LiveAuctioneers announces $47.6M round of funding led by Bessemer

NEW YORK (LAPRS) – LiveAuctioneers, the world’s leading online platform for live auctions of collectibles, antiques, and fine art, announced today that it has obtained a $47.6M round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners. This investment is one of the largest financing events for a technology-enabled auction marketplace and will enable the company to make deep investments in talent, product innovation, marketing, international expansion and acquisitions. In conjunction with the investment, Bessemer partner Brian Feinstein will be joining LiveAuctioneers’ board of directors.

“After a decade of building LiveAuctioneers without any outside investment, we’re excited to partner with Bessemer and leverage the firm’s expertise, capital, access to talent, and experience building market-defining Internet businesses to drive our next decade of growth,” said co-founder and Chairman, Julian Ellison. “We were the first in our industry to bring timed auctions to market. We were the first to bring both desktop and mobile-enabled bidding tools to the industry. And, we’re thrilled to have even more resources available to continue to be the innovation trailblazer in the online live auction industry.”

The capital raise follows a record year for LiveAuctioneers during which the company helped to facilitate almost $3 billion worth of gross merchandise sales by connecting nearly one million collectors and dealers from around the globe with over 2,500 auction houses and sellers of one-of-a-kind items.

“The founding team has done a tremendous job building LiveAuctioneers into the top platform in the industry. We’re delighted to provide the company with additional resources to execute on its goals of enhancing the user experience for our network of bidders and investing deeply in tools to assist our auction house partners,” said Feinstein.

About LiveAuctioneers

Founded in 2002, LiveAuctioneers is the world’s leading platform for live and timed auctions of collectibles, antiques, and fine art, enabling over 2,500 auctioneers and other purveyors of unique inventory to host auctions online. LiveAuctioneers is the largest marketplace of its kind and attracts its network of nearly one million bidders to its auctions each month via its desktop and mobile tools. For more information, visit www.liveauctioneers.com .

About Bessemer Venture Partners

Founded in 1911, Bessemer Venture Partners invests in early-stage, hyper-growth startups, partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build durable businesses. Bessemer is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park, Cambridge, New York, Mumbai, Bangalore, Herzliya and Sao Paolo. With $4 billion under management, Bessemer invests from $100,000 to $75 million in innovative companies like LinkedIn, Yelp, Skype, CornerstoneOnDemand, Pinterest, Box and Twilio. Over 100 Bessemer companies have gone public. Last year alone, Bessemer had 5 IPOs, 7 M&A exits, and 20 new investments. For more information, visit www.bvp.com .

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Extraordinary Jaeger-LeCoultre watch up for grabs at Sworders sale Nov. 25

Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A rare wristwatch, is up for sale through Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers at Stansted Mountfitchet on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The modern man’s timepiece is one of a limited edition of only 200 ever made by the leading high-end watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2008. It is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000 and is the type of watch normally sold by top London jewelers. It was consigned by a client with long-term links with the Essex auction house.

Guy Schooling, Sworders’ managing director, said, “This beautifully made item is absolutely extraordinary. It has a very complicated mechanism, is minute repeating and is made out of titanium. We have never seen this type of watch at auction before, so it’s an exciting piece for us to sell.

“We have the highest number of top quality watches we have ever listed in this sale – ranging from vintage to modern, and including another rare timepiece from the exclusive watchmaker, Patek Philippe. This 18K gold watch is expected to sell for between £4,000 and £5,000.”

Another highlight of the silver and jewelry sale is an unusual ceremonial silver tankard from Norway, made at the time when the country was under Danish rule.

The peg tankard, which has been in a Norfolk family for a number of decades, dates back to the 17th century. It stands about 20cm high and depicts a bear hunting scene involving men on horseback and the bear attacking a fallen victim.

Peg tankards were designed for ceremonial toasts where a number of people would drink from the same cup. Inside the vessel is a series of spaced pegs marking the amount of liquid to be taken by each participant and is thought to be the origin of the saying, “to take down a peg or two.” The tankard is expected to fetch between £6,000 and £10,000.

