‘Angry Birds’ Soar at Auction, Oldest Known Nikon Sells for $406K, and More Fresh News

Two of the quirky Martin Bros. stoneware birds that flew to the top of prices realized in a Nov. 18 auction hosted by Heritage.

Two of the quirky Martin Bros. stoneware birds that flew to the top of prices realized in a Nov. 18 auction hosted by Heritage.

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Five Martin Brothers bird-form jars offered in Heritage’s Nov. 18 auction of 20th century design flew straight into the top 10. Enthusiasts who collect the quirky antique English ceramics paid phenomenal prices, including $81, 250 for a long-beaked bird jar with cover. [View all of the birds on LiveAuctioneers]
  • A fabulous piece of photographic history just sold at auction for $406,000, more than twice its pre-sale estimate. A Nikon One marked “Made in Occupied Japan,” it’s the oldest Nikon camera in existence. [Read more on MSN News]
  • The Batman TV series was only on the air for three seasons, but its impact on pop culture continues to be felt even to this day. Believe it or not, the Batman TV show celebrates its 50th birthday this year. The milestone is marked with appearances in video games, a Batman ’66 comic, and a new animated film voiced by series regulars. [Read more from Scoop]
  • It’s a miracle on 44th Street! A custom-made Tiffany light fixture stolen in 1976 from New York’s famed Shubert Theater has resurfaced in a nearby antique store. [Read more from the New York Post]

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Quinn’s Dec. 3 auction features more tribal, ethnographic art from Merton D. Simpson estate

Standing commemorative figure, Sudan, Bongo, late 19th to early 20th century, $6,000-$8,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

Standing commemorative figure, Sudan, Bongo, late 19th to early 20th century, $6,000-$8,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Sunday, Dec. 3, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present Part II of the personal collection and business inventory of the late Merton D. Simpson (1928-2013). This important one-day auction features Pre-Columbian, African/tribal, Oceanic and other ethnographic art pieces, as well as paintings and fine art created by Simpson, an early member of the Spiral collective of African-American artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding is be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fabergé adds festive note to Gray’s auction Dec. 14

Fabergé enameled and carved egg form pendant necklace. Gray’s Auctioneers image

Fabergé enameled and carved egg-form pendant necklace. Gray’s Auctioneers image

 

CLEVELAND – Gray’s December catalog has a wide variety of items from fine art, jewelry, and decorative art from prominent estates throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph among headliners at John Moran auction Dec. 6

‘Elles’ by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901 French) will be offered at Moran’s Dec. 6 decorative art auction with a $15,000 to $20,000 auction estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image

‘Elles’ by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901 French) will be offered at Moran’s Dec. 6 decorative art auction with a $15,000 to $20,000 auction estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will host a decorative art auction Dec. 6 that includes an exciting selection of Native American and Western objects and jewelry, modern and contemporary sculpture, and American art pottery and glass, including an array of Rookwood Pottery pieces hand-painted by important decorators. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Fine European toys dominate top 10 at Bertoia’s $1.9 million auction

Lehmann Echo motorcycle with rider, early spoke-wheel version, original pictorial box, $11,201. Bertoia Auctions image

Lehmann Echo motorcycle with rider, early spoke-wheel version, original pictorial box, $11,201. Bertoia Auctions image

 

VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia’s Annual Fall 2016 Auction had been publicized as one of the company’s most diverse to date, and over the long weekend of Nov. 11-13, that promise was fulfilled. Bidders paid aggressive, above-estimate prices for rare toys from dozens of popular categories, pushing the total to $1.9 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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In Memoriam: William Christenberry, Southern photographer, 80

William Christenberry (American, 1936-2016), ‘Bar-B-Q Inn, Greensboro, Alabama,’ 1976; Chromogenic Ekta Pro print, signed, dated and titled. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

William Christenberry (American, 1936-2016), ‘Bar-B-Q Inn, Greensboro, Alabama,’ 1976; Chromogenic Ekta Pro print, signed, dated and titled. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – William Christenberry, an artist renowned for photographs of crumbling buildings and rusty cars that captured the decay of the rural South, has died. He was 80.

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