University Archives turns up rare signatures for May 15 auction

Superb framed display devoted to frontiersman Davy Crockett – to include his autograph, a portrait, a depiction of the Battle of the Alamo and a commemorative coin. Estimate: $8,000-$9,000. University Archives image

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.

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Christie’s auction of Jonas Wood painting to benefit rainforest conservation

Japanese Garden 3 ©Jonas Wood. Photograph by Marten Elder. Provided by Christie’s

NEW YORK – On May 15, Christie’s New York Post-War and Contemporary evening sale will commence with the auction of Jonas Wood’s Japanese Garden 3, a large-scale painting to benefit Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC). The proceeds will fund a 600,000-acre reserve of South American rainforest that will aid the area’s biodiversity including protecting several native endangered species and combating climate change. The 2019 work, a large-scale landscape painting measuring 88 x 98 inches, was donated by the artist in a collaboration that was initiated by Art to Acres, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to raising funds for land conservation through art sales. Additionally, GWC and Rainforest Trust have offered a generous 400% match of the hammer price of Japanese Garden 3 to go towards funding the reserve. These organizations will jointly oversee the conservation project, which encompasses an area of land twice the size of Los Angeles.
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Heritage Auctions showcases Tiffany Studios, Lalique glass May 14

Tiffany Studios leaded glass Turtleback table lamp, circa 1910, 22½in. high x 15 5/8 in. diameter. Heritage Auctions image

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.

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Apollo computer display/keyboard soars to $210K at RR Auction

The Apollo Guidance Computer Display and Keyboard (DSKY) unit from the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory used to verify the software patch needed to avoid an abort during the Apollo 14 lunar landing sequence. RR Auction image

BOSTON – A historically significant Apollo Guidance Computer Display and Keyboard (DSKY) sold for $210,261 at RR Auction’s Space & Aviation sale April 18. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Queen Anne furniture still stylish 2 centuries later

Pair of Queen Anne walnut veneer chairs with the crests and splats with burled walnut veneers, 38in. high, 21in. wide, 18in. deep, est. $1,200-$1,800, sold for $5,795 at Schwenke Auctioneers in Woodbury, Conn., on June 14, 2017.

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.

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Met to display da Vinci painting to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519). St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness, begun ca. 1483. Oil on wood, 40.5 x 29 1/4 in. (103 x 74 cm). Vatican City, Musei Vaticani. Photo © Governatorate of the Vatican City State – Vatican Museums. All rights reserved.

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.
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Bronze lions kings of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s May 11-12 event

Large pair of patinated bronze seated lion figures, made in the 20th century and perched on integral stepped rectangular bases, 46 inches tall. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Crescent City Auction Gallery image

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.

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Important American, Asian artists stand out at Michaan’s May 11

Cecil Crosley Bell (American 1906-1970), ‘Go Boys! Go! Go!,’ oil on board. Estimate: $3,000/$5,000. Michaan’s image

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.

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The Hot Bid: John Lennon’s signed Beatles ‘Butcher’ album

The original ‘Butcher’ cover for the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday and Today’ album, which was hastily replaced, this one once owned and signed by John Lennon.  Julien’s Auctions image

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.

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PBA Galleries auction May 2 explores early California in print

Henry S. Tanner’s 1846 hand-colored folding ‘Map of The United States of Mexico’ includes the majority of the southwest portion of the present United States. PBA Galleries image

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