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Morphy’s To Auction Items From Toy Aircraft Collection

Morphy’s To Auction Items From Toy Aircraft Collection

A man of many talents, Geoffrey Randolph Webster – “GR” to his friends – is a retired businessman, author and portrait painter who divides his time between Florida and the idyllic French Riviera. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a master’s degree in business and retired as president and CEO of […]

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General Burnside’s sword and Purdey and Sons earliest known pistols lead June Bonhams Arms & Armor auction

General Burnside’s sword and Purdey and Sons earliest known pistols lead June Bonhams Arms & Armor auction

The Antique Arms and Armor auction at Bonhams, June 11, will feature such highlights as a sword presented to Civil War Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, as well as a cased pair of the earliest known dueling pistols made by the prestigious English gun-maker, James Purdey. The historic figural hilt presentation sword was given to […]

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Cameo brooch gifted by Caroline Bonaparte to be auctioned by Bonhams

Cameo brooch gifted by Caroline Bonaparte to be auctioned by Bonhams

An intricate cameo brooch gifted by Caroline Bonaparte, the younger sister of Napoleon I that was sourced in Scotland is one of the highlights of the Fine Jewellery sale, taking place at Bonhams on April 25th in London, New Bond Street. Designed by the Roman gem-engraver Nicolo Morelli who was patronised by Napoleon I and […]

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Brazilian Pedro I Coronation Piece Leads 5,300+ Heritage Auctions CICF Offerings

Brazilian Pedro I Coronation Piece Leads 5,300+ Heritage Auctions CICF Offerings

An extraordinary Brazilian Pedro I gold Coronation 6,400 Reis of 1822R, just one of 64 minted, provides a historic and emotional anchor to the 5,300+-lot Heritage Auctions’ World & Ancient Coins CICF Signature® Auction, April 26-30, at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Rosemont, IL. It is expected to bring $100,000+. The auction will take place […]

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Sotheby’s to auction African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian art in New York on 11 May

Sotheby’s to auction African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian art in New York on 11 May

Sotheby’s will present their annual sales of African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art on 11 May 2012 in New York. Luluwa Helmet Mask, Democratic Republic Of The Congo. Height 12 inches. Est $1.5/2.5 million The auctions will be dominated by works from distinguished private collections much of which has not appeared on the market for decades. […]

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1792 Silver Center Cent for Heritage Auctions CSNS Event

1792 Silver Center Cent for Heritage Auctions CSNS Event

One of the most historic coins struck by the early U.S. Mint, a 1792 Judd-1 Silver Center cent pattern, MS61 Brown PCGS, headlines the Heritage Auctions April 2012 Central States Signature® U.S. Coin Auction, April 18-20, with Platinum Night™ offerings on April 19. “Our long-running relationship with the Central States Numismatic Society and conducting its […]

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Rare Indian chess sets to be auctioned by Bonhams on May 1

Rare Indian chess sets to be auctioned by Bonhams on May 1

An early Indian lacquered ivory figural chess set is one of the highlights of the Chess and Games sale taking place on the 1st May at Bonhams, Knightsbridge. Made in Rajasthan circa 1850, the set is estimated to sell for £7,000 – 9,000 and represents the British East India Company versus Indian Forces. One side […]

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Scott of the Antarctic farewell letter for £163,250 at Bonhams

Scott of the Antarctic farewell letter for £163,250 at Bonhams

The first of the farewell letters written in the Antarctic by Captain Robert Scott as he realised that he and his team would not survive was sold at Bonhams Polar Sale in London on 30 March for £163,250. It had been estimated to make £100,000-150,000. The letter, which was found on Scott’s body in November […]

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Sotheby’s announce auction of Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons on 17 April in New York

Sotheby’s announce auction of Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons on 17 April in New York

Sotheby’s New York auction of Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & Icons on 17 April 2012 will offer a strong selection of rare and magnificent objects, many of which are emerging from private collections where they have been hidden for decades. Faberge Carved Lapis Lazuli Desk Clock Mounted in Gold, Silver, and Enamel, Workmaster Henrik […]

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Newly Discovered 1823 William Stone Printing Of The Declaration Of Independence for Sale At Heritage Auctions

Newly Discovered 1823 William Stone Printing Of The Declaration Of Independence for Sale At Heritage Auctions

A newly discovered 1823 printing of the Declaration of Independence, painstakingly engraved and printed by William Stone to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of The United States, is expected to bring $250,000+ when it comes across the auction block on April 11 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction at […]

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First Edition Of Adam Smith’s 1776 ‘Wealth Of Nations’ Anchors The James And Deborah Boyd Collection In Heritage Auction

First Edition Of Adam Smith’s 1776 ‘Wealth Of Nations’ Anchors The James And Deborah Boyd Collection In Heritage Auction

A rare and well-kept 1776 first edition of Adam Smith’s groundbreaking work of economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, described by Printing and the Mind of Man as “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought,” the centerpiece of the very special James and Deborah Boyd Collection, […]

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Sotheby’s Auctioneers names Ryoichi Hirano as International Senior Specialist for Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Sotheby’s Auctioneers names Ryoichi Hirano as International Senior Specialist for Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Sotheby’s has announced the appointment of Ryoichi Hirano, the former head of the art gallery Hirano Kotoken, as International Senior Specialist for Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Deputy Managing Director, Sotheby’s Japan. Mr. Hirano, the third generation of the famed Hirano family of dealers in Chinese works of art, will be joining Sotheby’s […]

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