Desirable vintage photography, jewelry collection crossing the block Oct. 27

antique Brilliant cut diamond ring

Best known for its Brilliant cut glass auctions, Woody Auctions is offering two major single-owner lifetime collections – one of phonographs and stereo view cards, the other of pocket watches, wrist watches and jewelry. One collection holds a 2.25-ct. round brilliant diamond while the other offers collectors a chance to own a rare Dolly Record doll by Madame Hendren. Read More +

With gallery in limbo, Don Presley Auctions moves online

Don Presley Auction

Don Presley offers Middle East photos online after city officials force him to shutter his Orange, Calif., auction house or pay as much as $60,000 to retrofit his auction gallery. While he investigates a new headquarters, Presley is brining more than 650 lots of fresh to the market goods to auction including an album of Middle Eastern images. Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the album was reportedly given to an American sailor on duty in Constantinople from 1919 to 1921. Read More +

Today’s artists are still being inspired by Hugo Brehme photography

Taxco, Oro print Hugo Brehme photography

Mexican artists may have been introduced to modernity through photography, and one of the foremost Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Hugo Brehme (1882-1954), has been cited as an influence on the country’s best known artist from the period, Diego Rivera. Brehme was a German immigrant imbued with the European Romantic tradition, which sought the sublime essence of nature and reveled in the beauty of ancient ruins. Read More +