A collection of seventy-five signed letters sent by John Ruskin, the preeminent English art critic of the Victorian era who championed the work of J.M.W. Turner, are to be auctioned at Bonhams ‘Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs’ sale at Knightsbridge, London, on 12 November 2014. The letters, of which thirty-seven are still unpublished, are estimated to realise ¬£30,000 - 40,000.

Interest in the love-triangle of John Ruskin, Effie Gray and John Everett Millais has greatly intensified after the recent release of the box office-hit Effie Gray. The doomed marriage of Ruskin and Gray, defined by his incomprehensible coldness and her affair with the artist (and one-time friend of Ruskin) Millais, undeniably provides a compelling story. Indeed, the scandal has long captured the public’s imagination, providing the subject of the 1912 silent film The Love of John Ruskin, the 1975 BBC series The Love School starring Peter Egan, and numerous stage plays.

Alice1929_72dpi-207x300.jpgAUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, presents the exhibition “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic work. The exhibition runs from Feb. 10 through July 6, 2015.


View a video preview of the exhibition.

Featuring more than 200 items, the exhibition is drawn almost entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections of art, photography, rare books, performing arts, film and manuscripts. The exhibition features two significant “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” collections at the Ransom Center: the Warren Weaver collection and the Byron W. and Susan R. Sewell collection. The exhibition will also highlight other holdings related to Lewis Carroll and his Alice stories, including letters, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs. The exhibition brings to life the history of the book and reveals how “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” has captured our collective imagination for 150 years and how Carroll's creation has been transformed by artists, translators and filmmakers.

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New York—On Thursday, November 6, Swann Galleries will auction The Latin Americana Library of Dr. W. Michael Mathes-an extensive collection of early books and pamphlets, most printed in colonial Latin America, plus a selection of important early European books on the region.

Dr. W. Michael Mathes was an American historian who wrote prolifically on the history and bibliography of Spanish America, with a particular interest in the history of California. In a biography written by Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D and printed at the beginning of the auction catalogue, Mathes is described as having been fascinated with the history of Mexico from an early age, exploring Baja California on his own by the time he was 13. He studied history at Loyola Marymount University, received his masters in history from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.

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New York—The History of Science auction at Bonhams New York ended with the sale of the Apple-1 computer, which sold for $905,000, almost twice its high estimate, making it the world’s most valuable relic from the computer age. 

The winning bid went to a smiling representative from the Henry Ford Museum who triumphantly raised the paddle after battling it out with another interested party on the phone.

An archive of material which belonged to TV producer Hugh Burnett about the famous series of Face to Face interviews which he created and produced in the early 1960s is to be sold at Bonhams Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London.

Face to Face ran on BBC2 between 1959 and 1962. The interviewer was the journalist John Freeman and his guests included many leading figures of the day.  Freeman’s quiet, polite style belied a forensic, penetrating technique which persuaded interviewees to reveal more about themselves than they had perhaps intended.  The television personality Gilbert Harding, for example, broke down in tears when recalling his relationship with his mother.

London—A collection of annotated D.H. Lawrence biographies owned by his lover and fianc√© Louie Burrows reveal a fascinating insight into the impact Lawrence had on the woman in his life and how passionately they felt about him. The books will be auctioned on Thursday 23rd October during the sale of 20th Century Books and Works on Paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Mayfair saleroom. 

Although often surprisingly overlooked, Louie Burrows (1888-1962) and Lawrence had a profound effect on each other. They became friends whilst they were studying together in 1902 and eventually became engaged in 1910, a few days before the death of Lawrence’s mother. The engagement lasted until 1912, when Lawrence met Frieda Weekly, the woman who would eventually become his wife. The two eloped together to the continent that year, and his engagement to Burrows was broken off.

October 20, 2015, Boston, MA—On January 5, 2015, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's most-watched series, kicks off Season 19 with a home-run appraisal of an early Boston baseball archive for $1,000,000.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's new season features 35 never-before-seen episodes of its signature cross-country treasure hunt. Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join ROADSHOW in sharing a new year of America's hidden treasures and untold stories starting Monday, January 5 at 8/7c on PBS.

Philadelphia, PA—October 20, 2014—Recognizing the increasing globalization of the art and antiques market, Freeman's has launched two exciting online initiatives to reach collectors: a responsive design website Freemansauction.com with enhanced features; and a new relationship with eBay's live auctions as a premier house, which will introduce 149 million active consumers to Freeman's more than 30 annual auctions.  

"Both our website and our collaboration with eBay extends our reach online. In select auctions, up to 70% of clients are bidding via the Internet. The website offers an intuitive user experience to our present clients, while live auctions will provide eBay's high-end collectors and art enthusiasts with the ability to bid in Freeman's auctions," said Thomas B. McCabe IV, vice president business development and web director.

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BOSTON, MA—A collection of 13 original negatives from the wedding of John F. and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy sold on Wednesday night for $34,073 according to Boston, MA based RR Auction.

John and Jacqueline Kennedy were married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

Among the negatives are images of the wedding party, both the newlyweds outside the church, and the couple cutting their wedding cake.

The images were found in the darkroom of Arthur Borges, by a family member after his passing in 1993.

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CLOSTER, N.J.—“It will creep you out,” warned Sterling Associates’ owner, Stephen D’Atri, describing the vast contents of the estate to be auctioned on Wednesday, October 22nd. “By day, Mark Falk was a government worker who went to church regularly and played music as a hobby. All of his friends say he was a wonderful, interesting guy. But what made him different was that he also had a fascination with death.”

Falk’s harmless but unusual obsession led to his amassing an extraordinary collection of sheet music, books, photographs, artwork and other objects—even human bones—that had a connection to death.

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