Beer, petrol items flow to the top at Miller & Miller auction

Kuntz tin lithographed beer tray featuring a St. Bernard dog graphic. Sold for $7,500 Canadian ($5,475 US). Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A Fry visible “Mae West” gas pump made in America in the 1920s sold for $7,800, and a Kuntz tin lithographed beer tray made in Canada and featuring a St. Bernard dog graphic brought CA$7,500 (US$5,475) in an online-only Advertising, Toys & Historic Objects sale held June 20 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Florida mansion listed for $47.5M

El Solano, the Palm Beach estate formerly owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Listed for sale for $47.5 million. Image courtesy of

PALM BEACH, Fla. – In 1980, the same year John Lennon was shot and killed outside his Dakota apartment building in New York City, he and his wife, Yoko Ono, bought a beautiful oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, for $725,000. After six months of ownership, and with plans to renovate, they returned to New York to record their now-classic LP Double Fantasy. Sadly, Lennon was never able to enjoy their oceanfront Florida estate again. He was shot and killed in the front of The Dakota, the Manhattan residential building where the couple owned an apartment, on December 8, 1980. After John’s death, Ono returned to Palm Beach to complete the renovations and sold it, in 1986. The home has recently been put on the market by its current owners for $47.5 million.
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In Memoriam: Milton Glaser, graphic designer, 91

Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan poster. Image courtesy Phillips and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK (AP) – Milton Glaser, the groundbreaking graphic designer who adorned Bob Dylan’s silhouette with psychedelic hair and summed up the feelings for his native New York with I (HEART) NY, died Friday, his 91st birthday.

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UP Michigan town to honor 3 native sons

‘Anatomy of a Murder,’ original one sheet movie poster, designed by Saul Bass, 1959. Sold for $2,400 + buyer’s premium in November 2018. Image courtesy of Jasper52 and LiveAuctioneers

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) – An Upper Peninsula town is honoring three notable residents, including a Michigan Supreme Court justice from the 1950s who wrote a book that was turned into a popular movie, Anatomy of a Murder.

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Jasper52 to host No Reserve Fine Jewelry Auction July 1

14K gold and diamond ring, 0.62 carats. Estimate: $225-$275. Jasper 52 image

NEW YORK – Affordable fine jewelry is offered in a no-reserve auction that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, July 1. Each of the 127 lots will be sold to the highest bidder without reserve. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights include:

– A .62-carat diamond ring, rated SI 1 clarity and H in color, in a 14K gold setting (above; est. $225-$275).

– A pair of 35-carat carnelian and sterling silver earrings (below; est. $125-$150).

35-carat carnelian and sterling silver earrings. Estimate: $125-$150. Jasper 52 image

–  A 1-carat tourmaline and diamond ring, 2.3 grams, in a 14K gold setting (est. $650-$850).

1-carat diamond and tourmaline14K gold ring. Estimate: $650-$850. Jasper 52 image

– A pair of 4-carat sapphire and diamond earrings in 18K gold (est. $2,500-$4,200).

4-carat diamond and sapphire 18K gold earring. Estimate: $2,500-$4,200. Jasper 52 image

– A 0.20 diamond and 18K necklace (est. $550-$750).

0.20-carat diamond and 18K gold necklace. Estimate: $550-$750. Jasper 52 image

The Jasper52 No Reserve Fine Jewelry auction will be held Wednesday, July, 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

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Couture auction June 30 implores ‘put on your party dress’

Vintage circle dress with tulle and lace on a tan Illusion backing. Estimate: $100-$120. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will conduct a colorful auction of vintage couture on Tuesday, June 30. The sale consists of more than 100 lots of mostly dresses and gowns complemented by a few lots of jewelry and handbags. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Top-grade modern art on tap at Karl & Faber auction July 16

Gabriele Münter, ‘Bildnis von Gustl Blab’ (Portrait of Gustl Blab), oil on cardboard, presumably around 1908. Karl & Faber image

MUNICH, Germany – Karl & Faber’s summer auctions on Thursday, July 16, features top works of modern and contemporary art. The Munich art auction house will conduct two live auctions: Modern Art (from 11 a.m./5 a.m. Eastern), followed by Contemporary art (from 2 p.m./8 a.m. Eastern). Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rodrigue’s ‘Blue Dog’ best in show at Heritage Auctions

George Rodrigue (1944-2013), ‘Blue Dog,’ 1996, oil on canvas. Sold for $112,500. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A Blue Dog, an Orange Drink, a Leprechaun and a Yoke-Winged Man helped push Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art event past the $2.6 million mark Thursday. Almost 680 bidders worldwide participated in the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Swann names Deborah Rogal as Director of Photographs & Photobooks

Deborah Rogal, Swann Galleries’ newly named Director of Photographs & Photobooks. Swann image

NEW YORK – Swann Galleries has named Deborah Rogal as the new Director of the Photographs & Photobooks department, as longtime Swann Vice President and Photo Director Daile Kaplan steps down after 30 years with the house.
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Wharton Esherick: dean of American craftsmen

Exceptional dining table with reticulated base by Wharton Esherick (Paoli, Pa., 1935), oak and carved walnut, carved with ‘WHARTON ESHERICK MCMXXXV,’ 29½in x 107in x 38½in, est. $50,000-$75,000, sold for $200,000 at an auction held Oct. 16, 2016, by Rago Arts & Auction Center. Rago image

NEW YORK – “At a time when America was enamored with consumerism and mass industry, a painter named Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) moved to a small farm outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and began making sculptural wood furniture one piece at a time.” Those words come from the Wharton Esherick Museum, located in buildings that previously served as Wharton Esherick’s home and studio outside of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The museum opened in 1972, two years after his death. The property was officially declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

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