WESTPORT, Conn. – Collectors of early American history, science and technology and Civil War memorabilia will want to mark their calendars for Wednesday, May 15, when those popular categories will be featured in University Archives’ online-only auction, starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Close to 300 quality lots will come up for bid. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
DALLAS – Selections from three estates of private collectors, including an assortment of Lalique and Loetz glass and Tiffany lamps, are among the highlights in highest demand in Heritage Auctions’ Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Auction, including Art Deco & Art Nouveau, which will be sold Tuesday, May 14. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – The Queen Anne style of furniture, decorative arts and architecture – characterized by limited and restrained decoration – was evolving during the reign of England’s Queen Anne (1702-1718), although the actual name “Queen Anne” was first applied to the style more than a century after it was fashionable. It really began to take shape during the reign of William III (1689-1702), but the term mainly describes decorative styles dating from the mid-1720s to about 1760.
NEW YORK – To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display the artist’s painting St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness (begun ca. 1483). A special loan from the Vatican Museums, this monumental, exquisitely rendered painting is in an unfinished state, providing viewers with extraordinary insights into the artist’s creative process. Opening July 15, Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome will pay homage to one of the most renowned geniuses of all time.
NEW ORLEANS – A beautiful Gallé mold-blown Clematis vase, an unusual carved oak Robert Jupe-style dining table, a 152-piece set of sterling flatware by Gorham, a lovely Pairpoint reverse painted lamp and an outstanding collection of bronze sculptures are just a few of the highlights in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big event, May 11-12. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s presents extraordinary opportunities to collectors on Saturday, May 11. Top names and rising stars in fine art are a focus. Estate jewelry set with fine old diamonds is a leading attraction. The selection of art and artifacts from Asia, Africa and Europe is outstanding. Michaan’s May Gallery Auction lots, culled from private collections and elite estates, promise exciting discoveries in every category. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
What you see: A U.S first state Butcher album prototype, stereo example, of the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today, which was owned by John Lennon. He inscribed and dated it and drew a sketch on the back cover. Later, the recipient obtained signatures from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Julien’s Auctions estimates it at $160,000 to $180,000.
The expert: Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.
SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, May 2, PBA Galleries will conduct a sale of rare Americana including California and the West. On offer will be over 450 lots of important and varied materials on the Americas, covering the discovery, history, culture, society and cartography. Included are books, maps, manuscript material, photographs, ephemera, and much that is unusual and esoteric. There is much material on California and Mexico, before, during, and after the Gold Rush. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Read more
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Time marches on, but as any collector of militaria will attest, history marches to a drum that will resonate forever. The uniforms, weapons and paraphernalia of centuries of war serve as tangible reminders that freedom comes at a great price, and it’s all the more reason why such items never lose their appeal at auction, says Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. The suburban Cleveland company will conduct a robust pre-Memorial Day auction on May 11 featuring firearms and militaria from long-held collections, including a very special archive of D-Day items that will be offered in 11 consecutive lots. Both absentee and Internet live bidding are available through LiveAuctioneers.