Meet Space Lace: San Francisco’s exciting new auction house for vintage fashion

Turn heads with these cool and edgy designs featured in the Sept. 6 Space Lace auction. L to R: John Galliano for Dior ‘Rasta’ hoodie, Chanel fantasy high-sneaker boots, and Dolce & Gabbana rose-print runway baseball jacket.

SAN FRANCISCO – At the intersection of 1930s glamour and trendsetting street style, there’s Space Lace, a new San Francisco auction house specializing in vintage fashion, jewelry, accessories and interior furnishings. Space Lace is the recently launched auction division of Torso Vintages, an atelier with a twist in the city’s historic Jackson Square. Under one roof, high fashion clothing and accessories created in-house share the spotlight with curated vintage apparel, jewelry and interior furnishings selected for auction under the Space Lace banner. The company’s auction debut is set for September 6, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Choice contemporary art offered in Jasper52 auction Sept. 1

Damien Hirst, (British, b. 1965) ‘H7-3 Butterfly Heart,’ 2020, laminated Giclée print on aluminum composite panel, 28 x 29in. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Jasper52 will present an online auction of urban and contemporary art that includes works by some of today’s most recognized artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, KAWS and many more. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Dutch police say Frans Hals painting stolen for 3rd time

Frans Hals’ ‘Two Laughing Boys,’ circa 1626-1627, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A painting by 17th-century Dutch artist Frans Hals has been stolen – for the third time – from a provincial museum in the central Netherlands.

Police said Thursday that Two Laughing Boys was stolen early Wednesday from the Museum Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden in Leerdam, 60 kilometers (about 35 miles) south of Amsterdam.

The museum declined comment, referring questions to the police.

A statement issued by police said the museum’s alarm went off around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and officers found that a rear door had been forced.

According to police, the same Hals painting was stolen in 1988 together with a work by Jacob van Ruisdael. Both were recovered three years later. In 2011, both paintings were again stolen and recovered six months later. Further details of the earlier thefts weren’t immediately available.


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Famille rose: prized Chinese export

This famille rose yellow-ground ‘Dragon’ Meiping vase from the Qing Dynasty sold for $11,375,000 + the buyer’s premium in June 2020 at Bellaire’s Auction. Photo courtesy of Bellaire’s Auction and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Chinese famille rose porcelain has been admired for centuries, not only for its delicately beautiful color palette, but also its craftsmanship and decorative motifs, which are rich in symbolism.

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Turner Auctions selling single-owner train collection Sept. 12

O Gauge MTH 20-3039-1 Hillcrest Lumber Co. Climax Locomotive and 20-91028 Hillcrest Lumber Co. Caboose. Both in the original packaging well shelf worn. Estimate $400-$500. Turner image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the Stephen Zito Collection of Model Trains on Saturday, Sept. 12, featuring O Gauge trains and accessories from a wide selection of American and international manufacturers. Amassed over 30 years by an avid collector, this online auction offers over 150 lots. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cowan’s to sell museum-quality Japanese arms & armor Sept. 2

Fine and rare Japanese samurai somen mempo. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s will offer the finest collection of Japanese arms and armor to be brought to public auction in 30 years at its arms and armor auction Sept. 2. The Lore and Dave Squier Collection spans over 500 years of Japanese history and celebrates the skillful artistry and design that have historically made Japanese arms and armor the centerpieces of museums and private collections alike. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Exhibition illustrates Chicago’s love affair with Monet

Claude Monet, ‘Water Lily Pond,’ 1900. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, 1933.441.

CHICAGO – The Art Institute of Chicago will present the upcoming exhibition Monet and Chicago, on view Sept. 5 through Jan. 18, 2021. This exhibition explores the city’s unique relationship with this Impressionist artist, showcasing the Art Institute’s exemplary holdings alongside works from esteemed Chicago-based collections.

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Classic cars, petroliana power Preston Opportunities event Sept. 5

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe hardtop equipped with a ‘Turbo-Fire’ 283 engine has been fully rThe 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe hardtop equipped with a ‘Turbo-Fire’ 283 engine has been fully restored. Preston Opportunities image

BYRON, Ga. – Preston Evans of Preston Opportunities is very good at many things – like collecting and being an auctioneer – but he’s terrible at retiring. “I tried to retire,” he said from his home in South Georgia, “and it worked until I was motivated to get back in the auction ring. I found it impossible to sell all my collections in the time I spent trying to put together an event.”

That was four years ago. Since then, at least five important collections have fallen into Evans’s lap (including the estate of his longtime friend and fellow collector, Buddy Austin, recently deceased). Those items, plus Evan’s leftover inventory never before offered for sale, all add up to one thing: a major auction for all of it, planned for Sept. 5. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Ahlers & Ogletree selling items from prominent estate Sept. 12-13

Portrait of Oonagh Guinness (1910-1995), the Anglo-Irish socialite, society hostess and art collector, by Philip de Laszlo (Austro-Hungarian, 1869-1937). Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Ahlers & Ogletree image

ATLANTA – Items from the spectacular Atlanta estate home known as White Oaks, featuring decorative arts from high-end retailers and world-class auctions, will be sold in a two-session auction on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12–13, by Ahlers & Ogletree. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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