JFK campaign notes top Heritage Auctions at $25K

One of the 78 pages of campaign notes written in the spring of 1960 by Sen. John F. Kennedy. Realized: $25,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A collection of John F. Kennedy’s personal campaign notes and a selection of letters signed by assorted U.S. presidents led the total result for Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts Auction to $1,164,278 on April 22. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, but tests haven’t answered the key question about the world famous painting’s enigmatic subject.

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Horner carved a place in furniture industry

R.J. Horner 10-piece mahogany dining room set, refinished. Price realized: $12,600 at an auction held March 7, 2020. Image courtesy of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Robert J. Horner was a clerk in a curtain store in New York City with a keen business sense and knowledge of trends in the furniture industry, and that prompted him to establish R.J. Horner & Co. in 1886, at 61-65 W. 23rd Street in lower Manhattan. Horner’s marketing strategy was to target the wealthy as well as those of modest means. It paid off handsomely. Much of what came out of his shop was heavily carved, but it could also be formal and less embellished.

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