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Protected Speech
by Clayton Pennington

New York state law allows dealers to sell to out-of-state buyers ivory that conforms to federal restrictions, but the dealers are not allowed to display it. New York state’s restrictive ivory law—far more draconian than federal ivory law—does not allow for the “physical display for sale” of any ivory object not ... (Read More)

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Freeman’s Moves
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s in Philadelphia, America’s oldest auction house, has sold its historic building at 1808 Chestnut Street, and the firm is moving its main salesroom to the newly refitted Aramark building at 2400 Market Street, just a short walk from the 30th Street Station. Freeman’s new purpose-built gallery and auction room with ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, October 2019
by M.A.D. staff

Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947), Sharecroppers’ Revolt, 1939, oil on panel, 24" x 30". Shogren-Meyer collection. —St. Peter, Minnesota —Through November 10 ... (Read More)

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Sammons Sentenced to Prison
by M.A.D. staff

Timothy Sammons, 63, a former art sales agent operating in New York and London, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for stealing at least $10 million through a criminal scheme involving the sale of valuable artwork. On July 2 Sammons pleaded guilty to all 15 counts in the ... (Read More)

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Chester County Antiques Show Gets New Managers
by Lita Solis-Cohen

"Change is good,” said Allison Snavely, the director of development at the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), in response to being asked why the CCHS is changing managers when Wesley Sessa had kept the Chester County Historical Society Antiques & Art Show running for 37 years. Sessa had recruited new dealers ... (Read More)

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Antiques Mall Owner Charged with 34 Counts of Conversion
by M.A.D. staff

Antiques Mall Owner Charged with 34 Counts of Conversion On February 14 Parke County (Indiana) Prosecutor Steve Cevengos requested that the Indiana State Police investigate Jill Dixon, 54, of Cayuga, Indiana, owner of Timeless and Classic Antique Mall LLC, for failing to reimburse consignors. The findings of the investigation were presented ... (Read More)

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Have a Little Faith
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

We spend a lot of time on the road, and there are only so many rounds of the “alphabet game” one can stand—or only so many columns one can hear hashed out (if you asked the kids)—so we have become huge fans of podcasts. Podcasts might seem daunting and newfangled, ... (Read More)

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Blackwell Auctions Recovers Antique Silver Stolen in 2011
by M.A.D. staff

Blackwell Auctions, Clearwater, Florida, returned several dozen antique silver items, including an 1804 Saunders Pitman coin silver pitcher and tumbler set, after the auction house discovered that the collection had been looted from a Baltimore silver dealer, Imperial Half Bushel, in 2011. “A retired dealer consigned a box of assorted silver ... (Read More)

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Collector Alleges He Was Suckered
by M.A.D. staff

New York City collector Stuart Pivar thinks he got suckered, and on July 16 he filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court of the State of New York against attorney John McFadden. The case revolves around the sculpture Mlle. Pogany II by Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957). According to court papers, in April 2019 ... (Read More)

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Heritage Wins Arbitration Case against Christie’s and Collectrium
by M.A.D. staff

In 2017 Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, filed suit against Christie’s and Collectrium, a Christie’s company. Heritage accused Christie’s and Collectrium of “scraping” the website of Heritage Auctions to appropriate information and images without permission. Heritage alleged copyright infringement, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, violation of the Digital Millennium ... (Read More)
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