The Hot Bid: Lino Tagliapietra ‘Dinosaur’ could sell for $15,000 at Rago

Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center

What you see: A Lino Tagliapietra Dinosaur, a glass sculpture created at Murano, Italy in 2008. Rago estimates it will sell for $10,000 to $15,000 at its Contemporary Glass Featuring Dan Dailey: From the Barbara Tarleton Collection, a sale taking place Sunday, Sept. 22, with absentee and live online bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

The expert: Suzanne Perrault, partner and co-director of Rago’s 20th and 21st century design department.

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Sept. 26 auction features ’50s/’60s male physique photos by Bruce of Los Angeles

2 Bruce Bellas (1909-1974) photos taken at Muscle Beach in Los Angeles and featuring ‘Mr. Muscle Beach 1957.’ Provenance: Bruce Bellas archive. Estimate: $400-$600

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On September 26, Urban Culture Auctions (UCA), a division of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, will sell a significant archive of 1950s/’60s “beefcake” photos taken by Bruce Bellas, known professionally as Bruce of Los Angeles. More than 200 lots of vintage prints, negatives, slides, real-photo greeting cards, and posing props will be auctioned, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Most of the photos, which played an important supporting role in the foundation of America’s gay movement, were taken in Bellas’ studio, while a smaller number reflect Southern California’s influential fitness movement, which celebrated the male physique.

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Warhol, Lichtenstein well represented in prints auction Sept. 18

Andy Warhol, ‘John Lennon,’ 1986, silkscreen, not signed and numbered, paper size 36 x 36in., images size 36in x 36in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Pop art’s biggest names are found in a Jasper52 prints auction that will be held online on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Nearly 100 limited edition prints and lithographs from the pop art greats including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein are offered. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘More Than Humans’ exhibition has fall run at Madrid art museum

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, ‘Opera (QM.15)’ (2016), video installation. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection. Photo by Andrea Rossetti

MADRID – The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) present an exhibition with works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tomás Saraceno which invite visitors to explore questions surrounding technologies, artificial intelligence, the collective minds of animals, and the power and attraction of the unknown.Continue reading

Kaminski Auctions highlights Continental furnishings Sept. 21-22

Pair of mid-19th century French Napoleon II Sevres porcelain urns having hand-painted portraits, signed ‘de David’, 19¾in. x 8in. Kaminski Auction image

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions fall schedule begins with an exceptional Continental auction Sept. 21 and 22, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time both days. Kaminski Auctions was chosen to conduct the auction by the George Ricard family of Villa “Zamir” Cap Martin, on the French Riviera. The collection was moved in the 1980s to the Ricard home in Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Amsterdam museum delves into Marc Chagall paintings

‘The Synagogue at Safad, Israel’ (1931) – ‘Ida at the Window’ (1924). Image courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has rounded off a major five-year research project into the material and technical aspects of the nine paintings by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) in its collection.

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Lanterns have been working on the railroad

An embossed Virginia & Truckee lantern, Virginia City, Nevada, circa 1890, made $5,500+ buyer’s premium in February 2014 at Holabird-Kagin Americana. Photo courtesy of Holabird-Kagin Americana and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Before the advent of electricity and power lines, railroad lanterns played a key role in keeping trains running safely at night. In the early days of the 1870s, lanterns were not standardized and came in a variety of shapes and sizes. Today, original lanterns, particularly those with their glass globes intact, are highly collectible.

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