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Key work of American political theory sold at Heritage

30 March 2020

Comprising essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, all of which were published under the same pen name, ‘Publius’, The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution… is a key American contribution to political theory.

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Poster from 1930s horror film The Invisible Man appears at Dallas auction

26 March 2020

This rare poster for 'The Invisible Man', the 1933 Universal Studios horror film, realised a hammer price of $152,000 (£132,175) in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster sale in Dallas.

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Austen firsts star in US

23 March 2020

First editions of all of Jane Austen’s major works featured in a sale last month held by Swann Galleries (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Chandelier shines in Los Angeles

23 March 2020

A highlight of the sale held by Andrew Jones (25% buyer’s premium) in Los Angeles on February 23 was this impressive 24-light cut and moulded glass chandelier with a 6ft 6in (1.98m) drop.

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Gaitonde abstract leads Sotheby’s South Asian Art sale in New York

22 March 2020

A painting by the pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo S Gaitonde (1924-2001) led Sotheby’s anniversary sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in New York when it sold for a hammer price of $1.5m (£1.25m) against a $1m-1.5m estimate.

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Gray stars on US prime-time

16 March 2020

Dealer Ashley Gray of Gray MCA in Bath, which specialises in original fashion illustration from post-war 1940s to present, was over the moon when he discovered an exhibition he is involved with appeared on prime-time TV in the US.

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‘A pivotal piece of video game history’: PlayStation prototype from failed Sony-Nintendo partnership draws huge bidding in Texas auction

11 March 2020

A prototype of the PlayStation has sold for $300,000 at auction in Texas. The 28-year-old gaming console, offered by Heritage Auctions as part of a sale in Dallas this week is thought to be the sole survivor from 200 made during a failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo in c.1992.

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Movers and Shakers - new appointments across the art and antiques market

10 March 2020

An update on new appointments and expansions including at 1818 Auctioneers, Charterhouse and Swann Auction Galleries.

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Mucha maidens are saleroom gems

09 March 2020

A highlight of the first sale of this year held by Poster Auctions International (20% buyer’s premium) in New York on February 23 was a rare 1902 set of four poster panels designed by Alphonse Mucha.

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Freeman's flagship gallery off to fine launch

09 March 2020

First auction to be held in Freeman’s new Philadelphia site topped by Degas and Van Gogh

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Dying Cleopatra immortalised in marble

09 March 2020

The Premier Auction at Brunk (23% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina included this 3ft 10in (1.17m) carrara marble Cleopatra morente by the Italian sculptor Pio Fedi (1816-92).

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Miniature terrestrial pocket globe offered in Massachusetts

09 March 2020

This English miniature terrestrial pocket globe complete with a shagreen case, its interior lined with a celestial map, will feature in the spring sale at CRN Auctions in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 15.

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French sculptor's bust of George Washington to be offered in Rhode Island sale

09 March 2020

This 19th century bronze bust of George Washington cast by the French metal founder Ferdinand Barbedienne after the model by the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) will feature in the Bruneau and Co sale at Cranston, Rhode Island, on March 14.

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Toulouse-Lautrec at the double in North Carolina

09 March 2020

An unsigned double-sided graphite drawing depicting an assortment of bulls, other animals and equestrian figures ascribed to the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be offered by Leland Little on March 14 in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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Tunbridge sewing table made for young princess Victoria emerges in US

09 March 2020

Cottone’s latest auction, in Geneseo, New York, on March 28, includes around 60 items from the collection of Dr Ronald and Krista Reed of Reed Eye Associates, of Rochester.

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Dutch marine painting outstrips estimate in New York

09 March 2020

The big result in Doyle's (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master Paintings and Drawings sale in New York was the portrait of Pauline Bonaparte Napoleon’s sister by Marie-Victoire Lemoine pictured in ATG No 2429 that sold for $310,000 (£238,700), an auction high for the artist.

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No dispute over its quality

09 March 2020

Included in a recent sale of American and European paintings and works of art sale at Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston was this 7¼x 12¾in (19 x 32.5cm) oil on copper painting, 'The Dispute'.

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New York dealers remain open for business for 'Asia Week' despite coronavirus alert

02 March 2020

The spread of coronavirus may have halted the auctions at this year’s 'Asia Week New York', but dealers are going ahead with the event as planned, bringing together more than 35 exhibitors and nearly 20 talks.

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Fascinating documents showcase the foundation of the US

02 March 2020

A momentous letter of July 6, 1776, in which President of Congress John Hancock announced the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, was the most expensive lot in a printed and manuscript Americana sale on January 27.

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Sales steady at Palm Beach Show as fair shakes up identity and branding

27 February 2020

Sales at the recent Palm Beach Show included traditional items such as a previously unrecorded royal armorial charger from the early 18th century despite a new focus on contemporary work.

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