Entries by Tom Hoepf

Picasso painting withdrawn from Sotheby’s auction

LONDON (AP) – A painting by Pablo Picasso that was expected to fetch more than $30 million at auction next week has been withdrawn from the sale, Sotheby’s auction house said Tuesday Arlequin was to have been one of the star lots at Sotheby’s Nov. 3 sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York. […]

J. Greenstein & Co. to celebrate Judaica at Nov. 10 auction

NEW YORK – J. Greenstein & Co. will conduct one of the most extensive auctions devoted entirely to antique and artisan Judaica on Monday, Nov. 10. The sale, to be held at New York’s Radisson Martinique Hotel on Broadway, will feature more than 100 ceremonial objects including menorahs, Kiddush cups, silver torah ornaments, spice boxes […]

Slotin picks bumper crop of folk art for Nov. 8 auction

BUFORD, Ga. – Nearly 1,000 lots of American folk art, in a mix of genres, will be sold Saturday, Nov. 8, by Slotin Auction. The sale will feature the art collection of Barbara Louviere, the santos collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and Florida Highwaymen artwork. “American folk art is the only art form I […]

Russian masters head Gene Shapiro art auction Nov. 5

NEW YORK – Gene Shapiro Auctions will sell important works of Russian, European and Latin art Saturday, Nov. 5, on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. in Manhattan. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. The auction is expected to gross $4 million to $6 million, and the per-lot average […]

Colt Walker pistol hits record $920,000 at James Julia auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine – With the world economy under siege, a Colt Walker pistol came out blazing to set a record at James D. Julia Inc.’s firearms auction Oct. 7. The rare and historic Colt Whitneyville-Walker pistol, made for use in the Mexican War, sold for $920,000, inclusive of the 15 percent buyer’s premium. Considered the […]

Sarah Palin, Barack Obama dolls to be auctioned for charity

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Move over, Tina Fey, there’s a new Sarah Palin impersonator in town. Four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Palin will be auctioned on the eBay.com Web site. The dolls sport outfits inspired […]

X-ray reveals Steiff teddy is rare rod bear

VINELAND, N.J. – Veterinarians are accustomed to seeing animals of all shapes and sizes in the course of their daily work, but few – like Dr. Hal Blumenthal of Millville, N.J. – can say they’ve had a teddy bear for a patient. It all started when Bertoia Auctions, antique toy specialists in Vineland, N.J., received […]

Mid-century Mexican potter’s vision puts Mata Ortiz on the map

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) – In about 1955, a teenage Mexican boy named Juan Quezada found a cave near the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua in Mexico, containing some ceramic pots created by the ancient Paquime Indians. He started to experiment with locally available materials to try to re-create the pottery. In 1971, after about […]

Julia’s hails $5 million sale as the best summer affair yet

ROCKLAND, Maine – James D. Julia’s spectacular antiques and fine art auction at the Samoset Resort has long been a favorite of the summer auction season. This year the Fairfield, Maine, auction company’s three-day extravaganza, Aug. 26-28, featured more than 1,700 lots with sales topping $5 million, making it their biggest summer antiques auction to […]