Gianguan provides exploration in connoisseurship July 11

A rare gilt-bronze and pigment painted figure of Tara. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – Collectors of Chinese works of art will find Gianguan Auctions’ summer online sale on Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. Eastern time, an exploration in connoisseurship. The properties include rare examples of devotional art, traditional and modern paintings, bronzes, ceramics and carved jades. Additionally, highly personal items such as Chinese stone seals, carved jades and Tibetan thangka are being offered. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tate to reopen all its galleries on July 27

Tate Britain galleries will reopen Saturday, July 27. Tate image

LONDON – Tate today announced that it plans to reopen all four of its galleries on  July 27. People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, featuring hundreds of artworks from across the centuries and around the world.

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RR Auction features early Disney cels July 8

Mickey Mouse production cel from ‘Traffic Troubles,’ with production background from ‘The Picnic.’ RR Auction image

BOSTON – The art of animation stars in the remarkable July Fine Autographs & Artifacts sale from Boston-based RR Auction, with nearly 300 pieces of original production artwork up for bid through July 8. Among the represented lots are cels, drawings and concept paintings from Disney classics like Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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In Memoriam: beloved comedy legend Carl Reiner, 98

1960 publicity photo of Carl Reiner

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died. He was 98.
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Lockwood de Forest: poetic landscapes & furniture

Lockwood de Forest, ‘Lone Felucca at Dusk near Roda along the Nile,’ 1876 (study dated Jan. 7, 1876), oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery

NEW YORK – The history of American decorative arts would look quite different were it not for Lockwood de Forest. Born into an affluent New York family in 1850, he grew up to be well traveled, with a passion for other cultures. Multitalented, he excelled as an architect, interior designer and painter. His landscapes were as admired and collected as were his furniture designs, which were heavily influenced by his travels to India.

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Hindman’s fine books auction records strong results

The top lot of the collection of Rhoda H. Clark and the Monastery Hill Bindery was Benson John Lossing’s ‘The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution,’ an eight-volume set, sold for $10,625. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman’s auction of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana realized $461,725, achieving strong sell-through rates of 94% by lot and 113% by value. Following the success of a record-setting 2019 for the Books and Manuscripts department, Hindman’s first Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana auction of the year once again exceeded expectations. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Christie’s $1.7M handbag online auction 100% sold

Rare matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 with palladium hardware. Sold for £125,000 / $158,375 / €139,750. Christie’s image

LONDON – Christie’s designer handbag online auction that concluded on June 25 totaled £1,337,750, or $1,694,929. The top lot of the sale was a rare Hermès matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 30 with palladium hardware, 2016, which surpassed its £80,000 estimate and sold for £125,000 / $158,375 / €139,750. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Maps, Audubon chart course of Swann auction July 9

Johann Baptist Homann and Heirs, ‘Atlas Mapparum Geographicarum Generalium & Specialium Centum Foliis,’ Nuremberg, circa 1750s. Estimate $12,000-$15,000. Swann Galleries image

NEW YORK – Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books come to auction at Swann Galleries on Thursday, July 9. American cartography and atlases that span the globe and the centuries, as well as noteworthy treasures by John James Audubon feature in the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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