#1 issues showcased in no-reserve comics auction Sept. 20

Ms. Marvel #1, VG-. Jasper52 imageMarvel #1, VG-. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Among the scare titles entered in a no-reserve online comic book auction that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Sunday, Sept. 20, are a handful of #1 issues – the key to every collection. The prized #1 issue often has the highest value of any series. And, in a no-reserve auction, the highest bidder wins the item, no matter the price. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Over & Above to sell library devoted to WWII Sept. 17

First edition of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s ‘Crusade in Europe – A Personal Account of World War II,’ 1948. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Over & Above image

TIMONIUM, Md. – For nearly 60 years John R. Elliott assembled a private library of books, artwork, photographs and memorabilia associated with World War II – “The Last Good War.”  Throughout these decades he amassed a library of more than 2,000 books, dozens of signed lithographs and photographs, trench art, relics, virtually every classic movie on the subject, glassware and giveaways, and more items into what is one of the most comprehensive, if not the most comprehensive, collection of information on the war ever held in a private collection. The collection will be sold Thursday, Sept. 17, in an online auction conducted by Over & Above Online Auction and Estate Sales. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sen. Bentsen collection to be sold in New Orleans Sept. 26-27

A Bill Clinton autographed photo pictures the president laughing at a podium with Lloyd Bentsen (left). New Orleans Auction Galleries image

NEW ORLEANS – A collection of political memorabilia, fine art and antiques from the estate of Lloyd and Beryl Ann “B.A.” Bentsen will be offered at New Orleans Auction Galleries, a leading regional auction company specializing in antiques and fine art, during its Sept. 26-27 Estates Auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman sales Sept. 30-Oct. 2 feature Calder, Warhol, Moore

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Triple Cross,’ 1947, sheet metal, wire and paint, 31½ x 37 x 11¾in. Estimate: $600,000-$800,000. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman will offer over 500 works of art across four separate auctions Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The three days of fine art sales kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with American and European Art, followed by Postwar and Contemporary Art and American and European Art Online taking place on Thursday, Oct. 1, and ending with Prints and Multiples on Oct. 2. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Detroit museum’s exhibition honors Día de los Muertos

A Mexican papier-mache Dia de los Muertos skull. Image courtesy Hindman and LiveAuctioneers

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit, will display 12 ofrenda altars, or offerings, created by local artists from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 8, in celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which honors the life and memory of lost loved ones. This year’s display, “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos,” marks the eighth consecutive year of the popular program.

The annual exhibition, designed to familiarize visitors with ofrendas and the Day of the Dead tradition, builds a sense of community as visitors identify with the reasons and ways people honor the deceased while collectively taking part in the act of remembering. Expanding every year, the display has become one of the DIA’s most popular exhibitions.

“Detroit has a vibrant Mexican American community and honoring this important cultural and artistic tradition is just one of the ways we are working toward bringing all members of our communities together,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “Visitors from all backgrounds will make their own personal connections to each of these ofrendas, as well as to the local artists who created them.”

This year, 27 proposals were submitted from local artists and 12 were selected to be on display. All submissions were juried by a selection committee of DIA staff and local community members of Mexican heritage. A 13th altar, featuring objects and decorations arranged on tables submitted by DIA staff as well as projected images of lost loved ones submitted by the public via social media, will act as a community ofrenda, a place for DIA visitors to grieve collectively, especially in light of the loss in our communities due to COVID-19. Within the exhibition, the museum will formally recognize the impact of COVID-19 on our region and globally.

The subjects of the ofrendas vary greatly – some honor a personal loss of the artist, while others honor communal loss, highlighting current events and political issues.

One of the 12 participating artists, Leonardo Hernandez, created an ofrenda to honor Mexican musicians Juan “Juanga” Gabriel and Chavela Vargas who were known for opening the door to greater expression of gender and sexuality in the music industry.

Hernandez shared some insights on his ofrenda design: “This year I … wanted to send my people a message, in hopes of growth as a culture, as a group of people. (I am) hoping that (visitors) become aware that death is part of life and nature, as well as being Two-Spirit is part of life and diversity is part of nature.”

New this year will be a digital exhibition experience for those not able to visit the museum. Using an interface similar to GoogleMaps, viewers will be able to “walk-through” the exhibition and view each altar and the accompanying interpretative labels from home.

DIA admission tickets can be reserved online in advance at www.dia.org or by calling 313-833-4005. Tickets are be timed to control attendance levels so a limited number of tickets will be available for each time slot. Admission is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Nazmiyal auction to cover the carpet spectrum Oct. 15

Antique Persian Kashan Mohtashem carpet, 7ft 9in x 9ft 6in, 1880s. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Nazmiyal auctions image

NEW YORK (PRNewswire) – Nazmiyal Auctions has announced its upcoming online auction to be held on Oct. 15. Expertly sourced from various national and international estates and collections, as well as from the Nazmiyal collection, the sale is filled with exciting opportunities for both first-time buyers and seasoned collectors. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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