Handel table lamps in full feather at Miller & Miller Auctions

Handel table lamp with signed 17¾-inch-diameter shade decorated with birds of paradise and blossoming branches. Price realized: CA$10,030/US$7,494. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG – A pair of Handel Birds of Paradise table lamps combined for $20,650, two rare clocks by the Canadian clockmaker Pequegnat together made $12,165, and an oil on canvas forest scene by Canadian artist Homer Watson rose to $8,625 at a sale of art, antiques and clocks held June 8 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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Royal Rolex diamond watch achieves $307K at Kruse GWS Auctions

Unique Rolex 32.00 ctw VVS1-VVS2/E-F diamond and 18K gold watch. Price realized: $307,500. Kruse GWW Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Kruse GWS Auctions sold a one-of-a-kind Rolex diamond and gold watch custom made for a royal family for $307,500 on June 15. The sale of the Rolex watch was one of the many outstanding outcomes of the auction featuring fine jewelry, Vietnamese royal family artifacts, iconic fashion designer accessories and master timepieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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RR Auction celebrates Apollo 11 50th anniversary June 20

Rare 70-mm positive film roll from Magazine S of the Apollo 11 Hasselblad camera, containing 126 of the most iconic images from the first lunar-landing mission. RR Auction image

BOSTON – RR Auction will honor the Apollo 11 astronauts, their predecessors and those who made the historic mission possible, and their enduring legacy in manned spaceflight during its current online sale that concludes Thursday, June 20. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Turner Prize artist Mark Leckey’s work to be on view at Tate Britain

Mark Leckey, ‘Dream English Kid, 1964–1999 AD 2015’ (still). Courtesy of the artist © Mark Leckey

LONDON – This autumn, Tate Britain will present “O’ Magic Power of Bleakness,” an ambitious large-scale exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey. Composed as a son et lumière experience which unfolds over time, the exhibition will combine new and existing work in an atmospheric, theatrical environment full of spectral sounds and visions. The exhibition will run Sept. 24 through Jan. 5.

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R.J. Horner dining set expected to lead Clarke Auction June 30

Estimated at $20,000-$30,000, an R.J. Horner winged griffin oak dining set includes this heavily carved china cabinet along with a matching table, six chairs and two servers. Clarke Auction Gallery image

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Clarke Auction Gallery is not taking a summer breather and will display its usual attention to detail and quality with its auction Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. It is a far-ranging sale that has choice offerings across the board. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vestas kept matches safe and dry

A Faberge gilt silver and guilloche enamel jeweled vesta case by August Holstrom, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890-1908, realized $7,500+ the buyer’s premium in 2016. Image courtesy of Shapiro Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Long before matches came to be, fire was produced through friction or focusing sunlight on combustible material. By the 1700s, people commonly lit candles, lanterns, stoves and cigars by striking pieces of flint against fire-steels, which sparked slow-burning, charcloth tinder. Many kept these flame-producing trios in cumbersome tinder boxes.

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