PALM BEACH, Fla. – Guests attending Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ (PBMA) stylish, hospitable events often compliment co-owners Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger on the consistent superiority of items offered in their sales. In order to make the cut for any of PBMA’s beautifully presented auctions, an artwork, furnishing or decorative accessory must pass the tests of quality, authenticity and market desirability, said Baca, who is also the company’s auctioneer. “Each potential consignment is assessed as though it were going to be offered to a very sophisticated and particular private client. We enjoy the curating process and always learn something new along the way,” he said.
PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auctions will open the spring auction season with their annual garden and architectural antiques auction. The sale will take place on Saturday, May 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. With over 600 lots, the sale will feature impressive collections of statuary, fountains, architectural elements, ironwork, outdoor furnishings and fixtures.
CLEVELAND – Spring has brought an abundance of estates to auction. Gray’s May 11 auction is no exception.
LONDON – Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Self-Portrait, circa 1799, from Tate’s world-famous Turner collection will be the new face to feature on the Bank of England’s £20 banknote.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Pablo Picasso’s Seated Woman in a Chemise is now display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as the museum borrows the Spanish artist’s 1923 painting from the Tate Modern in London.
CHICAGO – A showcase for exceptional objects, Wright presents Design Masterworks, a tightly curated sale featuring seminal works by the most innovative and influential artists and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries at auction on May 19.
NEW DELHI (AP) – A massive fire Tuesday gutted the National Museum of Natural History in India’s capital, one of the country’s top museums, an official said.
NEW YORK (AP) – An ancient Buddhist sculpture smuggled into the United States has been returned to the government of Pakistan by New York City prosecutors.
LONDON – A display of photographs that will reveal some of the stories of black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s will open May 18 at the National Portrait Gallery.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Historic New Orleans Collection says a book it published last year has won an award from the Victorian Society in America.