Tag Archives: Art

In the Digital Age, What Is Original Art?

In the Digital Age, What Is Original Art?

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn For collectors of original comic art – and indeed, art of many different media – the digital age seems to have thrown a monkey wrench into the works. Even when traditional elements are part of the process, the existence of one, true original can be in doubt. To go […]

Reviving Nathaniel Dusk, Recreating Star Wars

Reviving Nathaniel Dusk, Recreating Star Wars

Comic Character Collectibles by J.C. Vaughn Nathaniel Dusk, Private Investigator While it’s a distinctly different take than the original, the appearance of Nathaniel Dusk, Private Investigator, in the current DC superhero series Doomsday Clock has prompted many to try to find out more about the character. One of the great developments during the creative boom […]

Antiques Peek: August 2018

Antiques Peek: August 2018

The Art of Native American Sand Painting by Jessica Kosinski Among the many traditions of the American Southwest are Native American traditions steeped in cultural significance. One of those traditions is the creation of sand paintings. Sand paintings are beautiful and highly collectible works of art today. However, the original purpose of sand painting among […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nancy Drew cover illustration, $35,000, Swann Auction Galleries

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nancy Drew cover illustration, $35,000, Swann Auction Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The watercolor, ink and gouache cover art for the 1944 book The Secret in the Old Attic, for Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #21 by Carolyn Keene, by illustrator Russell H. Tandy, sold for $35,000 at an Illustration Art Auction held June 5th by Swann […]

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

A Unique Exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg Collecting and Living with Treasured Southwestern American Art For generations, anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms created brilliantly colored, boldly designed pictorial blankets and rugs as was their longstanding cultural and artistic tradition. They adapted and modified their weavings from the world around them and created an art […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Bertoia sculpture. $275,000, Rago Arts

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Bertoia sculpture. $275,000, Rago Arts

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A large Bush sculpture from midcentury modern designer Harry Bertoia sold for $275,000 at Design Auctions held May 19th and 20th by Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. Also, Masai (Twelve Elements) by glass artist Lino Tagliapietra gaveled for $118,750; a bench […]

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

…& the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Courtesy of SWAIA, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Adapted from “History of the Santa Fe Indian Market” by Bruce Bernstein Each August, the historic city of Santa Fe, NM welcomes the Santa Fe Indian Market, enveloping the town’s central Plaza and surrounding streets. In addition to the […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Hockney photo portfolio, $75,000, Millea Brothers

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Hockney photo portfolio, $75,000, Millea Brothers

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A David Hockney 1976 photo portfolio from the collection of Ileana Sonnabend sold for $75,000 at a Spring Select Auction held May 17-19 by Millea Brothers in Boonton, N.J. Also, a 17th or 18th century Italian specimen marble top on table base made $43,750; […]

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Time in a Bottle By Maxine Carter-Lome Antique glass bottles (essentially those made before World War I) are interesting historical artifacts – hand-made, mouth-blown works of art crafted in beautiful shapes and vivid colors not typically seen today. For these reasons and others, they are appreciated by historians, serious collectors, and enthusiasts who can’t resist […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $11,687 (76 bids, 25 bidders): Antique Stevens Painted Cast Iron Monkey Velocipede Tricycle Bell Pull Toy. Measuring 8 1/2 inches long by 8 1/4 inches to the top of the monkey’s hat, this rare Tricycle Bell Toy is in amazing condition except for one problem. In the close-up photographs […]