Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries

Notre Dame Cathedral fenced off with restoration scaffolding last summer. Mewwiii image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

PARIS (AP) – Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars – a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. Yet an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries.

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Large Burmese Buddha graces Asian art auction Dec. 26

Shan Buddha, Burma, 18th century, wood with lacquer, 24in with mount. Estimate: $3,500-$4,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will conduct a finely curated Asian antiques and antiquities auction on Thursday, Dec. 26, bringing together ancient Chinese artifacts, impressive Buddha statues and much more, creating a comprehensive representation of the Far East tradition. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Alaska gold nugget brings top dollars at Holabird auction

Large gold nugget from the Atlin mining district, just east of Skagway, Alaska, 2½in x 1½in. Price realized: $10,845. Holabird Western Americana Collections image

RENO, Nev. – A beautiful 4.51-troy-ounce Alaska Gold Rush gold from the Atlin mining district, located just east of Skagway, Alaska, climbed to $10,845, and an oil on board painting of two miners on mules loaded with various items, titled Panhandlers, signed by Texas artist William Forrest Martin, realized $8,540 at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ massive Holiday Treasures Auction held Dec. 5-9. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘Cottage’ orchestrion music machine a big hit for Moran’s

An M. Welte & Söhne style 3 Cottage orchestrion. Price realized: $237,500. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s Dec. 15 Traditional Collector auction was a resounding success with strong prices achieved for items consigned from several important Southern California collections. From music boxes to Chinese objects to vehicles, Moran’s Traditional Collector auction brought out buyers from around the world vying for the fresh-to-market finds. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gauguin documentary coming to US theaters Jan. 21

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)‘Femmes de Tahiti, ou Sur la plage,’ Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891, oil on canvas, at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK (PRNewswire) – CineLife Entertainment®, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, and More2Screen, announces the U.S. theatrical release of Gauguin from the National Gallery, London, in select theaters nationwide beginning Jan. 21.

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Occupational shaving mugs: men at work

A stockbroker occupational shaving mug achieved $13,000 in May 2013 at Bertoia Auctions. Photo courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – A barbershop is more than just a place to get a shave and haircut. In many communities, the barbershop has long been the center of town where men would gather to catch up on local news, debate politics and hang out with friends. It has sometimes been described as a clubhouse for the working class.

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