Elmer Crowell decoy big attraction at Guyette & Deeter sale Nov. 9

Rare and important calling green-winged teal drake by Elmer Crowell. From the Cunningham collection. Fine paint detail. Carved crossed wingtips with feather carving detail and fluted tail. Crowell’s oval brand is on the underside. Decoy is also identified on the underside. From the Cunningham collection. Guyette & Deeter image


ST. MICHAELS, Md. – Guyette & Deeter will hold their 31st annual fall decoy auction on Thursday, Nov. 9. The sale, which has a projected gross over $2 million, will be held at the Talbot County Community Center, on U.S. Route 50 in Easton, Maryland. Over 400 decoys and related items will be sold, with prices ranging from $150 to $175,000. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Napa’s di Rosa gallery closes following California wildfires

Mark di Suvero’s sculpture For Veronica (1987) photographed on October 10, 2017. Di Rosa staff is currently working with conservators to assess artworks that were affected by the smoke and determine the professional cleaning measures required.


NAPA, Calif.—Due to the recent Northern California wildfires, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa is closed until further notice. This includes postponement of all events related to the upcoming exhibition Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times, including the press preview scheduled for November 2 and opening reception on November 4.

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Julien’s sports auction Nov. 3 has bidders going for the gold

1994 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a player from the champion Brazil national team. Estimate: $45,000-$55,000. Julien’s of Hollywood image


CULVER CITY, Calif. – A stunning collection of 165 items of sporting memorabilia from the world’s greatest sports stars of the past 100 years will be sold on Nov. 3rd in Los Angeles by Julien’s of Hollywood. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Steve Jobs signed magazine sells for more than 50K at auction

Newsweek magazine signed by Steve Jobs, auctioned for $50,587. Image courtesy of RR Auction

BOSTON – A Steve Jobs-signed cover of an October 24, 1988 issue of Newsweek magazine has sold for $50,587, according to Boston-based RR Auction.

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Phillips auctions Paul Newman Rolex watch for record $17.8M

The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, auctioned by Phillips on Oct. 26, 2017 for $17.8 million. Image courtesy of Phillips

NEW YORK – (ACNI) Last night in New York City a Rolex Daytona wristwatch formerly owned and worn by screen legend Paul Newman was auctioned for $17.8 million. It was the highlight of the Winning Icons: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century sale conducted by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, and set a new world record for a watch at auction. Read more

Early Rockwell work may bring $1M at Heritage Auctions Nov. 3

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Lazybones,’ oil on canvas, 26in. x 24in. Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – Recently returned to a family after it was stolen more than 40 years ago, Norman Rockwell’s endearing Lazybones (Boy Asleep with Hoe) is expected to sell for more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ American Art Auction on Friday, Nov. 3. The 1919 Saturday Evening Post cover makes its auction debut, highlighting an exceptional array of Golden Age illustration. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Million-Dollar Star Wars Collection, Dylan’s $300K Guitar, and More Fresh News

Kenner Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 23 Back-A, AFA 80 NM double-telescoping action figure on blister card, 1978. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  •  Wall Street investors are eyeing a Star Wars collection that’s being auctioned by Hake’s Americana on Nov. 16th. It’s regarded by many experts as the world’s finest fully graded assemblage of early Star Wars characters, playsets and vehicles. You won’t believe the jaw-dropping estimate on a 1978 Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure. [Read more from the York Dispatch]
  • A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in the 1970s is expected to sell for more than $300,000 in a Nov. 11 auction hosted by Heritage in Dallas. Dylan played the guitar at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. [Read more from Billboard]
  • Whoever would have suspected Einstein had a theory for happiness? He apparently did, because in 1922 he wrote it on a piece of paper while staying at a Tokyo hotel and gave it to a bellboy in lieu of a tip. Einstein’s scribbled note just sold at auction for $1.3 million. [Read more from CBS]
  • A man’s wristwatch found in an attic has sold for $276,000 at an auction in Sweden. The Omega Speedmaster 2915-1 was made in 1958, and while it isn’t diamond-studded or the type of timepiece you’d keep in a bank vault, it’s in rarely seen all-original condition. [Read more from The Local]

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Illustrated children’s books the big story at PBA Galleries Nov. 2

Dr. Seuss, ‘And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street,’ first edition of Dr. Seuss’s first book for children, Vanguard Press, 1937. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. PBA Galleries image


SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, Nov. 2, PBA Galleries will offer more than 550 lots of illustrated books, including a generous amount of children’s literature. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Skinner launches auction devoted to space photos Nov. 2

Portrait of Buzz Aldrin with the photographer (Neil Armstrong) and the Lunar Module reflected in his visor, Apollo 11, July 1969. Estimate: $1,200-1,800. Skinner image


MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner will present “The Beauty of Space,” the first auction in the United States to focus solely on vintage photographs produced from 1961 to 1972 by NASA, on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The 445-lot single-owner collection showcases both iconic and rare gelatin silver and chromogenic prints providing an extraordinary photographic journey to the moon and back as seen through the eyes of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Material Culture presents international textiles auction Oct. 29

Lot 15: fine antique Chinese silk embroidered robe, Qing Dynasty. Material Culture image


PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture will offer a beautiful and rare assortment of woven masterpieces in its auction of fine international textiles and Oriental rugs on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. Eastern time.The auction will feature more than 400 lots of textiles and rugs, many museum quality, from estates and private collections from around the world. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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