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Sammons Sentenced to Prison
by M.A.D. staff

Timothy Sammons, 63, a former art sales agent operating in New York and London, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for stealing at least $10 million through a criminal scheme involving the sale of valuable artwork. On July 2 Sammons pleaded guilty to all 15 counts in the ... (Read More)

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Chester County Antiques Show Gets New Managers
by Lita Solis-Cohen

"Change is good,” said Allison Snavely, the director of development at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), in response to being asked why the CCHS is changing managers when Wesley Sessa had kept the Chester County Historical Society Antiques & Art Show running for 37 years. Sessa had recruited new dealers ... (Read More)

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Antiques Mall Owner Charged with 34 Counts of Conversion
by M.A.D. staff

Antiques Mall Owner Charged with 34 Counts of Conversion On February 14 Parke County (Indiana) Prosecutor Steve Cevengos requested that the Indiana State Police investigate Jill Dixon, 54, of Cayuga, Indiana, owner of Timeless and Classic Antique Mall LLC, for failing to reimburse consignors. The findings of the investigation were presented ... (Read More)

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Have a Little Faith
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

We spend a lot of time on the road, and there are only so many rounds of the “alphabet game” one can stand—or only so many columns one can hear hashed out (if you asked the kids)—so we have become huge fans of podcasts. Podcasts might seem daunting and newfangled, ... (Read More)

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Blackwell Auctions Recovers Antique Silver Stolen in 2011
by M.A.D. staff

Blackwell Auctions, Clearwater, Florida, returned several dozen antique silver items, including an 1804 Saunders Pitman coin silver pitcher and tumbler set, after the auction house discovered that the collection had been looted from a Baltimore silver dealer, Imperial Half Bushel, in 2011. “A retired dealer consigned a box of assorted silver ... (Read More)

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Collector Alleges He Was Suckered
by M.A.D. staff

New York City collector Stuart Pivar thinks he got suckered, and on July 16 he filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court of the State of New York against attorney John McFadden. The case revolves around the sculpture Mlle. Pogany II by Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957). According to court papers, in April 2019 ... (Read More)

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Heritage Wins Arbitration Case against Christie’s and Collectrium
by M.A.D. staff

In 2017 Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, filed suit against Christie’s and Collectrium, a Christie’s company. Heritage accused Christie’s and Collectrium of “scraping” the website of Heritage Auctions to appropriate information and images without permission. Heritage alleged copyright infringement, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, violation of the Digital Millennium ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, September 2019
by Ian McKay,

So many splendid summer sales from which to choose and, as a consequence, a good many wonderful things by necessity held over for future issues. A is for Antiquities, and this month’s selection includes a very expensive but trouble-making pharaoh before presenting a selection that has a definite animal theme to ... (Read More)

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The Winter Show Announces 2020 Exhibitors
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Collectors and those who look forward each year to the grand January conclave of connoisseurs now known as The Winter Show (sans the word antiques) anticipate the publication of the list of dealers new to the show in the same way sports fans follow the NFL Draft. New players in ... (Read More)

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The Firewall Holds
by Clayton Pennington

The Americana market, which has faced serious questions, faced a crucial test in early August. The six shows that make up Antiques Week in New Hampshire—now the most important cluster of American antiques shows—provided a reading of the pulse of the market. If New Hampshire Antiques Week encountered the problems ... (Read More)
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