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March Beerfest
by Mark Sisco

Cyr Auction Company, Gray, Maineby Mark SiscoIf bread and circuses is a metaphor for people of ancient Rome willing to give up their freedoms, then beer and circuses could stand in as its contemporary counterpart for people willing to give up lots of money in Gray, Maine. It was supposed ... (Read More)


Twentieth-Century Design in March
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sotheby's, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenSotheby's mid-season moderately priced 20th-century design sale on March 28 attracted a score of bidders to the salesroom and a lot more on the phones. The morning session began with 21st-century design. The auction ended with mid-20th-century design in the afternoon devoted to Art Nouveau ... (Read More)


Motley's "Very Richmond" Sale Has Enough for Everyone
by Walter C. Newman

Motley's Auction & Realty Group, Richmond, Virginiaby Walter C. NewmanMotley's Auction & Realty Group presented what was advertised as a "Very Richmond" estate auction at its Broad Street facility in Richmond, Virginia, on April 2. Motley's cataloged sales are normally held the last Wednesday of each month, but because of ... (Read More)


American Indian and Western Art Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan's, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonThe bar was set pretty high at Cowan's in June 2006 and again in March 2007, when the auction house sold two Henry F. Farny paintings for $917,500 (includes buyer's premium) and $1.16 million, respectively. Since then, Cowan's has been putting additional works by Farny on ... (Read More)


Reading Consignment Swells Modernism Auction
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sollo:Rago, Lambertville, New Jerseyby Lita Solis-Cohen The Sollo:Rago spring Modernism sale at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, on April 12 and 13 totaled about $7.2 million for 890 lots—the second-highest total for the auction house. John Sollo said foreign bidding and eBay Live Auctions did not ... (Read More)


Antique Toys and Americana
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd., New Hope, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenNoel Barrett's April 11-13 sale at the Eagle Fire Hall in New Hope, Pennsylvania, went up against the Philadelphia Antiques Show, Frank Gaglio's Original 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, and David Rago's Modern sale.It didn't seem to matter.The toy and ... (Read More)

(Computer Article)

Just for Fun
by John P. Reid

Computer Column #235by John P. Reid, [email protected] column has dealt with serious subjects—pricing antiques, dealers and collectors software, saving money on office software, and archiving critical records. Seldom has it dealt with recreational subjects. This month we have some antiques Internet links that are just for fun.-HumorMother Goose for Antique ... (Read More)


New York City Gothic
by David A. Sperling

by David A. SperlingIn 2006 Stuart and Elizabeth Feld's In Pointed Style: The Gothic Revival in America, 1800-1860 was published to accompany the exhibit of the same name at Hirschl & Adler Galleries. Also in 2006, a New York City example of a clock in Gothic Revival style appeared on ... (Read More)

(Auction Law and Ethics)

Auction Law and Ethics: Call It What It Is
by Steve Proffitt

Auction Law and Ethicsby Steve ProffittIn the June issue I began a multi-part series on bid rigging. Bid rigging is a crime that does tremendous harm in auctions of every type, in every region of the country, and to every sort of auction participant.Last month we looked at several examples ... (Read More)

(Book Review)

American Furniture 2007
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Book Reviewby Lita Solis-CohenAmerican Furniture 2007Edited by Luke BeckerditeThe Chipstone Foundation, distributed by Antique Collectors’ Club, 2007, 292 pages, softbound, $60 plus S/H from Antique Collectors’ Club, (800) 252-5231, Web site ( 2007 edition of the American Furniture journal, edited by Luke Beckerdite and published by the Chipstone Foundation, conveniently ... (Read More)
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