FrontRunners: Twisting in the Wind

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A circa-1850 weathervane fashioned in the form of a fireman pointing with an outstretched arm, colloquially known as Old Jake, will be one of the highlights of the annual Sotheby’s Important Americana auctions (www?.sothebys?.com), which will take place January 23 through 25 in New York. Made of painted copper, Old Jake measures more than 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Until recently, it had sat atop a Winchester, Va., fire station since just after the Civil War. The firefighters of Winchester are parting with the 150-year-old object to raise funds for new fire equipment and possibly the construction of a new firehouse. Old Jake has a presale estimated price of $3 million to $5 million.

This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
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…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…