Schooling said, “We are seeing some impressive pieces at this silver and jewelry sale, including an early spoon dating back to 1713. The rare Queen Anne trefid spoon was made in Honiton, Devon. This is unusual because at that time spoons of this type were more commonly made in London and bear that mark, rather than from a more obscure regional center.”

Sworders’ silver and jewelry sale will take place at the company’s Stansted Mountfitchet auction rooms on Tuesday, Nov. 25, starting at 10 a.m.

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Detail of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater watch. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Titanium Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater, 2008, one of only 200 made.  Estimate:  £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Titanium Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater, 2008, one of only 200 made. Estimate: £30,000 and £40,000 ($47,000-$62,660). Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Ceremonial silver tankard from Norway. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Ceremonial silver tankard from Norway. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Rare Queen Anne silver spoon was made in Honiton, Devon, 1713. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.
Rare Queen Anne silver spoon was made in Honiton, Devon, 1713. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers image.

Il mercato dell’arte in Italia: Gabriella Crespi da Piasa a Parigi

Gabriella Crespi, 'Fungo' dalla serie 'Rising Sun', lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris

Gabriella Crespi, 'Fungo' dalla serie 'Rising Sun', lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Fungo’ dalla serie ‘Rising Sun’, lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
PARIGI – La casa d’aste francese Piasa celebra la designer italiana Gabriella Crespi con un’asta che si terrà il 26 novembre. Auction Central News ha intervistato al riguardo il vice-presidente di Piasa Frédéric Chambre.

Chi è Gabriella Crespi?

Gabriella Crespi è una designer, artista, socialite e musa della moda italiana. Nata nel 1922, è cresciuta in Toscana, vicino a Firenze, prima di studiare architettura al Politecnico di Milano, dove ha scoperto Le Corbusier e Frank Lloyd Wright. Sposandosi è entrata a far parte di una delle famiglie più ricche d’Italia, che possedeva il Corriere della Sera e un impero tessile. Da Roma e Milano ha assunto i migliori artigiani per la produzione dei suoi oggetti.

Perché è importante nella storia del design? Che cosa rappresenta il suo lavoro?

Gabriella Crespi ha sempre trasmesso un modo di vivere in sintonia con i suoi tempi, pieni di libertà, ed è stata pioniera dello “bohemien-chic”, un mix di ispirazione anni 70 e tradizione italiana. Anche se il suo stile si sposa perfettamente con materiali come legno, bambù, specchio e plexiglas, la maggior parte degli oggetti caratteristici di Gabriella Crespi sono in metallo – in particolare in ottone. In tutti gli oggetti di Gabriella Crespi la stessa importanza è attribuita all’estetica così come alla funzionalità, e anche alla multifunzionalità: i tavolini da salotto sono più alti, le librerie si trasformano in pareti divisorie, le poltrone si trasformano in letti … .

Che cosa l’ha ispirata? Chi sono stati i suoi mentori?

Trova la sua ispirazione nelle forze della natura, nelle quali sente un valore simbolico. Su queste solide basi ha fondato il suo progetto di vita. Alla domanda su i suoi maestri, Gabriella Crespi nomina alcune grandi figure del mondo dell’architettura come Frank Lloyd Wright, al quale si sente vicina soprattutto per quanto riguarda lo spirito locale di Taliesin West, dove l’architetto ha fondato il suo insegnamento sull’osservazione della verità dei grandi spazi aperti e ha messo a punto le sue Prairie houses per servire l’uomo e la sua famiglia. Anche Le Corbusier è tra i suoi modelli. Di lui apprezza quella che era la sua abitudine a raccogliere oggetti, come conchiglie o legni. Con semplici gesti ha dato vita alla sua arte sia come pittore che come architetto. Apprezza il modo in cui ha preso la natura come modello, in cui ha catturato la luce, le sue linee audaci e l’approccio minimalista.

Quanti oggetti offrite e quali sono le fasce di prezzo?

L’asta include 75 oggetti da 600 a 40.000 euro.

Da dove provengono gli oggetti in vendita?

