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Letter from London, October 2020
by Ian McKay,

The “Classic” Case of Lucretia, the Demonic Sphinx, and Punchinello Five of the best-selling lots from the wide-ranging July 29 “Classic Art” sale held by Christie’s are featured here, and we begin with an oil on panel that is a portrait of an unidentified man by an unknown Burgundian artist—but a ... (Read More)

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The Black River Antique Show
by Clayton Pennington

Ludlow, Vermont The Black River Antique Show, held October 2 and 3, opened on Friday at 1 p.m. under a large tent pitched on the Paul P. Pullinen Field adjacent to the Ludlow Elementary School in Ludlow, Vermont. It was one of two shows that constituted Vermont Antiques Week in 2020, ... (Read More)

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Collector’s Lens
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Sometimes we like to muse about what we would do if independently wealthy. We would buy our friends a lot of “This made me think of you” gifts, we would probably have an array of interesting business cards printed just for laughs, and we might hand over mowing ... (Read More)

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Calder Mobile Brings $1,872,500, Setting Record for Hindman
by M.A.D. staff

Triple Cross, a 1947 standing mobile by Alexander Calder (1898- 1976), sold for $1,872,500 (includes buyer’s premium) at Hindman in Chicago on October 1. The 31½" x 37" x 11¾" sculpture, estimated at $600,000/800,000, set a record for the highest sale price in the Chicago auction house’s 38-year history. The ... (Read More)

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Auctioneer Sentenced
by M.A.D. staff

On August 20 auctioneer David Hall was sentenced to one to three years in prison and ordered to pay $227,100 in restitution. In February Hall had pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny for not paying over $227,000 in auction proceeds to a consignor. He was scheduled to be sentenced in ... (Read More)

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Harold Gordon, Creator of Fake “Bingham” Secretary, Sentenced
by M.A.D. staff

On September 29 Harold Gordon, 71, of Templeton, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, to five years of probation. Gordon was also ordered to pay restitution to Connecticut dealer Allan Katz in the amount of $84,500. On January 29, 2019, ... (Read More)

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GSA Establishes Rules for Art in Federal Buildings
by Clayton Pennington

On September 25 the General Services Administration (GSA) published new rules regarding the “Art in Architecture” program for federal buildings in order to comply with Executive Order No. 13934, issued by President Trump on July 3. The Executive Order, titled “Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes,” required revisions in the ... (Read More)

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The Philadelphia Print Shop Has a New Owner
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The Philadelphia Print Shop, a fixture on Germantown Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia and at major antiques shows, has been sold. The new owner is David Mackey, a Main Line commercial real estate/land developer, collector, and sometime dealer in maps and prints of Chester County (www.malvernmaps.com). Mackey ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Alexandra Mann-Nelson
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. Because we all might enjoy staring at someone else’s walls for a change, this column gives our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with ... (Read More)

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Lyman Parks Portraits: A Major Private Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Private sales are a big part of the art and antiques business. Discoveries and record prices are reported by auctioneers and sometimes touted by dealers at shows. Museums occasionally send out press releases when they buy something special. But private sales are, well, private. We never know who is selling ... (Read More)
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