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What’s Hot in the Art, Antique and Jewelry Market?

On a daily basis, we get numerous calls and emails from people who are downsizing or moving. We’re also frequently contacted by people who have received an inheritance. All of these people have one thing in common: They want to liquidate and move on — even if that means saying goodbye to some of their most prized possessions. (more…) Read more
Paul Gaugin- La Vague from the Rockefeller Auction at Christie's

The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller:
Numerous Records Set

The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Numerous Records Set Imagine spending your life collecting art that you love from around the world. Well, that’s precisely what Peggy and David Rockefeller did. Over a lifetime together, they amassed a spectacular and diverse art collection that was literally worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Peggy and David Rockefeller: Art Lovers and Philanthropists According to their son, David Jr., the Rockfellers bought art with the thought of living with it. (more…) Read more

Nassau County Museum Of Art – New York, New York Exhibit

Nassau County Museum of Art “New York, New York” Exhibit I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art. The museum is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor 11756. What an amazing place in the middle of Long Island. The grounds are huge. They have walkways with sculptures, trails with beautiful flowers and of course the art exhibits which change every few months. In addition to the wonderful sites, the museum has educational programs for children and adults. Currently on display is the “New York, New York” exhibit. The paintings, sculptures and other artworks are really ... Read more

Why is Vintage Jewelry Better than Modern Jewelry?

Why is Vintage Jewelry Better than Modern Jewelry? If you love to accessorize, you’re always looking for something new and trendy to mix and match with your outfits. But why not start looking for something old instead? Whether you’re looking for a gift for her or treating yourself to a little bling, vintage jewelry is the way to go. What makes these antique treasures so much better than any piece of modern jewelry you could ever buy? There’s Nothing Else Like It When you walk into a modern jewelry store, you’re greeted with rows and rows of identical diamond and gold jewelry. ... Read more

Where to Identify the Value of Chinese Antiques

Where to Identify the Value of Chinese Antiques You have a Chinese antique that you think might be valuable – glassware, a vase, a furniture cabinet – and you’ve been watching a lot of Antiques Roadshow and are itching to know what it’s worth. Bringing your antiques to a television appraiser just isn’t in the cards, so you’re going to have to come up with something else. (more…) Read more

A Guide to Antique Glass

A Guide to Antique Glass One of the most common heirlooms families pass down to their children are glassware sets. As you walk by the pieces safely stowed away behind a cabinet or in a drawer, a few questions may come to mind: are they antique? Are they worth anything? Is there anything you can do to maintain them so that they can continue to be passed down in the best condition possible? In this guide to antique glass, we’ll answer all of these questions and more. (more…) Read more
Self Storage Units

Storage Units Are Not the Best Choice

Storage Units Are Not the Best Choice On a busy week we have close to 25 appointments. Our clients call us to evaluate antiques, fine art and jewelry. Most of these homeowners are either moving, or selling a house for a family member. A very common question is “What should we put in storage?” I almost always advise against using a storage unit. (more…) Read more

Asia Week New York 2016

If you’re suffering from the winter blues, then we’ve got the perfect antidote for you: it’s only a couple of weeks until Asia Week New York 2016! From the 10th to the 19th of March, five auction houses, 46 galleries, and a number of museums in NYC will celebrate Asian antiques and art. Some of the rarest and most exquisite Chinese antiques, as well as other Asian antiques and works of art, will be either on display or up for auction. If you’re interested in viewing or buying Asian antiques in New York City, the organization Asia Week New York provides an ... Read more
Antiques in Film Auction - movies

Bonhams TCM NYC Movie Auction

Bonhams (TCM) Turner Classic Movies NYC Movie Memorabilia Auction What do classic movies and antiques have in common? They both transport us to times long gone, offering us a peek into life before multimedia, when being social meant attending a cocktail party instead of spending the evening on Facebook, and when seeing a movie meant going to a actual theater instead of watching it on your smart phone. Perhaps that’s why so many of us love classic movie memorabilia. And what better place to see—or even bid on—some of the most memorable of movie-related items than at Bonhams TCM movie memorabilia auction ... Read more
Paul Evans Furniture at Sotheby's Auction © Amanda Lynn Granek

Manhattan Design Auctions

Manhattan 20th Century Design Auctions The 1950s and 60s were decades that conjure to mind liquid lunches, a martini after a hard day in the office, and low slung furniture with clean lines. Fans of the show Mad Men, which ended a few weeks ago will be familiar with this design aesthetic from the show’s sets which epitomized mid-century modern design. Later this week, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillip’s auction houses will be having their design auctions in New York City. Sotheby’s starts off the design auctions on June 9 at 10AM, followed by Phillip’s at 2PM that afternoon. The Christie’s auction ... Read more
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