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Americana at Freeman's
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenThere are always surprises at Freeman's Americana sales, and the three-day marathon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 16-18, 2007, did not disappoint, even though collectors and dealers had to look through a lot of ceramics and furniture in poor condition to find the treasures that ... (Read More)

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The Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleThere are Indian-used Winchesters and those dressed up (or down) to resemble weapons carried by Native Americans. Several years ago, Maryland gun collector Hugh Dolan was in the Wasatch Range of Utah when he chanced upon a battered Model 1866 that looked right."As soon as I saw it ... (Read More)

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Stolen Painting Hiding in Plain Sight for 20 Years Snags Wide Cast of Players
by David Hewett

by David HewettThink you're up-to-date on the art market news of 2007? If so, here's a question. Who are the two directors named as defendants in a 2007 lawsuit involving a big-name, big-bucks, stolen painting? And for extra points, name that painting.The answers: movie director Steven Spielberg and director of ... (Read More)

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Major Folk Art Pledged as Collateral; Hicks Peaceable Kingdom Up for Private Auction
by David Hewett

by David Hewett Ralph Esmerian, the Paris-born king of the American colored gemstone market, jeweler extraordinaire, and American folk art collector, who almost single-handedly provided the impetus for the American Folk Art Museum as it exists today with his gifts and promised gifts, is facing two lawsuits regarding loans. Esmerian has defaulted ... (Read More)

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The Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleEvery few months it seems the gun collecting community is rocked by new record prices. It happened again December 8-10, 2007, when Rock Island Auction Company of Moline, Illinois, earned nearly $11 million from the sale of over 3200 items. It set a new single auction record for ... (Read More)

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Fine Art Leads Prices at November Auction
by Ed Pfeiffer

Winter Associates, Plainville, Connecticutby Ed PfeifferOn November 12, 2007, in Plainville, Connecticut, Winter Associates brought 328 lots to the auction block in 23 diverse categories. The largest category offered 60 works of fine art, and they dominated the sale and upper-end prices. Leading them were two signed oil on canvas ... (Read More)

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Art Sale, Boston Style
by Jeanne Schinto

Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoOnce again the Cyclorama, a 19th-century architectural delight that houses the Boston Center for the Arts, was the place to be for much of the city's visual arts world, November 15-18, 2007. As usual, the annual Boston International Fine Art Show mingled ... (Read More)

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Bonhams American Paintings Sale Dealt a Large Blow
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Bonhams, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenAfter the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Area Chamber of Commerce announced plans to auction paintings by Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, and Norman Rockwell at Bonhams in New York City on November 28, 2007, it produced an uproar in the town where Grant Wood and Marvin Cone ... (Read More)

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American Paintings at Auction
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Christie's, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenOn November 29, 2007, Christie's offered 218 lots of American paintings and sculpture packaged in seven catalogs that, together, weighed over seven pounds. Two private collections and three paintings were presented in separate catalogs with long essays, but every lot was included (minus some essays) ... (Read More)

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Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio: Holiday Sale 2007
by Don Johnson

by Don JohnsonThis one was a little different. Rookwood is generally the star of the show when Cincinnati Art Galleries holds its annual holiday sale. For this year's event, held November 3 and 4, 2007, two Rookwood items dominated the ceramics offering, but it was a Russian chalice from a ... (Read More)
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