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Ira Aldridge

Portrait of pioneering black actor Aldridge emerges at Hindman

25 July 2022

Chicago auction house Hindman is offering a portrait of Ira Aldridge (1807-67), the first black Shakespearean actor to gain international recognition.

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Moser glass collection coming up

25 July 2022

A collection of glassware by the Moser company is to be offered by Neue Auctions in Ohio on July 30.

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Civilotti revivalist necklace in original case chimes with bidders

25 July 2022

An example of 19th century archaeological revivalist jewellery was one of the best-sellers in the July 8-10 auction at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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Comics create a super success

25 July 2022

Sold for $2m (£1.62m) in a major and hugely successful comics sale held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas was an original cover artwork produced in 1986 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1.

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Five-figure Ashbee assessment

25 July 2022

A strong price for a porringer that Arts & Crafts designer Charles Robert Ashbee produced for the Guild of Handicraft was achieved in a Decorative Arts auction held in Cincinnati.

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Liverpool jug winds its way to auction

25 July 2022

Bonhams Skinner’s August 13 Americana auction in Massachusetts will feature a wide selection of American, English and Chinese Export works of art and paintings.

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Collection of Aboriginal art offered in Los Angeles

25 July 2022

Aboriginal art from the collection of Richard Kelton (1929-2019) will be offered by Abell of Los Angeles in an auction on July 28.

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Cotes on for a fashionable portrait

25 July 2022

Among the paintings on offer in Bruneau & Co’s August 1 online sale of fine and decorative arts in Cranston, Rhode Island, will be this framed oil on canvas of a dark-haired lady in a white dress applied with pearls.

Phillips New York

Auction house Phillips to open Los Angeles gallery after record half year results

19 July 2022

Phillips reported total sales of $746m for the first half of 2022, up 37% on the previous year.

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Rare map of Florida from 1829 sold at Doyle

18 July 2022

The Map of Florida shown here was issued in 1829 to encourage settlement following its still recent acquisition from Spain.

Handwritten letter by J.R.R.Tolkien

Handwritten and signed Tolkien letter comes to US auction

16 July 2022

A handwritten autograph letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien is to be one of the centrepiece offerings in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas, July 27-28, estimated at $10,000+.

Gorgosaurus skeleton

First ever complete Gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton comes to auction in New York

14 July 2022

The first ever complete Gorgosaurus skeleton is to be offered at auction by Sotheby’s.

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Contents of home designed by English decorator come to Chicago sale

11 July 2022

Property from a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, home designed by the English interior decorator David Hicks will highlight Hindman’s July 19 sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Chicago.

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Classical Flora statue from Cologne’s botanical garden emerges in Massachusetts auction

11 July 2022

Featured in the European Décor and Design auction at Bonhams Skinner in Massachusetts from July 24-August 3, this classical allegorical marble figure of Flora by the German sculptor Anton Werres (1830-1900) is estimated at $10,000-15,000.

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Mantel clock from Bordeaux emerges in New Orleans

11 July 2022

Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans is holding a two-day summer estates sale on July 15-6 which will include French, English and American period furniture and decorative objects, porcelain, clocks, jewellery and original works of art by noted regional artists.

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Moves and appointments including Sotheby’s opening a new permanent Monaco gallery

11 July 2022

A round up of recent international moves and appointments

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Houdini captured for once

11 July 2022

Pictured here is one of two very successful lots relating to the career of Houdini that were sold in a Chicago auction.

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The spy who loved merchandising

11 July 2022

Single-owner group offers 007 toys and gadgets mainly from the Sean Connery era

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Bird’s-eye views of the US

11 July 2022

Offered as part of a New York sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) were the two imaginative aerial views reproduced here.

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Gujarat casket holds lots of appeal for buyer

11 July 2022

The third sale from the eclectic collection of Jim Dixon was held online by Bonhams Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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