Gli oggetti in vendita provengono da diverse collezioni private e tutti i lotti sono stati certificati dall’archivio di Gabriella Crespi.

Quali sono gli oggetti più importanti in vendita e perché sono significativi nella sua produzione?

Il tavolo da pranzo convertibile, diviso in tre parti, parte della sua celebre serie “Yang Yin” del 1979, è un perfetto mix di ottone e legno laccato (stima €20.000-30.000). Altri esempi sono l’ingegnoso cassettone con doppia apertura “Mr-Mme” (stima €20.000-30.000), e il letto in ferro e ottone “Sheherazade” (stima €30.000-40.000). Altri oggetti importanti sono una lampada “Fungo” in canna di bambù e ottone della serie “Sol Levante” (stima €5.000-7.000), e il suo tavolino-scultura del 1976 (stima €20.000-30.000). Per le sculture, la vendita offre l’elegante “Struzzo” placcato in argento e cesellato a mano, con un vero uovo di struzzo (stima €2.500-3.000).

Gli oggetti di Gabriella Crespi sono frequenti sul mercato?

Il mercato non offre molte di opere di Gabriella Crespi. La maggior parte delle sue opere sono state prodotte in edizione limitata ed erano rare e molto ricercate già negli anni 70 – e tanto più oggi. I suoi oggetti sono rari ed erano per lo più il risultato di commissioni.

Ci sa nominare dei musei o delle collezioni private che conservano i suoi lavori?

Purtroppo il lavoro di Gabriella Crespi non è ancora rappresentato come dovrebbe nelle collezioni dei maggiori musei internazionali, anche se è stato esposto in istituzioni come Palazzo Reale a Milano. Il suo lavoro è comunque incluso in molte importanti collezioni private in tutto il mondo, soprattutto negli Stati Uniti.

Perché avete scelto “Timeless”, senza tempo, come titolo della vendita?

Anche se Gabriella Crespi prodotto principalmente negli anni 60 e 70, il suo lavoro è riuscito ad attraversare i decenni in modo molto impressionante, con la stessa forza e spirito di innovazione. 40 anni dopo, le sue creazioni restano senza tempo, così come la sua grande bellezza. Gabriella è diventata un’icona senza tempo.


ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE


Gabriella Crespi, 'Fungo' dalla serie 'Rising Sun', lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Fungo’ dalla serie ‘Rising Sun’, lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Mr / Mme', cassettiera, 1972, ottone e metallo cromato, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, stima €15.000-20.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mr / Mme’, cassettiera, 1972, ottone e metallo cromato, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, stima €15.000-20.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Mr / Mme', cassettiera, 1972, ottone e metallo cromato, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, stima €15.000-20.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mr / Mme’, cassettiera, 1972, ottone e metallo cromato, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, stima €15.000-20.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Yang Yin' dalla serie 'Plurimi', tavolo modulare, 1979, ottone e legno laccato, 76,5 × 225 × 122 cm, stima €20.000-30.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Yang Yin’ dalla serie ‘Plurimi’, tavolo modulare, 1979, ottone e legno laccato, 76,5 × 225 × 122 cm, stima €20.000-30.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Bureau Z', acciaio spazzolato, legno, vetro, 1974, 78,5 × 149,4 × 75,3 cm, stima €40.000-60.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Bureau Z’, acciaio spazzolato, legno, vetro, 1974, 78,5 × 149,4 × 75,3 cm, stima €40.000-60.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris

Art Market Italy: Gabriella Crespi at Piasa in Paris

Gabriella Crespi, 'Fungo' dalla serie 'Rising Sun', lampada, 1974, bambu e ottone, 84 × 61 cm, stima €5.000-7.000, Courtesy Piasa, Paris

Gabriella Crespi, 'Mushroom' from the series 'Rising Sun,' lamp, 1974, bamboo and brass, 84 × 61 cm, estimate €5,000-7,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mushroom’ from the series ‘Rising Sun,’ lamp, 1974, bamboo and brass, 84 × 61 cm, estimate €5,000-7,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
PARIS – French auction house Piasa celebrates Italian designer Gabriella Crespi with an auction that will take place here Nov. 26. Auction Central News interviewed Piasa’s Vice Chairman Chief Executive Frédéric Chambre.

