Fundraising campaign launched to preserve JFK’s sailboat

John F. Kennedy on the Victura with his brother Ted Kennedy. Image courtesy John F. Kennedy Library and Museum


BOSTON (AP) – President John F. Kennedy loved the sea, and perhaps nothing represented that love more than the wooden sailboat the family bought when he was just 15.

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Van Gogh drawing, works by Leger, Gottlieb, Basquiat at top of Woodshed’s sale March 29

Paint and ink on cardboard by Jean-Michel Basquait, titled ‘Federal Reserve,’ attributed to the artist (starting bid: $1,500). The Woodshed Gallery image


FRANKLIN, Mass. – An original ink drawing by Vincent van Gogh, an untitled 1967 gouache study by Adolph Gottlieb, a work by Fernand Leger titled Composition with Three Women and a paint and ink on cardboard attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat will all be part of a 97-lot online-only auction set for March 29 by The Woodshed Gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Professors’ estate takes center stage at Great Gatsby’s sale March 31-April 2

S. Kirk & Son sterling Repoussé hot beverage set, 19th century, .912 or coin silver, ram’s masks. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.  Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery image


ATLANTA – An exceptional estate from Baltimore, Maryland, anchors a three-day auction March 31-April 2 at Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Author Larry McMurtry typewriters pound out $37,500 at Heritage Auctions

Larry McMurtry’s two Hermes 3000 typewriters, made in Switzerland by E. Paillard, circa 1963-1970. Price realized: $37,500. Heritage Auctions image


NEW YORK – Collectors pounced on a pair of historic typewriters author Larry McMurtry used to write Lonesome Dove, selling for $37,500 at a $1.8+ million public auction of rare books held by Heritage Auctions on March 8. The novel was a genre-defining opus and reinvigorated the western literature scene. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hill Auction Gallery assembles diverse offerings for spring sale March 27

Vintage Cartier 18k solid yellow gold, red salmon coral and mother of pearl bracelet and ring set. Good condition with small chip to one mother of pearl cabochon and crack to coral cabochon at clasp. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Hill Auction Gallery image


SUNRISE, Fla. – Diverse items collected by a Coral Gables couple who had vastly differing tastes but a shared desire for high quality represent the bulk of Hill Auction Gallery’s “Spring into Auction” event March 27. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Art Deco, 20th century art comprise Heritage Auctions’ big event March 17-19

Adrian Gilbert statuette featured in the 1939 film ‘Ninotchka,’ (est. $8,000-$12,000). Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – A remarkable collection focused on international art from the Jazz Age through World War II is the foundation of Heritage Auctions’ “Through the Modernist Lens: A Distinctive Hollywood Collection of Art Deco and 20th Century Art,” which will be offered March 17-19. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction of Apple 1 Computer, Civil War Drummer Boy Photo, and More Fresh News

Apple I computer to be sold in May by Auction Team Breker. Image courtesy of Auction Team Breker


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Germany’s Auction Team Breker has offered some of the world’s rarest and most interesting items in its past Science & Technology sales. In May they’ll be auctioning yet another headline-maker: an Apple I computer with a raft of original documentation. [Read more from Cult of Mac]
  • A New York cemetery where a Civil War veteran known as “Albany’s Little Drummer Boy” is buried has received the only image of him known to exist. The benefactor found the tintype image while going through her late father’s Civil War collection. [Read more from Associated Press]

  • In the movie poster market, the right image of James Bond gives the seller a license to thrill. One of the most coveted Bond posters promotes the 1962 film Dr. No, with images of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. [Read more from Antiques Trade Gazette]
  • A coral necklace worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind and Marilyn Monroe’s gold and pearl drop earrings from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are among the glittering adornments in an auction planned for November. The sale features costume jewelry made for top Hollywood stars by costume designer Eugene Joseff . [Read more from Reuters]

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Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future items beamed up to Premiere Props sale March 25

Hover board used by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie ‘Back to the Future II.’ Premiere Props image


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The actual hover boards used by Michael J. Fox and Thomas F. Wilson as “Marty McFly” and “Biff Tannen” in the movie Back to the Future II; screen-used props from Star Wars, Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation; and guitars signed by members of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead are all part of Premiere Props’ next auction on March 25. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Asia Week New York galleries open their doors despite late winter storm

Asia Week New York reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Annie Watts


NEW YORK – Asia Week New York got off to a great start with its gala cocktail reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Due to the impending snowstorm, the question on everyone’s mind was whether to open or not. Auction houses scrambled to rearrange their schedules, but many of the dealers decided to keep their doors open and carried on with business as usual despite the inclement weather.

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Lou Gehrig baseball cards earn MVP honors at Weiss Auctions

The 1934 Goudey card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the legendary ‘Iron Horse’ (left) sold for a $49,450. The signed 1933 Goudy Lou Gehrig card (right) hit $37,950. Weiss Auctions images


LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A pair of Goudey baseball cards signed by Yankees’ slugger Lou Gehrig, one from 1933 and the other from 1934, sold for $37,950 and $49,450, respectively, at an auction held March 4 by Weiss Auctions. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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