Fine jewelry leads off Michaan’s auction Sept. 12

Moonstone, diamond, sapphire, blackened white 18K gold bracelet (left), estimate: $2,000-$4,000; and a jade, diamond, 18K whilte gold 'ring-dant,' estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Michaan's Auctions image Estimate:  $2,000 / 4,000

Moonstone, diamond, sapphire, blackened white 18K gold bracelet (left), estimate: $2,000-$4,000; and a jade, diamond, 18K whilte gold ‘ring-dant,’ estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Michaan’s Auctions image
Estimate: $2,000 / 4,000

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Approximately 170 jewelry lots will provide an abundant selection at Michaan’s Auctions on Saturday, Sept. 12. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding in the 650-lot auction.

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Cottone sale boasts works by Calder, Stephen Young, Sept. 25-26

Drybrush with watercolor painting, a master work by contemporary American painter Stephen Scott Young (b. 1957), titled ‘Shadow Games.’ Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cottone Auctions image

Drybrush with watercolor painting, a master work by contemporary American painter Stephen Scott Young (b. 1957), titled ‘Shadow Games.’ Estimate: $80,000-$120,000. Cottone Auctions image

GENESEO, N.Y. – Original artworks by Alexander Calder, Stephen Scott Young and Pablo Picasso will be among the more than 700 lots expected to entice bidders at a fine art and antiques auction slated for Sept- 25-26 by Cottone Auctions. Start times are noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Eastern time.

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London Eye: August 2015

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at last year’s Frieze Fair. Photograph by Linda Nylind. Image courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at last year’s Frieze Fair. Photograph by Linda Nylind. Image courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

LONDON – It is the end of August and already the nights are getting noticeably shorter in rainy London. The art trade is returning from summer hiatus and preparing for what is arguably the most important event in the London art calendar. Read more

Kovels Antiques and Collecting: Week of Aug. 31, 2015

No, it's not a golf bag. It is a life-size unpainted wood sculpture by a contemporary Italian artist. It sold at a Skinner auction in Boston for $3,240.

No, it’s not a golf bag. It is a life-size unpainted wood sculpture by a contemporary Italian artist. It sold at a Skinner auction in Boston for $3,240.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Glass, pottery, bronze, silver and of course, paper and canvas, are all used to make important, and often expensive, works of art. But wood has been somewhat neglected as art, although highly regarded for useful furniture.

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Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000

Workers uncover Atari games in a New Mexico landfill in 2013. Image by taylorhatmaker. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Workers uncover Atari games in a New Mexico landfill in 2013. Image by taylorhatmaker. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.

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Art Deco fest aboard Queen Mary over holiday weekend

Visitors to the Art Deco Festival can turn back the hands of time to the Roaring Twenties. The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles image

Visitors to the Art Deco Festival can turn back the hands of time to the Roaring Twenties. The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles image

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 11th annual Art Deco Festival, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, returns to the Queen Mary Sept. 4-7. The festival brings the 1920s through 1940s into the 21st century with elaborate parties, musical entertainment, vintage dress experiences, food and beverage tastings, Queen Mary Art Deco example tours, lectures and more.

The weekend’s activities span all aspects of Art Deco and its influence on everything from fashion, music, and cuisine to art and culture. Festivalgoers can explore the tastes of the age at the popular Prohibition mixology tastings or the all-new chef’s tastings of the times, a cooking demonstration and sampling of 1930s comfort foods. For the collectibles enthusiast, the Golden Era Travel Showcase features vintage cars while a new lounge area displays antiques and old-fashioned games. A colorful bazaar offers guests take home keepsakes with an array of hard-to-find goods and even a pop-up hair salon for the complete vintage look.

The soundtrack of the times goes live at the Gatsby Daze Garden Party – an afternoon of dancing to ’20s chart toppers with the 11-piece Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra. Grammy-winning Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys will waltz and foxtrot through Sunday’s Tea Dance, while the Dean Mora Orchestra performs at the most glamorous event of the weekend, the Grand Art Deco Ball. From the cabaret dancers at the Bootlegger’s Bash or the Satin Dollz at the Martini Bar, abundant live entertainment brings the era to life. Classic cocktails, and moonshine accompany jazz, swing, and big band music weekend-long.

Daily lectures cover various Art Deco topics and walking tours examine the Queen Mary’s design elements, artworks and carvings – a living art history collection built at the peak of the movement.

“The weekend turns back time onboard and allows Art Deco lovers to appreciate the elegance of the glittering past with the Queen Mary as the perfect setting, ” said John Thomas, president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and Queen Mary Historic Consultant. “Annually increasing festival attendance and enthusiastic participation is confirmation that Art Deco is still relevant today and has inspired us to deliver a festival that is better than ever,” added Thomas.

Day Passes start at $29 and an all-inclusive Art Deco Grand Passport is $399. Art Deco aficionados can stay onboard for the weekend’s duration with a variety of packages. For complete schedule of activities, pricing, tickets and more information, visit: http://queenmary.com/events/art-deco-festival/

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.

About the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles celebrates and preserves the architecture, design, arts, music, dance, fashion and elegance of Art Deco. The ADSLA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, preservation and awareness of Art Deco as a major influence on the 20th century and beyond. Since 1983, the organization has welcomed people with an interest in the many facets of Art Deco. More information at http://adsla.org/info/

Elegant estate furnishings grace Don Presley auction Sept. 13

Sevres porcelain clock set. ‘Made in France’ scrolled on back of clock, movement ‘S. Marti et Cie Medaille D'Argent 1889.’ Estimate $1,500-$1,800. Don Presley Auctions image

Sevres porcelain clock set. ‘Made in France’ scrolled on back of clock, movement ‘S. Marti et Cie Medaille D’Argent 1889.’ Estimate $1,500-$1,800. Don Presley Auctions image

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Don Presley Auctions will conduct a premium estate, antiques and collectibles auction on Sunday, Sept. 13. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Heritage Auctions stockpiles Texas estates for opulent event Sept. 12-13

Some of the 96-piece Sèvres-style porcelain service (est. $30,000+). Heritage Auctions image

Some of the 96-piece Sèvres-style porcelain service (est. $30,000+). Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Treasured objects from fresh-to-market private collections, including a 96-piece Sèvres-style porcelain service valued in excess of $30,000, will cross the block in Heritage Auctions’ decorative arts and estates auction Sept. 12-13. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Reading the Streets: Kelsy Montague’s ‘What Lifts You’

Kelsey Montague, ‘What Lifts You,’ New York City. Photo by Ilana Novick

Kelsey Montague, ‘What Lifts You,’ New York City. Photo by Ilana Novick

NEW YORK – “Why was I so grouchy about this mural,” I asked myself while walking by Kelsey Montague’s What Lifts You on the corner of Mott and Kenmare streets.

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Antique Trader seeks stories of your favorite finds

Perhaps your favorite find will be featured on the cover of 'Antique Trader.' 'Antique Trader' image

Perhaps your favorite find will be featured on the cover of ‘Antique Trader.’ ‘Antique Trader’ image

IOLA, Wis. — There is no question that few treasures are the caliber of the $4.5 million worth of gold coins recently discovered by the crew of the S/V Capitana, among the remains of a shipwreck off the coast of Vero Beach, Fla.

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