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In Memoriam: Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins, 90

NASA 8 x 10 signed lithograph photo of Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins. Image courtesy of RR Auction and LiveAuctioneers

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on the lunar surface, died Wednesday. He was 90.

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Going, going, not quite gone: How pandemic changed auctions

From left: Anita Souder, Vernon Martin, and H. Brent Souder of Alderfer Auction Co., who was inducted into the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame on January 10, 2020. Alderfer Auction image

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A moment of silence, please, for the good old auction.

Oh, they’re still around. But the in-person auction, with its traditional patter and gavel-banging and crowd buzz, has been giving way in recent years to online business — a change accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, which, according to one study, has advanced the pace of online commerce by two years.

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‘Excuse Me!’ a 1917 cover illustration by Norman Rockwell, could sell for $400,000-plus

Heritage to auction 1917 Norman Rockwell cover art, May 7

‘Excuse Me!’ a 1917 cover illustration by Norman Rockwell, could sell for $400,000-plus

‘Excuse Me!’ a 1917 cover illustration by Norman Rockwell, could sell for $400,000-plus

DALLAS – Judge, one of the great American magazines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was renowned for many things: its wit, its politics, its immense circulation, and its role as a launching pad for once-editor Harold Ross’ The New Yorker. But the satirical publication is perhaps best known for its stable of pioneering illustrators – among them Buster Brown creator Richard Outcault and James Montgomery Flagg, designer of the Uncle Sam “I Want YOU for U.S. Army” recruitment poster – and as one of Norman Rockwell’s earliest canvases. Indeed, Judge was high on the list of publications to which the illustrator would take his works during his ascendancy as one of America’s most cherished artists.

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Peabody Essex taps Lynda Roscoe Hartigan as its first woman director & CEO

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Mass., announced that Lynda Roscoe Hartigan will become its new executive director and CEO in August.

SALEM, Mass. — The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) today announces that Lynda Roscoe Hartigan will become PEM’s next Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO. Hartigan will assume her role on August 23 and will become the first woman director of the nation’s oldest continuously operating museum.

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Celebrities donate personal memorabilia to Apr 28 benefit auction

Key prop from the opening of ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ which will be offered in the Doyle New York April 28 auction

Key prop from the opening of ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ which will be offered in the Doyle New York April 28 auction. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund.

NEW YORK (AP) – Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Sir Elton John, Bette Midler, Christine Baranski, Steve Martin and Tina Fey have all raided their closets to offer up personal items for an April 28 charity online auction, with one prize being a key prop from the worldwide smash musical The Phantom of the Opera. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jamie Wyeth, ‘Islander,’ 1975

27 Wyeth paintings bequeathed to Maine’s Farnsworth Museum

Jamie Wyeth, ‘Islander,’ 1975

James Wyeth (American, b. 1946-), Islander, 1975. Oil on canvas. 34 x 44 3/8 inches

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Twenty-seven paintings by three generations of Wyeths have been donated to Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum, thanks to the late Betsy Wyeth.

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Robin Nicholson, newly announced art museum consultant at Freeman’s.

Freeman’s taps Robin Nicholson as art museum consultant

Robin Nicholson, newly announced art museum consultant at Freeman’s.

Robin Nicholson, newly announced art museum consultant at Freeman’s.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— Freeman’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Nicholson to the role of Art Museum Consultant. Robin will play a key role within Freeman’s Museum Services department, offering consultation on collections policies, deaccessioning strategies, acquisitions, and consignments.

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Postcard from Titanic’s radio operator headed to auction

A March 1912 postcard from the Titanic’s senior radio operator, with a Belfast postmark, estimated at $15,000-plus

A March 1912 postcard from the Titanic’s senior radio operator, with a Belfast postmark, estimated at $15,000-plus

BOSTON (AP) – A postcard written by the Titanic‘s senior radio operator just weeks before the ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 has been put up for auction. The card, with a glossy image of the ill-fated ship on the front, was written by Jack Phillips to his sister, Elsie Phillips, in March 1912 while awaiting the ship’s first sea trials, according to RR Auction in Boston.

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Alice Springs, ‘Self-portrait,’ 1997.

In Memoriam: Australian portrait photographer June Newton, 97

Alice Springs, ‘Self-portrait,’ 1997.

Alice Springs, ‘Self-portrait,’ 1997.

BERLIN (AP) – The Australian photographer and actress June Newton, also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs, has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday in her home in Monte Carlo. The cause of death was not given.

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Photo provided by Marco Voena, courtesy of Ansorena Subasta, Madrid.

Artwork estimated at $1,780 may be multimillion-dollar Caravaggio

Photo provided by Marco Voena of Robilant+Voena; courtesy of Ansorena Subasta, Madrid

Photo provided by Marco Voena of Robilant+Voena; courtesy of Ansorena Subasta, Madrid

MADRID (AP) – Spanish authorities have slapped an export ban on a painting a day before it was due to be auctioned with a starting price tag of 1,500 euros ($1,780), saying it could be a lost work by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

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