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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Acquires a Rare Painting and Back to the Future Shoe Sells for $92,000

Plus London auction houses sell prominent works by J.M.W. Turner, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Antonio Canova, and an ancient Egyptian limestone figure of the scribe Nekht-ankh from the late 12th/13th dynasty.

William Dering, "Joyce Armistead Booth (Mrs. Mordecai Booth)" (ca. 1745), oil on canvas, Williamsburg, Virginia, gift of Julia Miles Brock, Edward Taliaferro Milesm and Georginana Serpell Miles in memory of their mother, Alice Taliaferro Miles
William Dering, “Joyce Armistead Booth (Mrs. Mordecai Booth)” (ca. 1745), oil on canvas, Williamsburg, Virginia, gift of Julia Miles Brock, Edward Taliaferro Milesm and Georginana Serpell Miles in memory of their mother, Alice Taliaferro Miles (image courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation received a rare painting by William Dering from the subject’s descendants. Dering was a dancing master and painter during the mid-1700s in Williamsburg, Virginia. Today, only six of his paintings are known to survive, four of which are in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. The painting is of Joyce Armistead Booth and was gifted to the collection by her descendants, Julia Miles Brock, Edward Taliaferro Miles, and Georginana Serpell Miles, in memory of their mother, Alice Taliaferro Miles. The painting will be included in a future exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Nike trainer work by Michael J. Fox in <em>Back to the Future Part II</em> (image courtesy of eBay)
Nike trainer work by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II (image courtesy of eBay)

A Nike trainer worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II has sold for $92,100 on eBay. The shoe was part of a Nike employee’s personal collection, and though it is in poor condition and currently disintegrating, it received 220 bids before its sale. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.

The Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery in West Yorkshire was recently awarded £100,000 (~$132,000) for being named 2017 Art Fund Museum of the year, and the gallery is using about half of that money to purchase a newly commissioned Helen Marten sculpture for the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection.

Christie’s sale of antiquities in London brought in a total of £1,917,625 (~$2.5 million) on July 3. The sale’s top lot, a Roman marble relief fragment from the 1st century CE, sold for £224,750 (~$297,000).

Christie’s sale of treasured portraits from the collection of Ernst Holzscheiter brought in a total of £1,320,125 (~$1.7 million) on July 4. The sale’s top lot, a painting by Ferdinando Quaglia, sold for £212,500 (~$280,000).

Christie’s sale of gold boxes brought in a total of £1,161,500 (~$1.5 million) on July 4. The sale’s top lot, a 1785 Saxon hardstone and gold bonbonnière by Johann-Christian Neuber sold for £344,750 (~$455,000).

Christie’s sale of Old Master and British drawings and watercolors in London brought in a total of £2,062,375 (~$2.7 million) on July 3. The sale’s top lot, a sketch by Henry Fuseli from around 1764–70, sold for £728,750 (~$963,000).

J.M.W. Turner, "The Lake of Lucerne from Brunnen," (image courtesy of Sotheby's)
J.M.W. Turner, “The Lake of Lucerne from Brunnen” (image courtesy of Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s sale of Old Master and British works on paper brought in a total of £5,668,813 (~$7.5 million) on July 4. The sale’s top lot, the J.M.W. Turner painting “The Lake of Lucerne from Brunnen,” sold for £2,050,000 (~$2.8 million).

Sotheby’s Old Masters day and evening sales in London brought in a total of £47,238,775 (~$62 million) on July 4. The sales’ top lot, a painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, sold for £5,416,400 (~$7 million).

Egyptian indurated limestone figure of the scribe Nekht-ankh from the late 12th/13th dynasty (c. 1800-1700 BCE) (image courtesy of Sotheby's)
Egyptian indurated limestone figure of the scribe Nekht-ankh from the late 12th/13th dynasty (c. 1800-1700 BCE) (image courtesy of Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art sale in London brought in a total of £5,445,000 (~$7.2 million) on July 3. The sale’s top lot, an Egyptian indurated limestone figure of the scribe Nekht-ankh from the late 12th/13th dynasty, circa 1800–1700 BCE, sold for £1,510,000 (~$2 million).

Sotheby’s collection Quidam de Revel sale in Paris brought in a total of €574,640 (~$671,000) on July 5. The sale’s top lot, a 1938 rhodoid necklace with embedded multicolored metal insects by Jean Clément, sold for €85,000 (~$99,000).

Sotheby’s treasures sale in London brought in a total of £12,498,938 (~$14.6 million) on July 4. The sale’s top lot, an Antonio Canova bust from 1814 sold for £5,303,500 (~$7 million).

Sotheby’s sale of Old Master sculpture and works of art in London brought in a total of £3,551,813 (~$4.7 million) on July 3. The sale’s top lot, a statuette attributed to Veit Stoss circa 1490–1500, sold for 1,138,000 (~$1.5 million).

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