Outsider art joins Nye & Co.’s estate treasures sale Oct. 14

Paint, mud and glitter on board by Jimmy Lee Sudduth (American, 1910-2007), titled ‘Fayetteville County Courthouse,’ signed in pencil lower left ‘Jim Sudduth.’ Nye & Company image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ online-only Estate Treasures Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, will offer a variety of fine and decorative arts. Real-time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.

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Colonial Williamsburg plans exhibition of 18th/19th C. clocks

Closeup of face, tall case clock. Movement: William Claggett, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1740. Case: unidentified maker, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1765, mahogany, chestnut, white pine; brass, iron, steel and lead, Museum Purchase, 1972-36

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Although it is common today for most people to own a personal timepiece, in centuries past it was not so. Marking time to the exact minute was a new innovation during the late 17th century, and the development of the tall case clock helped to make that possible. Until the early 19th century, only the wealthy could afford these expensive timepieces. Average people had little need for the precision these devices provided, relying instead on the location of the sun in the sky, sundials or public clocks to know the hour. As society became more dependent on time regulation, clocks became more necessary and innovations made them more attainable. How these timepieces evolved, were made and used will be explored in Keeping Time: Tall Case Clocks, a new exhibition of more than 20 tall case clocks from different regions spanning more than a century of timekeeping. Opening on November 14, 2020, in the Iris and Mark Coblitz Gallery at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the exhibition will remain on view through December 31, 2022.

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Gianguan auction highlights early Buddhist art Oct. 11  

Northern Wei Dynasty Buddhist stele. Gianguan Auctions image

NEW YORK – Gianguan will hold an online auction sale on Sunday, Oct. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. The sale presents top tier Buddhist art in its splendid forms with an outstanding collection of jade, crystal and ceramic devotional statues, reflecting regional and highly personal interpretations of the deities, creating an aesthetic that is both sacred and decorative. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Guns N’ Roses co-designs pinball machine: a playable work of art

Photo by Charles Acosta, Pinballphotos.com

LOS ANGELES – Rock and roll legends Guns N’ Roses have teamed with Jersey Jack Pinball to design their very own groundbreaking Guns ‘N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime” pinball game. The new Guns N’ Roses pinball game elevates the beloved American pastime — which is seeing a resurgence worldwide — with innovative new technology, design and sound. “Not In This Lifetime” is made for players, collectors, and newcomers to pinball and is available now, HERE. Watch and share the new Guns N’ Roses pinball game trailer, HERE.

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Calder mobile soars to $1.9M at Hindman auction


Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Triple Cross,’ 1947, sheet metal, wire and paint, 31½ x 37 x 11¾in. Price realized: $1.9 million. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Alexander Calder’s standing mobile titled Triple Cross, 1947, more than tripled its presale estimate on Thursday, Oct. 1 in Hindman’s Postwar and Contemporary Art sale. The work, which sold for $1.9 million, was one of two Calder works in the sale. Triple Cross carried an estimate of $600,000-$800,000 and set a record for the highest sale price in the Chicago auction house’s 38-year history. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tire signs: ‘Where the rubber meets the road’

A rare Savage Tires ‘Heap big mileage’ die-cut tin flange sign, 36 by 22 inches, brought $32,000 + the buyer’s premium at Morphy Auctions in October 2015. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – The petroliana antiques market offers a striking diversity, including oil cans, gas pumps and globes, road maps and more. Among the most desirable, however, are tire signs.

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