Estate of Army surgeon ready to lead Roland auction Feb. 4

Yaacov Agam, Untitled, acrylic on Board. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Roland Auctions NY image


NEW YORK – On Feb. 4, Roland Auctions NY will present a colossal single-day sale of over 1,000 lots. Featured in this sale are 500 lots from the Greenwich, Connecticut, estate of a former U.S. Army Combat Surgeon and Purple Heart recipient. These exceptional objects comprise several specialized collections including grand tour bronzes, Chinese antiques, mid-century modern furnishings, and fine art by 20th century modern masters. The offerings from this estate represent the first of several installments consisting of more than 2,000 items to be sold in subsequent monthly estate auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Babe Ruth NY World’s Fair uniform sells for $227,854

Babe Ruth wore this custom-made uniform in 1938 to promote the upcoming New York World’s Fair. The unique outfit sold at auction for $227,854. SCP Auctions image


LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – A unique “NEW YORK” baseball uniform worn by Babe Ruth to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair has sold at auction for $227,854.

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Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receives $25M gift

Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo by iam1969, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say its Ackland Art Museum has received its largest gift ever.

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Whisky a Go Go Sign Lights Up Auction, ‘Princess Leah’ Passport, and More Fresh News

Pink neon marquee from the Whisky a Go Go nightclub. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Saco River Auction


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • If you frequented the legendary Whisky a Go Go nightclub during the 1980s or ’90s, you may remember the pink neon sign that glowed above the venue on LA’s Sunset Strip. The iconic Whisky sign recently appeared at auction, with several rock stars reportedly among the bidders who pursued it. [Read more from the Associated Press/Billboard]
  • A passport issued to Carrie Fisher in 1983 has been relisted on eBay after being pulled for a possible personality rights violation. It’s been given the all-clear, now, and is attracting tons of bids. [Read more from Business Insider]
  • On Valentine’s Day, a New York auction house will sell a rare photo of Edgar Allan Poe taken only three weeks before his mysterious death in 1849. Poe was only 40 when he left for the land of “Never more,” and some say his haggard appearance in the picture foretold what was to come. [Read more from the Baltimore Sun]
  • The world’s largest antique and vintage motorcycle auction is taking place right now in Las Vegas. Running through and including Sunday, the mega-auction includes six bikes that were once owned by screen legend Steve McQueen. [Read more from the Los Angeles Times]

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Chinese artist, activist Ai Weiwei exhibit to visit Michigan

Ai Weiwei in a June 2007 photo by Benutzer. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.

Ai Weiwei in a June 2007 photo by Benutzer. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany license.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – An art exhibition by famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will soon open in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Richard Learoyd’s provocative images exhibited at Nelson-Atkins

Richard Learoyd, English (b. 1966). ‘Erika, 2005.’ Silver-dye bleach print, 60 5/8 × 50 13/16 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2009.6.76. © Richard Learoyd, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Contemporary English photographer Richard Learoyd, using a large camera obscura in his East London studio, creates figure studies, portraits and still lifes that are neither glamorous nor retouched, yet they exude serene power along with mesmerizing detail. “Richard Learoyd: In the Studio,” an exhibition organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, opens at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on Feb. 10.

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The Whitney announces curatorial appointments

Marcela Guerrero; Rujeko Hockley, photographs by Jonathan Dorado


NEW YORK – The Whitney Museum of American Art announces Tuesday that Marcela Guerrero and Rujeko Hockley have been appointed as assistant curators. Hockley, an assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum, will begin working at the Whitney on March 6. Guerrero, a curatorial fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, will join the curatorial team on April 25.

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Fine jewelry tops list of treasures at Michaan’s auction Feb. 11


Tourmaline, diamond and gold Mughal necklace. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


ALAMEDA, Calif. – Exceptional jewelry is the heart of Michaan’s monthly estate auction to be held Saturday, Feb. 11. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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David Dike auction uplifted by bidding through LiveAuctioneers

Julian Onderdonk’s ‘October Landscape,’ New York, c. 1907-08, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, sold for $49,350 through LiveAuctioneers. David Dike Fine Art image


DALLAS – David Dike Fine Art opened its 31st year with the annual Texas Art Auction on Jan. 21, in which Internet bidders using the LiveAuctioneers online platform accounted for approximately $130,000 in sales.

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Twin works of Flemish sculptor on display at Detroit art museum

John Michael Rysbrack. Image courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts


DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts has announced it is displaying two works by 18th-century sculptor John Michael Rysbrack.

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