More than 1,000 premium toys in Bertoia auction May 23-24

Bowling Alley cast-iron mechanical bank, Kyser & Rex, one of the very few authentic examples in existence. Ex Griffith Collection. Est. $16,000-$24,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – Winter has finally moved on, and it’s once again time for collectors to gather, socialize and compete for great toys of all types at Bertoia’s Annual Spring Toy Sale. The company’s renowned Signature Sales focus on a select few collections with prestigious name value, and its Basics series presents excellent toys at affordable price points, but Bertoia’s diverse Spring Sale is an open door to fine pieces from literally dozens of collections. This year’s edition, slated for May 23-24, boasts more than 1,000 toys, banks and trains, and has been timed so it doesn’t interfere with the cookouts or other family events traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Old Masters to modern art ready to hang in May 8 auction

Large Classical landscape, ‘Hagar and The Angel,’ oil on canvas, 19th century, follower of Claude Lorrain (French, 1600-1682), 49in. by 62in. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Original works of art will be going up for bid Wednesday, May 8, in a Jasper52 online auction titled “Old Masters to Modern Art Oil Paintings.” Art lovers can choose from 78 paintings having estimates ranging from $350 to $22,000. Offered are paintings from Italian, French and British schools of art. Subjects include portraits of famous leaders, saints, women of nobility and the common man. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Julien’s to take annual Beatles auction to Liverpool May 9

‘Yesterday and Today’ album from 1966, a U.S. first-state ‘Butcher album’ specifically a prototype stereo example, owned by John Lennon. Estimate: $160,000-$180,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will stage “Music Icons: The Beatles In Liverpool,” their annual auction extravaganza of the Fab Four’s most iconic and historic memorabilia, on Thursday, May 9. The auction will be held for the first time at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, UK, the birthplace of the Beatles. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: ‘Wizard of Oz’ movie poster produces $108K

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

 ‘Wizard of Oz’ movie poster, $108,000, Heritage Auctions

A half-sheet style A poster for The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939) sold for $108,000 at a movie posters auction held March 23-24 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, an insert for The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941) achieved $96,000; an insert for The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) brought $90,000; original set continuity photos for Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942) rose to $55,200; and a German magazine promotional ad for Nosferatu (PranaFilm, 1921) made $52,800.

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Russian sentenced to prison for vandalizing Repin painting

Ilya Repin (Russian, 1844-1930), Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581. Collection of Tretyakov Gallery

MOSCOW (AP) – A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a Russian man to 2 1/2 years in prison for vandalizing a famous painting by the renowned Russian artist Ilya Repin.

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LA judge rules Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie (Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain), 1897. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work’s rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust.

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Philadelphia museum to loan out artworks under new sharing program

Closeup of the Rocky Statue that stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be loaning works to eight Pennsylvania museums under a new program designed to broaden public access to art.

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Technology, entertainment merge at Auction Team Breker May 18

Islamic astrolabe, late 18th century. Estimate: €15,000-€25,000/$16,950-$28,250. Auction Team Breker image

COLOGNE, Germany – Fine instruments of science and communication, industry and entertainment are among the highlights at Auction Team Breker on May 18. One of the earliest devices under the hammer is a scarce 18th century Islamic astrolabe bearing the engraved latitudes of thirty-eight cities, including Baghdad and Isfahan. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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World War I museum announces Memorial Day activities

John Singer Sargent’s World War I painting titled ‘Gassed.’ Image courtesy of World War I Museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  An array of events in conjunction with Memorial Day Weekend, including free admission for veterans/active duty military personnel and half-price general admission for the public, and programs on how the Great War affected the environment, railways and journalism are among the May offerings at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

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Jasper52 launches fresh wave of medieval jewelry May 8

Viking warrior’s coil ring, 9th-10th century, 3¾ turns, size 9¾, 3¾. Estimate: $700-$900. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Seventy-five lots of Viking and medieval jewelry will be offered in an online auction conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, May 8. Featured are rings, amulets and pendants once worn by Viking warriors, sorcerers, Crusaders and pilgrims during the Middle Ages. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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