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Addison Mizner no longer wanders the halls of the Boca Raton Resort & Club (www.bocaresort.com) dressed in a silk robe and leading a monkey called Ethel on a leash; Mizner died in 1933. But the famed architect and founder of the resort undoubtedly would give his blessing to recent activities there. The pink stucco, 1,047-room complex, located on 356 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida, is nearing completion of a two-year, $200 million restoration. The owners have finished updates to the guest rooms, bungalows, spa, and tower-top restaurant and are building a three-pool beach club. They also have redone a lounge called Mizner’s Monkey Bar. . . . Twelve years ago, the first Palm Beach—America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair (www.palmbeachfair.com) took place in a tent in a vacant lot. This year it is expected to attract more than 35,000 visitors and some 100 exhibitors, including, for the first time, the French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels. Now housed in the more spacious Palm Beach County Convention Center, the fair will run from January 31 through February 10. Royal-Athena Galleries will display the amphora shown below, which dates to about 560 BC.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Tom Forsyth and Ron Jarrell
With more than 275 million game sets sold in the past century, Monopoly is the most popular board...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
Paola Russo discovered two decks in Italy at G. Lorenzi, one covered in gold leaf and the other in...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…