Entries by Tom Hoepf

Going Mobile: Alexander Calder exhibit moves to the Whitney

NEW YORK (AP) – An art exhibit can be hard to interest children in unless, like the Alexander Calder show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, it’s full of toys, animals, circus paraphernalia and big, moving objects made of wires, rods and balls. Adults are just as likely to be entertained and enthralled by […]

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) – George and Martha Washington, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and other costumed characters greeted thousands of visitors Friday as the National Museum of American History reopened after a two-year, $85 million renovation. Former Secretary of State and retired Army Gen. Colin Powell read President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to a crowd […]

Gallery Report: November 2008

Iacovleff painting, $61,688, Cowan’s A sanguine chalk drawing by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff, titled Le Pecheur, Capri, sold for $61,688 at a Fall Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held Oct. 17-19 by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Also, a painting by American artist Howard Chandler Christy, titled Patriotic Civil War Memorial and showcasing both Union and […]

Leland Little breaks ground on new custom-designed auction facility

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Little Auctions & Estates Sales Ltd. will celebrate their 10th anniversary next year in a new state-of-the-art auction facility that is currently under construction. The new facility is being built on a 2 1/2-acre site on the corner of State Highway 86 and Cornerstone Court, 15 miles northwest of Durham. “It’s still […]

Philip Weiss steers Wagon Train playset to record $15,255

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A Wagon Train playset, made around 1960 by Marx Toy Co. and based on the popular television show of the era, sold for $15,255 – an auction record for a Marx playset – at an auction conducted by Philip Weiss Auctions Oct. 24-26. The play set, Series 5000, Stock No. 4888, was […]

Furniture Specific: Creature Features

It’s hard to find a time in history when the everyday affairs of humans were not intertwined with those of animals, as poacher, as prey or as master. It didn’t take long in the development of the human brain for gifted artisans to depict the likenesses other creatures on the walls of the caves of […]

Nov. 8 sale to launch Going Gone Auction Gallery in NYC

NEW YORK – After a two-year hiatus from the auction business Tom O’Connor has been drawn back to the trade he has known 25 years. “It’s like an addiction. I tried to stay away from it for a while, but it’s into your blood and you’re drawn back to it,” said the Irish-born auctioneer. His […]