Moran’s Studio Fine Art auction June 23 features leading artists

Woodward Payne (American, b. 1935) ‘Napa Hills II,’ 1981 oil on canvas. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s is poised to bring 240 works of art to market in their Studio Fine Art auction on June 23. The auction will feature an array of modern and contemporary fine art from leading artists. A curated selection of American and California fine art is rounded out by a variety of European works, all at approachable price points. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Leading photographers keep on rockin’ in June 11 online auction

Annie Leibovitz, ‘John and Yoko Ono,’ 11.6in. x14in., heat wax mounted on 14in. x 18in. conservation board. Estimate: $200-$300. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper 52 will conduct an online auction on Tuesday, June 11, of vintage photolithographs shot by some of the great rock ’n’ roll and music photographers of all time. From important photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and Jim Marshall, to their iconic models such as John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and Janis Joplin, this auction shows that in the words of Neil Young, rock ’n’ roll can never die. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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UNHCR’s July 20 Art Basel auction to benefit refugee women

Emmanuel Jambo (South Sudan), Three Women, Where Did We Go Wrong? 2018. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Hand-signed by the artist

BASEL, Switzerland – The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is present at the prestigious contemporary art fair Art Basel for the second consecutive year to celebrate and raise awareness about refugee women. A highlight of their activities is a July 20 art auction with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The charity auction will raise funds for UNHCR activities supporting women’s economic inclusion.

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Capsule Gallery to showcase European modern artists June 13

Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, b. 1927), ‘L’Oreille interne,’ 1978. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. Capsule Gallery image

NEW YORK — Capsule Gallery will present a curated auction of Modern, Postwar and Contemporary Art on Thursday, June 13, starting a 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. Capsule’s 148-lot sale features impressive works from the estate of Ines Bausili, who with her husband Andres, collected several prominent European artists, notably Pierre Alechinsky, Serge Poliakoff and Hans Hartung. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Le Pho painting takes top-lot honors at Palm Beach Modern’s May 25 auction

Le Pho (Vietnamese/French, 1907-2001), oil-on-canvas painting, 27.25 x 32in (framed). Sold for $52,000

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On Saturday, May 25th, the amiable team at Palm Beach Modern Auctions greeted “regulars” and new bidders alike to a 532-lot sale of high-quality art, designer furniture and outdoor sculptures from fine private collections. For many in attendance, the drawcard was the long list of desirable artists represented in the sale, but others, especially from the South Florida region, came specifically to acquire chic yet functional mid-century furnishings for their oceanfront homes.

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1864 Civil War Black regiment battle flag leads Morphy’s June 12-13 auction

1864 battle flag carried by the ‘127th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops,’ hand-painted by African-American artist and Union troop David Bustill Bowser. Only surviving flag of those Bowser created for the 11 Pennsylvania Black regiments. Est. $150,000-$250,000

DENVER, Pa. – One of the most historically important American treasures ever to pass through Morphy Auctions’ gallery is the centerpiece of the central Pennsylvania company’s June 13 Edged Weapons, Armor & Militaria sale. It is an 1864 hand-painted flag that was carried into battle by the 127th Regiment, one of 11 African-American regiments from Pennsylvania that fought for the Union during the Civil War.

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Rago to auction large flock of Martin Bros. birds in Sept.

Martin Brothers 13.75-inch-tall Wally Bird vessel. Est. $50,000-$75,000. Image courtesy of Rago Auctions

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On September 21, 2019 Rago will bring to auction a fabulous and finely curated single-owner collection of Martin Brothers pottery. The 27-piece grouping, which includes over 20 single, double, and triple bird-form humidors and vessels, represents one of the largest single-owner collections of Martin Brothers ever offered at auction and comes to Rago via UK-based dealer, AD Antiques. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Painting hidden by wall at U of Vermont to get a new life

The Champlain thrust fault visible at Lone Rock Point, Burlington, Vermont. Image courtesy of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A painting of a prominent Lake Champlain geological formation commissioned as part of a New Deal program in the 1930s but hidden behind a wall at the University of Vermont for almost three decades is getting a new chance at public life.Continue reading

Judging a book by more than its cover

Mid-19th century edition of containing the vast literary production of the famous French philosopher Voltaire in 13 volumes. Image courtesy of Bado e Mart Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The sight and smell of an old book is distinct. Its pages, now yellowed, are crisp and fragile.

At one point, it may have been someone’s favorite book – the past obvious in its dog-eared pages. Or it could have sat on a shelf merely for decoration.

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