U.P. heritage

Honolulu's Kakaako district a gritty gallery for street art

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