Myers to auction superb 16th-20th C. fine art, Chinese rarities, Jan. 21

Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot (Dutch, 1586-1666), Golden Age oil-on-panel genre painting of peasants feasting in a village, 37 x 50.5in (framed). Est. $20,000-$40,000

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – Few would argue that the Florida Gulf Coast is an agreeable place to be in January. Aside from the sunshine and beaches that are free to all comers, the Tampa Bay area boasts a thriving art community and one of the nation’s most highly regarded auction houses: Myers Fine Art (MFA). To mark the company’s 30th year at the same landmark Art Deco gallery in St. Petersburg, Myers’ co-owners Mike Myers and Mary Dowd have announced a January 21 auction that reflects a full year of scrupulous assessment and curation of European and Asian fine art and antiques. All of the goods set aside for the 30th anniversary auction were sourced from upscale estates in Florida, the Hamptons, and various New England regions known for their gracious, historic homes.

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Whitley’s plans sale of Royal Doulton at Jan. 13 convention

Rare Doulton Lambeth stoneware teapot toby designed by Harry Simeon, one of only two examples known to exist, early 20th century, 5 in. high x 8 in wide. Estimate: $6,000-$7,000. Whitley’s Auctioneers image

ORLANDO, FLA. – The Seaway China Magical Weekend Collectors Convention, a three-day event combining the energy of an international Royal Doulton convention with the excitement and spontaneity of a live auction, will take place Jan. 12-14 at the Grove Resort and Spa, 14501 Grove Resort Ave. The auction will be conducted by Whitley’s Auctioneers on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage Auctions tops $10M in vintage poster sales in 2017

Heritage Auctions set a world record for the most valuable movie poster ever sold at auction when this poster for the horror classic ‘Dracula’ (Universal, 1931) sold for $525,800 in November. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Setting two world records and tallying more than $10 million in sales of rare and vintage posters maintained Heritage Auctions’ dominance in the vintage poster field in 2017. The year marked a 27 percent increase in total sales over 2016.

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Paul Evans coffee table toast of MG Neely Auction Jan. 14

Paul Evans Studio coffee table with glass top, 42 in. diameter. MG Neely image

LANTANA, Fla. – MG Neely Auction will ring in the new year with their Jan. 14 auction. With 255 lots of fine art, sculpture, mid-century modern décor, traditional furnishings and antique to vintage collectibles the auction catalog is drawing worldwide attention. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Group tries to save Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana

The former Lockridge Medical Clinic in Whitefish, Mont. The building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1958, is scheduled for demolition. Image by Jaydec. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) – The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is trying to prevent a commercial building in northwestern Montana designed by the famed architect from being demolished.

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