Colored diamonds add radiance to Jasper52 gemstones sale June 4

Natural diamond, fancy deep yellow-orange cushion shape, 1.51 carats, GIA certification no. 5243311705, 4.44 x 4.22 x 3.16 mm. Estimate: $16,000-$18,000. Jasper52 image

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.

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Fine art, clocks, lamps fresh to Miller & Miller Auctions June 7-8

One of two Handel Birds of Paradise table lamps. Estimates: CA$9,000-$12,000 and CA$6,000-$9,000. Miller & Miller Auctions image

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 78, by Miller & Miller Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Muscle cars on starting grid at Alderfer Auction June 5-6  

2017 Ford LFP 727 Mustang GT. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Alderfer Auctions image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction will conduct a its Fine & Decorative Arts & Collector’s Auctions June 5-6. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Israeli scientists brew beer in clay vessels with revived ancient yeasts

Egyptian Pre-Dynastic pottery black-top jar, circa 4000-3600 BCE. Courtesy of Artemis Gallery, which auctioned the vessel for $8,715

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.

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Rare weathervane forecasts success for Kaminski’s June 1-2 sales

Harris & Co., Boston, gilt copper full-bodied running horse weathervane with directional, 45½ in. long. Estimate: $5,000- $10,000. Kaminski Auctions image

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.

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Heritage sells only known Zachary Taylor campaign banner for $1.9M

Only known example of an 1848 Zachary Taylor campaign banner, auctioned by Heritage for $1.9 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Dallas

DALLAS – The only known example of a campaign banner for the United States’ 12th president soared past pre-auction estimates to lead the final total for Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction to $1,963,776 May 4-5 in Dallas, Texas.

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Waverly to host Science Fiction and Fantasy book auction June 6


With an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, the three-volume first-edition set of Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (1954-55) is a candidate for top lot of the auction. Waverly Rare Books image

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.

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George Ohr: The Mad Potter of Biloxi

George Ohr pottery vase, stamped ‘G.E. OHR, / BILOXI,’ late 19th century, ovoid vase with heavily manipulated midsection and finely crimped rim, 4½in. tall. Sold for $6,490 at Crocker Farm in Sparks, Md., on March 25, 2017. Courtesy Crocker Farm and 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.

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Tate and Paul Mellon Centre announce partnership

Lubaina Himid, ‘Naming the Money’ (2004) Installation view of Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017). Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool. Photo: Stuart Whipps, courtesy of Spike Island.

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.

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Books on food, drink serve as main course at PBA Galleries May 30

One of the first Creole cookbooks, 1885. PBA Galleries image

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.

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