Owner of Martha Beall Mitchell Museum looks to sell

Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Martha Mitchell, July 29, 1969. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) – The owner of the Martha Beall Mitchell Museum says he plans to sell it after 40 years, citing fatigue with keeping it up. Bob Abbott, a local businessman who purchased Mitchell’s childhood home in 1976 and turned it into a museum, said he’s soliciting buyers he hopes will continue to operate it as a museum.

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In Memoriam: British actor Sir Roger Moore, 89

Roger Moore on the set of a James Bond movie. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and The Written Word Autographs


LONDON (AP) – Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89.

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Julian Schnabel to make Vincent van Gogh film with Willem Dafoe

Director Julian Schnabel. Image by Nick Step. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


CANNES, France (AP) – Julian Schnabel will direct a film about Vincent van Gogh starring Willem Dafoe as the Dutch post-impressionist master.

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Kathryn Haigh promoted to chief operating officer at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Kathryn Haigh. Indianapolis Museum of Art image


INDIANAPOLIS – Kathryn Haigh has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Dr. Charles L. Venable, CEO of the museum, made the announcement Thursday.

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Catherine Payling, MBE, named director of Waverly Rare Books

Catherine Payling, MBE, newly appointed director of Waverly Rare Books, a Quinn’s Auction Galleries company. Image provided by Quinn’s


FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Quinn’s Auction Galleries Executive Vice President Matthew Quinn today announced the appointment of Catherine Payling, MBE, to the position of director of Waverly Rare Books, a Quinn’s subsidiary. Payling’s 25-year career in creative and nonprofit industries includes 15 years as curator/director of Keats House Museum in Rome and two years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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In Memoriam: antique show promoter Donald L. Wirfs, 70

Show promoter Donald Wirfs (1947-2017)


PORTLAND, Ore. – Donald “The Duck” Wirfs, the well-liked promoter of antiques and collectibles shows in the Western states, died of natural causes March 9, 2017. He was 71.

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Watch expert Jonathan Burford joins Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills

Jonathan Burford, image courtesy of Heritage Auctions


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Heritage Auctions, the largest auction house founded in the United States, has hired Jonathan Burford as Timepiece Consignment Director for the Beverly Hills office.

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Designer Mark Sfirri to lecture on studio furniture at Rago open house, May 17

Furniture expert Mark Sfirri. Image provided by Rago

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Wednesday, May 17, Rago Arts and Auction Center will host an open house with Mark Sfirri speaking on “The Development of the American Studio Furniture Movement in the 20th Century.” Sfirri will trace the historical roots and evolution of the American Studio Furniture Movement – from the early days of the Arts and Crafts movement, through the Mid-Century Studio Movement, to the introduction of new techniques and the practitioners at work today.

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In Memoriam: director, filmmaker, art collector Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival. Photo by Dan D’Errico/Montclair Film Festival, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license


NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” has died. He was 73.

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Terry Kovel auctioning antiques for public television in Cleveland

Terry Kovel will be the antiques and collectibles auctioneer for WVIZ’s annual fundraiser. Image courtesy Kovels.


CLEVELAND – Author and antiques expert Terry Kovel will be auctioning antiques and collectibles to help raise funds for public television in Cleveland, and Kovels.com will link to streaming “Auction Action.” The WVIZ/PBS Golden Anniversary Auction is an exciting live television event, starting Thursday, April 20, continuing through Sunday, April 23.

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