In Memoriam: Lelands founder, sports memorabilia legend Joshua Evans, 59

Joshua Leland Evans (1961-2020). Image courtesy of Lelands

OCEAN, N.J. – Joshua Leland Evans, founder and chairman of the board of Lelands sports memorabilia auction house, passed away on December 27 after a lengthy illness. He was 59.

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Audubon painting, 16th C. map climb to top of Swann’s Maps & Atlases sale

John Woodhouse Audubon, California Gray Squirrel, oil on canvas, circa 1853. Sold for $42,500

NEW YORK – Swann Galleries closed out 2020 with a marathon sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on Thursday, December 17. “Ninety-two percent of the 405 lots hammered down, with about a third above estimate — participation numbers which exhibit a very interested, willing, and active market for this material,” said Swann Specialist Caleb Kiffer. LiveAuctioneers facilitated absentee and Internet live bidding for the sale.

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Fine jewelry brought cheer and high prices at John Moran sale

Art Deco sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, price realized: $53,125

MONROVIA, Calif. John Moran Auctioneers‘ December 15 Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction was their biggest and brightest of the year, boasting high prices and bolstered by a roster of signed pieces and impressive gemstones. Vintage jewels from quality makers performed particularly well throughout the day, and Moran’s fielded strong bids both online and over the phone. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

L to R: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 2015 photo by Keith Allison, CCA-SA 2.0 Generic license; Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, 2012 photo by Carl Lender, CCA 2.0 Generic License

NEW YORK – In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their genres. Many of their names hold a prominent place in the collective consciousness — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kobe, Maradona, Eddie Van Halen, Little Richard, Sean Connery, Alex Trebek, Christo — but pandemic restrictions often limited the public’s ability to mourn their loss in a year that saw more than a million people die from the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 claims life of Dawn Wells, 82, ‘Mary Ann’ on Gilligan’s Island

CBS publicity photo of Dawn Wells as Mary Ann from the television program Gilligan’s Island. Pre-1978 public domain image

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dawn Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said. She was 82.

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Jasper52 unveils exclusive estate and designer jewelry, Jan. 6

Russian 14K yellow gold ring with 2-carat emerald and 0.70 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds. Est. $2,000-$2,500

NEW YORK – Do you have a taste for the superbly crafted jewelry of the Victorian era, including the designs of Tiffany & Co., and Cartier? Then you’ll love browsing through the 299 lots to be auctioned by Jasper52 on January 6. Their Exclusive Estate & Designer Jewelry Auction presents a glittering array of statement earrings and pendants, gold necklaces, and unique antique heirlooms from the most revered names of the last 125 years. Acquiring the piece you desire couldn’t be more convenient. Just sign up and bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, other luxury watches lead Jan. 5 boutique auction

Franck Muller Casablanca Master of Complication gent’s wristwatch, Ref. 5850 CC A. Est. $5,500-$7,000

NEW YORK – A highly select collection of 36 luxury designer watches will be offered by Jasper52 on Tuesday, January 5 in an evening event starting at 9 p.m. ET. Fine and unique timepieces from the world’s most coveted watch companies will be offered to bidders worldwide, with absentee and live online bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Guernsey’s invites bidders to a Collector’s Odyssey online auction, Jan. 9

James Rizzi, ‘Fun in a Fish Tank,’ 1994, acrylic on canvas. Est. $2,500-$3,000

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s January 9 online no-reserve auction titled “Collector’s Odyssey” will be a “joyful event, celebrating better days ahead.” Absentee and live online bidding for this 481-lot sale is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Fire destroys memorabilia from 97-year-old Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week has been a New Hampshire tradition for nearly a century. 2007 ‘Bike Week’ photo by Malber, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – A building fire destroyed old photos, magazine articles, and other memorabilia from the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association that were collected from the 97-year-old bike rally in New Hampshire.

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In Memoriam: fashion designer, licensing pioneer Pierre Cardin, 98

Pierre Cardin Satellite Cape, 1967, Paris. Augusta Auctions image

PARIS (AP) — French fashion designer Pierre Cardin possessed a wildly inventive artistic sensibility tempered by a stiff dose of business sense. He had no problem acknowledging that he earned more from a pair of stockings than from a haute-couture gown with a six-figure price tag.

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