Shipwreck gold, Super Bowl ring, rare Nikon lens among LiveAuctioneers’ big winners in 2015

The largest rock sold on LiveAuctioneers was this 39.59 ctw Paraiba tourmaline set in an 18K two-tone gold ring, $120,000.

39.59 ctw Paraiba tourmaline set in an 18K two-tone gold ring, $120,000

 

NEW YORK – As we round the corner into the New Year, it’s an opportune time to look back at the top items that sold through LiveAuctioneers over the past 12 months. While it’s no surprise that Asian and other fine art and antiques made a powerful statement, LiveAuctioneers also proved to be the international marketplace of choice for an unimaginably diverse selection of valuables, attracting bids that totaled $24 billion.

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The road less traveled by classic car buffs leads to a ’58 Porsche Speedster

1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster, est. $275,000-$375,000

1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster to be auctioned Jan. 31 by I.M. Chait, est. $275,000-$375,000

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – An auction of Asian antiques and artworks is probably the last place a classic car collector would look for a German-made motoring gem of the 1950s, but maybe it should be the first place they look. The road less traveled often leads to a serendipitous find — like the 1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster in I.M. Chait’s January 31 auction.

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Statues defaced in anti-China attack at new Taiwan museum

National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Peelden, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Peelden, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

 

TAIPEI (AFP) – Two statues donated by actor Jackie Chan to a newly opened museum in Taiwan were splashed with paint and daubed with anti-China slogans, reflecting growing tensions over Beijing’s influence on the island.

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Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman to host LA Fine Art Show premiere party

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman. Photo provided by LA Fine Art Show

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman. Photo provided by LA Art Show

 

LOS ANGELES – The LA Art Show & the Los Angeles Fine Art Show has announced that Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman will host the 2016 Opening Night Premiere Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown. A VIP Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., with the public opening beginning at 8 p.m.

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Miscellaneana: Designer costume jewelry

This rare parure comprising earrings, bracelet and necklace dates from the 1940s and was designed by Marcel Boucher (1898-1965). The necklace also contains a pin that can be released and worn separately to secure a fur stole. The stones simulate light blue sapphires and diamonds on silver tone metal, which is rhodium plated. Boucher was apprenticed to Pierre Cartier and moved to New York from his native France in the 1920s, working for Mazer Brothers. He set up on his own in 1937. His wife Sandra, who had worked for the Fifth Avenue jeweler Harry Winston, continued the business after her husband’s death. Photo Candice Horley

This rare parure comprising earrings, bracelet and necklace dates from the 1940s and was designed by Marcel Boucher (1898-1965). The necklace also contains a pin that can be released and worn separately to secure a fur stole. The stones simulate light blue sapphires and diamonds on silver tone metal, which is rhodium plated. Boucher was apprenticed to Pierre Cartier and moved to New York from his native France in the 1920s, working for Mazer Brothers. He set up on his own in 1937. His wife Sandra, who had worked for the Fifth Avenue jeweler Harry Winston, continued the business after her husband’s death. Photo Candice Horley

 

LONDON – It’s a charity shop in a prosperous town (no, I’m not letting on which) that we call on often. I buy books and CDs; the Business Manager, (Mrs. P) buys costume jewelry. All of it is really stylish and much of it so inexpensive that, if money is tight, it’s good enough to give as Christmas presents. She assures me it remains highly wearable.

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Exhibit captures evolving styles of Harlem-born Norman Lewis

Norman W. Lewis, title unknown (March on Washington), 1965, oil on fiberboard, 35 1/4 x 47 1/2 in., L. Ann and Jonathan P. Binstock, copyright Estate of Norman W. Lewis. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

Norman W. Lewis, title unknown (March on Washington), 1965, oil on fiberboard, 35 1/4 x 47 1/2 in., L. Ann and Jonathan P. Binstock, copyright Estate of Norman W. Lewis. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The evolving styles of Harlem-born artist Norman Lewis are on display in a major retrospective at a museum in Philadelphia.

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Chinese bidder takes ‘Wandering Poet’ home for $323,000

Lot 3197 - Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), 'Wandering Poet.' Sold for $323,000. Michaan's Auctions image

Lot 3197 – Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), ‘Wandering Poet.’ Sold for $323,000. Michaan’s Auctions image

 

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Fine Asian Works of Art auction of Dec. 14 saw the most highly anticipated lot, Fu Baoshi’s hanging scroll titled Wandering Poet, achieve the top figure of the day at $323,000. Estimated at $200,000-300,000, the ink and color on paper depiction of a poet/scholar walking through a natural environment was won by a bidder from Xiamin, China.

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Maryland invites state game bird and black bear stamp art entries

Black bear with salmon. Public domain image in USA

Black bear with salmon. Public domain image in USA

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites waterfowl and wildlife artists to enter two annual competitions. Artists have until April 15 to submit original artwork for next year’s black bear and migratory game bird stamps.

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John Moran Auctioneers lists affordable art in Jan. 27 online-only sale

‘The Coast Daylight’ by Ben Abril (1923-1995, Los Angeles) depicts the train of the same name departing Santa Barbara in 1939 (est. $3,000-4,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

‘The Coast Daylight’ by Ben Abril (1923-1995, Los Angeles) depicts the train of the same name departing Santa Barbara in 1939 (est. $3,000-$4,000). John Moran Auctioneers image

 

ALTADENA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers is ringing in the new year by reaching out to established collectors and art market newcomers alike with a January online-only fine art auction. Moran’s expects to sell over 200 lots of reasonably priced works of art in their online auction, which will close on Jan. 27.

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