Miscellaneana: Menagerie of Wade Whimsies

Boxed sets of five like this from the 1950s are prized by collectors who are prepared to pay upward of £200 ($300) for mint examples. Photo author

Boxed sets of five like this from the 1950s are prized by collectors who are prepared to pay upward of £200 ($300) for mint examples. Photo author

 

LONDON – It was the last weekend of our holiday in the sun but even so, we couldn’t not go to the 47th annual Suncoast Antique Bottle & Collectible Show. After all, we went to the 46th and readers with long memories will recall I wrote about it here last year.

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Folding money: Irving Harper paper sculptures hit $1.2M

Irving Harper, Untitled (Owl), paper construction with doll eyes 30.5 h x 14 w x 13 d in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Result: $48,750. Wright image

Irving Harper, Untitled (Owl), paper construction with doll eyes 30.5 h x 14 w x 13 d in. Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Result: $48,750. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – Wright’s auction of Irving Harper paper sculptures had record bidding activity and throughout the eight-hour auction 99 percent of the 300 lots sold with sales totaling $1,166,975. Read more

Who’s your co-pilot? Pope’s Fiat going up for auction

Pope Francis exiting the Fiat car that will be sold Friday by Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Photograph courtesy of the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015/J. DiGidijunis

Pope Francis exiting a Fiat car that will be sold Friday by Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Photograph courtesy of the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015/J. DiGidijunis

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – One of the two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his September visit to Philadelphia is going up for auction.

The car will be up for bid as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie gala on Jan. 29. Bids will be accepted in person and online.

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Ethical questions dog Smithsonian over Cosby exhibit

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937, United States), ‘The Thankful Poor,’ 1894, oil on canvas. The Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Photograph by Frank Stewart, permission courtesy of the artist

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937, United States), ‘The Thankful Poor,’ 1894, oil on canvas. The Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Photograph by Frank Stewart, permission courtesy of the artist

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bill Cosby was well on his way to becoming a national pariah for his alleged sexual misconduct when the Smithsonian launched an exhibit funded by Cosby and his wife that showcases art from their private collection.

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Glenn Adamson steps down as director of MAD

Glenn Adamson. Museum of Arts and Design image

Glenn Adamson. Museum of Arts and Design image

 

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design today announced that Glenn Adamson, director of the museum, will be stepping down as of March 31.

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Artful silver teapot hits full steam at $18,000

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Michael and Maureen Banner (Americans, 20th century), hand-wrought teapot of sterling silver and enamel, 16 1/8 inches high. Price realized: $18,000. Kaminski Auctions image

 

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions sold a silver teapot for $18,000 on Jan. 17, a record for the auction house. Renowned New England silversmiths Michael and Maureen Banner crafted the 20th century vessel.

LiveAuctioneers chose the teapot (above) to feature in Art Daily as “Best Photo of the Day,” giving the piece added exposure prior to the auction.

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Flashback to midcentury modern

Lot 74 – Italian mid-century brass and chrome chandelier with Lucite accents, designed by Gaetano Sciolari, 36 x 24in. Estimate: $1,500–$2,000. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

Lot 74 – Italian midcentury brass and chrome chandelier with Lucite accents, designed by Gaetano Sciolari, 36 x 24in. Estimate: $1,500–$2,000. Tonya A. Cameron Auctions image

 

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Midcentury modern furnishings are at the forefront of an estates auction to be conducted by Tonya A. Cameron Auctions on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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3-bedroom suite: Van Gogh exhibit moves into Chicago museum

Vincent Van Gogh, 'Bedroom in Arles,' second version, September 1889. Oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm, Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh, ‘Bedroom in Arles,’ second version, September 1889. Oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm, Art Institute of Chicago

 

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago exhibition next month will mark the first time in North America that three versions of a famous Vincent van Gogh painting will be shown together.

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James Bond to the rescue benefiting charities

SPECTRE © 2015 Danjaq, MGM, CPII. SPECTRE, 007 and related JamesBond Trademarks, TM Danjaq. © 2016 Danjaqand MGM. All Rights Reserved.

Daniel Craig is James Bond in ‘Spectre.’ SPECTRE © 2015 Danjaq, MGM, CPII. SPECTRE, 007 and related JamesBond Trademarks, TM Danjaq. © 2016 Danjaqand MGM. All Rights Reserved.

 

LONDON – Christie’s, EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will present a rare opportunity to acquire memorabilia from the 24th film in the James Bond series this February to celebrate the release of Spectre on Digital HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD.

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Japanese koro to fire up bidding at I.M. Chait

This silver and enameled koro, a Japanese censer, has an estimated value of $40,000-$50,000. I.M. Chait image

This silver and enameled koro, a Japanese censer, has an estimated value of $40,000-$50,000. I.M. Chait image

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – An exquisitely detailed, antique Japanese silver and mixed-metal enameled covered koro is one of many treasures available to the highest bidder in the I.M. Chait Gallery auction on Jan. 31.

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