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Secondhand copy of first hand first

20 August 2001

AMONG the earlier travel books in the June 14 sale held by Pacific Book Auctions was a 1632 first edition of Bernal Diaz del Castillo’s famous first-hand account of the conquest of Mexico, Historia Verdadera de la Conquesta de la Nueva-España. An ex-Nottingham Free Library copy in a 20th century quarter morocco binding, it had stamps to the title and other pages and a few other shortcomings of condition, but it is an important work and sold at $5000 (£3625).

The Prince of Winchesters

03 August 2001

One would expect to see a Winchester 1873 ‘repeater’ holding up a bank in Santa Fe, not aimed at a tiger in the Indian Raj, but strangely enough it appears that Edward, Prince of Wales had more in common with outlaws like Angelo and Jesse James than previously realised.

dmg add North Carolina fairs to their portfolio

26 July 2001

dmg world media have continued their expansion in the United States with the acquisition of the Metrolina Antiques and Collectibles Fairs from GAH International Limited in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Major silver collection to go to Boston

13 July 2001

THE Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts has acquired one of the world’s most important collections of English Silver, that of Alan and Simone Hartman.

US look at tightening rules to beat Net fraud

11 July 2001

USA: THE United States government is taking serious steps to beat Internet fraud and is consulting leading e-commerce figures on how to go about it.

How a desire to play the game cost one bidder $1.2m

09 July 2001

USA: A Philadelphia mahogany Chippendale games table, that represented the discovery of a lifetime for a small Massachusetts auction house, was bought by New York City firm Israel Sack Inc. for a massive $1.2m ($1.32m including the 10 per cent buyer’s premium) on June 4.

Newburyport and a clock off the shelf at $23,000

28 June 2001

US: TWO early American longcase clocks with much higher expectations failed to sell in a Freemans Americana sale of April 20, but the inlaid mahogany shelf clock pictured left doubled its estimate to sell for $23,000 (£16,430).

$14,000 is the best of the offers

28 June 2001

US: THIS 10in (25.5cm) high painted wood figure of an Egyptian offering bearer was described as Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XII in an antiquities sale held by Sloans in their Washington DC rooms on May 9.

New fair planned for Madison Square Garden

28 June 2001

NEW YORK dealer Jerome Eisenberg will launch a new international fair at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan this year and intends to become a serious player in the increasingly competitive top end of the American fairs scene.

Cape Cod ‘in the rough’

28 June 2001

US: ROBERT Eldred’s March 30-31 sale of Americana in East Dennis (Massachusetts) included what they first saw as a 2ft 11in (89cm) wide “mahogany Sheraton-style one-drawer console table”, consigned from a local, Cape Cod estate and valued at $250-350.

Dargate to be sold off

26 June 2001

A major player in the US auction world is going on the auction block itself. Carol and Larry Farley, the majority owners of Dargate Auction Rooms of Pittsburgh, USA, are retiring and will sell the business at auction on September 7. The starting bid for the fixed assets, ongoing business, goodwill, Website, mailing list, trademarks, trade secrets, e-commerce relationships, archives etc. is $500,000.

Yahoo legal wrangle goes to the US courts

21 June 2001

ANYONE who thought that Yahoo’s decision to ban the promotion of Nazi memorabilia from its site would spell the end of legal wranglings over the issue were mistaken.

Summer saleroom selection

21 June 2001

Pictured here is a selection of books sold in auctions in London and New York.

US collector beats Irish trade fan to £210,000 O’Conor

21 June 2001

US: REVERED as the only Irish artist to have been fully involved in the developments of French avant garde painting during the early years of Modernism, Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) has inspired a succession of impressive six-figure prices over the last couple of years, culminating in the £320,000 bid by a Dublin collector for a c.1903 Post-Impressionist oil, Nature Mort: Faience, at Sotheby’s June 21 sale of Modern British & Irish Art in London.

Ceramic sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles

06 June 2001

USA: Star turn at Sotheby’s May 15 Contemporary sale in New York was Jeff Koons’ outrageously kitsch ceramic sculpture Michael Jackson and Bubbles.

dmg team up with David Lester

04 June 2001

dmg world media have teamed up with Florida-based fair organiser David Lester to form a new art and antiques fairs group aimed at the very top end of the market.

Contemporary Bubbles yet to burst in New York

21 May 2001

USA: The gloom created by disappointing results at this month’s Impressionist and Modern sales in New York was swept away last week by the strong performance of contemporary art at the three main auction houses and reports of good business being done by a number of dealers at The International Fine Art Fair.

Gathering of the tribes in Manhattan

14 May 2001

USA: IT involves a rather longer trip than to North Yorkshire, but among the world’s top events celebrating ethnographic arts and crafts The New York International Tribal Antiques Show will run at the Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Avenue and 67th St, from May 20 to 23 with a $75 evening benefit preview on Saturday May 19.

Hard going in NY as Phillips join race

14 May 2001

USA: Fears that the recent slowdown in the US economy would drastically affect the top end of the art market were to some extent realised at New York’s Impressionist and Modern sales last week.

Lunar surface excursion map, from the Apollo 16 mission

14 May 2001

Dennis Tito is evidently not the only American millionaire with a fascination for space exploration.

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