Fine furniture excelled at Benefit Shop Foundation auction

The top lot of the sale was this 10-foot-long French antique farm-style dining table that sold for $20,320, well above estimate. The Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – If there was one takeaway from the Benefit Shop Foundation’s Dec. 5 Red Carpet Auction, it was that fine design never goes out of style. Buyers had an eye for statement pieces that make a home special and found plenty at the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Public art installation unites community with message of love

Claudio Ciaravolo’s sculpture installed outside the Temple Emanu-El synagogue in South Beach. Image courtesy of the SoBe Is Love public art project.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The governments of Israel and Italy and the City of Miami Beach, in collaboration with South Beach’s Temple Emanu-El, are united in a collaborative art project to inspire community togetherness. During Art Basel, community leaders convened in front of South Beach’s Temple Emanu-El synagogue to unveil an outdoor sculpture that spells “SOBE,” which was created by renowned Italian artist Claudio Ciaravolo to launch the SoBe is Love public art project.

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Emile Gruppe painting sails to $34,000 at Kaminski Auctions

Emile Gruppe (American, 1896-1978), ‘The Old Timer,’ oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches, dated 1977. Sold for $34,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – The Kaminski Auctions Annual Thanksgiving sale is a favorite of the calendar year. Old friends, dealers and clients that are home for the holiday pass through the auction gallery at the preview or attend the auction. There is a festive atmosphere and both days are always well-attended by families and guests seeking something fun to do after the Thanksgiving feast. This year’s sale, Nov. 24-25, was no different. With a packed gallery, it was exciting to see the spirited bidding from the floor throughout the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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David Hockney double portrait to head Christie’s auction March 6

David Hockney’s monumental 1969 portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott. Estimate: in excess of £30 million/$37.8 million. Christie’s image

LONDON – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on March 6 will be led by David Hockney’s 1969 portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth (estimate in excess of £30 million/$37.8 million).

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Americana, Tiffany lamps charm bidders at Milestone’s Dec. 8 sale

Tiffany Studios ‘Fruit’ leaded-glass table lamp, correctly marked on both 24½-inch shade and base. Top lot of the sale at $108,000. Milestone Auctions image

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions’ Dec. 8 Winter Spectacular featuring estate finds and long-held collections turned out to be a lively international event, with energized bidders from all four corners of the Earth taking part online and over the phone. Boosted by competition from a busy gallery, the sale took in $408,000, inclusive of 20 percent buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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1947 best-picture Oscar sells for nearly $500K at auction

Poster for the 1947 film ‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ which won the best-picture Oscar. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers archive

LOS ANGELES (AP) – One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars that ended Friday in Los Angeles. The best-picture Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement, the 1947 film starring Gregory Peck that took on anti-Semitism, sold for $492,000. The best picture statuette for 1935’s Mutiny on the Bounty fetched $240,000.

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