• 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up with one character,...

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  • 4
    Jun

A True Southern Lady’s Lifetime Collection, Estate of to be sold at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520360" align="alignright" width="300"] The lifetime collection and estate of the late Zoe Spedale—a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon, who appointed their spectacular Louisiana home (above) with the finest artwork, furniture and decorative accessories life had to offer, gathered quite literally from around the word—will be sold on Saturday, June 7, by Stevens...

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  • 3
    Jun

Porcelain Retrieved from 1690 Chinese Shipwreck to Highlight Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520355" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Chinese blue and white kangxi porcelain finger bowl with blue banding on interior, exterior with landscape with buildings and rocks, was purportedly recovered from the Vung Tau, a ship that sank off the coast of Vietnam in the late 17th century. Despite its history, it has a modest auction estimate, as it is expected...

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  • 29
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.” But if you say the word now, it’s just as likely to bring to mind thoughts of rusty two-handed saws and old snow shoes and surf boards. While the former are “antiques,” the latter are increasingly becoming known...

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  • 27
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Jefferson on 20th-Century Carpets

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I speak with Michael Jefferson of Wright Auctions, who dives into a new auction paradigm, 20th century carpets. Listen in as he explains how important what you are walking on can be, and how it can tie a collection together. Check out the auction and images here. Listen here: [playlist...

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  • 26
    May

Vintage Circus Poster Stamps Unveiled at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.

[caption id="attachment_2520334" align="aligncenter" width="516"] This sheet of 16 self-adhesive forever stamps features reproductions of eight vintage circus posters.[/caption] In true circus style, clowns, a ringmaster and music from a 120-year-old Bell Wagon—all provided by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—accompanied the unveiling of a series of commemorative United States forever postage stamps earlier this month on the grounds...

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  • 23
    May

Norman Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie’ Hits a Home Run at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520303" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of American Art. The auction overall realized $64 million.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of...

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  • 23
    May

Back-Issue Roundup: Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance Nets $657,000

[caption id="attachment_2520297" align="alignright" width="225"] The original art for Wolverine’s first appearance, drawn by Herb Trimpe and Jack Able, sold at Heritage Auctions for $657,250 to an anonymous collector. Trimpe gave the page to then-teenager as a souvenir back in 1983 and it had been unseen since that time until it reappeared for this auction.[/caption] It’s happened again! With...

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  • 22
    May

T’ou Sè Wè Orphanage was the Birthplace of Chinese Modern Creative Arts

[caption id="attachment_2520290" align="aligncenter" width="565"] A T’ou Sè Wè stained-glass triptych window.[/caption] That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China since the mid-17th century and the profound influence...

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  • 21
    May

Huge Menagerie of Steiff Stuffed Animals to Highlight Julia’s Toy, Doll and Adverts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520275" align="alignright" width="245"] This Steiff “Titanic Mourning Bear” with identification (lot #3025, est. $25,000-$40,000) is one of only 655 of these red-backed-eye bears produced in response to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It is just one of 125 Steiff stuffed animals from the collection of Chuck and the late Cathy Steffes that will highlight an...

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