• 8
    Nov

Elephants’ Hidden Artistic Talents: Paintings Created By Elephants

Have you ever seen an elephant painting? No, not a painting of an elephant. There are scores of those. What I’m talking about is a painting, actually painted by an elephant. Yes, among their various talents, elephants do paint. In fact there’s an entire book on this subject, titled “When Elephants Paint,” written by Vitaly Komar and Alexander...

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  • 8
    Nov

Seeing Things in Black and White with Steiff’s Amazing Penguins

[caption id="attachment_2494152" align="alignright" width="274" caption="A collection of early, post-war Peggy penguins, including two red-footed versions in 10 and 22 centimeters, and a grey-footed version in 10 cm."][/caption] Without getting too black or white on the subject, it is no stretch to say that Steiff penguins are among the company’s most delightful aquatic creatures. Although they are a “relative”...

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  • 6
    Nov

Auction Report: 1954 Superman Lunch Box, 1901 Slot Machine Pace Weiss Event

[caption id="attachment_2494203" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="An extremely rare mint condition 1954 Superman vs. The Robot lunch box, by Universal, realized $11,865 at a three-day sale on Oct, 22-24, 2010, hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A 1954 Superman vs. The Robot lunch box in mint condition—widely regarded as the Holy Grail of rare and vintage lunch boxes—soared...

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  • 3
    Nov

Warhol’s ‘Big Campbell’s Soup Can With Can Opener (Vegetable)’ to Lead Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494086" align="alignright" width="349" caption="Andy Warhol’s hand-painted masterpiece, “Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable)” (1962)—an icon of Pop Art and one of the largest examples of Warhol’s most famous image of a Campbell’s Soup can—will be sold at auction at Christie’s New York on Nov. 10, 2010."][/caption] NEW YORK – Andy Warhol’s hand-painted masterpiece, “Big Campbell’s...

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  • 3
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/03/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494127" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Batman and Robin #16 1:25 Van Sciver variant"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST),...

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  • 3
    Nov

90-Year-Old Arts & Crafts Tile Fountain Saved from Wrecking Ball

[caption id="attachment_2494061" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Wooden Nickel Antiques owner Michael Williams stand beside the title fountain rescued from the Wheatley Tile showroom building."][/caption] CINCINNATI – Preserving a piece of Cincinnati history—a decorative tile fountain that was installed on a wall in the Wheatley Tile showroom building when it was built in the early 1920s—was a job most contractors would...

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  • 2
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lauffer Silver, Leon Redbone-Signed Concert Poster, Farberware

QUESTION: My wife inherited a set of stainless steel flatware from her grandmother. The service includes eight dinner forks, eight salad forks, eight teaspoons, eight tablespoons, eight dinner knives, a butter spreader, two-piece salad set, sugar spoon, ladle and extra serving spoon. The pieces are marked with a fancy “L” and then “LAUFFER 18/8 STAINLESS HOLLAND.” The service...

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  • 2
    Nov

Spiked Helmets Worn for Military Fashion not Function

  [caption id="attachment_2494112" align="aligncenter" width="404"] A Prussian Garde Du Corps officer’s spiked helmet, Model 1867, with double step front and rear "lobster tail" visors, trimmed in nickel silver. The helmet surmounted by a highly detailed representation of a spread-winged eagle in silvered finish with a gilt crown, mounted to the helmet on a cruciform base. Complete with national...

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  • 2
    Nov

Face Jugs: A Uniquely Southern Collectible with a Mysterious Origin

[caption id="attachment_2494011" align="alignright" width="200"] Face jugs are a uniquely Southern art form. This 5-gallon face jug made by Burlon Craig and part of the Daisy Wade Bridges' Collection, sold for $2,000 at auction in June 2010.[/caption] Bulging, uneven eyes and pointed teeth may not sound like desirable facial attributes, but in the world of face jugs, sometimes the...

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  • 2
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: Albert Ludovici Prints & Puzzles

[caption id="attachment_2494032" align="aligncenter" width="397" caption="“Rival Coaches – 1834” by Albert Ludovici Jr. is one of 16 images that were made into picture puzzles by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd. In 1910-12."][/caption] The artist Albert Ludovici Jr. (1852-1932) was a member of British Royal Academy of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, member of the French school of painting and an admirer...

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