Archive for January, 2012

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Sotheby’s London – The Collection of Giovanni and Gabriella Barilla

January 27th, 2012 by

From their Geneva residence, the collection of Giovanni and Gabriella Barilla, descendants of the famous dynasty of pasta makers, encompasses pieces for both the passionate and composed collector. Among one of the most important European collections of German and Italian porcelain, early Meissen by Böttger, Baroque commedia dell’arte figures by Kändler, and rare models and harlequins from the Wiessenfels group, mix happily with exceptional and very rare Capodimonte pieces, Buen Retiro, Vezzi and Fabrica Ferdinandea, Napoli groups and figures – altogether encapsulating the vibrance of ‘carnival’. Together with colourful Maiolica, Faenza and Della Robbia, these compliment and enrich the collection of elegant 18th century Venetian furniture and paintings, drawings, silver, works of art, books and 15th century manuscripts.


Sotheby’s New York – American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

January 27th, 2012 by

Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments through February 5th for the American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale, to be held on April 5th, 2012.


O’Hara’s Gallery Auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Achieves Over $1.5 Million

January 26th, 2012 by

Proving once again that global demand for the best and most unique property is as strong as ever, the sale of property from O’Hara’s Gallery realized $1,539,060 at Leslie Hindman.


Swann Galleries – African American Fine Art

January 26th, 2012 by
February 16, 2012
Features the first William T. Williams painting to appear at auction, a monumental 1971 acrylic on canvas titled Eastern Star.


Friends of Lovejoy Library 41st Annual SIUE Antiques Show & Sale

January 20th, 2012 by – American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show

January 20th, 2012 by

Appraiser in Collectibles, Memorabilia and Toys to Appear at Old Greenwich Toy, Coin-Op Show

January 20th, 2012 by


HERSHEY, Pa – Organizers of the highly anticipated American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show, just announced a new addition for the event that will allow attendees to bring their old toys to be appraised.

 Gary Sohmers, an expert in Pop Culture, Collectibles, Toys and Memorabilia, is scheduled to appear at the show to do Verbal Appraisal Values for Antiques and Collectibles, while occupying a 24 ft. by 8 ft. booth to display and sell merchandise, according to the show’s promoter, USA Theatres.

“Gary Sohmers has appeared as an appraiser in Collectibles, Memorabilia and Toys for 13 seasons on the PBS television program ‘Antiques Roadshow’,” said Ronald M. Vastola, Outreach Coordinator of USA Theatres.  “Mr. Sohmers’ appearance is an extraordinary addition to the show.”

The American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show is set to debut on Saturday, March 3, at the Eastern Civic Center, situated within walking distance from the Metro-North Train Station in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

According to USA Theatres, the show will feature quality exhibitors buying, selling and trading an array of antique and collectible toys, such as character toys, tin toys, mechanical toys, banks, trains, actions figures, diecast vehicles, games, model kits, advertising items, and coin-ops (jukeboxes, slot machines, etc…).

Some of the high quality dealers who will be exhibiting at the inaugural show include Tom Miano, owner of Serious Toyz; Fred Franklin, owner of Rec Room Specialties; and Mike and Lauren Czajkowski, co-owners of Milo Toys & Collectables, to just name a few.

Additional dealers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who specialize in coin-operated machines and other related antique toys and collectibles, have responded to the show; including Dan Morphy, owner of Morphy Auctions, who is interested in utilizing 24 feet of exhibit space.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at the show, provided by Joemomma Foods, Inc. of Hershey, Pa.

General admission into the show is $10 for adults, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday; while early buyers are welcome Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. and also Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. for $20 per person each day.  Parking is free and children under 12 will be admitted for free, accompanied by a paying adult.

Exhibit space is currently available; however, exhibitors are encouraged to sign up soon as spaces are very limited.


For further information, call (717) 542-0567 or email

You may also visit the website,

Anyone wishing to reserve a hotel room should contact the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, the official hotel of the American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show.  The hotel is conveniently located just 1.4 miles, 4 minutes from the Civic Center.

Mention the show to receive a special room rate of just $79 per night (promo code:  AMA).  The hotel can be reached by visiting their website or calling them directly at (203) 967-2222.


Sotheby’s Wine

January 17th, 2012 by

Auction results online now at

Sotheby’s New York – Old Master Drawings

January 17th, 2012 by

Sotheby’s Old Master Drawings sales offer works created in Continental Europe between the 15th and the early 19th centuries using media such as pen and ink, chalk, metalpoint, brush and wash, watercolour and gouache executed primarily on paper supports, but also sometimes on vellum. Styles and subjects vary enormously, ranging from working figure and composition studies by Renaissance Masters such as Michelangelo, to designs for prints, stained glass, textiles or silverware, and independent landscape watercolours or natural history illustrations.

Our global team located in London and New York has overseen notable sales of work by artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn and Canaletto and Fragonard, amongst others. Learn more about this department in Records & Results.

Sotheby’s Old Master Drawings department conducts two main sales per year in early July in London, and in late January in New York. Both sales include a section of Early British drawings, watercolours and miniatures.

Sotheby’s – Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints and Carpets

January 17th, 2012 by

Welcome to Sotheby’s new catalogue app exclusively for the iPad. Complimentary catalogues for our 2012 sales are available in this exciting new format. Additionally, the full selection of our catalogues is accessible using your browser on our website,