WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – Three top-notch collections with prestigious provenance headline RSL Auction’s Oct. 14-15 sale of still banks plus select clockwork, tin and cast-iron toys and mechanical banks. Titled “Spectacular Stills: The Collections of Ralph Dye, Tom Kellogg and Tim Steckbeck,” the approximately 1,000-lot auction jointly represents 110+ years of active collecting. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
W. PALM BEACH, Fla. – The leaves may be showing off their rich autumn hues in New England and other parts of the country, but in sunny South Florida, fall means palm trees, mild temperatures and the much-anticipated season opener at Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA). The company’s fully curated Sept. 24 Modern Art, Design & Decorative Arts sale is brimming with exceptional paintings and furniture by the most desired 20th-century and contemporary artists, with special additions that include a connoisseur’s collection of fountain pens and a luxurious 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Mulsanne. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
News and updates from around the arts and auction community:
- The most important Paris-period Kandinsky painting ever to appear on the market will be auctioned by Christie’s on Nov. 16. Its first owner was Solomon R. Guggenheim, who acquired the artwork from the artist himself in 1936. [Read more from The Art Newspaper]
- Federal prosecutors in Chicago allege that an Arkansas sports memorabilia collector used a phony Heisman Trophy as collateral for a $100,000 loan. They say a faked nameplate was affixed to an awards emcee’s trophy. [Read more from the Associated Press]
- You hire a moving company to move a priceless antique. They drop it face down onto the street. What sort of compensation are you entitled to? A Texas woman whose movers dropped an antique piano found out. [Read more from NBC5 Dallas Ft. Worth]
- Leave it to the great minds at MIT and Georgia Tech to figure out a way to read a book without actually opening it. How’d they do that? [Read more from the Associated Press via ABC News]
SOESTERBERG, Netherlands (AP) – An American flag that flew on the stern of the boat that carried the first U.S. troops to Utah Beach on D-Day traveled by Chinook helicopter on Thursday to its new temporary home at the Netherlands’ National Military Museum.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has sued a hunter of maritime antiques in hopes of recovering a pair of 2-foot-tall glass lenses worth an estimated $600,000 that disappeared decades ago from lighthouses in Michigan and Maine.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Don Dickens reached a peak on The Promontory at Yellowstone National Park, certain he would saunter down a few hundred feet and find the 40-pound chest of treasures that Santa Fe author and artifacts collector Forrest Fenn says he hid six years ago, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
IOLA, Wis. – In the recently published 100 Greatest Graphic Novels (Krause Publications), authors Alex Langley and Katrina Hill explore the fusion of illustrations and words to demonstrate a thought, an action, evoke a response, and empower one another and the reader.
SANTA FE, N.M. – A pair of Sioux beaded war shirts combined to sell for $50,000 and were the top two lots at Best of Santa Fe, an annual auction hosted by Allard Auctions Inc. of St. Ignatius, Mont. Over 800 lots came up for bid in the Aug. 12-14 sale that grossed just under $500,000.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Don Presley Auction will present great merchandise from upscale California estates at his sale on Sunday, Oct. 2. The auction, which begins at noon Pacific, will feature more than 450 lots of personal luxury items, works of art and valuable antiques.