Tiffany lamps drive Clarke Auction to $1M tally

Leading the auction was this Tiffany Studios ‘Lotus’ table lamp at $150,000, signed, 14in tall. Clarke Auction

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – What a difference a month makes. Clarke Auction Gallery’s first two auctions of the year boasted good-sized attendance as usual but its March 22 sale, which came two days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stay-at-home order, saw online and phone bidding supplant in-house bidding. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.Continue reading

Twist and Shout: Julian’s Beatles auction April 10

A Spalding baseball signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr on each side, Aug. 29, 1966. Estimate: $80,000-$100,000. Julien’s image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will call for an encore of Beatlemania with an auction devoted to the Fab Four titled “The Beatles at Hard Rock Café,” to take place on the 50th anniversary of the band’s historic breakup on Friday, April 10. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tate programs encourage creativity at home

Tate encourages creativity at home with activities, quizzes, films and more. Tate image

LONDON – From visiting artists in their studios, listening to Tate’s podcast series or watching “How To” videos to follow in the footsteps of some of the nation’s favorite artists, Tate is offering a wealth of activities, games and resources both on and offline to help keep people feeling creative at home.

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Jasper52 sale carrying dozens of designer bags April 1

Hermès Birkin 35, blue leather, includes storage bags, Cadena and Clochette with key, in good condition. Estimate: $13,000-$16,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – “The joy of dressing is an art,” said British fashion designer John Galliano. A Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, April 1, will bring some joy into your closet with timeless designer fashion and accessories. Four out of five lots in the auction constitute bags, purses and totes by the likes of Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Channel, Gucci and Fendi. Bid absentee or live exclusively online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nicolò Barovier Mosaico vase could command $500K

The rare Nicolo Barovier Mosaico vase, 1924-1925, fused and blown polychrome glass murrines, 9in diameter × 13in high. Incised signature to lower edge ‘N. Barovier Murano.’ Image courtesy of Wright

What you see: A rare and important Mosaico vase by Nicolò Barovier, dating to the mid-1920s. Wright estimates it at $300,000 to $500,000.

The expert: Sara Blumberg, a consultant for Wright.

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Illuminated manuscripts: words of art

Dating between 1405 and 1408/1409, probably in Paris, the ‘Belles Heures,’ or Beautiful Hours, a devotional book, is one of the most lavishly decorated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. It was created by the renowned Limbourg brothers. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

NEW YORK – Illuminated manuscripts are collected for their beauty as well as their historical significance. Long before printed books rolled off the presses by the thousands, these lavishly decorated books were made by hand, a true labor of love taking weeks, even months to complete.

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