Ming Dynasty ewer achieves $3.1M at Asia Week auction

Rare and important Ming Dynasty blue and white ewer, Xuande mark and period, 13 in. high. Estimate $600,000-$800,000. Price realized: $3,135,000. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – A blue and white ewer from the Ming Dynasty has sold for $3.1 million at Sotheby’s Asia Week auctions.

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Fitzgerald-signed ‘Great Gatsby’ 1st edition tops $162K

‘The Great Gatsy’ signed first edition, 1925, sold for $162,500. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – A signed and inscribed first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby sold for $162,500 at Heritage Auctions’ rare books auction in New York City on March 7.
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Hamilton letter to be featured in Rago coin auction June 9

Alexander Hamilton’s signature on the handwritten letter, which will be sold June 9. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Seldom does one get to handle a piece of American history as important as a document written by one of our Founding Fathers. But to have both a document written by Alexander Hamilton requesting $10,000 for copper to be struck as the first coinage in the United States, as well as several of the coins minted under this request in the same auction series is simply serendipitous. Both the letter and the coins will be offered for sale at Rago Auctions on June 9.

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Imperial Chinese bowl could top $25M at Hong Kong auction

Imperial Chinese falangcai bowl, puce-enamel Yuzhi mark and period of Kangxi, 14.7 cm / 5 3/4 in. Estimate: upon request. Sotheby’s image

HONG KONG – Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2018 will take place April 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The series will be led by the superbly enameled and rare pink-ground falangcai bowl (above); a rediscovered imperial heirloom handscroll by Qian Weicheng, bequeathed by the last Emperor Pu Yi to his younger brother Pu Jie; and illuminated Buddhist sutras.

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Richard Petty appearance a warmup for Julien’s Auctions event

Richard Petty’s 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix. Julien’s Auctions image

LAS VEGAS – Seven-time NASCAR champion “The King” Richard Petty will make an appearance at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Friday, March 2, to promote the upcoming auction of his racing memorabilia collection. Julien’s Auctions will sell “Property from the Collection of Richard Petty” at the resort on May 12.

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Whether you bid online or live at a gallery, the gavel rules, and it pays to be prepared before raising your paddle.

KKK robe turns up during Baltimore auctioneer’s house call

Whether you bid online or live at a gallery, the gavel rules, and it pays to be prepared before raising your paddle.

Gavel typical of those used by auctioneers when presiding over sales

BALTIMORE (AP) – David Allen, owner of A&M Auctioneers and Appraisers, never quite knows what’s going to turn up from the old homes and shops of the Eastern Shore.

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Swatch of fabric from Hindenburg sells for more than $36K

Canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg, the German airship that exploded on May 6, 1937, in New Jersey. The disaster claimed 36 lives. RR Auction image

BOSTON (AP) – A swatch of canvas recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg has sold for more than $36,000 at auction.

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Christie’s exhibit fuels public’s fascination with meteorites

Canyon Diablo iron, Coconino County, Arizona, 13½ x 8 x 7¼ in., 31.9kg. (70⅓ pounds). Christie’s image

NEW YORK — Meteorites are among the hottest collectible with demand outstripping the supply. Forty-four select examples are now on display at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center as part of Christie’s “Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites” sale. The auction ends this Wednesday, Feb. 14.

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Picasso’s late masterpiece to be highlight at Christie’s London

Pablo Picasso, ‘Mousquetaire et nu assis,’ oil and Ripolin on canvas. (1967, estimate: £12 million-£18 million). Christie’s image

London – Pablo Picasso’s Mousquetaire et nu assis (1967, estimate: £12 million-£18 million) will be a leading highlight of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, in London on Feb. 27. The masterpiece is part of 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from Feb. 20 to March 7.

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Bonhams to offer famous speedboat at Paris auction Feb. 8

The 1934 Rafale V hydroplane (foreground) is the star attraction at Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale Feb. 8. Bonhams image

PARIS – On Thursday, Feb. 8, at the historic Beaux-Arts exhibition hall Le Grand Palais, Bonhams will auction the record-breaking 1934 Rafale V hydroplane race boat.

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