• 31
    May

Dining with Antiques – State Drinking Glasses & Beverages

[caption id="attachment_2497484" align="alignright" width="158" caption="A Hazel-Atlas-produce, Gay Fad-decorated drinking glass for Arizona."][/caption] The states in the union take great pride in their uniqueness and individuality. There are state birds, state colors, state flowers, state trees, state songs, state fish and even state mythical creatures. But who ever knew there were state beverages? For those of us who collect,...

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  • 25
    May

Weekly News Roundup: May 23 to May 27

In art, antiques and collectibles news, The Beatles make an appearance, Jane Austen’s unpublished manuscript goes on the block, and watches are a good time for Sotheby’s. From The Associated Press: Photos of Beatles' 1st US concert to be auctioned Mike Mitchell was only 18 in 1964 when he managed to get up close to The Beatles in...

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  • 25
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/25/2011

[caption id="attachment_2497430" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Green Lantern Corps #60 (Clayton Crain Variant Cover) 1:10"][/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...

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  • 24
    May

Only Known Perfect Julius Goldbaum Back Bar Bottle Gavels for $25,200

[caption id="attachment_2497395" align="alignright" width="185" caption="The top lot of an Internet and catalog sale hosted by American Bottle Auctions was this Julius Goldman back bar bottle for Jule’s Bourbon, which sold for $25,200."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A mint condition spin mold fifth bottle for Jule’s Bourbon, probably made around 1900 and most likely the only known perfect example of...

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  • 23
    May

English Antique Tableware a Popular, Practical Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2497445" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This Staffordshire transfer-printed and polychrome decorated creamware pitcher by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, features a portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on obverse and first stanza of Longfellow’s poem “Keramos on reverse.” This piece sold for $103.50 in 2007. "][/caption] In the mid-18th century, potters of England’s Staffordshire district began experimenting with new clays, forms,...

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  • 23
    May

Lambuth University (Tenn.) to Close Its Doors, Property to Be Sold at May 28 Auction

[caption id="attachment_2497344" align="alignright" width="202" caption="A monumental portrait of Thomas Brown, Esq., painted in 1796 by William McCullough, will be among the property of Lambuth University, a small liberal arts school located about midway between Memphis and Nashville, that is closing its doors. A sale of the university’s property will be held Saturday, May 28, in the Student Union...

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  • 23
    May

Collection of Cuban Art Rescued from Apartment to Cross the Auction Block

[caption id="attachment_2497376" align="alignright" width="246" caption="One of the two Rene Portocarreros paintings up for auction is an oil on canvas of the façade of the Cathedral de Madrid at night in his characteristic colorful palette and heavy impasoto."][/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The market for Cuban art is very strong, competitive, and definitely mysterious in South Florida. On...

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  • 23
    May

The Gals Are Back – Summer Reading Suggestions

Brandy, Jane, Josie and Maggie are back. When I heard they were coming to visit, my heart beat faster. When I hold them in my hands, I think of song lyrics: I have grown accustomed to their faces—apologies to Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) in Lerner’s and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” Each time I interact with them, their...

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  • 23
    May

Auction Report: American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Sale Sets Artist Records

[caption id="attachment_2497366" align="alignright" width="313" caption="George Bellows’s “Dock Builders,” the first of a series of works by the artist that focus on Maine’s rugged seamen from the Evans Collection, sold for $3,890,500 (est. $2-$3 million) at the American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture auction at Sotheby’s on May 19. "][/caption] NEW YORK – An auction of American Paintings, Drawings &...

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  • 23
    May

Comics Auction Watch – Fantastic Four #1

[caption id="attachment_2497322" align="alignright" width="186" caption="A copy of Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961), CGC-Graded 8.5 Very Fine+ Universal condition, is up for auction this week at Comiclink.com. "][/caption] UPDATED BELOW Auction Watch! Comic Link’s Featured Auction for May ends this week (Tuesday May 24 through Thursday, May 26) and, as usual, there are some amazing Gold- and Silver-Age comics...

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