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Exhibitions, December 2018
by M.A.D. staff

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, December 2018
by Ian McKay,

September and October sales in London saw $1.4 million paid for a Banksy painting at Sotheby’s that was seen to (partially) self-destruct as the hammer fell—and thereby immediately increase in value—while in New York City at Christie’s a far, far higher than predicted $432,500 was paid for an AI (artificial ... (Read More)

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Williamsburg Show Signals the Opening of the Holiday Season
by Walter C. Newman

Holiday Antiques Show, Williamsburg, Virginia The 37th annual Holiday Antiques Show was held November 23-25, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Williamsburg, Virginia. Known to most antiques followers as simply the Williamsburg Holiday Show, the event long ago solidified its place as a post-Thanksgiving destination for many in the mid-Atlantic. ... (Read More)

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58th Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Auctions It didn’t take long to set high expectations during the 58th annual Thanksgiving Americana auction, held by Garth’s in Columbus, Ohio, on November 23, 2018. Roughly ten minutes into the sale a New England dome-top box from the mid-19th century, in its original paint ... (Read More)

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Flag Day Tops American Art Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Bonhams, New York City Photos courtesy Bonhams A 70-lot sale of American art was offered at Bonhams in New York City on November 19, 2018. The sale totaled $2,440,750 with a sell-through rate of 77%. There were a dozen or so attendees at the sale, which was held on the second floor of ... (Read More)

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“Pepsi” Rolex Leads at Potomack
by Walter C. Newman

The Potomack Company, Alexandria, Virginia Photos courtesy The Potomack Company The Potomack Company rounded out its 2018 live auction season in three sessions held November 17 and 19. Two of the sessions were live gallery sales, both conducted on November 17, and there was an online-only auction on November 19. Vintage Rolex collectors ... (Read More)

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California Paintings and Sculpture
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams “We did reasonably well,” said Scot Levitt, describing the results of Bonhams’ November 19, 2018, California paintings and sculpture auction, held in Los Angeles and simulcast in San Francisco, that totaled $2.5 million. “The sale was heavy on nineteenth-century material, for which the market has ... (Read More)

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20th-Century Art and Design
by Don Johnson

Treadway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio Photos courtesy Treadway Gallery A painting by Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) sold for an auction record at $149,000 (including buyer’s premium) during the 20th-century art and design sale held by Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 18, 2018. The work, Night Arrives, was a 20" x 26" oil ... (Read More)

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American Art
by Julie Schlenger Adell

 Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Sotheby’s fall American art sale on November 16, 2018, offered 82 lots, and at the completion of the noon sale $44.1 million (with buyers’ premiums) of art had been sold. Of the 82 lots offered, 57 sold, for a sell-through rate of 69.5%. Presale estimates ... (Read More)

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Record for Looking Glass at Freeman’s
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s Discoveries of 18th-century Philadelphia furniture still turn up at Freeman’s from time to time. A 68½" high looking glass, topped by its original and nearly intact carved phoenix and with carved garlands in perfect condition, was the talk of the American furniture world when it appeared ... (Read More)
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