Imagine owning an original Norman Rockwell painting

Imagine owning an original This 21 inch by 19 inch oil on canvas, titled Bedtime, signed lower right by Norman Rockwell, should realize $100,000-$150,000. (photo courtesy Cottone Auctions)

You can, if you’re the winning bidder for lot #113 at Cottone Auctions’ Fine Arts & Antiques Auction slated for Saturday, March 25th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 120 Court Street in Geneseo, N.Y. The 21 inch by 19 inch oil on canvas is titled Bedtime and is signed lower right by Rockwell (Am., 1894-1978). It was used as cover art for the March 31, 1923 edition of Literary Digest and has a robust (but entirely appropriate) pre-sale estimate of $100,000-$150,000. The consignor is the grandson of the little boy depicted in the painting.

Rockwell lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., at the time and was neighbors (and lifelong friends) with a man named John Chew. The boy in the painting was Mr. Chew’s 5-year-old son. Rockwell would sometimes sketch and illustrate advertisements for Mr. Chew’s company, and over the years he asked to use various Chew family members for subjects in his paintings. Some of these paintings ended up as cover art for the Saturday Evening Post. Upon completing Bedtime, Rockwell gave it to Mr. Chew as a gift. It’s been passed down in the family ever since.

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An important Civil War collection will be sold at Merrill’s, March 25th

An important Civil War collection This Civil War hat was worn by 1st Lt. John Sinnott (13th VT Co. A), who was killed during Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. (photo courtesy Duane Merrill & Co.)

The first day of Duane Merrill & Co.’s two-day March 25-26 auction will feature the Civil War collection of noted Vermont author, historian and firearms expert Marius Peladeau. Lots will include an 1864 dispatch handwritten by Ulysses S Grant to Gen. William T. Sherman, regarding Sherman’s march to the sea; a rare engraved Sharps 1851 Boxlock carbine rifle made by Robbins and Lawrence (Windsor, Vt.); and Capt. John M. Thatcher’s 13th VT presentation sword, with a carte de visite of Thatcher with the sword.

Then there’s the item pictured here: the hat formerly belonging to 1st Lt. John Sinnott of John Lonergan’s “Irish Company” (13th VT Co. A). Sinnott was of Irish extraction and teaching school in Rutland, Vt., when he was pressed into action during the Civil War. He wore this hat at Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863 – the last day of the legendary Battle of Gettysburg. Sinnott was killed in the battle. The holes are where shrapnel tore through the hat. The auction will be held online and at Merrill & Co.’s gallery in Williston, Vermont.

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Wooton desk, German couch will be top lots at Weiss Lake Auction

Wooton desk, German couch Wooton desks, first introduced in 1870 by company founder William S. Wooton, can gavel for as much at auction as a high-end luxury car. (photo courtesy Weiss Lake Auction)

Two lots are expected to generate great excitement at Weiss Lake Auction’s big sale on Sunday, March 26th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Centre, Alabama. One is the item you see pictured here: a Wooton desk in mint condition. The other is a profusely carved German couch with burgundy upholstery, a stout nine feet tall. Headlining the auction will be an estate out of Atlanta, the owners of which traveled the world to pick for their lifelong collection of antiques, art, bronzes, sterling silver, hand-painted glass and collectibles.

Other noteworthy lots will include an Italian leather parlor set, hand-painted Limoges and desk-top Victrolas. A few words about Wooton: a Wooton desk is a variation of the fall-front desk and reflects the conspicuous consumption that swept over monied society in the United States at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Its strongest selling point was probably the snob appeal in owning a complex desk with so many divisions and an abundance of ornaments. Still, they are gorgeous and command high dollars at auction.

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The late Roy Yeabsley – he was the collector’s collector for sure

The late Roy Yeabsley This fully beaded Sioux vest, circa 1910-1930, in fine condition with Thunderbird design, should gavel for $5,000-$8,000. (photo courtesy California Auctioneers & Appraisers)

The estate of Roy Yeabsley – the late owner of The Collector’s Corner in Santa Barbara, Calif. – will come up for bid in a massive two-day auction, March 18th and 19th, at California Auctioneers & Appraisers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 8597 Ventura Avenue in Ventura. Yeabsley was sitting on a vast inventory when he passed, and around 750 lots in the sale will come from his estate. The item pictured here is one of those things: an outstanding fully beaded Sioux Indian vest, circa 1910-1930 (est. $5,000-$8,000).

Yeabsley collected nearly everything there was to collect: slot machines, arcade and coin-ops, Western memorabilia, knives, vintage steam engines and trains, mechanical models, antique music boxes and phonographs, nautical antiques, canes, compasses and sextants, silver, bronzes, clocks, Chinese, jade, old furniture, porcelain, art glass, vintage guns (include commemorative cased Colt and Winchester pieces), antique spurs and bits, tractors, jukeboxes, dore bronze and more. The auction starts at 12 noon Pacific time both days.

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East Meets West in Converse Auctions’ online-only auction

East Meets West This stunning Chinese gilt bronze seal, covered by two dragons facing a flaming pearl on top of swirling clouds, is an offering from the East. (photo courtesy Converse Auctions)

Converse Auctions – based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia – has enjoyed a great measure of success with its clever and inviting East Meets West Auctions, where Asian objects are sold alongside items from the Western culture, hence the name. The next East Meets West Auction will be an online-only affair, slated for Friday, March 24th, with internet bidding available through the Converse Auctions website – – plus their App, and via and

The item pictured here is from the East – a beautiful Chinese gilt bronze seal on a stand, covered by two dragons facing a flaming pearl on top of swirling clouds on each side. The top is adorned by a forward facing, horned dragon with a flaming pearl in between its claws. The item, weighing 15 pounds, has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. From the West, a candidate for top lot of the sale is a rare Leslie & Price (Philadelphia) tall case clock, 90 inches tall, with an image of a rocking ship on the face. It should hammer for $7,000-$12,000.

Find out more and submit here to Converse Auctions.