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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.