Art and Antiques News

Fab Four Poster Sets Fab $137,500 Record For Heritage - Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:52:07 +0000

DALLAS – A highly coveted, 1966 concert poster from The Beatles’ performance at New York City’s Shea Stadium set a world record for the most expensive concert poster ever sold at public auction, when it changed hands for $137,500 at Heritage Auctions, Saturday, April 4. The authentic cardboard advertising poster for the Fab Four’s appearance […],

Bowling Alley Bank Rolls Strike For RSL - Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:50:23 +0000

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – A Bowling Alley cast iron mechanical bank ruled the roost at RSL Auction Company’s April 4-5 sale when it sold for $87,000. Circa 1879 by Philadelphia company Kyser & Rex, the Bowling Alley bank is a rarity and few are known. The bank had provenance to the Gertrude Hegarty, Al Davidson […],
UNITED STATES – In a way, auction houses, like every other retailer that developed an online selling conduit, were somewhat prepared for the day when face-to-face selling would decrease, though they certainly did not expect it to happen because of a pandemic. Instead they were just falling in line with the way business evolved and […],
The antiques will survive. They’ve been around for 100 years or more. Auctioneers, show promoters and curators, however, are not as sanguine about their patrons — or the prospects that enough people will show up in the face of an ongoing public health crisis like the 2020 novel Coronavirus. Some events are being canceled; others […],

Zhan Jianjun Landscape Captivates Helmuth Stone Buyers - Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:17:36 +0000

SARASOTA, FLA. – On April 5, Helmuth Stone offered Part II of important Chinese paintings and illustrations from the collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), the founder of Unicover Corporation. Leading the online-only sale with a price of $48,400 was Zhan Jianjun (Chinese, b 1931), “Fog in the Stone Forest.” The work, measuring 28 by […],
UNITED STATES – The world has been unable to turn away from the trainwreck Netflix documentary series Tiger King, its main protagonist Joe Exotic: a mulleted pistol-toting big cat breeder who is currently sitting in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire scheme. Joe Exotic ran for president of the United States of America as […],

Shapiro’s March Sale Undeterred As Russian Art Flies - Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:07:04 +0000

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – There were no bidders in the gallery for Shapiro Auctions’ March 21-22 sale, but that did not put a dent in the firm’s ambition to sell 720 lots that weekend to bidders around the world through phone, absentee and internet bidding. The top lot of the day was a 19-7/8-by-30-inch dated 1920 […],
By Madelia Hickman Ring UNITED STATES – The Getty Museum has issued a playful challenge on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to re-create a favorite work of art using objects lying around home. The challenge was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a brilliant Instagram account called Between Art and Quarantine, but adapted with the […],

Trailer With Antiques Stolen From Dealer Doug Wyant - Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:03:53 +0000

CASSOPOLIS, MICH. – An enclosed cargo trailer containing a load of antiques was stolen from the property of antiques dealer Doug Wyant over the night of Tuesday March 31. “We had it loaded for a local outdoor market, so the antiques weren’t superior quality, just lots of stuff,” Wyant told Antiques and The Arts Weekly. […],

Hartzell’s Fires Off Over 1,000 Lots Online - Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:03:38 +0000

Review by Greg Smith, Catalog Photos Courtesy Hartzell’s Auction Gallery BANGOR, PENN. – Over 1,000 lots crossed the block at Hartzell’s Auction Gallery’s online sale March 28-29, finding a new era of owners for a quality mix of merchandise. The two-day sale sold at least four collections from New York City; Sussex County, N.J.; Stroudsburg, […],