This Week’s Top Lots: October 10 – 16

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* Skinner Marlborough/October 10, Richard Wright Collection: Important DollsThe top lot was a Roullet & Decamps magician automaton that sold for $80,580 (estimate $25,000-35,000). Other top sales were a set of four Alice in Wonderland character dolls that sold for $40,290 (estimate $30,000-40,000), and a Queen Anne lady doll and case that sold for $50,363 (estimate $50,000-70,000). * Sotheby’s Milan/October …

Dealer Profile: Clinton Howell

Blogs, it is sometimes alleged, trace their ancestry back to the early 1700s, to the brawling, gossipy, partisan broadsheet newspapers that spread-virally, you might say-through Britain’s newfangled coffeehouses. Anyone trying to prove the link by means of a few strands of common DNA might look into a four-year-old blog by Clinton Howell, the American dealer in English furniture of the …