Pens, coins stand out in Susanin’s auction Feb. 20

Montblanc Patron 4810: Prince Regent fountain pen – an homage to King George IV of Britain and the Regency Period of his era. Estimate: $1,000-$1,200. Susanin’s image

CHICAGO – An online-only auction featuring nearly 600 lots of fountain pens, watches and clocks, numismatics, paperweights, rugs and textiles, ethnographic art, trains and toys, books and collectibles is slated for Thursday, Feb. 20, by Susanin’s Auctions, at 10 a.m. Central time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Alderfer Auction’s Brent Souder inducted into hall of fame

From left: Anita Souder, Vernon Martin and H. Brent Souder, who was recently inducted into the PAA Hall of Fame. Alderfer Auction image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction’s H. Brent Souder was inducted into the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at the 72nd annual PAA Conference in Harrisburg on January 10. The honor was bestowed upon him by his longtime associate Vernon L. Martin.

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Boca Raton Museum of Art receives $1M gift

Martin Grass and Jody Harrison Grass, the chair of the museum’s board of trustees. Boca Raton Museum of Art image

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s executive director, Irvin Lippman, announced two major philanthropic milestones at the museum’s 70th anniversary Gala on Jan. 25. The first announcement was the $1 million contribution by the Gala’s honorary chairs, Jody Harrison Grass and her husband Martin Grass, to benefit the museum’s education initiatives. Jody is the chair of the museum’s board of trustees.

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2 signed Lincoln items total $250K at University Archives

Copy of the book ‘The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith,’ by the famed American author Washington Irving, with an ownership signature by Abraham Lincoln. Price realized: $175,000. University of Archives image

WESTPORT, Conn. – Eager bidders gave a tip of the top hat to Abraham Lincoln in University Archives’ online auction held Jan. 16. Several historically significant lots pertaining to Honest Abe were offered in the sale, with two of them combining for $250,000. In all, 281 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed nearly $900,000, including the buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Holabird mines Western Americana in Feb. 14-17 auction

Original painting by Nevada gaming artist Frank Trevors (American, 1907-1980), commissioned by Felix Turrillas, Jr., signed and dated 1944, of cowboys roping steer. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Holabird image

RENO, Nev. – A four-day Objects of Our Affection auction brimming with over 2,500 lots of numismatics, mining collectibles, Americana, railroad memorabilia and more will be conducted Thursday through Monday, Feb. 14-17, by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC. Start times are 8 a.m. Pacific time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern opens at HGU New York Hotel

One of the images of Marilyn in the series. Marilyn Monroe ‘The Last Sitting’ © The Bert Stern Trust.

NEW YORK – HGU New York Hotel announces “The Red Party,” a month-long pop-up show featuring late fashion photographer Bert Stern’s limited-edition photographs of Marilyn Monroe. The exhibition runs from Feb. 4 to March 4.

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Guggenheim appoints Cyra Levenson deputy director

Cyra Levenson. Image courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

NEW YORK – Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, announced Thursday the appointment of Cyra Levenson to the position of Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education and Public Engagement.

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Feb. 4 online auction of couture features YSL, Dior, Chanel and more

Prada jacquard hobo-style bag with red trim, early 2000s, excellent condition, 14½in long.
Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A Jasper52 auction of couture fashion – gowns, dresses, boots and bags – will be conducted online on Tuesday, Feb. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Yves Saint Laurent, Bill Blass, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada and Hermes are a few of the fashion designers represented in this carefully curated auction. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.   Read more

Native American artistry in turquoise jewelry

A Mark Yazzie solid 18K gold spiderweb gem-grade turquoise squash blossom necklace, 24 inches long, sold for $21,000 in September 2019. Photo courtesy of Billy The Kid Auction House and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – From statement necklaces to chunky cuff bangles, Southwestern turquoise jewelry has long been sought after for its turquoise, which can take on a variety of hues from pale robin’s egg blue to a vivid greenish-blue. Minerals present in the ground where a particular turquoise stone is found affect its coloration with copper creating a bluer turquoise and iron giving a greener hue.

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Michaan’s auction Feb. 8 offers wide-ranging treasures

Thomas Martin Uttech (American b. 1942), ‘Rock Formation,’ watercolor. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Saturday, Feb. 8 is the date set for Michaan’s next Gallery Auction. This is the time and place to discover one-of-a-kind fine collectibles, fine art and Asian art, exciting jewelry and rare furnishings. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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