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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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  • 19
    May

Sex Sells, but is it Collectable? Russ Meyer Movie Posters Are

[caption id="attachment_2520238" align="alignleft" width="205"] “The Immoral Mr. Teas” U.S. 1-Sheet poster 1959. Sex and humor were good bed-fellows from very early on in Meyer’s films. (Photo: www.emovieposter.com)[/caption] Like it or not, sex sells! Unsurprisingly, sex figures prominently in popular culture through history. Early movies were quick to capitalize on sex, although the introduction of the Hays Code in...

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  • 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

[caption id="attachment_2520231" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Casino magnate Steve Wynn bought Jeff Koons’ stainless steel Popeye statue Wednesday night for $28 million and plans to publicly display the Sailor Man at his Las Vegas hotel.[/caption] Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation...

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  • 15
    May

Self-Taught Sam Doyle’s Painting of his Grandmother Soars to $204,000 at Folk Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520214" align="alignright" width="362"] This house paint on found roofing tin work by Sam Doyle titled “St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White” sold for $204,000 at Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Delta Blues to Visual Blues Auction, a world auction record for the artist.[/caption] BUFORD, Ga. – When Sam Doyle sat down with a...

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  • 13
    May

Globetrotting Geologist’s Jaw-Dropping Estate Sale to Draw Serious Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2520195" align="aligncenter" width="581"] A jaw-dropping lifetime collection of a retired geologist will draw serious collectors to his living estate sale to be run by Fitch Estate Sales and scheduled for May 15-17 in Kerrville, Texas. The collection included items from around the world, including West Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America.[/caption] Having run...

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  • 13
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The East-West Divide

中國出口銀器:東西方的分裂 [caption id="attachment_2520205" align="aligncenter" width="567"] English pound notes and renminbi, the official currency of the People's Republic of China.[/caption] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht investigates the dichotomy of preference by Chinese collectors of Chinese Export Silver for items in the high Chinese style over the earlier, neo-classical pieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; silver that admirably...

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  • 12
    May

Seven Tips for Surviving Brimfield (or any other Large Antiques Festival)

[caption id="attachment_2520170" align="alignleft" width="300"] The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows get underway this week along a one-mile stretch of Route 20 in Massachusetts[/caption] The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows gets underway this week along Route 20 in Massachusetts, and there will doubtless be many newbies attending this year's events. We thought it...

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  • 9
    May

Auction Report: LeRoy Neiman Art-on-Baseballs Collection for Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520156" align="aligncenter" width="188"] A collection of 129 baseballs in which LeRoy Neiman draw various athletes and entertainers, including this one of Mickey Mantle, are up for sale at Heritage Auctions.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520157" align="aligncenter" width="194"] Hockey great Bobby Orr has a baseball, too.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520158" align="aligncenter" width="192"] As does tennis great Billy Jean King.[/caption] In 1978, LeRoy Neiman—known...

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  • 7
    May

Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift to Her Children: The ‘Who Gets What’ Discussion

. “When I’m gone,” said Mom about a year ago, “I want you each to have back the gifts you’ve given me over the years. I’ve marked them all with a sticker on the bottom.” My siblings and I shot quick glances at each other; we hadn’t expected this. We had gathered at Mom’s for our annual Mother’s...

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  • 6
    May

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

[caption id="attachment_2520117" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Whether you call her Mom, Mum of even Little Mama, would you consider getting a “mom tattoo” as a Mother’s Day gift for your mom?[/caption] As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave...

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