Big Brother and the Holding Company November 1967 concert poster, est. $50-$100

Take a trip back to the psychedelic era via Aug. 5 concert poster auction

Big Brother and the Holding Company November 1967 concert poster, est. $50-$100

Big Brother and the Holding Company November 1967 concert poster, est. $50-$100

NEW YORK – Vintage rock concert posters provide an artful form of proof. If you saw the show, it reinforces the fact that you were there; if you weren’t, it delivers artful evidence that it happened (or, in some cases, that it was supposed to happen).

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Gary Gygax, the late co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, photographed at ModCon in September 1999. The former headquarters of the company that produced the iconic game became the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum in July. Photo credit: Moroboshi. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Wisconsin welcomes Dungeons & Dragons museum

Gary Gygax, the late co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, photographed at ModCon in September 1999. The former headquarters of the company that produced the iconic game became the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum in July. Photo credit: Moroboshi. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Gary Gygax, the late co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, photographed at ModCon in September 1999. The former site of the company that produced the iconic game became the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum in July. Photo credit: Moroboshi. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – After Jeff Leason graduated from high school in 1978, his fellow school orchestra member Ernie Gygax approached him with an opportunity. “He said, ‘If you need a job, come work at my dad’s company,'” Leason recalled. “I had no idea what the heck it was.”

Gary Gygax, Ernie’s father, founded the company Tactical Studies Rules in Lake Geneva to produce Dungeons & Dragons, a role-playing game he created with his friend, Dave Arneson, a University of Minnesota student at the time. Leason had been playing the game since 1975, but that was before TSR existed as a game company.

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The surplus auction supplies Bodnar’s will sell includes its remaining stock of 205 wooden auction paddles, collectively estimated at $300-$500.

Going, going, gone! Bodnar’s offers surplus auction gear, Aug. 4

The surplus auction supplies Bodnar’s will sell includes its remaining stock of 205 wooden auction paddles, collectively estimated at $300-$500.

The surplus auction supplies Bodnar’s will sell includes its remaining stock of 205 wooden auction paddles, collectively estimated at $300-$500.

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. – On August 4, Bodnar’s Auction Sales will sell a surplus of live auction supplies – storage boxes, jewelry cases, display cabinets, dollies, extension cords and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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LACMA displays contemporary Chinese art through March 2022

Yue Minjun, ‘Infanta,’ 1997, Yuz Foundation, © Yue Minjin, photo courtesy Pace Gallery.

Yue Minjun, ‘Infanta,’ 1997, Yuz Foundation, © Yue Minjin, photo courtesy Pace Gallery

LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Drawn from Yuz Foundation’s esteemed collection of contemporary art, Legacies of Exchange spotlights encounters, exchanges, and collisions between China and the West. This exhibition is part of LACMA’s ongoing collaboration with Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China and Qatar Museums in Doha, a joint effort to create exhibitions and to provide the museums with greater access to a more diverse collection of artworks. The exhibition opened July 4 and continues through March 13, 2022.

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‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry sells LA condo for astounding price

The living room with two fireplaces is one of several areas of the condo recently sold by Matthew Perry where his guests could lounge with a view of Los Angeles. Michael MacNamara and Jason Speth photo provided by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

LOS ANGELES – It’s been a great year for Matthew Perry. In addition to acting, writing and producing, the Friends star has hit some high notes by buying, restyling and reselling fabulous California properties, an investment activity in which he has been involved for many years. He recently sold two properties: his stunning Century City (Los Angeles) condo for $21.6 million and also a Malibu beach home for $13.1 million. His condo sale is the most expensive in Los Angeles since at least 2015.

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Reliquaries: Vessels for sacred objects that stir the faithful

This elaborate 19th century French Gothic bronze reliquary sold for $800 plus the buyer’s premium in 2012 at Jackson’s International Auctioneers.


This elaborate 19th century French Gothic bronze reliquary sold for $800 plus the buyer’s premium in 2016 at Jackson’s International Auctioneers.

NEW YORK – When holy persons depart for their heavenly reward, the grieving faithful feel compelled to retain what they left behind. Clothes, tools, and other personal effects, as well as body parts, were placed in opulent caskets, boxes, and other glorified displays to keep the memory of the saint alive. Objects designed to hold sacred objects go by many names, but they are often called reliquaries in recognition of the relics they contain.

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19th century buckskin vest, est. $3,000-$5,000

Jasper52 presents Americana, folk and outsider art, Aug. 5

19th century buckskin vest, est. $3,000-$5,000

19th-century buckskin vest, est. $3,000-$5,000

NEW YORK – Many spectacular objects and items go unsigned or unmarked by their makers. Too often, these artisans didn’t regard their masterpieces as art; they saw them as a hobby, or an amusement, or something that helped pass the time. We may not always know who made a given piece, but we do recognize its beauty and its craftsmanship.

On August 5, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will stage an auction of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mattel taps Shepard Fairey for its UNO Artiste Series

Mattel approached Shepard Fairey to create the fourth entry in the UNO Artiste Series of specialty decks for the classic card game.

Mattel approached Shepard Fairey to create the fourth entry in the UNO Artiste Series of specialty decks for the classic card game. Image courtesy of Mattel

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The latest entry in the UNO Artiste Series, which combines the classic card game with imagery from famed artists, features the work of American contemporary street artist and activist Shepard Fairey.

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A federal judge has approved the forfeiture of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, a 3,600-year-old clay tablet from what is now Iraq. It was imported into the United States illegally during the 2000s and was ultimately displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Federal judge approves forfeiture of Gilgamesh Dream Tablet

A federal judge has approved the forfeiture of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, a 3,600-year-old clay tablet from what is now Iraq. It was imported into the United States illegally during the 2000s and was ultimately displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

A federal judge has approved the forfeiture of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, a 3,600-year-old clay tablet from what is now Iraq. It was imported into the United States illegally during the 2000s and, following its purchase at auction, was ultimately displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge in New York has approved the forfeiture of a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from Iraq and sold for $1.6 million to Hobby Lobby for display in the Museum of the Bible, prosecutors announced.

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International Tiger Day: Fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild

SILVER SPRING, Md. – July 29 is International Tiger Day, which celebrates a critically endangered species and inspires help for tigers, which are vanishing. Tigers are one of the most threatened victims of illegal trade. In the last century, 97% of the wild tiger population has disappeared, and fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. Of the eight subspecies of tiger, three are already extinct. The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) uses International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the demand and illegal trade of tigers and their parts, threatening this species with extinction.

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