Cowan’s to begin selling collection of African Americana Feb. 20

Harriet Tubman cabinet card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, N.Y. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Cowan’s Auctions image

CHICAGO – Cowan’s, a Hindman Company, will offer Part I of The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana at its Chicago salesroom on Feb. 20. Part I of this remarkable collection features over 300 lots illustrating the history of African Americans and their role in settling the western frontier in the 19th and early 20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hake’s Merkin baseball memorabilia auction winds up Feb. 5

Joe DiMaggio signed press photo, 8 x 10 color glossy photo showing the Yankee Clipper post-career in a New York Yankees uniform. Hakes image

YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Auctions has opened an online-only auction event of baseball artifacts from the Richard Merkin collection. Postcards, photos, autographs, 77 SGC-graded baseball cards and more make up the over 200-lot auction. It includes examples from Major League Baseball, the minors, Cuban, Negro, Japanese, industrial and other leagues. All lots start at just $1 and will be taking bids until Wednesday, Feb. 5. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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The Broad marks 5th anniversary with free exhibitions

From left: John Baldessari, ‘Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog),’ 1985. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles. Art © John Baldessari; Kara Walker, ‘The White Power Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere,’ 2019. © Kara Walker; Andy Warhol, ‘Liz [Early Colored Liz],’ 1963. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society, New York.
LOS ANGELES – The Broad Museum’s 2020 slate will cast new light on its world-renowned postwar and contemporary art collection built over 50 years by founders Eli and Edythe Broad.

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The Met acquires rare inscribed jar by David Drake

David Drake (circa 1801–1870s), Stony Bluff Manufactory, Edgefield District, South Carolina, storage jar, 1858. Alkaline-glazed stoneware. H: 22 5/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Ronald S. Kane Bequest, in memory of Berry B. Tracy, 2020

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a rare stoneware storage jar by the enslaved African American potter and poet David Drake (circa 1801–1870s), it was announced Tuesday.

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LiveAuctioneers reports record-setting growth in 2019

LiveAuctioneers as viewed via mobile phone and desktop computer. LiveAuctioneers image

NEW YORK – LiveAuctioneers, the world’s leading online marketplace for exceptional fine art, antiques and vintage collectibles, has released its 2019 Annual Report confirming not only another year of record results that outperformed competitors, but also a continued year-over-year pattern of growth that remains unrivaled in the industry.

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Sterling silver featured in Jasper52 auction Feb. 4

Reed & Barton Francis I sterling flatware service for 12, 161 pieces in excellent unpolished vintage condition. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A Jasper52 online auction on Tuesday, Feb. 4, will set the table with time-honored 18th- to 21st- century silver pieces. From Gorham to Georg Jensen, Reed & Barton and more, this collection features renowned names in the art of silversmithing. As the most versatile of precious metals, silver stands as both the backdrop and center-stage of a tastefully decorated home. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Colonial Williamsburg reprises British design collection

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, artist unidentified, London, England, 1590-1600, oil, formerly on wood panel, gift of Preston Davie, 1945-20. Colonial Williamsburg image

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – When the first curators at Colonial Williamsburg began to buy objects for the collection 90 years ago, they acquired what they believed at the time to be appropriate for furnishing the buildings being restored in the historic town. These pieces of historical importance and intrinsic beauty were assembled into what is now referred to as the Colonial Revival style. It was the vision of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., who financed Colonial Williamsburg’s restoration, that these objects “should become second to no collection of its kind in the country.”Continue reading

Babe Ruth-signed baseball sells for world-record $183,500

Baseball signed by Babe Ruth on Aug. 15, 1948, the night before he died. Autograph PSA/DNA authenticated and graded a perfect 10. Sold for $183,500, subsequently confirmed by PSA as the highest price ever paid for a single-signature baseball. Grey Flannel Auctions image

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Grey Flannel Auctions has added a new world record to its long list of achievements with the six-figure sale of a baseball signed by Babe Ruth the night before he died. A prized highlight of Grey Flannel’s Jan. 22 auction, the PSA/DNA-authenticated ball opened for bidding at $5,000. Twenty-four bids later it had a new owner, who prevailed over the field of competitors at a heart-stopping $183,500. PSA subsequently confirmed the winning bid to be the highest price ever paid for single-signature personalized baseball.

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