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Vocational Awe
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface One of the challenges of self-employment is that there are very few “lines” in our lives that divide our days into sections. This is especially true since we opened an auction house, but it is true of being self-employed in any way these days. There are for many ... (Read More)

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Online American Art Auction
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Bonhams Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Photos courtesy Bonhams Skinner American art from collections across the United States met at Bonhams Skinner’s online auction that ran February 26 to March 6 and brought impressive results. Falling Arrow is by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), an Ohio-born artist who trained in Europe before discovering Taos and Santa ... (Read More)

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The Outsider Art Fair
by Julie Schlenger Adell

New York City The Outsider Art Fair continues to mature, and its 32nd edition, held February 29 to March 3 in New York City, garnered the respect the fair has worked to achieve along with rave reviews. Critics from national newspapers celebrated the art and the artists, claiming the relevance of the ... (Read More)

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A Dragonfly, a Kas, and a Freak Show Sign
by Kay Manning

Carlsen Gallery, Inc., Freehold, New York Photos courtesy Carlsen Gallery, Inc. He waves a turned-wood gavel at employees and guests. He calls out mounting bids, “nine hundred, ten hundred, eleven hundred.” He remembers when he could sell linen-press brasses for more than he’s likely to get for the whole piece today. Russell Carlsen ... (Read More)

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Strong Sales for Single-Day Show
by Don Johnson

A Gathering on the Prairie, Arthur, Illinois The fall edition of A Gathering on the Prairie was held March 2 at the Otto Center in Arthur, Illinois. The show featured 57 dealers. As the only single-day event during the semiannual Antiques Week in Central Illinois, which features three shows (four in the ... (Read More)

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Country Antiques, Primitives, and Americana
by Don Johnson

Country Spirit Antique Show, Arcola, Illinois The spring edition of the Country Spirit Antique Show was held March 1 and 2 in Arcola, Illinois. The show featured 50 dealers from 19 states and was part of the semiannual Antiques Week in Central Illinois, which offers three shows (four in the fall) ... (Read More)

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Rate Changes at Sotheby’s
by M.A.D. Staff

On February 1 Sotheby’s announced a dramatic change to both its buying and selling commissions. On May 20 the buyer’s premium will be 20% of the hammer price up to and including $6 million. Beyond $6 million, the buyer’s premium drops to 10%. The previous buyer’s premium was 26% up to ... (Read More)

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Outsider Art Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Christie’s, New York City Photos courtesy Christie’s Christie’s annual Outsider art auction, held March 1 to coincide with the Outsider Art Fair (OAF), was a rambunctious affair filled with giddy anticipation. The salesroom was almost at capacity as collectors filed in and embraced or nodded hellos to their fellow collectors. It is ... (Read More)

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Seduction and the Casting of Spells
by Baron Perlman

“I just love that highboy! Look at the (portrait) bust. Oh, the lines! Oh, the legs! The curves. Original surface.” The very language of antiques collecting seems oddly like that of romance (OK, maybe not “original surface”). Marvelous objects entice, ensorcell, enchant, enrapture. Hardened collectors can be reluctant romancers, yet they ... (Read More)

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Americana at Bonhams Skinner
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo

Bonhams Skinner, Marlborough, Massachusetts Bonhams Skinner’s online Americana auction held February 19-29 presented bidders with an eclectic array of antiques, most with deep historical interest. Glass was offered from the collection of scholar and collector Dorothy-Lee Jones Ward (1927-2022), founder of the Jones Gallery of Glass and Ceramics at Douglas Hill in ... (Read More)
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