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  • 14
    Jul

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2520692" align="aligncenter" width="550"] More than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield, including this World War Two Sherman tanks, were sold at an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12.[/caption] PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot”...

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  • 14
    Jul

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

[caption id="attachment_2520677" align="aligncenter" width="550"] “Elementi teorico-pratici di musica con un saggio sopra l’arte di suonare il violino,” by Francesco Galeazzi, published in 1791-1796. “Elementi teorico-pratici” was an important 18th-century treatise on music theory and education, with a fascinating section on violin technique.[/caption] When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look...

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  • 14
    Jul

EBay & Sotheby’s Partner to Bring World-Class Art, Collectibles to Global Audience

[caption id="attachment_2520685" align="aligncenter" width="550"] While there are some listings for fine art lots on eBay now, such as this Cubist tempera painting of a still life signed “Pablo Picasso,” which is being for sale for $200 by a seller in Croatia, eBay’s new partnership with international auction Sotheby’s will mean that hundreds of lots of fine art will...

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  • 10
    Jul

Sotheby’s to sell the ‘Henry Graves Supercomplication’ – the ‘Holy Grail’ of Watches

[caption id="attachment_2520661" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Henry Graves Supercomplication watch—made by Patek Philippe in 1933—is the most famous and expensive watch in the world. It will be put up for auction in November at Sotheby’s Geneva with a presale estimate of $16 million.[/caption] GENEVA – A masterpiece of horology, the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch—made by Patek Philippe in 1933—is...

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  • 8
    Jul

No run on ‘Redskins’ Collectibles since Patent Office Canceled Team Name Copyright

[caption id="attachment_2520637" align="alignleft" width="238"] This Washington Redskins vintage embossed metal sign is a new piece of memorabilia, complete with the team’s copyrighted name and logo. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington franchise, people in the sports collecting world wondered if there would be a run on items like this, speculating...

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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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