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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.