Teco pottery: Arts & Crafts darling

Rare and large Teco terra-cotta vase for Fritz Albert (1865-1940), with swirling leaves, circa 1910, stamped ‘TECO,’ 14in tall, est. $30,000-$40,000, sold for $28,000+ buyer’s premium at an auction held Sept. 23, 2017, by Rago Arts & Auction in Lambertville, N.J.

NEW YORK – Teco pottery is famous for the simple, matte green glazes that dominated over 90 percent of the line, which consisted of more than 500 designs by 1911, in the company’s heyday. The story of Teco dates back to 1881, when William Gates founded the American Terra Cotta Tile & Ceramic Co. in Terra Cotta, Illinois, not far from Chicago. The company produced terra-cotta bricks, drain tiles and pottery and was the country’s first manufacturer of architectural terra-cotta.

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Fine art is major part of Andrew Jones design sale Oct. 20

Red lacquer and cellulose nitrate on brass sculpture by Giacomo Balla (Italian, 1871-1958), titled ‘Linee di forza del pugno di Boccioni II’(1968), numbered 5/9 (est. $50,000-$70,000). Andrew Jones Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions’ upcoming Design for the Home and Garden Auction on Sunday, Oct. 20, will feature nearly 400 lots of important fine art, design, antiques and accessories from collections across the country and throughout California. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bonnie and Clyde items sell for big loot at RR Auction

Clyde Barrow’s Bulova wristwatch sold for $112,500. RR Auction image

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A sawed-off shotgun used by Bonnie and Clyde will remain in Joplin, Missouri, after being sold at auction. The Joplin Globe reports the weapon and other items related to the notorious criminal couple were auctioned Saturday in Boston.

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US returns ancient gilded coffin to Egypt

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (right) and Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry at the repatriation ceremony. Image courtesy of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

NEW YORK (AP) – A gilded coffin that was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry held a repatriation ceremony in New York on Wednesday for the Coffin of Nedjemankh

The Met bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February. The Met has apologized to Egypt.

Investigators say the coffin was smuggled from Egypt through United Arab Emirates, Germany and France. They say the museum was given fraudulent documents, including a forged 1971 Egyptian export license.

Prosecutors say they’ve found evidence of hundreds more antiquities thefts.

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Rivertown to auction fine Asian art from old family collections, Oct. 12

Chinese Qing Dynasty famille rose vase, Qianlong mark and period, 11¾ x 7in. Provenance: Estate of William Nelson, who worked for the State Department in the 1970s and 1990s. Estimate: $200-$400

HOUSTON – Rivertown Antiques & Estate Services, one of the world’s most trusted sources of Asian fine and decorative art, will present a 202-lot auction on Saturday, October 12 featuring rarities that follow a timeline from the Shang Dynasty (2nd millennium BC) through the 20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Kennedy/Bouvier items to lead John McInnis auction Oct. 13

JFK autographed baseball, est. $10,000-$20,000. John McInnis Auctioneers image

AMESBURY, Mass. – John McInnis Auctioneers’ October 13 Camelot With a Twist Presidential and Sports Event features historically important documents, books, photographs and household items from the Kennedy and Auchincloss families. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.   Read more

‘Blue Dog’ painting a blue chip for Benefit Shop Foundation

George Rodrigue (American, 1944-2013), ‘Dreaming of You,’ 14in x 11in. Price realized: $25,600. Benefit Shop Foundation image

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Leading the Benefit Shop Foundation’s Red Carpet auction Sept. 11 was one of George Rodrigue’s colorful and iconic “Blue Dog” paintings, which sold for $25,600, including the buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heads up for gold coins in numismatic auction Oct. 1

1878 U.S. Liberty Head $20 double eagle gold, BU++. Estimate: $3,000-$3,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – U.S. gold coins stand out in a Jasper52 online numismatic auction that will be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The highlight of the 87-lot sale is an 1878 Liberty Head $20 double eagle. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Senate committee passes bipartisan RAWR Act to combat wildlife trafficking

Black rhinoceros mother and calf in the Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he serves, has passed his bipartisan Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act.

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Kashmir sapphire ring caps Litchfield jewelry auction at $377K

Six-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring from the estate of Rosalie Coe Weir. Sold for $377,000. Litchfield Auctions image

LITCHFIELD, Conn.A brilliant combination of quality and elegance produced record-breaking results in Litchfield Auctions’ important and fine jewelry sale on Sept. 15. The curated 360-lot auction achieved a 100 percent sell-through rate, with most items selling at or above estimate. The sale realized $960,500 with premium, doubling its presale estimate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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