Louis XV fauteuils soar to $225,000 at Nye & Co. auction

By far the top lot of the auction was this pair of Louis XV giltwood fauteuils made in France circa 1755-1760 by Jean Gourdin. The chairs sold for $225,000 Nye & Company Auctioneers image

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.

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Detroit museum to host ‘Star Wars’ costume exhibit

Visitors to the exhibition can explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Darth Vader (above) Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-wing pilots, Rey, and droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2. Image courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts

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.

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Batman’s comic book debut powers Hake’s to $2.35M event


‘Detective Comics #27’ CGC 5.0 (May 1939) featuring the first appearance of Batman, then known as “The Bat-Man.” Sold for $569,275. Hake’s Americana image

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.

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Van Cleef & Arpels: fit for a queen

Van Cleef & Arpels designed this crown for the Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran, who wore it at her 1967 coronation ceremony. Public domain image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Royal wedding commemorative china unveiled

The official range of commemorative china to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle has gone on sale. The exclusive design in white and cornflower blue has a monogram of the couple’s initials at its center, tied together with white ribbons and surmounted by the coronet of Prince Harry. The decorative border of each piece is inspired by the ironwork of the 13th-century Gilebertus door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where the wedding will take place on May 19, 2018. Image courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust

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.

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Arader Galleries auction celebrates beauty of nature March 31

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. First edition engravings with original hand color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838, 39¼ x 26¼ in. sheet, 49½ x 37 in. framed. Estimate: $80,000-$110,000. Arader Galleries image

NEW YORK – Following back-to-back record-breaking sales of John James Audubon’s aquatint engravings of the Birds of America, Arader Galleries will conduct their next auction on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chelsea Hotel doors comprise Guernsey’s sale April 12

Mark Twain (inset) stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in the late 1880s before he bought a home on lower Fifth Avenue. He considered the hotel an ‘artistic’ environment.’ The door measures approximately 77 x 31 ½ in. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – On April 12, Guernsey’s will be conducting an unprecedented auction of 55 original doors to residences within the fabled Chelsea Hotel. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Huge Chinese poem scroll painting tops $72K at Bruneau & Co.

The top lot of the auction was this massive 19th century Chinese archaic poem scroll painting – 24 feet wide by 29 inches tall, which sold for $72,500. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

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.

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First editions abound in Turner Auctions book sale March 31

Color plate in ‘The Birds of California: A Complete Scientific and Popular Account of the 580 Species and Subspecies of Birds Found in the State’ by William Leon Dawson, 1923, complete four-volume set. Estimate: $400-$600. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

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.

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Giant Coca-Cola bottles to mark Terre Haute origin

A Coca-Cola advertisement from 1943 on a building in Minden, Louisiana. Image by Billy Hathorn. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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.

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