Who is Gabriella Crespi?

Gabriella Crespi is an Italian designer, artist, socialite and fashion muse. Born in 1922, she grew up in Tuscany, near Florence, before studying architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, where she discovered Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. She married into one of Italy’s wealthiest families, who owned the Corriere della Sera and a textiles empire. From Rome and Milan she hired the finest craftsmen to produce her designs.

Why is she important in design history? What does her work represent?

Gabriella Crespi has always conveyed an art de vivre in tune with her times, full of freedom and pioneering bohemian chic: a mix of 1970s aspiration and Italian tradition. Although her style goes perfectly with materials like wood, bamboo, mirror and Plexiglas, Gabriella Crespi’s most characteristic designs are in metal – notably brass. All of Crespi’s designs place as much importance on aesthetics as on functionality, or even multifunctionality. Coffee tables are raised in height, bookcases are transformed into partitions, chairs turn into beds … .

What inspires her? Who are her mentors?

She finds her inspiration in the forces of nature in which she senses a symbolic value. On these solid grounds she established her life plan. When asked about her masters, she mentions a number of great figures in the world of architecture such as Frank Lloyd Wright in whom she sees the proximity with the vernacular spirit in Taliesin West, where he grounded his teaching on the observation of the truth of large open spaces and devised his Prairie houses to serve man and his family. Le Corbusier is also among her models. She likes his habit of collecting objects, whether seashells or driftwood. With simple gestures he composed his art as a painter and architect. In him she appreciates the way he took nature as a model, the way he captured light, his bold lines and minimalist approach.

How many objects do you offer and what are the price ranges?

The auction offers 75 objects from €600 to €40,000 ($750 to $50,000) .

Where do the objects on sale come from?

The objects on sale come from different private collections and all the lots have been certified by the Gabriella Crespi’s archives.

What are the most important objects on sale and why are they significant in her production?

The convertible, three-part dining table, from her celebrated Yang Yin series designed in 1979, is a perfect blend of brass and lacquered wood (est. €20,000-30,000). A fine example is provided by her ingenious, twin-opening Mr-Mme commode (est. €20,000-30,000), as the iron and brass bed Sheherazade (est. €30,000-40,000) Other sale highlights include a bamboo and brass Fungo lamp from her Rising Sun series (est. €5,000-7,000), and her 1976 Tavolo Scultura coffee table (est. €20,000-30,000). For the collection of sculptures, the sale offers the elegant, hand-chased silver-plated Ostrich, with a veritable ostrich egg (est. €2,500-3,000).

Are Gabriella Crespi’s objects frequently on the market?

The market does not offer much of Crespi’s works. Most of her works were produced in limited editions and have been rare and highly sought-after since the 1970s – and are all the more so today. Her designs are rare and were mostly the result of special commissions.

Do you know any museums or private collections that include her work?

Unfortunately, Gabriella Crespi’s work is still under-represented in the major international museum collections, even though she was exhibited in institutions such as Palazzo Reale in Milan. Her work is, however, part of many important private collections everywhere in the world, especially in the U.S.

Why did you choose “Timeless” as the title of the sale?

Even though Gabriella Crespi mainly produced pieces in the ’60s and ’70s, her work has managed to cross the decades in a very impressive way, with the same strength and spirit of innovation. Forty years later, her creations remain timeless, as well as her great beauty. Gabriella has become a timeless icon.


ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE


Gabriella Crespi, 'Mushroom' from the series 'Rising Sun,' lamp, 1974, bamboo and brass, 84 × 61 cm, estimate €5,000-7,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mushroom’ from the series ‘Rising Sun,’ lamp, 1974, bamboo and brass, 84 × 61 cm, estimate €5,000-7,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Mr / Mme,' chest of drawers, 1972, brass and chrome, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, estimate €15,000-20,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mr / Mme,’ chest of drawers, 1972, brass and chrome, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, estimate €15,000-20,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Mr / Mme,' chest of drawers, 1972, brass and chrome, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, estimate €15,000-20,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Mr / Mme,’ chest of drawers, 1972, brass and chrome, 79 × 120 × 55 cm, estimate €15,000-20,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Yin Yang' from the series 'Plurimi,' modular table, 1979, brass and lacquered wood 76.5 × 225 × 122 cm, estimate €20,000-30,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Yin Yang’ from the series ‘Plurimi,’ modular table, 1979, brass and lacquered wood 76.5 × 225 × 122 cm, estimate €20,000-30,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, 'Bureau Z,' brushed steel, wood, glass, 1974, 78.5 × 149.4 × 75.3 cm, estimate €40,000-60,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris
Gabriella Crespi, ‘Bureau Z,’ brushed steel, wood, glass, 1974, 78.5 × 149.4 × 75.3 cm, estimate €40,000-60,000. Courtesy Piasa, Paris

Planned Louisiana steamboat museum to steer inland

The main house at the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Burnside, La., is adjacent to the proposed museum site. Image by Frank Kovalchek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The main house at the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Burnside, La., is adjacent to the proposed museum site. Image by Frank Kovalchek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
The main house at the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Burnside, La., is adjacent to the proposed museum site. Image by Frank Kovalchek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
DARROW, La. (AP) – More than three years after the award of a $5.2 million federal scenic highways grant, a steamboat museum originally envisioned to perch on the Mississippi River batture near Darrow is still in the planning stages.

While expected to move forward, perhaps by this summer, The Advocate reports the museum will relocate off the river and to a plantation home’s property along River Road.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens owner Kevin Kelly, who is contributing $1.8 million to the museum project, blamed the delays and the shift in location on expensive protective requirements imposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“They make the rules. I just have to follow them, but I thought since I had a federal project going, I would be allowed to do it there, but I wasn’t,” Kelly said Friday.

A spokesman for the Corps of Engineers disputed Kelly’s claims, although paperwork provided by the Corps notes that revisions to plans had to be made at some point to comply with the agency’s requirements.

In April 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a 2010 National Scenic Byways grant for the museum at Burnside Landing, officially given the label of “Louisiana River Road Steamboat Overlook Interpretative Center.” The grant is going to the Houmas House Foundation, a nonprofit group tied to the future museum.

As initially proposed, the museum building, built up on piers, would have rested 22 feet above the batture – the alluvial land between the levee and river. That building, which would have required driving piles into the batture and putting in fill, would have featured large windows to provide expansive views of modern-day river commerce in contrast to museum exhibits about the paddle-wheel era, plans show.

The museum building now will be built on the ground level between a park and a parking lot at Houmas House. A planned hotel for that spot will have to be moved elsewhere.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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The main house at the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Burnside, La., is adjacent to the proposed museum site. Image by Frank Kovalchek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
The main house at the historic Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Burnside, La., is adjacent to the proposed museum site. Image by Frank Kovalchek. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Episcopal Diocese wants slave trade museum in old cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John Episcopal Church, on North Main Street in Providence, has been closed for 2 1/2 years, but could reopen as a museum and reconciliation center. Image by Max Binder. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

The Cathedral of St. John Episcopal Church, on North Main Street in Providence, has been closed for 2 1/2 years, but could reopen as a museum and reconciliation center. Image by Max Binder. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
The Cathedral of St. John Episcopal Church, on North Main Street in Providence, has been closed for 2 1/2 years, but could reopen as a museum and reconciliation center. Image by Max Binder. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-closed cathedral in Providence.

The Providence Journal reports that diocese officials approved the plans for the Cathedral of St. John last month.

Diocese official Linda Grenz says Rhode Island’s role as one of the busiest slave-trading hubs in North America means the church has a responsibility to address it.

