Sun rises on Lichtenstein pair at Heritage; paintings may bring $600,000

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Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 ink and graphite on paper masterpiece, “Sunrise; Sunset,” is expected to realize more than $400,000 at Heritage Auctions Oct. 23, 2012. Sunrise; Sunset is doubly important because it represents the first time the Benday dot grew to an enormous proportion, which was then cropped to form the Sun in this work,” said Frank Hettig, director of Modern & Contemporary Art. Read More +

Ocean liner collection comes to auction after 30 years

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An important collection of Ocean Liner artifacts and ephemera amassed over a thirty-year period may set a few records when it’s offered Oct. 21. Never offered at auction before, this important single owner collection includes, vintage full-size life rings from such ships as RMS Queen Mary, RMS Mauretania, SS Leonardo Da Vinci, SS France, SS America, Caronia, SS Leviathan, SS President Cleveland, MV Noordam and many others. Read More +

Antique banknote, coin and scripophily sale offers over 1,200 lots

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Hundreds of banknotes that have been off the market or never offered before at auction will cross the block starting Oct. 18 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. The sale include notes from Argentina, rare China issues, unlisted 1879 and 1880s Keeling Cocos rarities, East Africa, South Africa, Russia, an amazing collection of over 20 Georgia colonial banknotes. Read More +

Painter Fernand Leger and the logic of Modernism

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Painter Fernand Leger made his mark alongside the first cubists – Picasso, Braque and Gris – in canvases that more or less banished nature from the scene. However, few Cubists pursued the logic of Modernism more aggressively than Leger. See why his works now sell for more than $13 million to art investors worldwide. Read More +

Fine art auction features horse head prop from ‘The Godfather’

Godfather horse head prop

More than 3,000 lots of fine art and antiques are expected to change hands at James D. Julia’s Aug. 21-24, 2012 auction, the largest in the firm’s history. Among the highlights are 30 folk art weathervanes, 725 paintings and 1,200 lots of Asian art and artifacts. A historical item of an entirely different nature is the actual taxidermy horse’s head used during the rehearsals and filming of the 1970s Oscar winner, “The Godfather”. Acquired from a former employee of Paramount Studios, it now comes with an estimate you can’t refuse of $10,000-20,000. Read More +

Regency marble-top gueridon brings $17,400 at Litchfield summer antique auction

"Still Life of Fruits, Flowers & Animals." atributed to Jakob Bogdani (1660-1724) sold for $15,600.

Litchfield County Auctions’ summer sale are designed to offer an eclectic mix of traditional antiques and fine art to fit every budget from $50 to $15,000. This year’s sale, offered June 27-July 13, 2012, was different. Lots of antique furniture and decorations featured several top lots. The highest selling item in the sale was a Regency parcel gilt ebonized marble-top gueridon (English, 1810-1820), which sold for $17,400. Read More +

William J. Kuehne baseball shaving mug could whip up $8,000

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An Aug. 10-11 antique advertising auction features 130 occupational shaving mugs. A special baseball mug was once owned by baseball great William J. Kuehne. The striking mug features an image of a player sliding into home plate alongside the catcher, with a full baseball diamond and players in the distance. Between 1883 and 1892, Kuehne played infield positions for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and he was featured on 11 Old Judge Tobacco cards. Kuehne’s shaving mug is expected to make $6,000-$8,000. Read More +

Cache of Spicuzza oils offered in inaugural Milwaukee art and antique auction

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Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will hold its summer auction July 26, 2012 at the firm’s newly opened office at 414 East Mason St., MIlwaukee. Hindman is thrilled to present a selection of nearly a dozen paintings from Francesco Spicuzza (American, 1883-1962), one of Wisconsin’s most prolific artists. He is best remembered for his beach scenes; “McKinley Beach,” 1910, oil-on-board signed lower left “F. Spicuzza” and dated on the verso, is estimated at $700 to $900. Read More +

Vintage San Francisco rock concert posters remain a unique American art form

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San Francisco in the ’60s brings thoughts of hippies and psychedelic rock, but the counterculture manifested itself in all the arts. Some of the rare 45 R.P.M. recordings from San Francisco bands have become valuable, but for collectors of the era’s artifacts, the greatest prizes are often original copies of the posters that promoted concerts in the Bay Area’s ballrooms and clubs. The best of those posters are magnificent examples of 20th century art and design and collectors are paying premium prices to own a slice of this era of American pop culture. Read More +