Extraordinary engagement ring tops $193K at Kodner Galleries

This GIA certified 9.02 carat rectangular brilliant cut diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold engagement ring sold for $193,600. Kodner Galleries image

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Kodner Galleries’ auction May 1 realized $1.1 million, with jewelry leading the way. The auction featured the former inventory of a local South Florida-based supplier to jewelry and industrial manufacturers that included precious metals, coins, loose stones and an exceptional collection of estate and contemporary jewelry. Fine art and collectibles added to the typical Kodner auction mix. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Clars brings rare artworks to market in May 18-19 auction  

This rare oil on board by Charlton titled ‘Santa Barbara Mission’ will be offered for $100,000-$150,000. Clars Auction Gallery image

OAKLAND, Calif. – On Sunday, May 19, Clars Auction Gallery will present numerous important works in fine art, 20th century design as well as an impressive selection of estate jewelry as part of their May Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry and Asian Art Auction. The investment-level property to be offered comes from prominent California estates, museums, private institutions and special collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rago Auctions features finest in modern design May 18-19

Albert Cheuret (1884-1966), Cobra console table with mirror, France, circa 1925, 40in. x 47¼in. x 13in., mirror: 34¼in. x 46½in. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, Rago Auctions will host sales of Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design and Modern Ceramics and Glass. Exceptional designs by the Nakashimas, a rare work by Albert Cheuret and significant collections of both René Buthaud and Lino Tagliapietra will highlight the weekend auctions. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Colonial Williamsburg acquires rare 1780 map of Ga., S.C.

A Map of South Carolina and a part of Georgia…, published by William Faden (1750-1836) after William Gerard De Brahm (1718-ca. 1799) after Thomas Jeffreys (ca. 1710-1771), London, 1780. Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. —The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has recently acquired a very rare copy of A Map of South Carolina and a Part of Georgia published in 1780 by William Faden based on a 1757 version made by the cartographers William Gerard De Brahm and published by Thomas Jefferys. Although other copies are known to exist, this example, which is in pristine condition with vibrant original color, is the first known to have become available in several decades. The large-scale map (about 4½ feet tall by 4 feet wide) is a significantly revised version of the 1757 document by De Brahm, and when paired with this earlier version of the map (a copy already exists in the Colonial Williamsburg collection) the two maps tell a compelling story. Together they show a visual comparison about the extent to which the South Carolinians and Georgians settled the western frontiers of their colonies during the period between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

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Vintage board games are not child’s play

In the 1960-70s Milton Bradley released a set of history-based strategy board games, in cooperation from the American Heritage Publishing Co., as the Bicentennial neared. ‘American Heritage Game of the Civil War’ was made circa 1965. Image courtesy of the Strong National Museum of Play

NEW YORK – Board games go back centuries, like chess, which reportedly dates to around A.D. 600, and Go (aka Weiqi), which started in China some 4,000 years ago. Games relying on luck, strategy or knowledge, from the 1950s to the ’70s, are eminently popular as baby boomers and gen Xers, nostalgic for their childhoods, buy back their memories. Let’s look at some of the most collected games from this era and what makes them appealing.

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