Kaminski Auctions features Italian art, antiques in Feb. 19 event

William James, ‘Grand Canal Venice,’ oil on canvas. Kaminski Auctions image


BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will conduct its first auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 19. The auction features the outstanding collection of the Montelatici family of New York, Florence, Italy and Miami Beach, Fla., along with other estates. The auction, which coincides with the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show, and will take place at the Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. Absentee and Internet bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Illinois historic site to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday

The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Ill. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is holding a celebration to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at his parents’ former home.

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Rodin Museum fetes sculptor with passion-themed installation

Rodin’s ‘The Kiss.’ Henri Greber (French, 1855-1941). After Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Image courtesy the Rodin Museum


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Auguste Rodin’s sensuous piece The Kiss will, fittingly, form the core of an installation at Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum centered on the theme of passion to mark the 100th anniversary of the French sculptor’s death.

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Artemis Gallery Feb. 9 Antiquities, Asian & Ethnographic Variety Auction strong on provenance

Rare Pre-Columbian Chorrera (Ecuador, circa 1000 BCE) redware box with glyph-like motif and prone figure on upper section, est. $3,000-$5,000


BOULDER, Colo. – Artemis Gallery’s Thursday, Feb. 9 Variety Auction lives up to its name and then some, with hundreds of fine-quality pieces to suit all tastes and budgets. From relics of early Middle Eastern civilizations through to the Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial periods of the Americas’ rich history, there are many wonderful “gems” to be discovered in this sale.

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Nanking Cargo porcelain part of Great Gatsby’s auction Feb. 10-12

Three blue and white porcelain plates from the Nanking Cargo. Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery image


ATLANTA – Fourteen lots of blue and white Chinese Export porcelain salvaged from a famous shipwreck will be sold at Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery’s three-day auction Feb. 10-12. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 Asian arts auction Feb. 4 extends beyond China

Shakyamuni bronze statue, 18th century. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Jasper52 is presenting an Asian art and antique auction on Saturday, Feb. 4. The auction features ceramics, paintings, textiles and lacquer items from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Astronaut Roger Chaffee’s legacy remains treasured in his hometown

NASA 8-by-10 crew photo of (from left) Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, who all perished in a launch pad fire 50 years ago. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Aurora.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Dave DeBruyn, the longtime curator for the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, never met the Apollo astronaut for whom the planetarium is named.

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Microcars, pinball machines ready to roll in Twine Services auction Feb. 4

1958 BMW Isetta 300, Bayerische Motoren Werke, Munich, Germany, odometer reads 43111 km. Estimate: $45,000-$55,000. Twine Services image


ATLANTA – In postwar Europe, the microcar or “bubble car” came to symbolize the renewed energy and collective spirit of the era. On Saturday, Feb. 4, Twine Services will auction four restored micro cars picked from the former Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum of Madison, Ga. More than two dozen fully restored pinball machines along with a collection of fine jewelry will also be featured in the auction. Absentee bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: January 2017

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

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PBA Galleries offering ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Ulysses’ firsts at international fair Feb. 12

This rare first printing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ in the original dust jacket is expected to sell for $35,000-$45,000. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will host their next sale on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Oakland Marriott City Center during the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. PBA presents 221 lots of rare, important, interesting, and charitable works, ranging from manuscript laws of Venice in the 16th century to legendary 20th century fantasy, with landmarks of philosophy, science and literature, rare illustrated books, and historical accounts of world travels. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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