French paintings crème de la crème at Michaan’s Estate Auction March 11

Attributed to Albert Marquet (French 1875-1947), ‘Ship in Harbor,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Michaan’s Auctions image


ALAMEDA, Calif. – Exciting estate paintings, furniture, jewelry and silver will draw collectors to Michaan’s on March 11. Absentee bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Oz books could be bestsellers again at PBA Galleries auction March 9

‘The Wizard of Oz Waddle Book,’ first edition, first state. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz headlines the PBA Galleries sale on Thursday, March 9. The collection gathered by Dollar over several decades features the major Oz works by L. Frank Baum and his successors, plus non-Oz works by Oz authors and illustrators, original artwork and more, with many rarities. In addition, nearly 300 lots of captivating children’s books, rare illustrated works, original art, finely bound books and handsome sets, fine press books, miniature books and more round out the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through

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Army surgeon’s estate at core of huge sale by Roland Auctions NY March 4

Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1839) framed lithograph made for the 10th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, Published in 1928 by K. Kriz, Prague. Estimate: $5,500-$6,500. Roland Auctions NY image


NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will present a colossal single-day sale of nearly 1,000 lots on Saturday, March 4. Featured in this sale are 500 lots from estate of a former U.S. Army combat surgeon and Purple Heart recipient. Absentee bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage Auctions to sell Sylvester Stallone’s library of rare books March 8

Walt Whitman VII-volume set. Estimate: $4,000. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – Sylvester Stallone’s personally owned library of rare and collectible books will debut in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books auction March 8 in New York. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vintage Snowmobiles Grounded, Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, and More Fresh News

Wood-bodied Bombardier B-12 snow bus of a type built until approximately 1951/1952, when production switched to metal bodies. Image by Melensdad at English Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • This weekend there would have been a snowmobile festival in northern Michigan featuring a parade of antique and vintage models. There’s just one problem: no snow. [Read more from AP News/UpNorthLive]
  • Wisconsin is celebrating the 150th birthday of native son Frank Lloyd Wright with special events and a new 200-mile trail directing visitors to nine of the sites, homes and buildings he designed. Wright fans who enjoy cycling can take part in the Tour du Taliesin cycling event, which, starts at the architect’s beloved residence Taliesin. [Read more from AP News/Minneapolis StarTribune]
  • Fifty-two years after his death, singer Nat King Cole is being remembered with a public-art mural in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. The painting on brick includes a line from one of his most famous recordings, Unforgettable. [Read more from AP News/Montgomery Advertiser]
  • Experts at Sotheby’s are predicting a record-setting price when they auction a masterpiece by German painter Georg Baselitz on March 8th in London. Titled Mit Roter Fahner (With Red Flag), the 1965 painting from the artist’s “Heroes” series is expected to make $8.1-$10.65 million. [Read more from Artnet News]

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Big payday expected for original Mad magazine cover art

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for Mad magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 23.75 x 31.75 inches, est. $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


YORK, Pa. – Don’t laugh — no, wait — go ahead and laugh. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you look at a cover of Mad magazine. But a magazine is one thing; the original cover art for a Mad issue from the 1960s, like the painting you see here, is quite another. A pop-culture prize of this caliber should have no trouble at all commanding a very serious five-figure auction price.

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Palm Beach Modern hits $1.8M with sale of art, Picasso pottery, Studio 54 celebrity photos

W. PALM BEACH, Fla. – “When you have what the people want, word gets out,” said Rico Baca, auctioneer and co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), commenting on the company’s $1.8 million auction of modern and contemporary art, Picasso pottery and unique Studio 54 photos from a famous photographer’s estate.

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Shipwreck silver, offbeat Americana attract bidders worldwide to Milestone’s Jan. 14 sale

Silver bar recovered from the 1622 shipwreck of the Atocha off the Florida Keys, 1045ozt, sold for $36,600. Milestone Auctions image


WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – The fun factor was off the charts at Milestone’s Jan. 14 New Year’s Spectacular Auction, where bidders could view Spanish silver from a 1622 shipwreck, try on amusing antique parade heads or practice a dignified military gait while toting Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s monogrammed personal luggage.

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Bowie Monument Proposed, Vermeer’s Inspirations, and More Fresh News

Cover art for Aladdin Sane LP recorded by David Bowie. Cover art copyright is believed to belong to RCA Records or the graphic artist(s). Fair use of low-resolution image under US copyright law

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Artists are launching a crowd-funding effort to raise $1.25 million for a David Bowie memorial in London. The planned sculpture will be in the form of the iconic lightning bolt painted on Bowie’s face for the cover of his LP Aladdin Sane. [Read more from Associated Press/Breitbart]
  • His luminous strokes produced masterpieces like Girl with a Pearl Earring. But Johannes Vermeer, the unique jewel in Dutch painting’s crown, copied ideas from his contemporaries like every other artist, argues a new major exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris that opened Wednesday. [Read more from Associated Press]
  • When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. [Read more from the National Gallery of Art]
  • Even Jackie Collins herself said that many of the adventures in her 32 best-selling romance novels were based on the Hollywood scene she knew from years of living in LA. Now the late Jackie Collins’ fans can vie for a piece of her flamboyant lifestyle when 1,000 lots of her jewels and other personal property cross the auction block in May. [Read more from Forbes]

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Gianguan Auctions treats Asia Week buyers to important sale March 11


A Wucai fish jar with cover reflects the porcelain preference of Ming emperors Jiajing, Longqing and Wanli. Ming, with the Jiajing six-character mark. Estimate: $3 million. Gianguan Auctions image


NEW YORK – Gianguan Auctions offers Asia Week buyers an impressive array of historic and contemporary Chinese paintings, ceramics, jade and stone carvings at auction on Saturday, March 11. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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