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New York Sues Sotheby’s Over False Tax Exemption Certificates
by M.A.D. staff

In early November 2010, during a conversation at the Manhattan coffee bar Sant Ambroeus, an unnamed collector asked his Sotheby’s key client manager (KCM)—only three years out of college—why some people did not pay sales tax when they bought art. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in November 2020 by ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, January 2021
by Ian McKay,

This latest “Letter” features something rather out of the ordinary, a monster machine called the “Super Lion,” and an old French shoe and a reminder of Madame Guillotine. Here, too, you will find oak furnishings and a dog collar keeping company. There are ivory models produced as a guide to ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, January 2021
by M.A.D. staff

Here are a few notable prices of antiques sold recently at auction, as provided by press releases. All prices include the buyer’s premium when charged. We’re always looking for news of prices realized at auctions, particularly unusual or top lots. Send pictures, complete descriptions, and information to A.P.R., Maine Antique ... (Read More)

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“Net to You” Contract Spurs Lawsuit
by Clayton Pennington

At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2018, at the TEFAF show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, Hirschl & Adler Galleries sold a full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart—the so-called Munro-Lenox portrait. The price was $12,000,000. The venerable New York gallery didn’t own the 95" ... (Read More)

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Gustav Stickley House Restoration Project Receives Grant
by M.A.D. staff

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank has received a $500,000 matching grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS), funded through the Historic Preservation Fund and the Save America’s Treasures grant program, for the interior restoration of the Gustav Stickley House at 438 Columbus Avenue in Syracuse, New York. Gustav ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Allis Ghim, CEO of Bidsquare
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. Because we all might enjoy staring at someone else’s walls for a change, this column gives our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with ... (Read More)

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New York City in January
by Lita Solis-Cohen

For decades Americana Week has brought passionate collectors and curators to New York City in search of the best the market offers. They look forward to auctions, shows, and the ancillary events: museum visits, auction previews, lectures, cocktail parties, and dinners. They see it as a time to test the ... (Read More)

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Collectors’ Angst: What Will I Do with My Collection?
by Baron Perlman

“To everything thereis a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 When in Manchester, New Hampshire, for Antiques Week in 2019, I talked with lots of collectors awaiting show openings. In my informal discussions one theme repeatedly emerged. Beloved objects that make up collections have become ... (Read More)

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Help on the Way
by Clayton Pennington

As Lita Solis-Cohen notes on pp. 126-127, the Americana Week auctions in New York City in January certainly have some delectable offerings. While bidding will be live online, at this time there’s no plan to have in-house bidders. For all of us who love the dynamics and drama of a ... (Read More)

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Craft in America Awarded $100,000 Prize by Decorative Arts Trust
by M.A.D. staff

On December 8, 2020, Matthew A. Thurlow, executive director of the Decorative Arts Trust, announced that Craft in America was the recipient of the inaugural Prize for Excellence and Innovation. Established in 2020, the $100,000 prize recognizes scholarly endeavors undertaken by a nonprofit organization to advance the public’s appreciation of ... (Read More)
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