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The Straus Suite by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

The Straus Suite was part of a custom interior commissioned in the 1940s by Carol Austin and Robert D. Straus, and designed by Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings. This collection, which has remained in the Straus family until now, represents one of the earliest and most complete intact custom sets to be offered at auction. The original interior drawings by Robsjohn-Gibbings for the Straus House are preserved at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

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Featured Collection: The Estate of Carol Austin Straus

Carol Austin Straus (1912–2014) and her husband, businessman Robert D. Straus (1907–1982), were influential art collectors, as well as cultural and civic leaders in Houston. In 1937, the couple purchased land at 1814 Larchmont Road in River Oaks and commissioned architect and neighbor John Staub to build one of the first modern houses in Houston, his first venture into modernism.

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Featured Property: The Estate of Penny and Garland Cupp

New Orleans Auction Galleries is honored to present the Estate of Joyce "Penny" and B. Garland Cupp, which includes fine English antiques, paintings, jewelry and decorative arts.

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Featured: Property Descended in the Family of Rafael C. & Ethel Regan Goyeneche, Sr.

Rafael C. Goyeneche, a prominent and prolific architect working mainly in Mexico City and Havana, was born in Mexico in 1877. He studied at the San Carlos Academy, the College of Mining and the National School of Fine Arts, where he received the titles of engineer and architect.

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A Life Well Lived: The Estate of Bonnie Bolding Swearingen

Bonnie Bolding Swearingen, former Alabama beauty queen, actress, stockbroker and a flamboyant staple of society pages for decades, unapologetically lived her life to the beat of her own drum. From hunting at the LBJ ranch with close friends Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson, to jetting off on a whim with Imelda Marcos to dine with King Hassan II of Morocco and the Shah of Iran, Bonnie’s life reads like that of an American princess.

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An Important Portrait by Jose Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza

This imposing portrait of a young mariner painted in New Orleans exemplifies the New World; a rare portrait that merges maritime history and New England Founding Fathers with Colonial Louisiana via Caribbean trade routes.

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Featured Property: The Estate of Lloyd & Beryl Ann Bentsen

Lloyd and Beryl Ann “B.A.” Bentsen, beloved Texans and treasured fixtures in Washington’s political and social milieus, lived a remarkable life together. New Orleans Auction Galleries is honored to offer not only this important collection of political memorabilia and ephemera, but also fine art, silver, antiques and more from The Estate of Lloyd and Beryl Ann Bentsen.

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Important Update About NOAG’s Reopening

An Update About NOAG's "New Normal" as We Enter Phase 1 of Reopening.

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2020 Global Auction House Summit

Follow along with Taylor Eichenwald, NOAG's Director of Marketing & Public Relations, as he heads to the 2020 Global Auction House Summit in Paris from Jan. 21 - Feb. 6. Presented by Invaluable, the Summit will explore current trends in the auction industry. Check back every day for updates on the Summit and the sights around Paris!

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Featured Property: The Estate of Donald J. Hurst

Donald J. Hurst had a tremendous love and appreciation for the beauty and craftsmanship of the antiques in his collection. In particular, his passion for collecting Belter furniture made him well known and respected among dealers and collectors alike.

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Featured Property: The Mark M. Johnson Collection

A collector and supporter of the art and artists, Mark M. Johnson’s personal collection includes works by many regional artists such as Cam Langley and Frank Fleming, as well as more internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Dale Chihuly, Kara Walker and Yousef Karsh. He befriended many of these artists, forming life-long relationships.

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Featured Property: The Bruce McCashin Collection

McCashin’s collection demonstrates his eye for the exceptional and unique while focusing on 18th- through early 20th-century English antiques and fine art. As he grew up amongst a family dedicated to country pursuits and sports, many paintings in the collection feature sporting scenes, animals and rolling landscapes.

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Featured Property: The Estate of Victor and Marie Cascio

Victor and Marie Cascio were beloved Monroe icons and restaurateurs. Victor, a local celebrity, was the face of famed Monroe restaurant The Chateau, a society columnist in The News-Star, television personality and supporter of the arts.

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Artist Spotlight: José-María Cundín

Join NOAG's Director of Fine Art, Jelena James, as she visits the home and studio of artist José-María Cundín in Folsom, Louisiana.

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Featured Property: The Estate of Audry & Sherwood Bailey, Sr.

Audry and Sherwood Bailey, Sr. began a major renovation of the McCutcheon-Ewing House in 1978 shortly after purchasing the property. Audry worked closely with Jim Westerfield of Westerfield Antiques & Interiors in Jackson to decorate the historic 6,000 square foot home. Bailey and Westerfield filled the home with Georgian furniture, antique carpets, Asian porcelain, fine art and more.

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Featured Property: The Estate of Margaret “Pat” Breen

A mother to six sons, a grandmother to nine grandchildren, a beloved friend and a loving wife for 55 years to the late Dan Breen, Margaret “Pat” Breen lived a remarkable life and was adored by those around her. Her family and friends remember her quick and infectious smile, seemingly boundless energy and her love of life and people. 

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2019 Global Auction House Summit

Follow along with Taylor Eichenwald, NOAG's Director of Marketing & Public Relations, as he heads to the 2019 Global Auction House Summit in London from Feb. 2-8. Presented by Invaluable, the Summit will explore current trends in the auction industry. Check back every day for updates on the Summit and the sights around London!

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Featured Property: The Estate of Mary Louise Christovich

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, prolific author, and tireless advocate for preservation of the built environment and the written record, Mary Louise Mossy Christovich was a consummate humanist. In a career spanning more than seven decades, she worked to ensure future generations’ access to Louisiana’s artistic, architectural, and archival resources. The twinned values of education and preservation underscored Mary Lou’s life’s work. 

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Take a Tour of Our July 2018 Estates Auction

Discover the amazing collections offered in our July 28-29 Estates Auction.

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Southern & Louisiana Regional Art Valuation Day

We invite you to bring Southern art from your collection to learn more about the history and auction value.

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Featured Collection: Leon Amar

From a modest upbringing in Casablanca to dining with the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke and Gloria Swanson, Leon Amar has been a staple of the design world and international social scene for decades. New Orleans Auction Galleries is pleased to offer fine art from the collection of Leon Amar in our May 19-20 Estates Auction.

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Gloria Crest Mansion

The contents of Gloria Crest, a storied New Jersey mansion that was once home to Gloria Swanson, will be offered at New Orleans Auction Galleries in the May 19-20 Estates Auction.

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Take a Tour of Our 2018 Fine Art Auction

Take a tour of the 2018 Fine Art Sale at New Orleans Auction Galleries with Jelena James, Director of Fine Art.

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“Le Bouquet d’Amour” by Marc Chagall

Jelena James, NOAG's Director of Fine Art, and Nicole Casi, PhD, Fine Art Specialist, discuss "Le Bouquet d'Amour" by Marc Chagall. Featured in the March 17-18, 2018 Estates Auction, the painting is the most significant work by the artist ever offered at auction in the South.

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Highlights from an Important Map Collection

NOAG's Nicole Casi discusses highlights from an important collection of maps in our Dec. 9-10 Winter Estates Auction.

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“The American Dream” by Robert Indiana

NOAG's Jelena Restovic James, Director of Fine Art, and Michele Carolla, Fine Art & Books Specialist, discuss "The American Dream" by Robert Indiana offered in our Oct. 14-15, 2017 Estates Auction.

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