Widow’s Gold Coin Saves Church, Antique Cannonball Blown Up, and More Fresh News

1866 Gold Double Eagle. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • One of the first-ever $20 gold coins stamped “In God We Trust” has ironically come to the rescue of an Indiana church. The widow of a coin collector anonymously donated the 1866 rarity to the congregation to help fund a permanent house of worship — having no clue as to its immense value. [Read more from NBC Chicago]
  • An antiques collector in Massachusetts says he didn’t realize he had an explosive 19th-century cannonball sitting in his home until Wednesday, when a bomb squad detonated the device. [Read more from Fox25 Boston]

  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has acquired one of the finest collections of early Virginia-related maps ever assembled. The maps, charts, atlases and documents date from 1540 to 1835. [Read more from Colonial Williamsburg]
  • Next month Sotheby’s will conduct a single-owner sale of Picasso ceramics and works on paper with a timeline spanning the entire working life of the artist. The collection is special because of its provenance: it belongs to Picasso’s granddaughter Marina. [Read more from Artfix Daily]


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