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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Sotheby’s mounts auction devoted to hip-hop Sept. 15

Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie/Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G.) as photographed during the 1997 ‘K.O.N.Y. (King of New York)’ portrait session. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will conduct an online auction celebrating the history and cultural impact of hip-hop on Sept. 15. The s first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction to be presented at a major international auction house, the sale reflects on the impact hip-hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “golden age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s and up to the present.

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The Hot Bid: Stack’s Bowers owns coin auction record

Liberty is personified on the obverse of the 1794 ‘Flowing Hair’ silver dollar. Stack’s Bower image

NEW YORK – On occasion, The Hot Bid revisits remarkable antique and vintage collectibles that have sold. Today’s subject is a rare 1794 U.S. silver dollar that sold for $10 million dollars.

What you see: A 1794 “Flowing Hair” silver dollar, described as a “unique superb gem specimen.” Stack’s Bowers auctioned it in January 2013 for just over $10 million and a world auction record for any coin. [Since writing this story, news broke that the coin would go to auction as part of the Bruce Morelan collection in Las Vegas in October 2020.]

The expert: Vicken Yegparian, vice president of numismatics at Stack’s Bowers.

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Abell Auction to present the Penny Marshall estate Sept. 13

Pair of signed Handel table lamps having a Native American motif, circa 1926-1930. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Abell Auction Co. image

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating its 104th year, Abell Auction Co. is proud to present a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from the estate of Penny Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. PDT. The online-only auction will offer an impressive collection of rare American lighting and personal belongings from the late actress, director and producer’s prominent Los Angeles estate. LiveAuctioneers.

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Main Auction Galleries to sell Sam Gilliam masterpiece Sept. 13

Sam Gilliam Jr. (b. 1933), Ray I, acrylic on canvas, signed titled and dated to verso 1970, 46in x 104in sight. Provenance: Acquired from Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Acquired by Mary Bergstein from descendants of family of the purchaser. Estimate: $700,000-$900,000. Main Auction Galleries image

CINCINNATI – Main Auction Galleries, a Queen City landmark auction house that has been owned by the Karp family since 1870, will feature a large and important painting by Sam Gilliam at its Premier Auction on Sunday, Sept. 13. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Audrey Flack to be honored at Hampton’s Virtual Art Fair

Audrey Flack’s ‘Days of Reckoning,’ 2020, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 92in. Courtesy Hollis Taggart

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Hampton’s Virtual Art Fair, hosted by Christofle, has announced special highlights and exhibitions featuring artworks by 75 select national and international galleries with 85 booth displays. HVAF is presenting the works by 300+ respected artists with over 1,300 pieces, totaling $100+ million in art for immediate acquisition.

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Art conservation: New ways to go beneath the surface

Kate Smith at work on ‘Wall Painting Fragment from the Villa at Boscotrecase.’ Photos: Danny Hoshino; © President and Fellows of Harvard College

NEW YORK – In the field of fine art conservation, new cutting-edge technologies are not only being used to restore decades of wear on paintings but in so doing are also yielding surprising discoveries beneath the paint. Auction Central News explores advancements in restoration in this Q&A with Kate Smith, Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Lab, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums.

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