Museum of the Rockies paleontologist making dreams come true

John Scannella is the Museum of the Rockies’ curator of paleontology. Image courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies


BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – John Scannella was a little boy growing up in Queens, New York, when he first fell in love with dinosaurs.

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Rago expands Coins & Currency department, adds two new numismatists

(Left) Tom Rago, Specialist, Coins and Currency, (Right) Samuel Grillo, Cataloger, Coins and Currency. Image courtesy Rago


LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Arts and Auction Center has announced the expansion of its Coins and Currency Department. To keep up with the department’s growth, the company has added two new team members, Tom Rago and Samuel Grillo.

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Director Franco Zeffirelli gets museum featuring life’s work

Italian director Franco Zefferelli in 2008. Alexey Yushenkov image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


MILAN (AP) – Director Franco Zeffirelli’s art works and personal library have been moved from his Roman villa to his native Florence to fill a museum honoring his life’s work.

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Julien’s Auctions names Tim Luke Exec. Director, Contemp. & Street Art

Tim Luke, newly appointed executive director of Julien’s Contemporary & Street Art department. Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions


LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, has named industry veteran and auctioneer Tim Luke as Executive Director, Contemporary and Street Art. He will be managing and maintaining the international auction house’s successful development of the contemporary and street art global auction markets. He will also manage Julien’s highly successful partnership with Artsy, the digital leader and top resource for buying, collecting and fine arts education. Luke’s impressive career in the auction world has spanned over two decades, most recently as President of TreasureQuest Group, Inc. As President, he was responsible for evaluating fine art collections, and preparing USPAP compliant estate, donation and insurance appraisals. Tim is frequently called on as an expert witness in the areas of auction, personal property valuations and appraisal report reviews. He also provides fundraising and special events consulting services to a variety of clients and freelance auctioneering services to companies globally. He has been a senior auctioneer at Julien’s Auctions for the past seven years.

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New Hampshire honors humble ex-governor with bronze statue

John Gilbert Winant (1889-1947), photo taken circa 1943 by Karsh of Ottawa, image courtesy Dutch National Archives, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands license.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Eight decades after Gov. John Winant (1889-1947) handed out spare change during the Great Depression, the former governor — depicted in a bronze statue — once again stands near the Statehouse with a handful of coins.

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In Memoriam: Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, 91

Left: 1958 first edition of ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ by Michael Bond. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers and Bloomsbury Auctions. Right: Original example of Paddington Bear stuffed toy. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Mosby & Co.


LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.

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Charlie Sheen sends Babe Ruth rarities to auction

Babe Ruth’s 1927 New York Yankees World Series ring. Image courtesy of Lelands


BOHEMIA, N.Y. – Charlie Sheen hasn’t portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor did have two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia. Sheen on Monday revealed himself as the owner of Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth’s sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees, which are part of the first Invitational Auction. Bidding closes Friday.

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Heritage Auctions’ Eric Bradley to conduct guest appraisals at Hot Springs, Ark., show July 15

Eric Bradley, international spokesman for Heritage Auctions


HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – Eric Bradley, international spokesman for Heritage Auctions and author of more than a dozen books including the “Antiques and Collectibles 2017 Price Guide” will be the headline guest at the inaugural Antique Appraisal and Re-Sale Parade July 15, 2017 in Hot Springs, Ark. The event will be held at Central Avenue Market Place (CAMP), located at 4330 Central Ave., Hot Springs, in Temperance Hill Square.

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Kim Kardashian West purchases Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier watch for $395K

Cartier Tank watch, a gift from Prince Stanislas Radziwill and worn by Jackie Kennedy for many years. Photo by David Cairns / Stringer / Hulton Archive / Getty Images, provided by Christie’s


NEW YORK – TMZ and People magazine say the anonymous bidder who purchased Jacqueline Kennedy’s treasured gold Cartier watch at Christie’s auction on Wednesday night was reality TV personality Kim Kardashian West. The 36-year-old star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians reportedly paid $395,000 for the classic timepiece, which was often seen on the fashionable first lady’s left wrist.

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FADA names Contessa Gallery founder Steve Hartman president

New FADA president Steve Hartman, founder of Contessa Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. FADA photo


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Fine Art Dealers Association has named Steve Hartman, from Cleveland-based Contessa Gallery, as the new president of the board of directors. He will be focused on curating a new vision and expanding benefits of membership for the 27-year-old organization.

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