Cowan’s sets auction record for Kentucky furniture masterpiece

The Kentucky secretary-bookcase once owned by Capt. John Cowan (1748-1823) sold for a record $498,750. Cowan’s Auctions image


CINCINNATI – The most significant piece of Kentucky furniture to ever come to market shattered the record for furniture made in the Bluegrass State when it sold for $498,750 at Cowan’s Auctions on Oct. 21. It was the top lot of an exciting two days at Cowan’s Fall Fine & Decorative Art Featuring Americana Auction that saw prices soar across most categories, propelling the sale to a $1.8 million total (including buyer’s premium). Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Conestoga Auction focuses on Pennsylvania Americana, Oct. 28

Pennsylvania paint-decorated dower chest, 1832. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Conestoga Auction image


MANHEIM, Pa. – Over 20 decorated dower chests from Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties will be offered along with other furniture and Americana in Conestoga Auction Co.’s sale on Saturday, Oct. 28. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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German state returns human bones stolen from Hawaii caves

Na Pali Coast — Nā Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Jeff Kubina, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license


BERLIN (AP) – The eastern German state of Saxony says it is returning human bones that were stolen from burial caves in Hawaii during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Rock’s greatest hits appear in Jasper52 poster auction Oct. 28

1994 Rolling Stones poster, Harry Rossit and Peter Barsotti for Bill Graham Presents, 18in. x 28in. Estimate: $100-$200. Jasper52 image


NEW YORK – An all-star revue of original psychedelic rock ’n’ roll posters – more than 100 items from the 1960s up to the turn of the century – will be sold in an online auction on Saturday, Oct. 28, by Jasper52. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Court weighs whether graffiti mecca 5Pointz was protected by law

Example of graffiti at 5Pointz. Photo by Kelsey Savage Hays


NEW YORK (AP) – For two decades, Jerry Wolkoff let graffiti artists use his crumbling Queens warehouse complex as a canvas for their vibrant works. Artists gave the spot the name “5Pointz” — a place where all five New York City boroughs come together — but painters traveled from as far as Japan and Brazil to tag, bomb and burn at what became a graffiti mecca and a tourist destination.

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Bogart festival marks 75th anniversary of ‘Casablanca’

1946 Italian ‘Casablanca’ poster. LiveAuctioneers Archive / Heritage Auctions image


KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) – About 500 Humphrey Bogart aficionados are in the Florida Keys marking the 75th anniversary of the legendary actor’s “Casablanca” and other film noir classics.

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Charleston Estate Auctions to hold colorful fall sale Oct. 29

Late 19th-century pair of carved Chinese red jade nephrite mythical pixiu. Each measures 10in. x 3½in. x 8in. Charleston Estate Auctions image


CHARLESTON, S.C – Charleston Estate Auctions will present the fall auction event – a live online auction to be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The auction offers notable and rare items from well-known Charleston and Southern collections. Registration and absentee bidding is now available on LiveAuctioneers, and the auction will go live Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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Modern copy of Titanic ad, courtesy LiveAuctioneers Archive and Guernsey's.

Letter penned a day before Titanic sank sold at UK auction

Modern copy of Titanic ad, courtesy LiveAuctioneers Archive and Guernsey's.

Modern copy of Titanic ad, courtesy LiveAuctioneers Archive and Guernsey’s.


LONDON (AP) – A letter written by one of the Titanic’s passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England.

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Stars shine brightly at Julien’s Auctions preview of Tommy Hilfiger personal collection

Left: Jason Finger, Board Member and CEO of LiveAuctioneers; and designer Tommy Hilfiger at the VIP preview evening hosted by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Absentee and Internet live bidding on all items in the collection of Tommy Hilfiger will be available through LiveAuctioneers.


LOS ANGELES – Hollywood A-listers turned out for a VIP preview of items from designer Tommy Hilfiger’s private collection last night. The diverse collection, which reflects Hilfiger’s flawless approach to classic American style, will be auctioned on Saturday, October 21. Julien’s – world famous for its auctions of celebrity and entertainment memorabilia – hosted the event at a pop-up gallery in LA and will conduct the live sale at their gallery, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jensen tazzas are toast of Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery sale Oct. 28

Gorgeous pair of Georg Jensen Danish sterling silver compotes in the grape pattern (est. $20,000-$30,000). Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery image


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A pair of Georg Jensen tazzas in the grape pattern – 12 inches in height, the largest the Danish silversmiths make – boasting a total weight of 117.5 troy ounces, is the expected top lot at a Fine Antiques, Artwork & Sculpture Auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 28, by Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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