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The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty at Stair

By Rebekah Kaufman
Date post: Jan 29, 2024

Ann and Gordon Getty (American, 1941 – 2020 and American, 1933 -) were the essential power couple of the postwar era. They met at a bar, decided to elope, and were married in 1964. Gordon, a businessman and composer, is the fourth child of oil magnate J. Paul Getty. Ann, a paleoanthropologist by training, is best remembered as a supporter of political, artistic, and scientific causes– as well as for her great eye for antiques, century-spanning decorative items, and interior design. Stair, of Hudson, NY, presented The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty auction on January 23, 24, and 25, 2024. Over 700 lots from this extraordinarily curated private collection were on offer, with proceeds from the sales donated to charity. Here are a few highlights from this event that caught the eye of the Auction Daily team. All prices noted include Stair’s buyer’s premiums.

The Met Is Selling a George Washington Portrait to Fund Its New Acquisitions

By Adam Schradee
Date post: Jan 15, 2024

The painting is could make $2.5 million when it hits the block at Christie's.

Evolution of American Coinage: From Liberty Heads to Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles

By Liz Catalano
Date post: Dec 25, 2023

Since the passage of the Coinage Act of 1792, the United States Mint has regulated and circulated currency celebrating American values and symbols. American coinage has evolved significantly since the 18th century, but many of the images survive today. The upcoming December 21st Colorado Conductor Coin Auction, presented by Gold Standard Auctions, examines this evolution of American coinage and brings over 500 antique specimens to the market. Here’s a closer look at some of the coins and designs featured in the catalog

Become An Expert In 2 Minutes: Exploring the Special Straits Chinese Collection

By Andy Penders
Date post: Dec 12, 2023

One of’s final auction events, capping off a remarkable 2023, promises an exhilarating showcase of distinctive Straits Chinese antiques. Steven Soon, auctioneer and collection curator, recently hosted an insightful session unveiling the stories behind the six extraordinary lots headlining this not-to-be-missed 16 December sale.  


You are more than welcome to watch the video here:


Let us dive deep into what Soon shared with us, to get a better understanding and appreciation of Straits Chinese porcelains.


Dragon box in revered Chinese hardwood sells for $180,480 at UK auction

Date post: Nov 30, 2023

STANSTED MOUNTFICHET, U.K. – A rare Chinese “dragon” box fashioned from zitan, a cherished Asian wood, sold for $180,480 – more than 71 times its high estimate – on November 3 in England. It was the top prize in an Asian Art auction conducted by Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

Preserving Malaysia's Peranakan Story: The Art of Straits Chinese Collecting

By Best2Bid Technology Corp
Date post: Nov 13, 2023

This Saturday, 4 November 2023 at 2pm, Stephen Soon, curator at MNP Coins, Banknotes, Antiques & Collectibles, will be hosting a virtual event highlighting the origins and significance of Straits Chinese culture, and how to thoughtfully build a collection of Peranakan artifacts.

Join via Facebook Live here as Stephen provides an overview of the emergence of the Straits Chinese community, formed through centuries of Chinese migration and assimilation in the Malay archipelago. Blending Chinese traditions with Malay influences gave rise to a distinct hybrid culture, customs and crafts.

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