Works by Lichtenstein, Calder pace Cottone to $1.7M auction

Gouache and ink on paper by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) titled ‘Segmented Spiral’ (1974). Price realized: $100,625. Cottone Auctions image

Gouache and ink on paper by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) titled ‘Segmented Spiral’ (1974). Price realized: $100,625. Cottone Auctions image

 

GENESEO, N.Y. – Cottone Auctions celebrated 30 years in business in style with a 519-lot sale on March 19 that grossed around $1.7 million. Leading the charge was a porcelain enamel on steel work by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein titled Modern Painting in Porcelain. It brought $189,750. Works by Alexander Calder also did well, as did Tiffany lamps.

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Heritage Auctions declares rare 1776 broadside in April 5 sale

The Declaration of Independence, rare July 1776 broadside printing by Ezekiel Russell of Salem, Massachusetts-Bay. Estimate: $160,000-$240,000. Heritage Auctions image The Declaration of Independence, rare July 1776 broadside printing by Ezekiel Russell of Salem, Massachusetts-Bay. Estimate: $160,000-$240,000. Heritage Auctions image

The Declaration of Independence, rare July 1776 broadside printing by Ezekiel Russell of Salem, Massachusetts-Bay. Estimate: $160,000-$240,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A rare 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence is coming to a New York City auction next week.
It’s estimated to bring about $160,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it on April 5.

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Smithsonian to include Bill Cosby items in new history museum

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, who co-starred in 'I Spy,' are pictured on a comic book based on the 1960s TV series. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Heritage Auctions

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, who co-starred in ‘I Spy,’ are pictured on a comic book based on the 1960s TV series. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Heritage Auctions

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Smithsonian and Bill Cosby can’t seem to escape one another. After facing criticism for an exhibit of works from Cosby’s personal art collection, the Smithsonian plans to include two items related to Cosby at its new African-American history museum on the National Mall.

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Kaminski Auctions will make magic acts disappear April 10

Tip Over Trunk illusion. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Tip Over Trunk illusion. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Kaminski Auctions image

 

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will sell Part Two of Le Grand David and his Spectacular Magic Company’s collection of props, original artwork, paintings, memorabilia and magic illusions on April 10.

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Lalique centerpiece among gems at Crescent City Auction April 16-17

Lot 443 – Lalique crystal swan centerpiece, titled ‘Miroir Cygnes.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery

Lalique crystal swan centerpiece, titled ‘Miroir Cygnes.’ Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery

 

NEW ORLEANS, La. – An exceptional pair of 19th century gilt and patinated bronze and marble ewers, a stunning Lalique clear and frosted crystal swan centerpiece on a mirrored plateau, and an oil on canvas painting by noted Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover (b. 1934) will come up for bid April 16-17 at Crescent City Auction Gallery.

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Hirschfeld author to speak at Rago open house April 12

Al Hirschfeld self-portrait. Image courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction Center

Al Hirschfeld self-portrait. Image courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction Center

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Wednesday, April 12, featuring David Leopold, author of The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of an Artist and His Age.

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Scores of tins, toys, advertising to cross Quinn’s auction block April 6

Lot 7 – Crawford figural Rolls Royce limo biscuit tin, 1920s. Estimate: $800-$1,200, Quinn Galleries Image

Lot 7 – Crawford figural Rolls Royce limo biscuit tin, 1920s. Estimate: $800-$1,200, Quinn Galleries Image

 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – While Boyd Matson and June Hechinger led very different lives, each shared the enjoyment of collecting advertising-related memorabilia. On April 6 Quinn’s Auctions will offer 300 lots, including Matson’s 40-year collection of advertising signs, memorabilia and toys; and Hechinger’s 40-year collection of British biscuit and American tobacco tins from her estate.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

Matson, a former NBC and National Geographic correspondent, made his name as the “Indiana Jones” of the media world. His adventures have included riding in a 100-mile horseback race in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro three times, flying with Operation Migration to teach captive-bred whooping cranes migration routes, and competing in the “Race of No Return” and “Marathon Des Sables,” seven-day 150-mile foot races in the Sahara and Gobi Deserts.

 

Lot 141 – Dr. Pepper enamel flange sign, 15in x 2in. Estimate: $400-$600. Quinn Galleries Image

Lot 141 – Dr. Pepper enamel flange sign, 15in x 2in. Estimate: $400-$600. Quinn Galleries Image

 

While traveling around America’s backroads, Matson liked to pick up souvenirs, amassing a collection more than 500 advertising items and toys. “I liked to collect items that reflected the industry and pioneering spirit of America. It was natural to pick up oil and gas signs in Texas, farming signs in the Midwest, and Coca-Cola everywhere,” Matson said. “And the toys? Well, I am a child of the ’50s, and it was fun to have pieces from my cowboy heroes like Roy Rogers, plus some neat Japanese tin battery-op toys and some cool cars and trucks.”

Best known as a contemporary art collector, the late June Hechinger’s other passion was collecting English biscuit, toffee and chocolate tins, as well as American tobacco tins. “Whenever Mom traveled, she would stop into antique stores and add one or two – or six – tins to her collection,” son Ross recalled. “Our whole family was instructed to call if we found tins. One day we were in a shop in Maine and spotted the Huntley and Palmer Artist’s Palette tin, which completed the set of three, and she practically reached through the phone in directing us to buy it.”

