Noted private art collection donated to Seattle museum

Seattle Museum of Art donors Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang. Image courtesy of The Friday Foundation

SEATTLE (PRNewswire) – An exceptional collection of 20th century art assembled over a decade by late collectors Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang will find permanent homes and be accessible to the public at the Seattle Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Jasper52 offers huge selection of luxury jewelry March 2

David Webb 18K yellow gold and platinum 3 carat diamond and emerald ruby earrings. Estimate: $17,000-$20,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – More than 800 lots of authentic designer jewelry and watches are offered in a Jasper52 auction that will conclude on Tuesday, March 2. The sale features designs by Piaget, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels and more. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

‘Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman’ film to debut March 5

A Gustav Stickley oak armchair with leather upholstery. Image courtesy of First Run Features

NEW YORK – First Run Features is proud to present the Virtual Cinema premiere of Herb Stratford’s debut feature documentary, Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman, opening nationwide in Virtual Cinemas on March 5.

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Vogt Auction taps into cache of luxury items Feb. 27

Diamond and platinum ring, 6.6 carats. Estimate: $65,000–$70,000. Vogt Auction image

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – An incredible collection of diamond jewelry and other luxury items seized by federal court order from disgraced San Antonio oil and gas entrepreneurs Brian and Kristi Alfaro will be auctioned off at Vogt Auction Galleries on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. CST. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palm Beach Modern’s Feb. 6 auction notes uptick in online buying

Hank Murta (American, b. 1956-), ‘Piece of Cake,’ glass and metal, 1999. Sold for $2,600. LiveAuctioneers/PBMA image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Now that everything from toothpaste to sofas is purchased online, the idea of bidding at auction has lost some of its intimidation factor and the auction industry has gained an influx of buyers shopping for their own homes. That observation comes from Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), a leading specialist in the sale of modern and contemporary art.
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Heritage March 16 auction celebrates return to Asia Week

Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957) orchids fan leaf, ink and color. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – An extraordinary selection of artwork from Chinese artist Qi Baishi and an impressive array of Indian and Himalayan art are among the top draws in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Asian Art auction March 16, an event in which Heritage will expand its footprint in Asia Week New York. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Carl Moll painting sells for record $4.7M at Freeman’s

Carl Moll (Austrian, 1861-1945), ‘Weißes Interieur’ (White Interior). Sold for $4,756,000. Freeman’s image

PHILADELPHIA – Freeman’s European Art & Old Masters auction on Feb. 23 surpassed $6.4 million – the best fine art sale total that Freeman’s has ever recorded. With spirited bidding throughout the sale from bidders both online and on the telephone, the 67-lot auction achieved an impressive 90% sell-through rate and nearly quadrupled its presale high estimate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘Sky is the limit’ at Christie’s $4.4M meteorite auction

Extraterrestrial crystal ball – Seymchan meteorite sphere pallasite – PMG Magadan District, Russia, 69mm in diameter (2.75in) and 861.8g (2 pounds). Sold for $325,000. Christie’s image

NEW YORK – Christie’s Deep Impact: Martian Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, an online-only sale of rare meteorites, shattered records totaling $4,351,750, with 100% of the lots sold. Seventy-two of the 75 lots offered today sold for more than their high estimate. A record number of bidders participated in the category from 23 countries across five continents. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Howard & Thomas sale features African American art March 7

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000), from Toussant L’Ouverture, color screenprint on wove paper, 1997, signed, titled and editioned (21/125) lower margin, 21 x 30in, 35 x 45in framed. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Howard & Thomas image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Sunday, March 7, Howard & Thomas Auction House will present an art collection from the the estate of Anthony French Sr., that features works by listed African American artists Ed Hamilton, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers and others. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Pax Romana’s March 7 auction explores Chinese decorative art for interior design

Pair of large, finely modeled Chinese iron-red porcelain ‘foo dog dragons,’ 450mm high x 600mm wide. Used in feng shui as powerful symbols of protection. Estimate for the pair: £600-£900

LONDON – Internationally acclaimed for its auctions of connoisseur-level antiquities, ancient jewelry and weaponry, Pax Romana will add a new string to its bow on March 7 with the debut of Asian Interiors: Chinese Decorative Arts. The 243-lot sale of hand-picked, fully vetted Chinese porcelain and art focuses on exquisite decorative treasures that add color and sophistication to the home, with a timeline that starts with the Qing Dynasty and concludes in the 20th century. All items are being offered with no reserve and will be sold to the highest bidder at or above the starting price. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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