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  • 30
    Jul

Bysouth’s U.K. Versions of Disney Movie Posters an Affordable Variant for U.S. Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2514485" align="aligncenter" width="491"] “Swiss Family Robinson”—A glorious painted illustration & a typical piece of Brian Bysouth work. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] Disney movies are popular worldwide, and Britain has long had an avid appetite for Disney products. Posters for these movies were re-designed for the British market and it is a little-known secret that one of the U.K.’s best-known...

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  • 26
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Rosewater Sprinklers Created for the Islamic World

[caption id="attachment_2514450" align="alignright" width="200"] A particularly fine example of a pair of late 18th-century parcel gilt filigree rosewater sprinklers. This is actually a good example of silver filigree work not being able to be exactly identified, since these could either be Chinese or Batavian. Now part of the collection at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, they do...

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  • 26
    Jul

Kiowa Cradleboard Showcases Native American Artifact Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514425" align="alignleft" width="122"] This full-sized, all-original Kiowa cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards may beat its pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $40,000.[/caption] SANTA FE, N.M.—A full-size, all-original Native American cradleboard with beaded accents and original boards will be the featured lot at an upcoming auction of Native American artifacts, art and related collectibles slated for Aug....

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  • 26
    Jul

Auction Report: 19th-C. Half Tester Bed, Grandfather Clock Shine at Stevens Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514438" align="aligncenter" width="187"] This mahogany half tester youth-size bed by C. Lee, circa 1850, was the top lot in an on-site sale of the contents of Green Gables, one of Jackson, Tenn.’s, stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions. It gaveled for $29,900.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514439" align="aligncenter" width="147"] This fine R.J. Horner carved oak, nine-tube grandfather clock, beautifully crafted...

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  • 26
    Jul

The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza to Debut at Sotheby’s Exhibition

[caption id="attachment_2514445" align="alignright" width="243"] An Alexandre Reza-designed brooch featuring untreated Ceylon sapphire will be among the highlighted items in a November exhibition to be held at Sotheby’s in New York. The brooch includes an exceptionally large oval sapphire of 134 carats mounted on a gold clip set with 14 round diamonds weighing 17 carats, a pear-shaped diamond of...

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  • 25
    Jul

Kevin Smith’s Low-Key Celebrity Auctions Benefits The Wayne Foundation

[caption id="attachment_2514412" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Kevin Smith’s eBay auction will benefit The Wayne Foundation, which is committed to ending commercial sex trafficking within the United States.[/caption] Celebrity auctions come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are for charitable causes, while some are estate liquidations. You’ll find celebrities auctioning off their prized possessions or even themselves with proceeds...

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  • 24
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

[caption id="attachment_2514396" align="aligncenter" width="491"] (Left to right): Lauren Lessing, Hannah Blunt and Elizabeth Finch of the Colby college Museum of Art.[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren...

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  • 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

[caption id="attachment_2514389" align="aligncenter" width="225"] An example of a 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox that sold on eBay in 2007 for $450.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514390" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The interior of 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label...

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

[caption id="attachment_2514380" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring will be sold by RR Auction on Oct. 24, 2013.[/caption] As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to...

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  • 22
    Jul

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) [caption id="attachment_2514373" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hermann-Spielwaren commemorated the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen Elizabeth with this bear.[/caption] Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers...

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