FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – It took a trip to New York City for Florence City Councilman George D. Jebaily to learn about William H. Johnson.
What you see: A Winter Dance Party concert poster, touting Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, all of whom would die in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959—aka “The Day the Music Died.” Heritage Auctions issued no formal estimate for the poster, but its likely range is between $50,000 and $100,000.
NEW YORK – Brian Donnelly (American, b. 1974-) is the graffiti artist and designer better known as KAWS. His toys, paintings, clothes and prints – which routinely and intentionally blur the lines between fine and commercial art – are wildly popular with fans and collectors worldwide. Pop Art and culture help define his cheeky, cartoonish Companion series of figurines, which at times can resemble the work of the contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962).
ATLANTA – 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.
Grahame Sydney painting, $64,350, Thomaston Place
An oil on linen painting by New Zealand contemporary artist Grahame Sydney (b. 1948), titled Cook House, Home Hills, sold for $64,350 held Feb. 28-29 and March 1 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a rare 35-star flag from the 1864 Lincoln and Johnson presidential campaign brought $38,025; a Cartier Ming Tree platinum brooch finished at $18,720; and a collection of Civil War-related ephemera went for $36,708.
NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will offer the Ian Levine Collection of DE Comics, an exclusive private sale offering of every comic book released by American publisher DC Comics from 1935 – 2016, including complete runs of Superman, Batman, Action Comics and Detective Comics.
PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s successfully hosted its first online-only jewelry auction on March 24. The auction achieved just short of $250,000. Forty-four percent of successful bidders in this sale were new to the house. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Founded more than 20 years ago and initially housed in a now-shuttered shopping mall, the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum has grown from that single store space to a facility that now boasts three buildings filled with trains and intricate displays and an outdoor area that includes a small working train that kids and adults alike can ride.