Milestone musters top-tier Colts, Civil War, military firearms for June 19 auction

1999 Judson Brennan (Delta Junction, Alaska) full-stock 37-inch .50-caliber flintlock rifle with masterfully carved fiddleback maple stock, handcrafted brass furniture and swamped barrel engraved ‘Judson Brennan #93.’ Estimate $15,000-$25,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – After many months of cross-country traveling, picking up choice collections and expertly cataloging the incoming consignments, Milestone’s team will present its Premier Antique & Modern Firearms Auction, on Saturday, June 19. The gallery auction will also feature absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Circa 1880-1920 Red Mesa Navajo rug, which sold for $5,000

Navajo rug was a vibrant addition to Holabird’s 5-day sale

Circa 1880-1920 Red Mesa Navajo rug, which sold for $5,000

Circa 1880-1920 Red Mesa Navajo rug, which sold for $5,000

RENO, Nev. – A California Gold Rush-era bond from 1856 signed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a photo of the execution hanging of outlaw Fleming “James” Parker taken in 1898, and a gorgeous circa 1880-1920 Red Mesa Navajo rug in near-perfect condition all triumphed at a huge five-day Western Americana Signature Sale held May 13 through May 17 by Holabird Western Americana Collections.

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Bakelite brooch from the collection of Hugh Karraker, executive producer of ‘All Things Bakelite’

‘All Things Bakelite’ explores wonder and curse of plastic

Bakelite brooch from the collection of Hugh Karraker, executive producer of ‘All Things Bakelite’

Bakelite brooch from the collection of Hugh Karraker, executive producer of ‘All Things Bakelite’

LOS ANGELES – All Things Bakelite, the third documentary feature from director John Maher (Throw it Down), will arrive on multiple digital platforms on June 29 worldwide. In partnership with Bitmax, Executive Producer Hugh Karraker is bringing his great-grandfather Leo Baekeland’s story to six continents via streaming platforms such as iTunes, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, VUDU, and more.

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Hindman appoints Caroline Mujica-Parodi director of museum services

Hindman has appointed Caroline Mujica-Parodi as Director of Museum Services.

Hindman has appointed Caroline Mujica-Parodi as Director of Museum Services.

CHICAGO – Hindman announces the appointment of Caroline Mujica-Parodi as Director of Museum Services. Mujica-Parodi brings more than 15 years of art industry experience to her role, where she will lead the growth of the department and expand Hindman’s institutional service offerings to clients including managing valuations, consignments, and acquisitions.

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Morphy’s presents fine & decorative art, jewels, luxury watches, Tiffany lamps, June 8-9

Molded and gilded-copper weathervane depicting full-bodied standing Massasoit Indian with bow and arrow atop directional arrow with molded zinc arrowhead. Made by Harris & Co., Boston, late 19th century. Estimate $200,000-$400,000

DENVER, Pa. – Rare Tiffany lamps and silver designs, luxury watches, exquisite gems, and decorative art of uncompromising quality adorn Morphy’s gallery in anticipation of a June 8-9 auction featuring more than 2,500 expertly curated lots. The auction will commence at 9 a.m. ET each day, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Large and early Georg Jensen silver fish platter and mazarine, estimated at $23,000-$28,000

Georg Jensen dominates Jasper52 May 30 silver auction

Large and early Georg Jensen silver fish platter and mazarine, estimated at $23,000-$28,000

Large and early Georg Jensen silver fish platter and mazarine, estimated at $23,000-$28,000

NEW YORK – Few names loom as large in the realm of silver as Danish designer and entrepreneur Georg Jensen. He was innovative in both silversmithing and marketing, and possessed reserves of generosity–a rare resource among high achievers–that freed him to invite other artists and artisans to create pieces and lines for him under their own names. Those strategies helped his company survive to the present when virtually every other silver firm went defunct. On May 30, beginning at 5 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present an auction of Silver Cutlery, Hollowware & Gifts, characterized by extremely strong pieces by Jensen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Wilhelm Schimmel eagle carvings fly to the top of the folk art market

Boasting a 21-in wingspan, this carved spread wing eagle in original paint sold for $35,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2014 at Flying Pig Auctions.

Boasting a 21-in wingspan, this carved spread wing eagle in original paint sold for $35,000 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2014 at Flying Pig Auctions.

NEW YORK — Itinerant carver Wilhelm Schimmel (Germany and America, 1817-1890) was certainly a colorful character. He was known for having a rough and tumble life, punctuated by heavy drinking, bouts with the law, and possibly cheating death a few times. He emigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany around 1860 and became known as one of America’s most talented folk art carvers. His eagle wood carvings with fine detail and crosshatching are particularly coveted.

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Frishmuth bronze might crest $250K at June 16 Benefit Shop auction

Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, ‘Crest of the Wave,’ estimated at $25,000-$250,000

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. will stage a Red Carpet Auction on June 16, starting at 10 am Eastern time, and the undeniable star of the show will be a life-size Harriet Whitney Frishmuth figural bronze. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare Tibetan Buddhist butter lamp illuminates Oakridge sale, June 12-13

Tibetan gold butter lamp, estimated at $165,000-$200,000

Tibetan gold butter lamp, estimated at $165,000-$200,000

ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery will hold an Asian art & antiques sale on June 12-13, 2021. It will feature more than 500 lots separated into two sessions: Chinese ceramics and works of art on June 12, and Buddhist art and porcelains from private collections on June 13. Both sales commence at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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In Memoriam: Children’s book author Eric Carle, 91

Cover of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Fair use of low-resolution image per US Copyright Law

NEW YORK (AP) – Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most cherished literary memories, has died at age 91.

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