Manor Auctions to sell error coins & currency Oct. 19

1990 $20 misaligned overprint error or shifted third print. Manor Auctions image

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Oct. 19 Manor Auctions will conduct an absolute online sale featuring dozens of mint-made error coins and error currency lots among other items, all starting at $20 opening bid. Many of the errors featured in this sale are rare and/or quite severe, making them especially attractive to collectors worldwide. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tiffany silver shines in Rago’s Remix Auctions Oct. 18-19

Pair of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver candelabra. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Rago image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s Remix Auction returns on Oct. 18-19 with two sessions to be conducted over two days. The sale commences on Friday with Remix: American, English + Continental Silver, which presents nearly 200 lots of silver including a large and impressive collection of Tiffany & Co. hollowware and flatware services. The sale will also feature fine and heirloom pieces of silver from other makers such as Georg Jensen, Gorham and Christofle. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Peter Tillou collection anchors Litchfield’s 25th anniversary sale, Oct. 19-20

Gilbert Stuart and Studio, 1755-1828, portrait of Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective (1724-1795), from the Peter Tillou collection. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Litchfield Auctions image

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Litchfield Auctions will celebrate 25 years in the auction business with a noteworthy sale Oct. 19-20 featuring property from the collection of antique collector, dealer and connoisseur Peter Tillou. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Met museum announces plans for 150th-anniversary year

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NEW YORK – Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the key components of its 150th-anniversary celebration in 2020, including major gifts of art from around the world; exhibitions and displays that will examine art, history, and culture through spectacular objects; and dynamic programs that will engage The Met’s local and global communities. Highlights of the year include the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, the opening of the newly renovated British Galleries, the display of new works of art given to the Museum in honor of its 150th anniversary, the launch of cross-cultural installations, a robust schedule of programs and events, and more.

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American treasure: Musket that fired first shot at Bunker Hill leads Morphy’s Oct. 22-23 auction

Historically significant, fully documented Dutch .79 smoothbore Type III flintlock musket and bayonet of Private John Simpson, who fired the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Accompanied by Simpson’s New Hampshire commission to second lieutenant, plus several copies of a 50-page book scrupulously detailing the history of the musket, Simpson family, Battle of Bunker Hill, and Simpson’s court martial. Unbroken line of family provenance since 1775. Estimate: $100,000-$300,000

DENVER, Pa. – Arguably the most significant, positively identified Revolutionary War long arm in existence, the Dutch flintlock musket that fired the first shot at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill will be offered on Day 2 of Morphy’s Oct. 22-23 Extraordinary Firearms Auction. It is expected to sell for $100,000-$300,000.

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Louvre opens huge outpost to protect art from flooding

The Louvre museum at night, with the I.M. Pei-designed pyramid in the forefront. 2010 photo by Benh Lieu Song, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

LIEVIN, France (AP) – The Louvre opened a new sprawling art conservation center Tuesday some 200 kilometers from Paris to protect the museum’s priceless artworks from its flood-prone storage reserves.

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Music machines in tune for Jeffrey Evans auction Oct. 18-19

Symphonium coin-op floor model music box with chimes. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction contains a wide selection of material and will include everything from fine art and rare music boxes to miniature lighting and silver. The large auction will take place over two days, Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Corvette Stingray fulfills the need for speed

This 1963 split-window coupe sold for $120,000 in July 2017 at Leland Little Auctions. Photo courtesy of Leland Little Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Ever since the prototype of the 1959 Corvette Stingray raced at the Marlboro Motor Raceway in Maryland that April, finishing first in its class and fourth overall, the Stingray has been one of America’s most beloved sports cars with a loyal following.

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