Exquisite French silver on the menu in Aug. 20 Jasper52 auction

Nothing adds elegance to a dinner table like the soft shine of antique silver. Some of the finest pieces are those created in France, like the examples offered in Jasper52’s August 20 auction. From Puiforcat to Tetard Freres and more, the 84-lot selection features globally renowned names in the art of silver-making. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Palm Beach Modern’s May 25 auction brimming with blue-chip collections

PALM BEACH, Fla. – By no coincidence, many of the names found on 20th-century art collectors’ “most wanted” lists also happen to appear on Palm Beach Modern’s auction roster for Saturday, May 25. Most of the artworks to be auctioned are from prestigious private, institutional or gallery collections and reflect a high level of connoisseurship. Additionally, the 532-lot offering of modern art and design features private collections of designer furniture, a world traveler’s collection of fine and decorative arts; and monumental Larry Mohr outdoor sculptures from a South Florida corporate collection.

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Johnnie White appointed CEO of American Society of Appraisers

Johnnie White, newly appointed CEO of the American Society of Appraisers. ASA photo

RESTON, Va. – The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) announces the appointment of Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP as Chief Executive Officer, starting April 15, 2019. White is an association professional with more than 27 years serving in a variety of management and leadership roles. Most recently he served as Senior Director of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where he managed global affairs for the organization and strategic planning, including overseeing a staff of 17 and an annual event with more than 9,000 attendees. In addition, White is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University where he instructs graduate students in operations and event management.

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Stedelijk Museum presents first survey of Maria Lassnig in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM – The retrospective Maria Lassnig – Ways of Being is on view in the Stedelijk Museum from April 6 through August 11, 2019. The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) is internationally regarded as one of the leading artists of the 20th century. She made her name with her ‘Körperbewusstseintbilder,’ or ‘body awareness’ paintings, in which she depicts the sensations experienced by her body, by means of which she defined her relationship to the world.

Maria Lassnig, Dame mit Hirn, 1990, Maria Lassnig Stiftung

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1943 error penny found in lunch money could fetch fortune at auction

1943 bronze Lincoln penny known as the “Off-Metal Planchet Error” cent. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

DALLAS – Collectors of American coins have their eyes riveted on a 1943 bronze Lincoln penny known as the “Off-Metal Planchet Error” cent. The legendary one-cent coin is being offered in an online auction conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, with the leading bid now standing at $130,000 [as of 12 noon ET, Jan. 10, 2019].

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Spanish museum, California litigant in court over disputed Nazi art

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain, 1897. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seventy-nine years ago, a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

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Kensington Estate Auctions brimming with Moorcroft pottery Dec. 3

Macintyre Moorcroft bowl, Revived Cornflower design, circa 1913. Kensington Estate Auctions image

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ online sale Dec. 3 will offer an array of British and Dutch pottery; fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries; antiquarian books; sculptures; sterling silver; illustrations; theater, sports and political memorabilia; jewelry; rugs and stoneware. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘Fearless Girl’ statue is no longer staring down ‘Bull’

Fearless Girl, an original sculpture by Kristen Visbal, as depicted in a photograph by Rachel Knipel, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Fair use of a two-dimensional representation of a copyrighted sculpture per US Copyright Act of 1976.

NEW YORK (AP) – The “Fearless Girl” statue that inspired millions with her message of female empowerment has been plucked from her spot opposite Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” and will be reinstalled in front of the New York Stock Exchange by the end of the year, officials said Wednesday.

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Liz Weston: 5 guidelines for holiday tipping

A tip left in a Spanish restaurant. Image by Adeeto, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK – Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don’t always agree on what’s appropriate. What people actually do is another matter altogether.

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Over & Above Auctions has railroad collection on fast track for Nov. 1

B&O Lamberton divided plate, Scammell’s, Trenton Centenary, 10¾ inches diameter.
Estimate $250-$450. Over & Above Online Auctions image

TIMONIUM – The next auction for Over & Above Online Auctions will be a collaborative effort with their affiliate, Richard Opfer Auctioneering Inc.  This auction is a single-owner collection of train and railroad collectibles.  Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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