Hindman LLC acquires Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions

Pictured left to right: Thomas Galbraith, CEO of Hindman LLC; Leslie Hindman, Co-Chair of Hindman LLC; and Wes Cowan, Vice-Chair of Hindman LLC. 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, reflecting the shared vision of Leslie Hindman and Wes Cowan, the respective founders of each firm.

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.

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Dedicated to ‘fun stuff,’ Urban Culture Auctions plans show-stopping spring debut

Crash (John Matos)(American, b. 1961-), original painting, signed with date 8/2010, 26in x 84¼in. Sold by Palm Beach Modern Auctions for $9,600

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.

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Early Marblehead Pottery landscape vase sells for $250K

Marblehead Pottery 1909 landscape vase marked with an ‘M’ and partial ‘P’ flanking a sailing ship and the letters ‘A’ and ‘T’ beneath the Marblehead mark, 8½ inches high. Sold for $250,000. Skinner image

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.

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Miss Porter’s School, Sotheby’s to present women artist benefit auction

Mill Porter’s School, Farmington, Connecticut. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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.

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David Hockney double portrait to head Christie’s auction March 6

David Hockney’s monumental 1969 portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott. Estimate: in excess of £30 million/$37.8 million. Christie’s image

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).

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Neil Armstrong boot prototype sells for $49K at RR Auction 

The Apollo A7L lunar boot prototype made for astronaut Neil Armstrong sold for $49,000. RR Auction image

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.

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Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ watch commands $578,100 at Morphy’s

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).

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‘Pink Legacy’ diamond sells for more than $50M, setting world record

Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewelry, selling the ‘Pink Legacy’ for a world record $50,375,000. Christie’s image

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.

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Sotheby’s reports third-quarter loss of $27.8M

Sotheby’s headquarters at York Avenue and 71st Street in Manhattan. Photo by Jim Henderson.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sotheby’s (BID) on Thursday reported a loss of $27.8 million in its third quarter.

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Iconic Stephen Hawking items, important papers headed to auction

Items from the Stephen Hawking auction. Image courtesy of Christie’s

LONDON (AP) – Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity.

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