Philip Zec’s ‘By Night Train to Scotland’ original poster is expected to teach top end at $15,500-$23,300. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.

Philip Zec’s ‘Night Train’ is flagship of Onslows’ poster auction Dec. 10

Philip Zec’s ‘By Night Train to Scotland’ original poster is expected to teach top end at $15,500-$23,300. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.

Philip Zec’s ‘By Night Train to Scotland’ original poster is expected to teach top end at $15,500-$23,300. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.

DORSET, England – A marvelous Philip Zec travel poster will be offered for sale by Onslows Auctioneers on Dec. 10. The rare modernist work by Zec, published in 1932 was his only design for the forward thinking London and North Eastern Railway Co., which employed some of the finest commercial designers of the day.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding for the auction, which will begin at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern).

The design is in first place to break Onslows’ own record price for a British railway poster. By Night Train to Scotland showing the Flying Scotsman at speed on an atmospheric moonlit night, it is estimated to sell for between 10,000 pounds and 15,000 pounds ($15,500-$23,300). The current record for a poster from this genre is for the LNER poster The Night Scotsman by Russian émigré Alexander Alexeieff, which was sold by Onslow’s in 1996 for 10,000 pounds.

The poster is one from a superb collection that recently came to the market from an estate. The sale includes some of the finest railway posters Onslows has offered in recent years. The auction also includes posters designed by the foremost designers from the golden age of travel; notable among these are Edward McKnight Kauffer, Tom Purvis, Norman Wilkinson, Fortunino Matania and Charles Pears.

The posters are in excellent condition have been conserved on linen.

Some of the other classic railway posters in the auction:

  • London Midland & Scottish Railway original poster, 40 x 50 inches. Estimate $12,400-$15,500. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.
  • A classic poster published circa 1930 – 40x 50 inches. Estimate $6,200-$7,800. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.
  • Cheshire Lines Railway original poster, circa 1933, 40 x 50 inches. Estimate $9,300-$12,400. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.
  • Lili Rethi (1896-1969) rare original poster, circa 1938, 40 x 50 inches, Estimate $6,200-$7,800. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.
  • Chas Pears (1873-1958) Great Western Railway original poster circa 1930 40 x 50 ins Estimate $3,500-$5,400. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.

The auction also includes a good selection for foreign travel, British advertising, London Underground, and Home Front Propaganda from World War II. Image courtesy of Onslows Auctioneers.

For details contact Patrick Bogue at Onslows Auctioneers: telephone +44 1258 488838 or by email onslow.auctions@btinternet.com.

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.

 

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.

Miami museum temporarily closed due to asbestos

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Science Museum is closed temporarily after asbestos was found inside a mechanical room in the planetarium.

Museum officials say the closure was a precaution while the rest of the building is tested. But they don’t think it is anywhere else in the building.

The announcement was made on Thursday after a test sample of insulation in room was found to have a type of asbestos.

It was expected to be closed until Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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Navajo chief Manuelito (seated) and another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Photo by H. T. Heister, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), #38032.

NM museum discovers photo of Navajo war chief

Navajo chief Manuelito (seated) and another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Photo by H. T. Heister, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), #38032.

Navajo chief Manuelito (seated) and another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Photo by H. T. Heister, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), #38032.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico museum has discovered what it believes is an unpublished photograph of a 19th century Navajo war chief.

The photograph of Chief Manuelito is housed at the New Mexico History museum in Santa Fe. Its existence was unknown until earlier this year while employees were undergoing the first major inventory of hundreds of thousands of archival images.

Archivist Daniel Kosharek recognized the man in the photo as Manuelito, distinguished by his height and facial features. An envelope holding the glass-plate negatives confirmed the identity.

“His face stays with you,” said Mary Anne Redding, curator of photography at the museum. “His is a very beautiful, very powerful face, and he’s very easy to recognize.”

The photograph is featured on the cover of the winter edition of a New Mexico-based magazine about the art, history and culture of the Southwest – El Palacio. The publication goes out Wednesday.

“We’re really excited to maybe be the first time this photograph has been published and bringing a little New Mexico treasure to light,” said El Palacio editor Cynthia Baughman.

Kosharek searched the Library of Congress, the National Archives, university collections, the Smithsonian – “all the archives that would make sense to have this image and none of them had it,” Redding said.

The photo taken by photographer Henry Hiester shows Manuelito seated beside another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Both men are wearing headbands and knee-high moccasins.

Redding said the photograph likely was taken in the 1870s when Hiester worked in New Mexico. The adobe building in the background of the photo and the desert landscape indicates it was taken in New Mexico and possibly at a military fort, she said.

Historian Charles Bennett, who wrote an article on Manuelito for El Palacio, called Manuelito one of the fathers of the modern Navajo Nation. Manuelito is said to have been more than 6-feet tall and weigh more than 200 pounds. He was born in southern Utah in 1818 and died in his mid 70s.

