LeRoy Neiman print stolen off wall at Muhammad Ali Center

The stolen Leroy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department.

The stolen LeRoy Neiman print of Muhammad Ali. Image courtesy of Louisville Metro Police Department.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Artwork showing Muhammad Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, was stolen from an exhibit while it was open to the public at the Muhammad Ali Center. Surveillance cameras recorded the brazen theft, and a manhunt was under way for a suspect.

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$312,500 Gallé lamp first of many bright spots in Rago design auction

Rare Gallé floor lamp, France, early 20th century, acid-etched and wheel-polished glass, blown glass, patinated metal, three sockets, shade signed Gallé, 70 1/2 x 24 inches. Price realized: $312,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Rare Gallé floor lamp, France, early 20th century, acid-etched and wheel-polished glass, blown glass, patinated metal, three sockets, shade signed Gallé, 70 1/2 x 24 inches. Price realized: $312,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Design Auction brought in $6,423,688 over the course of its three days, Oct. 14-16. The “top lot” was lot 532, a Gallé allium form floor lamp, which sold for $312,500. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Star Wars Costumes in Denver, Auction of 10 Commandments Stone, and More Fresh News

(Left) Concept Art, Chewbacca. Star Wars TM: A New Hope. (Right) Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown. Star Wars TM: The Phantom Menace. Copyright and TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

(Left) Concept Art, Chewbacca. Star Wars TM: A New Hope. (Right) Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown. Star Wars TM: The Phantom Menace. Copyright and TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Opening Nov. 13 at the Denver Art Museum, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume invites visitors to take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe. Characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes from the beloved movie franchise. [Read more from the Denver Art Museum]
  • The earliest known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments is being auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 16 in Beverly Hills. The marble stone is from the Living Torah Museum and is believed to have been carved sometime between 300 and 500 AD. [Read more from Fox News]
  • During his long career, Salvador Dali painted nearly 40 theater pieces, including the stage curtain for the ballet Tristan Fou, or Mad Tristan. The Dali-designed backdrop, which is essentially an oil painting, will be auctioned privately in December at a Brussels gallery. [Read more from Artnet]
  • Twilight fans, get ready to drop some serious coin. An auction of 900 props and set pieces from the Twilight saga — including Bella’s engagement ring and Jacob’s motorcycle — will be held Nov. 19-20 in Hollywood. [Read more from ENews]

 

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Americana auction demonstrates diversity Oct. 30

Handmade locomotive and caboose weather vane, circa 1920, 14 inches high by 24 inches long. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Jasper52 image

Handmade locomotive and caboose weather vane, circa 1920, 14 inches high by 24 inches long. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – “Made in the USA” was once a familiar phrase, most often referring to factory-made goods produced by American labor. In an age in which so many products are imported, antique Americana – whether handmade or manufactured – is noteworthy and no longer taken for granted. Jasper52 is presenting a collection of more than 72 vintage items in an online Americana auction Oct. 30. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Viking jewelry ripe for the taking in Jasper52 auction Oct. 30

Large Viking man's ring, gold overlay, size 11 3/4, A.D. 850-1000. Estimate: $165-$200. Jasper52 image

Large Viking man’s ring, gold overlay, size 11 3/4, A.D. 850-1000. Estimate: $165-$200. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – Fifty-five lots of Viking and medieval jewelry will be sold in an online auction presented by Jasper52 on Sunday, Oct. 30. This is an absolute auction with each and every lot selling to the highest bidder; there are no reserves. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.com.
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Prominent collections draw attention to Rago art auction Nov. 5

Lorraine Shemesh (American, b. 1949), ‘Exhale,’ 1995, oil on canvas (framed); signed; 69 1/8 x 80 5/8 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Lorraine Shemesh (American, b. 1949), ‘Exhale,’ 1995, oil on canvas (framed); signed; 69 1/8 x 80 5/8 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, Nov. 5, Rago will hold auctions of 19th/20th century American and European art and postwar/contemporary art including selections from the Allan Stone Collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Judd’s Auction Gallery to sell huge Van Briggle pottery collection Nov. 5

Many examples of early 20th century Van Briggle pottery will be sold. Judd's Auction Gallery image

Many examples of early 20th century Van Briggle pottery will be sold. Judd’s Auction Gallery image

 

DANVILLE, Ill. – Judd’s Auction Gallery will disperse more than 800 pieces of Van Briggle pottery – the 50-year collection of Charles Drennan – on Saturday, Nov. 5. Absentee and Internet live bidding for this online-only auction will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com. The auction catalog is composed of 485 lots.

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5 things you didn’t know about Pablo Picasso’s early career

By Anonymous - Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

By Anonymous – Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

The art world celebrates the birthday of Pablo Picasso today, October 25. The Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Exceptionally prolific throughout his life, Picasso (1881-1973) achieved universal renown and an immense fortune from his revolutionary artistic accomplishments.

Forty-three years after his death, Picasso’s paintings still sell for record prices. His Les femmes d’Alger (Version 0), a colorful depiction of women of Algiers, sold at Christie’s on May 11, 2015 for $179.4 million. It remains the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.

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Valuable Coin Found in Boy’s Treasure Box, Apollo Sextant Soars at Auction, and More Fresh News

Front and back of 1703 Queen Anne 'Vigo' 5-guinea coin minted from seized Spanish booty, to be auctioned Nov. 16 with $140K-$300K estimate. Image courtesy of Boningtons

Front and back of 1703 Queen Anne ‘Vigo’ 5-guinea coin minted from seized Spanish booty, to be auctioned Nov. 16 with $140K-$300K estimate. Image courtesy of Boningtons

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • An old coin kept in a little boy’s treasure box has been identified as an extremely rare Queen Anne ‘Vigo’ 5-guinea gold piece worth $240,000-$300,000. The coin, which will be auctioned on Nov. 16, was struck from seized Spanish booty and is one of only 15 known examples of its type. [Read more from the Mirror]
  • A sextant flown on the test flight of the Apollo Command Module, Aug. 25, 1966, soared to $90,676 at a Boston auction. The sextant’s purpose was to determine the Command Module’s position and attitude with relation to stars or landmarks. [Read more from Art Daily]
  • Antiques Roadshow viewers were surprised when a man brought in a painting of an orgy titled ‘The Nudist Colony Annual Dinner Dance.’ The owner of the painting said he sees new details every time he looks it. [Read more from The Sun]
  • A locker key from the Titanic has sold for $104,000 at auction. The price is more than double what the auction house had expected it to sell for. [Read more from WMCH-TV]

 

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Asian antiques, clocks figure prominently in Converse Auctions lineup Nov. 4-5

Monumental pair of Chinese cloisonné covered tripod censers with a design of lotus blossoms and tendrils, each 15 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Converse Auctions image

Monumental pair of Chinese cloisonné covered tripod censers with a design of lotus blossoms and tendrils, each 15 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Converse Auctions image

 

MALVERN, Pa. – Over 600 lots – many of them rare, highly collectible Chinese objects and antiques from other Asian countries – will be sold in a two-day, online-only auction planned for Nov. 4 and 5 by Converse Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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