Ludwig Bemelmans painting tops Bruneau auction at $13,750

Casein paint, ink and pencil on board by Ludwig Bemelmans titled ‘Palma De Mallorca Street Scene,’ signed and dated 1956. Price realized: $13,750. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

CRANSTON, R.I. – A Spanish street painting titled Palma De Mallorca Street Scene by the French-American artist Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962), best known as the illustrator for the popular Madeline children’s book series, sold for to take top lot honors at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Antiques & Fine Art Estate Auction conducted on April 14. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Codex & LiveAuctioneers partner in groundbreaking May 12 auction of crypto-theme art

Guilherme Twardowski (Brazilian, b. 1991-), Celestial Cyber Dimension, exclusive and custom-made CryptoKittie designed by CryptoKitties’ Director of Art, graphic digital, ERC-721 token. Estimate $25,000-$30,000

NEW YORK – Codex, a cryptocurrency and decentralized title registry for the $2 trillion dollar arts & collectibles (A&C) asset class, has unveiled a distinguished catalog of crypto-theme artwork that will be made available at the live Codex Charity Art Auction at Ethereal Summit on May 12, 2018 in New York City. Codex Consortium member and leading online marketplace for collectibles, antiques and fine art, LiveAuctioneers, will enable bidders to participate absentee or live via the Internet from anywhere in the world through its platform.

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Modern masters pack Capsule Gallery Auctions’ spring sale May 10

Yang Yanping (b. 1934), ‘Autumn Morning,’ 1999, colored inks on rice paper, chop marks lower right, sight: 28¼ x 45 in., framed. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

NEW YORK – In Capsule Gallery Auctions’ diverse spring sale May 10, one can trace the arc of modern and contemporary art through 50 carefully selected works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Prince headlining Julien’s Music Icons auctions May 18-19

Sequined ensemble worn on stage by Prince, Jose Arellanes labels, accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Prince’s former wife Mayte Garcia. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Coming off another record-breaking season that witnessed the achievement of a world record for a guitar played by Prince sold at auction ($700,000), Julien’s Auctions has announced: “Property from the Life and Career of Prince.” Julien’s will pay tribute to the pop music legend in this exclusive presentation of the seven-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s collection of wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia as part of their two-day Music Icons auction taking place May 18 with Prince and historical items by other music legends on May 19. The auctions will be conducted live in New York. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Smuggled Hobby Lobby artifacts to be returned to Iraq today

This photograph shows the result of looting at Angkorian temples in Cambodia (not related to Hobby Lobby case). Image by Tess Davis. Courtesy of The Antiquities Coalition

WASHINGTON — Nearly 4,000 smuggled artifacts previously purchased by national retailer Hobby Lobby will be returned to Iraq today in a ceremony at the residence of Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Fareed Yasseen. Assistant Secretary Thomas Homan, Director of US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, will transfer custody of the artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and bricks and cylinder seals from ancient Sumerian sites. The Antiquities Coalition will attend the ceremony.

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Life’s former necessities surface in antiquities auction May 9

Apulian red figures lekythos, Greek, circa 350-300 B.C., terra-cotta, 7 5/8 inches high (19.5 cm). Estimate: $1,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Many necessities of life in ancient times are offered in a Jasper52 Antiquities and Ancient online auction to be held Wednesday, May 9. Rare objects from ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and beyond will be up for bid. The selection includes sculptures, amulets, figures, vessels and weapons. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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