Entries by Tom Hoepf

Thomaston Place Auction reopens with online sale July 18-19

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick off their Summer 2020 season with a two-day auction of important fine art and antiques on July 18-19. This sale will offer an amazing array of rare and one-of-a-kind items gathered from estates since last fall. Out of an abundance of caution in light of the […]

Vogt Galleries celebrates Texas artists June 27

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Vogt Galleries’ Texas Art Auction will feature 172 original artworks by Texas artists fresh-to-market from private collections and estates throughout Texas, including large artworks deaccessioned from a San Antonio corporate collection. The auction will be held Saturday, June 27, by Vogt Galleries, starting at noon Central time. Bid absentee or live […]

Nation’s Attic to sell early Navy diving helmet July 18

WICHITA, Kan. – Nation’s Attic Inc. has discovered one of the earliest unaltered original United States Navy Mark V diving helmets. The helmet was sent to the Navy in August of 1916 for evaluation. The helmet is being sold at auction on July 18 by Nation’s Attic Inc. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Mark Seliger photos power Christie’s fundraiser

NEW YORK — Christie’s reports that RADArt4Aid, a special fundraising collaboration for COVID-19 relief, totaled $232,375. All of the proceeds of sale from the online auction, produced in partnership with award-winning photographer Mark Seliger and RAD (Red Carpet Advocacy), will benefit 19 charities around the world that support communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hot Bid: Saint-Gaudens Lincoln statue – standing tall

What you see: Abraham Lincoln: The Man, aka Standing Lincoln, a reduced-size version of a sculpture commissioned from Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the late 19th century. Sotheby’s estimates it at $600,000 to $900,000. The expert: Charlotte Mitchell, specialist at Sotheby’s. Who was Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and why was he chosen for this commission? He was regarded as […]

Chinese porcelain pillows: ‘cool’ headrests

NEW YORK – Today, people commonly sleep on pillows filled with foam or feathers. Yet scores of pillows retrieved from Chinese Tang, Song and Ming Dynasty tombs (618-c1600) are made of cold, smooth, rock-hard porcelain. Archeologists believe that, like funerary utensils, kitchen vessels and weaponry, these figured in everyday life.