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Swann Galleries Sets Record for a Print by Hopper at $317,000
by M.A.D. staff

Swann Galleries set a new auction record for any print by Edward Hopper (1882-1967) at auction on November 2, when the rare etching The Lonely House, 1923, sold for a record $317,000 (includes buyer’s premium) to a dealer buying via phone, well above the high estimate of $200,000. It was ... (Read More)


To Arms! To Arms! The Greenbacks Are Coming!
by Mark Sisco

James D. Julia, Inc., Fairfield, Maine James D. Julia’s three-day firearms blowout in Fairfield, Maine, October 31-November 2, 2017, featured selections from about ten major estates and collections from across the country and brought in about $15.1 million from weaponry aficionados. A healthy 82% sell-through rate contributed to the success. But ... (Read More)


VADA to Move Annual Show to Vermont Antiques Week
by M.A.D. staff

The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association (VADA) will move its annual show in 2018 from July to the fall, becoming part of the slate of shows referred to as Vermont Antiques Week. The show is likely to be held at the Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton, Vermont, although plans have yet ... (Read More)

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A Privileged Life
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We like the new place, it turns out. First of all, most houses built in the 1970s were built by people who had lived in houses from the 1920s, so you don’t even have to get out of your chair to find an outlet. There’s none of this ... (Read More)


California Woman Sues Theriault's
by M.A.D. staff

A collection of 67 dolls was consigned three years ago to Theriault’s in Annapolis, Maryland, a well-known auction house specializing in antique dolls and childhood playthings since 1970. The consignment resulted in no payments until the consignor filed a lawsuit in California. Bart I. Ring, attorney for plaintiff Phyllis Roberts, a ... (Read More)

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Morristown Antiques Show Discovery Sheds Light on Chase Family Portraits
by Christine Isabelle Oaklander

Treasures turn up at the Morristown Armory Antiques Show. Second-generation antiques and art dealer Butch McGrath and his son, James, offer fascinating and beautiful objects found near their home in Scituate, Massachusetts. Last February, I spotted a handwritten label in their booth identifying material related to the famous American artist/educator ... (Read More)

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Freeman’s Sale of Rare Pendant Breaks Company Record
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Freeman’s Sale of Rare Pendant Breaks Company Record; Debut of Freeman’s Live Internet Bidding Platform Photos courtesy Freeman’s The November 1, 2017, sale of a rare circa 1910 J.E. Caldwell and Co. Belle Époque diamond pendant, centered by a fancy vivid yellow cushion-cut 10.59-carat diamond, “was a home run” ... (Read More)


Pook Gives It Back
by M.A.D. staff

Downingtown, Pennsylvania, auctioneer Ronald Pook called the other day to say that his crew had made a great find. It was not a Bonnin and Morris pickle dish nor John Cadwalader’s sofa. “We cleaned out an attic of items we can sell in an online sale, and just before closing up ... (Read More)

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Out in the Cold
by Clayton Pennington

Editorial A ruling handed down in a New York court in late September shines a light on a common practice in the trade and offers up a cautionary tale. In June 1989 Reed Galin purchased a one-third interest in Andrew Wyeth’s Ice Storm from his childhood friend and art dealer David Ramus. ... (Read More)


The AADLA Fine Art & Antiques Show 2017
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) put on a new show October 27-30, 2017, at Wallace Hall that overlapped with TEFAF New York Fall, held 18 blocks south at the Park Avenue Armory. The show was managed for the AADLA by Brad Reh, a show promoter ... (Read More)
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