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Charleston free badge

American ‘freed slave’ badge soars above estimate at Ohio auction

22 May 2024

This humble but hugely powerful object is a Charleston free badge, an oval copper planchet worn by a freed African slave in South Carolina in the 1780s.

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Laying down the laws for monks

20 May 2024

Manuscript ‘sold in 1776’ at forerunner of Sotheby’s emerges in New York sale

Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington’s surrealist ‘masterpiece’ sets major auction record at Sotheby's

18 May 2024

Setting a record for any British-born female artist at auction, a surrealist painting by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) drew a lengthy bidding battle at Sotheby’s New York on May 15, taking the artist into a new league commercially.

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British studio pottery features among TEFAF New York sales

16 May 2024

Lucie Rie and other Modern masters delight buyers at recent fair

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Klimt as a cheaper buy

13 May 2024

Like all artists born in the 19th century, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) underwent a traditional academic training, studying at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (now the University of Applied Arts, Vienna) from 1876-83.

MS Rau opens pop up in Colorado

13 May 2024

New Orleans art, antiques and jewellery firm MS Rau is expanding and will open a second seasonal location in Colorado, on June 6.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany gossip is talk of the town as painting emerges in New York auction

13 May 2024

An oil on canvas of a German scene was probably on display at Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island home, sold in the 1940s.

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How Whistler became a prolific and powerful printmaker

13 May 2024

When James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) arrived in Paris in 1855 determined to pursue a career as an artist, printmaking was experiencing a revival.

The Falls of Clyde watercolour

‘British School’ waterfall scene takes 60 times estimate after bidders identify artist

09 May 2024

An early 19th century ‘British School’ watercolour painting of a waterfall raced away from a guide of $200-300 to bring $18,000 (£14,400) at an auction in Massachusetts this week.

Egyptian coffin face

Group of 10 Egyptian antiquities restituted by Manhattan District Attorney

09 May 2024

Another 10 antiquities from Egypt are being returned to the country following an intervention by the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg Jr.

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Getty Museum buys 17 drawings from private collection

07 May 2024

The J Paul Getty Museum has acquired 17 drawings dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries from a private collection.

Boba Fett action figure

Rocket-launching Star Wars action figure expected to make sky-high price at auction

07 May 2024

An action figure that never was will be going under the hammer this month.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustration

Original cover artwork for Harry Potter estimated at record $600,000 comes to auction

02 May 2024

The original cover watercolour for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Thomas Taylor is coming to auction with the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on an item of any Harry Potter-related work, according to Sotheby’s.

After Giambologna sculptures

Shahmoon family Giambologna bronzes sell at over 400 times estimate

01 May 2024

Casts of two well-known Mannerist bronzes raced to 400 times their estimate at an online sale conducted by a New York auction house last month.

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New Zealand welcomes the Great White Fleet

29 April 2024

An auction of traditional European decorative arts at Sotheby’s New York (20/10% buyer’s premium) on April 16 included this New Zealand Arts & Crafts presentation casket.

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Scientist’s microscopes go under a bidding inspection

29 April 2024

A collection of microscopes and other antique scientific instruments from the estate of Ohio scientist John A Davidson Jr (1939-2023) came for sale at Gray’s Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) on April 17.

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Scarce medieval stained glass now sought after

29 April 2024

The March 14 sale at Willow Auction House (25% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, included a New York private collection of leaded and stained-glass panels.

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Death sentence for king's mistress proves popular

29 April 2024

Warrant for Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, sells well eight years after last auction appearance

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Mercedes-Benz tools make $8000 on their own

29 April 2024

As an original Mercedes-Benz 300SL now costs something north of $1m, it is perhaps no surprise to learn that original accessories associated with the Flügeltürer are eagerly sought.

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Tureen dished out the delicacy of turtle soup

29 April 2024

Turtle soup, which first became a delicacy on European tables with the emergence of the West Indies trade in the 18th century, was hugely popular among the elite of American society at the turn of the 20th century.

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