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