His presence at the signing of treaties with the U.S. government and trips to Santa Fe, Washington, D.C., and other places meant “he was in a position to be photographed, and he was pretty famous,” Bennett said.

Manuelito was instrumental in returning the Navajos to their ancestral land after the U.S. government forced thousands of them to march to a desolate tract in eastern New Mexico in the 1860s.

Manuelito had resisted going on what’s known as the Long Walk but ultimately surrendered to U.S. forces.

Jennifer Denetdale, author of Reclaiming Dine History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita, said she cried when she saw the museum photo and a second one of Manuelito’s son she that she didn’t know existed.

“It’s just wonderful, you never know what’s going to surface,” she said.

Denetdale said Navajos have a lot of respect for Manuelito, his courage and insistence on education. On the Navajo Nation, a school, children’s home, tribal community and prestigious scholarship are named in honor of Manuelito.

“I’ve seen several references in the military documents saying ‘only until we’ve captured Manuelito will we consider Navajos to be wholly defeated,”’ Denetdale said. “They considered him to be the spirit of resistance and a challenge to American claims.”

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ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Navajo chief Manuelito (seated) and another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Photo by H. T. Heister, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), #38032.

Navajo chief Manuelito (seated) and another Navajo leader, Cayetanito. Photo by H. T. Heister, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), #38032.

Calif. county seeks to toss out lawsuit over art heist

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) – A California county wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by two art collectors who accused sheriff’s officials of defaming them while investigating the theft of their artwork.

Ralph Kennaugh and Angelo Amadio reported in 2009 that millions of dollars worth of works by Jackson Pollock, van Gogh and others was stolen from their home. During the investigation, authorities suggested to media that the pair may not have been entirely truthful about the heist.

No arrests have been made in the theft.

Kennaugh and Amadio sued the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office last month for painting them as “criminals, liars and scam artists.”

The county’s attorney argues the lawsuit should be tossed because officials are protected by absolute immunity, which protects their actions during the discharge of an official duty.

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400-lb statue stolen from Vermont cemetery

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) – A statue weighing about 400 pounds has been stolen from a cemetery in Rutland, Vermont.

Police are investigating the disappearance of the 5-foot-tall piece of marble from Evergreen Cemetery on Nov. 9. The Rutland Herald says it’s sculpted in the shape of a somber-faced girl holding her head up with one hand while clutching a wreath in the other.

Cemetery groundskeeper Mike Cavacas says he believes the theft happened during the day.

The statue stood outside the crypt of Hugo Melen, a Rutland businessman who Cavacas said was once the cemetery’s commissioner, and his wife Marie Melen. Police say it took the effort of at least two men and a truck to haul the sculpture away.

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Police in Texas arrest NY auctioneer wanted for alleged estate thefts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – An auctioneer accused of bilking families in the Buffalo region who had entrusted him with selling their deceased relatives’ heirlooms has been arrested in Texas by U.S. marshals.

Anthony Monkelban fled in August as complaints began piling up against him for failing to make good on payments for property he was supposed to liquidate.

Arrest warrants were issued in Buffalo and at least six suburbs after the 49-year-old Monkelban, formerly of Delevan in Cattaraugus County, took away family heirlooms and valuables but never followed through with promised auctions.

Authorities tell The Buffalo News that Monkelban was found hiding out in a recreational vehicle park in Denton, north of Dallas, earlier this week. They said Monkelban, who was staying with a friend, offered no resistance when marshals showed up.
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Caption: White truffle, washed and cut. Nov. 2004 photo by Matthias Kabel. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Macau casino mogul bids $330,000 for two truffles

Caption: White truffle, washed and cut. Nov. 2004 photo by Matthias Kabel. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Caption: White truffle, washed and cut. Nov. 2004 photo by Matthias Kabel. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

MACAU (AP) – A Macau casino mogul has bid $330,000 for a pair of white truffles, including one weighing nearly a kilogram. That matches the record price he paid at the same event three years ago for one of the giant tubers.

Billionaire Stanley Ho made the winning bid Saturday at a charity auction. The combo also included a truffle weighing 400 grams (about 14 ounces).

The auction was staged at Ho’s Grand Lisboa hotel in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, with bidders participating simultaneously in Rome and London through satellite link.

In 2007, Ho paid $330,000 for a white truffle unearthed in Tuscany weighing 1.497 kilograms (about 3.3 pounds).

Ho is best known for his casino monopoly in Macau, a gambling enclave in southern China near Hong Kong.

Sixteen lots of white truffles from different areas of Italy went on the block, raising a total of $373,500 for various charities in Macau, Britain and Italy.