Matson advertising highlights include a number of scarce signs including a 30-inch Magnolia Petroleum Co. porcelain sign (below), $300-$500; Pontiac figural profile sign, $400-$600; Arden Milk tin litho die-cut delivery boy, $500-$700; Massey-Harris farm equipment porcelain sign, $300-$500; Buster Brown Bread tin flange sign, $400-$600; “Drink Pepsi” crossing guard sign, $1,000-$1,500; Texaco 42-inch porcelain sign, $300-$500; Dr. Pepper die-cut enamel flange sign, $400-$600; “His Master’s Voice” porcelain sign, $300-$500; Red Goose Shoes gold egg display, $200-$300; Hohner Harmonica figural trade sign, $80-$120; Humble Oil die-cut “Dropman,” $200-$300; Conoco station porcelain letters, $200-$300; and barbershop light, $200-$400.

 

Lot 127 – Magnolia Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign. Estimate: $300-$500. Quinn Galleries Image

Lot 127 – Magnolia Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign. Estimate: $300-$500. Quinn Galleries Image

 

The Hechinger Tin Collection has examples from Britain’s top biscuit tin makers such as Huntley & Palmer, Macfarlane Lang, Crawford, Gray, Dunn & Co., Jacobs and Carr & Co., as well as food tins from Victory Lozenges, Menier Chocolat, Dalu Kola Tea, etc. These makers created figural tins reflecting daily life in the early 1900s. These tins were purchased not only for the goodies inside, but also for their whimsical figural depictions of vehicles, cottages, musical instruments, animals, etc.

Featured tins include a Crawford Rolls-Royce, $800-$1,200; group of three H&P Artist’s Palette tins, $300-$500; Crawford Flying Scotsman toffee train tin, $300-$500; H&P delivery truck tin, $500-$700; Gray, Dunn figural biscuit tin motor truck, $600-$800; six Mayo Cut Plug roly poly tins, $1,000-$1,500; Dalu-Kola Tea 3-pound tin, $200-$400; H&P Tank tin, $200-$300; Burley Boy Tobacco lunchbox tin, $100-$200; Game Fine Cut Tobacco tin, $100-$200; H&P China Cabinet tin, $100-$150; Chocolat Menier vending bank, $100-$150; and Victory Lozenge Bassinet, $100-$200.

Some of the Matson top toy lots include a circa-1930 Marx tin Airmail Hangar with Biplane and Sky Flyer dirigible, $200-$300; Marx Deluxe Auto Transport, with box, $100-$150; Marx tin litho windup Camouflage Plane with box, $75-$125; Coca-Cola tin hamburger stand with box, $150-$200; Linemar Vacationer battery-operated Cabin Cruiser with Box, $150-$250; Yonezawa tin windup Soldier On Parade with box, $100-$150; Fred Flintstone battery-operated Bedrock Band, $100-$150; Roi-Tan coupe advertising Sophie Tucker, $200-$300; and three vintage pedal cars in original condition.

 

Lot 210 – Packard lighted clock, electric movement. Estimate: $300-$500. Quinn Galleries Image

Lot 210 – Packard lighted clock, electric movement. Estimate: $300-$500. Quinn Galleries Image

 

Also included are gumball machines, arcade machines, comic books, lobby cards, sheet music and miscellaneous novelty items.

“We are very excited to offer two such worthy collections of advertising memorabilia, collectibles and toys,” said Quinn’s Executive Vice President Matthew Quinn.

 

Lot 147– Arden Milk die-cut tin litho sign, 48in x 18in. Quinn Galleries Image

Lot 147– Arden Milk die-cut tin litho sign, 48in x 18in. Quinn Galleries Image

 

The April 6 auction will be held at Quinn’s Auction Galleries located at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046. Start time is 6 p.m. Eastern.

All items are being sold without reserve.

For additional details call 703-532-5632 or e-mail info@quinnsauction.com.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Jean Schlumberger dolphin brooch prize catch in Heritage sale April 19

Diamond and gold brooch, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image

Diamond and gold brooch, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK – An extraordinary multistone diamond and gold dolphin brooch – designed by Parisian artist and jeweler Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. – highlights more than 1,300 lots in Heritage Auctions’ first fine jewelry auction of the year. The April 19 auction in New York draws together large-carat colored diamonds, Burma rubies and sapphires, and unmounted gemstones for an event in which color is king.

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PBA Galleries forges alliance with comic book superheroes

Marvel Comics' ‘Star Wars No. 1’ (1977), rare 35-cent variant. Price realized: $7,200. PBA Galleries image

Marvel Comics’ ‘Star Wars No. 1’ (1977), rare 35-cent variant. Price realized: $7,200. PBA Galleries image

 

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries Sale 582, “Fine Books in All Fields with Illustrated & Children’s Books,” took place on March 24. Along with a variety of other illustrated books, the sale featured a collection of comic books from the late Wayne Martin, an avid collector of autographs, books and ephemera from many fields.

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Baltimore braces for 6th Annual Zombie Gras, April 2 at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Revelers put their game faces on for Zombie Gras 2015 held at Geppi's Entertainment Museum. Image courtesy GEM

Revelers had their game faces on for Zombie Gras 2015, held at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore. Image courtesy GEM

 

BALTIMORE – There are many long-standing and beloved traditions observed by Baltimoreans, but none is as creepy – or as much fun – as Zombie Gras. It’s a ghoulish one-day costume festival where the typical guest strives for that authentic, fresh-from-the-graveyard look.

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