• 20 Feb
    2015

Largest Celebration of the Circus—the Worldwide Circus Summit—to be held this Summer

It will be the largest celebration of Circus ever. Circus enthusiasts from around the world will gather in West Springfield, Mass., to attend the very first Worldwide Circus Summit. Planning for this extraordinary event began more than two years ago and it will reach fruition at the Big E Fairgrounds on July 14 through 18, […]

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  • 17 Feb
    2015

Working Manuscript to Don McLean’s Oft-Debated ‘American Pie’ Lyrics up for Auction

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie; took my lyrics to the auction hoping someone would buy. On April 7, 2015, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Don McLean will say “bye-bye” to the working manuscript and typed notes for his iconic 1971 hit “American Pie.” The 16 pages comprised of 237 lines of manuscript and 26 lines […]

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  • 9 Feb
    2015

Evaluating an Antique American Piano Part One: Uprights – Finding a Diamond in the Rough

Old pianos are everywhere: in homes, institutions, churches and schools. Many of them are junk, but a fair number of them are marvelous instruments from the “Golden Age of the Piano (1890-1919) and are worthy of preservation. Old pianos can be purchased cheaply (compared to new pianos), and if you know what to look for, […]

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  • 25 Jan
    2015

Telling an Angel from a Wolf: Evaluating Antique Violins

First created in Italy in 1555, the modern four-string bowed violin is arguably the world’s oldest continuously used musical instrument. It’s been played in every musical tradition from Baroque to Bluegrass. In the past 457 years, there have been thousands of violin makers in dozens of countries. The instruments are pervasive; chances are good that […]

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  • 18 Nov
    2014

Only Known U.S. Poster for Lon Chaney’s ‘London After Midnight’ Could Bring $50,000

DALLAS – The only known copy of the U.S. release one sheet from the 1927 lost cinema classic “London After Midnight”—one of the “holy grails” of early cinema—may bring $50,000 or more at Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction, slated for Nov. 22-23. The rare poster highlights a large and important collection of paper […]

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  • 3 Oct
    2014

‘One Night, One Show, One Cause’ Auction Features One-of-a-Kind Guitars

It’s another trifecta for Baltimore: world-class guitar maker Paul Reed Smith joins forces with Baltimore’s top visual artists and famed guitarist Carlos Santana to benefit the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The charity event takes place on Oct. 13, 2014 at the Modell Center for the Performing Arts […]

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  • 30 Jul
    2014

Sword and Staff from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Film to be sold at Bonhams

In news that will have fans of Middle Earth all a-twitter from Mordor to the Shire, two of the most powerful and magical weapons feature in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy—the wizard Saruman the White’s staff and the sword wielded by Aragorn, Ranger of the North—are to be offered […]

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  • 7 Jul
    2014

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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  • 27 Jun
    2014

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
    2014

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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