Monumental torcheres, premier estate furniture and art await bidders in California antique auction

Exquisite antiques, fine furniture and objets d’art from several southern California estates will merge with the final offering of Continental furniture and decorations from the Steven Thomas antiques firm June 25-26, 2011. In addition, the 1,100-lot sale will shine a spotlight on two technological inventions that dramatically impacted American pop culture – the original machines created to produce "canned" laughter and audience applause for Hollywood’s booming television industry of the 1950s.
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Faberge egg-style miniature portrait frame sells for $57,300

A Faberge egg shaped miniature portrait frame sold for nearly as much as several important paintings during a May 21-22, 2011 Maine fine art and antique auction. Telephone, floor and internet bidders aggressively pursued the circa 1910 gold frame, composed of white guilloche face, a seed pearl liner, a deep blue enamel outer band and gold riband top with ruby cabochon. The active bidding helped the frame piece achieve a final selling price of $57,300.
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Collector, eclectic museum founder decides it’s time to sell odd antique music machines

Brady Jefcoat, 95, began his collection in earnest in 1972 following the death of his wife. It has since become famous throughout the North Carolina region. His main passion is music machines, to include rare and vintage phonographs (many with horns), Regina disc players and players by other makers, jukeboxes, Victrolas, cylinder boxes, organs, band boxes, coin-operated items, Black Forest cuckoo clocks, hanging oil lamps and many other items in a variety of collecting genres. The entire collection will be sold June 18, 2011 and again June 24-25, 2011.
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Artfact registers strongest online bidding activity to date

As gas prices continue to rise, online bidding has become an increasingly attractive option for collectors and dealers. Thanks to exceptional sales from its auction house members, online bidding at Artfact was stronger than ever this April. Artfact client Shannon’s April 28 fine paintings sale recorded a 475 percent increase in online sales when compared to the same sale in 2010.
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Unnoticed atop a fountain for 300 years, de Vries bronze masterpiece may set $8M auction record

Christie’s says it has discovered a previously unrecorded 17th masterpiece by the Dutch master sculpture Adriaen de Vries (1550-1626): a bronze mythological figure supporting the globe, which is estimated to bring between $8 million and $11 million at a July 7 sale. Dating to 1626, the work may possibly be the last fully autographed work executed by the artist. Discovered last year on a routine Christie’s valuation, the bronze stood unrecognized for at least 300 years atop a fountain in the center of an anonymous European castle courtyard. Read More +

Tucked away for a century, Lambuth University selling archives, antiques on short notice

An auction set for Saturday will dispose of 168 years of antiques, archival books and art from Lambuth University. The small Tennessee liberal arts college must close by June 30 after failing to survive the economic crisis. Auctioned will be a wide variety of merchandise from antiques, important works of art, rare and vintage books (some dating back as far as 1800), wonderful period furniture and several fine pianos. The auction may be a boon for collectors and dealers becasue of the short notice and lack of Internet bidding. Read More +

Erte Art Deco design

A child prodigy, the Art Deco work of Romain de Tirtoff, aka, Erté, continues to influence art, sculpture and design. This brief history of the famous fashion artist shows how he learned to craft his signature style and how the antiques auction market treats his original work, limited-edition prints and works inspired by his eye.

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Alfred Hutty oil painting sells for a shocking $67,200

Alfred Hutty (1877-1954) is best known for his role in the Charleston Renaissance and for his drypoint etchings of Charleston. His oils on canvas, like "At Noon," which sold March 12, are not as well known. The 31 7/8-inch by 34-inch signed painting sold for $67,200 (estimate $5,000-$10,000), a price that might encourage others with Hutty oils to make a bee line for their nearest auction house.
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