Lindsay Cooper Martin named to Wexner Center post

Lindsay Cooper Martin. Wexner Center for the Arts image

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lindsay Cooper Martin will join the Wexner Center for the Arts as deputy director, effective July 16. The Wexner Center for the Arts, which announced her hiring on Thursday, is  Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art.

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Wickliff Auctioneers draws on fine art, jewelry for June 28 sale

T.C. Steele (Indiana, 1847-1926) 20 x 28 in, oil on canvas, Brown County, Ind., landscape, signed lower right, likely original frame. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. Wickliff Auctioneers image

CARMEL, Ind. – Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers will conduct a Thursday Evening Art and Jewelry Auction on June 28 starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. The auction is composed of about 75 lots of fine art, including works by listed Indiana artists, about 130 lots of fine jewelry and watches, and about two dozen lots of gold and silver coins. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Collectors are sweet on antique syrup dispensers

A trio of the three “Crush” syrup dispensers made by Ward’s brought $5,500 in April 2014 at Showtime Auction Services. Photo courtesy of Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Teenagers didn’t always communicate by texting on their cell phones. Before those devices were invented, they would head in groups to their nearest drugstore soda fountain, where they would sidle up to the long counter, sit on a red leather bar stool and order a fizzy drink that would be hand-mixed on the spot from seltzer and flavored syrups.

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Porcelain, sculpture are top attractions at Michaan’s July 7 sale

Pair of Wucai dragon and phoenix bowls. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Michaan’s Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Modern sculpture, Asian porcelain, California paintings and estate gems bring excitement to Michaan’s July 7 Gallery Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ronald Reagan heartfelt letter stands out in RR Auction June 28

President Ronald Reagan’s one-page letter to his daughter Patti Davis. RR Auction image

BOSTON – Hedge fund manager Victor Niederhoffer is also a noted collector, and RR Auction is offering more than 100 rare and significant letters from his vast collection. Bidding begins June 22 and the online auction will conclude Thursday, June 28. The fully illustrated auction catalog can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

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Motoring memorabilia featured in June 26 auction

The base of this coffee table with Plexiglas top is a real Ferrari F1 engine block, 36 x 20 x 16 inches. Estimate: $6,000-$6,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Race fans will be competing for 60 lots of motoring memorabilia when Jasper52 waves the green flag on an online auction June 26. The auction catalog contains racing posters and many contemporary limited editions designed and made by Halmo, an automotive design firm in Italy. An outstanding example is a coffee table having a real Ferrari engine as the base. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Illinois arboretum gets giant troll statues

Thomas Dambo’s ‘Sneaky Socks Alexa,’ located off tram road. Image courtesy of the Morton Arboretum

LISLE, Ill. (AP) – A Danish artist has built six giant troll statues scattered throughout an outdoor museum in a Chicago suburb.

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Hake’s offers original Frazetta art, rare comics, Star Wars figures July 10-12

Frank Frazetta (American, 1928-2010) original art for cover of Blazing Combat #2, Jan. 1966, 23 x 23.75in. (framed), Frazetta family endorsement. Est. $75,000-$100,000

YORK, Pa. – So far this year in the world of pop culture, only Avengers: Infinity War has been able to rival the excitement level generated by Hake’s record-setting March auction. Led by a fresh-to-the-market issue of Detective Comics #27 that sold for a staggering $569,000, the sale took in $2.35 million and emphatically validated the demand for Golden and Silver Age comics and original comic art. Once again it’s time for collectors to fasten their seat belts, as Hake’s rolls out a blockbuster July 10-12 online-auction event brimming with rare memorabilia from hundreds of popular categories.

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City palace reopens as museum in Belgium

The Museum Hof van Busleyden, an early Renaissance Palace in the heart of Mechelen, is now open. Image courtesy Museum Hof van Busleyden.

MECHELEN, Belgium – After a long restoration phase, the Museum Hof van Busleyden opened to the public this week ahead of the city’s festival weekend June 22-24.

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Pasadena Museum of California Art to close down

PASADENA, Calif. – The Pasadena Museum of California Art will close at the current exhibition season on Oct. 7. The Board of Directors voted on June 18 to close the museum.

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