Jasper52 antiquarian book auction Feb. 19 spans 500 years

‘Documenti d’arte d’oggi,’ magazine, first and only edition, published by MAC 1958, New York, George Wittenborn, 152pp. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Great books from the early era of movable type up to the 20th century are featured in a Jasper52 online-only auction Sunday, Feb. 19. Topics range from the history of Queen Elizabeth’s England to mid-century modern furniture. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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French Superstar’s $300K Harley, Books Worth $2.5M Stolen in London Heist, and More Fresh News

Johnny Hallyday’s 1989 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer 1340cc motorcycle, sold for nearly $300,000 to benefit charity. Photo copyright Mathieu César, image courtesy of Artcurial


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • While his name may not be familiar to everyone, French superstar Johnny Hallyday is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. When he first hit the charts in 1959, he was dubbed the “French Elvis.” Over the weekend Johnny Hallyday’s Harley-Davidson was auctioned for charity and raised nearly $300,000. [Read more from New Atlas]
  • Police confirm that antiquarian books and manuscripts valued at more than $2.5 million were stolen from a London warehouse in a Mission Impossible-style heist. A gang made off with 160 rare publications after abseiling into the building located near Heathrow Airport. [Read more from GetWestLondon]
  • On March 23, Christie’s will host an auction dedicated to Edgar Degas. Comprising 55 works on paper, the collection comes from the heirs of Degas’ brother, René de Gas. The drawings are early works, dated between 1855 and 1865. [Read more from Christie’s]
  • A rare black and white photo of the Titanic taken shortly before the vessel sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 will be auctioned on Wednesday. The last time a comparable photo was seen at auction was in 1998. [Read more from the Belfast Telegraph]

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Jasper52 presents classic Swiss-made wristwatches Feb. 19

Rare Patek Philippe Calatrava stainless steel watch, hand-wind mechanical movement. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer and Rolex are among the major watch brands featured in a Jasper52 auction taking place Feb. 19. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antiques from landmark eatery on the menu at Dirk Soulis auction Feb. 25

Rare matching pair of American Brilliant Cut Glass lamps in the El Tova pattern by the Clark Glass Co. Dirk Soulis Auctions image


LONE JACK, Mo. – The contents of the Vintage House Restaurant in Warrensburg, Missouri, a fine dining establishment that closed its doors about three years ago and doubled as a veritable museum of Victorian-era antiques, will headline a multi-estate auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, by Dirk Soulis Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago Arts coins and currency auction Feb. 24 spans 2,500 years

Pan-American Exposition Gold Medal, 1901. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image


LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Feb. 24, Rago will offer rare coins, medals and notes spanning nearly 2,500 years, from Alexander the Great to John. F. Kennedy. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Colossal Civil War painting gets a new home in Atlanta

A portion of the Atlanta Cyclorama. Image by London looks. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


ATLANTA (AP) – An enormous panoramic painting depicting the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta was relocated to a modern exhibit hall Friday after workers loaded it onto a flatbed truck for the 9-mile trip to its new home.

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Los Angeles tower ridiculed as ‘$1 million jukebox’ may get facelift

The Triforium in downtown Los Angeles. Image by Downtowngal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens of brilliant, colorful mosaics, larger-than-life murals and towering sculptures.

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Jerry Garcia’s Iconic ‘Wolf’ Guitar, Alan Turing’s Cryptic Postcard, and More Fresh News

Jerry Garcia and his iconic ‘Wolf’ guitar. Image courtesy of Guernsey’s

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Guernsey’s will auction off Jerry Garcia’s beloved “Wolf” guitar, arguably one of the most important pieces of rock ‘n’ roll history, on March 14th. The auction house advises that 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Bids will be accepted from all over the world online through LiveAuctioneers.com. [Read more from JamBase]
  • A postcard sent by legendary cryptologist Alan Turing to his psychologist has sold at auction for $35,000. It is believed that Turing included a coded reference to one of history’s most enduring mathematical puzzles within his message on the card. [Read more from The Telegraph]
  • Nineteen letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy to David Ormsby Gore in the years following President Kennedy’s assassination will be auctioned next month at Bonhams. Ormsby Gore, a close friend of JFK’s and a former British ambassador to the United States, proposed marriage to Jacqueline, who declined and instead wed shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. [Read more from Fox News]
  • The stars were out last night at Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood for “Winners,” a photographic exhibition dedicated to Grammy and Oscar winners. The event was co-hosted by Julian Lennon, a talented photographer in his own right. [View collections at Morrison Hotel Gallery]

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Quinn’s to auction Merton D. Simpson African-American art collection Feb. 18

John Biggers (1924-2001), ‘Ending web of the Dawn saying good bye,’ est. $20,000-$40,000. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image


FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries will offer fine art from the inventory and personal collection of Merton D. Simpson (1928-2013) as the highlight of their Feb. 18 African-American Artists Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Picasso pottery vase top pick in Weiss Auctions at $37,200

Earthenware vase by Pablo Picasso, 15 inches tall, with knife engraving and partial brushed glaze. Price realized: $37,200. Weiss Auctions image


LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A white earthenware vase designed by Pablo Picasso and made in 1952 as one in an edition of 400 sold for $37,200 at an auction held Jan. 29 by Weiss Auctions. The vase was the top lot in a sale that grossed over $350,000, with more than 1,000 people combining to bid live and via the Internet. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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