Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears National Monument would be tragic

View looking north along Utah Highway 261 toward the Bears Ears. Natural Bridges National Monument is to the left of the image. U.S. Geological Survey image


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his agency must partner with them, and warned him that rescinding or shrinking the monument would be “absolute tragedies.”

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In Memoriam: David Rockefeller, philanthropist and guardian of family fortune


David Rockefeller in 1953, from a photo held in the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration


NEW YORK (AP) _ David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving. That lesson lasted throughout his life; to mark his 100th birthday in 2015, Rockefeller gave 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to the state of Maine.

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In Memoriam: Alfred Tibor, sculptor, 97

Alfred Tibor, ‘Balancing Act,’ bronze sculpture. Image courtesy of LiveAuctoneers and Rachel Davis Fine Arts


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Holocaust survivor who became a sculptor and has his work on display at Ohio’s governor’s mansion has died.

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Washington portrait, rare clocks spring forward in Fontaine’s auction March 25

English triple fuse animated bracket clock having a dial arch with an animated scene of a seated violinist playing, a dancing man in the center (est. $25,000-$35,000). Fontaine’s Auction Gallery image


PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and in excellent condition, and a late 18th / early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock that plays a selection of four different tunes on the hour, are expected top lots in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antique & Fine Arts Auction, scheduled for Saturday, March 25. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Artemis Gallery to auction important museum-exhibited Russian icons & religious art, March 23

Circa-1890 CE arched, gold leaf Royal Door wing panels for an iconostasis in an Orthodox church. Exhibited Mint Museum of Art and N.C. Museum of Art. Ex Lilly and Francis Robicsek collection. Est. $60,000-$90,000


BOULDER, Colo. – The 2003-4 “Windows Into Heaven” exhibition held at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., celebrated a period that was the zenith of Russian art’s long and illustrious history. The stellar exhibition that drew international media attention featured 18th- and 19th-century Russian icons on loan from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek collection. It would be another 10 years before the fabled icons were exhibited again, at the North Carolina Museum of History. Now a select grouping of icons from those two exhibitions has been chosen to headline Artemis Gallery’s March 23 auction, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Eagle-eyed collector stuck on antique barbed wire

Collection of rare 19th century Texas barbed wire. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Auctions at Showplace


GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) – It can only mean one thing if Mike Call slams on the brakes while driving down the highway – barbed wire.

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Revolutionary War sword points to big weekend-long John McInnis auction March 24-26

The sword was made by the renowned maker John Bailey of New York and would carry great value even if it weren’t linked to a Revolutionary War patriot. John McInnis Auctioneers image


AMESBURY, Mass. – An important Revolutionary War sword and scabbard made by John Bailey and descended in the family of patriot Francis Dana (1743-1811), a pair of circa 1820 floor globes by Cary of London, and a large oil portrait painting by William McGregor Paxton (American, 1869-1941) will all come up for bid at a March 24-26 auction. They are a few of the many rare, important and historically significant items slated to cross the auction block at John McInnis Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction of 887-Carat Emerald, Miami Beach Makeover, and More Fresh News

The 887-carat raw emerald known as La Gloria, one of the largest known rough emeralds from the Muzo mines of Colombia, is probably the largest such emerald in the United States. Image courtesy of Guernsey’s auction house


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • A once-neglected strip of Miami Beach whose landscape consisted of decaying structures and empty lots is getting a glamorous makeover. The $1 billion project includes opulent hotels, condos and a performing arts center. [Read more from AP/CNBC]

  • Billionaires and crowned heads the world over agree: stamps are an indispensable part of a smart portfolio. Last week a new world record price was paid for a New Zealand stamp — a 1949 three-penny stamp commemorating the Royal Visit. [Read more from StuffNZ]
  • A bankrupt French company’s massive stock of antiquarian manuscripts will be auctioned in Paris later this year. There are thousands of valuable examples, including Einstein’s calculations and the Marquis de Sade’s writings. [Read more from The Art Newspaper]

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Audubon birds coming to Indianapolis Museum of Art

John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851), Robert Havell (English, 1793–1878) (engraver), ‘Louisiana Heron (Tricolored Heron),’ 1827–1838, hand-colored engraving, 25-3/4 × 20-3/4 in. (plate). On loan from a private collection. Image courtesy Joel Oppenheimer Inc.


INDIANAPOLIS – This spring, experience nature indoors and out with Audubon: Drawn to Nature at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from April 1 through July 30.

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Iron and steam join forces in March 31-April 1 toy auction hosted by Pook & Pook with Noel Barrett

‘Magnet’ live-steam train locomotive, 2-2-2, with double-cylinder engine, fully functional, boiler front plate engraved ‘R. Ockelford, 1850,’ est. $8,000-$10,000. Pook & Pook with Noel Barrett image


DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook and veteran toy auctioneer Noel Barrett are partnering on another terrific toy auction, this time a big two-day event on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. Most of the 850 lots cataloged for this top-notch sale are from two advanced collections: the Stephen Sachs collection of cast-iron toys and banks, and the Eberhard Luethke collection of steam and hot air engines, accessories and live-steam toys and trains. The event will take place at Pook & Pook’s Downingtown gallery in suburban Philadelphia, with all forms of bidding including absentee and live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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