Rosa Parks home to be offered at auction this summer

Rosa Parks House, Berlin, 2017. Copyright Fabia Mendoza, courtesy Guernsey’s

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South will be offered at auction after being turned into a work of art and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean twice.

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Norman Rockwell paintings to be featured in Sotheby’s sale

Norman Rockwell, ‘Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe,’ Estimate: $7 million-$10 million, Copyright SEPS licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s annual spring auction of American art on May 23 will be led by 13 works by Norman Rockwell from all periods of the artist’s decades-long career, the sale consists of more than 120 lots that are together estimated at more than $40 million.

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Julien’s Auctions sells ‘Naked Trump’ sculpture for $28K 

The last surviving ‘Naked Trump’ sculpture sold for $28,000 Wednesday. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – One of the most talked about pieces in Julien’s Auctions’ Street & Urban Art sale May 2 was a sculpture titled The Emperor Has No Balls also known as “the naked Trump statue.” The life-size sculpture depicting President Donald Trump sold for $28,000, above its original estimate of $20,000.

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Elvis Presley 1955 concert poster sells for over $42,000

It took just six bids to drive the price to $42,500. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions said he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.

The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts.

Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California.

It took just six bids to drive the price to $42,500. It is the most expensive Elvis Presley poster ever sold at Heritage Auction and the fourth most-expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia the company has ever sold, said Eric Bradley, Heritage Auctions’ public relations director.

The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.


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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 1974 Dodge Charger, the car that he drove to his fifth and sixth Grand National/Winston Cup Series championships in 1974 and 1975. Estimate: $400,000-$600,000. 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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