JFK diary written in post-World War II Europe up for auction

This diary was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old John F. Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers. RR Auctions image


BOSTON (AP) – A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler, the ambitions of the Soviet Union and the weakness of the United Nations is up for auction.

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Venetian glass ranges from dramatic to whimsical in Jasper52 sale April 1

Murano hand-blown art glass swirling bowl signed Pauly Venezia. 9in long x 7in wide. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – Many fine examples of 20th century Venetian art glass will be offered by Jasper52 in an online-only auction on Saturday April 1. The auction features vases, bowls and sculptures that were crafted on the Venetian island of Murano, which has been a glassmaking center since the 13th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Science, medicine on cutting edge of PBA Galleries fine books sale April 6

Giorgio Gallesio’s ‘Pomona Italiana,’ published in 1817, contains 60 full-page aquatint plates. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – A remarkable collection on early DNA research assembled by bookseller Samuel Hessel, proprietor of By the Book, L.C. will highlight the April 6 Fine Books with Science & Medicine sale by PBA Galleries. The auction will also include more than 500 lots of fine books, ephemera and other material including early printed books, color plate books, fine press books and many scientific and medical works. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chelsea Hotel Owner’s Fabled Art Collection, Rediscovered Rodin, and More Fresh News

Tom Wesselmann (American 1931-2004) “Study for Blue Nude #14.” Estimate $50,000-80,000. Image courtesy of Freeman’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • The late Stanley Bard, co-owner of the Chelsea Hotel — New York’s legendary refuge for the avant-garde — was known for his generosity toward struggling artists. He also collected their artworks, long before they were famous. Bard’s collection will be auctioned May 16. [Read more from Robb Report]

  • Auguste Rodin’s newly rediscovered marble masterpiece titled Andromeda will be auctioned in Paris in May. The work has remained in the same family for approximately 130 years. [Read more from Channel NewsAsia]
  • How big is the art market? Is it getting bigger or smaller? This is the time of year the art world’s number-crunchers release reports that try to answer these tricky questions. [Read more from The New York Times]
  • She’s small but mighty, and experts say she could be worth $333,000 per inch. What is it? A 9-inch-tall marble sculpture from Ancient Turkey that’s valued at around $3 million. [Read more from AP/US News]

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Kansas City museum opens expanded European art galleries

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened the Bloch Galleries on March 11. Photo by Joshua Ferdinand


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has opened the Bloch Galleries in the museum’s original 1933 Beaux-Arts building, featuring the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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Hermes handbags made for the discriminating few

This Shiny Fuchsia Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35cm has a catch and padlock of 18K white gold, studded with diamonds. Courtesy Christie’s


Cleopatra had all the luxury goods the ancient world could offer – but the Queen of the Nile did not have to carry her own stuff.
Handbags arose when women took charge of their own lives and had to have their personal possessions on call wherever they traveled.

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Renowned NYC dealer’s antiques featured in Roland Auctions’ April 1 sale

R.A. Pinchon, ‘La Seine du Val de la Haye,’ oil on canvas. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Roland Auctions NY image


NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will present an impressive single-day sale of nearly 1,000 lots on April 1. Included in this auction are hundreds of items from the Greenwich, Connecticut, estate of a former U.S. Army combat surgeon and Purple Heart recipient as well as an important Manhattan/Park Avenue estate. These exceptional objects represent many specialized collections including Chinese antiques, European porcelain, and fine art by 20th century modern masters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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No Worries for Mad Cover Art, Tea Caddies I.D.’d as Chinese Treasures, and More Fresh News

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for Mad magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 23.75 x 31.75 inches. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • The acknowledged master of Mad magazine cover art is Norman Mingo (1896-1980), but most collectors would never have a chance to acquire one of Mingo’s fantastic originals. Recently one of his best works, the Sept. 1968 Mad cover art showing the Beatles and their guru Alfred E. Neuman, appeared at auction. [Read more from Scoop]
  • Two containers used as humble tea caddies for the past 40 years were recently identified as 200-year-old Chinese treasures. Their true value was revealed when an auction-house appraiser visiting the residence took a closer look at them. [Read more from Christian Davies Antiques]

  • A pastor in the West African nation of Sierra Leone recently discovered a diamond the size of a hockey puck, weighing 706 carats. He turned over the diamond to Sierra Leone’s president and hopes its sale proceeds can be used to improve the plight of poverty-stricken villagers. [Read more from Associated Press]
  • An IOU signed by Alamo hero William B. Travis, is expected to make at least $75,000 at a Texas-themed auction on Friday in Dallas. The 1836 letter is part of a collection that includes 19th-century maps, books about early life in Texas, and documents signed by historical Texas figures. [Read more from the San Antonio Express-News]

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Designer Raymond Loewy never left well enough alone

This red DF-2000 cabinet of plastic, laminate and enameled aluminum was designed by Raymond Loewy circa 1960 and manufactured by Compagnie d’Esthetique Industrielle, France. Image courtesy Wright, Chicago


Many find it surprising to learn Raymond Loewy, the designer of so many quintessential American products, was born in Paris. He was born in 1893 to an Austrian father and French mother, and died July 14 (Bastille Day), 1986 in Monte Carlo. One can find many examples of Loewy’s designs for sale in the secondary market, particularly from the late- to mid-20th century.

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Stolen Van Gogh paintings return to Amsterdam after 14 years

‘Seascape at Scheveningen’ (1882) is one of two Van Gogh paintings stolen from the Amsterdam museum in 2002. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


AMSTERDAM (AP) – Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen in a smash-and-grab heist more than 14 years ago went back on display Tuesday at the Amsterdam museum dedicated to the Dutch master.

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