Entries by Tom Hoepf

Spain’s Prado Museum and Google offer close-up views of art treasures

MADRID (AP) – Spain’s Prado Museum has teamed up with Google Earth in a unique project that allows art enthusiasts to zoom in on the gallery’s main works. The initiative involves 14 paintings, including Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas, Francisco de Goya’s Third of May and Peter Paul Rubens’ The Three Graces. The project is the […]

Rare pre-Coca-Cola ad cards in West Virginia man’s collection

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Local businessman Gary Traugh recently received the recognition he’s been seeking for two of his most prized possessions. Traugh is the owner of two early point-of-sale advertisement cards by John Pemberton, inventor of Coca-Cola. The cards are featured on page 401 of the most recent edition of Allan Petretti’s Coca-Cola Collectibles […]

Americana Week will be laden with treasures Jan. 23-25

NEW YORK – A rare early 20th-century weather vane in the form of a woman tennis player, a beautiful gold seal with horse and fox, an 1857 desk that once graced the House of Representatives, a 12-foot square hooked rug with dogs and flowers, a pair of near life-size terra cotta lions, and a 1798 […]

Rago channels eclectic treasures to Discovery Auction

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Great property comes to Rago’s with consignments destined for its high-end cataloged sales, but much arrives via its appraisal days, including jewelry, furniture, Americana, art, rugs, couture and ceramics. The wildly salable among this property goes up for bids twice yearly in Rago’s Discovery Auctions. The next such event will be Jan. […]

Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of Jan. 5, 2009

Electric lamps with glass shades were popular from the 1870s to the 1920s. Unlike a candle flame, a lightbulb could face down and was not too hot for a shade with a closed top, making the use of glass shades possible. And as up-to-date, unusual and attractive objects, glass-shaded lamps became expensive status symbols. It […]

Art Deco furniture, always popular, experiencing a revival

Art Deco was one of the shortest-lived design periods in history. All about sensational, freewheeling modern living and daring new designs, Deco was hit hard by the looming World War II. It was time to pack up the Charleston records, put away glamorous accoutrements and face harsh reality. But the style never seems to go […]

Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of Dec. 28, 2008

Educated collectors find bargains. The more you know, the more likely you are to find a sleeper at a house sale or auction. And it is also important to handle a piece to judge weight, texture and quality. Recently a group of five blown-glass champagne glasses were offered at auction. Each glass had a transparent […]

Eureka! Treasure trove of Gold Rush art discovered

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Charles B. Gillespie’s iconic California Gold Rush artwork is no longer a family secret. Historians are hailing the obscure 49er’s extensive collection of sketches and oil paintings after a descendant decided to put it up for sale this fall. “This is an important archive, particularly the sketches, which are charming and […]

John Case sets auction record for Tennessee sampler

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An 1836 house sampler set a record price for a Tennessee sampler at auction, selling for $28,125 at the Dec. 6 Case Antiques Auction. Signed “Mary Elizabeth Collins’ work/Franklin Tennessee April 1836,” the sampler sold to a collector in the room, underbid by two other live bidders and three phone bidders, including […]

Cai Guo Qiang’s ‘Descending Wolves’ tops Ravenel Art auction

TAIPEI, Taiwan – More than 500 people packed the auditorium in the Fubon National Conference Center on Dec. 7 for Ravenel Art’s autumn auction, which had total sales in excess of $7.2 million. Nearly 70 percent of the 147 lots sold, which the auctioneers considered a respectable figure considering economic challenges to the market. The […]