WWII parachuting hero canine’s medals to sell at Noonans, Oct. 12

P.D.S.A Dickin Medal for Gallantry earned by War Dog Rob for his service to Britain during World War II. It and an extensive archive on the extraordinary animal will be sold at Noonans on October 12 with an estimate of £20,000-£30,000. Image courtesy of Noonans and LiveAuctioneers


P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry earned by War Dog Rob for his service to Britain during World War II. It and an extensive archive on the extraordinary animal will be sold at Noonans on October 12, estimated at £20,000-£30,000. Courtesy Noonans and LiveAuctioneers

LONDON – The hugely emotive P.D.S.A. Dickin Medal for Gallantry, otherwise known as the V.C. (Victoria Cross) for animals, and the R.S.P.C.A. Red Collar for Valour awarded to War Dog Rob for his outstanding service during the Second World War, during which he undertook 20 parachute descents while serving with Infantry in North Africa and the 2nd S.A.S. Regiment in Italy, will be auctioned by Noonans on Wednesday, October 12. It is a highlight lot in a sale of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria and is estimated at £20,000-£30,000. The proceeds will be given to the Taylor McNally Foundation. It is being sold with an extensive archive including Rob’s collar, a portrait painting, photographs, a certificate, manuscripts, books and letters. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Robot automata band sells for $350,550 at Morphy’s mechanical music auction

Top lot of the sale: Gebroeders Decap dance organ with robot musician figures, Belgium, 1963. One of only three made in 105-key configuration. Purchased by Ozzie Bilotta, who is opening a private antique toy and sci-fi collectibles museum this fall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Sold for $350,550 against an estimate of $100,000-$200,000

DENVER, Pa. – A trio of robot musicians with a captivating, toe-tapping sound led the parade of mechanical music machines and automata at Morphy’s $2.3 million sale of the Henri Krijnen collection, and according to the buyer, the Space-Age combo’s next stop will be a museum or related attraction in Florida.

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Wonder Woman’s debut comic book may lasso $50K at Bruneau, Oct. 1

D.C. Comics Wonder Woman #1, with the first appearance of Ares and a retelling of the origin of Wonder Woman, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – The Henry Anderson collection of Golden Age comic books – modest in size at just 150 lots but important in content, with comics that include Detective Comics #38 (April 1940) and Wonder Woman #1 (Summer 1942), both from D.C. Comics – will be offered on Saturday, October 1 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, beginning at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Circa-1950s portrait of Betty White, $43,750

Betty White auction raises more than $4M for environmental, animal welfare charities

Circa-1950s portrait of Betty White, $43,750

Circa-1950s portrait of Betty White, $43,750

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Property from the Life and Career of Betty White, a sale held by Julien’s Auctions from September 23 through September 25, became a white glove event in which every item was sold. The sale lineup featured more than 1,600 lots of memorabilia, wardrobe, art, jewelry and more from the legendary and beloved pop-culture icon, who died on December 31, 2021, only weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

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Maud Lewis, ‘Winter Sleigh Ride,’ estimated at CA$20,000-$25,000

Northern exposure: Miller & Miller to auction 11 Maud Lewis works, Oct. 8

Maud Lewis, ‘Winter Sleigh Ride,’ estimated at CA$20,000-$25,000

Maud Lewis, ‘Winter Sleigh Ride,’ estimated at CA$20,000-$25,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A painting by acclaimed Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1980) titled Winter Sleigh Ride; an exquisite circa-1930 mixed media diorama by Adelard Brousseau of Quebec, titled Maple Sugar Time; and an acrylic on paper by Canadian Woodland artist Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007), titled Ancestral Visitors, are a few of the expected top lots in Miller & Miller Auctions’ online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction on Saturday, October 8. All estimates quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Harry Winston diamond ring, $362,500

Harry Winston diamond ring a clear winner at Hindman

Harry Winston diamond ring, $362,500

Harry Winston diamond ring, $362,500

CHICAGO – A Harry Winston diamond ring amazed bidders at Hindman’s September 13 Important Jewelry auction, selling for $362,500 against an estimate of $225,000-$325,000. This dazzling 7.40-carat, D color pear shape diamond ring was a clear winner. Brooches were also among the standout lots, particularly a group from the personal collection of award-winning jewelry designer Evelyn Clothier.

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Artist unknown (India), ‘Soldier’s Quilt (detail),’ 1850-75, Wool, probably from military uniforms with embroidery thread, rickrack, and velvet binding; inlaid, layered-applique, hand embroidered. Image courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum, gift of Altria Group, Inc. Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Stitch in time: quilt show opens October 7 at Lightner Museum

Artist unknown (India), ‘Soldier’s Quilt (detail),’ 1850-75, Wool, probably from military uniforms with embroidery thread, rickrack, and velvet binding; inlaid, layered-applique, hand embroidered. Image courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum, gift of Altria Group, Inc. Photo by Gavin Ashworth


Artist unknown (India), ‘Soldier’s Quilt (detail),’ 1850-75, Wool, probably from military uniforms with embroidery thread, rickrack, and velvet binding; inlaid, layered-applique, hand-embroidered. Image courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum, gift of Altria Group, Inc. Photo by Gavin Ashworth

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Lightner Museum will host Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, an exhibition that will open October 7 and run through January 20, 2023.

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Silver Navajo cuff bracelet, estimated at $200-$400

Native American art library, Southwestern jewelry featured at Turner, Oct. 8

Silver Navajo cuff bracelet, estimated at $200-$400

Silver Navajo cuff bracelet, estimated at $200-$400

SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present an auction titled The Jim Haas Native American Art Library and a Collection of Southwest Jewelry on Saturday, October 8, starting at 10:30 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art, photographed in May 2022. On September 26, unionized workers at the institution staged a walkout. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit David Saddler. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art begin walkout

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, photographed in May 2022. On September 26, unionized workers at the institution staged a walkout. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit David Saddler. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, photographed in May 2022. On September 26, unionized workers at the institution staged a walkout. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit David Saddler. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art began a strike September 26, citing wage and health care issues as the institution said it would remain open during the walkout.

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The upright piano: the original home entertainment center

A circa-1800 satinwood and mahogany upright square piano by Irish artisan William Southwell achieved £16,000 (about $18,200) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2016. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers

A circa-1800 satinwood and mahogany upright square piano by Irish artisan William Southwell achieved £16,000 (about $18,200) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2016. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – The upright piano was the original home entertainment center. Before the rise of the television, the hi-fi stereo and the radio, family and friends gathered around a piano to while the evening away. The upright, or vertical design, which arrived in the early 1800s, effectively democratized the piano; it was more compact and less expensive than a grand piano, the case for which concealed a horizontally-oriented arrangement of strings that demanded far more floor space than most middle-class people could provide in their homes.

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