California art: 6 names to know

This harbor scene by E. Charlton Fortune brought $4,000 in April 2017 at Hudson Valley Auctioneers. Photo courtesy of Hudson Valley Auctioneers and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — While New York City may claim to be the art capital of the United States, California’s role in the art world cannot be overstated. Its striking geography and quality of light have attracted generations of artists to paint the ocean and landscapes there.

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Spoon made by Paul Revere featured in Kaminski’s June 2-3 sale

Paul Revere signed ‘PR’ teaspoon, monogram ‘MC,’ with provenance, 4¼ in. long. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will hold a two-day auction June 2 and 3 starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Day One of the auction will feature an important stamp collection, plus coins, medals and sports memorabilia. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ex-Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis to launch London art exhibit, July 5

Portrait of Elvis Presley by Gilson Lavis

LONDON – Acclaimed British drummer and artist Gilson Lavis will present his new art exhibit “Gilson Lavis: From Drums to Canvas” at London’s fashionable Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel, July 5 through August 12, 2018. This unique new collection features acrylic-on-canvas board paintings and ink drawings by the veteran rock and R & B drummer, most connected by a popular-music theme.

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Kennedy’s Auction Service event June 2 stars Tiffany shade  

Tiffany Studios tulip lamp shade, 16in. diameter, which comes with a circa 1915 unsigned wrought iron and metal lamp base (not Tiffany.) Kennedy’s Auction Service image

EAST SELMER, Tenn. – Kennedy’s Auction Service will conduct an auction June 2 of one of the finest estates in the Memphis Central Garden District. The Carl Smith Family has downsized and chose to sell at absolute auction the many fine antiques that they have cherished for many years. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fort Ticonderoga in spotlight for Memorial Day weekend in Philly

18th-century French painting of Fort Ticonderoga. Image courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) – Fort Ticonderoga is displaying artifacts that tell the story of the historic site’s links to the city of Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

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J. Howard Miller's poster reflected the determined attitude of women factory workers during World War II. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women

J. Howard Miller's poster reflected the determined attitude of women factory workers during World War II. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

J. Howard Miller’s poster reflected the determined attitude of women factory workers during World War II. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

NATICK, Mass. (AP) – The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world’s women, both on the home and battlefronts.

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Vintage tribal art from faraway lands offered in May 30 auction

Shango staff, Yoruba, Nigeria, pre-1930, 22.8 in. high. Estimate: $7,000-$7,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Tribal art from around the globe is presented in a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, May 30. Carved masks and figures imbued with stylized detail and potent symbolism – more than 100 items – are offered in the online auction catalog. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Pennywise: finding ‘gold’ in your pocket change

The Birch Cent was one of the first coins struck by the US Mint, in 1792. This example made $2.58 million at Heritage Auctions in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — While some people detest pennies in their pocket change, the penny (or more accurately called by numismatists, a cent) has a storied part of America’s coinage history. The cent is the longest continuously-produced US coin series, and early or historic pennies can also often be worth thousands of times their face value.

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Original art featured in Cowan’s Discovery Auction, May 31

William Sidney Cooper (English, 1854-1927), watercolor on paper, signed and date 1924. Estimate: $500-$700. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – On May 31, Cowan’s Auctions will conduct a Fine and Decorative Art Discovery Auction that features an eclectic variety of fine and decorative art including paintings, prints, Americana, rugs, porcelain, glass, stoneware, sterling and coin silver, books, folk art, Asian art, jewelry and timepieces. There is no in-person bidding for this auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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GWS to auction de Medici family’s Michael Jackson items May 26   

Michael Jackson’s personally owned ‘Motown 25’ Florsheim Imperial loafers numbered ‘Michael #2,’ with a letter of authenticity. Estimate: $120,000-$130,000. GWS Auctions image

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – The Secret Collection of the de Medici Royal Family of Italy will be offered by GWS Auctions Inc. on Saturday, May 26. Featured in this once-in-a-lifetime sale are five lots once owned and used by Michael Jackson. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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