• 11
    May

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

LOS ANGELES — The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer and his wife features dolls from the 1920s through the 1940s, primarily from the Lenci Company. Highlights include celebrity-inspired dolls such […]

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  • 4
    May

Early 20th-C. South African 20 Pound Specimen Leads Banknotes & Scripophily Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – An early 20th century Standard Bank of South Africa color trial specimen banknote for 20 Pounds sold for $10,620 at an auction (Part XIV) held Apr. 16 by Archives International Auctions. The note, printed in blue with gold underprint, was in almost uncirculated condition. It was also the top lot in […]

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  • 8
    Apr

Steiff Worthologist Rebekah Kaufman to Speak, Offer Appraisals at IDEX Show

Our Steiff Worthologist and forums moderator Rebekah Kaufman will be attending the annual IDEX doll and Teddy bear show April 11-14 in Orlando, Fla., giving a presentation on the history of Steiff through its dolls on Friday at 1 p.m. and offering vintage Steiff identification and valuation services all day on Friday and Saturday. IDEX […]

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  • 1
    Apr

Toy Museum Opens Mechanical Toy Exhibit in April

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) A special exhibit of moving toys of the past century  will be on display at Toy Worlds Museum Basle in Basel, Switzerland, April 20 through Oct. 6. “To Wind Up and Charge” features displays of early wind-up toys to more recent battery-operated offerings. The still-functioning toys on display […]

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  • 1
    Apr

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 22
    Mar

Auction Report: 1908 Hunan Government Chinese 100 Coppers Banknote Brings $15,220

HONG KONG, China – A high-grade Chinese Hunan government banknote for 100 coppers, 1908 issue, hammered for $15,220 after a fierce floor competition at the first auction ever conducted in Hong Kong by Archives International Auctions, a firm based in Fort Lee, N.J. The banknote was the top lot in an auction that saw 609 […]

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  • 14
    Mar

Serious Toyz Auction Features 1,300 Quality Lots in Wide Range of Categories

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Serious Toyz will seek to cement its reputation one of the leading vintage toy and collectible auction houses in the United States with a colossus 1,300-lot auction featuring high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories. The auction will begin in mid-March and end on April 5 and 6. Among […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Teddies Reviewed: Spreading Joy for More Than a Century

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As we begin another Teddy Bear year, it is an excellent idea to stop and think about how wonderful the teddy bear has been for mankind. For more than 100 years, teddy bears have brought countless joy and companionship to countless recipients. […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Personal, Gold-Encrusted Carbine of King Louis XV to lead Julia Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A one-of-a-kind German Sebastian Hauschka rifle—literally fit for a king—will be among the highlights in the upcoming Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. This world-class lot—made for gun enthusiast and avid hunter King Louis XV of France—is certain to be of great interest […]

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