Library of Congress receives largest donation of comic books in its history

Steve Geppi, president and founder of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, shows off his collection, May 22, 2018. Photo by Shawn Miller.

WASHINGTON – The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials, and select items will be on display beginning this summer.

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Isamu Noguchi table could top $1M at Wright auction June 7

Unique Isamu Noguchi dining table made for Mr. & Mrs. Milton H. Greene, USA, 1948-1949, pink Georgia marble, carved oak, aluminum, 77 in. w × 57 in. deep × 26 in. high (196 × 145 × 66 cm). Estimate: $1 million-$1.5 million. Wright image

CHICAGO – Wright will sell an exceptional and unique marble-top dining table designed by Isamu Noguchi at an auction on Thursday, June 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rudy Vallee items highlight Oakridge Auction Gallery sale June 2

Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet, custom-made 1920s, platinum band set with 168 diamonds and eight Ceylon sapphires. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Oakridge Auction Gallery image

ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery will present a fine collection of American and European art, antiques and exquisite antique jewelry on Saturday, June 2. This auction features items from the estate of singer, bandleader and actor Rudy Vallee and his wife, Eleanor Vallee. The items come directly from the home Eleanor shared with her second husband and fellow actor Byron Clark. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fine estate property to be offered at Nye & Co. sale June 6-7

Oil on canvas painting signed by Wilson Irvine (American, 1869-1936), titled ‘The Fourth of July, Essex, Connecticut.’ Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Nye & Co. Auctioneers image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – An Estate Treasures Auction featuring numerous treasures pulled from prominent estates and collections will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7, by Nye & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Start times both days will be 10 a.m. Eastern. The Wednesday, June 6, session will be a live auction. The following day will be a timed online-only auction.

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Bronze fountain to make a big splash at Auction Life sale June 3

Artist’s proof bronze fountain by Sandy Scott (b. 1943), titled ‘Fountain of Peace,’ 72 in. tall x 56 in. wide. Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Auction Life image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A beautiful and monumental bronze fountain by the renowned American artist Sandy Scott (b. 1943), several vintage Leica cameras previously owned by a photographer for Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, and a stunning Mikimoto 18K gold, emerald and pearl bracelet set will all come up for bid at Auction Life on Sunday, June 3. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mid-century modern in spotlight at Alderfer Auction, June 7

Paul Evans Cityscape loveseat, chrome plated steel, orange upholstery. 27½ high x 60 in. wide x 34½ in. deep. Estimate; $8,000-$12,000. Alderfer Auctions image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Mid-century modern will be the center of attention at Alderfer Auction’s June 7 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. With its fresh style and clean lines, studio-created furniture by artists Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans headline the auction’s furniture category.  Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Monument honors famous WWI war dog Stubby

Shown wearing medals and decorations, Sgt Stubby, legendary mascot for the 102nd Infantry, 26th Division, was a World War I hero. Stubby even visited the White House to call on President Coolidge. Photo circa 1920

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) – A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of the nation’s most famous war dogs.

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Houston Astrodome gets Texas historic landmark designation

The Astrodome introduced the world’s first animated scoreboard during an Astros-Cardinals game in 1969. Photo by Bill Nelson, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Astrodome, which became known as the Eighth Wonder of the World as the world’s first domed stadium, is getting the highest honor Texas can give a historic structure.

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Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

1893 Levis made in San Francisco from cotton denim produced at the Amoskeag mill in Manchester, N.H. Image courtesy of Daniel Buck Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come from the American Old West.

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Colonial Williamsburg to exhibit Navajo weavings this summer

Pictorial man’s wearing blanket. Image courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – For generations, anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms created brilliantly colored, boldly designed pictorial blankets and rugs as was their longstanding cultural and artistic tradition. They adapted and modified their weavings from the world around them and created an art form that is uniquely theirs and provides insight into the Navajo culture at the turn of the 19th century. On July 14, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, opens “Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade,” an exceptional opportunity to view 26 examples of these colorful and symbolic items on loan from the collection of American folk art enthusiasts Pat and Rex Lucke. The exhibition is scheduled to remain on view until May 31, 2020. Through the woven motifs of these textiles, museum visitors can learn what was important to the makers among the Diné (the term the Navajo use to refer to themselves meaning “the People”) and gain a sense of their aspirations.

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