Picasso’s L’Arlequin, just pulled from the Monday, Nov. 3, Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Sotheby’s New York. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Picasso painting withdrawn from Sotheby’s auction

Picasso’s L’Arlequin, just pulled from the Monday, Nov. 3, Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Sotheby’s New York. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Picasso’s L’Arlequin, just pulled from the Monday, Nov. 3, Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Sotheby’s New York. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.

LONDON (AP) – A painting by Pablo Picasso that was expected to fetch more than $30 million at auction next week has been withdrawn from the sale, Sotheby’s auction house said Tuesday Arlequin was to have been one of the star lots at Sotheby’s Nov. 3 sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York. A Sotheby’s spokeswoman said the painting had been withdrawn by the seller “for private reasons.”

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Image courtesy J. Greenstein Auctions.

J. Greenstein & Co. to celebrate Judaica at Nov. 10 auction

Image courtesy J. Greenstein Auctions.

Image courtesy J. Greenstein Auctions.

NEW YORK – J. Greenstein & Co. will conduct one of the most extensive auctions devoted entirely to antique and artisan Judaica on Monday, Nov. 10. The sale, to be held at New York’s Radisson Martinique Hotel on Broadway, will feature more than 100 ceremonial objects including menorahs, Kiddush cups, silver torah ornaments, spice boxes and paintings.

Works featured in the auction date to the 18th century and have been gathered from various longtime collectors in New York, London, Chicago and Belgium.

Highlights include an important silver Torah shield made in Brunn, Austria, in 1814 (est. $30,000-$50,000); a rare silver and large silver filigree spice box from 18th century Lemberg (est. $22,000-$30,000) and a magnificent set of three silver Kiddush cups made by J. Rimmonim in 18th century Germany. Also included is one of the most exceptional silver menorahs to appear at auction in recent years, the famed 18th century silver Jewish-maker menorah featured in Jay Weinstein’s book. Other items include various handmade silver Kiddush cups (starting at $3,500), Sabbath candlesticks and candelabras (starting at $3,000), and sterling silver menorahs (starting at $3,000).

Fully illustrated catalogs and hi-res images of select items are available upon request. Presale bidding and phone bidding will be offered for those unable to attend the auction. The sale will begin at 5:30 p.m.

J. Greenstein & Co. is the only auction house solely devoted to the sale of Jewish ritual objects. Founded in 2004 by Jonathan Greenstein, a lifelong collector of Judaica and Judaic art, the company’s twice yearly auctions feature rare Jewish ritual objects, works of art, books and manuscripts. To view the online catalog and for additional information go to the Web site: www.jgreenstein.com.

Face jug with china plate teeth, made in the 1960s by renowned potter Lanier Meaders (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy Slotin Folk Art.

Slotin picks bumper crop of folk art for Nov. 8 auction

Face jug with china plate teeth, made in the 1960s by renowned potter Lanier Meaders (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy Slotin Folk Art.

Face jug with china plate teeth, made in the 1960s by renowned potter Lanier Meaders (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy Slotin Folk Art.

BUFORD, Ga. – Nearly 1,000 lots of American folk art, in a mix of genres, will be sold Saturday, Nov. 8, by Slotin Auction. The sale will feature the art collection of Barbara Louviere, the santos collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and Florida Highwaymen artwork.

“American folk art is the only art form I can think of that’s not influenced by European masters or the academic community,” said Steve Slotin, who founded Slotin Auction with his wife, Amy, after they discovered some folk art pieces while on their honeymoon in 1994. “When you think of the South, you think of blues music and Southern cooking. But folk art is a great visual culture and a truly original art form.”

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IVAN KLIUN (RUSSIAN 1873-1943) Composition with a Hollowed Brown Rectangle, 1926 oil on canvas 63 x 45.5 cm (24 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.) signed lower right, est: $200,000 - 300,000. Image courtesy Gene Shapiro Auctions.

Russian masters head Gene Shapiro art auction Nov. 5

 IVAN KLIUN (RUSSIAN 1873-1943) Composition with a Hollowed Brown Rectangle, 1926 oil on canvas 63 x 45.5 cm (24 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.) signed lower right, est: $200,000 - 300,000. Image courtesy Gene Shapiro Auctions.

