Material Culture features ethnographic art May 6

Pre-Columbian Jalisco pottery seated female figure, Ameca style, 200 B.C.-A.D. 200, 13½in x 8½in x 7in. Material Culture image

PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture’s International Ethnographic Arts auction will be held online-only, on Wednesday, May 6, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The sale is composed of several important collections gathered from across the United States and promises to provide buyers with an opportunity to purchase rare cultural artifacts of the highest quality. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auction Team Breker presents mechanical marvels May 16

Lioret No. 3 phonograph with original tripod, weight and contemporary transport case, circa 1897. Estimate: €7,000–€9,000/$7,900–$10,200. Auction Team Breker image

COLOGNE, Garmany – Auction Team Breker will present science and technology, mechanical music machines, automata and toys in a nearly 500-lot online auction on Saturday, May 16. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  Continue reading

Warhol works lead Freeman’s modern art auction May 14

‘Chanel,’ Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), 1985, pencil signed and numbered 185/190. Estimate: $120,000-$180,000. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, May 14, Freeman’s will hold its online auction of Modern & Contemporary Art. The 58-lot sale spans myriad artistic periods and features fresh-to-market works by important international artists such as Sam Gilliam, Wolf Kahn, Harry Bertoia, Henri Matisse, and Lynn Chadwick. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gallery owner charged with trafficking walrus tusks

Walrus cows and yearlings resting on ice. Image by Joel Garlich-Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of a downtown Anchorage gallery was accused of illegally purchasing and selling walrus tusk ivory and tax evasion stemming from 2017, federal prosecutors said.

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