Lives of saints illustrated in online auction June 16

Greek icon depicting Saints Simon, Guriy and Aviv. The three were burned alive in the fourth century for spreading the gospel, 13.6in x 11.2in. Estimate: $700-$800. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Arising from Eastern Orthodoxy are icons that carry rich histories and intricate religious symbolism. Depicting gospel scenes and the lives of saints, these ornate paintings remain faithful to the stories of Christ, the Virgin Mary and countless more. Jasper52 will conduct an online auction of nearly 200 painted icons as well as dozens of crucifixes and other Christian figures on Tuesday, June 16. Bid absentee or live online through exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.   Read more

In Memoriam: Bonnie Pointer, founding member of Pointer Sisters, 69

The Pointer Sisters (L to R: Ruth, Anita and Bonnie) performing on the Dutch television program Een groot uur U on Sept. 28, 1974. Photo by VARA, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands license

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bonnie Pointer, who in 1969 convinced three of her church-singing siblings to form the Pointer Sisters, which would become one of the biggest acts of the next two decades, died Monday.

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African masks: powerful art objects

An important Guro mask, Ivory Coast, sold for €75,000 ($66,501) + the buyer’s premium on June 6, 2017, at Austria Auction Co. Photo courtesy of Austria Auction Co. and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Tribal masks have been a living tradition in Africa for centuries, having deep social and cultural significance from fertility rituals to honoring the dead. Their striking appearance has captivated Western people since colonial Europeans started making treks to Africa in the 19th century.

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Coveted Americana featured in Jeffrey Evans sale, June 26-27

Fine labeled Ernest Vogt (Philadelphia) Civil War Regulation Infantry Regiment drum, 1864 contract. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will present 38th Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction on June 26-27. With nearly 1,200 lots of high-quality material, the sale is sure to generate excitement in the collecting community, providing a gauge for the current market across multiple categories. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s presents ultimate collection of coin-op mechanical music machines June 20-21

Mills Novelty Co., bow-front Violano-Virtuoso, fully restored to perfection by Robert Loeffler. Perfectly tuned piano and violin. Comes with six rolls. Fewer than 20 of these machines are known. Estimate $100,000-$150,000

DENVER, Pa. – The exhilarating sounds of pipe organs, violins and a multitude of percussion instruments fill Morphy Auctions’ gallery in the countdown to a sensational Coin-Op & Antique Advertising sale slated for June 20-21. The main attraction is a private collection that Morphy Auctions founder and president Dan Morphy describes as “the best and most significant offering of mechanical and coin-operated music, vending and gambling machines ever to pass through our doors.” Additionally, the two-day event boasts an impressive lineup of antique advertising items whose quality and rarity are second to none. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Man sentenced for looting ancestral Puebloan artifacts

A view of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado shows the ruins of a Hovenweep-style tower in the foreground, Great Pueblo period: A.D. 1100-1300. Image by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for taking items from an Ancestral Puebloan ceremonial site at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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History’s luminaries power University Archives’ June 24 sale

‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,’ the artist’s second album, signed by Dylan. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. University Archives image

WESTPORT, Conn. – Items signed by Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bob Dylan, the three Apollo XI astronauts, Robert Hooke and many more of history’s brightest luminaries will come up for bid in an online-only Rare Books, Manuscripts & Relics auction Including Forbes and Kerouac slated for Wednesday, June 24, by University Archives. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.   Read more

Michaan’s to reopen June 19 with Summer Fine Sale

Maurits Cornelis Escher (Dutch 1898-1972), ‘Convex and Concave,’ lithograph. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Michaan’s image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions will reopen on Friday, June 19, with the Summer Fine Sale that showcases fine art, fine jewelry, Asian art, furniture and decorations curated by Michaan’s team of experienced and dedicated auction specialists. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Neal Auction selling collection of Blue Dog artist June 12-14 

George Rodrigue (American/Louisiana, 1944-2013), ‘One Brick at a Time,’ 2000, acrylic on canvas, signed lower left, signed, titled and dated en verso, 24in 29in, framed. Provenance: Rodrigue Studio, Carmel, Calif. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Neal Auction Co. image

NEW ORLEANS – Neal Auction will offer the collection of internationally acclaimed “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013) in its June 12-14 Important Summer Estates Auction. The collection, which was lovingly put together by the artist and his wife, Wendy, features works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Dale Chihuly, Todd Hido, Pablo Picasso, Annie Leibovitz, Hunt Slonem and Clementine Hunter. It also features a large selection of wine from the Mouton Rothschild Artist Series. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Comics industry veteran Gary Guzzo joins Hake’s Auctions

In a vintage photo from Gary Guzzo’s personal archive, he is shown (at right) with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and renowned ‘pinup’ artist Olivia De Berardinis, at San Diego Comic-Con in 1994. Photo courtesy of Gary Guzzo

YORK, Pa. – In line with their continued goal of growth through providing top-notch services to their clientele, Hake’s Auctions has appointed comics industry veteran Gary Guzzo to the position of comic art consultant and artist representative. In his new capacity, Guzzo will use his extensive experience and connections to secure original art for auctions, including fresh-to-the-market pieces, and help to authenticate material. He will also act as a liaison between Hake’s Auctions and the artists who are looking to sell their work.

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