Judaica

This Week: Rare Judaica At Rare Prices

Bibliophiles and collectors of Jewish texts have been prowling the precincts of Kestenbaum & Company these past days, covetously eyeing and reverently handling the rare items now on display and scheduled for auction on Thursday, June 25. Dubbed the “Singular Collection,” the provenance for this remarkable grouping of early printed Hebrew books, and Biblical and Rabbinic manuscripts remains undisclosed.

Autograph manuscript, Melecheth Shlomo by Solomon ben Joshua Adani, 1589-1623. Courtesy Kestenbaum & Company

Chief Rabbi’s Historic Letter In New Hands

As reported last week, a 1954 handwritten letter from Chief Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog to the author of the book “Judaism in Islam” was offered at auction by Kestenbaum & Company. A private collector in Los Angeles, Alan Stern, bought the letter for $9000.

Courtesy of Kestenbaum & Company

Surprises At The Sotheby’s Auctions

The results are in from last Tuesday’s auctions at Sotheby’s when the Upper East Side auction house held its annual December sales on Important Judaica and Israeli & International Art.

Untitled, Adi Nes, 1999. Photo courtesy Sotheby’s

High Profile Art And Judaica At Sotheby’s

Each December (perhaps in time for holiday shopping?), Sotheby’s in New York presents its sales of ”Important Judaica” as well as “Israeli and International Art.”

Miniscule Torah Scroll (Germany, 19th century). Courtesy of Sotheby's

An Expert's View On The Steinhardt Auction

Judaica collector Jonathan Greenstein discusses the record-setting $8.5 million Steinhardt auction at Sotheby's with The Jewish Week's Heather Robinson, and shows some of the treasures he acquired.

Sotheby's Says $8.5M Steinhardt Sale Was Biggest Judaica Auction Ever

04/29/2013 - 20:00

An auction of the 500-piece Judaica collection owned by philanthropist Michael Steinhardt was the "most valuable auction of Judaica ever held," Sotheby's said.

Monday's auction of nearly all of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection brought in more than $8.5 million, Sotheby's said in a statement, exceeding the pre-sale estimate by $6 million.

German spice tower was one of 386 items in Steinhardt collection.

Freedom’s Bounty

Cool (and meaningful) gifts for Passover.
Jewish Week Book Critic
03/12/2013 - 20:00

Celebrate freedom, the beginning of spring and the great joy of family and friends coming together in this annual holiday tradition. Share gratitude in reaching this season again with some thoughtful gifts that honor memory and fine craftsmanship. Some are also fun.

“One Bead,” the first CD by Epichorus

Magnes Merger Has Its Costs

Partnership with UC-Berkeley seen mostly as a boon but questions linger about prized collection’s independence.
04/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The new home of the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life, a Bay Area institution renowned for its archives of material relating to Jews in the American West, displays all the museum’s ambition. 

The Magnes Collection, founded 50 years ago, has the largest collection of archives of Jews in the American West.

Kiddush Cups, Haggadahs Suddenly Chic? Major Museums Get Into Judaica

For years Jewish art museums have looked upon traditional Judaica with something approaching disdain.  The rising profile of venues like The Jewish Museum and the San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum's have premised their ascension on their embrace of modern and contemporary fine art--paintings by Rothko; sculpture by Nevelson--and their simultaneous downgrading of what used to be consider the only Jewish art--elaborately decorated Torah scrolls and pulchritudinous Kiddush cups; or in a word, Judaica.

New Visibility For Carolina Judaica Collection

Raleigh gallery will now be housed in slickly renovated North Carolina Museum of Art.
04/19/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Raleigh, N.C. — Outside its home state, the Judaica collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art has mostly flown under the radar.

But with the long-awaited opening this week of the museum’s  new 127,000-square-foot home here in North Carolina’s capital city, that’s about to change.

The Judaic Art Gallery’s new space. Ex-New Yorker Abram Kanof was the force behind the collection.
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