Antiques and Collectibles News from Paris, Nashville, Smallville

Isn’t it grand when the antiques and collectibles news goes from Paris, Nashville, Smallville and Krypton?

Paris and antiques—can it get any better?

Ah, to be in Paris in September. Ah, to be in Paris any time of the year. For antiques collectors, September has the added appeal of the Biennale des Antiquaires running through September 21 in the Grand Palais.

The New York Times reports that there are 94 exhibitors with an incredible selection of classical furniture. But not necessarily for those of the faint of heart and paltry funds. One dealer has an André-Charles Boulle writing desk from the 1690s. Price? You can have it for $9.1 million.

Other notable antiques up for sale are a Louis XV Rococo commode, what the Times deems as a “fantastic” 17th-century Melchior Baumgartner cabinet, a bronze Chinese water buffalo from the fifth to third century B.C., and much, much more.

Oh, to be in Paris—with a sizable bank account.

Strumming collectibles

On a more affordable note is the upcoming auction of Martin guitars.

The Morning Call of the Lehigh Valley, Pa., writes that Christie’s, New York, will be selling 49 Martin-made guitars as the company is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

There are those, such as Scott Pavloty, who swear by the quality of this manufacturer. “Martins are just really big and booming sounding,” he says. “They’re great for strumming.

Among the instruments being sold at the October 10 auction are Eric Clapton, Woody Guthrie and Graham Nash signature guitars, prototypes and experimental editions.

Proceeds will go to the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation.

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a Superman auction.

Brad Meltzer is a writer of novels and comic books who loves, really loves Superman. So much so that two weeks ago, he started an online auction to raise money earmarked to save the home where Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman, grew up.

The Cleveland house was, to put it mildly, a wreck. “The house where Google was founded is preserved,” Meltzer wrote on his Web site. “The garage where Hewlett Packard was founded is protected. But the house where Superman was born? I was in shock.”

He set about coming up with $50,000 to repair the roof and exterior. TV station WKYC in Cleveland and Akron reports that to date $53,455 has been raised. And the online auction goes to 11:59 p.m. September 30.

There are a lot of incredible collectibles left. How about the original cover artwork for “Final Crisis: Superman beyond 3-D” Number 2? Or an original Bizarro painting by Felipe Massafera? An original Superman color illustration by Matt Wagner, creator of “Grendel” and “Mage”?

The complete auction list of these collectibles can be found at Ordinary People Change the World.