Antique Trader offering free collectible for National Postcard Week

‘Antique Trader’ is offering this limited edition postcard to celebrate National Postcard Week, which runs May 7-13, 2017. Antique Trader image


IOLA, Wis. – Are you or someone you know a deltiologist? If so, Antique Trader applauds you, especially with National Postcard Week 2017 rapidly approaching. Deltiologists (people who collect and study postcards) have been celebrating this collecting interest as far back as the early 20th century, according to the National Postcard Week site.

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Working Apple-1 could log record price at Auction Team Breker May 20

An original Apple-1 computer, consigned by the original buyer from California, will be featured in Auction Team Breker’s Science & Technology sale May 20. Auction Team Breker image


COLOGNE, Germany – Apple aficionados will have a chance to acquire a unique piece of personal computer history when an original Apple-1 will be offered at Auction Team Breker’s Science & Technology, Automata & Toys auction May 20. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Crescent City Auction dealing Clementine Hunter’s ‘Playing Cards’ May 13-14

Oil on board figural work by the iconic African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), titled ‘Playing Cards,’ done circa 1980 (est. $3,000-$5,000). Crescent City Auction Gallery image


NEW ORLEANS – Three oil on board figural works by prolific folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), a beautiful oil on canvas landscape rendering by New Orleans artist Richard Clague (1812-1873), and a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan are expected headliners in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s May 13-14 auction. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gold bracelets, diamond rings lead off Gray’s jewelry auction May 10

Ram’s head cuff bracelet, 18K yellow gold, interior dimensions 2in high x 2 1/4in diameter. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image


CLEVELAND – On May 10, Gray’s Auctioneers will showcase many brilliant diamond and precious gemstone pieces in their spring fine jewelry auction, just in time for Mother’s Day. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Schiele’s First Masterpiece, JFK’s $700K Diary, And More Fresh News

Egon Schiele, ‘Danae,’ estimate $30M-$40M. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Sotheby’s London has managed to snag what it’s calling the “first masterpiece” by the Austrian Egon Schiele. Danaë (1909), a nude that Schiele painted when he was 19, is estimated $30M-$40M. [Read more from ArtNews]

  • A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II has sold at auction for $718,750. Two bidders in the gallery vied against six phone bidders for the 61-page diary, which includes JFK’s observations on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations. [Read more from Fox News]
  • The owner of a 17th-century Dutch portrait that Nazis looted from its German Jewish owner during World War II decided to pull the work on Wednesday, hours before it was to be auctioned in Austria. There had been a global outcry and anonymous threats. [Read more from the NY Times]
  • If the idea of discovering a rare and valuable coin appeals to you, numismatic experts have some advice to offer. Check your pocket change! [Read more from NBC-TV]

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Bruneau & Co. to sell single-owner Asian art collection May 6

Fine 18th century porcelain mottled apple green crackle glaze vase, sitting on a flat foot rising into a tapered ovoid body, 5 3/4 inches tall (est. $600-$900). Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image


CRANSTON, R.I. – A large and impressive Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze censer and a large Japanese mid-20th century gilt over red lacquer carved wood Kannon Buddha are expected top lots in the auction of an outstanding single-owner Asian art collection planned for Saturday, May 6, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague

Gerhard Richter, Untitled (1.2.89), 1989, oil on color photograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Phillips


PRAGUE (AP) – German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery.

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Pissarro painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US

‘Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,’ Camille Pissaro, oil on canvas, 1886. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has been transferred to Paris from the University of Oklahoma.

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Paul Storr wine coolers hot sellers at Heritage Auctions silver auction

Pair of Paul Storr silver-gilt wine coolers for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London, 1813, 11-5/8 inches high (29.5 cm), 248.28 troy ounces. Price realized: $62,500. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – A fine pair of Paul Storr silver-gilt wine coolers for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell sold for $62,500, well above estimates, at Heritage Auctions’ fine silver and vertu auction on April 20. Prices realized were competitive with a strong 91 percent sell-through rate. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Don Presley Auction presents sale of ‘mighty fine’ antiques, May 21

Pair of Tang-style beast mask flasks, 8in x 7 1/2in, deaccessioned from the Bowers Museum. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Don Presley Auction image


SANTA ANA, Calif. – “Mighty fine” was a favorite expression uttered by auctioneer Don Presley in describing the premium items in his sales. Presley is departed but Don Presley Auction gives him a nod with a sale May 21 dubbed “Mighty Fine May Antique, Art Deco & Porcelain.” Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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