Heritage Auctions posts solid results for fine silver items

Yossi Swed partial gilt silver ship-form menorah with display case, 1992-93. Price realized: $30,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu sales totaled more than $1.4 million in 2018. Bidders pursued a Yossi Swed partial gilt silver ship-form menorah with display case until it closed at $30,000 to claim top-lot honors in an Oct. 15 auction. Whimsy and surprises abound as elaborate mechanical workings turn the ship into a centerpiece for the Hanukkah celebration. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Birger Sandzen art heads huge Woody Auction event Nov. 9-10

Original oil on board painting signed by Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), titled ‘In Boulder Canyon, Colorado,’ 1949, one of several works by the Swedish-born American painter in the sale. Woody Auction image

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A massive auction that required months of planning and includes antiques and collectibles in many categories promises to be one of the more exciting events of the year for Woody Auction, which will stage the event Nov. 9 and 10. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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New Orleans museum reunites masterpieces from Duke of Orleans collection

Giorgio Vasari (Italian, 1511–1574), Six Tuscan Poets, 1544, oil on panel, 52 x 51 5/8 in., Minneapolis Institute of Art

NEW ORLEANS – In celebration of the city of New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present The Orléans Collection, an exhibition of selections from the magnificent collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674-1723). Universally praised during his lifetime, the exceptional collection was comprised of some of the most important works in the history of art. On view from October 26, 2018 through January 27, 2019, The Orléans Collection will bring together, for the first time, a selection of masterpieces from institutions such as the National Gallery of London, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the National Gallery of Scotland to tell the story of the collection’s formation, its reputation, and its impact in early 18th century Paris.
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Rare $1,000 ‘grand watermelon’ Treasury Note sells at auction for $2M

An example of a Series 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note depicting George Meade with the signatures of William Starke Rosecrans and James N. Huston, known as “the grand watermelon.” Photo credit: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing

BALTIMORE (AP) – A rare $1,000 bill nicknamed “the grand watermelon” for its ornate green zeros has sold at auction for $2.04 million.

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Weathervanes: high-flying folk art

This circa-1880 rooster weathervane earned $15,000 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in November 2017. Photo courtesy of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Ironically, while weathervanes are among the most adored forms of American folk art, they’re technically not folk art at all. Most were manufactured in quantity as opposed to being handmade by a single artist. That said, even the factory-made weathervanes of the 19th and 20th centuries have a folky charm that one otherwise would expect of a one-of-a-kind artwork. Originally created as functional rooftop objects that kept farmers up to speed on the wind’s direction, weathervanes are coveted purely for their aesthetic appeal.

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to sell architectural antiques Nov. 1

Zodiac clock face from the Schlitz Brewery clock tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, zinc over wood, 90½ inches in diameter, 4½ inches deep. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ sale on Nov. 1 will celebrate the closing of Architectural Artifacts Inc. on Ravenswood Avenue. in Chicago. Make No Little Plans: The Architectural Artifacts Auction will be conducted at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W Lake St. at 10 a.m. Central time/11 a.m. Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Menagerie of Japanese netsuke in Oct. 31 online auction

Boxwood netsuke of a leaping wild boar, signed ‘Shuzan,’ 19th century, 2 1/8 inches long. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Netsuke are Japanese miniature sculptures originally used as toggles on the end of a cord that held a money pouch or inro. Evolving over time from their utilitarian purpose, netsuke have become an expressive art form in itself and a coveted collectible in the Asian community. Jasper52 will present an auction of premium netsuke on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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J. Garrett Auctioneers to disperse grand Texas estates Nov. 3-4

French three-piece doré bronze clock set, 19th century, from the estate of Ken and Pat Hodge. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. J. Garrett Auctioneers image

DALLAS – J. Garrett Auctioneers will conduct two major sales on consecutive days, Nov. 3-4. Saturday’s auction will feature the lifetime collection of Ken and Pat Hodge of Flower Mound, Texas. On Sunday, J. Garrett Auctioneers will conduct a Highland Park estate auction consisting of an outstanding collection from a Lexington Avenue mansion. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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So-called haunted hotel in West Texas draws Halloween crowds

A room inside the Olde Park Hotel in Ballinger, Texas. Image courtesy of Olde Park Hotel, Facebook

BALLINGER, Texas (AP) – The activity never stops at the Olde Park Hotel in Ballinger. From full-body apparitions to cold spots, this century-old hotel is a hot spot for the paranormal.

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Arkansas mint creates collectible coins for Game of Thrones, other fantasy novels


Four Game of Thrones coins from House of Stark, produced by Shire Post Mint. Image courtesy of Shire Post Mint

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) – When Shire Post Mint started a Kickstarter campaign to fund another of its collectible coin sets based on the books that inspired the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, it only took them four hours to meet the $10,000 goal.

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