The circus is coming to Sarasota, Florida, with a huge memorabilia auction Jan. 20th

FA image 1 Photograph by Edward J. Kelty (Am., 1888-1967), taken in 1937 and depicting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Congress of Freaks” side show (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Hundreds of historical and collectible circus-related memorabilia items will come up for bid at the second annual Showfolks Circus Auction, scheduled for Saturday, January 20th, by Freedom Auction Company, based in Sarasota, Florida, online and at The Showfolks of Sarasota, located at 5204 North Lockridge Road, at 11 am Eastern. Showfolks is a private club of retired circus performers and executives. This will be the first auction of its kind in the area since the announcement that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus would close. The auction catalog comprises more than 700 items, all circus-related.

FA image 2 1920s-era Calliaphone (brass whistle calliope), restored several years ago, plays and sounds great, comes with several reels and some accompanying literature (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Highlights include an important and extensive collection of over 100 Edward J. Kelty circus historical photographs, the most ever offered at auction at one time; a 1920s calliope that will be on display, in working order; a Guzman & Monique Skycycle outfit; the 1970 Harley Davidson motorcycle designed specifically for the 100th anniversary Ringling show in 1971; and many other items, to include props, costumes, ephemera, posters, circus models, signs, sideshow banners and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Showfolks of Sarasota, as well as the CATS (Circus and Traveling Shows) Retirement Project. Visit

FA image 3 1971 Harley Davidson SX-350 Sprint Sky-Cycle motorcycle, commissioned by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its 100th anniversary tour (est. $2,000-$4,000).




Works by Wesselmann, Walker, Bonheur will be part of Nye & Co. auction, Jan. 31st

NC image 1 Liquitex on paper by Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) of a nude female bust (est. $30,000-$50,000).

Folks pouring into New York City for Americana Week beginning January 15th would be wise to consider sticking around for Nye & Company Auctioneers’ big Collectors’ Passion Auction planned for Wednesday, January 31st, online and at the firm’s showroom located at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, N.J. The sale will start at 10 am Eastern time. At the very least, they could make a side trip while in New York (Bloomfield is just 15 miles outside the Lincoln Tunnel) for the gallery preview and exhibition, which runs Monday thru Friday, Jan. 22-26, from 10-4; and Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4 pm.

NC image 2 Oil on board titled Fields, signed by William Aiken Walker (Am., 1839-1921) (est. $7,000-$10,000).

The auction will be have several highlights, including a superb collection of American and English furniture from a prominent estate in Mount Kisco, N.Y.; a fine collection of fresh-to-the-market American furniture from a collection in Princeton, N.J.; a highly curated collection of Neoclassical American furniture; and lovely American paintings out of a New York City estate. Artwork will feature a liquitex on paper by American artist Tom Wesselmann of a nude female bust; an oil on board by William Aiken Walker, titled Fields; and an oil on canvas portrait of a cow by Rosa Bonheur (Fr., 1822-1899), artist signed. To see more, click here.

NC image 3 Oil on canvas portrait of a cow by Rosa Bonheur (Fr., 1822-1899), artist signed (est. $2,000-$4,000).




The Mahlstedt Gallery in New York has made the art buying experience easy, affordable, accessible

MG image 1 Oil on canvas painting by Maurice Shapiro, titled The Big Blue Sky, a dynamic abstraction of the sky and seascape, a rich and lavish scene, 48 inches by 72 inches ($5,000).

The Mahlstedt Gallery is a full-service art gallery representing and managing many of the leading and emerging artists from around the world. The gallery oversees an exclusive art collection, consisting of thousands of original and inspiring artworks, out of an historic, neoclassical two-story building in New Rochelle, N.Y., just outside New York City, in upscale Westchester County. The building was originally constructed for the J. A. Mahlstedt Lumber & Coal Company. The gallery was named in honor of the Mahlstedt family by owner Oshi Rabin, herself an artist whose works are on display there.

MG image 2 Bronze sculpture titled Forever and created in 2015 by Oshi Rabin, an artist who also happens to be the owner and manager of The Mahlstedt Gallery in New York ($3,600).

The Mahlstedt Gallery’s experienced curators collaborate with designers and art community leaders, showcasing the trendiest and most influential contemporary artists in its stable. The art-buying experience, which before was complicated and daunting, has been made easy, affordable and accessible for all. In its 10,000 square feet of curated space, The Mahlstedt Gallery displays oil paintings, acrylics, bronzes, public sculptures and digital works, utilizing the latest in digital print technology and offering global logistics to reach customers worldwide. The Mahlstedt Gallery has hours by appointment only. To see more, click here.

MG image 3 Acrylic on canvas painting by Jose Galant, titled From the Brothel of Avignon’s Street to the Bateau Lavior (2015), a neo-Surrealist painting, 36 inches by 59 inches ($3,500).