Audubon birds migrate to Arader Galleries sale June 13  

John James Audubon (1785 – 1851), ‘Snowy Owl,’ Plate 121, aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. 38 5/8in x 25½in sheet. Estimate: $200,000-$250,000. Arader Galleries image

NEW YORK — Arader Galleries has announced its annual Summer Sale, featuring competitive prices on the gallery’s renowned collection of Audubon prints, original Retouté watercolors and rare views of New York. Online bidding will close on Saturday, June 13. Bidding will be available absentee and live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Christie’s to offer Mary Queen of Scots’ prayer book July 29

The prayer book of Mary Queen of Scots. Estimate: £250,000-£350,000. Christie’s image

LONDON – Mary Queen of Scots’ prayer book will be offered as part of Christie’s Classic Week’s Old Master Group Evening Sale, being held live in London on July 29 (estimate: £250,000-£350,000).

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Gallery Report: Magician’s props conjure auction excitement

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium.

Magician cups and balls, $14,400, Potter & Potter

A magician’s cups and balls used by industry luminary Johnny Thompson (American, 1934-2019) for his version of the classic sleight-of-hand trick, sold for $14,400 at a Magic Sale held May 2 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Chung Ling Soo’s circa 1915 wig finished at $10,200; a signed circa 1908 notebook of secrets from Harry Houdini’s collection hit $9,000; and a framed poster promoting “Harry Kellar’s Latest Theosophic Wonder” commanded $7,200. Read more

In Memoriam: Christo, artist known for massive, fleeting displays

Christo (right) with his wife Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

NEW YORK (AP) – Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 84. His death was announced on Twitter and the artist’s web page. No cause was given.

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Boca Raton Museum of Art announces reopening

Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art (BRMA) will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 3. The new public hours are 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Wednesday  through Sunday), with new Member Mornings held Thursday through Saturday starting at 10 am. Additionally, the museum is offering free admission to all guests through September of this year, as a way of giving back to the community.  The reopening plan has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and the City of Boca Raton, and are subject to change, should there be unforeseen issues in the future.

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