• 10
    Apr

The Important Glasgow Connection to Canton and Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 格拉斯哥的聯系 [caption id="attachment_2519847" align="aligncenter" width="499"] A cross-section of an 18th-century East Indiaman. The preferred ship plying the Calcutta-Canton-Glasgow trade route, they could carry a large load, but were also heavy and cumbersome, required a large crew and were not particularly speedy.[/caption] There are more similarities between the early 19th-century port cities of Glasgow, Scotland, and Canton, China,...

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  • 9
    Apr

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Original Manuscripts of Medical Recipes

[caption id="attachment_2519820" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This medical manuscript dating from 1599, handwritten in French and Latin and entitled “Ravier Plusiers receptes et regimes pour solager et guerir plusiers malade,” includes recipes for the bite of a mad dog, toothache, sickness of the spleen, sickness of the lungs, and cure of a sick child. It is estimated to sell for...

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  • 8
    Apr

Orson Welles Auction offers Insight to Famed Actor & Director

[caption id="attachment_2519805" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Orson Welles’ Bell & Howell 240 16-mm movie camera, will be among the 70 lots put up for auction by his daughter Beatrice at Heritage Auctions.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519806" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Welles used the camera in 1962 to film his documentary “The Land of Don Quixote,” although the movie wasn’t released until 2000 in Spain.[/caption]...

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  • 8
    Apr

Non-Profits Turn to Antique Appraisal Days for Fundraising Help

[caption id="attachment_2519800" align="alignright" width="410"] Ray Zyla from Mohawk Arms checks out a pair of antique rifles during the Catskill Educational Foundation’s benefit Antiques Appraisal Day. The event was a success, raising $1,400.[/caption] The folks in Catskill, N.Y., had been looking for a new kind of fundraiser to augment their school district’s ever-tightening budget. Their new solution? Old things....

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  • 7
    Apr

Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Findlay, director of Acquavella...

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  • 2
    Apr

Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks Sunburst Snuff Jar Gavels for $57,330 at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519785" align="alignleft" width="212"] This sunburst snuff jar, made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in New Hampshire, sold for $57,330, making it the top lot at a Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Internet auction that closed on March 26.[/caption] WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A sunburst snuff jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the...

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  • 31
    Mar

Guernsey’s Guitar Auction Could Rewrite Investment Guitar Market Thinking, Prices

[caption id="attachment_2519765" align="aligncenter" width="213"] This Martin OM-45 deluxe model serial #42125 could set the record for highest-selling guitar at auction on April 2, when it crosses the block at Guernsey’s in New York.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519766" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Roy Rogers bought a Martin OM-45 deluxe model for $30 before he was Roy Rogers. It eventually sold for 460,000 in...

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  • 31
    Mar

Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy Bear from ‘M*A*S*H’ TV Show Hammers for $14,000

[caption id="attachment_2519758" align="aligncenter" width="475"] The Teddy bear owned by the Radar O’Reilly character (right) on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H” sold for more than $14,000 at auction on March 27.[/caption] When a “national treasure” prop or costume from an iconic Hollywood movie or television show becomes available at auction, it can make headlines, especially among auction watchers, memorabilia...

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  • 31
    Mar

Buyers to Get a Crack at Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)’

[caption id="attachment_2519777" align="aligncenter" width="466"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” carries a pre-sale estimate of $20 to $30 million, the highest estimate ever for Rockwell at auction.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will be included in Christie’s May 22 sale of American Art. The work,...

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  • 26
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/26/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519726" align="alignleft" width="283"] Silver Surfer #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant), 1:50 ($12-$15)[/caption] New Comics Roundup It’s another huge week for comics and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might end up running from your local comic shop screaming! Boy, you’re lucky I’m here for you and ignoring my wife while writing about comics. This week Crossed...

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