HOUSTON – Simpson Galleries, Houston’s oldest auction house, saw intense bidding competition during the Fine Art & Antiques Auction on Sept. 21-22. Both days of the auction crescendoed with a battle between bidders, in the auction salesroom, online and on a full telephone bank, competing for some of the rarest Texas maps ever to come up for auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
LOS ANGELES – An exclusive assortment of items from the estate of Thomas O. Paine, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator who oversaw the U.S. space program during the first manned missions to the moon, will be auctioned on Oct. 6 by Abell Auction Co. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The artisans at Tiffany Studios were world renowned for their craftsmanship, and not surprisingly, a bevy of rare and striking items made by them led the day at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery on Sept. 14. From leaded glass lamps to vases, punch bowls, decanter sets, perfume bottles and inkwells, several Tiffany Studios lots performed at or above estimate. Also vying for bidders’ attention were a monumental set of leaded glass windows, a Pablo Picasso ceramic pitcher and fine marble sculptures. The sales grossed just over $1.5 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police say they have arrested three men on the Aegean island of Kalymnos for allegedly plundering ancient shipwrecks and removing more than two dozen intact pottery vases. Read more
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Brown and Thigpen Auctions LLC will sell a private museum owner’s lifetime collection on Saturday, Oct. 5. Featured in the auction are many pedal cars along with a variety of petroliana and automobilia from yesteryear as well as an extensive selection of vending machines and advertising signs. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s International Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Collector’s Sale on Thursday, Oct. 3, present more than a thousand lots from a number of private and institutional collections across a variety of collecting categories, including Chinese carved jades, Georgian and Regency furniture, early Chinese ceramics, German and Scandinavian snuffboxes and more. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
RENO, Nev. – A four-day Americana auction bursting with more than 3,l00 lots in an array of collecting categories – to include petroliana, aviation, World War II, art, railroadiana, Native Americana, stock certificates, mining, minerals and gold – will be held Oct. 4-7 by Holabird Western Americana Collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
NEWARK, N.J. – Newark Arts, a nonprofit arts council, has cultivated partnerships with real estate developers to convert seven vacant downtown spaces into temporary art exhibits that showcase local arts and culture during the Newark Arts Festival, October 10-13. The festival, voted New Jersey’s Favorite Visual Arts Festival by JerseyArts.com, is expected to attract more than 12,000 visitors.
NEW YORK – Seventy-one lots of outstanding Asian antiques are presented in an online auction to be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Among this diverse offering are hand-painted Chinese ceramics, Ming Dynasty tomb figures, carved netsuke, Japanese weaponry, and more, creating a comprehensive representation of the Asian tradition. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.