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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab barred from export

18 June 2019

A ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers that sold at auction last year has been temporarily barred from export from the UK.

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Leonard Cohen's love letters to muse Marianne sell for five times estimate at Christie’s auction

17 June 2019

Letters from Canadian poet, singer-songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen have sold for a total $700,800 ($876,000 including buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the week: Early draft of colonial American map impresses at New York auction

17 June 2019

A pre-press version of a key map of colonial America emerged for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on June 6. Carrying an estimate of $30,000-50,000, it sold at $100,000/£76,900 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) – a sum that reflected its extraordinary provenance.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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Early Golf magazine sells a fair way above guides

17 June 2019

Early magazine runs brought some unexpectedly high prices in the latest of the regular golfing literature sales held by a Californian saleroom.

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An Egyptian expedition in Los Angeles

17 June 2019

A set of the monumental 'Description de l’Égypte…' in its specially made case was sold last month in a US sale.

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First original cover art of Tintin sells at US auction for more than $1m

11 June 2019

The very first original cover art featuring comic character Tintin has sold at auction in the US for a premium inclusive $1.125m.

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US auctioneer Hindman to launch buy-it-now option as it seeks to be ‘America's premier mid-market auction house’

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US auctioneer Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand.

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Art Nouveau dragon vase emerges in Denver

10 June 2019

The fine and decorative arts sale to be held by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, on June 18-19 includes a selection of ceramics from the Amphora factory set up in what is now the Czech Republic.

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Elkington silver offered in New Orleans

10 June 2019

A mixed-discipline summer estates sale to be held by Neal Auction Company in New Orleans on June 22-23 will include this pair of 70oz, silver-gilt Edwardian figural tazzae by Elkington & Co marked for Birmingham 1907 with removable glass bowls.

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British Waterloo Medal offered at New York sale

10 June 2019

Included in Weiss Auctions’ sale in Lynbrook, New York, on June 26 is this British Waterloo Medal for Henry Gronemann, who was in the 5th Line Battalion of the King’s German Legion.

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CEO of US saleroom Hindman on the Chicago-based firm's ambitious agenda

10 June 2019

Chicago-headquartered US saleroom Hindman, formerly Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, has an ambitious agenda that goes beyond its recent rebrand, as its CEO Thomas Galbraith tells ATG.

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Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' makes a very real result at Swann auction

10 June 2019

Sporting a torn and defective but rarely seen dust jacket, a 1911, first American printing of Gaston Leroux’s 'The Phantom of the Opera' sold for $10,000 (£7750) in a recent New York sale.

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Thomas Hart Benton rolls out the barrels

10 June 2019

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was an American artist whose oeuvre – paintings, murals and lithographs – was at the forefront of the Regionalist movement.

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Nodding magician looks to cast spell at Potter & Potter

10 June 2019

This c.1900 French automaton is included in the next sale held by Chicago saleroom Potter & Potter specialist auction house of magic props and memorabilia.

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Peter Chinni sculpture brings demand in Chicago

10 June 2019

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Peter Chinni (1928-2019) studied painting and portraiture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

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From Doncaster to Philadelphia: 18th century racing trophy offered at Freemans

10 June 2019

This silver-gilt Doncaster Cup racing trophy has hallmarks for Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp for 1767.

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Andrew Newell Wyeth watercolour causes a clammer at auction

10 June 2019

Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009), one of America’s best-known artists of the mid-20th century, focused on provincial landscapes and the people in them.

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Raven rattle features in Heritage Auctions’ ethnographic art sale

10 June 2019

This 1880s Haida painted wood raven rattle, 12¾in (32cm) high, has a provenance to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the collection of the late Johnson S Bogart, San Francisco.

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New York auctions to celebrate the LGBTQ community and mark 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising

05 June 2019

As the Pride season begins this month with a series of events and parades in major cities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Swann Auction Galleries are to hold auctions honouring the movement.

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