1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair to proceed, Oct. 8-10

Left: Roméo Mivekannin, ‘Le Modèle noir, d’après Félix Valloton,’ acrylic on tablecloths, 251 x 254 cm, courtesy Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris. Right: Robert Charlotte, ‘Sans Titre 2, Série Sous Influence,’ 2016, print on photopaper mat 200g, 60 x 50 cm, Ed. /5, Courtesy of espace d’art contemporain 14N 16W

LONDON – 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced its 8th London edition will go ahead at Somerset House on Oct. 8-10. Over the past seven years, 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art. A scaled-down fair will see around 20 international galleries representing a selection of the best contemporary African artists on show at Somerset House as well as online in partnership with Christie’s.

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Antique gun authority Dan Mackel appointed Firearms Specialist at Morphy’s

Morphy Auctions’ newly appointed Firearms Specialist Dan Mackel. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, has announced the appointment of Dan Mackel to the full-time position of Firearms Specialist. Formerly a consultant to Morphy’s, Mackel joins the formidable team of experts that produces the company’s Firearms, Edged Weapons, Armor and Militaria sales year round.

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Horror movie posters help scare up $2.3M at Heritage

‘The Invisible Man’ (Universal, 1933) one sheet. Sold for $228,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – The Invisible Man made his presence known during Heritage Auctions’ Movie Posters event held July 25-26, with a scarcely seen teaser for the 1933 horror classic scaring up $228,000 to help lead the weekend’s sale past the $2.3 million mark. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Rembrandt, Miro fetch millions at Sotheby’s virtual auction

Joan Miro, ‘Peinture (Femme au chapeau rouge)’ (Woman in a Red Hat), 1927, sold for $28.9 million at Sotheby’s, making it the top lot of their July 28, 2020 virtual auction. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

LONDON (AP) – A self-portrait by Rembrandt sold for 14.5 million pounds ($18.7 million) at a Sotheby’s virtual auction Tuesday — a record price for a self-portrait by the Dutch master, the auctioneer’s said.

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Nicolai Fechin painting soars to $262,500 at Andrew Jones

Oil on canvas painting by Nicolai Fechin (Russian, 1881-1955) titled ‘Still life with flowers and fruit,’ circa 1925. Sold for $262,500. Andrew Jones Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions achieved phenomenal results across multiple categories in its Design for the Home & Garden auction held online, July 26. The auction was 95 percent sold and grossed $1.6 million. The top lot was a spectacular still life oil on canvas painting by Nicolai Fechin (Russian, 1881-1955). It changed hands for $262,500. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mexico City Olympic torch lights up RR Auction at $41,786

A rare official 1968 Mexico City Olympics torch sold for $41,786. RR Auction image

BOSTON – A rare official 1968 Mexico City Olympics torch sold for $41,786 at an RR Auction sale that closed July 23. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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The Met acquires sculptures by Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). ‘The Seated III,’ 2019. Bronze, 80¾ 3/4 x 31¾ x 37¼in. © Wangechi Mutu. Courtesy of the Artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Hazen Polsky Foundation Fund and Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, in celebration of the museum’s 150th Anniversary, 2020

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday the acquisition of new works by Wangechi Mutu. Two sculptures, The Seated I (2019) and The Seated III (2019) have been acquired from Mutu’s series of four bronze sculptures collectively titled The NewOnes will free Us, originally created for the museum’s inaugural commission for The Met Fifth Avenue facade.

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Chinese porcelain plaque achieves $96,250 at Bruneau & Co.

Chinese Republic Period famille rose plaque by Wang Qi (1884-1937. Sold for $96,250. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – Several weeks before Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Antiques & Fine Art auction on Thursday, July 23, a seller strolled into the gallery on a walk-in appraisal Tuesday holding what appeared to be a nice Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain famille rose plaque with calligraphy. Bruneau slid it into the sale, assigning it a modest estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Slotin Auction features nearly 450 lots of folk art Aug. 8

Ab the Flagman, ‘Johnny Cash,’ paint on wooden construction, signed, undated, 29in x 31in x 3in. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Slotin Auction image

BUFORD, Ga. – For 27 years, Slotin Auction has been the premier auction house bringing self-taught art, outsider art and folk art to the market. Slotin’s Aug. 8 sale is guaranteed to deliver fun, affordable, colorful, creative pieces to the auction block. In addition, the sale of 50 lots will benefit the good work that the Paradise Garden Foundation is doing to preserve Howard Finster’s famous environment and provide educational opportunities to art enthusiasts of all ages. All items are offered unreserved. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mose Tolliver: self-taught folk art master

A signed Mose Tolliver painting on board, ‘Little Blue Girl,’ fetched $4,100 + the buyer’s premium in May 2020 at Slotin Folk Art Auction. Photo courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – One of the most renowned self-taught artists, Mose Tolliver (1918-2006) painted pictures that were deceptively simple – a red bird, a dancing woman, self-portraits or a figure on a cross – but when considered together, paint a picture of life in the American South as well as explore themes of race, religion and class.

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