Neue Auctions showcases Purkhu of Kangra paintings Feb. 20

Opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper Harivasma illustration attributed to Purkhu of Kangra (Indian, active circa 1780-1820), depicting Krishna riding Garuda. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Neue Auctions image

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A small collection of paintings attributed to the Indian artist Purkhu of Kangra (active circa 1780-1820), two paintings by the Indian artist Badri Narayan (1929-2013), and a 17th century Shah-nameh (or Book of Kings, Iran’s central literary work) are all part of Neue Auctions’ online-only fine art and antique auction that will be held Saturday, Feb. 20. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Asian antiques stand out at Charleston Estate Auctions Feb. 28

Early 20th century Chinese hand-carved jade jadeite temple lion/foo dogs, 11½in, on a hardwood stand. Estimate: $3,500-$4,500. Charleston Estate Auctions image

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Charleston Estate Auctions’ Feb. 28 sale contains a large group of 18th and 19th century fine Chinese antiques, fine and vintage jewelry, American and European fine art, art glass, American and English sterling silver, fine porcelain, antique American and other furniture, and sports trading cards. Included is a large group of Canton ware and other porcelain from the estate of Dr. Fraser Wilson of Charleston S.C. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Julien’s finds heated market for Cold War spy gadgets

Soviet KGB spy purse designed to hold a concealed FED model camera. Sold for $32,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions held its Cold War Relics Auction Featuring the KGB Espionage Museum Collection on Feb. 13. The event offered nearly 500 of the rarest and most important artifacts from the U.S., Soviet Union and Cuba during the Cold War-era ever to be assembled and offered at auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Famous, infamous offered in University Archives auction March 3

One-page document written and signed by Albert Einstein regarding his theories on gravity and relativity. Estimate: $25,000-$30,000. University Archives image

WILTON, Conn. – An exceptional handwritten presidential address signed by Thomas Jefferson and directed to the Cherokee Nation in 1806, a spectacular document written and signed by Albert Einstein regarding his theories on gravity and relativity, and a letter handwritten and signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 concerning the transportation of troops by rail during the Civil War are just a few of the expected top lots in University Archives’ online-only auction of rare manuscripts, autographs and books slated for Wednesday, March 3. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Furniture, fine art abound in Bruneau auction Feb. 25

Pair of cardboard Wiggle Stools by Frank Gehry, part of the artist’s 1972 ‘Easy Edges’ series. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Bruneau & Co. image

CRANSTON, R.I. – An online-only Fine Art & Antique auction that’s loaded with 345 lots of paintings, decorative arts, fine furniture, jewelry, silver, Asian arts and collectibles, pulled from prominent estates and collections all across New England, is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. The auction has a start time of 6 p.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jeffrey S. Evans to host diverse Americana sale Feb. 25-27

Rare Early Times Whiskey paper advertising sign in original frame. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image decoration

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Winter Americana Auction contains a wide range of material and will include everything from rare advertising and holiday collectibles to country furniture and folk art. The large auction will take place over three days, Feb. 25-27. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Prison arts and crafts unlock inmates’ creativity

Among highly collectible prisoner-artists, who drew or painted while incarcerated typically with simple materials, was Frank Jones. His circa 1960 artwork, ‘Large Devil in the Jail House,’ made $12,000 + the buyer’s premium in April 2019 at Slotin Folk Art. Photo courtesy of Slotin Folk Art and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Prison-made handicrafts have been a common practice for centuries as it kept the prisoners busy and gave them some purposeful activity while also serving as a profitable commercial enterprise for the prisons.

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