Star Wars prototype poised to set major record at Hake’s, Nov. 6-7

Star Wars Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype action figure, AFA 85+ NM+ in AFA Archival case, accompanied by CIB COA, letter of provenance from noted Star Wars expert Brian Rachfall, and LOAs from Kenner technician John R. Howlson (original owner) and Tom Tumbusch of Tomart Publications. Estimate: $200,000-$500,000. Hake’s image

YORK, Pa. – Hake’s, America’s first auction house specializing in pop culture memorabilia, is hoping to score a world-record trifecta with their Nov. 6-7 auction containing nearly 400 rare and high-grade Star Wars items. The auction lineup offers an unprecedented selection of Kenner prototypes and test shots; newly unearthed early production pieces, foreign and rare variants; multi-packs, store displays, and the piece de resistance: a Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype. The fully illustrated catalogs can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

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Oakwood Auctions mounts fine art, sculptures sales Oct. 26-27

Robert Bateman, ‘Great Blue Heron and White Pines,’ oil on board, 2010. Oakwood Auctions image

STOUFFVILLE, Ontario – Oakwood Auctions will conduct a what the company is calling its most important and impressive auction to date on Oct. 26-27. The sale boasts more than 800 lots consisting of many important original paintings and fine sculptures in art styles ranging from pre-impressionist to modern abstract. Many of the more than 100 sculptures being offered are of museum quality and importance. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Scenic Japan revealed in vintage woodblock print auction Oct. 27

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Japanese woodblock print, 1946, later edition published by Shoichiro Watanabe from the original woodblocks, 10½in. x 15½in. Estimate: $600-$800. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – An exclusive online auction of Japanese woodblock prints will be conducted by Jasper52 on Sunday, Oct. 27. The 163-lot auction features such artists as Kawase Hasui, Hiroshige and Shotei Takahashi. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sells for $1.67M

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Norman Lykes House was built in 1967, eight years after the architect’s death. Image courtesy

DALLAS – Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential design, the Norman Lykes House, sold for $1,677,500 million at a live, public auction held Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Phoenix. Ariz. Heritage Auctions conducted the sale inside the iconic contemporary home with no minimum starting bid and without a reserve.

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Yayoi Kusama: beyond polka-dotted pumpkins

A 1995 ‘Pumpkin’ acrylic on canvas earned $183,144 at 33 Auction. Photo courtesy of 33 Auction and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored installations are world-renowned, especially those displaying her devotion to pumpkin forms and utilizing her signature polka dots. Immersing visitors in repeating motifs that break the illusion of space and time while sharing her inner thoughts, these installations along with her sculptures and painted works soundly resonate with viewers.

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