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Swann Galleries’ First Lot to Break $1 Million

The top lot at Swann Galleries’ auction of 19th- and 20th-century photographs on Monday, October 15 in New York City was a partial set of Edward S. Curtis’s magnum opus, The North American Indian, with 16 complete portfolios containing his large-format photogravures and 16 fully illustrated text volumes in Morocco ... (Read More)


Noel Barrett's June Sale: "Primo Stuff Brought Primo Prices"
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions, New Hope, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenWhere to sell a lifetime collection is a big decision. Collectors of architectural toys, old bicycles, trains, mechanical banks, penny toys, and other related material chose Noel Barrett's June 16 and 17 Father's Day weekend auction at the Eagle Fire Hall ... (Read More)


Summer Art Auction Yields Over $4 Million
by Rose Safran

Barridoff Galleries, Portland, Maineby Rose SafranLast year Rob Elowitch of Barridoff Galleries was delighted. He sold over $4 million worth of art—his best auction. This year, he was also delighted. Despite a one-third buy-in rate, unusually high for this house, the August 3 auction on a hot Friday evening in ... (Read More)


Americana Sells in California
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, Californiaby Alice KaufmanReflecting on the June 25 San Francisco sale of American furniture and decorative accessories, Bonhams & Butterfields' Americana specialist Brooke Sivo said that, in general, Americana "is not an easy market today."The market for country, for instance, Sivo said, was "very soft," then ... (Read More)


Bedford Pickers Market: Not in the Minor Leagues Any More
by Fran Kramer

Bedford, New Hampshireby Fran Kramer"Frank Gaglio hit a home run," said dealer Edward Miller of Pioneer Folk Antiques, Ellsworth, Maine, an exhibitor at the tenth annual Bedford Pickers Market, held August 6 in Bedford, New Hampshire. It was a Monday opening, not a Friday "game," and Gaglio and his 100-plus ... (Read More)


Christie's Inaugural Dog Sale Fetches $2.1 Million
by Dorothy S. Gelatt

Christie's, New York Cityby Dorothy S. GelattEven though half the elegant lots were passed, Christie's first sale of mostly English and American dog paintings and sculpture—"The Dog Sale"—managed to chew up $2,169,840. But that was a lot less than most people had expected.A major reason for the relatively meager return, ... (Read More)


Rookwood XVII, Keramics 2007, Art Glass 2007
by Don Johnson

Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonSeventeen years. Riley Humler can't quite figure it. "I'm sitting here talking to you about Rookwood Seventeen, and I don't know how we got where we are. We went from 1991 to 2007 in the blink of an eye-it's scary," said Humler, director of ... (Read More)

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Collectible Computers, Screen Savers
by John P. Reid

Computer Column # 226by John P. Reid, e-mail: jreid@dca.netComputers as collectibles and homegrown screen savers are discussed.-Antique Computers?Setting up at an antiques show with an old Windows 95 computer for recording sales, I am sometimes jokingly asked, "Is that an antique?" Perhaps it is—if computer years are like dog years. ... (Read More)


No Sophomore Slump at O'Brien's Second Sporting Sale
by Jeanne Schinto

Copley Fine Art Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoA curlew carved by A. Elmer Crowell achieved a new price record at Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.'s second annual sporting sale on July 26, when it sold to a phone bidder for $186,500 (includes buyer's premium). According to O'Brien's research, it is the ... (Read More)


Historic Americana Auction
by Don Johnson

Cowan's, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonGo West, young man.If you're thinking Horace Greeley, you'd be wrong. John Soule's 1851 article in the Terre Haute (Indiana) Express originated the famous quote that has been credited with sending many a young man west across the continent. Seems it was good advice then. Ditto ... (Read More)
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