Church goods, spiritual objects offered in Jasper52 sale July 3

Seven-piece altar set consisting of ornate candlesticks and a matching altar cross, solid brass, polished and lacquered. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than 100 lots of church goods – both vintage and new – are offered in a finely curated online auction that will be conducted through LiveAuctioneers on Wednesday, July 3. Items include fine crosses, 24K gold and sterling silver chalices, altar sets and tabernacles – many of the objects central to the global Catholic tradition. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Holabird Western Americana mines 4,000-lot auction July 11-15

Possibly unique stock certificate for the Picacho Silver Mining Co. of Arizona, dated March 12, 1866, for 120 shares, issued to Wm. W. Shepard, with signatures. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Holabird Western Americana Collections image

RENO, Nev. – Everything good about summer collectibles – mining artifacts, all elements of Western history, manuscript archives, antique bottles and marbles, rare stocks and bonds, gold, numismatics and much more – will be packed into Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day, 4,000-lot Americana Auction, planned for Thursday thru Monday, July 11-15. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Americana in demand at Jeffrey S. Evans’ June 21-22 auction

Hooked rug dated 1915, wool on burlap, 33in. x 42¾in. Price realized: $2,457. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Americana & Fine Antiques Auction June 21 & 22 was a highly successful event and produced robust prices, along with a few surprises, in multiple categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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The Hot Bid: Hake’s goes to bat for rare Negro League Baseball broadside

The uncirculated condition of this Negro National League broadside could be attributed to the Nashville Elite Giants moving to Columbus, Ohio, for the 1935 season. The team moved again the following year to Washington, D.C. Hake’s Auctions image

What you see: A 1935 Negro League baseball broadside, picturing six of the eight active teams of the time. Hake’s Auctions estimates it at $10,000 to $20,000.

The expert: Philip Garry III, Hake’s sports consultant.

How rare is Negro League Baseball (NLB) material in general? I suspect less of it was made, and less of it was saved. Is that correct? Exactly. Before Major League Baseball (MLB) became integrated in 1947, it was very unusual to find any surviving examples of NLB material, whether it was game-used pieces, cards, postcards, scorecards or broadsides. There was never a single NLB baseball card issued in the United States, as opposed to millions released for MLB up until 1947.  Read more

Important W. Va. folk art table slated for Sept. 7 sale

Image courtesy of Woody Auction 

DOUGLASS, Kan. – A 35-star American Flag folk art table from the James R. and Barbara A. Miller collection will be sold on September 7 by Woody Auction. It is nearly identical to an unsigned 13-star flag table that sold at Sotheby’s New York. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sotheby’s to auction earliest NASA videotapes of Apollo 11 lunar landing

Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – This July, Sotheby’s will offer the earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the moon: three original NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.  Unrestored, unenhanced, and unremastered, the videotapes’ significance was recognized during NASA’s fruitless search at the time of the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing for its original SSTV recordings.

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Three distinct periods of Vietnamese painter Le Pho

Le Pho’s ‘Les dahlias,’ 1979, oil on canvas, was exhibited earlier in February 2019 by Findlay Galleries in New York City. Photo courtesy of Findlay Galleries

NEW YORK – Vietnam has not been synonymous with great art, at least in the mind of Western audiences. That unfortunate slight has been changing in recent decades as Vietnamese art has gained a foothold on the global art market of late, being showcased in major art fairs and exhibitions all over the world from Europe to Japan.

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Cindy Sherman’s first UK retrospective unveiled in London 

‘Untitled #602’ by Cindy Sherman, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

LONDON – Cindy Sherman’s groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, has gone on public display for the first time in the UK in a major new retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Opening on Thursday, June 27, the exhibition explores the development of the artist’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day.

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Luxury fashions auction packed with designer handbags July 2    

Louis Vuitton Lockme leather shoulder bag in excellent condition. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Dozens of designer handbags are offered in a Jasper52 auction of luxury fashion accessories that will be conducted Tuesday, July 2. Chanel, Gucci, Spartina, Michael Kors, Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton and Valentino are all represented in this 100-lot online auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Russian vase sells for 157 times high estimate at Morphy’s $3.3M auction

Russian pottery vase with metal overlay depicting warriors on horseback, 7½ in., multiple impressed marks, dated 1903. Sold for $141,450 against an estimate of $600-$900

DENVER, Pa. – When Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever – its loveliness increases,” he unwittingly created a tagline for Morphy Auctions’ $3.3 million Fine & Decorative Arts sale held June 18-19. The breathtaking array of European and American antiques, glass and ceramics dazzled an international contingent of bidders who drove prices on many items to unexpected if not astounding levels. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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