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Hundreds of Documents Allegedly Stolen from New York State Library
by Jessica Best and Betty Flood

by Jessica Best and Betty FloodHundreds of historic documents and artifacts from the New York State Library's Education Department were allegedly stolen and sold on eBay, at shows, or in person by a New York state employee. An estimated 300 to 400 items were stolen in 2007 alone, with 90% ... (Read More)

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Bonhams Expands in New York City
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenBonhams is planning a big expansion in New York City. The international auction house has taken over the lease of the Dahesh Museum of Art's space in the IBM Building at the southwest corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue. According to its Web site, the Dahesh Museum ... (Read More)


Design Sale at Phillips
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Phillips de Pury & Company, New York Cityby Lita Solis-CohenAlexander Payne, director of design sales at Phillips de Pury & Company, is known for offering cutting-edge 21st-century design in its semiannual auctions. The stunning presale exhibitions in Phillips' light-filled third-floor headquarters on 15th Street overlooking the Hudson River in New ... (Read More)


Successful Second Half of 2007 Led by Paintings and Furniture
by Karla Klein Albertson

New Orleans Auction Galleries, New Orleans, Louisianaby Karla Klein AlbertsonThe most predictable thing about the auction business is its unpredictability. Universal bidding on line—across the nation, around the world—allows collectors to access their heart's desire wherever it hits the auction block. New Orleans Auction Galleries (NOAG) on Magazine Street continues ... (Read More)


Important Design at Auction
by Danielle Arnet

Wright, Chicago, Illinoisby Danielle ArnetWright auctions always hold a few surprises, but Richard Wright outdid himself with the December 9 and 11, 2007, two-session sale. It began with an entire Gio Ponti modular hotel room for the 9th Triennale of Milan in 1951, which sold for $324,000 (including buyer's premium). ... (Read More)

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Auction Law and Ethics: The Buck Stops Here
by Steve Proffitt

Auction Law and EthicsThe Buck Stops Hereby Steve ProffittSometimes an unusual combination of words becomes a memorable idiom—"bite the bullet," "close, but no cigar," "dead as a door nail," "pig in a poke," "raining cats and dogs," and "the whole ball of wax" are examples. I'm going to give you ... (Read More)


Private Caroliniana Collection at Charlton Hall
by Pete Prunkl

Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc., Columbia, South Carolinaby Pete PrunklOver his lifetime, journalist and businessman August Kohn (1868-1930) acquired maps, pamphlets, and books related to his beloved South Carolina. His vast collection descended to his daughter, Helen Kohn Hennig (1896-1961). A writer like her father, she treasured and expanded the collection. ... (Read More)

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Davis Charges Salander "Stole and Converted" $30 Million Worth of Art
by David Hewett

by David HewettEarl Davis, the son of prominent American artist Stuart Davis, filed a complaint in federal court on February 1, 2008, charging Lawrence and Julie Salander with fraud, embezzlement, larceny, theft and conversion, false pretenses, and willful and malicious injury. Davis charged that the value of the paintings both ... (Read More)


Louisiana Purchase Auction Offers Best of the South
by Karla Klein Albertson

Neal Auction Company, New Orleans, Louisianaby Karla Klein AlbertsonNeal Alford, president and chief auctioneer of the Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, has a favorite saying, "You'll rue the day!" which he throws at the ladies and gentlemen of the audience when they fail to bid and buy the ... (Read More)


Auction Fever Keeps Inuit Art Market Alive
by John Norris

Waddington's, Toronto, Ontarioby John NorrisAll prices in Canadian fundsIrony of ironies. In June 2007, when the Canadian dollar was creeping up to almost par with the U.S. dollar, Toronto Inuit art dealer Joseph McLeod complained, "The Americans have slammed on the brakes. No one is buying the piddly three-hundred-dollar things."McLeod ... (Read More)
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