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Bonhams Raises Buyer’s Premium
by M.A.D. staff

On March 4 Bonhams raised its buyer’s premium. The new rates are 27.5% on the first $3000 of the hammer price; 25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3000 up to and including $400,000; 20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and ... (Read More)


by M.A.D. staff

On February 17, just a month after she had shepherded a successful Outsider art sale at Christie’s, Cara Zimmerman gave birth to Alexander Dylan Forsyth, 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 inches long. Mother and father could not be happier, she wrote in an e-mail. Originally published in the April 2019 ... (Read More)

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Another Slice of the Loaf
by Clayton Pennington, Editorial April 2019

In a world where transactional costs are coming down thanks to technology, four big auction houses—Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Phillips, and Bonhams—have all “adjusted” their buyer’s premium, making it even costlier for buyers to acquire art and antiques via auction. None have crossed the 25% line, except for Bonhams, which now charges 27.5% ... (Read More)

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The Frenzy for Fresh to the Market
by Baron Perlman

Feature Fresh-to-the-market antiques seem as desirable to collectors as fresh-to-the-market corn on the cob, tomatoes, or other vegetables at a farmer’s stand. Dealers talk up pieces in their shops and show booths as untouched by the eyes of collectors. Entire shows take pride in antiques that have not been shopped around. ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, April 2019
by Ian McKay,

One Last Look at the Old Year and Old Masters Illustrated and/or featured here, though in some instances only briefly identified, is a selection of some of the old masters that caught my eye in end-of-season picture sales in London. I started out with rather more, but in order to wrap ... (Read More)

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What’s New in Word Processors
by John P. Reid

Computer Column #363 The computer has become a most important tool for writers. Those who write on a computer word processor may not know how difficult writing was on a typewriter. Four decades ago, I wrote by typewriter an article for a camping magazine on forest fires. In those days, manuscripts ... (Read More)

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The Art of Being Irrational
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We all like to think we are rational human beings, that we have it together and see the world as it is. After all, the world is a safer place if we are able to predict our own reactions and choices, and all the more so if we ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, April 2019
by M.A.D. staff

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and website for ... (Read More)


Editorial: Shine on the Apple
by Clayton Pennington

Editorial, March 2019 Americana Week in New York City has undergone a discernable shift, more noticeable this year than ever before. The sales at the auction houses are no longer strictly Americana; the Winter Show, sans the word “antiques,” has fewer Americana dealers; and the only satellite show still standing—The Art, Design ... (Read More)
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