‘Collectors’ Choice’ valuables abound in Thomaston Place sale May 8

‘Tree Line Above Lake, Vermont,’ a watercolor by Hayley Lever (1876-1958). Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – Now through Wednesday, May 8, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is presenting “Collectors’ Choice,” an online-only auction offering an amazing spectrum of rare and collectible objects sure to interest hobbyists and decorators alike. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Paintings power Lotus International Auctions’ spring event May 5

Edward Lear, ‘Wady Halfel,’ watercolor, 17.5 in. x 22.5 in. (sight). Lotus International Auctions image

GUILFORD, Conn. – Lotus International Auctions LLC will conduct an online-only auction May 5. The auction, titled “Super Spring Fine Art and Folk Art Auction,” has oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, silkscreens, sculptures (modern and Inuit) and many other eye-catching items. There are 336 lots.  Absentee and Internet live bidding will be done through LiveAuctioneers.

An Edward Lear watercolor landscape (above) depicting the north of Sudan has a date and time – Feb. 7, 1867, 4:30 p.m. – noted at the bottom. Lear visited Egypt in 1866 and traveled up the Nile as far as Wadi Halfa from December 1866 to March 1867.

Another painting, Authur Sarnoff ‘s Monterey Interlude is an illustration of the cliffs looking out to the Pacific Ocean surrounded by Monterey trees. Sarnoff illustrated for magazines such as Colliers, McCall’s, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook.

Authur Sarnoff, ‘Monterey Interlude,’ oil on canvas, 20in. x 24 in. Lotus International Auctions image

Pauline Braat has a colorful folk art painting of a scene on the coastline of Yugoslavia, dated 1968, with boating activity and people enjoying the summer day.

Pauline Braat, ‘Yugoslavia Coast,’ oil on board, 16 in. x 20 in. Lotus International Auctions image

For a surrealistic artwork, there is an intriguing painting by Shigeo Okumura with lions, birds, water lilies and a lone woman holding a red rose.

Shigeo Okumura, surrealistic artwork, oil on canvas, 14in. x 10in. Lotus International Auctions image

For more information contact Lotus International Auctions LLC at 203-689-5062.

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Netsuke headline Quinn’s May 4 Japanese works of art auction

19th-century wood netsuke of a snake with visible tongue, signed ‘Toyokazu, son of Toyomasa.’ Ex Christie’s London. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Quinn’s image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Uniquely Japanese, netsuke have been revered for hundreds of years as miniature artworks fastidiously carved to replicate animals, plants, humans, mythical creatures and other subjects. Traditionally worn at waist level to secure a silk cord around a kimono, early netsuke represent a form of fine art that bears little resemblance to the mass-produced trinkets seen in the marketplace today. So when a collection of beautifully carved antique netsuke becomes available, it’s a cause for celebration among collectors. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Victor Mee Auctions to sell interiors from Titanic’s sister ship May 1-2

Rare and exceptional maple paneling in the colonial style inset with mirror from the second-class library of the HMSH Britannic, complete with mahogany bar embellished with copper, made by The Harland and Wolf Co. Victor Mee Auctions image

KILLENARD, Ireland – The paneling from two luxurious function rooms on Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, will take center stage at a historic auction by Victor Mee Auctions Ltd. at the Heritage Hotel on May 1-2. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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NHADA picks symbols of America for online auction April 30

Pair of American shields, zinc, 1880, 23in. x 16 in. x 1½in., about 20 lbs. each. Estimate: $2,800-$3,200. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – An Americana and folk art auction orchestrated by the prestigious New Hampshire Antique Dealers Association features many iconic and colorful items that symbolize the nation. This online auction will be conducted by Jasper52 on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘Peanuts’ explores universal messages

A Snoopy baseball-themed strip from April 1964 hit $34,000 in October 2015 at Auctionata U.S. Photo courtesy of Auctionata U.S. and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – When it comes to comic strips, none is as iconic or beloved as Peanuts, created by Charles “Sparky” Schulz over a half century. Schulz hand drew each and every panel of the famous strip, without help of assistants, since its first appearance on Oct. 2, 1950 to his retirement at age 77 in January 2000. Peanuts appeared in more than 2,500 newspapers in 75 countries in 25 languages.

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