Far corners of the globe found in antiquarian map sale May 15

Cellarius celestial map from the Southern Hemisphere, Valk & Schenk edition, 1708, Amsterdam, 16.8in. x 19.1in. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Collectors can find their place in the world and even the solar system by viewing the Premium Antiquarian Maps auction that will be held by Jasper52 on Wednesday, May 15. More than 100 vintage illustrated maps and views by some of the most significant cartographers of their times will cross the auction block. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kamelot to auction historic architectural elements May 18

Lots 571 & 572: Approximately 158 running feet of walnut paneling (Lot 571) and eight walnut columns (Lot 572) recently removed from the Public Ledger building in Philadelphia. Kamelot image

PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, May 18, Kamelot Auction House will conduct its 14th annual Garden & Architectural Sale, an outstanding collection of garden and architectural antiques from across the globe. This highly anticipated auction will include a wide variety of designs and styles to complement any outdoor paradise. Bidding will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Julien’s sells John Lennon’s Beatles ‘butcher’ album for $234K

‘Yesterday and Today’ album from 1966, a U.S. first-state ‘Butcher album,’ specifically a prototype stereo example, owned by John Lennon. Price realized: $234,400. Julien’s Auctions image

LIVERPOOL, England – Julien’s Auctions held its highly anticipated Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool auction event at The Beatles Story Thursday, as nearly 300 pieces of iconic Beatles memorabilia went under the hammer. John Lennon’s personal and signed Yesterday and Today album prototype from 1966 sold for £180,000 ($234,400), a record-breaking price for a ‘butcher’ album. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Scientists liken Anglo-Saxon burial site to King Tut’s tomb

Alfred Bennett Bamford (1857-1919), ‘Prittlewell,’ oil on canvas, 1919. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, England (AP) – An underground chamber discovered accidentally by road workers appears to be the site of the earliest Christian royal burial ever found in Britain, archaeologists say, calling it the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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Prominent New York art dealer sentenced to prison for tax fraud

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent New York City art dealer once accused by Alec Baldwin of fraud was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday for evading over $3 million in federal taxes, a crime that left her rejected in some art circles and saying she feels like a pariah.

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MAD presents ‘Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes’ exhibition

Roger Brown, ‘Virtual Still Life #15 Waterfalls and Pitchers,’ 1995. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Mich. Photo courtesy Roger Brown Study Collection, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents an exhibition dedicated to the work of American artist Roger Brown (1941-1997), examining the ways in which collecting, arrangement and the theatrical informed and enriched his artistic practice. “Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes,” on view through Sept. 15, features works made in the final years of the artist’s life that combined his passion for collecting with his groundbreaking approach to painting. Marking the first solo museum show in New York devoted to Brown, the exhibition at MAD offers a rare opportunity to view over 40 works that trace the artist’s evolution through the lens of collection and display.

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Motherhood: an enduring theme in art

Mary Cassatt, ‘The Bath,’ 1891; soft-ground etching with aquatint and drypoint on paper, 12⅜in. x 9⅝in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

NEW YORK – Motherhood in art is a theme as old as time. From antiquity, religious icons were created to depict saintly images of the Madonna and the Christ Child to romanticized visions among the Impressionists in the 19th century to more modern visions, warts and all.

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