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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Exhibit showcasing Stanley Kubrick’s photography set to open

Stanley Kubrick, from “Rosemary Williams – Showgirl,” 1948. Image provided by Museum of the City of New York


NEW YORK (AP) – A new museum exhibition opening this week in New York City will focus on the early photography work of American film director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999).

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers devotes days to design, glass, May 7-8

Tiffany Studios early 20th century Nautilus lamp. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will conduct its bi-annual Modern Design auction on May 7, followed by an online-only auction of Classic Glass on May 8. The Modern Design sale features a strong selection of early 20th century decorative arts, Scandinavian furniture and glass by Lalique, Daum and Chihuly, to name a few. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cast-iron doorstops: form outweighs function

This Halloween Girl doorstop, one of four known original examples by Littco Products of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, fetched $24,500 in March 2016 at Bertoia Auctions. Provenance: Jeanne Bertoia private collection.  Photo courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Figural cast-iron doorstops are highly collectible and a prized decorative element today but their original function, when made nearly a century ago, was to keep doors open in a house.

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Rare Revolutionary War journal found in Kansas City closet

Originally titled ‘Yankee Doodle,’ this is one of a few versions of a scene painted by Archibald M. Willard in the late 19th century that came to be known as ‘The Spirit of ’76.’ It is one of the most famous images relating to the Revolutionary War. Wikimedia Commons image

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Margaret Davis never talked about it. But her relatives found it after she died.

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Grand opening of Museum of Dog a howling success

View of the gallery at the Museum of Dog. Barry Goldstein photo, courtesy of Museum of Dog

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) – David York is turning North Adams into a city for “dog people.”

Dozens of men, women, children and a few canines toured the Museum of Dog during its grand opening Saturday, checking out an extensive collection of antique dog collars dating to the 1700s and marveling at pieces of a Jeep Wrangler that York’s 11-year-old Weimaraner, Daisy, has destroyed.

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Large-scale sculpture to commemorate Articles of Confederation

Sculptural model with 13 triangular stainless steel columns, shown near one of the potential sculpture sites. Image courtesy of

YORK, Pa. (AP) – The Hard Bargains 1777 project will one day be a permanent art fixture in York, installed near the York County History Center.

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Catch and release: Dutch Old Master to be auctioned

‘The Oyster Meal,’ Jacob Ochtervelt., oil on canvas, c.1664-1645. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

AMSTERDAM (AP) – A Dutch Old Master painting looted by the Nazis in the dying days of World War II is to be auctioned after it was discovered hanging in the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and returned late last year to its rightful owners.

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