• 17
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 16 to November 20

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, Gucci and Christie’s go after counterfeiters and the most recent Yves Saint Laurent auction is a big success. From The New York Times: Christie's to Value Vintage Gucci Gucci, the up-upscale leather and fashion company, has long suffered from counterfeiters. In time for its 90th anniversary in a couple of years, it...

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  • 17
    Nov

Original Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley Marriage Certificate to go Up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487448" align="alignright" width="378" caption="The official signed marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic in 1994 will be the top item up for bid in a Jan. 22-24 auction hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – The original marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley—signed by both...

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  • 17
    Nov

Local Collectors Pitch in to Populate Litchfield (Conn.) Firehouse Benefit Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487434" align="alignright" width="269" caption="Auctioneer Tim Chapulis with a guitar signed by the members of the rock group Jay & the Americans, just one of several pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia items to go up for auction to benefit the Litchfield Firehouse."][/caption] LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Items gathered from private homes, family estates, important collections and even the...

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  • 17
    Nov

Fresh-to-Market Lots From North Carolina Estates Highlight Leland Little Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487461" align="alignright" width="408" caption="This rare Edgefield District “Dave the Slave” 5-gallon jar in ovoid form, dated 1857, is expected to bring in an estimated $20,000-$30,000 at a Fine & Decorative Arts Cataloged Auction scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, hosted by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Nearly 750 lots—including Classical American period...

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  • 17
    Nov

Old World Restorations Uncovers Unknown Duncanson Landscape Worth $300,000

[caption id="attachment_2487422" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This is the restored Robert Scott Duncanson landscape with the original colors intact. It is valued at $300,000."][/caption] CINCINNATI – The dingy dirty canvas showed up at Doug Eisele’s Old World Restorations in Cincinnati in March 2009. The owner of the painting, a dentist from London, KY, had rescued the work from an obscure...

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  • 16
    Nov

The Collector’s Minute: Porcelain and Pottery Markings Reference Points

[caption id="attachment_2487396" align="alignright" width="252" caption="This mark was used on French Quimperware pottery made by the De la Hubaudière factory from 1883 to 1895. "][/caption] You might wonder when watching the appraisers at “Antiques Roadshow” just how they can determine so much information about a teacup or platter simply by turning them upside down. The fact is the markings...

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  • 16
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Things of Science, Holly Hobbie Dinnerware, USS Kentucky Menu

QUESTION: I have several Things of Science kits that I received through the mail when I was a youngster. I tried to find information about them but have not been successful. What can you tell me about their history and value? – MP, Kempton, PA ANSWER: I only applied to two universities for my undergraduate work—Lehigh University and...

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  • 16
    Nov

Recording the Treasure: Photographing Your Antique Furniture

If you really enjoy researching, discovering and acquiring pieces of older and antique furniture, not to mention repairing, restoring and maintaining your functional links to the past, sooner or later you are going to get the urge to photograph them. You have all kinds of legitimate practical reasons to make a record of your treasures, such as for...

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  • 12
    Nov

Auction Report: Thomas Buttersworth Marine Oils Top Gordon S. Converse Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487344" align="alignright" width="326" caption="Glasgow & Cutter Scout,” one of two original marine oil paintings by Thomas Buttersworth (Br., 1768-1842), sold for a combined $33,925 at auction on Oct. 21, 2009."][/caption] WAYNE, Pa. – A pair of gorgeous marine oil paintings by the noted British artist Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1842) sold for a combined $33,925 at a multi-estate sale...

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  • 12
    Nov

Auction Report: Astronomical Regulator, Henry Rifle Pace Cottone Auctions Sale

[caption id="attachment_2487327" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="This rare .44 caliber Henry rifle, purchased by the U.S. Government for use during the Civil War, sold for $48,300 at an sale held by Cottone Auctions in August."][/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. – A vintage E. Howard & Co. (Boston) Astronomical Observatory Regulator clock soared to $52,900 and a rare and antique Henry rifle purchased...

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