Met receives promised gift of Schaeffer antique photograph collection

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today an extraordinary promised gift in celebration of the Museum’s 150th anniversary from Trustee Philip Maritz and his wife, Jennifer, of over 700 American photographs and albums from the 1840s to the 1910s. These rare photographs—daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen silver prints, cyanotypes, platinum prints, and gelatin silver prints—come from the renowned private collection of Drew Knowlton and William L. Schaeffer. The Met also acquired 70 American Civil War photographs from the William L. Schaeffer Collection with funds provided by Trustee Joyce Frank Menschel.

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Andrew Jones to auction art from Gerard Cafesjian Collection, Jan. 11

Two paintings by Vesna Kittelson (Croatian/American, b. 1947-), from the artist’s War Painting Series, both shown, painted in 1990 and being offered as one lot (est. $2,000-$3,000).

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions will enter the new year and new decade on Saturday, January 11, 2020 with a very special sale dedicated to fine art from the collection of Gerard Leon Cafesjian (1925-2013), the legal publishing legend, art connoisseur and philanthropist who collected with a discerning eye and an adventurous spirit. The 140-lot auction will commence at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery Report: Superman cape, Patek Philippe, Black Cat gambling machine

NEW YORK – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Superman movie cape, $193,750, Julien’s Auctions

The original cape worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) sold for $193,750 at an Icons & Idols: Hollywood Auction held December 16 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, two paintings by Frank Sinatra, one from 1965 and one from 1953, both signed, brought $75,000 and $21,250; Dan Aykroyd’s “Raymond Stantz” jumpsuit from Ghostbusters II realized $32,000; and an Alcatraz model used in Escape from Alcatraz made $25,600.

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Jan. 12 reception to launch photo exhibit documenting Haiti relief effort

NEW YORK – After a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, volunteers from Tzu Chi USA traveled there to bring disaster relief. Now, on the 10th anniversary of this disaster, which killed nearly 300,000 people in the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, Tzu Chi USA is hosting a grand opening reception for its new photo exhibit, “Keeping Hope Alive: 10 Years of Care in Haiti.” It will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Tzu Chi Center at 229 E 60th Street, New York, NY 10022.

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Expert Series: How to build a wine collection

The sale includes wines from every major region in France. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Sir Winston Churchill is a top Champagne from a top producer, Pol Roger. Image courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction Center

NEW YORK — Most who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner are casual buyers who might pick up a bottle at the local package store on the way home from work. Wine collectors, on the other hand, are more apt to buy a case at a time, putting much thought into which wines they are buying and how they are stocking their cellar. Many wines improve with age, so the bottle you buy today might not peak until a decade later. For this reason, wine collecting requires time and patience — but it’s always worth the wait.

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