Swann African American art sale makes history, sets records

Bisa Butler, ‘Nandi and Natalie (Friends),’ which sold for $75,000
Bisa Butler, ‘Nandi and Natalie (Friends),’ which sold for $75,000
Bisa Butler, ‘Nandi and Natalie (Friends),’ which sold for $75,000

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ spring offering of African American Art on April 22 was the second-highest-grossing sale in the 13-year history of the department, with its highest number of participants to date. “I am thrilled to see the continued growth in our African American art auctions with a tremendous sale. Three hundred and ninety eight registered bidders — not counting those on other platforms — competed for eight hours to bid on 220 lots. We set 13 artist records and saw high prices all around for many artists,” noted department director, Nigel Freeman. Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Ready to rock? Beatles, Bowie & more in sale of 45rpm records

David Bowie ‘Fashions’ picture disc box set, estimated at $130-$200
David Bowie ‘Fashions’ picture disc box set, estimated at $130-$200
David Bowie ‘Fashions’ picture disc box set, estimated at $130-$200

NEW YORK – We don’t need vinyl records anymore, but we definitely still want them. Sure, records take up physical space — there’s no way around that — but the sensation of holding your favorite artist’s best songs in your hands will always beat summoning them from the capacious memory of your computer. On May 4, starting at 4 pm, Jasper52 will auction 188 lots of 45s — the vinyl record format reserved for single songs — from several collectors, including a large group that comes from the estate of a former DJ. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s May 11-15 auction showcases coin-ops, antique advertising, petroliana & railroadiana

Rare and outstanding Mobil Pegasus double-sided rotating neon sign, both sides in excellent condition, 82 x 108in, marked ‘T-52.’ One of very few known to exist. Estimate 30,000-$60,000

DENVER, Pa. – From May 11-15, Morphy’s will host a collectors marathon auction series featuring selections from several of today’s most popular collecting categories: antique and vintage coin-ops/music machines; advertising, petroliana/automobilia, and railroadiana. To accommodate the vast selection – more than 3,400 lots in all – the auction will span five consecutive days, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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