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The Million-Dollar Question: Original or Reproduction?

A recent article in the New York Times (“Is It a ‘5’ or a ‘6’? The Answer Could Make an Art Fortune”) explores whether a certain bronze sculpture is an extremely valuable Renaissance original or just a 17th century copy—a distinction worth a million dollars. Among the disputed crucial details is whether a date cast Read More

Recent Auction News

Two historic prints were big sellers for Litchfield Auctions at their recent Nov. 30-Dec. 1 sale. According to Antiques and the Arts, the lot, estimated at $1/1,500, finally went to a lucky bidder for $22,100. The lot contained “The Road—Winter” and “The Road—Summer,” a pair of hand-color lithographs drawn by Otto Knirsch and published by Read More

On this day: December 4, 1885

On this day in 1885, Scottish-American engraver James Smillie died at the age of 78. Smillie’s work included seven full-plate engravings for the American Art Union between 1850 and 1852—notably after paintings by Jasper F. Cropsey, John F. Kensett, Asher B. Durand, and of Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life (1850): Smillie also engraved illustrations for Read More

Lessons in Collecting: The Long View

Most print collectors have a story of the one that got away. Being outbid at an auction. Waiting too long to pull the trigger while roaming a print fair. But in other cases, the feeling of loss may exist where there was never any print to buy. While visiting the home of a fellow historic Read More