Music lover’s instrument collection tuned for Bruneau & Co. auction Feb. 25

1957 Gibson LG-2 acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish over its spruce top and mahogany back and sides, in very good condition (est. $2,000-$3,000). Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image


CRANSTON, R.I. – A lifetime musical instrument collection – an assemblage brimming with names like Gibson, Martin, Hofner, Henri Selmer, C.G. Conn, Sho-Bud and more – will be sold at auction on Saturday, Feb. 25, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Clars Auction Gallery offers early Wayne Thiebaud paintings in Feb. 18-19 sale

Wayne Thiebaud’s 1958, ‘Watermelon Slice,’ one of his earliest still life paintings ever to be offered at auction, is expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000. Clars Auction Gallery image


OAKLAND, Calif. – On Feb. 18 and 19, Clars Auction Gallery will present two early paintings by Wayne Thiebaud, decorative art and furnishings from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a significant collection of fine art prints and major ethnographic and tribal collections. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Weather vanes elevated to folk art in Jasper52 Americana auction

Eagle weather vane with original directional mounted on a large painted pedestal, found in New England, copper body, 19th century, 48in x 29in x 29in. Estimate: $2,250-$7,450.


NEW YORK – Figural weather vanes top the list of prized items in an Americana auction being conducted online by Jasper 52 on Sunday, Feb. 12. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hockney Retrospective, Photo of Gauguin with Tahitian Mistress, and More Fresh News

David Hockney (British, b. 1937-), Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, acrylic paint on canvas, 2140 x 3048 mm, Lewis Collection, © David Hockney. Photo credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Tate Britain will present the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney, from Feb. 9-May 29. The fastest-selling show in Tate’s history, the Hockney exhibition celebrates the multi-talented artist’s achievements in painting, drawing, photography and video. [Read more from The Guardian]
  • The only known photos of Gauguin in Polynesia were discovered in a photo album acquired recently by a German dealer. The album includes a photo of a young Tahitian woman — possibly Gauguin’s teenage mistress pahura — being kissed by the middle-aged artist. [Read more from the Art Newspaper]
  • Authorities say memorabilia from Kobe Bryant’s high school career has been stolen from a display case at the Lakers legend’s school near Philadelphia. There’s just one problem for the thief who broke a showcase lock to gain access: the jersey that ordinarily would be worth big bucks is a replica. [Read more from AP/Los Angeles Times]
  • San Francisco history buffs are excited about a Feb. 14 auction containing photos of the city’s 1906 earthquake. The shots document what San Francisco looked like during and after the earthquake and subsequent fire, and also includes images of survivors camped out throughout the city. [Read more from SFGate]

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Hill Auction Gallery presents Picasso vase, original drawing Feb. 15

Signed Pablo Picasso Anfora Burlesca crayon drawing, 1954, image measures 8 1/4in x 5 3/4in. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Jasper52 image


SUNRISE, Fla. – Hill Auction Gallery has traveled the world to produce an auction catalog ranging from early Chinese through Victorian, Belle Epoque to Art Deco, mid-century modern to everything that encompasses the last century. The 400-lot fine art and antiques auction will be conducted Feb. 15. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 antique map auction Feb. 12 knows no bounds

1630 Hondius/Mercator Map of Japan and Korea, ‘Iaponia,’ hand colored, 13.4 x 17.4in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – World travelers can explore both land and sea with a collection of antique maps that will be sold in an online-only auction on Sunday, Feb. 12, by Jasper52. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stamps to Honor David Bowie, Auction of ‘Rudy’ Notre Dame Gear, and More Fresh News

The Royal Mail’s stamps honoring David Bowie, release date March 14, 2017. Courtesy of the Royal Mail

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Britain’s Royal Mail will debut the next installment in its Music Giants Special Stamp series on March 14: a tribute to music and cultural icon David Bowie. Six different depictions of Bowie LP covers are included in the much-anticipated release. [Read more from the Royal Mail]
  • The jersey and helmet famously worn by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger during the Nov. 8, 1975 Notre Dame/Georgia Tech game were auctioned over the weekend for $241,500. Ruettiger was a walk-on for the Fighting Irish and recorded a sack late during the last game of that season, inspiring a movie that has become a favorite of its genre. [Read more from the Chicago Tribune]
  • PBS Television’s Antiques Roadshow, now in its 21st season, has gained a new national sponsor — American Cruise Lines (ACL). With its impressive fleet of ships, ACL offers historical theme cruises on America’s waterways that include Civil War and Lewis & Clark itineraries. [Read more from Benzinga]
  • Only the world’s finest handmade luxury wallpaper will do when the client is Tiffany & Co., Chanel or Saks Fifth Avenue. But some of their exquisite wall coverings don’t come from Europe; they’re produced in a converted seed mill in Arkansas. [Read more from the Washington Times]

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Continental decorative art focus of John Moran’s Feb. 21 auction

Attributed to François Linke (1855-1946 French), this ornate gilt-bronze mounted fern stand will head to the auction block at Moran’s Feb. 21 Decorative Art Auction with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. John Moran Auctioneers image


MONROVIA, Calif. – In the 2017 calendar year, Moran’s is planning a number of changes to their auction lineup, including the introduction of Studio Decorative Art and Jewelry Auctions, featuring quality property with estimates under $2,000. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Christie’s names Dirk Boll president of EMERI operations

Dirk Boll. Christies’s image


LONDON – Dirk Boll has been appointed president of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India, effective immediately.

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Mid-century modern, fine art sharing spotlight at John McInnis auction Feb. 19

George Nelson mahogany veneer desk made for Herman Miller. John McInnis Auctioneers image


AMESBURY, Mass. – An auction largely dedicated to mid-century modern pieces but also to include furniture and furnishings from the Art Deco period, fine paintings, pottery and decorative accessories – more than 500 lots in all – will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, by John McInnis Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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