My Word. Christmas 2018

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With the Newsletter at Christmas we try to focus on the nice things that are happening in the world.. yes its possible. It has been a great year ending with cataloging the Allan Stone collection for Rago Auctions and the Multiple Owner sale at Quinns auction this past week. We were pleased to set a world record with the Helena Rubinstein Ekoi/Ejagham head crest which sold at Rago’s for $115,625 with the commission. The hammer total was just less than $800,000 for the sale which, considering that the Stone sale was the auction house’s first major sale of ethnographic art, was a tribute to the  dedication and work of the staff at Rago. Rago has begun considering objects for another sale in the fall of 2019. Quinns has at least two ethnographic sales planned for 2019. It seems I find myself busier now than  at any point in my career.. a blessing not a curse .. because this is fun.

 December 6th will be Emily Duffy’s last day at the gallery. She has been a valued intern that will no doubt have great success in whatever she attempts after graduation from the University of Dallas.. Emily has done a great job on the Christmas newsletter in finding some fascinating stories. Our new intern Molly McNab also from the University of Dallas will begin working with us in January. Ana Norman will also be with us for the next semester.

 Our Antiques Roadshow Season 24 schedule has been announced . 1. April 16th Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Arizona 2. McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Texas 3. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California 4. Bonanzaville Fargo North Dakota 5. Winterthur Museum Winterthur, Delaware. See our segment in this issue.

Before publishing this newsletter, we should note that at Bonhams Los Angeles yesterday the Tlingit rattle sold for $504,500.

 2019 promises to be exciting on all fronts which we will attempt to cover for you. If you have any suggestions, complaints, compliments, or comments, send them to us at In the meantime we hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year celebration.