IVAN KLIUN (RUSSIAN 1873-1943) Composition with a Hollowed Brown Rectangle, 1926 oil on canvas 63 x 45.5 cm (24 3/4 x 17 7/8 in.) signed lower right, est: $200,000 – 300,000. Image courtesy Gene Shapiro Auctions.

NEW YORK – Gene Shapiro Auctions will sell important works of Russian, European and Latin art Saturday, Nov. 5, on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. in Manhattan. The auction will begin at 10 a.m.

The auction is expected to gross $4 million to $6 million, and the per-lot average is more than $20,000. The sale catalog has been posted online at www.geneshapiro.com. A printed full-color catalog is available for purchase.

“Due to the success of our previous several auctions, we have been fortunate to secure many high-quality consignments, especially from private collectors, that are fresh to the market,” said Gene Shapiro. “Serious collectors will not want to miss this sale.”

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A veteran of the Mexican War, this rare Walker Colt sold for a record $920,000 at auction in Fairfield, Maine. Image courtesy James D. Julia Auctions.

Colt Walker pistol hits record $920,000 at James Julia auction

A veteran of the Mexican War, this rare Walker Colt sold for a record $920,000 at auction in Fairfield, Maine. Image courtesy James D. Julia Auctions.

A veteran of the Mexican War, this rare Walker Colt sold for a record $920,000 at auction in Fairfield, Maine. Image courtesy James D. Julia Auctions.

FAIRFIELD, Maine – With the world economy under siege, a Colt Walker pistol came out blazing to set a record at James D. Julia Inc.’s firearms auction Oct. 7. The rare and historic Colt Whitneyville-Walker pistol, made for use in the Mexican War, sold for $920,000, inclusive of the 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Considered the finest example of a martial Colt Walker extant, the pistol had been estimated to sell for $500,000 to $1 million. The sale price represents the most expensive single firearm ever sold in North America and is believed to be the most expensive ever sold in the world.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Sarah Palin doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Sarah Palin, Barack Obama dolls to be auctioned for charity

Cabbage Patch Kids Sarah Palin doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids Sarah Palin doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Move over, Tina Fey, there’s a new Sarah Palin impersonator in town.

Four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Palin will be auctioned on the eBay.com Web site.

The dolls sport outfits inspired by their counterparts, with the Palin doll wearing the Republican candidate’s signature rimless eyeglasses, red suit and heels.

“These four folks in particular seemed like the perfect candidates, if you will, to become one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids,” said Jakks Pacific Inc. spokeswoman Genna Rosenberg. “We’ve had a great history with making celebrity look-alikes with these Kids. We’ve done everyone from Elvis to Donald Trump to Ellen (DeGeneres) and Oprah (Winfrey).”

Cabbage Patch spokeswoman Margaret McLean said Monday the company made John Kerry and George Bush dolls for the last election. She said she couldn’t find figures for which of the dolls raised more money, but the company does plan to keep track this year.

“Maybe whoever brings in the most money will win the election, maybe this could be a barometer,” she said with a laugh.

All proceeds from the auction, which begins Thursday and ends Nov. 4, will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Jakks Pacific will also auction six limited edition 25th-anniversary dolls that have been created to look identical to the original Cabbage Patch Kids that were first released in 1983.

In September, BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga., home of Cabbage Patch, celebrated the pop culture giant’s 25th birthday.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Barack Obama doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids Barack Obama doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids John McCain doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids John McCain doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids Joe Biden doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Cabbage Patch Kids Joe Biden doll. Courtesy Jakks Pacific.

Flight suit and Distinguished Service Cross belonging to Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Image courtesy Alexander Autographs.

Flight suit, medal of Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, Enola Gay pilot, in Nov. 6-7 sale

Flight suit and Distinguished Service Cross belonging to Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Image courtesy Alexander Autographs.

Flight suit and Distinguished Service Cross belonging to Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Image courtesy Alexander Autographs.

STAMFORD, Conn. – Alexander Autographs, an auctioneer of historic autographs and collectibles, is offering the flight suit worn by Paul Tibbets on Aug. 6, 1945, when he piloted the Enola Gay to drop the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The uniform, an important piece of 20th-century military history, will be offered together with Tibbets’ Distinguished Service Cross in an auction slated for Nov. 6-7.

