• 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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  • 12
    May

Seven Tips for Surviving Brimfield (or any other Large Antiques Festival)

[caption id="attachment_2520170" align="alignleft" width="300"] The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows get underway this week along a one-mile stretch of Route 20 in Massachusetts[/caption] The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows gets underway this week along Route 20 in Massachusetts, and there will doubtless be many newbies attending this year's events. We thought it...

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  • 9
    May

Auction Report: LeRoy Neiman Art-on-Baseballs Collection for Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520156" align="aligncenter" width="188"] A collection of 129 baseballs in which LeRoy Neiman draw various athletes and entertainers, including this one of Mickey Mantle, are up for sale at Heritage Auctions.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520157" align="aligncenter" width="194"] Hockey great Bobby Orr has a baseball, too.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520158" align="aligncenter" width="192"] As does tennis great Billy Jean King.[/caption] In 1978, LeRoy Neiman—known...

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  • 7
    May

Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift to Her Children: The ‘Who Gets What’ Discussion

. “When I’m gone,” said Mom about a year ago, “I want you each to have back the gifts you’ve given me over the years. I’ve marked them all with a sticker on the bottom.” My siblings and I shot quick glances at each other; we hadn’t expected this. We had gathered at Mom’s for our annual Mother’s...

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  • 6
    May

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

[caption id="attachment_2520117" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Whether you call her Mom, Mum of even Little Mama, would you consider getting a “mom tattoo” as a Mother’s Day gift for your mom?[/caption] As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave...

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  • 1
    May

Auction Roundup: Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Manuscript could Realize $2 Million

[caption id="attachment_2520060" align="aligncenter" width="512"] The pages are a working draft of Bob Dylan’s 1965 song “Like a Rolling Stone,” one of the most popular rock ’n’ roll songs of all time. The manuscript, in Dylan’s hand, will come up for auction on June 24 at Sotheby’s in New York. It could realize an estimated $1 million to $2...

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  • 1
    May

28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520107" align="alignright" width="244"] This exceptional, 28.18-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The final gavel price works out to works out to $180,731 per carat.[/caption] NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000...

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  • 1
    May

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

[caption id="attachment_2520089" align="aligncenter" width="243"] This 14- by 22-inch poster is believed to be the only surviving poster from a scheduled exhibition game featuring Ruth at Lexington Park in St. Paul, Minn., on June 16, 1926. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520090" align="aligncenter" width="285"] Babe Ruth, who played his first Major League baseball game 100 years ago this summer, continues...

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