KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Southern Federal desk, with unusual stringed instrument inset under its top, was the number one hit at the Summer Case Antiques Auction, to the tune of $63,720 (all prices include the buyer’s premium). It was one of the highest prices ever paid at auction for a piece of Tennessee furniture.
DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that his firm has been chosen to auction the prestigious Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection, now owned by a private investor. According to Morphy, it is the most valuable collection ever to pass through Morphy’s doors, having an estimated value of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000.
INDIANAPOLIS – Centuries-old traditions blend with the innovative techniques and eye-catching designs of today in the IMA’s upcoming exhibition, “Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics,” opening at the museum July 31. Read more
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – To mark the reinstallation of Colonial Williamsburg’s permanent silver collection in its galleries comes “Silver from Mine to Masterpiece,” an exhibition of approximately 170 objects ranging from the typical to the rare, and dating from a circa 1530 Spanish ingot of silver to items made circa 1835. The exhibition will be on view from Sept. 12, 2015 to Jan. 7, 2018. Read more
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sylvester Stallone is parting with memorabilia from the Rocky and Rambo movies, but he’s keeping the two characters alive onscreen. The 69-year-old entertainer announced Thursday that he’ll put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year career up for auction in October, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military charities.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man confessed to faking works created by well-known artists and selling some of the knockoffs to a gallery owner. Read more
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is showing its gratitude to the people of Michigan for the state’s help in preserving the internationally renowned collection during the city’s passage through bankruptcy. Read more
LONDON – The history of Chinese arts and crafts is a long one. During the Neolithic period for example – it stretched from the 10th to the second millennium B.C. – China’s artist potters were making pottery incised or painted with stylish geometric and linear designs that, for the time, show an amazing level of invention. In contrast, our cavemen were chasing their next meal.
GARRISON, N.Y. – A rare painting of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady by the renowned portrait artist Charles Loring Elliott, a pre-Columbiam statuette of a pregnant woman, and a colorful circa-1910 art glass vase by the French maker LeGras will all come up for bid at an auction to be held by Louis J. Dianni LLC on Aug. 8-9. Read more