NEW YORK – Scooby Doo fans will remember the classic TV episode, A Night of Fright is No Delight, where the Scooby gang spends the night in a haunted mansion to collect an inheritance from an eccentric millionaire only to find out at the end that the money is Confederate currency and deemed worthless as a medium of exchange. While the show made for good entertainment, they got one key point wrong though. Confederate currency is far from worthless and can bring 50 or 100 times its face value today.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – An advertising and historic objects auction featuring the collection of John McKenty, the Canadian historian and author whose collection tells the story of the rise and fall of the Canada Cycle & Motor Company of Canada, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Thursday, Dec. 12, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will host a single-consignor auction of the Getz-McDonagh Dance Library, a 60-year privately held assemblage of historical literature, correspondence, ephemera and illustrations pertaining to classical dance. Originally known as the Getz Dance Library, in reference to its founder Leslie Getz (1945-2019), it is also known to many in the dance community internationally as the Getz-McDonagh Dance Library. Donald McDonagh is Leslie Getz’s steadfastly supportive husband, who shared his wife’s passion for dance and took an active partnership role in the library’s growth and maintenance until the day of his wife’s passing. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Gahan Wilson, whose humorous and often macabre cartoons were a mainstay in magazines including Playboy, the New Yorker and National Lampoon, died last week. He was 89.
DEER ISLE, Maine (AP) – An arts school in Maine has received a $4 million grant, its largest donation to date. The Bangor Daily News reports the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle received its largest gift from the Windgate Foundation on Thursday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A monumental bronze statue that mimics one of Virginia’s most prominent Confederate monuments will soon have a new home in Richmond.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – Terry Groves stood with his eyes fixed on the metal ball as it careened off bumpers and flippers, his face illuminated by the brightly-lit backglass. Classic arcade sounds reverberated from the machine.
AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum has named Jacqueline Bongartz as its new managing director. She takes up the position on Dec. 1. Together with Director Rein Wolfs, Bongartz will be responsible for the museum’s management, with Wolfs as chairman. Jacqueline Bongartz will oversee the day-to-day and business operations of the Stedelijk and will be responsible for the organizational side of the museum.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – On Friday, Dec. 6, Leland Little Auctions will auction 13 original works by acclaimed American artist Andrew Wyeth (Pennsylvania, 1917-2009), as part of the sale of a single-owner collection. All of the works will be offered without reserve, giving fine art collectors an unparalleled opportunity to own a piece of the American artistic canon. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.