• 8
    Jul

No run on ‘Redskins’ Collectibles since Patent Office Canceled Team Name Copyright

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football organization in mid-June, saying they are offensive to Native Americans, those in the sports collectibles world started wondering if the ruling would spark a run on Redskin collectibles. A month later, the answer is a resounding no. I called […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Sodas, Bitters, Whiskey Fifths, Flasks and Advertising Pieces to Pace Bottle Auction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 200 lots of rare and highly collectible bottles—including sodas, bitters, back bars, medicines, whiskey fifths and flasks, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons—will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale, scheduled to begin on July 11 and run through July 20. […]

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  • 7
    Jul

Auction of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman III’ Costume Could Soar to Incredible Heights

Back in 1972, folk singer Jim Croce warned us not to “pull on Superman’s cape”—he went on to mention something about not spitting into the wind, pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger and some guy named Jim, but it would seem—but this July, one lucky bidder will not only get a chance to give […]

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  • 3
    Jul

Entire Contents of Mississippi’s Antebellum ‘Walter Place’ to be auctioned July 11-12

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – The entire contents of Walter Place—a spectacular antebellum home completed in 1859 and used as a Union Army camp and officers’ quarters during the Civil War—will be sold at auction July 11-12 by Stevens Auction Company. Everything in the auction will come out of Walter Place; no additional consignments will be […]

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  • 3
    Jul

Portions of Maurice Sendak’s 1930s Mickey Mouse Collection up for bid in Benefit Auction

It is a pretty well-known fact that Maurice Sendak—the American illustrator and author of children’s books best known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are”—which featured a boy named Max and a phalanx of fanged monsters that children loved, despite their somewhat grotesque appearance—decided to become an illustrator after watching Walt Disney’s film “Fantasia” […]

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  • 1
    Jul

My First eBay Sale Reunites ’70s Aloha Shirt with the Man who made it

Sometimes, in my capacity as a writer, I stumble across little bits of information that make for a great story. The trick is to recognize those bits and how they fit into the big picture. In this case, the big picture includes a ’70s-era aloha (aka Hawaiian) shirt and the man who made it—who, by […]

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  • 28
    Jun

Auction Buyer Beware: Ivory Hazardous to Your Financial Health

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) recently released a 40-page report titled “Bidding Against Survival: The Elephant Poaching Crisis and the Role of Auctions in the U.S. Ivory Market.” The report is worrisome, because it appears that most U.S. auctioneers haven’t gotten the message that selling undocumented ivory is illegal, and auction buyers don’t […]

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  • 28
    Jun

The Influence of the Triads on the Decorative Arts in China

Incongruous as it may seem, the tumultuous changes in the social order in China and Hong Kong in the early 20th century would probably not have occurred without the behind-the-scenes activities of the Triads. In China, they were highly visible, some becoming style icons in their own right; in Hong Kong they were an ever-present […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Looking to Sell Your Hollywood Collectibles? Then we’ve got an Auction for You

Last year’s Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies’ “What Dreams are Made of”auction drew more than 700 bidders who bought a wide array of movie memorabilia led by the more than $4 million paid for the authentic Maltese Falcon statuette used in the classic John Huston/Humphrey Bogart film. This year, more than 1,000 are expected to register for […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Jomar Memorabilia Hits the Internet; Circus Collectors & Enthusiasts Rejoice

Unless you are a circus enthusiast, the name Jomar probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Even an experienced antique collector can rarely identify what it is. Mention Jomar to a circus history enthusiast, though, and he will immediately recognize the name of John Ringling’s private railroad car. The name “Jomar” was created by combining the […]

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