Pax Romana’s Nov. 8 & 15 auctions feature ancient art, jewellery, weaponry

China, Tang Dynasty, pottery figurine of a Bactrian camel and rider, circa 618-907 A.D., 610mm x 440mm. Provenance: Private collection of Oxford professional, formed in 1970s-1990s on UK art market. Estimate £6,000-£12,000

LONDON – Pax Romana Auctions will host a no-reserve two-part online sale of antiquities, jewellery, ancient weaponry, Asian and classic art on successive Sundays, November 8 and 15. The first of the two auction sessions celebrates “Masterpieces of Ancient Asia,” while the second is titled “Ancient Jewellery, Weaponry and Classical Art.” Bidders are invited to participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sarasota Estate Auction offers diverse artworks Nov. 14-15

Ivan Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817-1900), oil on canvas, 19½ x 26 in overall. Estimate: $40,000-$80,000. Sarasota Estate Auction image

SARASOTA Fla. – Sarasota Estate Auction will conduct what is expected to be among the largest auctions of fine art and antiques ever in Sarasota with 1,400 lots over two days on Nov. 14-15. The sale will feature works by American artists Jane Peterson, Hayley Lever, Theresa Ferber Bernstein, Hudson River School artist James McDougal Hart and more from European artists. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Herend skier going for the gold in online auction Nov. 5

Large Herend porcelain skier figurine, 1944, signed by the sculptor artist, 15in long x 7in wide x 10½in high. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A large porcelain figurine of an Alpine skier looks like a champion in a Jasper52 auction of decorative arts on Thursday, Nov. 5. The online auction consists of more than 400 lots of sterling silver, art glass, pottery, fine art and more. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Slotin presents huge Finster masterpiece Nov. 14

Howard Finster, ‘Chelsea Baptist Church #641’ (1977), tractor enamel on Masonite, 103½in wide by 44in high including frame. Estimate: $40,000 to $70,000. Slotin image

BUFORD, Ga. – An early Howard Finster painting believed to be his largest, yet one of the least well-known of his early masterworks, will be the highlight of Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale on Nov. 14. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese collections comprise Oakridge auction Nov. 14-15

Chinese imperial jade table screen with zitan wood base, Jiaqing, 8½in high x 8 1/8in wide. Estimate: at $6,000-$10,000. Oakridge Auction Gallery image

ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery will present its Winter Fine Asian Art & Antiques Auction, Nov. 14-15 beginning at 10 a.m. both days. The auction consists of two sessions: ceramics and works of art on Nov. 14 and Chinese snuff bottles on Nov. 15. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Halloween die-cuts: their popularity is scary

This German die-cut Halloween fire screen, folding into three sections, sold for $1,100 + the buyer’s premium in June 2019 at Pook & Pook Inc. with Noel Barrett. Photo courtesy of Pook & Pook Inc. with Noel Barrett and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Halloween had its origins with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would carry torches and don costumes to hide from evil spirits and ghosts. Over the centuries, it has morphed into a big party and the scares are all in good fun. In America today, Halloween is big business and in terms of consumer spending, second only to Christmas. Vintage and antique Halloween decorations never seem to lose their appeal.

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20th-century artists have stellar day at Moran’s

Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958, French), ‘Paysage a la Route,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $43,750. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneer’s 20th Century Art + Design auction achieved strong prices for works by notable artists and designers. Robust online bidding coupled with avid telephone bidders kept prices high throughout the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Diverse goods gathered for Thomaston Place sale Nov. 12-15

1947 Ford Woody Model 79A station wagon. Thomaston Place image

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries has assembled a large and incredibly diverse catalog of important art and rarities for its last major sale of 2020 on Nov. 12-15 at 11 a.m. Eastern each day. Timed just ahead of the Holiday season, the four-day auction will be the perfect venue for a gathering of one-of-kind gifts, unusual decorative treasures or new acquisitions for collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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T. Boone Pickens collection tops $20M at Christie’s

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), ‘Indian Love Call,’ oil on canvas mounted on plywood, 45 x 68 in. Estimate: $2 million-$3 million. Sold for $3,510,000. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s landmark auction of Western American Art, The Legend of the West: Iconic Works from the T. Boone Pickens Collection totaled $20,423,750 and was 92% sold by lot and 97% sold by value. The top lot of Wednesday’s sale was N.C. Wyeth’s Indian Love Call, which sold for $3,510,000. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Marilyn Monroe starring in University Archives sale Nov. 11

Black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed ‘to Joe’ (possibly Joe DiMaggio), 11 x 14in. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. University Archives image

WESTPORT, Conn. – A black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed “to Joe” (possibly Joe DiMaggio), a one-page letter written in 1796 and signed by George Washington on the eve of his retirement and 25 lots relating to Napoleon Bonaparte (mostly from an important single-owner collection) are all part of University Archives’ auction slated for Wednesday, Nov. 11. The auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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