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A 1700-Gun Salute at Julia’s—Will the Last One Out Please Turn Out the Lights?
by Mark Sisco

James D. Julia Inc., Fairfield, Maine At a total of nearly $15 million and with a puny 13% buy-in rate, it was a fitting close to James D. Julia’s auction career. As most of the auction world now knows, James D. Julia Inc. has been sold to Morphy Auctions, Denver, Pennsylvania. ... (Read More)

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A.E. “Beanie” Backus Painting Breaks Record
by M.A.D. staff

On March 18 in Vero Beach, Florida, Ron Rennick Auctions, Inc., sold a landscape by Albert Ernest “Beanie” Backus (1906-1990) for $50,600 (includes buyer’s premium), establishing a new auction record for the Florida artist. Old Boats on the Shoreline, a 24" x 30" oil on canvas depicting boats built by ... (Read More)

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Annual Spring Sale Loaded with Primitives
by Walter C. Newman

Laughlin Auctions, Edinburg, Virginia Photos courtesy Laughlin Auctions Laughlin Auctions, Inc. held its 31st annual spring auction on March 17 at its facility in Edinburg, Virginia. As expected, the main sales floor was loaded with a wide variety of offerings, and because Laughlin does not offer online bidding, there was a very ... (Read More)

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Downer and Stinson of Tremont Auctions Dissolve Partnership
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Brett Downer and Doug Stinson, the two principals of Tremont Auctions of Newton, Massachusetts, have agreed to a parting of the ways. The partnership was dissolved on January 15, as the two longtime antiques dealers and auctioneers are going in different directions. Brett Downer (left) and Doug Stinson during a June ... (Read More)

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Robert Cheney’s Dream Job
by Bob Frishman

When Robert Cheney was six years old, he made his first visit to the rural homestead in Grafton, Massachusetts, where members of the famed Willard family first began making clocks. Privately owned and seriously run down, the home and workshop were endangered. Robert’s father, clockmaker Bradford W. Cheney, was hoping ... (Read More)

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Norman and Mary Gronning, Shaftsbury, Vermont
by Frank Donegan

In the Trade For more than half a century, Norman and Mary Gronning have been selling period American antiques. They’ve developed an inventory that is both broad and deep. They sell formal, high country, and painted furniture from the 17th through the early 19th centuries, along with paintings, folk art, metalwork, ... (Read More)

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Massachusetts Attorney General and Berkshire Museum Agree on Plan
by Julie Schlenger Adell

After eight long months of outcries from residents and a few Norman Rockwell descendants, protest marches, injunctions, and copious numbers of documents, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have agreed on a plan for the sale of up to 40 artworks to address the financial ... (Read More)

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Session Six of the Portzline Costume Jewelry Collection
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Ripley Auctions Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis, Indiana, held its sixth session of the Portzline collection of costume jewelry on March 12. Andrea Hastings, vice president, head of inventory, has been working at Ripley Auctions for 15 years. She has seen a lot of jewelry hit the ... (Read More)

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The Chester County Antiques & Arts Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Exton, Pennsylvania The 36th annual Chester County Antiques & Arts Show took place March 9-11 and was held in a new place—the gymnasium of the Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania. It was held earlier in March than in the past and was six weeks before the Philadelphia Antiques & Art ... (Read More)

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Fox Valley Frenzy
by Danielle Arnet

Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show, St. Charles, Illinois If you think that shows are independent entities or that the world of antiques shows is not interconnected, think again. We learned the truth when we arrived at the 61st Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show, held by the Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association ... (Read More)
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