Natural history museum to mark 150th anniversary

The museum’s Tyrannosaurus rex is a must-see exhibit for visitors from all over the world. D. Finnin/ © AMNH

NEW YORK (AP) – The American Museum of Natural History announced big plans Wednesday for its 150th anniversary, including exhibits, an anniversary website and a new space show in the planetarium.

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David Hockney landscapes adorn Van Gogh Museum

David Hockney, ‘More Felled Trees on Woldgate’, 2008, oil on 2 canvases, 60 x 48in. each, 60 x 96in. overall, © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

AMSTERDAM (AP) – A new exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum highlights the influences of the tormented Dutch master on the later landscape works of one of the world’s greatest living artists, David Hockney.

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2 Shoeless Joe Jackson baseball cards top $1M at Heritage Auctions

‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson’s 1910 Old Mill baseball card topped Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night at $600,000.

DALLAS – The sports memorabilia hobby’s most anticipated evening lived up to its hype on Feb. 23-24 as Heritage Auctions averaged well over $10,000 per item in its 864-lot Platinum Night auction, including a dozen six-figure results. Rare baseball cards and “The Lou Gehrig Collection” dominated the top-dollar finishers.

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Alderfer Auction expands Transition Team assisting those who relocate

Alderfer Auction’s Transition Team (L to R): Bradley Weidman, Joanna Childs, Bonnie Childs, Trudy Sutters, Wendy Gehret, Dan Angstadt, Lucy Brubaker and Kathy Yost

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction has announced the expansion of its Transition Team during a time of rapid growth and customer need. Their team of eight can play a vital role in developing a transition plan and timeline for those who are moving to a new residence, while utilizing its strengths in problem-solving, organizational skills and compassion.

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Artemis Gallery sets new house record with $1.4M+ auction

Enormous Early Byzantine, circa A.D. 400 to 600, marble liturgical table with relief panel carved with images of sheep and the chi-rho symbol representing Christ, $105,825. Artemis Gallery image

BOULDER, Colo. – Antiquities, ancient and ethnographic art of exceptional quality continue to put Artemis Gallery on the international map as a discerning and trustworthy source for buyers. That message was driven home most recently on Feb. 21 as the suburban Boulder, Colorado, auction house set a new house record exceeding $1.4 million, inclusive of 24.5 percent buyer’s premium and after-sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cottone Auctions well stocked with Tiffany lamps for March 23 sale

Tiffany Studios ‘Bamboo’ lamp with a 22-inch shade. Estimate: $75,000-$125,000. Cottone Auctions image

GENESEO, N.Y.More than 300 lots of fine art, Tiffany lamps, 20th-century design, decorative arts, furniture and Asian objects will come under the gavel at Cottone Auctions’ Winter Fine Art & Antiques Auction slated for Saturday, March 23. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gianguan Auctions celebrates Asia Week with major sale March 18

Fine jade carving of pig inside a basket, Ming dynasty, 3⅜in. x 7¼in. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – On Monday, March 18, Gianguan Auctions will celebrate the 18th running of its annual spring sale. As in previous years, the auction is scheduled to offer international collectors taking in events at Asia Week, an independent and trusted source for important and rare Chinese works of art. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 marks Ash Wednesday with religious icons auction March 6

Russian icon of the Three-Handed Virgin Mary, hand-painted on wood panel with egg tempera, gesso, levkas and gold leaf, 19th century, 37in. x 30in. (94.5 x 76 cm). Estimate: $9,000-$11,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Arising from all reaches of the European Orthodox world are icons that carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. More than 200 objects from this category are being offered in a Jasper52 online auction on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Woodshed Art Auctions to offer Whistler, Bierstadt paintings March 7

Oil painting by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), titled ‘Twilight on Schroon Mountain,’ artist signed lower left, 20¾in. x 26¾in. framed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Woodshed Art Auctions image

FRANKLIN, Mass. – A rare oil on board painting by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) titled Peasant Woman and done during Whistler’s time spent in Venice, plus an original landscape work by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902), will be in Woodshed Art Auctions’ 157-lot fine art auction Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Superheroes spring to life in Hake’s March 13-14 auction of original comic art, comic books

Superb Henry Clay, T. Frelinghuysen and Joseph Markle Pennsylvania coattail campaign flag, 26 stars in 5-point-star formation, pre-Civil War, est. $20,000-$35,000

YORK, Pa. – Just as superheroes have leaped off the pages of comic books to take over the motion picture industry, original comic art has confidently moved into the ranks of “legitimate” art. Hake’s has been instrumental in bringing fine comic art to the auction marketplace and will present yet another outstanding selection in its March 13-14 sale.

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