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  • 29
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

[caption id="attachment_2520310" align="alignleft" width="283"] Eric Bradley’s new book, “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, offers a primer on what might qualify as a mantique and introduces a lot of stuff that you didn’t know you wanted yet.[/caption] The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.”...

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  • 27
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Jefferson on 20th-Century Carpets

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I speak with Michael Jefferson of Wright Auctions, who dives into a new auction paradigm, 20th century carpets. Listen in as he explains how important what you are walking on can be, and how it can tie a collection together. Check out the auction and images here. Listen here: [playlist...

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  • 26
    May

Vintage Circus Poster Stamps Unveiled at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.

[caption id="attachment_2520334" align="aligncenter" width="516"] This sheet of 16 self-adhesive forever stamps features reproductions of eight vintage circus posters.[/caption] In true circus style, clowns, a ringmaster and music from a 120-year-old Bell Wagon—all provided by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—accompanied the unveiling of a series of commemorative United States forever postage stamps earlier this month on the grounds...

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  • 23
    May

Norman Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie’ Hits a Home Run at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520303" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of American Art. The auction overall realized $64 million.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of...

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  • 23
    May

Back-Issue Roundup: Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance Nets $657,000

[caption id="attachment_2520297" align="alignright" width="225"] The original art for Wolverine’s first appearance, drawn by Herb Trimpe and Jack Able, sold at Heritage Auctions for $657,250 to an anonymous collector. Trimpe gave the page to then-teenager as a souvenir back in 1983 and it had been unseen since that time until it reappeared for this auction.[/caption] It’s happened again! With...

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  • 22
    May

T’ou Sè Wè Orphanage was the Birthplace of Chinese Modern Creative Arts

[caption id="attachment_2520290" align="aligncenter" width="565"] A T’ou Sè Wè stained-glass triptych window.[/caption] That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China since the mid-17th century and the profound influence...

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  • 21
    May

Huge Menagerie of Steiff Stuffed Animals to Highlight Julia’s Toy, Doll and Adverts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520275" align="alignright" width="245"] This Steiff “Titanic Mourning Bear” with identification (lot #3025, est. $25,000-$40,000) is one of only 655 of these red-backed-eye bears produced in response to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It is just one of 125 Steiff stuffed animals from the collection of Chuck and the late Cathy Steffes that will highlight an...

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  • 20
    May

Where’s Will? WorthPoint CEO Braves the Rain to Browse Brimfield

[caption id="attachment_2520266" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Shoppers had to pick their way around mud and standing puddles last Friday at Brimfield, but what’s a little rain to a dedicated antiquer?[/caption] Those who braved Brimfield on Friday were prepared for the rainy weather, with ponchos and umbrellas and shoes they didn’t mind getting muddy. The bad weather kept the crowds low...

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  • 20
    May

LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

[caption id="attachment_2520252" align="aligncenter" width="267"] This baseball with an image of Marilyn Monroe, drawn by expressionist LeRoy Neiman, on a baseball signed by JoeDiMaggio sold for $95,600 at Heritage Auctions on May 16.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520253" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Up-and-coming silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe and New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day, Jan. 14, 1954, in San...

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  • 20
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

[caption id="attachment_2520310" align="alignleft" width="283"] Eric Bradley’s new book, “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, offers a primer on what might qualify as a mantique and introduces a lot of stuff that you didn’t know you wanted yet.[/caption] The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.”...

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