• 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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  • 20
    May

Where’s Will? WorthPoint CEO Braves the Rain to Browse Brimfield

[caption id="attachment_2520266" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Shoppers had to pick their way around mud and standing puddles last Friday at Brimfield, but what’s a little rain to a dedicated antiquer?[/caption] Those who braved Brimfield on Friday were prepared for the rainy weather, with ponchos and umbrellas and shoes they didn’t mind getting muddy. The bad weather kept the crowds low...

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  • 20
    May

LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

[caption id="attachment_2520252" align="aligncenter" width="267"] This baseball with an image of Marilyn Monroe, drawn by expressionist LeRoy Neiman, on a baseball signed by JoeDiMaggio sold for $95,600 at Heritage Auctions on May 16.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520253" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Up-and-coming silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe and New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day, Jan. 14, 1954, in San...

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  • 20
    May

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

[caption id="attachment_2520310" align="alignleft" width="283"] Eric Bradley’s new book, “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, offers a primer on what might qualify as a mantique and introduces a lot of stuff that you didn’t know you wanted yet.[/caption] The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.”...

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  • 19
    May

Sex Sells, but is it Collectable? Russ Meyer Movie Posters Are

[caption id="attachment_2520238" align="alignleft" width="205"] “The Immoral Mr. Teas” U.S. 1-Sheet poster 1959. Sex and humor were good bed-fellows from very early on in Meyer’s films. (Photo: www.emovieposter.com)[/caption] Like it or not, sex sells! Unsurprisingly, sex figures prominently in popular culture through history. Early movies were quick to capitalize on sex, although the introduction of the Hays Code in...

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  • 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

[caption id="attachment_2520231" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Casino magnate Steve Wynn bought Jeff Koons’ stainless steel Popeye statue Wednesday night for $28 million and plans to publicly display the Sailor Man at his Las Vegas hotel.[/caption] Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation...

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  • 15
    May

Self-Taught Sam Doyle’s Painting of his Grandmother Soars to $204,000 at Folk Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520214" align="alignright" width="362"] This house paint on found roofing tin work by Sam Doyle titled “St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White” sold for $204,000 at Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Delta Blues to Visual Blues Auction, a world auction record for the artist.[/caption] BUFORD, Ga. – When Sam Doyle sat down with a...

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  • 13
    May

Globetrotting Geologist’s Jaw-Dropping Estate Sale to Draw Serious Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2520195" align="aligncenter" width="581"] A jaw-dropping lifetime collection of a retired geologist will draw serious collectors to his living estate sale to be run by Fitch Estate Sales and scheduled for May 15-17 in Kerrville, Texas. The collection included items from around the world, including West Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America.[/caption] Having run...

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  • 13
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The East-West Divide

中國出口銀器:東西方的分裂 [caption id="attachment_2520205" align="aligncenter" width="567"] English pound notes and renminbi, the official currency of the People's Republic of China.[/caption] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht investigates the dichotomy of preference by Chinese collectors of Chinese Export Silver for items in the high Chinese style over the earlier, neo-classical pieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; silver that admirably...

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