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New Overhead Premium Fee at Sotheby’s
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Sotheby’s will implement a new fee as of August 1. Called an “overhead premium,” it will be payable by all auction buyers in the house’s global salesrooms and online sales. The fee, which will be 1% of the hammer price plus any applicable local taxes, “is an allocation of the ... (Read More)

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Sign of the Times
by M.A.D. staff

A hand-painted sign by Ken Manko of Manko Antiques & American Folk Art in Moody, Maine, lays out the rules for shopping in the barn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally published in the August 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2020 Maine Antique Digest ... (Read More)

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An Updated Guide to Fraktur Artists
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review Corinne Earnest (1942-2016) called her life’s work Papers for Birth Dayes, the term used to describe fraktur in the estate of prolific fraktur artist Friederich Krebs, whose juvenile son’s upbringing was entrusted to the Earnests’ direct ancestor David Ernst after Krebs’s death in 1815. Russell Earnest points out ... (Read More)

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Take a (Different) Seat
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We have a large window in the eat-in area of our kitchen that overlooks the driveway, which is surrounded by a head-high concrete retaining wall. A seat here offers a vantage point for watching the kids play and interact, and Hollie was doing just that this spring when ... (Read More)

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The Deerfield Show Will Go On
by M.A.D. staff

Amid the wreckage COVID-19 has wrought on Antiques Week in New Hampshire in August, there’s one lone exception: Gurley Antique Shows’ one-day show in Deerfield. The show, typically a kickoff event for the week, will be the only live Antiques Week show for 2020. “The Socially Distant Deerfield,” joked Rachel Gurley ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, August 2020
by Ian McKay,

Things have begun to look much better on the U.K. auction front, even if it is not yet possible to attend auctions in person. This month’s selection includes quite a few body parts, principally Roman or Indian, as well as several foxhounds, some cute gogottes, and even a fearless vegetarian ... (Read More)

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Madison-Bouckville Antique Week Canceled
by M.A.D. staff

The Madison-Bouckville Promotions board of directors has announced that the August 10-16 event has been canceled. “After discussion with multiple local and state officials it has been determined it would be unsafe to hold an event of this magnitude at this time,” a statement reads. Madison-Bouckville Antique Week comprises 14 ... (Read More)

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Making Up the Difference
by Clayton Pennington

On May 18, 2017, New York art dealer Anatole Shagalov, whose business is Nature Morte LLC, was the winning bidder at a Sotheby’s sale for an untitled work by Keith Haring (1958-1990). The hammer price was $5,600,000, and the buyer’s premium added another $937,500 for a total of $6,537,500. Shagalov never ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Gemma Sudlow
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. To give our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with in their abodes—on the walls, floors, or ceilings—we have introduced this new column, “Hanging ... (Read More)
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