Ship’s figurehead, cannon top maritime collection at Clars

This English CW&Cs ships’ cannon from sold for over five times its estimate for $6,150. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif.  – On Jan. 19 and 20, San Francisco Bay Area patrons and maritime collectors alike, came out on in droves to own a piece of the historic Spenger Maritime Collection which, for over 125 years, graced the walls, showcases, dining rooms and bars of Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley, Calif. Bidders packed the gallery, bid online and by phone, to own a piece of this famous restaurant. Just 70 lots of the collection were offered and bidders competed heavily driving the total for this first installment to over $100,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Capsule Gallery presents American art in Feb. 12 auction

One of two Edward Willis Redfield paintings in the auction, ‘Woodland Brook,’ circa 1915. Starting Bid: $40,000. Capsule Gallery image

NEW YORK – Capsule Gallery presents American Art, a 126-lot auction of paintings, sculpture, drawings, photos and prints, which will be sold Tuesday, Feb. 12. The sale features highlights from the Carrington Collection of Fine Art, deaccessions from the collection of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, paintings from a fourth generation art gallery collection and works from the collection of Lillian and Arthur Weiss of Little Deer Isle, Maine. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights include:

– Two paintings by Edward Willis Redfield from a private collector by descent from her mother’s family, who lived near Redfield’s studio in Pennsylvania and purchased from the artist. Both works will be included in the upcoming catalogue raisonné by Dr. Tom Folk.

– A masterpiece by Manoucher Yektai (below) from the Carrington Collection of Fine Art, Positano Landscape #3 is a highlight of the artist’s 1959 exhibition at Poindexter Gallery, an expressive abstraction of the Italian countryside. “From his work in Positano … he has uncovered a vein of Lyrical Expressionism … bringing Soutine up to date” (Arts Magazine, 1959).

Manoucher Yektai, ‘Positano Landscape (#3).’ Starting Bid: $35,000. Capsule Gallery image

– Four paintings by Robert Natkin from the Carrington Collection of Fine Art and The Weiss Collection.

Robert Natkin, ‘Between the Sapphire and Sound.’ Starting Bid: $3,000. Capsule Gallery image

– An impressive group of original works in various media by Leroy Neiman from two collections including the estate of New York Times sports columnist Frank Litsky.

LeRoy Neiman, ‘Hialeah Rack Track – Miami, Florida.’ Starting Bid: $1,500. Capsule Gallery image

– Two original paintings by Maine artist Neil Welliver from the Weiss Collection.

Neil Welliver, Untitled (beaver pond). Starting Bid: $8,000. Capsule Gallery image

The auction will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For details contact Capsule Gallery at or 212-353-2277.

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GulfCoast Coin & Auction event Feb. 2 to aid veterans

1956 team-signed Brooklyn Dodgers baseball. GulfCoast Coin & Auction image

FORT MYERS, Fla. – GulfCoast Coin & Auction will host the third annual Valentine’s for Veterans benefit auction in conjunction with the Bonita Bay Veterans Council, on Saturday, Feb. 2. More than 900 lots comprise this auction of rare coins and currency, jewelry, diamonds, fine art and collectibles. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Professor treasures his vintage computer collection

An original Apple-1 computer was the top lot in Auction Team Breker’s Science & Technology sale May 20, 2017, selling for $122,850 (€110,000). Auction Team Breker image

PARKESBURG, Pa. (AP) – Putting stamps, coins and computers in the same sentence about collecting might seem a little strange.

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Benefit Shop Foundation auction Feb. 6 has global appeal

A Tang-style hand-painted carved wooden horse statues will gallop across the block ($30,0009-$38,000). Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – While the Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. sources its auctions from area estates there are items with global connections or provenances that pop up here from time to time. The next sale on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, however, will up the wow factor exponentially as it contains a wealth of offerings with ties to South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.Continue reading

Portland Museum of Art exhibition explores Caribbean culture

Nadia Huggins (Trinidad and Tobago, b. 1984-), No. 25 Circa No Future (detail), from the series Circa No Future, 2014. Digital photograph, 22½ x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

PORTLAND, Maine – Opening February 1, 2019, the Portland Museum of Art invites you to discover a holistic and multifaceted exhibition that repositions the cultures, voices, and artists of the Caribbean islands, providing critical entry points into the ideas and issues that are shaping this vibrant and rapidly changing region.

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