NEW YORK – Four hundred lots of colorful loose gemstones, highlighted by fancy colored diamonds, are offered in a Jasper52 online auction taking place Tuesday, June 4. Certified natural emeralds, sapphires, opals and topaz are also featured in the auction. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A two-day, two-session auction featuring over 700 lots of collector-grade art, clocks, fountain pens, lamps, art glass and many items of historical interest from world-class makers will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7–8, by Miller & Miller Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels — some over 5,000 years old.
BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions’ June 1-2 sales feature a selection of fine Chinese porcelains on Saturday followed by the contents of a Manhattan, New York City estate in the afternoon. Sunday’s session features items from Beverly, Ipswich and Salem, Massachusetts, estates. Both auction days start at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, June 6, Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, will conduct a 286-lot auction brimming with scarce and significant examples of science fiction and fantasy. The majority of the sale features items from the collection of Daniel “Dan” Breen, a lifelong collector of rare science fiction and fantasy. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – It can be safely said that George Ohr (Mississippi, 1857-1918) was the P.T. Barnum of ceramic artistry of his day. As the self-described “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” Ohr was a relentless self-promoter, calling his work “unequaled, undisputed and unrivaled.” He dressed and groomed himself in a manner that was daring and eccentric for the time, sporting a big bushy mustache and having photos taken of himself that only enhanced his outrageous reputation.
LONDON – Tate today announced a new partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, working together to expand the British Art Network. The Paul Mellon Centre has committed additional funds and expertise to help Tate build on the success of the network to date. A new program of events will include support for specialist subject groups and development opportunities for early career curators, to stimulate research and new perspectives on all aspects of British Art. In recognition of the value and impact of the network, Arts Council England has continued to provide support through its Subject Specialist Network Fund.
SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, May 30, PBA Galleries will offer an auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts – Food and Drink. Significantly, the auction is the first to be held in PBA Galleries’ new location at 605 Addison St. in Berkeley. On the auction block will be over 400 lots of rare, valuable, curious, and unusual material from all centuries and all lands, ranging from sober religious tomes to groundbreaking works on science and natural history, Winston Churchill to Oscar Wilde, with fine bindings and sets, fine cookery, illuminated manuscripts, captivating illustrated books, early printed books and photographs. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.