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Robert E Lee button bonanza

21 August 2023

Defeated Confederate general gave out uniform items as gifts until the government cracked down

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Ditko’s personal Spidey spins a premium

21 August 2023

The name Steve Ditko (1927-2018) scarcely needs an introduction to comic collectors.

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Corot still very popular in the States

21 August 2023

This unframed 8 x 11in (20½ x 28cm) oil sketch of the Swiss village of Dardagny is signed for Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

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Bare essential of early photography field

14 August 2023

Scenes of nudity in American Civil War photography are typically accidental or produced in field hospitals for medical study.

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Gallery run by ex-Christie’s expert holds show focusing on the ‘first US Modernist’

14 August 2023

The paintings of Arthur Dove, often considered the first US Modernist, kicks off the exhibition programme at Schoelkopf Gallery’s new space in Tribeca, New York.

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Sower reaps benefit of a Millet likeness

07 August 2023

A drawing of Jean François Millet’s (1814-75) most famous image generated unexpected levels of bidding in Alameda, California.

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Rugs under the spotlight in new book

07 August 2023

New York rugs dealer Jason Nazmiyal has released a new book on the art and history of rugs.

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US photos vendor strikes gold with westward expansion

24 July 2023

Rather than the rich and famous it was this photograph of three haggard workers that caught the eye in a Cincinnati saleroom.

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Huge archive of slides takes 40 times the top estimate

24 July 2023

Anyone sitting through a slideshow of images from an extraordinary photograph collection of Indian, south-east Asian, and Middle Eastern subjects sold in a US auction could be there for a long time.

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Turn up the Deco volume with a classic radio

17 July 2023

Art Deco had a profound influence on all categories – not just art, sculpture or luxury furnishings but also on the design of more utilitarian items.

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Clothing stand racks up six figures at US auction

10 July 2023

Although the mid-week sales at US auction house Stair Galleries typically focus on affordable property, there are some exceptions.

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Rationality and religion combined

10 July 2023

Like many scientists and eminent thinkers of the time, Isaac Newton was also a devout Christian who thought deeply about religious matters, as a manuscript sold at auction in New York reveals.

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Frazetta fantasy fuels bidding frenzy

10 July 2023

Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas broke the record again for what it terms “the most valuable original work of comic book or fantasy art” during its four-day Comics & Comic Art sale held on June 22-25.

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Bidders get a second Getty chance thanks to Temple of Wings contents

03 July 2023

Three auctions follow on from the October series to offer items from the collectors’ Californian residence

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Raise your paddle for a Märklin toy boat purchase

26 June 2023

The first lot in Pook & Pook’s (25% buyer’s premium) May 4-5 sale was also the top result. And if you follow the toy boat market, it was also strangely familiar.

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Japanese collection hits the spot in Ohio saleroom

26 June 2023

A stellar collection of rare Japanese robots and space toys featured in the Milestone (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Willoughby, Ohio.

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Antiquities: importance of the history behind the history

26 June 2023

Long records of ownership have become one of the crucial factors to get a good result in this market

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Chicago sale lit up by cameos and intaglios

26 June 2023

Combining scholarly, decorative and evocative appeal, cameos and intaglios are a highly collectable area of the antiquities market.

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Silverware takes to the Los Angeles saleroom stage

05 June 2023

Pictured here are examples of Georgian silverware coming up in two different auctions that are being staged in Los Angeles in June.

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Incense burner is the talk of the Toun

05 June 2023

This massive Japanese silver incense burner weighing over 641 troy oz proved to be one of the major attractions in the silver and vertu sale held by Heritage (25/20/15% buyer’s premium) on May 16.

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