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Rare Lee Dudley Ruddy Duck from North Carolina Shatters Record
by Karl H. Pass

Guyette & Schmidt, Inc., St. Charles, Illinoisby Karl H. PassGuyette & Schmidt held its 23rd annual spring decoy auction on April 24 and 25 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The total gross of the 572-lot two-session sale was $3,579,797 (including buyers' premiums), making it the fifth-highest ... (Read More)


Warts and All: Identifying Famous People in Vintage Photography
by Jeanne Schinto

by Jeanne SchintoTwo photographic portraits, each identified by its owner as a famous personage of the Civil War, went up for sale at New England auction houses in mid-April. Neither sold. Ordinarily, that would be the end of the story, except that these portraits raise anew a thorny question: who—or ... (Read More)


New Responsibilities Proposed for Show Promoters and Managers in Massachusetts
by David Hewett

by David HewettIf an act presently under consideration in the Massachusetts legislature passes into law, show promoters and flea market owners will have to cough up as much as $200 for licenses good for one year at a time and engage in policing of exhibitors, which is not now demanded ... (Read More)


Ferrell Auction Company to Close
by Noah Fleisher

by Noah FleisherOn July 12 and 13 Ferrell Auction Company in Loveland, Colorado, will celebrate 41 years in the auction business with one final closeout sale. "We're going to close the doors here," George Ferrell said. "I'm retiring from the business, and we're liquidating all of our inventory."The huge two-day ... (Read More)


Antiques Mall Find at $154 Sells for $34,500

Pam Lane, a 40-year-old mother of three, has a small business buying and selling antiques in Nashville, Tennessee. She bought what she thought was a candle box with "great surface and years of dirt" for $154 at an antiques mall in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.Lane e-mailed a photo of the box ... (Read More)


Arbus Auction at Phillips Canceled; Lawsuit Pending
by Jeanne Schinto

by Jeanne SchintoOn April 8 Phillips de Pury & Company announced that it had canceled its auction of recently discovered photographs by Diane Arbus. It was supposed to have taken place in New York City on April 9. "Private Sale Pending" is the reason stated for the cancellation on the ... (Read More)


The Original 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenThe Original 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, promoter Frank Gaglio's show, began Philadelphia's Antiques Week with real energy on Friday morning, April 11. Folk art dealer Allan Katz, in town for the Philadelphia Antiques Show, was first in line at 9 a.m. By the time the doors ... (Read More)


Asian Art Fair Moves to New Location
by Lita Solis-Cohen

New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenAmerican antiques shows have not been the same since 1989 when Anna and Brian Haughton launched the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at the Seventh Regiment Armory with their special brand of good design and new standards of vetting.They are known innovators. They were ... (Read More)


Market for California and American Paintings Remains Strong
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Californiaby Alice KaufmanAs usual, records were set (a dozen) and paintings were sold above their estimates at Bonhams & Butterfields' April 8 Los Angeles/San Francisco auction of California and American paintings and sculpture. Total sales added up to $4,875,280 (includes buyers' premiums), ... (Read More)


Bowmanville Show Dealers Mourn Loss of Peers
by John Norris

Bowmanville, Ontarioby John NorrisAll prices in Canadian fundsThe annual Bowmanville Show in Bowmanville, Ontario, celebrated its 35th anniversary on March 21 and 22. Although peppy pop music pumped throughout the small hall of the G.B. Rickard Recreation Complex, and the 28 dealers setting up that day bantered and swapped stories, ... (Read More)
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