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.
LONDON – Christie’s presents Let There Be Light, now through July 14, an online themed sale dedicated to the history of lighting, demonstrating the breadth, richness and variety of styles through outstanding examples of lighting. These include candlesticks, candelabra, chandeliers, wall lights, table and standing lamps, from the 18th to the 21st century. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.
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.
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.
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.
LONDON – Sotheby’s sold a large format triptych by Francis Bacon today at auction for $84.6 million to an online bidder from Asia.
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.
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.
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.