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New Jersey Makes Claim for a Jefferson Letter; Collector Sues for Its Return
by Clayton Pennington

by Clayton PenningtonOn March 28 Anne Milgram, the attorney general of New Jersey, sent a letter to Sotheby's, informing the auction house that New Jersey was claiming ownership of a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson. The letter had been scheduled for its April 3 sale in New York City."Pursuant to ... (Read More)

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Gun Dealer Sentenced to Two Years for Frazier Museum Tax Evasion
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleA surprise maximum sentence verdict of two years in prison for gun dealer Michael K. Salisbury was delivered on July 22 in a U.S. District Court in Louisville, Kentucky. Salisbury had failed to pay approximately $450,000 in taxes on the almost $1.2 million he earned in 2000 and ... (Read More)

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Antique Toys Exempt from Updated Lead Ban
by David Hewett

by David HewettThose involved in the antique toy market got a scare in mid-July when the prospect of a ban on toys of all ages that contain lead in any form surfaced.It all began with a phone call received by Lincoln Sander, the executive director of the Antiques Dealers' Association ... (Read More)

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Variety Adds Spice
by Walter C. Newman

Motley's Auction & Realty Group, Richmond, Virginiaby Walter C. NewmanThe April 30 catalog sale at Motley's Auction & Realty Group in Richmond, Virginia, was as broad and as deep as any in recent memory. The sale of about 700 lots was advertised as an "Americana and Sportsman's Auction" and offered ... (Read More)

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Market Lively at Successful Sale
by Elizabeth Bidwell Bates

Doyle New York, New York Cityby Elizabeth Bidwell BatesPaintings led the April 29 American furniture and decorative arts sale at Doyle New York, which reached a total of $525,969. Leading the sale at $25,000 (includes buyer's premium), the vibrant image of stag, hind, and fawns came to Doyle with an ... (Read More)

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Almost a $2 Million Weekend Sale
by David Hewett

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshireby David HewettNortheast Auctions' late spring/early summer sale in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has always been a tough event to characterize. It appears the auction firm sees it as an opportunity to clear out the warehouse of the hard-to-place pieces from a variety of sources that won't ... (Read More)

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Americana Auction at Eldred's
by Jackie Sideli

Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc., East Dennis, Massachusettsby Jackie SideliEldred's, the long-established auction house on Cape Cod in East Dennis, Massachusetts, sold to a packed house for its April 3-5 Americana sale. As always, the firm had assembled an interesting and diverse group of antique furniture and fine art as ... (Read More)

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Knotty Pine Changes Course
by Jackie Sideli

Gallery at Knotty Pine Auction Service, West Swanzey, New Hampshireby Jackie Sideli"We decided to close the mall, just like that," said an upbeat Joan Pappas. Knotty Pine Antiques Mall, owned by the Pappas family in West Swanzey, New Hampshire, was one of the original antiques malls in New England. "We ... (Read More)

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Cropsey at the Top, Then All the Rest
by Jeanne Schinto

Skinner, Inc., Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoStephen Fletcher called it "a little sweetheart of a painting" as he prepared to sell Autumn on the Hudson by Jasper Francis Cropsey at Skinner in Boston on May 16. The 5" x 10" oil on board, painted in 1858, had been consigned by a ... (Read More)

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American Paintings Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Doyle New York, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenDoyle New York offered 95 lots of American paintings on May 20 as the fourth of a four-session sale of European, modern, and contemporary art. The fourth session brought a total of $1,327,625, which was 82% sold by lot and 85% sold by ... (Read More)
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