The  suit was previously owned by an Ohio museum near Tibbets’ residence. It received the relic with a signed letter of provenance from Tibbets himself. Also included are a number of photographs and supporting documentation directly tying Tibbets to the offered flight suit. The suit, with the medal, are estimated to sell for $150,000-$250,000.

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Onassis Foundation buys El Greco painting

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A 17th-century El Greco painting that recently was purchased by a foundation set up under the will of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis went on display at the National Art Gallery in Athens on Wednesday.

The Coronation of the Virgin
was bought for an undisclosed sum this summer by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, said its president, Anthony Papadimitriou. He said the seller was an unidentified U.S. dealer.

Papadimitriou said the oval shaped oil painting will be displayed at the National Gallery for the next two years before being moved to a new cultural center the foundation is building in Athens.

“This is a unique work from Greco’s mature period,” he said. It is one of only nine paintings by the Cretan-born El Greco displayed in Greece.

Born in 1541, El Greco – whose real name was Domenikos Theotokopoulos – worked in Italy and Spain. His art, with elongated figures, vibrant colors and a disregard for the classical rules of painting, was prized during his lifetime but later fell out of favor. It regained strong acclaim in the 20th century.

Gallery director Marina Lambraki-Plaka said the painting was part of El Greco’s personal collection from his workshop in Spain, where the painter lived from 1577 until his death in 1614.

It was made as a study for a large-scale painting on the same theme, in a church in the Spanish town of Illescas. Lambraki-Plaka said the work appeared at auction in 1913 and passed through various hands before entering the collection of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

A report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime alleged last year that the late Marcos illegally amassed between $5 billion and $10 billion before he was ousted. When the dictator was overthrown in 1986, the painting was auctioned on behalf of the U.S. government and bought by its previous owner.

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First edition of 1916 Yeats poem auctioned in Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – A “terrible beauty” has been sold.

A rare first edition of one of William Butler Yeats’ most political poems, Easter 1916, was sold Wednesday at Adam’s auctioneers in central Dublin to an anonymous bidder for $9,600 – roughly double the forecast price.

Auction house director David Britton said the original copy of the poem – one of just three known to exist worldwide – received exceptional interest from bidders because it appealed to enthusiasts both of Yeats and of Ireland’s independence struggle from Britain.

Yeats wrote the poem in the months following the Easter rebellion of 1916, when guerrillas seized key Dublin government buildings for a week before surrendering to British forces.

The poet distributed only 25 copies of the work at first, for fear that wider publication might stir violence. Just three copies are known to remain today; the other two are in the National Library in Dublin and the British Library in London.

The Dublin public initially condemned the rebels for bringing ruin to the capital, but turned fiercely anti-British when the rebellion’s commanders were executed within days. A new wave of rebels eventually secured independence for the predominantly Catholic south of Ireland in 1922, then fought a self-destructive civil war over the terms of the treaty with Britain.

The poem reflects Yeats’ own deep ambivalence to his countrymen’s willingness to resort to violence against Britain. It also gives an insight into the far greater bloodshed that lay ahead.

Its most famous concluding lines lament that, through Britain’s decision to put the rebel leaders to the firing squad, Irish hearts had been hardened beyond repair.

“Now and in time to be,

Wherever green is worn,

Are changed, changed utterly:

A terrible beauty is born.”
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On the Net:

Full text of poem, http://www.online-literature.com/yeats/779/

James Adam & Sons Auctioneers, http://www.jamesadam.ie/

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The entrance to the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park, London on October 17. Image Auction Central News.

London Fairs & Market Report – October 2008

The entrance to the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park, London on October 17. Image Auction Central News.

The entrance to the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London on October 17. Image Auction Central News.

“I don’t care about the so-called credit crunch; it’s all hype anyway,” said Tot Taylor, a director of London contemporary art dealers Riflemaker, at this year’s Zoo art fair at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. “It will have no effect on us at all.”

Mr. Taylor’s comment may have been fuelled by a rush of optimism after selling several pieces from his stand on the first day of the fair, which shows work by young and emerging contemporary artists. But he may have been talking too soon. Over at the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park – the main event in what is now the capital’s busiest art week – the buzz and energy of previous years was notably lacking on the opening day. “The Americans seem to have stayed away,” was the mantra echoing around the marquee.

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