White truffles are the most expensive and highly prized of Italy’s truffles, and among the most famous are those from Alba in the northern Piedmont region, where pigs or dogs are used to sniff them out during the September-December hunting season.

During the truffle season in Italy, restaurants offer pasta and other dishes containing the edible fungus at sky-high prices.

Slivers of the delicacy, with its strong aroma, are prized for flavoring pasta sauces and rice dishes.

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New York City artist Carrie Sunday, shown here with her original artwork Spot II/Isolation, is one of 10 talented emerging artists to be featured in Ruinart Champagne's special exhibit at The Betsy, South Beach, during Art Basel. Photo by Amanda Cox.

Ruinart Champagne selects 10 artists for South Beach exhibition

New York City artist Carrie Sunday, shown here with her original artwork Spot II/Isolation, is one of 10 talented emerging artists to be featured in Ruinart Champagne's special exhibit at The Betsy, South Beach, during Art Basel. Photo by Amanda Cox.

New York City artist Carrie Sunday, shown here with her original artwork Spot II/Isolation, is one of 10 talented emerging artists to be featured in Ruinart Champagne’s special exhibit at The Betsy, South Beach, during Art Basel. Photo by Amanda Cox.

NEW YORK — The Betsy South Beach will be playing host to the works of 10 emerging artists, commissioned by Ruinart, the world’s first champagne house, founded in 1729. On December 2, 2010, the exhibition will kick off during Art Basel in Miami Beach, reflecting a commitment to the arts from both organizations. The works were produced using classic and avant-garde techniques, in a variety of media, including photography, paint and sculpture. Artists were inspired by the many facets of Ruinart Champagne, from the unique bottle shape to the history of its creator Dom Ruinart. Each artist’s unique work ultimately will be auctioned in New York to benefit the nonprofit organization The Art of Elysium, which provides creative outlets for children with serious illnesses.

The artworks will be on view at a pop-up gallery in the lobby bar at The Betsy, located on Ocean Drive. For years, Ruinart has been associated with artists and art fairs around the globe.

The artists who have been inspired by Ruinart and who will be showcased at the exhibition are: Melissa Ayr – Texas, Elijah Blue – California, Isaac Fortoul – New York, Mark Leibowitz – California, Pascal Pierme – New Mexico, Johnny Robles – Florida, Dane Storrusten – Washington, Carrie Sunday – New York, Kiki Valdes – Florida, Trish Williams – Illinois.

About Ruinart:

In 1729, when Nicolas Ruinart laid the foundations of the very first champagne house, he was in fact realizing the ambition of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart. A Benedictine monk, Dom Ruinart intuitively foresaw the fame and success champagne would enjoy by gauging the popularity of this new sparkling wine amongst his contemporaries in the court of Versailles. The House of Ruinart was the first to use Gallo Roman chalk cellars to age its wines, and opened the American market as early as 1831. Since then, Ruinart has continued to develop its reputation as a sophisticated boutique champagne. Ruinart Champagnes are imported by Moët Hennessy USA.

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The expected top lot of the sale is this Herschede tubular chime hall clock, which is expected to bring $7,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Gordon Converse to present clocks, jewelry in online auction Dec. 10

The expected top lot of the sale is this Herschede tubular chime hall clock, which is expected to bring $7,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

The expected top lot of the sale is this Herschede tubular chime hall clock, which is expected to bring $7,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

STRAFFORD, Pa. – Around 250 lots of fine clocks, estate jewelry and other small items that would make excellent holiday presents will be sold in an online-only auction slated to end Friday, Dec. 10, by Gordon S. Converse & Co. The auction is already online and all lots may be viewed at the website AuctionsatConverse.com, with a hyperlink to LiveAuctioneers.com which is provide Internet live bidding.

“If payment is received promptly there will be no trouble shipping in time for the holidays,” said Gordon Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co. “The jewelry includes many affordable precious and semiprecious mounted pins, pendants, necklaces, rings and earrings. Vintage clocks make wonderful presents, too, and there will also be unusual and wonderful gift items galore.”

While the auction is Internet-only, a preview will be held Dec. 7-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or by appointment) in a showroom located at 1128 Greenhill Road in West Chester, Pa. West Chester is situated in southeastern Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia and north of Wilmington, Del., not far off Route 202. Gordon S. Converse & Co. is based in nearby Strafford, Pa.

While most of the expected top lots will be vintage clocks and timepieces, many great gift items will also cross the block. These include a large, important Swiss orchestral music box featuring a rosewood cased box with inlay that plays the drums, castanets and bells (est. $2,000-$4,000), and a Swiss-made feathered mechanical singing bird in a cage (est. $1,500-$1,800).

