Heritage Auctions achieves $1.2M for Art Deco, 20th century art

Charles Rollo Peters (American, 1862-1928), ‘Light Beyond the Trees,’ oil on canvas laid on board, 25 1/2 x 32 inches. Price realized: $57,500. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – An expansive collection of Art Deco pieces that spanned the time from the Jazz Age through World War II highlighted the “Art Deco and 20th Century Art Treasures, Through the Modernist Lens” auction conducted this March 17-19 by Heritage Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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M G Neely Auction showcases mid-century designs, Asian furnishings May 7

Signed pair of Paul Evans Directional Cityscape end tables in chrome (starting bid $400). M G Neely image


LANTANA, Fla. – M G Neely Auction will be holding their Palm Beach Antique to Modern Estate Auction on Sunday, May 7 at noon Eastern time. Mark Neely of Lantana, Florida, will be calling the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Moran’s sees upward trend for undervalued American artists

Hailing from the Brommer collection, this Bunker Hill, Los Angeles scene by Emil Kosa Jr. (1903-1968) was a favorite among local attendee bidders, realizing $18,000 (est. $6,000/$8,000). John Moran Auctioneers image


MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ March California and American Fine Art catalog featured works from a number of important collections and estates, including the private collection of California watercolorist Gerald Brommer and his wife Georgia. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Utah’s Spiral Jetty becomes state work of art

A person stands in the middle of ‘Spiral Jetty.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah’s governor has signed a bill that designates the iconic Spiral Jetty sculpture on the shore of the Great Salt Lake an official state work of art.

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Restoration returns liveliness to Leonardo’s ‘Adoration of the Magi’

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Adoration of the Magi’ prior to restoration. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished masterpiece Adoration of the Magi has emerged from a six-year restoration cleaner, brighter and with a depth that hasn’t been seen for centuries. Read more

Massive Gold Coin Stolen from Museum, Hirst’s Painting of George Michael, and More Fresh News

Gold Maple Leaf, Vorderseite, copyright Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Munzkabinett; Photo: Reinhard Saczewski

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Thieves broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum before dawn on Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin, police said. The coin has a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($750,000), but by weight alone, its market value could be almost $4.5 million. [Read more from Associated Press]
  • A portrait of George Michael painted by Damien Hirst as a tribute to the late British pop singer has sold for nearly $600,000 at a charity auction. Proceeds will benefit HIV and AIDS-prevention and awareness programs. [Read more from The Irish Times]
  • British monks have been enjoying international cuisine for longer than once thought. A 1793 recipe book discovered in the archives of a Benedictine monastery has revealed that priests of that order were dining on such spicy delicacies as Indian curry well over 200 years ago. [Read more from The Mirror]
  • Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan (1962), which has not been seen publicly for more than 25 years, will be auctioned on May 17 in New York. It’s the sister painting of a work of the same title that’s held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. [Read more from Christie’s]

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AntikBar promotes propaganda and travel posters in April 22 auction

Vintage Soviet propaganda poster with quote by Russian poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky: “Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin Will Live,” USSR, 1969, artist Victor Ivanov, 109cm x79.5cm. Estimate: £120-£240. AntikBar image


LONDON – Poster specialists AntikBar will conduct an auction on Saturday, April 22, starting at 3 p.m. UK time (10 a.m. Eastern). Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 prints auction April 1 spans past 2 centuries

Audubon’s Baltimore Oriole print, original limited edition Princeton Audubon print of Orioles (505/1500), framed, 35in wide x 40 in high. Estimate: $1,300-$1,700. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Jasper52 will conduct an online only auction of prints, multiples and works on paper Sunday, April 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. This 119-lot auction has a mix of modern and antique prints spanning from the 19th to the 20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jackson’s Neverland Back on the Market, 70-Year-Old Royal Wedding Cake, and More Fresh News

Michael Jackson’s Neverland. Image courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • It might not be a bargain, but Michael Jackson’s Neverland, sans Michael’s menagerie of animals and carnival rides, is now much more affordable. First put on the market in 2015 with an asking price of $100 million, it has been relisted at $67 million. [Read more from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com]

  • No taste-testing at the preview, please! A 70-year-old slice of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding cake is being auctioned later this year, complete with the original box inscribed with a note from the Royal bride-to-be. [Read more from Royal Central]
  • A New York art dealer believes a King David sculpture on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a fake. He says it’s a knock-off that might even have been cast from an authentic and very similar head he bought at an antique shop in 2012. [Read more from the New York Post]
  • Christie’s Dubai recently sold the most expensive vintage watch ever to be auctioned in the Middle East. The Patek Philippe ref. 2499/100 manufactured in 1981 was purchased for just under $500,000. [Read more from the Business Standard]

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Chinese calligraphy, Japanese woodblock print top Clars results for March

A new world auction record was set for the artist Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975) on his woodcut and color titled ‘Silence/Last Twilight on an Unknown Lake, Jhonson (Johnson) Peak, High Sierra, California, U.S.A.,’1930. This work soared to a final price of $22,990. Clars Auction Gallery image


OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s March 19 sale of fine art, decorative art, furniture, jewelry/timepieces and Asian art featured the second installment of a select collection of decorative arts and furnishings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; important works from contemporary Chinese masters including Yo Youren and Zhang Daqian; fine art from both American and European artists with a new world record set for Chuira Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975) and an impressive selection of fine jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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