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The Whimsical and “Thoughtfully Made” Hit Home Runs
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Freeman’s Freeman’s May 21 sale of jewelry and watches—which in pre-pandemic times would have been a live sale—was held online, and there were many ways to “attend” the auction. I communicated via e-mail with Virginia Salem, vice president, and department head of jewelry and watches, and ... (Read More)


Sotheby’s Prohibition Sale
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Sotheby’s, New York City Photos courtesy Sotheby’s Marking the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, which was established by the 18th Amendment and implemented by the Volstead Act, Sotheby’s ran an online sale May 7-21, filled with vintage cocktail shakers, flasks, wine bottle holders, ice tongs, pitchers, cups, and fine silver from Alan Bedwell, ... (Read More)


Pent-up Demand Leads to Strong Showing of Western Americana
by Alice Kaufman

Witherell’s, Sacramento, California Photos courtesy Witherell’s Sacramento auctioneer Brian Witherell said his May 21 Western Americana auction featuring Gold Rush items, Western advertising, paintings, bronzes, and Native American arts did better this year than in the past. Usually the auction is promoted at the Old West Show in Grass Valley, California, which ... (Read More)


American and European Art
by Danielle Arnet

Hindman Auctions, Chicago, Illinois Photos courtesy Hindman Auctions After a viral pandemic upended auctions earlier this year, collectors’ thoughts turned next to the new normal—whatever that could be. It makes sense that staff at Hindman Auctions in Chicago had to have major worries, even butterflies, before a clutch of previously planned fine ... (Read More)


Online Sale Recalls Farm Sales of the Past
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Pook & Pook, Inc. Pook & Pook’s online sale on May 20 was one of those that regularly follow its major catalog sales: material deemed not quite worthy of illustrations in a printed catalog. These sales call to mind the once common farm sales ... (Read More)


Country Americana and Decorative Arts
by Don Johnson

Garth’s Auctions, Columbus, Ohio Photos courtesy Garth’s Auctions May was different at Garth’s Auctions. That’s not how Jeff Jeffers, CEO and principal auctioneer, would have wanted it, but with Ohio restricting businesses and gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the way things were. The trouble was, May is always a big ... (Read More)

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“A Strong and Continuing Demand”
by Mary Ann Brown

Antique Jewelry & Gemology Photos courtesy Brunk Auctions Brunk Auctions in Asheville, North Carolina, held its two-day “Spring Premier and Emporium Auction” May 15 and 16, and the first day of the sale included 156 lots of antique to contemporary jewelry and timepieces that achieved a 98% sell-through rate, indicating “a strong ... (Read More)


Virginia Pickers Takes a Step into the New World
by Walter C. Newman

Virginia Pickers Antiques and Collectables Show, Glen Allen, Virginia The fourth installment of the Virginia Pickers Antiques and Collectables Show was held on its originally scheduled dates at Gilman’s Farm in Glen Allen, Virginia, May 15 and 16. As with virtually all antiques events, the fate of the Pickers show had ... (Read More)


Spring Sale Makes $2.5 Million
by Susan Emerson Nutter

Bertoia Auctions, Vineland, New Jersey Spring Sale Makes $2.5 Million Sometimes you just have to go for it. “At the beginning of March, once we realized everything was probably going to be shut down due to COVID-19, we knew we had to address our spring toy auction slated for May 7 and ... (Read More)


Bidders Undeterred by Pandemic or Remote Format of African Americana Sale
by Jeanne Schinto

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries "I am still somewhat dumbfounded that we managed to pull off a strong sale given the circumstances,” director of books and manuscripts Rick Stattler wrote in an e-mail shortly after Swann’s annual printed and manuscript African Americana sale on May 7. The auction ... (Read More)
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