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Way to unlock Houdini secrets

15 June 2020

Dating from c.1908, a “notebook of secrets from Harry Houdini’s collection” was one of the more successful lots in a very successful magic auction held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) with 98% of lots sold and total of around $500,000.

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Newton gets into bubble trouble

15 June 2020

Document signed by the great scientist reveals an investment skill not to the same standard.

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Photocard portraits showing faces of the struggle against slavery

15 June 2020

Originally scheduled for the end of March, an ‘African Americana’ sale planned by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was postponed until May 7, when it was successfully sold online with almost 90% of the 400 lots finding buyers.

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Market for iconic Rolex 'tool' watches turns tropical

15 June 2020

The market for vintage mechanical wristwatches, which began in earnest in Europe in the 1990s, is not yet fully 30 years old but is maturing rapidly.

Thomas Patch painting

Old Master dealers consign works directly to Sotheby’s for dedicated online auctions

12 June 2020

Sotheby’s is staging two online auctions of works consigned directly from 39 different Old Master dealers.

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Sotheby’s loses New York court case against Greece over ancient horse figurine

10 June 2020

The Greek ministry of culture has won a court ruling over auction house Sotheby’s involving the ownership of an 8th century BC horse figurine.

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Galleries go Down Town for selection of New York views

08 June 2020

A sizeable collection of 18th and 19th century New York views, maps and maritime prints belonging to the Down Town Association, an historic private club located in Manhattan’s financial district, was the focus of a sale held by Arader Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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David Hockney print stars among early sales at first online IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair

02 June 2020

Results from an online prints fair prove that sales continue at online events.

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Contrasting examples of the Viennese style in Dallas sale

01 June 2020

An elaborate late-19th century engraved rock crystal, parcel-gilt, gemset and enamelled silver figural centrepiece made c.1880 by the Viennese firm of Hermann Ratzersdorfer was the catalogue cover lot of the Heritage (25 /20/12.5% buyer’s premium) silver and vertu auction in Dallas.

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One hundred vintage sewing machines offered at Canadian auction

01 June 2020

One of the key features of an online only sale held by Miller & Miller Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, was a collection of around 100 vintage sewing machines assembled by Karl Koenig.

American silver-plated cocktail shaker

Novelty items shine at Sotheby’s prohibition-themed sale

26 May 2020

An American silver-plated cocktail shaker fashioned as a lighthouse from c.1927-29 was among the lots commanding interest at Sotheby’s sale of prohibition-era items.

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Illustrations: Potter and Shepard’s animal magic

26 May 2020

One New York saleroom that has been notably active in the book market during the Covid restrictions is Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium). A recent sale included original illustrations for some well-known English children’s books.

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Wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection in Philadelphia features both popular and less well-known works

26 May 2020

Diligently researched and documented by a local collector, the late William Toplis, a wide-ranging PG Wodehouse collection offered by Freeman’s of Philadelphia featured books, manuscripts, artwork and much more besides.

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Manuscripts dealer offers a puzzling pageturner

25 May 2020

Five different texts from 16th century Germany are bound up in this intriguing vexierbuch.

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Antiquities headline Christie's ‘Classic Week’ online from June 2-19

18 May 2020

Offering a range of antiquities, Old Masters, 19th century art, sculpture, books and manuscripts, Christie’s ‘Classic Week’ of sales in New York will take place as a series of seven online auctions next month.

Cocktail set

Sotheby’s sale of prohibition era items opens online

18 May 2020

An online sale devoted to vintage bar ware and drinking accessories inspired by the Prohibition era is currently being staged by Sotheby’s New York.

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The 18th century silver-mounted tomahawk that became a British war trophy

18 May 2020

This rare and well-provenanced silver mounted and quillworked presentation pipe tomahawk is billed as a highlight of Morphy Auctions’ three-day May 27-29 sale in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Fantasy fun of Frazetta and Frankenstein

18 May 2020

Spread over four days, April 30-May 3, a comics and artwork auction held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas raised over $7.5m with every lot sold.

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John Ruskin's sketch of French cathedral emerges at Skinner

18 May 2020

Both American and European works are on offer in Skinner’s wide-ranging sale of paintings and sculpture to be held live online in its Marlborough rooms on May 31.

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Craftsman who supplied Fabergé features in New York auction alongside Picasso pottery

18 May 2020

Several works by the celebrated master enamel craftsman Feodor Ruckert featured in the latest Russian works of art sale held by Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in New York.

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