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Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan's, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonDuring Cowan's auction of historic firearms and early militaria, held November 7 and 8, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio, nearly 1300 lots grossed $1.577 million (including buyers' premiums), proving to auctioneer Wesley Cowan that he was right to pursue a portion of the marketplace for vintage guns ... (Read More)

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Two Declarations-Two Outcomes

EditorialTwo Declarations-Two OutcomesThe state of Maine lost a key court battle in Virginia in late February when a judge ruled that a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence sent to Pownalborough, Massachusetts (now Wiscasset, Maine), belonged to a collector and not the town. In July 1776 the Executive Council ... (Read More)

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Bradford Named Executive Vice President of Smythe Auctions

Jason W. Bradford will join R.M. Smythe & Co. in New York City as executive vice president-auctions. In this capacity, Bradford will bring his significant expertise in U.S. paper money, coins, and auction management to the Smythe family auction clientele.Bradford, a career numismatist, began collecting coins and currency at the ... (Read More)

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New Board Members for Antiques Council

The Antiques Council has announced the election of two new board members for three-year terms. At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., Marty Shapiro, president of the council, welcomed John Copenhaver of Fletcher-Copenhaver Fine Art and Judd Gregory of Judd Gregory Antiques to the 15-member board. Paulette Peden of Dawn ... (Read More)

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Hundreds of Documents Allegedly Stolen from New York State Library
by Jessica Best and Betty Flood

by Jessica Best and Betty FloodHundreds of historic documents and artifacts from the New York State Library's Education Department were allegedly stolen and sold on eBay, at shows, or in person by a New York state employee. An estimated 300 to 400 items were stolen in 2007 alone, with 90% ... (Read More)

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Bonhams Expands in New York City
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenBonhams is planning a big expansion in New York City. The international auction house has taken over the lease of the Dahesh Museum of Art's space in the IBM Building at the southwest corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue. According to its Web site, the Dahesh Museum ... (Read More)


Design Sale at Phillips
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Phillips de Pury & Company, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenAlexander Payne, director of design sales at Phillips de Pury & Company, is known for offering cutting-edge 21st-century design in its semiannual auctions. The stunning presale exhibitions in Phillips' light-filled third-floor headquarters on 15th Street overlooking the Hudson River in New ... (Read More)


Successful Second Half of 2007 Led by Paintings and Furniture
by Karla Klein Albertson

New Orleans Auction Galleries, New Orleans, Louisianaby Karla Klein AlbertsonThe most predictable thing about the auction business is its unpredictability. Universal bidding on line—across the nation, around the world—allows collectors to access their heart's desire wherever it hits the auction block. New Orleans Auction Galleries (NOAG) on Magazine Street continues ... (Read More)


Important Design at Auction
by Danielle Arnet

Wright, Chicago, Illinoisby Danielle ArnetWright auctions always hold a few surprises, but Richard Wright outdid himself with the December 9 and 11, 2007, two-session sale. It began with an entire Gio Ponti modular hotel room for the 9th Triennale of Milan in 1951, which sold for $324,000 (including buyer's premium). ... (Read More)

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Auction Law and Ethics: The Buck Stops Here
by Steve Proffitt

Auction Law and EthicsThe Buck Stops Hereby Steve ProffittSometimes an unusual combination of words becomes a memorable idiom—"bite the bullet," "close, but no cigar," "dead as a door nail," "pig in a poke," "raining cats and dogs," and "the whole ball of wax" are examples. I'm going to give you ... (Read More)
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