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  • 11
    Apr

7-Foot-Tall Stainless Steel Popeye could Rake in $25 million worth of Spinach

[caption id="attachment_2519852" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Jeff Koons’ “Popeye,” a seven-foot-tall stainless steel statue will be offered at Sotheby’s on May 14 and could realize a huge pile of spinach… some $25 million worth.[/caption] NEW YORK – “I yam what I yam.” And what he is, is a seven-foot-tall metallic sculptural representation of the American pop culture icon, Popeye. Considered...

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  • 10
    Apr

The Important Glasgow Connection to Canton and Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 格拉斯哥的聯系 [caption id="attachment_2519847" align="aligncenter" width="499"] A cross-section of an 18th-century East Indiaman. The preferred ship plying the Calcutta-Canton-Glasgow trade route, they could carry a large load, but were also heavy and cumbersome, required a large crew and were not particularly speedy.[/caption] There are more similarities between the early 19th-century port cities of Glasgow, Scotland, and Canton, China,...

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  • 9
    Apr

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Original Manuscripts of Medical Recipes

[caption id="attachment_2519820" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This medical manuscript dating from 1599, handwritten in French and Latin and entitled “Ravier Plusiers receptes et regimes pour solager et guerir plusiers malade,” includes recipes for the bite of a mad dog, toothache, sickness of the spleen, sickness of the lungs, and cure of a sick child. It is estimated to sell for...

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  • 8
    Apr

Orson Welles Auction offers Insight to Famed Actor & Director

[caption id="attachment_2519805" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Orson Welles’ Bell & Howell 240 16-mm movie camera, will be among the 70 lots put up for auction by his daughter Beatrice at Heritage Auctions.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519806" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Welles used the camera in 1962 to film his documentary “The Land of Don Quixote,” although the movie wasn’t released until 2000 in Spain.[/caption]...

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  • 8
    Apr

Non-Profits Turn to Antique Appraisal Days for Fundraising Help

[caption id="attachment_2519800" align="alignright" width="410"] Ray Zyla from Mohawk Arms checks out a pair of antique rifles during the Catskill Educational Foundation’s benefit Antiques Appraisal Day. The event was a success, raising $1,400.[/caption] The folks in Catskill, N.Y., had been looking for a new kind of fundraiser to augment their school district’s ever-tightening budget. Their new solution? Old things....

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  • 7
    Apr

Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Findlay, director of Acquavella...

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  • 2
    Apr

Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks Sunburst Snuff Jar Gavels for $57,330 at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519785" align="alignleft" width="212"] This sunburst snuff jar, made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in New Hampshire, sold for $57,330, making it the top lot at a Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Internet auction that closed on March 26.[/caption] WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A sunburst snuff jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the...

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  • 31
    Mar

Guernsey’s Guitar Auction Could Rewrite Investment Guitar Market Thinking, Prices

[caption id="attachment_2519765" align="aligncenter" width="213"] This Martin OM-45 deluxe model serial #42125 could set the record for highest-selling guitar at auction on April 2, when it crosses the block at Guernsey’s in New York.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519766" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Roy Rogers bought a Martin OM-45 deluxe model for $30 before he was Roy Rogers. It eventually sold for 460,000 in...

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  • 31
    Mar

Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy Bear from ‘M*A*S*H’ TV Show Hammers for $14,000

[caption id="attachment_2519758" align="aligncenter" width="475"] The Teddy bear owned by the Radar O’Reilly character (right) on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H” sold for more than $14,000 at auction on March 27.[/caption] When a “national treasure” prop or costume from an iconic Hollywood movie or television show becomes available at auction, it can make headlines, especially among auction watchers, memorabilia...

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  • 31
    Mar

Buyers to Get a Crack at Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)’

[caption id="attachment_2519777" align="aligncenter" width="466"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” carries a pre-sale estimate of $20 to $30 million, the highest estimate ever for Rockwell at auction.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will be included in Christie’s May 22 sale of American Art. The work,...

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