Thursday, June 11th, 2009

2:53 pm

Rago Early 20-Century Auction

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Rago hosts their Early 20th-Century Auction on Saturday June 13, 2009. Among the lots are a huge number of art pottery offerings and many fine pieces of Stickley Furniture. The most intriguing item on the block is Joseph Heinrich’s smoking…

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

6:41 pm

Christie’s “Important Watches”

selectism - Christie's "Important Watches"

Looking for a particular heirloom timepiece? Shopping for rare watch? Christie’s may be the way to go. At the very least the selection up for bidding at their “Important Watches” sale might be worth a gander. The sale takes place…

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Saturday, January 17th, 2009

3:27 pm

YSL/Berge Auction Preview

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For fifty years Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge actively collected art, amassing a collection of some 700 works over the period. Included are paintings by Picasso, Goya and Mondrian. Housed in the pairs Paris’ apartment, the collection…

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Friday, November 28th, 2008

2:32 pm

Wallpaper* Design Auction Roundup

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Wallpaper* has made our job a little easier this week, offering a round up of upcoming design auctions. They scour the offerings from L.A. Modern, London’s Rocket Gallery, Chicago’s Wright and the obvious big two in NYC. That gem you’ve…

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

The Auction Catalog as Artwork

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Some prized research materials locked away in my library include a few rather odd auction catalogs. Amidst a good number of years of Christies, Cowens, Northeast and Sotheby’s Americana listings is a single catalog for a sale of rare European…

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008

11:03 pm

19th Century Vampire Killing Kit

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Bet you’ve never seen one of these. But, now you have, you probably want one. This all inclusive Vampire Killing Kit landed in the hands of one lucky buyer at a recent Stevens Auction in Nachez, MS. This is pretty…

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

6:26 pm

Elton John’s Piano

Elton John’s Piano

  Today, June 18th, at Bonahms London outpost, a grand piano owned by Elton John stands as keynote of a major auction of entertainment memorabilia. Also included aresome fascinating 1940s comedy handbills, Beatles ephemera and some great James Bond stuff.…

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Saturday, May 17th, 2008

3:12 am

Old School Tiffany

Old School Tiffany

Bonhams NY is auctioning off what could be a one of a kind Tiffany’s item. This fixed gear Tiffany’s bike was built sometime during the 1890′s and sports what are essentially the same components found on modern day fixed gears:…

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