• 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at this year’s International Paper Money Show (IPMS) slated for June 13-14 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. […]

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  • 9
    Jun

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a trove of private letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy to a Catholic priest. Their friendship started in 1950, when she was still Jacqueline Bouvier—a 21-year-old socialite visiting Ireland with her […]

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  • 9
    Jun

Asian Carvings, Works of Art to Lead Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A large and important 19th-century Chinese porcelain screen, an extraordinary and intricately carved Chinese red coral figural grouping and a gorgeous pair of 19th-century Japanese bronze and mixed metal floor vases are just a few of the lots bidders will be vying for at Elite Decorative Arts’ Fine Asian Carvings & […]

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an excellent indicator of prevailing historical events at any given time. That a de-facto […]

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  • 4
    Jun

John Lennon Drawings & Manuscript Sale Fetches $2.9 Million—Twice High Estimate

The single-owner auction, John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings And Manuscripts, 1964-65—featuring Lennon’s original artwork and autographed manuscripts for two books the musician wrote and illustrated at the height of Beatlemania in 1964 and 1965—realized a total of $2.89 million at Sotheby’s in New York, well over the high estimate of $1.2 million. […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Enjoy the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Bubble While it Lasts

Hey kid! You want to buy a Green Goblin card and a single, six-sided die for $45? Sure, I paid less than a dollar for it … but it’s super rare! Welcome to the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men speculation bubble. Enjoy it while it lasts. A little more than a month ago, Wizkids […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up […]

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  • 4
    Jun

A True Southern Lady’s Lifetime Collection, Estate of to be sold at Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The lifetime collection and estate of the late Zoe Spedale—a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon, who appointed their spectacular Louisiana home with the finest artwork, furniture and decorative accessories life had to offer, gathered quite literally from around the word—will be sold on Saturday, June 7, by […]

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  • 3
    Jun

Porcelain Retrieved from 1690 Chinese Shipwreck to Highlight Auction

ATLANTA – Porcelain pieces retrieved from a Chinese shipwreck in 1690, as well as important paintings by noted British artists John Frederick Herring, Sr. and George Lambert, will highlight a multi-estate auction to be hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree’s on June 6-8. The June 6 evening sale will feature more than 250 lots, including more […]

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  • 29
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.” But if you say the word now, it’s just as likely to bring to mind thoughts of rusty two-handed saws and old snow shoes and surf boards. While the former are “antiques,” the latter are […]

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