Cigar and case presented by Churchill to Bowen in 1954 will be sold Aug. 29th

At a party held at 10 Downing Street in London on Dec. 21, 1954, Sir Winston Churchill presented Roderic Bowen (England’s Liberal Parliamentary Deputy-Speaker) with a fine Cuban “La Aroma de Cuba” cigar and custom case (shown here). Both will be in an online-only auction set to go live on Tuesday, August 29th, at University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The lot, estimated at $3,500-$4,500, might have come up for bid a long time ago, but a 17-year stretch of the nearly 60-year embargo on Cuban cigars entering the U.S. kept that from happening. A letter from Mr. Bowen confirming the gift is included in the lot.

Cigar and case Winston Churchill presented the British politician Roderic Bowen with this fine Cuban cigar and case at a 10 Downing Street fete in 1954. (photo courtesy University Archives)

The auction is packed with autographed documents, manuscripts, books and relics, to include a larger-than-life portrait of inventor Thomas A. Edison, signed by Edison and the artist, Ellis M. Silvette; a letter hand-written by Marilyn Monroe when she was just 17 and still Norma Jeane; a war letter twice-signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862; a letter handwritten and signed by Morse code inventor Samuel Morse; two letters written and signed by reclusive author J. D. Salinger; a George Washington signed note with an original hand drawing by Washington; and John F. Kennedy’s family-owned oak press-back chair. Check out more here.




I Want You for U.S. Army – and to bid on this World War I poster, August 26th

Is there anything more iconically American than the image pictured here – a World War I recruitment poster with the words “I Want You For U.S. Army” delivered by a stern-looking Uncle Sam? The original painting was done by James Montgomery Flagg (Am., 1877-1960), and a poster dating to the era, in very good condition, will be sold at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Summer Variety Auction scheduled for Saturday, August 26th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Mount Crawford, Virginia. The sale will feature material from many estates and collections, plus some fine items deaccessioned from a Virginia museum.

I Want You For U.S. Army This iconic World War I recruitment poster by James Montgomery Flagg (Am., 1877-1960), dating to the war, will be sold Aug. 26. (photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.)

The auction will feature a true diversity of merchandise, everything from vintage posters and Native American objects to antique toys and sterling silver souvenir spoons. Categories will include Shenandoah Valley and other country furniture; American political textiles; advertising and country store items; vintage slot machines; occupational shaving mugs and barber bottles; 75 cast-iron toy/sample stoves; vintage tin and cast-iron toys; antique dolls and dollhouse furniture; fine brass and cast-iron hearth clockwork split jack accessories; American art pottery; gold and costume jewelry; sterling and coin silver; and much more. To see more, click here.





A.B. Levy’s final auction in the 2017 Summer Series will be held Aug. 31st

A.B. Levy’s upcoming auction on Thursday, August 31st, online and at the firm’s gallery in Palm Beach, Fla., will be the final sale of the 2017 Summer Series. Featured will be Chinese blue and white porcelain and decorative art from a Palm Beach Biltmore home, plus antiques, silver, furniture and decorative arts from the Audrey Colflesh Palm Beach home at The Breakers. A highlight lot from the Biltmore home is the huge pair of gilt wood Chinese foo dogs pictured here, one male and one female and both 61 ¾ inches tall. The dogs are well-fashioned in a seated position and carry a very reasonable estimate of $400-$700.

A.B. Levy's final auction This massive pair of gilt wood Chinese foo dogs, one male and one female, both 61 ¾ inches tall, carries a very reasonable estimate of $400-$700. (photo courtesy A. B. Levy’s)

The list of names in the sale is long and impressive and will include Chippendale, Daum Nancy, Hardman Peck, Lalique, Shreve Crump & Low, Capodimonte, Edna Hibel, Daum and Louis Majorelle, Dresden, Kittinger, Napoleon III, Louis Peyrat, Murano, Emile Leger & Cie, Harrods, Francois Linke, Eamille Rose, KPM, Nando Venci, Royal Worcester, Tiffany, Lladro, Albert Chubac, Buccellati, G. Argy-Rousseau, Limoges, Pasquale Romanelli and Gorham silver. Also sold will be cloisonné, wicker furniture, a vintage floor lamp, a micromosaic, rock crystal, a gilt wood mirror and a sculpture after Frederic Remington. Find out more here.




A pair of offset lithographs in color after Keith Haring at Rago Arts, August 25-27

The weekend of August 25-27 will indeed be a busy one for Rago Arts & Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J. The firm will hold its first-ever three-day unreserved auction of early 20th century art and design, modern art and design and Scandinavian furniture, online and live in the gallery. Friday, August 25th, will feature early 20th century, fine art and estate goods. Saturday, August 26th, will have Scandinavian and mid-century design, post-war and contemporary art, and rock ephemera. Sunday, August 27th, will contain 20th and 21st century design, and post-war and contemporary art. Start times all three days will be 9 am Eastern.

A pair of offset lithographs

One of the lots in the Sunday session is a pair of offset lithographs in color after the late artist-activist Keith Haring (Am., 1958-1990), untitled Radiant Child and Cup Man (est. $500-$700). Both works are unframed. Keith Haring’s work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality and war. His art was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century. Haring died from AIDS-related complications, but his artwork – done in a style that is unique and instantly recognizable – is highly prized by collectors. Check out more here.





Items gathered from around the world for sale and for bid at Cultural Patina

Dennis Brining is a very busy guy. A self-described “purveyor of all things unique and beautiful,” Brining sells artwork gathered from around the world through the Virginia-based firm he founded in 2014 called Cultural Patina ( He also writes a daily blog, is an expert on ledger art and has just launched the first of what will be monthly auctions packed with four centuries’ worth of pottery, textiles, sculptures, paintings and other adornments. “Come see what it’s like to hold a piece of pottery in your hands that was made over a thousand years ago,” he implores. The next auction is planned for September.

Items gathered from around the world Dennis Brining sells artwork he’s gathered from around the world through the Virginia-based firm he founded in 2014 called Cultural Patina. (photo courtesy Cultural Patina)

Brining’s interests (and auctions) cover a broad range of cultural artifacts and art from the American Southwest, Asia, India, Cuba, Central and South America, the Middle East, East Africa and Nagaland in northeastern India. For fans of Western art, he has the largest collection of Ron Stewart art in the world (all of it on view in the Virginia gallery). He also has the second largest collection of authentic Naga Indian art in the United States. All the pieces were made by the Naga and used by them in their ceremonies prior to 1982. Brining also deals in vintage, prehistoric and historical items when he’s able to find them.

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