Hitler’s telephone commands attention at Alexander Historical sale Feb. 19

Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos described the telephone as ‘the most destructive weapon of all time.’ Alexander Historical Auctions image.


CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. – Adolf Hitler’s personal telephone, used by Nazi Germany’s dictator to bark orders to his generals and staff, will be offered for sale on Feb. 19, day two of Alexander Historical Auctions’ militaria sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available both days through LiveAuctioneers.

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Designer handbags leading the way at Sworders’ specialty sale Feb. 8

Gucci crocodile Avaitrix Boston bag. Estimate: £4,000-£5,000. Sworders image.


ESSEX COUNTY, UK – Gucci, Hermès, Chanel, Zandra Rhodes and Christian Lacroix are all top designer names that are featured in Sworders’ Objects of Desire auction in Stansted Mountfitchet on Feb. 8. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Alderfer Auction names downsizing & transition services coordinator

Mary Hunsberger. Alderfer Auction image


HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction has named Mary Hunsberger as downsizing & transition coordinator.

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Sendak, Wyeth, Button exhibits coming to NY museum

‘Central-Park, Winter, The Skating Pond,’ 1862, Currier and Ives (publisher), Lyman W. Atwater, lithographer (1835–1891), after Charles Parsons (1821–1910). Hand-colored lithograph. Collection of Dick Button.


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The Fenimore Art Museum’s 2017 schedule of 11 new exhibits includes artwork by Maurice Sendak and Andrew Wyeth and a display of art and memorabilia from Olympic figure skating champion Dick Button.

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Met museum event Feb. 5 observes ‘Year of the Rooster’

Many performers will participate in the Mets’ ‘Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster.’ Metropolitan Museum of Art image


NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more

Wall Street breakthrough sparks rally at Capo Auction

Arturo Di Modica (Italian, b. 1941), ‘Cavallo’ (Horse), bronze, 1981-1986, 6 x 6 x 4 feet. Price realized: $16,800. Capo Auction image


NEW YORK – The momentous breakthrough on Wall Street last week sparked a buying frenzy on Arturo Di Modica’s bronze sculptures at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques. The Italian artist’s Cavallo bronze sold to a prominent horse farm in Wellington, Fla., for $16,800 at Capo Auctons’s sale Jan. 28. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Taylor Swift Flipping LA Mansion, Masterpieces Feared Destroyed, and More Fresh News

Taylor Swift’s Beverly Hills home, currently on the market. Image courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Taylor Swift is selling her most recent real estate acquisition: the 10,982-sq.-ft. Beverly Hills mansion she bought in 2015 for $25 million. It originally belonged to movie mogul Sam Goldwyn and was purchased from the estate of Goldwyn’s son. [Read more from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com]
  • A co-defendant in one of the world’s biggest art heists has testified in court that he threw away five art treasures worth more than $100 million. The works stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris included masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Braque and Leger. [Read more from AP/Washington Post]
  • A San Francisco nightlife icon, Lefty O’Doul’s sports bar is closing. Society folks in tuxedos and down-and-outs in raggedy clothes have always been equally welcome at the Union Square watering hole. But now that O’Doul’s is closing, what will happen to its famous baseball memorabilia collection? [Read more from Associated Press]
  • Militaria fans, be sure to catch the new season of Smithsonian Channel’s testosterone-charged hit The Weapon Hunter. Paul Shull will be back as the series host, continuing his quest to find the word’s rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history. [Read more and view a clip from Smithsonian Channel]

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English automaton clock stops just short of $1M at Fontaine’s auction

Rare 18th century English-made pagoda form automaton musical clock, produced for the Chinese Qing Imperial Court. Price realized: $998,250. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image


PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A rare 18th century English-made pagoda form automaton musical clock, produced for the Chinese Qing Imperial Court, fell just shy of the $1 million mark when it sold for $998,250 (including buyer’s premium) at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antiques and Fine Art Auction, held Jan. 21. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 to debut wide-ranging decorative arts auction Feb. 4

Pavel Erovikov (Russian, 1982), ‘Regional Center,’ oil on canvas, 46in x 31in. Estimate: $3,500-$5,000. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Jasper 52 will debut a decorative arts auction on Saturday, Feb. 4, with 120 lots of fresh furnishings to enhance any abode. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Restored Memphis Belle to be displayed at Air Force museum

The B-17F ‘Memphis Belle’ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in December 2011. U.S. Air Force photo


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a famous World War II aircraft will be on public display next year at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton after more than a decade of restoration.

Museum curator Jeff Duford says the Memphis Belle, an Army Air Forces B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, will be unveiled on May 17, 2018. That date will be the 75th anniversary of the crew’s 25th mission over Europe.

The aircraft will be the centerpiece of a large-scale exhibit on strategic bombing in the World War II gallery. A museum spokesman says a B-17 will be moved out and eventually transported to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Work to restore the Memphis Belle has been underway since 2005.


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