Published: October 10, 2000
Trade News from Around the World
Israel “Zeke” Liverant, 83, one of the most respected antiques dealers in the country, died at his home in Colchester, Conn., on Sunday morning, October 8. Liverant was born in Colchester on November 26, 1916, son of the late Nathan and Esther Liverant, where he lived his entire life. Nathan Liverant & Son was established in Colchester in 1920 and Zeke joined his father’s business in the 1930’s at the age of 16. His interest in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century craftsmen, coupled with his ability to win the confidence and friendship of those around him, propelled the shop to the forefront for collectors of fine American antiques and accessories.
Forty-one centuries-old Chinese books and two scrolls worth over $1 million are missing from Harvard-Yenching Library, Boston, Mass., which houses the largest collection of East Asian books outside Asia, reports the Associated Press. A rare book specialist at the Harvard University-owned library discovered in March that the books and scrolls – among the library’s most prized possessions – had been snatched from their protected perch in the rare book room. “These are works of huge historic and literary importance,” Nancy Cline, head librarian of Harvard College, told the Boston Globe. “It’s very difficult to estimate their loss.” Cline oversees the world’s largest academic collection of books. As soon as she learned of the theft, she contacted the FBI’s division of major investigations. Neither the museum nor the authorities publicly acknowledged the theft or issued a statement.
Former Christie’s and eBay executive Kathleen Guzman has joined ewolfs.com. Prior to joining Ebay Great Collections, Guzman was North American president for Phillips, Son & Neal Auctioneers based in New York City and senior vice president for Christie’s. During her career, Guzman developed the strategic plan for Ebay’s Great Collections, their online high-end auction site. Guzman has also participated as an appraiser for the past five years on Public Television’s Antiques Roadshow.
Bidpath Corporation, Bellevue, Wash., provider of e-marketing tools for traditional auctioneers, announced an agreement with AssetLine Exchange to connect traditional auctioneers to the online world. This partnership will allow Bidpath-enabled auctioneers to find online buyers from around the world. In turn, the agreement will give AssetLine convenient access to used construction assets from traditional auctions.
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