CHICAGO – Hindman LLC announces today that it has acquired auction houses Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions. The new venture brings together two of America’s defining auction firms, uniting a nationwide network of specialists and resources. Born to serve and grow the industry landscape through digital transformation and customer service, Hindman LLC reflects the shared vision of Leslie Hindman and Wes Cowan, the respective founders of each firm.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With a history of smash results for celebrity and entertainment memorabilia under its belt – including 100% sell-through rates from its sales of Studio 54, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Karl Lagerfeld archives – Palm Beach Modern Auctions’ spinoff of its pop culture division has seemed inevitable to industry observers. That time has now arrived. The West Palm Beach auction house is releasing its satellite entertainment division from the mothership with the launch of Urban Culture Auctions (UCA). Consignments are currently being accepted for a debut auction this spring, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.
BOSTON – A rare Marblehead Pottery vase, originally estimated at $10,000-20,000, sold for $250,000 at Skinner Auctioneers’ 20th Century Design Auction on Dec. 14.
NEW YORK – Miss Porter’s School, a leading, all-girls private high school, has announced plans for a fundraising initiative, gathering modern and contemporary artworks by more than 25 pioneering female artists to be sold together as the centerpiece of Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated auction on March 1. The offering will represent the first-ever all-women benefit auction at a major auction house.
LONDON – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on March 6 will be led by David Hockney’s 1969 portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth (estimate in excess of £30 million/$37.8 million).
BOSTON – A prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong sold for $49,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction, which concluded the online auction Dec. 13.
DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s Dec. 5-6 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, which realized more than $4 million, had star power working in its favor. An 18K gold Rolex timepiece that had created a buzz in the watch-collecting community ever since its consignment was first announced soared to the top of prices realized when it sold for $578,100 (inclusive of buyer’s premium).
GENEVA (AP) – Christie’s sold the “Pink Legacy” diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it’s a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.
NEW YORK (AP) – Sotheby’s (BID) on Thursday reported a loss of $27.8 million in its third quarter.
LONDON (AP) – Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity.