More heirs found of Chicago nanny/photographer Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier (American, 1926-2006), Self-Portrait, 1955, printed by John Maloof. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

CHICAGO (AP) – Ten distant cousins of a Chicago nanny whose gritty street photography became a posthumous sensation have been identified, potentially increasing the number of her rightful heirs.

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Photo of Wild West legends lassos $15,600 at Cowan’s auction

 

Albumen photograph of ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, ‘Texas Jack’ Omohundro and ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, 5½ x 8 in., mounted to 8 x 10 in., circa 1873. Price realized: $15,600. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – Early photography, manuscripts and archives from the Civil War and the Wild West exceeded expectations in Cowan’s Summer American History Premier Auction on June 22. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Travel posters go to head of the line in Onslows sale July 13

John Littlejohns (1874-1955), ‘Whitley Bay,’ 1930, Haycock Press, 100.4 x 127 cm. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Onslows image

STOURPAINE, UK – Onslows’ July 13 auction reflects the summer travel season by offering many posters promoting destinations and the means to arrive there. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Abolitionist banner raises $46,800 at Jeffrey Evans Americana sale

This rare and historically important abolitionist banner sold for $46,800. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates June 22 & 23, 2018 Americana & Fine Antiques Auction was a highly successful event and produced robust prices in multiple categories. The two-day format consisted of 1,210 lots of high-quality material, much of which was fresh to the market, and, in several cases, had descended directly in the families of the original owners. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 8,900 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in house and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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$70K sculpture tops Palm Beach Modern’s $1.7M auction

 

Deborah Kay Butterfield (American, b. 1949-), metal horse sculpture, 39.5in high x 53in wide. Provenance: The Norman S. Jaffe Art Trust, Coral Gables, Florida. Sold for $70,400

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The staff at Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA) greeted a large and extremely motivated contingent of bidders at its June 2 Spring Modern Art & Design sale, and not surprisingly so. The attraction was one of the company’s finest-ever assemblages of modern and contemporary art, furniture and fine jewelry from consignors in Palm Beach and other upscale Florida communities, as well as the Hamptons and New York City. The 537-lot auction realized $1,725,000, inclusive of 28% buyer’s premium. LiveAuctioneers facilitated the Internet absentee and live bidding.

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Antique dealers charged with felonies related to ivory sales

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

HUDSON, N.Y. — Four antique shop owners in Hudson were charged with felonies Tuesday in connection with the alleged illegal sale of ivory, county and state officials said.

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Jasper52 auction to offers jewels worthy of a crown July 5

1.01 carat natural fancy intense pink pear modified diamond. Estimate: $180,000-$216,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Nearly 150 lots of precious loose gemstones and diamonds worthy of a ring, necklace or even a crown are available in a Jasper52 online auction July 5. This auction showcases magnificent jewels in a variety of cuts and colors, from GIA fancy diamonds to glowing Zambian emeralds. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibition opens June 28 in London

LONDON – The final commissioned portrait of Michael Jackson by the artist Kehinde Wiley is to go on public display for the first time in the UK in a major new exhibition, Michael Jackson: On the Wall, opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The exhibition, which explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, also includes 11 new works made specifically for the exhibition by contemporary artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dara Birnbaum, Michael Craig-Martin, Graham Dolphin, Yan Pei Ming and Donald Urquhart.

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Detroit museum shows acquired artworks ‘Out of the Crate’

‘The Madonna and Child with Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Cosmas and Damian’ is one of only two works by Italian Baroque artist Andrea Sacchi at an American museum. Image courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT – Nine recently acquired artworks will be on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning July 14 in its “Out of the Crate: New Gifts & Purchases” gallery that showcases some of the museum’s newest artworks and gives the public a look at the art acquisition process.

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Garden antiques add style & purpose to outdoor spaces

A large wrought-iron garden room/solarium sold for $45,000 at Red Baron Antiques in May 2017. Photo courtesy of Red Baron Antiques and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Tucked away far back in a garden, amid a clump of maidenhair ferns, sits a small stone fairy. Walk around the bend, past a hedge of boxwood, you encounter a century-old marble statue of Aphrodite. And at the center of a riotous display of hot-pink peonies stands a cast zinc fountain, quietly gurgling away.

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