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Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels net $74,000 for Parkinson’s Research (8/12/14)
A detail of one of the working comic strip panels drawn by “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson for the “Pearls Before Swine” strip earlier this year that was up for sale at Heritage Auctions. This strip was the high-seller of the three, realizing $35,850.DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three-comic-strip collaboration between Bill Watterson—the reclusive genius behind the much-loved “Calvin and … More >>


Need Something to Cuddle? One Woman’s Collection of 1,100 Teddy Bears up for Auction (8/7/14)
A large grizzly bear on wheels appears to be protectively watching over a group of more traditional stuffed bears, all of which will be auctioned on Sept. 19 by the Norman C. Heckler & Company. The bears, some 1,100 in all, come from the one-woman collection of Charlotte “Chotsie” Lefevre, so amassed them over a 50-year span.WOODSTOCK VALLEY, Conn. – One woman’s collection of more than 1,100 toy bears—with more than 200 of them antique examples … More >>


Collection of Dennis Brown Gauge 1 Locomotives to Pace Transport Auction (8/5/14)
This very rare 5-inch gauge AD60 Garratt Locomotive No 6063 with an 8-4+4-8-4 wheel arrangement is from the late Dennis Brown’s collection of Gauge 1 locomotives that will be part of the upcoming Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Transport Auction. This “toy” locomotive weighs in at approximately 450 pounds and is some 12 feet in length, is fully operational, being powered by live steam, and carries a presale estimate of $25,000 to $30,000. For those of us whose only familiarity with the British model railroads is Thomas the Tank engine, the announcement on … More >>


Bid now to own Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels; Proceeds to benefit Parkinson’s research (8/5/14)
A detail of one of the working comic strip panels drawn by “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson for the “Pearls Before Swine” strip earlier this year. The three strips are currently being auctioned at Heritage Auctions, with the proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three comic strip collaboration between Bill Watterson—the reclusive genius behind the much-loved … More >>


Tribal & Oceanic Artifacts Collected by Real-Life ‘Indiana Jones’ to Pace Great Gatsby’s Sale (8/1/14)
This pair of blade fetish figures (or “minkisi”) from the Congo in Africa, intended to ward off evil spirits, exact justice for victims of wrongdoing and solemnize contracts between villagers, are part of a large collection of tribal and Oceanic artifacts collected by Prof. Richard Hibler, a sort of real-life “Indiana Jones.” The collection will be part of a two-day auction scheduled for Aug. 23-24 at Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta.ATLANTA, Ga. – A collection of tribal and oceanic artifacts gathered from around the world by a noted college professor … More >>


Sword and Staff from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Film to be sold at Bonhams (7/30/14)
The staff belonging to the wizard Saruman the White and the sword wielded by Aragorn, Ranger of the North, in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” will be up for sale as part of the “There’s No Place Like Hollywood” auction of classic movie memorabilia this November. In news that will have fans of Middle Earth all a-twitter from Mordor to the Shire, two of the most … More >>


American Indian Art, Artifacts from Puffer Collection will be sold Aug. 16-17 in Santa Fe (7/30/14)
This museum-quality Navajo rug (or weaving), made around the 1940s and measuring 45 inches by 81 inches, is one of three pieces in the Best of Santa Fe auction—an annual event to be hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc. scheduled for Aug. 16-17—that carries a $10,000 to $20,000 presale estimate.SANTA FE, N.M. – Around 900 lots of Western and Native art, American Indian artifacts and related collectibles, many from … More >>


Durham Whiskey Fifth Bottle, One of Six Known, Hammers for $13,440 at Auciton (7/29/14)
This Durham Whiskey western fifth bottle with embossed steer, made circa 1876-1882, one of six known, was the top lot at an Internet and catalog auction hosted by American Bottle Auctions. It hammered for $13,440.SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and 1882—one of maybe only six known—sold for … More >>


Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn (7/23/14)
Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine stands by as Sam plays the piano in Rick’s Café American in the Hollywood classic “Casablanca.” That piano, one of the most famous in movie history, will be up for auction this November at Bonhams in the “No Place like Hollywood” auction.One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s heyday—Sam’s piano from Rick’s Café American in the movie “Casablanca”—will be going … More >>


Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points (7/21/14)
Chinese collector Liu Qiquan paid for $36-million to collect a rare Chinese “Chicken Cup” at Sotheby’s Hong Kong by putting it on his American Express Centurion Card, netting 422 million rewards points in the process.Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus points, … More >>


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