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Lollipop Tree Turns Sour
by M.A.D. staff

Contemporary artist Wayne Thiebaud, almost 100 years old, personally confirmed in February 2018 that he painted a million-dollar picture. Three months later, Thiebaud retracted that claim. Now the buyer wants his money back, and the whole matter has landed in court. Lollipop Tree sold for $1,080,000 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery on ... (Read More)

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Books Received, August 2018
by M.A.D. staff

These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept mail, phone, or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the ... (Read More)

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What’s It Worth? Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary
by M.A.D. staff

Mike Ivankovich’s What’s It Worth? radio show on WBCB 1490 AM celebrated its fourth anniversary on July 13. Since July 2014 Ivankovich has hosted 200-plus shows featuring a wide variety of local, regional, and national guests, including authors, auctioneers, editors, columnists, and experts. The show’s focus is antiques and collectibles, ... (Read More)

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Four Antiques Dealers Charged with Illegal Sales
by M.A.D. staff

Four Hudson, New York, antiques store owners were charged with felonies on June 26 in connection with the illegal sale of ivory. Acting on a tip and supporting an ongoing statewide effort to combat the illegal sale of endangered and threatened species products in New York, investigators with the New York ... (Read More)

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The Newport Show
by Julie Schlenger Adell

The Newport Show, Middletown, Rhode Island With a shortened name and abbreviated selling time, The Newport Show’s 12th edition offered “antiques, art, & exquisite objects” July 28 and 29. Gone was the label “antiques” from the show’s name, and the length of the show was reduced by a day. James and Nancy ... (Read More)

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Six Tattoo Flash Art Sheets Bring Combined $41,375
by M.A.D. staff

Six early American original tattoo flash art sheets attributed to Charlie Wagner and Sam O’Reilly sold for a combined $41,375 (includes buyers’ premiums) at Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 28. The top-selling sheet finished at $11,250. According to the auction house, the six sheets were found in the bottom ... (Read More)

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Social Skills
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Back in 2013, we wrote a column about social media and the power it has to build communities and audiences (“Just Be Yourself,” September 2013). That column was prompted by the success of Chief David Oliver in Brimfield, Ohio. Oliver, a small-town police chief, became an overnight sensation ... (Read More)

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Letters from London, August 2018
by Ian McKay,

Letter from London The most expensive things featured in this month’s “Letter” are drawn from the round of Impressionist and modern picture sales mounted in London in June, but Russian works of art, a rare Mozart manuscript, one of Napoleon’s “sideways” hats, and one of those legendary found-in-the-attic lots, in this ... (Read More)

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Pennsylvania Gazette with “Join, or Die” Cartoon Brings $50,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

An original May 9, 1754, Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper featuring Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join, or Die” cartoon sold for $50,000 (includes buyer’s premium) on July 26 in an online sale of Nate D. SandersAuctions in Los Angeles, California. The last time it had sold, at Heritage Auctions in an April 11 and 12, 2012, sale ... (Read More)

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Rather Elegant Than Showy
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review Robert D. Mussey Jr. and Clark Pearce tell a compelling story about the career of Isaac Vose, a savvy Boston businessman with very good taste who provided richly veneered, elegant mahogany and rosewood furniture to Boston Brahmins between 1789 and 1825. They take their readers to Boston during a ... (Read More)
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