Inaugural Hindman ancient art auction brings nearly $1M

Attic black-figured hydria with Herakles mounting his quadriga, attended by Athena, Apollo, Dionysos and Hermes, circa late sixth century B.C., 13in high. Sold for $57,500. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman experienced phenomenal success with its inaugural Antiquities & Islamic Art Auction. Enthusiastic bidding from buyers around the globe participating by phone, absentee bid and four online bidding platforms, sent the June 16 auction well past its low estimate of $601,800 to a $991,325 total. Hindman is not new to the antiquities category, but this sale marked its first auction focused exclusively on ancient art. The auction featured artifacts from ancient Mediterranean Greek, Egyptian, Roman and Near Eastern cultures, as well as selections from the Islamic world and Pre-Columbian Central and South America. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Publishers’ estates featured in Nye & Co. auction July 8

Ink on paper ‘Studies of Animals’ by Eugene Delacroix (French (1798-1863). Nye & Company image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ online-only Estate Treasures auction on Wednesday, July 8, will offer a variety of fine and decorative arts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Documentary on artist Ai Weiwei coming to theaters July 8

Contemporary artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei. Image courtesy of First Run Features

NEW YORK – First Run Features announced Thursday that the documentary Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly will have virtual theatrical runs across the U.S. and Canada beginning Wednesday, July 8.

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Thomaston Place Auction reopens with online sale July 18-19

Gustav Dentzel carousel horse. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries image

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick off their Summer 2020 season with a two-day auction of important fine art and antiques on July 18-19. This sale will offer an amazing array of rare and one-of-a-kind items gathered from estates since last fall. Out of an abundance of caution in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sale will be conducted as a live virtual sale, with telephone, absentee and internet bidding. The auction can be viewed in real time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vogt Galleries celebrates Texas artists June 27

Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922), ‘Autumn Landscape,’ oil on board, 8in x 9in. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Vogt Galleries image

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Vogt Galleries’ Texas Art Auction will feature 172 original artworks by Texas artists fresh-to-market from private collections and estates throughout Texas, including large artworks deaccessioned from a San Antonio corporate collection. The auction will be held Saturday, June 27, by Vogt Galleries, starting at noon Central time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Dee Dee Ramone’s Fender bass sells for $93K at RR Auction

Dee Dee Ramone’s Fender Precision bass sold for $93,438. RR Auction image

BOSTON – Dee Dee Ramone’s Fender Precision Bass sold for $93,438 at an RR Auction on June 18. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Norman Rockwell cover could top $2M at Heritage Auctions

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), ‘Mother Tucking Children into Bed (Mother’s Little Angels),’ ‘Literary Digest’ cover, Jan. 29, 1921, oil on canvas 28½in x 24¼in. Estimate: $1.8 million-$2.4 million. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A classic masterwork by the most beloved American illustrator of all time could bring $2 million or more in Heritage Auctions’ American Art Auction July 1. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stax Records icon William Bell receives top honor from NEA

Photo of William Bell by Ginette Callaway

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that soul singer, songwriter, and Stax Records legend William Bell is one of nine Americans to receive their 2020 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

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Nation’s Attic to sell early Navy diving helmet July 18

The Mark V diving helmet was sent to the Navy in August of 1916 for evaluation. After testing, this specific helmet was lost to history until it turned up in Wisconsin. Nation’s Attic image

WICHITA, Kan. – Nation’s Attic Inc. has discovered one of the earliest unaltered original United States Navy Mark V diving helmets. The helmet was sent to the Navy in August of 1916 for evaluation. The helmet is being sold at auction on July 18 by Nation’s Attic Inc. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mark Seliger photos power Christie’s fundraiser

Mark Seliger (b. 1959), ‘Brad Pitt, Humboldt, CA,’ 2014. Sold for $15,000. Christie’s image

NEW YORK — Christie’s reports that RADArt4Aid, a special fundraising collaboration for COVID-19 relief, totaled $232,375. All of the proceeds of sale from the online auction, produced in partnership with award-winning photographer Mark Seliger and RAD (Red Carpet Advocacy), will benefit 19 charities around the world that support communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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