She says the diocese is looking for partners and grants to help open the center, and is already working with Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the Tracing Center, a Massachusetts-based group that works to educate the public about the history and legacy of race.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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The Cathedral of St. John Episcopal Church, on North Main Street in Providence, has been closed for 2 1/2 years, but could reopen as a museum and reconciliation center. Image by Max Binder. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
The Cathedral of St. John Episcopal Church, on North Main Street in Providence, has been closed for 2 1/2 years, but could reopen as a museum and reconciliation center. Image by Max Binder. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

Atari games, consoles buried in landfill net $37,000 for city

The third version of the Atari Video Computer System, with 'wood veneer' and standard joy stick, sold from 1980 to 1982. Image by Evan-Amos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The third version of the Atari Video Computer System, with 'wood veneer' and standard joy stick, sold from 1980 to 1982. Image by Evan-Amos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The third version of the Atari Video Computer System, with ‘wood veneer’ and standard joy stick, sold from 1980 to 1982. Image by Evan-Amos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a city in New Mexico.

An old “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.

The games were part of a cache of some 800 Atari video games buried more than 30 years ago in a landfill and dug up in April.

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says the online auction, which ended Thursday, generated $37,000.

“It’s really gratifying to see that happening because again to everybody it was a bunch of garbage in the landfill. You’re kind of nutty to go dig it up,” Lewandowski told KRQE-TV.

The “E.T.” game, still in its original box, sold for $1,537 to a buyer in Canada. The interest in the games has gone global. According to Lewandowski, online bidders from other countries including Germany and Sweden, snapped up items. Earlier this month, a museum in Rome opened an exhibit on the dig that includes dirt from the landfill.

“I keep getting messages from people around the world asking me if there’s any more left, it’s crazy,” Lewandowski told the Alamogordo Daily News. “The people that lost the bids are demanding more but I keep telling them they have to keep checking.”

Reports that truckloads of the game were buried in the landfill have been legend since the early’80s. The “E.T.” game’s poor reception when it came out in 1982 was seen as a factor in Atari’s demise.

City documents show that Atari consoles and more than 1,300 games were found, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Some of the other discovered titles include “Centipedes,” “Warlords” and “Asteroids.”

After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000, Lewandowski said.

LightBox Entertainment and Fuel Entertainment pursued the dig for a documentary that is due to come out Thursday.

Alamogordo owns the cartridges because they came from the city’s landfill. The revenue will go to the city and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society. Both groups will meet Dec. 1 to discuss how to spend the money.

The remaining game cartridges will be sold on eBay over the next few weeks.

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The third version of the Atari Video Computer System, with 'wood veneer' and standard joy stick, sold from 1980 to 1982. Image by Evan-Amos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The third version of the Atari Video Computer System, with ‘wood veneer’ and standard joy stick, sold from 1980 to 1982. Image by Evan-Amos, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Waverly’s Dec. 4 sale features ephemera from colonial America, Nuremberg trials

Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.
Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.
Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – More than 100 issues of the colonial magazine Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790, a 1684 volume containing two plays by William Shakespeare, and 10 cases of original manuscripts from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials are just a few of the highlights in Waverly’s Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 Catalog Auction #262. Hundreds of lots of antique and rare maps, atlases, books and autographed items will cross the auction block.

The auction will start at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, and Internet live and absentee bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

“This promises to be one of the strongest Waverly auctions ever,” said Monika Schiavo, director of Waverly Rare Books. “The emphasis will be on Americana, but the offerings are chronologically broad and exciting and include a land grant signed by Gov. Patrick Henry, a signed FDR photo, some lovely and rare Gastaldi maps, signed books by Dashiell Hammett and books from the 1600s.”

The trove of 121 issues of the bi-weekly Gazette of the United States published from 1789-1790 (four pages per issue) is expected to bring $8,000-$12,000. Printed by John Fenno on Wednesdays and Saturdays in New York City, the issues include news of Congress submitting the Bill of Rights to the states for ratification and the very first Presidential proclamation of Thanksgiving. One of the issues in the auction was personally signed by Fenno.

The red leather-bound volume of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies from 1664, containing the plays The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona, has a presale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. It is Shakespeare’s 3rd folio and is rare because many folios were lost during the Great Fire of London and London’s Great Plague. The volume is 38 pages long.

The 10 volumes (representing 10 cases) of official trial transcripts from the post-World War II Nuremburg trials are expected to sail past the modest $500-$800 estimate. The volumes include the case against Hermann Goering and nine of the other 24 major political and military leaders of Nazi Germany, plus 185 other defendants, all of whom were charged with “War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.”

