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Heritage Auctions Eclipses 1.25 Million Online Bidder-Members
by M.A.D. staff

Heritage Auctions has eclipsed 1.25 million online bidder-members who use its online platform (www.HA.com) to buy and sell objects across more than 40 collecting categories, the Dallas, Texas-based auction house recently announced. “Heritage Auctions remains at the forefront of auction technology, and our free database of nearly 5 million lots has ... (Read More)

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Thanksgiving Americana
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth's Auctions ... (Read More)

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Seabrook Family Portraits on View at MESDA
by M.A.D. staff

A group of family portraits painted in Richmond, Virginia, during the American Revolution are now on exhibit at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The portraits of the Seabrook family are the work of the so-called “Payne Limner,” who worked in Virginia during the ... (Read More)

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Passion in Collecting
by Baron Perlman

Passion: many collectors have it. Some believe it is the engine that keeps the collecting world turning and churning. It certainly leads to a variety of behaviors that those in the non-collecting world might consider unusual, even bizarre. (Of course, passionate love does the same thing.) I think of Brimfield ... (Read More)

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The Other Simon Willard, Clockmaker
by Bob Frishman

Photos courtesy Willard House & Clock Museum While not quite a household name, Simon Willard (1753-1848) is well known to American decorative arts scholars and collectors as an eminent and innovative Massachusetts clockmaker. His signed clocks, including the “banjo” style that he invented, continue to earn top prices. He was just ... (Read More)

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Two Art Auctions
by Alice Kaufman

Bonhams, Los Angeles, California Photos courtesy Bonhams In this one story M.A.D. is covering two Bonhams auctions in Los Angeles on November 25, 2019: the sale of the Eddie Basha collection of Western American art, and Bonhams’ traditional California and Western art auction. San Francisco specialist Aaron Bastian said the two auctions ... (Read More)

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The Louisiana Purchase Auction: Magnificent Portrait Closes 2019 with a Flourish
by Karla Klein Albertson

Neal Auction Company, New Orleans, Louisiana The Neal Auction Company in New Orleans wrapped up its 2019 activity with its most important sale, the Louisiana Purchase Auction. Held this time on November 23 and 24, 2019, the annual event traditionally focuses on regional material, both historical and contemporary. These consignments are ... (Read More)

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Casco Bay Closes Out Its First Calendar Year
by Mark Sisco

Casco Bay Auctions, Freeport, Maine It was a small auction, only about 220 lots. But on November 23, 2019, it came near the end of the first calendar year in business for auctioneer Andrew Davis and his Casco Bay Auctions in Freeport, Maine. Davis reported that he was satisfied with the ... (Read More)

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

Albrecht Altdorfer (German, circa 1480-1538), The Small Spruce, 1517-20, etching with watercolor, 6¼" x 4⅝". Albertina, Vienna (DG1926/1778). Image © The Albertina Museum, Vienna (Peter Ertl and Olga Pohankova). —Through January 20, 2020 —New York City The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) presents The Renaissance of Etching. Etching is an intaglio printmaking ... (Read More)

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Suspect Seizure
by Clayton Pennington

Consider the plight of Wiscasset, Maine, dealer James Kochan and his rare Jacob Hurd (1702-1758) silver sword. Kochan was due to sell the sword—steeped in history—at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor, Connecticut, to benefit his newest venture, the Mars & Neptune Trust, a nonprofit formed to foster knowledge of military ... (Read More)
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