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  • 8
    Jul

Sodas, Bitters, Whiskey Fifths, Flasks and Advertising Pieces to Pace Bottle Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520598" align="alignright" width="300"] This George Washington/Zachary Taylor quart bottle (“The Father of His Country / A Little More Grape, Captain Bragg”), one of the finest examples known, is expected to sell for $5,000 to $10,000) in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale, scheduled to begin on July 11 and run through July 20.[/caption] SACRAMENTO,...

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  • 7
    Jul

Auction of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman III’ Costume Could Soar to Incredible Heights

[caption id="attachment_2520617" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The costume worn by Christopher Reeve during the production of 1983 “Superman III” film will be put up for auction on July 12 by SceenUsed Movie Props and Wardrobe.[/caption] Back in 1972, folk singer Jim Croce warned us not to “pull on Superman’s cape”—he went on to mention something about not spitting into the...

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  • 3
    Jul

Entire Contents of Mississippi’s Antebellum ‘Walter Place’ to be auctioned July 11-12

[caption id="attachment_2520606" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The entire contents of Walter Place—a spectacular antebellum home completed in 1859 and used as a Union Army camp and officers’ quarters during the Civil War—will be sold at auction July 11-12 by Stevens Auction Company.[/caption] HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – The entire contents of Walter Place—a spectacular antebellum home completed in 1859 and used...

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  • 3
    Jul

Portions of Maurice Sendak’s 1930s Mickey Mouse Collection up for bid in Benefit Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520591" align="alignright" width="297"] Maurice Sendak’s self-portrait depicting himself seeing Mickey Mouse in the mirror. According to longtime friend Ted Hake, Sendak viewed Mickey as “energetic and rascally, and he personified—for Maurice—all that is good.”[/caption] It is a pretty well-known fact that Maurice Sendak—the American illustrator and author of children’s books best known for his book “Where the...

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  • 1
    Jul

My First eBay Sale Reunites ’70s Aloha Shirt with the Man who made it

[caption id="attachment_2520550" align="alignright" width="225"] When I bought this aloha shirt at a thrift store, it was with the intention of selling it on eBay. I never expected to reunite it with the man who designed and made it.[/caption] Sometimes, in my capacity as a writer, I stumble across little bits of information that make for a great story....

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  • 28
    Jun

Auction Buyer Beware: Ivory Hazardous to Your Financial Health

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) recently released a 40-page report titled “Bidding Against Survival: The Elephant Poaching Crisis and the Role of Auctions in the U.S. Ivory Market.” The report is worrisome, because it appears that most U.S. auctioneers haven’t gotten the message that selling undocumented ivory is illegal, and auction buyers don’t seem to have...

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  • 28
    Jun

The Influence of the Triads on the Decorative Arts in China

[caption id="attachment_2520574" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The very concept of Triads having any influence on the decorative arts would appear incongruous to most people; it is nevertheless a reality that had considerable momentum in the late 19th century and early 20th century.[/caption] Incongruous as it may seem, the tumultuous changes in the social order in China and Hong Kong in...

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  • 27
    Jun

Looking to Sell Your Hollywood Collectibles? Then we’ve got an Auction for You

[caption id="attachment_2520537" align="aligncenter" width="173"] A Dorothy “test” dress and pinafore from “The Wizard of Oz” is expected to lead the Bonhams/TCM “No Place Like Hollywood” auction, scheduled for November. (Photo: Bonhams)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520546" align="aligncenter" width="274"] Judy Garland modeling the “test” dress and pinafore from “The Wizard of Oz” during a costume showing. The dress has a presale estimate...

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  • 25
    Jun

Jomar Memorabilia Hits the Internet; Circus Collectors & Enthusiasts Rejoice

[caption id="attachment_2520525" align="alignright" width="300"] This set sold on eBay in January of this year. Notice the Jomar name only appears on the coffee cup.[/caption] Unless you are a circus enthusiast, the name Jomar probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Even an experienced antique collector can rarely identify what it is. Mention Jomar to a circus history enthusiast, though,...

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  • 25
    Jun

Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Lyrics set record for Popular Music Manuscript at $2M

[caption id="attachment_2520511" align="alignleft" width="212"] Bob Dylan’s original hand-written lyrics for the 1965 epic “Like A Rolling Stone” fetched $2,045,000 Tuesday night at Sotheby’s to set an auction record for a pop music manuscript.[/caption] And the hits just keep on coming—as far a high-end popular music collectibles are concerned—as Bob Dylan’s original hand-written lyrics for the 1965 epic “Like...

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