Horological enthusiasts can bid or buy at Sundial Farm

Horological enthusiasts This rare, French-made Le Brun à Givet Louis XVI musical mantle clock is for sale on Bidsquare.com; make-an-offer or buy-it-now for $55,000. (photo courtesy Sundial Farm)

Sundial Farm in Greenlawn, New York has been selling fine antique clocks since 1971, and the firm has evolved with the times since then. For example, you can now buy a fine antique clock online via Barnebys, at a fixed price or on a make-an-offer basis, and you can participate in one of their online-only sales on Bidsquare.com. Such an event is currently underway – Sundial Farm’s Spring Horological Sale, which went live on April 19th and concludes on Wednesday, May 24th, at 12 noon Eastern time. Bid or buy, your choice.

One of the more spectacular lots in the sale is the rare, French-made Le Brun à Givet Louis XVI musical mantle clock pictured here, with a buy-it-now price of $55,000. The clock boasts an exceptional case with pillars surmounted by patinated sphinxes and adorned with several ormolu mounts; a superior-quality eight-day flat-bottom, twin-barrel movement; and a manually adjusted six-tune musical movement that’s activated each hour. The clock plays one of six tunes every hour for an entire week. Very impressive!





Henry O. Tanner and Rex Goreleigh: remarkable African-American artists

Henry O. Tanner Henry O. Tanner’s oil on board titled Portrait of a Woman with a Head Scarf (shown) is expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000. (photo courtesy Nadeau’s Auction Gallery)

It’s a shame that many artists don’t earn the financial rewards they deserve for their work until long after they’re gone (and no longer producing), and that was especially true for African-American artists of the 19th and 20th century, who had to deal with prejudice and discrimination on top of a fickle buying public. So it was refreshing to see that two of the top expected earners in Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s upcoming estates auction on Saturday, May 20th, will feature two giants of the genre: Henry O. Tanner and Rex Goreleigh.

Tanner (1859-1937) was the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim, having moved to Paris in 1891, where he continued to live and was accepted into French artistic circles. His oil on board titled Portrait of a Woman with a Head Scarf (shown) is expected to hit $10,000-$20,000. Rex Goreleigh (1902-1986) spent most of his life in Princeton, N.J., where he made and taught art. He founded the Princeton Group Arts as an attempt to bridge racial division through art. Three works by Goreleigh are in the auction.

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The day in 1954 Joe DiMaggio married Norma Jean Dougherty

The day in 1954 This document from the state of California, dated Jan. 14, 1954, certifies that Joe DiMaggio married Norma Jeane Dougherty, Marilyn Monroe. (photo courtesy Goldin Auctions)

It was a romance of Hollywood proportions: the nation’s greatest baseball player tying the knot with the world’s biggest sex symbol. But this was no movie - it was real life. And for a brief while, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s 1954 marriage seemed to mirror a Hollywood fairytale. But unfortunately, this match made in heaven was not to end happily. After only a few years of marriage, the couple divorced, brought on by DiMaggio’s alleged jealous rages and Miss Monroe’s skyrocketing movie career.

This is the official document that bound those two icons in marriage. Dated January 14, 1954, this State of California Certificate made official that Joseph DiMaggio and Norma Jeane Dougherty were a married couple. The certificate is in very good condition with just light toning to the edges – a true piece of American history that combines our love of sports and movies with a love story for the ages. It’s also lot 23 in Goldin Auctions’ premium spring live and online auction slated for May 20th in New York.

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Lion Heart Autographs’ next feast for the eyes is May 24th

Lion Heart Autographs This photo, inscribed by composer Franz Lizst, who was 75 at the time, to a 21-year-old American violinist, should hit $5,000-$7,000. (photo courtesy Lion Heart Autographs)

Lion Heart Autographs, founded in 1978 by David Lowenherz (“Lion Heart” is a translation of David’s surname) is one of the premier historical manuscript dealerships in the country, specializing in art, history, literature, music and science. Its autograph auctions are a feast for the eyes, featuring letters, documents, manuscripts and signed photos by some of the most famous names in history. An example is the photo pictured here, of the Hungarian-born composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), a giant in the music world.

The photo is inscribed by Lizst, who was 75 at the time, to a 21-year-old American violinist Arma Senkrah (1864-1900). It’s Lot #74, with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, in Lion Heart Autographs’ upcoming sale on Wednesday, May 24th, at 1 pm Eastern time, online and in the firm’s New York City gallery. Other pieces in the auction are signed by such luminaries as George and Ira Gershwin, Willem de Kooning, Thomas Nast, Pablo Picasso, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Oscar Hammerstein andothers.

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Cinemabilia in Greenwich Village: items will come up for bid May 25th

Cinemabilia in Greenwich Village The first catalog for Cinemabilia, printed in spring 1967, will be sold along with thousands of pieces of movie material from the New York store. (photo courtesy Weiss Auctions)

The undisputed headliner of the Thursday, May 25th session in Weiss Auctions’ big two-day sale May 24th and 25th is the massive collection of Ernest Burns, owner of Cinemabilia, for years a fixture on Cornelia Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The collection features thousands of movie items. It’s a great opportunity for collectors and dealers. The material will include movie stills, negatives, posters, movie and theater related books and magazines, tapes, CDs and more, from the early 20th century to the present day.

Cinemabilia was a small store but it bulged with books, magazines and mementos of movies, past and present. Ernest Burns opened Cinemabilia in 1965, in a retail space that had previously housed a travel agency, across the street from where he lived, in an apartment. Burns was a hard-core movie buff, originally from New Orleans, and Cinemabilia gave him the chance to indulge his passion and earn a living, too. The sale will be held online and at Weiss Auctions’ showroom in Lynbrook, N.Y., at 10 am (EST) on both days.

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