Old Masters to modern art featured at Black Rock Galleries March 3

Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926) watercolor depicting American Indians mounted on horses, 9½ x 7½in., frame: 24½ x 20½in. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Black Rock Galleries image

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Black Rock Galleries will offer their Exceptional Winter 2019 Auction on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. More than 350 outstanding quality lots including jewelry, antiques, mid-century modern pieces, silver, china, and an extensive collection of fine art are available to the highest bidders. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari jewelry sparkles in Jasper52 auction Feb. 27

Van Cleef & Arpels retro 1940s ‘Ludo’ bracelet, 18K gold, ruby (5.86 carats) and diamonds (6.00 carats), stamped with Van Cleef & Arpels maker’s mark, French hallmarks. Estimate: $36,000-$48,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Bulgari are several of the famous names that stand out in a diverse mix of designer jewelry offered by Jasper52 in an online auction Wednesday, Feb. 27. Absentee and Internet bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sam Gilliam: pushing art’s boundaries

Sam Gilliam, ‘Dark of the Moon,’ 1991, mixed media, realized $40,000 in January 2018 at Alex Cooper

NEW YORK – Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) is arguably a master of the canvas, not content to simply apply paint to it but to transform it until his paintings nearly pulse with color and dimensionality.

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Gainsborough portrait of a lady graces Moran’s auction March 10

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788 British), ‘Portrait of Mrs. Isaac Elton,’ oil on canvas laid to canvas, in a painted oval. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s spring auction season is in full bloom with their Traditional Collector auction event. The March 10 auction is filled to the brim with fine furnishings, décor and artwork from Europe, Asia and the United States, this auction is slated to be one of the best of the year. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kaminski Auctions showcases important paintings March 2-3

Natvar Bhavsar (b.1934), ‘Nove,’ dry pigment on canvas, signed, dated 1970 and titled verso, frame 44in. x 108¾in. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – A painting by Natvar Bhavsar (b.1934), a contemporary Indian Abstract Expressionist, is a featured lot in Kaminski Auctions March 2-3 sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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All things Canada celebrated at Miller & Miller Auctions event 

Significant Morton & Co. water cooler from the early 1850s, made by Justus Morton in Brantford, Ontario, elaborately decorated with applied figures. Price realized: $30,680 Canadian/U.S.$23,224. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A stoneware water cooler from the early 1850s, made by Justus Morton in Brantford, Ontario, soared to $30,680 to take top lot honors in Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.’s Canadiana & Historic Objects Auction on Feb. 9. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars. The current exchange rate for one Canadian dollar is 76 cents. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Boston gangster Whitey Bulger’s prison letters, mugshots in Feb. 24 auction

2015 holiday card sent by gangster Whitey Bulger featuring his 1959 Alcatraz mugshot and a cordial seasonal greeting. Together with handwritten letter, it is estimated at $400-$700

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An archive of handwritten letters, cards, mugshots and other ephemera related to notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. (1929-2018), will cross the auction block on Sunday, Feb. 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Washington portrait first of many highlights in NHADA auction Feb. 28

Portrait of George Washington by an unknown artist, oil on board, circa 1840, 13¾ x 12in. Estimate: $4,500-$5,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA), one of the largest organizations of its kind, consists of nearly 300 knowledgeable members dedicated to integrity and fairness in all business dealings. The NHADA has teamed up with Jasper52 to present an auction Thursday, Feb. 28, featuring items consigned solely by members of the prestigious trade organization. Jasper52 helps select auction houses, dealers, galleries and now associations to conduct themed auctions whose goods are vetted by auctioneers and appraisers. Absentee and live online bidding for all Jasper52 auctions is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

Portrait of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, displayed at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge gave the green light Tuesday to a parks-advocacy group’s lawsuit that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan.

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Actor Curtis Armstrong gifts film, TV mementos to Michigan university

Curtis Armstrong speaking at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

OAKLAND, Mich. (AP) – Actor Curtis Armstrong is donating collectibles from his 30-year career in film and television to the archives of his alma mater, Oakland University.

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