Rago/Wright announces merger with Toomey & Co.

On September 7, Rago/Wright announced it will merge with Chicago auction house Toomey & Co.
On September 7, Rago/Wright announced it will merge with Chicago auction house Toomey & Co.
On September 7, Rago/Wright announced it will merge with Chicago auction house Toomey & Co.

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright announces that Chicago auction house Toomey & Co. will join the brand, building on the company’s continued momentum and growth in the industry. As with Rago/Wright’s 2021 partnership with LA Modern Auctions (LAMA), Toomey & Co. will maintain its name while all four houses work together to share technology, expertise and marketing efforts. Based in the suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, the Toomey & Co. office and galleries will relocate to Wright’s Chicago headquarters at 1440 W. Hubbard St. in the fall.

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Rago/Wright to sell ‘Radiant Baby’ art from Keith Haring’s childhood bedroom

Keith Haring drew this ‘Radiant Baby’ image on the wall of his childhood bedroom in Kutztown, Penn. It will be auctioned at Rago/Wright on September 14. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright
Keith Haring drew this ‘Radiant Baby’ image on the wall of his childhood bedroom in Kutztown, Penn. It will be auctioned at Rago/Wright on September 14. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright
Keith Haring drew this ‘Radiant Baby’ image on the wall of his childhood bedroom in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Estimated at $30,000-$50,000, it will sell at Rago/Wright on September 14. Courtesy Rago/Wright

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – A singular Keith Haring drawing from the artist’s childhood home will be among the headlining lots of Rago/Wright’s fall Post War & Contemporary Art auction on Wednesday, September 14. Never-before available or offered on the market, this signature Radiant Baby was drawn by Haring directly onto the blue wall of his bedroom in the Harings’ Kutztown, Pennsylvania, home. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Summer Jewels make you feel fine at Rago, June 29

Almond flower earrings by JAR, est. $4,500-$6,000. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright/LAMA
Almond flower earrings by JAR, est. $4,500-$6,000. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright/LAMA
Almond flower earrings by JAR, est. $4,500-$6,000. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright/LAMA

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright will present Summer Jewels, a seasonally curated auction of luxury jewelry, on Wednesday, June 29 at Rago. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein’s collection at Rago, Feb. 16

George Tooker, ‘Sleep,’ est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Rago and LiveAuctioneers
George Tooker, ‘Sleep,’ est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Rago and LiveAuctioneers

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Wednesday, February 16, Rago Arts and Auction Center will present Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Step right up! Rago/Wright offers Gene Moore Tiffany circus figures, Feb. 9

Left, Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., Ferris Wheel; Right, Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., Carousel; both individually estimated at $30,000-$50,000
Left, Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., Ferris Wheel; Right, Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., Carousel; both individually estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Images courtesy of Rago/Wright and LiveAuctioneers

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright will offer a remarkable collection of circus figures designed by Gene Moore for Tiffany & Co., as part of their Jewels XOXO sale on February 9. Rarely presented in such quantity, these 60-plus original sterling and enamel figures were collected by Hollywood and Broadway producer Robert Boyett, and are sure to enchant those who collect Tiffany designs, fine miniatures, objects de vertu, and items with a circus theme. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Watches & jewelry shine in Rago/Wright fall auction

Rolex Big Red Daytona Cosmograph, $125,000
Left, a Rolex Big Red Daytona Cosmograph, $125,000, and right, a 6.17-carat round brilliant-cut diamond ring, $137,500
Left, a Rolex Big Red Daytona Cosmograph, $125,000, and right, a 6.17-carat round brilliant-cut diamond ring, $137,500

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright‘s Fall Jewelry/Watches & Timepieces sale, held October 20, did not disappoint. The event was also the first presentation of watches and timepieces under the Rago/Wright banner.

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Go big AND go home: Five types of statement pieces

This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.
This circa 1947 Krabban hand-knitted wool carpet from Barbro Nilsson certainly qualifies as a statement piece. It brought $24,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2021 at Wright.

NEW YORK — Statement pieces make a room and speak to your personal style. They can be bold and flashy, or they can be understated, with their craftsmanship and elegance speaking volumes. These five types of objects can help you express yourself and elevate your living space.

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