Circa 1960 painting on green board by Maud Lewis (Canadian, 1903-1970), estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Miller & Miller to offer Canadiana & folk art collection, April 17

Circa 1960 painting on green board by Maud Lewis (Canadian, 1903-1970), estimated at $8,000-$12,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – An online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction featuring the lifetime Canadiana collection of Marty Osler will be held on Saturday, April 17th at Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. In all, 306 lots will cross the auction block. In addition to Canadiana and folk art, categories will include furniture, paintings, pottery, stoneware, tools, toys and banks, and architectural and nautical items. There will be no in-person event due to COVID-19. Absentee and live online bidding will be via

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Antonio Pineda silver ranks high in Moran’s Made in Mexico sale

An Antonio Pineda silver and lapis lazuli bracelet. Estimate: $800-$1,200; sold for $2,500. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – As demonstrated in their sale Feb. 9 sale, John Moran’s Made in Mexico is becoming a fan favorite. Collectors were eager to bid on many items that had never before been brought to auction from the private collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Institutions buoy Cowan’s sale of African Americana

Detail from an archive of George H. Hoyt’s work as an attorney for abolitionist John Brown. Price Realized: $43,750. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – The Feb. 18 African Americana auction at Cowan’s, a Hindman company, realized over $250,000 with institutional and international bidders showing strong interest in a range of historically significant lots. A number of influential figures including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Marcus Garvey, Madam C.J. Walker, Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver were represented in the first dedicated various owner auction for the category. The sale included books, manuscript archives, early photography, posters and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
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David Hockney co-authors uplifting book during spring lockdown

Image courtesy of Thames & Hudson

LONDON – On turning eighty, David Hockney sought out rustic tranquility for the first time: a place to watch the sunset and the change of the seasons, a place to live a life of simple pleasures, undisturbed and undistracted; a place to keep the madness of the world at bay. So, when COVID-19 and lockdown struck, it made little difference to life at La Grande Cour, the centuries-old Normandy farmhouse where Hockney set up a studio a year earlier, in time to paint the arrival of spring. In fact, he relished the enforced isolation as an opportunity for even greater devotion to his art.

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WWI museum’s new exhibition asks ‘Why Keep That?’

Poster of African American stevedores unloading ships in France during World War I [2011.65.1]. Image courtesy of the National WWI Museum and Memorial

KANSAS CITY, MO. – “Why Keep That?,” the latest special exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, follows the journey of a collection item from the moment it is donated to the museum, to the decision-making and archival process of our collections staff. To help illustrate, archival staff track the processing and digitization of a collection of 16 objects and share behind-the-scenes information about obtaining the artifacts, processing the items and storing and protecting them.

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Carly Fiorina elected chair of Colonial Williamsburg board of trustees

Carly Fiorina speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees has elected Carly Fiorina chair of the board, on which she has served since 2017. She succeeds Thurston R. Moore, who has led the board since 2018. In her new role, Fiorina will leverage her business expertise and innate ability to help organizations reach their highest potential to help the foundation reach new audiences and thrive in a post-pandemic world.

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Andrew Jones staging sales to beautify the home Dec. 6 & 8

Impressive pair of late 19th century Italian Rococo style giltwood mirrors. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Andrew Jones Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Andrew Jones Auctions has two major events planned for December – just in time for the holidays. A Design for the Home and Garden auction will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, followed by a Home for the Holidays Sale just two days later, on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Both auctions will be online-only affairs, starting at 11 a.m. Pacific time / 2 p.m. Eastern. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

1890s-1940s music machines dominate at Miller & Miller, Sept. 19

Early 1900s Seeburg Style “G” orchestrion, a coin-op mechanical masterpiece, 66 inches tall by 79 inches wide, with mosaic leaded art glass doors, comes with13 “G” rolls (CA$24,780).

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – An early 20th-century Seeburg “G” style Orchestrion coin-op machine sold for $24,780, a 27-inch Orchestral Regina upright music box from 1898 finished at $21,240, and an 1892 Swiss George Baker & Company cylinder music box fetched $10,030 in an online auction held September 19 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. Absentee and online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

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Boxed Machine Man Robot, mechanical banks lead Morphy’s Sept. 23-24 Toy Auction

Very rare Masudaya (Japan) Machine Man robot, lithographed tin, battery operated. VG-NM condition with very seldom-seen original pictorial box. Comes from original owner who received it as a child. Estimate $60,000-$90,000

DENVER, Pa. – One of the most enjoyable aspects of collecting antique toys is attending an auction, discovering that elusive piece you’ve been chasing for years, then bidding on it and experiencing the thrill of taking it home. Morphy’s is a place where many great toy discoveries have been made, and more are on the horizon Sept. 23-24 when the company presents an outstanding lineup of rare and coveted toys and banks from long-held collections. The auction will be held at Morphy’s 45,000-square-foot gallery, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jeffrey S. Evans sale celebrates Americana Aug. 27-29

Vintage National Bohemian lighted exit sign, from a large selection of advertising. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Summer Americana Auction contains a true diversity of material and will include everything from rare antiquarian books and vintage advertising to country furniture and figural candy containers. The large auction will take place over three days: Aug. 27-29. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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