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Outsider Art Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Christie’s annual Outsider art auction, held March 1 to coincide with the Outsider Art Fair (OAF), was a rambunctious affair filled with giddy anticipation. The salesroom was almost at capacity as collectors filed in and embraced or nodded hellos to their fellow collectors. It is ... (Read More)

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Seduction and the Casting of Spells
by Baron Perlman

“I just love that highboy! Look at the (portrait) bust. Oh, the lines! Oh, the legs! The curves. Original surface.” The very language of antiques collecting seems oddly like that of romance (OK, maybe not “original surface”). Marvelous objects entice, ensorcell, enchant, enrapture. Hardened collectors can be reluctant romancers, yet they ... (Read More)

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Americana at Bonhams Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Bonhams Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Bonhams Skinner’s online Americana auction held February 19-29 presented bidders with an eclectic array of antiques, most with deep historical interest. Glass was offered from the collection of scholar and collector Dorothy-Lee Jones Ward (1927-2022), founder of the Jones Gallery of Glass and Ceramics at Douglas Hill in ... (Read More)

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A Welcome Change
by S. Clayton Pennington

The recent announcement by Sotheby’s that the  firm is overhauling its buyer’s premium and seller’s commission is welcome news (see page 28). For the first time in years, an auction house hasn’t tried to increase profits by digging even deeper into the pockets of buyers. Beginning in May, Sotheby’s will charge ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Sheridan Loyd
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Sheridan Loyd grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, with parents who collected 18th- and 19th-century Chinese furniture and decorative arts. When she was a child, “they would drag me to auctions,” she recalled. She has fond memories about that time and reminisced about one auctioneer who would keep a box of ... (Read More)

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February Fine Estates Auctions
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

John McInnis Auctioneers, Amesbury, Massachusetts Photos courtesy John McInnis Auctioneers John McInnis Auctioneers sold nearly 1000 lots over three days, February 22, 24, and 25. The first two days were online only, comprising around 460 lots. The third day was a live sale, with Kevin Parker and Nichole Pirro sharing auctioneering duties. ... (Read More)

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The Robbins Collection of Old Master Prints and Drawings
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Tremont Auctions, Sudbury, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Tremont Auctions Winfield Robbins (1841-1910) of Arlington, Massachusetts, scion of a local family of major benefactors of the town, was also an inveterate collector. A benefactor himself and with foresight, he traveled widely and collected important prints, fearing that the advent of photography would render them ... (Read More)

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A Beer Can Grail
by M.A.D. Staff

When Dan Morean of Morean Auctions, Brimfield, Massachusetts, closed his online auction February 25, a Perone Beer cone-top quart can had sold for $58,710 (includes buyer’s premium) after 51 bids. According to Morean, that’s an auction record for a beer can. The Morean Auctions’ description called it “A Grail can ... (Read More)

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February Sale Totals Nearly $1.1 Million
by Mark Sisco

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, Maine Photos courtesy Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ three-day winter sale at its gallery in Thomaston, Maine, February 23 to 25, held some good American historical art treasures, various other artworks ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and a host of attractive ... (Read More)

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Ward Brothers Decoys and Frank Weston Oils Top Lots at Copley Sale
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Copley Fine Art Auctions, Hingham, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions Top honors at Copley Fine Art Auctions’ two-day winter sale February 23 and 24 were shared among several categories. The first honors went to a pair of White Mallard Club pinch-breasted pintail decoys by the Ward brothers, Lemuel T. (1896-1984) ... (Read More)
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