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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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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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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Tiffany lamps, Lincoln portrait, Rolex Daytona head Morphy’s July 14-15 sale

Tiffany Studios ‘Poppy’ table lamp with signed, numbered shade decorated with red and pink-to-white poppies and green filigree leaves against intense mottled blue background with confetti glass border. Signed, patinated bronze Tiffany Studios ‘Decorated Library’ table lamp base. Provenance includes prior sale at Sotheby’s (Important Works of Art by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dec. 5, 1998). Estimate: $80,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – In 1880, Arts & Crafts visionary William Morris advised an audience at a British school of design, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This principle has endured for generations and seems a fitting theme for Morphy’s expertly curated July 14-15 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The select 1,339-lot lineup consists of premium-quality American and European glassware, Tiffany lamps, pottery, silver, jewelry, watches and Asian art – each object an example of how beauty and functionality can coexist and withstand the test of time.

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Chinese porcelain pillows: ‘cool’ headrests

Yellow and black glazed ceramic pillow, Liao Period, 907-1125 or later. 42½ x 17 x 13½ cm. Realized €2,400 + buyer’s premium in 2016. Image courtesy of Capitoliumart s.r.l. and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Today, people commonly sleep on pillows filled with foam or feathers. Yet scores of pillows retrieved from Chinese Tang, Song and Ming Dynasty tombs (618-c1600) are made of cold, smooth, rock-hard porcelain. Archeologists believe that, like funerary utensils, kitchen vessels and weaponry, these figured in everyday life.

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Christie’s selling largest D color diamond ever offered online

Spectacular diamond ring of 28.86 carats mounted in platinum. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Since the highly successful inaugural Elizabeth Taylor online sale in December 2011, Christie’s continues to innovate with online across all categories for collectors worldwide. In the auction closing June 30, Christie’s Jewels will offer the largest D color diamond to be offered for sale online. Estimated at $1 million-$2 million, this is the highest valued lot ever offered for sale online at Christie’s. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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