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The Salon Art + Design 2017
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Salon Art + Design, held November 9-13, 2017, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, exploded with color—from the neon shades of yellow, orange, and turquoise on the show’s catalog to the deep reds, pinks, and greens of the stones used by jeweler and lead ... (Read More)

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American Art at Sotheby’s
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Sotheby’s American art auction on May 23, 2017, was all about the Rockwells that sold, whereas the sale on November 13, 2017, was all about the Rockwells that were withdrawn by a court order. No Credit Given (Boy and Shopkeeper) by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), one of ... (Read More)

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The Delaware Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Wilmington, Delaware Was it the buoyant stock market, the promise of tax cuts, realistic prices on dealers’ tags in a tax-free state, or the hard work of dealers who reached out to clients ahead of time that that made shoppers ready to buy at the Delaware Antiques Show in Wilmington, Delaware, ... (Read More)

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Steady Sales at Hunt Country Antiques Fair
by Walter C. Newman

Middleburg, Virginia The 26th Hunt Country Antiques Fair, held November 11 and 12, 2017, at the Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia, was produced, promoted, and managed by Dordy Fontinel Show Management, Inc. Fontinel manages several shows in the mid-Atlantic states, and attendees have become familiar with the consistent quality of the ... (Read More)

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Miniature Portraits Lead at Evans Americana Sale
by Walter C. Newman

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Mt. Crawford, Virginia Photos courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates held its 33rd cataloged auction of Americana and fine antiques on November 10 and 11, 2017. These semiannual sales are designed to emphasize items from Virginia and the South. As is his custom, ... (Read More)

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Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Rhinoceros Horn
by M.A.D. staff

Irish national Michael Hegarty, 40, pleaded guilty on September 29 in U.S. District Court in Miami to fraudulently facilitating the transportation and concealment of a rhinoceros horn libation cup that was smuggled from the United States to Great Britain in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In mid-April 2012, Hegarty ... (Read More)

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Dan Morphy: The Man with a Specialized Plan
by Karla Klein Albertson

Head of the House Photos courtesy Morphy Auctions Dan Morphy had the good fortune to grow up in a collecting family. His physician father, Dr. John C. Morphy Sr., and his mother, Janet, took him along on the antiques trail, and Dan began acquiring and dealing his favorite specialties as a very ... (Read More)

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Witek Sentenced for Mail Fraud
by M.A.D. staff

Daniel Witek, 54, of Buffalo, New York, who was convicted of mail fraud, was sentenced to time served (six months) by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny on November 8, 2017. He was also ordered to pay $2100 in restitution. Witek was a volunteer at the Buffalo History Museum in ... (Read More)

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Changes at the Winter Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Michael Lynch, Lucinda Ballard, and Arie Kopelman. Arie L. Kopelman, the chairman of the Winter Antiques Show for the last 25 years, was made for the job. As president and CEO of Chanel, Inc. at its New York City headquarters, he is credited with transforming Chanel from a reported $357 million ... (Read More)

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Hoarder or Collector? Some Readings and Reflections
by Jeanne Schinto

“Why do you collect all these newspapers?” I asked Uncle Arthur. Uncle Arthur tilted his head and looked at me curiously from slitted eyes. “I don’t collect them.” “Then why do you have so many?” “I’ve been busy. I haven’t had time to read them.” Uncle Arthur’s papers closed around us like a dark ... (Read More)
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