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Stories for July '17


Man Charged in Gardner Theft Scam
by M.A.D. staff

Anonymous tipsters and digital tracks have led to the arrest of Todd A. Desper of Beckley, West Virginia, on May 22 on fraud charges in connection with a scheme to sell on Craigslist paintings that had been stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. Desper, a.k.a. “Mordokwan,” 47, was ... (Read More)


The 2017 Spring Greater York Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

York, Pennsylvania Bob Bockius of Mitchell Displays took over the management of the Greater York Antiques Show when Donna Burk, widow of Jim Burk, decided to retire in 2012 and sell the show. Since then he has put on two shows a year. His loyal core of dealers say they like ... (Read More)


Jamaican House Painting Brings $100,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s Freeman’s in Philadelphia can be counted on for at least one big discovery in its semiannual Americana sales. It lures the trade and serious collectors from all parts of this country to join the locals at presale exhibitions that are timed to coincide with the two ... (Read More)
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