DAMASCUS, Va. – If walls could talk, Martin’s Tavern in Washington, DC, would be a never-ending source of tantalizing political back stories that never made it into print. Since 1933, the beloved Georgetown restaurant has been a favorite of presidents, the press corps, sports legends and visiting dignitaries. Under the watchful eye of successive generations of the Martin family, each president from Truman through George W Bush was escorted to their favorite booth or table where, on a number of occasions, history was made. It was at Martin’s Tavern that Congressman John F Kennedy proposed to future first lady Jacqueline Bouvier. LBJ was known to discuss pending legislation there with his closest advisers, and there is evidence to suggest that spies consorted at the establishment in the 1930s and ‘40s.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will welcome the spring season with a two-day auction. The sessions will take place on consecutive weekends, with each sale offering 350 lots. The first session is scheduled for May 22, starting at 11 am Eastern time, and the second will occur May 29, also starting at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
CHICAGO – On May 27, Hindman will present its biannual Antiquities and Ancient Art auction, offering collectors an opportunity to acquire objects from the world’s earliest civilizations. Comprised of more than 180 lots, the sale spans nearly four millennia and includes Roman mosaics, Greek pottery, Byzantine jewelry, and Egyptian stone and faience amulets. Most noteworthy is an impressive selection of marble portrait heads from the Greco-Roman world. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
WILTON, Conn. – An autograph album from 1862 containing the signature of Abraham Lincoln and 226 members of his administration and Congress; a manuscript penned by Sir Isaac Newton with mathematical notes and calculations relating to Book III of his iconic scientific work Principia; and a one-page typed letter from 1919 signed by Vladimir Lenin as Chairman of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Defense Council are a few expected star lots in University Archives’ online-only auction of autographs, manuscripts, artwork and comic art slated for May 26. The auction, featuring 411 lots, will start at 10:30 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – Once again, the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA) has offered a strong selection of items, and once again, Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana has selected the best for Jasper52. A total of 344 lots comprise the May 20 auction, which commences at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – Today, we seem to know everything about everything when it comes to photography. Camera functions automatically date-stamp images as we take them. If we post photos online, we tag the people shown in the photo, and they often respond, confirming their identities. But printed, paper photos from the decades before digital aren’t so forthcoming. Unless someone bothered to write useful information on the back of the photo, what we see is mostly a mystery. We can guess at what’s going on, and come up with our own theories, but we can never know for sure.
On May 19, starting at noon Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer 102 lots of collectible photographs. Some of the images are well-documented, but others are less so. All are intriguing and worth a look. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
CRANSTON, R.I. – A monumental Rookwood tile mural salvaged from a historic theater in Washington, D.C. and a nude figural drawing by the Indian artist Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011) are expected top lots in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ online-only Estate Fine Art & Antique auction planned for May 20 and starting at 6 pm Eastern time. More than 400 lots will be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will present an exquisite array of fine art, antiques, 20th century design, and jewelry from prominent Southern California estates at its online-only quarterly auction on May 23 starting at 10 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.