May 31 auction features antiques from Philadelphia nuns’ residence

Motherhouse where Mother Katharine Drexel, posthumously St. Katharine Drexel; and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament resided and worked. Image provided by Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

BENSALEM, Pa. – On Friday, May 31, Stephenson’s Auctioneers will conduct a sale of contents of the former Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. In 2016, the revered order of nuns founded by St. Katharine Drexel sold the idyllic 44-acre parcel of real estate in Bensalem Township on which the motherhouse was built.

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Paul Sawyier painting, M.C. Escher print top Clars’ May 19 sale

This oil on board titled ‘Promenade Prospect Park, Brooklyn’ by artist, Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) sold for $55,350 making it the second highest global record for an oil painting by the Kentucky artist. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – The important fine art, photography and prints presented at Clars’ May 19 sale resulted in numerous offerings soaring past their estimates with new auction records being set. Fueled by robust global bidding, the auction produced strong results across all categories on the investment level property that was offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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D-Day flag lands at Heritage Auctions military auction June 9

The first American flag planted on the Normandy Beachhead during the June 1944 D-Day invasion along with period newspaper documentation. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – An American flag believed to be the first planted when Allied forces stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 is being offered in Heritage Auctions’ Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria auction June 9 in Dallas, Texas. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Venus to Pinocchio: Jim Dine’s recurring themes

Among Dine’s iconic motifs was the Venus de Milo and his 1983 five-part sculpture ‘Venus at Sunset,’ 1983, made $140,000 in May 2015 at Heritage Auctions. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Equally famous for his contributions to the often-overlapping worlds of pop art and performance art, artist Jim Dine (b. 1935-) and other artists began staging “art happenings” in the late 1950s before he turned to painting in the 1960s. It was around this time when he became inextricably linked with the rise of pop art in the early 1960s as he incorporated commercial and everyday objects into his works, which represented several mediums.

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