BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A gorgeous pair of 18th-century Louis XV giltwood fauteuils à la reine sold for $225,000 at an Estate Treasures Auction held March 14 and 15 by Nye & Company Auctioneers. The French armchairs were easily the auction’s top lot. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to host a traveling exhibition of Star Wars costumes that explores the artistry behind their creation.
YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Americana launched into its second half-century of operation with a smash $2.35 million auction held March 13-15 that resulted in both ecstatic buyers and elated consignors. The two-day, 2,332-lot event, with an interim day separating the sessions, set a record not only for the highest dollar gross and sell-through rate ever achieved by the company, but also the largest number of registered bidders and bids ever placed in a single Hake’s auction. The catalog was posted on LiveAuctioneers, which provided global exposure to the sale.
NEW YORK – For over 120 years, Van Cleef & Arpels has been crafting elegant pieces of jewelry cherished by royalty and loved by collectors of even modest means.
LONDON (AP) – Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can start building their collections of royal wedding memorabilia now. The approved commemorative china marking the couple’s May 19 wedding went on sale Friday.
CRANSTON, R.I. – A gigantic 19th-century Chinese archaic poem scroll painting – 24 feet wide by 29 inches tall – sailed past its estimate of $800-$1,200 to command $72,500 at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ March 3 Antiques, Fine Art & Asian Arts auction. The buyer was an in-house Asian bidder acting as a broker for overseas buyers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer modern and historical books from the 16th to 20th centuries on Saturday, March 31. Offering over 170 lots from several collections and estates, the online sale features renowned modern books, some signed and/or with photographs; large multiple-volume leather-bound sets; literary collections of famous authors; a Thesaurus Sacrarum in Latin printed in 1585, with Old and New Testament Biblical stories; military works, including an 1861 map of Washington, D.C.; and groupings of assorted books. Many books are first or early editions. Others include engravings, illustrations, photographs and/or maps. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A western Indiana city is unveiling more than two dozen oversized Coca-Cola bottles for a public art project honoring its link to the uniquely shaped container.