Clars posts solid numbers for huanghuali furniture, fine art  

The highlight of the Chinese huanghuali offerings was this low table that sold for $51,425. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. –  Clars Auction Gallery’s June 16 and 17 sale was highlighted by exceptional offerings in Asian art and antiques with an impressive selection of Chinese huanghuali furniture drawing bidders and collectors from around the globe. Notable prices were also achieved on the important offerings in fine art, decorative arts and furnishings, and timepieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Specialists of the South to present exclusive estate auction July 7

Bronze statue of a horse and rider by French sculptor Antoine-Louis Bayre (1795-1875), 30 inches tall on an acrylic stand. Specialists of the South image

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Items from the living estate of Elizabeth Nash, the former owner of a posh retail antique store in Alexandria, Virginia, will come up for bid on Saturday, July 7, at The Specialists of the South Inc’s auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage chosen to auction newly discovered 1854-S Half Eagle coin

Image courtesy of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

DALLAS – A previously unknown 1854-S Liberty Head Half Eagle – considered among the rarest of all U.S. coins – will be offered by Heritage Auctions after the firm was selected to bring the specimen to auction. Initially believed to be counterfeit, the gold coin is just the fourth specimen known to exist and will be the first to appear at auction since the 1982 sale of the Louis Eliasberg Collection.

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Street artist Banksy splashes Paris with works on migrants

An outdoor artwork by Banksy that serves as a visual commentary on immigration. It is not known whether or not this is one of the artworks referenced in the Associated Press article. Image courtesy of Banksy

PARIS (AP) – Banksy is believed to have taken his message on migration to Paris, which has seen seven works attributed to the provocative British street artist.

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Han Solo’s ‘Star Wars’ blaster sells for $550,000 at Julien’s Auctions

An original production-used BlasTech DL-44 blaster prop used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in ‘Return of the Jedi’ (Lucasfilm, 1983) topped the auction at $550,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Han Solo’s BlasTech DL-44 blaster from the Star Wars trilogy film Return of the Jedi (Lucasfilm, 1983) sold for $550,000 at Julien’s Auctions’ Hollywood Legends auction on Saturday, June 23, in Las Vegas. The buyer was Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Exhibition about American Jewish life during WWI to open June 29

Jacob Lavin (center) with group of American Expeditionary Forces in France. Lavin was one of the American Jews who fought in World War I. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1996.51.5. Gift of Marilyn Lavin Tarr

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 250,000 Jews served in the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Yet, their stories – and the stories of those who remained in the U.S. during the war – often remain untold.

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