Tiffany lamps dominate prices realized at Heritage Auctions’ $1.2M sale

Tiffany Studios leaded glass and bronze Peony table lamp, circa 1915. Sold for $93,750. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Leaded glass and bronze Tiffany lamps led the total sales in Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Including Art Deco & Art Nouveau Auction to $1,295,427 on Nov. 15 in Dallas. The auction achieved sell-through rates of 97.01 percent by value and 95.2 percent by lots sold, and Tiffany lamps claimed six of the top 10 spots in the auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ancient Roman glass: techniques for the ages

Large Roman glass bowl with incredible rainbow iridescence and subtle banding around middle and top, circa 1st century AD, 5½” D x 1½” H, provenance: ex Norry Collection, Rochester, New York; acquired in the 1980s, current owner through descent, made $1,300 in 2014, image courtesy of Artemis Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Natural glass, created through lightening strikes and volcanic eruptions, has been known since ancient times. Manmade glass beads and amulets, however, first surfaced at Mesopotamian and Egyptian archeological sites. Yet Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder ascribes its legendary discovery to Phoenicia, millennia later. As the tale goes, seafarers come ashore, but finding no stones to support their cooking pots, propped them up on lumps of natrium-salt, taken from their cargo. As the natrium heated up and fused with sand on the beach, “streams of an unknown liquid flowed… this was the origin of glass.

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Jan. 2 auction puts spotlight on important books, famous authors

NEW YORK – Even though we live in an age in which anything in print is downloadable, it’s still fun to curl up with a memoir or biography and immerse oneself in the life and achievements of a celebrated figure. These are the sorts of books that tend to be collected and kept rather than being given away, especially if they’ve been autographed by the author or the subject, perhaps a movie star, athlete, politician or some other headline-maker.

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'Houdini the Handcuff King' poster fragment, July 8, 1908, 11 inches by 16 inches. Estimate $600-$1,200. Image courtesy & Potter.

Arizona man finds magic moments in TV show on uncle Houdini

This 1912 poster of Harry Houdini performing his most famous trick, the Water Torture Cell, made $95,000 at Potter & Potter Auctions in February 2017. Photo courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

PHOENIX (AP) – Growing up, George Hardeen never thought too much about being related to arguably the most famous magician of all time, whose name is synonymous with great escape. But at 66, the Arizona man is delving into the history of his great-uncle Harry Houdini in a journey at the heart of a new series on the Science Channel.

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Top lots go ‘through the roof’ at Clarke’s Dec. 2 auction

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — A trend in auctions these days is that the best is the best and the rest is the rest but for Clarke Auction Gallery’s December 2 sale, strong performers going well above estimate was the norm, especially for fine art and followed closely by robust results in jewelry and decorative arts. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Contents of Brooklyn brownstone featured in Benefit Shop Jan. 9 auction

Snakeskin luxury handbag, marked for Florence Manelli, handmade in Italy, with detachable shoulder strap

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Pam Stone and her crew at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc., have been logging a lot of miles on the road lately. From last month’s auction featuring a Westport, Conn., estate to this month’s sale, they have made multiple treks back and forth to New York City to scout out and then pick up the contents of a Brooklyn brownstone, which makes its auction debut on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Denver Art Museum is runway ready with Dior exhibition

DENVER – An exhibition on view at the Denver Art Museum through March 3, “Dior: From Paris to the World” surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, traces the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

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Monet’s take on Venice to star in Sotheby’s London auction 

Claude Monet, ‘Le Palais Ducal,’ oil on canvas, 1908. Estimate: £20 million-£30 million. Sotheby’s image

LONDON – Claude Monet’s enchanting vision of Venice, Le Palais Ducal, will be offered at auction for the first time in Sotheby’s London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Feb. 26. The oil on canvas is expected to sell for £20 million-£30 million/$25.3 million-$37.9 million.

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Ephemera, fine art starring in L & S Auctions event Jan. 19

Worlds Champions album of tobacco cards, Allen & Ginter, 1888. L & S Auctions image

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – Lisa and Steve Fisch of L & S Auctions have been in the antique and collectible business since 1981, selling at shows, group shops, their own shops and on the Internet. On Saturday, Jan. 19, L & S Auctions will conduct their first auction through LiveAuctioneers. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Stephenson’s Jan. 1-2 New Year’s Auction anchored by fine collections

D. (Daniel) (Bennett) Schwartz, ‘The Rower,’ oil-on-canvas, 22 x 33 inches (sight), signed lower right Kenmore Galleries artist’s label on verso. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – At Stephenson’s Annual New Year’s Auction, it is not unusual to see a parking lot lined with cars bearing out-of-state license plates. The family-owned auction house is known for setting aside outstanding estate consignments specifically for its first sale of the year, a lively, well-attended event that’s “worth the drive,” as one bidder remarked at last year’s edition.

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