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WHAT: A collection of 40 ancient carved gems and cameos assembled by an early 1900 s Rome art dealer and connoisseur brought more than $10.6 million, including buyer premiums, at Christie's New York last month. It is a staggering result, considering that each gem was a miniature-- many less than an inch-- originally made as ornament to signify status for a wealthy...

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WHAT: When a massive carved white marble liturgical table from the early Byzantine era soared to $105,825, including buyer premium, in an Artemis Gallery auction, bidders were clearly influenced by skillful relief carvings of sheep, along with unusual rounded compartments on three sides.

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WHAT: Back when silver table pieces and flatware were a must-have for new brides, many prized pieces came from Gorham, a silver manufacturer in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded around 1815 and now known as Gorham Corp., the company was one of the first to use factory methods to produce silverware, and also...

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WHAT: Observed this month, Mexican Independence Day could well have been celebrated earlier this year when Diego Rivera's oil on canvas-- "The Rivals"-- brought $9.7 million in the fabled Rockefeller sale at Christie's New York. The result set a new record for the muralist/artist, and for Latin American art...

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WHAT: Sometimes something savvy people collect is high art that later becomes iconic. Consider the circa 1923 floor lamp shown with this column: Created by French designer Pierre Chareau, the design was radical and the materials used were unorthodox for lighting of the era. Made for the apartment of...

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WHAT: Widely promoted before an annual sale of important Judaica, a significant illuminated Hebrew Bible dating to early 14th century Spain never made it to auction last December. Shortly before the sale, Sotheby's New York announced that the lot had sold privately to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The transaction was, in auction-speak, "for an undisclosed sum." Presale estimate was ...

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