Scores of Hermes bags offered in Jasper52 auction Oct. 30

Gold Hermes 40cm Bolide Monster Shark bag, comes with lock, key, clochette, sleeper and signature Hermes box. Estimate: $30,000-$36,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will host a Rare and Coveted Designer Accessories auction on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This online auction offers some of the world’s rarest and most coveted designer accessories. From one-of-a-kind Birkin bags to limited edition jewelry designs, these lots cannot be found anywhere else. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Pook & Pook’s eclectic 3-day auction posts impressive results

Ernie Eugene Barnes Jr. (American 1938-2009), ‘Quintet,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $34,160. Pook & Pook image

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.  – The leaves may be falling as autumn hits Pennsylvania, but auction prices across all categories seem to have caught an updraft. Pook & Pook’s the Oct. 3-5 auction – their largest catalog ever – realized $1,977,596. Out of the 1006 lots offered, 981 sold, yielding a 97.5 percent sell-through rate. In-house live, phone and absentee bidders numbered 358, while cyberspace bidding stole the show with 1,931 bidders registered across two platforms. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists to sell gold rush archive Oct. 27

Huge California gold rush pioneer manuscript archive and diaries. Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists image

FULLERTON, Calif. – On Sunday, Oct. 27, Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists will present their latest auction, the antiques and artifacts of politically prominent California gold rush pioneer Francis Hamlin and his direct descendants. The lineage is traced through the Hamlin, Thrasher and Ashley families. Robert Ashley, who’s estate is being sold, was the direct descendant of these families.

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Rousseau discovery highlights new-look auction for Lyon & Turnbull, Oct. 30

This portrait by French artist François Guérin (fl.1751-91) of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) will be sold with an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.

LONDON – A recently rediscovered portrait of a great Enlightenment Age thinker will be auctioned in London later this month. The portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) by French artist François Guérin (fl.1751-91) shows the political philosopher in his pomp, seated at a desk with quill pen and envelope in hand. It forms part of The Classic Tradition: European Art from 15th to 19th Centuries, a new auction of traditional paintings which Lyon & Turnbull will debut on October 30.

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‘Bruce of Los Angeles’ photo archive 100% sold at Urban Culture Auctions event

One of 4 Bruce Bellas (1909-1974) nude male photos auctioned together with the demilune posing seat used in all of the photos. Provenance: Bruce Bellas archive. Top lot of the sale at $18,200

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Urban Culture Auctions (UCA), a division of Palm Beach Modern Auctions, recorded a 100% sell-through rate with its September 26 auction of mid-20th-century “beefcake” photos taken by Bruce Bellas (1909-1974), known professionally as Bruce of Los Angeles. More than 200 lots of vintage prints, negatives, slides, real-photo greeting cards and posing props were offered, with 93% selling during the auction and the remaining 7% after the event. Absentee and live online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Carnival glass: accessible, visually appealing

A three-piece grouping of Fenton pieces, including an aqua Panther and Berry footed bowl, a red Panther and Berry footed bowl and a marigold Lion and Tree candy dish, made $550 + the buyer’s premium in November 2017 at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals. Photo courtesy of Cordier Auctions & Appraisals and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Carnival glass is a bit of a misnomer. While small pieces were sometimes given out as prizes at carnivals and fairs, these examples of pressed glass and molded from patterns, however, were mainly sold at department stores. They were bought by many households as a beautiful but affordable substitute for expensive art glass. Often described as a “poor man’s Tiffany,” carnival glass is instantly recognizable for its colorful iridescence and its ability to brighten a home by reflecting light. Before electricity in homes became standard, a house could be dark, and carnival glass, especially in light and bright hues, was highly coveted.

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2 huge gold nuggets top $172K at Holabird’s Americana auction

Giant 38.39-ounce gold nugget that resembles the shape of Australia, mined at Ganes Creek, Alaska, about 150 miles east-southeast from Unalakleet, on the Norton Sound. Price realized: $99,175. Holabird image

RENO, Nev. – Two giant-size gold nuggets mined in Alaska during the days of the gold rush – one a 38.39-ounce nugget roughly in the shape of Australia, the other a 33.83-ounce nugget in the shape of a skull – sold for a combined $172,725 at an auction held Oct. 47 by Holabird Western Americana Collections. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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