Designing postwar Italian glass

This photograph shows how the glass collection was displayed in the collectors’ home. Photo by Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai from the book, ‘Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism,’ by Gary Gand. Photo courtesy of Wright

NEW YORK – The tradition of glassmaking in Murano, Italy, goes back to the 13th century but a particularly innovative and peak time for art glass there was after World War II into the 1950s-60s as the modernism movement came into vogue.

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Scores of luxury brands offered in online watch auction May 2

Rolex Oyster 1501 Mickey 14K gold wristwatch with diamond bezel, 1962. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Famous name wristwatches and pocket watches will be going up for bid in a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, May 2. Patek Philippe, Rolex and Tiffany & Co. are among the brands available in this 200-lot collection of vintage and modern timepieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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PBA Galleries offers first edition of ‘The Federalist’ at auction

Only a few instances of minor foxing are noted within the book, which is overall very clean and fine. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will offer an exceptional, complete copy of the 1788 first edition of The Federalist at their May 31 Americana auction. The Federalist is the single most important book published in North America with this copy being exceptionally clean, a rare example printed on thick super fine royal writing paper.

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Philadelphia museum finds wit, folly in British prints

‘Going it by Steam,’ 1828-1830, by Robert Seymour. Hand-colored etching, published in London, England. Given to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Carl Zigrosser, 1963.

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents “Biting Wit and Brazen Folly,” an exhibition featuring over 60 incisively drawn and brightly colored British caricatures. Produced in great numbers in the 18th and early 19th centuries, these satirical prints captured British life during a time of great social change.

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Greenstein & Co. auction May 14 recalls Nuremberg Trials

Part of the Nuremberg Trials collection assembled by Moses L. Kove. Estimate $7,500-$10,000. J. Greenstein and Co. image

CEDARHURST, N.Y. – A collection of documents and ephemera from Moses L. Kove, a prosecuting attorney of the Nuremberg Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals, will be auctioned off at J. Greenstein and Co., in their spring auction on Monday, May 14. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Many facets of Asian art offered in Jasper52 auction May 1

Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-A.D. 220, horse sculpture, 8¾ in. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Asian art and antiques through the ages are presented in a Jasper52 online auction on Tuesday, May 1. The more than 50 lots going up for bid include fine Japanese weaponry, carved netsuke, Tibetan thangkas, porcelain and jade. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter

Madonna during Stockholm performance, 2015 Rebel Heart Tour. Photo by chrisweger, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

NEW YORK (AP) – Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.

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Banderas plays Picasso, a complex hometown hero, in ‘Genius’

Antonio Banderas stars as Pablo Picasso in Season 2 of National Geographic’s Genius. Image: National Geographic/Dusan Martincek

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Antonio Banderas, who shares his birthplace with Pablo Picasso, decided it finally was time to portray his hometown hero. But he leaves it to viewers of National Geographic’s drama series “Genius: Picasso” to reconcile the artist’s revelatory work with his treatment of the women who helped inspire it.

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Martha Stewart TV props premiere at Kaminski Auctions, May 5-6

Pair of classical-style bronze urns, 38 in. x 21in. Estimate: $600-$1,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Studio props and furniture from TV’s The Martha Stewart Show will be sold at Kaminski Auctions on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital which serves to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Andy Warhol, Winslow Homer loom large in Rago auction May 5

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), ‘Bald Eagle from Endangered Species Portfolio,’ 1983,
screenprint in colors on Lenox Museum Board (framed), signed and numbered 70/150,
37½ in. x 37½ in. Estimate: $50,000-$80,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago will hold an auction of 19th/20th century American and European art and postwar/contemporary art on Saturday, May 5. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more