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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World Wildlife Day: the race to save wild animals from traffickers

NEW YORK – Today is World Wildlife Day, which this year is themed “Sustaining all life on Earth.” The message encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to the nature. It also underscores the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 14 (Life Below Water), Goal 15 (Life on Land), Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Goal 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).

Wildlife Trafficking Crisis and World Wildlife Day

Wildlife trafficking is contributing to the extensive decline of biodiversity worldwide, threatening endangered species with extinction, and leading to the substantial loss of income for populations that depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. One World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study shows that African elephant poaching results in about US$25 million in lost tourism revenue.

An African lion at Okinjima AfriCat Foundation’s sanctuary for injured or orphaned lions in Namibia. It is estimated that only 20,000 African lions have survived after decades of rampant poaching and trafficking. Photo by Kevin Pluck, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Although the loss of African wildlife garners the most attention, wildlife traffickers are decimating important wildlife populations around the world. Endangered species are being poached in Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, and the U.S. And once the products are smuggled out of the home country, they enter an industrial-scale illegal trade that spans the globe. Wildlife experts have confirmed that if we don’t act quickly, trafficking will wipe out many endangered species in our lifetime. Another WWF report reveals that we have already lost 60% of wildlife in the past four decades; globally, nature is an economic driver. WWF’s report estimates that “nature provides services worth around US$125 trillion a year”.

Wildlife Trafficking is a Global Problem

Wildlife trafficking is an international crisis, with an unprecedented increase in illegal wildlife trade throughout the world in the past 30 years. An unprecedented global demand for exotic wildlife and wildlife products has triggered an industrial-scale killing spree of endangered species animals on land and sea. Wildlife trafficking, which depends on the killing of hundreds of thousands of animals, is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry. Money from the illegal wildlife trade has been linked to terrorist organizations, drug lords, gangs, and corrupt governments—all at the expense of wild animals, the environment, and our national security.

The Radiated Tortoise, a critically endangered species targeted by poachers who sell their beautifully patterned shells to manufacturers of trinkets and other goods aimed at tourists.

WTA Members Leading the Way

LiveAuctioneers is working with the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) to help combat wildlife trafficking and protect marine species from illegal trade. The WTA is a coalition of more than 70 leading nonprofit organizations, companies, and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that are working together to combat wildlife trafficking by: (1) raising public awareness; (2) effecting behavior change in order to reduce consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products; and (3) mobilizing companies to adopt best practices and help close off wildlife traffickers’ supply chains.

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Alexander Calder will finally get a prime museum site

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Nuages,’ 1976, gouache and ink on paper. Image courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A little more than two decades after a Calder museum was first proposed for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the long-dormant idea has blossomed again, funding has materialized, and backers say that, by spring 2021, construction should get underway between 21st and 22nd Streets across from the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum.

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Collectors set sights on Las Vegas Antique Arms Show, Feb. 28-29, March 1

Browsing top-notch antique and sporting arms goes hand in hand with the camaraderie enjoyed by visitors to the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show. Image courtesy of LVAAS

LAS VEGAS – The most important buying event of the year for antique firearms collectors – the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show, International Sporting Arms Show & Custom Knifemakers Show (LVAAS) – will take place on February 28, 29 and March 1 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The spacious venue boasts more than 70,000 square feet of exhibitor space in the Antique Showroom and another 40,000 square feet for sporting arms, custom knifemakers and firearms engravers.

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Important Ludwig Deutsch painting leads Clars’ Feb. 23 auction

‘Eid al-Fitr,’ (Breaking the Fast), 1902, by Ludwig Deutsch (Austrian/French, 1855-1935) will be offered for $250,000–$350,000 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Clars Auction Gallery’s February 22-23, 2020 auction will present highly significant works by renowned artists, designers and historic collections spanning the categories of Fine Art, Decorative Arts & Furnishings, Jewelry and Asian Antiques and Art. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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European flavor enhances Kamelot’s Feb. 22 Modern Design auction

‘The Confidential’ suite by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti. Sofa and chairs are covered in Missoni fabric.

PHILADELPHIA – On February 22, Kamelot Auctions will conduct a Modern Design sale featuring French, Italian, and American furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories. Containing nearly 500 lots, this auction is an eclectic mix of designs that will appeal to all kinds of tastes. Bidding will commence at 11 a.m. ET, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Salmagundi Club focuses on military vets’ art

‘Night Rescue’ by Cynthia DiDonato (U.S. Army Wife). Image courtesy of Salmagundi

NEW YORK – Salmagundi, the oldest artist’s club in New York, will present “From There to Here: Military Veterans’ Experiences,” a veteran-curated exhibit of military veterans’ art and words, opening on Monday, Feb. 10, in its Patrons’ Gallery, at 47 Fifth Ave., between 11th and 12th streets.

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F1 driver Ricciardo to auction race suit for Aussie bushfire relief

Daniel Ricciardo at Formula 1 2019 / Schloss Gabelhofen. Photo by XaviYuahanda, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

MELBOURNE (ACNI) – Australian racecar driver Daniel Ricciardo, who is currently competing in Formula One for the Renault Team, has announced via Instagram that he will be auctioning a race suit to benefit Australian bushfire relief efforts.

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University receives collection of thousands of bags to exhibit

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – An unusual new collection is in the bag at the University of Akron.

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