Miscellaneana: Trompe l’oeil paintings

Chatsworth House, the stately Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. Photo The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. © Chatsworth House Trust

Chatsworth House, the stately Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. Photo The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. © Chatsworth House Trust

LONDON – Two memories spring to mind from a childhood visit to stately Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire: the first, in some desperation, asking an attendant to tell me the way to the toilet and the second, a violin and bow hanging on the back of a door.

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San Diego works to keep tourist magnet Comic-Con through 2018

 Literally thousands of fans came in costume to the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich


Literally thousands of fans came in costume to the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A new deal expected to be announced before the next Comic-Con will keep the major comic book and pop culture convention in San Diego through 2018.

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Heritage Auctions announces Hong Kong expansion

Kenneth Yung. Heritage Aucitions image

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has announced that it will officially open in Hong Kong in late 2015 and that it has hired Kenneth Yung as director of Asian Operations. The company is currently finalizing its plans to acquire space in the city and will hold its first auction in December.

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Scenic view from The Cloisters to remain unobstructed

The Closters museum viewed from the Hudson River. Pawel Drozd image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Closters museum viewed from the Hudson River. Pawel Drozd image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

NEW YORK – LG this week agreed to reduce the height of its proposed U.S. headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., after in a compromise with local officials and conservationist groups. Read more

RSL to auction 60-year collection of antique toys and banks, July 11-12

Vibrant and colorful German lithographed-tin toys. RSL Auction image

Vibrant and colorful German lithographed-tin toys. RSL Auction image

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – The prestigious William and Elaine Werbell antique toy and bank collection will step into the auction spotlight on July 11 and 12. RSL Auction Company will offer the collection of pristine wind-up toys, mechanical and still banks at a live gallery auction with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nazi-looted painting from Munich fetches £1.55 million

Max Liebermann’s ‘Two Riders on the Beach.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Max Liebermann’s ‘Two Riders on the Beach.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

LONDON (AFP) – A Nazi-looted painting that was hidden for decades smashed expectations at a rare sale in London on Wednesday as investigators work painstakingly to identify the origins of hundreds of other works from the same haul.

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John McInnis to disperse popular Maine auctioneer’s collection

Clara Perry (1871-1940) oil on board, 14in x 11in (est. $2,000-$3,000) and a Tiffany Studios counter-balance desk lamp, circa 1909 (est. $2,000-$4,000). John McInnis Auctioneers image.

Clara Perry (1871-1940) oil on board, 14in x 11in (est. $2,000-$3,000) and a Tiffany Studios counter-balance desk lamp, circa 1909 (est. $2,000-$4,000). John McInnis Auctioneers image.

AMESBURY, Mass. – John McInnis Auctioneers announces the highly anticipated auction of William “Bill” Johnson’s personal collection on July 10-11. Available for purchase will be antiques, artifacts and treasures amassed over the last four decades. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Superheroes – real and imagined – to appear at Hake’s July 14-16 auction

‘Stride Toward Freedom’ 1st edition book by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., published 1958, signed and inscribed by King to US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. Warren family provenance. Est. $20,000-$35,000. Hake’s image

‘Stride Toward Freedom’ 1st edition book by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., published 1958, signed and inscribed by King to US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. Warren family provenance. Est. $20,000-$35,000. Hake’s image

YORK, Pa. – Superheroes aren’t always the product of fantasy. Sometimes they’re ordinary people who’ve gone on to achieve superhuman goals – like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and baseball legend Martin Dihigo, the only man ever to be inducted in the Baseball Halls of Fame in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Backed by their rich and unique legacies, Dihigo and King unquestionably deserve the title of “superhero” and the right to stand alongside Superman in Hake’s Auction #215, which closes for bidding July 14-16.

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The force is with Premiere Props’ Hollywood Extravaganza, June 27

A complete costume from the Biblical epic ‘Ben-Hur’ and a poster for the original ‘Star Wars’ – signed by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew – are a formidable double feature in the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction. Premiere Props image

A complete costume from the Biblical epic ‘Ben-Hur’ and a poster for the original ‘Star Wars’ – signed by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew – are a formidable double feature in the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction. Premiere Props image

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Premiere Props will auction off more than 550 movie props and entertainment memorabilia – from Ben-Hur to Star Wars – at their Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday, June 27.

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Ancient cultural art accessible to all in June 30 Artemis Gallery auction

(Left) Fiery Roman glass vessel in aubergine and swirled iridescent gold, circa 2nd to 3rd century CE, est. $1,200-$1,800. (Right) Bronze Buddha, Bhumisparha Mudra pose, Thailand, 19th century CE, est. $7,000-$10,500. Artemis Gallery images

(Left) Fiery Roman glass vessel in aubergine and swirled iridescent gold, circa 2nd to 3rd century CE, est. $1,200-$1,800. (Right) Bronze Buddha, Bhumisparha Mudra pose, Thailand, 19th century CE, est. $7,000-$10,500. Artemis Gallery images

BOULDER, Colo. – Hundreds of elusive cultural treasures from ancient times await bidders in Artemis Gallery’s Early Summer Variety Auction on Tuesday, June 30th, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Not only are all of the auction items unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and legal to purchase, many have been cataloged with extremely reasonable estimates, making them accessible to beginning collectors or dealers with an eye toward resale.

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