A 1776 chart of the entrance of the Hudson River (then known as Hudson’s River) from Sandy Hook, N.J., to New York, by the London cartographers Robert Sayer and John Bennett could realize $3,000-$5,000. The 27¾-inch by 20½-inch chart gives detailed descriptions of the area’s coastline, with soundings, bank depths of water and sailing marks. It was later hand-colored.

A 1684 second-edition copy of Bucaniers (sic) of America (or, A True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of the Late Years Upon the Coasts of the West-Indies by the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga), rendered into English and printed in London for William Crooke, should fetch $2,000-$3,000. It has 10 engravings, including one of Captain Morgan.

A first American edition copy of the John Adams book A Defence (sic) of the Constitutions of Government of the United States, from 1787, is estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Printed in Philadelphia not long after an earlier version came out in London, the book was intended to influence deliberators at the Constitutional Convention who were mulling over the concept of a separation of powers.

A historic colonial-era letter, written and signed by Horatio Gates – a retired British soldier who served as an American general during the Revolutionary War – to Artemus Ward – an American major general in the Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts – was penned on April 17, 1779 in Providence, Rhode Island. The letter, which involves military matters of the day, is expected to make $1,000-$2,000.

An 1823 ship’s passport contains the signatures of then-President James Monroe and a future US president, John Quincy Adams, who was Secretary of State at the time. It is expected to reach $800-$1,200. Another ship’s passport, signed by then-President Andrew Jackson, will also be auctioned, with an estimate of $600-$900.

Other predicted top lots include a letter typewritten and hand-signed by Winston Churchill to Mr. Eric Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco, thanking him for his gift of “excellent cigars,” estimate $600-$900; and a first US edition of the Jules Verne classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days, published in 1873. It is expected to make $2,000-$2,500.

Waverly Rare Books is a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call 703-532-5632 or email info@quinnsauction.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Red leather-bound volume, ‘Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,’ 1664, est. $4,000-$6,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Trove of 121 issues of the bi-weekly ‘Gazette of the United States’ from 1789-1790, est. $8,000-$12,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Trove of 121 issues of the bi-weekly ‘Gazette of the United States’ from 1789-1790, est. $8,000-$12,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

A 1684 second-edition copy of ‘Bucaniers (sic) of America’ containing one of only two known engravings of Captain Morgan (shown), est. $2,000-$3,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

A 1684 second-edition copy of ‘Bucaniers (sic) of America’ containing one of only two known engravings of Captain Morgan (shown), est. $2,000-$3,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ten volumes representing 10 cases of official trial transcripts from post-World War II Nuremburg trials, est. $500-$800. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ten volumes representing 10 cases of official trial transcripts from post-World War II Nuremburg trials, est. $500-$800. Waverly Rare Books image.

1776 chart of the entrance of the Hudson River, then known as Hudson’s River, est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

1776 chart of the entrance of the Hudson River, then known as Hudson’s River, est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

Letter typewritten and hand-signed by Winston Churchill to Mr. Eric Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco, est. $600-$900. Waverly Rare Books image.

Letter typewritten and hand-signed by Winston Churchill to Mr. Eric Stokkebye of Stokkebye Tobacco, est. $600-$900. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ship’s passport from 1823 containing signatures of then-President James Monroe and future President John Quincy Adams, est. $800-$1,200. Waverly Rare Books image.

Ship’s passport from 1823 containing signatures of then-President James Monroe and future President John Quincy Adams, est. $800-$1,200. Waverly Rare Books image.

An 1873 US first edition of Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days,’ est. $2,000-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image.

An 1873 US first edition of Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days,’ est. $2,000-$2,500. Waverly Rare Books image.

US first edition of John Adams’ 1787 book ‘A Defence (sic) of the Constitutions of Government of the United States,’ est. $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image.

US first edition of John Adams’ 1787 book ‘A Defence (sic) of the Constitutions of Government of the United States,’ est. $1,500-$2,000. Waverly Rare Books image.