Other great gift suggestions will feature a beautifully carved 6-inch owl whose head opens to a match container, a three-piece sterling coffee or chocolate set with a tray, other sterling silver pieces, a hand-made Japanese lacquer tray, a fine Tunbridge ware sewing box, a Roman soldier three-piece garniture set, porcelain pieces and, of course, fine estate jewelry.

Tops among the jewelry items will be a well-made 14-inch necklace with a 14mm central square peridot (August birthstone and Libra Zodiac stone) with surrounding cut diamonds and smaller mounted peridot gems (est. $3,000-$6,000); and a dazzling diamond and sapphire pin set with diamonds in a rectilinear form, easily convertible into a pendant (est. $600-$2,000).

Also expected to draw bidder attention will be an aquamarine pendant (est. $1,500-$3,000) and aquamarine earrings (est. $500-$1,000). The pendant is a large and nicely colored 18K gold, pearl and diamond set aquamarine pendant (or pearl necklace add-on). The earrings are simple and elegant: two 18K aquamarines or topaz above three diamonds.

Other unusual gift items include a 17th-century oak cellaret for wine, some desk clocks, a ceramic Delft pitcher in the form of a drinking man in 18th-century garb, a silver elephant pin and an exotic Japanese cabinet.

Rare and vintage clocks are the niche for which Gordon S. Converse & Co. has built its reputation, and many fine examples are expected to draw high-dollar amounts. The anticipated top lot of the auction is a fine tubular chime hall clock with clockworks signed by the Herschede clock company (est. $7,000-$15,000). The clock has an especially fine carved case, corbel style. Another clock expected to do well is a signed walnut tall case clock attributed to Jacob Kling of Reading, Pa. (est. $6,000-$8,000). The eight-day clock was taken from a local house where it had not been kept running or been altered for years.

Also worth noting is an early 19th-century Philadelphia tall-case clock with a heroic painted dial, signed by Abraham Cassel of Germantown (Pa.), with a solid and veneered mahogany Federal case (est. $4,000-$8,000), and an a 25-inch marble and applied gilt French portico clock with an angelic cherub on a swing as the pendulum (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Two clocks are expected to bring anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. The first a fine Regency bracket clock, or chamber clock, in a solid mahogany case, with a mellow color, dark stained glass inlay pieces, cast and gilt Egyptian style feet and pineapple finial. The second is a cast brass cased mantel adapted Chelsea bronze metal clock with high-quality casting standards.

A 56-inch mahogany, mirror and cased wall clock by Ives with an iron painted dial above the mirror and a reverse painted pendulum lentical should reach $1,800-$2,500. The case with reeded columns support a sleight molded frieze and a scroll crested top. And a Tiffany mantel clock in the style of Louis XV, with a faux tortoise and ormolu case, should hit $800-$1,500.

Other stars of the clocks category include an outstanding decorative 18th- or 19th-century Swiss Neuchatel mantel clock with a finely painted surface (est. $1,500-$2,000); a nice late 19th- or early 20th-century carved walnut paneled provincial standing French provincial clock (est. $300-$1,500); and an early 19th-century French made ormolu pillar clock (est. $400-$1,000).

For details call 610-722-9004 or, e-mail Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.

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


Gorgeous 14-inch necklace with a 14mm central square peridot, with surrounding cut diamonds. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Gorgeous 14-inch necklace with a 14mm central square peridot, with surrounding cut diamonds. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Fine Regency bracket clock, or chamber clock, in a solid mahogany case with Egyptian-style feet. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Fine Regency bracket clock, or chamber clock, in a solid mahogany case with Egyptian-style feet. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Marble and applied gilt French portico clock with an angelic cherub on a swing as a pendulum. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Marble and applied gilt French portico clock with an angelic cherub on a swing as a pendulum. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

This rare 17th-century oak cellaret for storing wine would be a perfect and unusual gift item. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

This rare 17th-century oak cellaret for storing wine would be a perfect and unusual gift item. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Beautifully carved 6-inch owl whose head opens to a match container. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Beautifully carved 6-inch owl whose head opens to a match container. Image courtesy of Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Obverse and reverse views of a 1984 South African gold kruggerrand owned and photographed by Chris Welsh/cachecoins.

Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle

Obverse and reverse views of a 1984 South African gold kruggerrand owned and photographed by Chris Welsh/cachecoins.

Obverse and reverse views of a 1984 South African gold kruggerrand owned and photographed by Chris Welsh/cachecoins.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) – The Aurora Salvation Army says it has found a one-ounce (troy wt.) gold South African coin in one of its kettles.

The Beacon-News in Aurora reports that Salvation Army Captain Antonio Romero says it’s a “golden start to the season.” The coin was put in a kettle on Nov. 19 in Naperville and is worth more than $1,000. The coin shows up in Salvation Army kettles anonymously every season. It is a South African Krugerrand.

Romero says all gold coins collected in Salvation Army kettles will be auctioned off at the end of the season.
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