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Strong Prices at Pook and Pook
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook and Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook and Pook Bidders seemed hungry to bid at Pook and Pook’s Americana sale on June 20. It was the first sale with a catalog since the COVID-19 pandemic caused Pook in March to cancel all live sales. There were just 35 bidders in reserved ... (Read More)

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First Newspaper Printing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Sells for $325,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Music figured in the top lots at Christie’s books and manuscripts sale online June 2 through 18. The first printing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a newspaper sold for $325,000 (includes buyer’s premium), and the same price was paid for the original artwork for the ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized
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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American Paintings and Pennsylvania Impressionism
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s Freeman’s American art and Pennsylvania Impressionists sale on June 14 had been postponed a week from June 7 because of Black Lives Matter protests and a curfew in Philadelphia. Bidders convened virtually on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and bought 70 of the 74 lots offered for ... (Read More)

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Online Sale Brings Great Results
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Grogan & Company, Boston, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Grogan & Company What does it mean when an auction house’s first online sale in its 33 years is its best ever? That’s what happened at Grogan & Company when the June 14 auction in the Boston gallery brought an impressive total of close to ... (Read More)

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A Virus- and Anxiety-Delayed North Carolina Debut
by Pete Prunkl

Ledbetter Auctions, Gibsonville, North Carolina Photos courtesy Ledbetter Auctions After buying full-page ads in Maine Antique Digest over three consecutive months—one announcing a sale followed by two COVID-19 delays—Matt Ledbetter of Ledbetter Auctions finally had his day on the podium. On June 13 in tiny Gibsonville, North Carolina, the 38-year-old first-time auctioneer ... (Read More)

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A Bit of Normalcy Returns
by Don Johnson

A Country Gathering, Elizabethtown, Indiana A few years ago, an article about an antiques show I had covered drew the ire of the promoter. A bit of flavor woven into the story, detailing the rural setting and an overnight storm, was seen as negative coverage. The promoter took an “if you ... (Read More)

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New Platform Hosts Early Summer Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Arader Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Arader Galleries Graham Arader launched his own auction platform in time for his early summer sale on June 13, offering potential bidders a $100 credit for registering with the new platform or $250 if a buyer asked for the money to go a charity. Of ... (Read More)

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Lamp Base Brings $50,150
by Jackie Sideli

William A. Smith, Inc., Plainfield, New Hampshire Photos courtesy William A. Smith, Inc. “It was a terrific sale. We have attracted many new customers, and our regular customers are still very active, as well as phone, absentee, and Internet customers,” said Lori Vallari, a principal at William A. Smith, Inc., in Plainfield, ... (Read More)

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Christie’s Settles with Manhattan DA in Tax Case
by M.A.D. staff

Christie’s has resolved an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney into violations of New York state tax laws. The auction house was accused of failing to register to collect and failing to collect New York and local sales tax between 2013 and 2017. In the agreement, Christie’s London, Christie’s Private Sales, ... (Read More)
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