Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear
The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway (IMS). The 500-mile race was first held in 1911 and is heralded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With its history, tradition and world-class drivers, the 500 provides collectors with numerous […]
Mohawk Neon Porcelain Sign Soars to $30,250 at Petroliana Auction
DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mohawk Gasoline neon single-sided porcelain sign, graded 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 for condition and with exceptional gloss, sold for $30,250 at a Petroliana & Gas Station Collectibles Auction held here on Aug. 7. “This was one of our best auctions ever, at what is the biggest […]
Weekly News Roundup Feb. 9-Feb. 13, 2009
Headlines in the world of art, antiques and collectibles feature a French national monument returning to its homeland, disappointing contemporary art sales and a new record set at auction for an American historical document. From Auction Central News: Seattle buyer returns 1919 car to France The Seattle man who purchased a 1919 Turcat-Mery roadster in […]
Vietnamese Antiques Take Big Euro Hit
A strange mix of art, antiques and collectibles news leads off with a multimillion-dollar miscalculation by the Vietnamese when auctioning a sunken treasure, followed by a collector who didn’t like paying for his artwork and finally, a 1938 Alfa Romeo takes Best of Show.
Classic Collector Cars and the Antique Business
As a dealer and collector, I am not usually interested in dealing with anything that is larger than a bread box, with the exception of paintings. But, every once in a while, I stumble across something and I’ve got to reconsider — at least for that particular item.
The Antique Automobile Club of America instituted a policy whereby any motor vehicle (car, bus, motorcycle,etc.) manufactured prior to 1930 be classified as “antique.” The Classic Car Club of America expanded the list, focusing on luxury models made between 1925 and 1948. The Milestone Car Society developed a similar list for cars produced between 1948 and […]
Automobilia can be broken down into three major collecting categories—parts used for restoring cars, advertising and promotional items relating to a specific make or model of car, and decorative accessories in the shape of or with an image of an automobile. Numerous subcategories also exist. Spark plugs and license plates are two examples of automobilia with […]
Experiencing Americana of the 20th Century
There was a time when life was slower paced, travel was an adventure, and retail wasn’t largely made up of national brands. The automobile was just becoming affordable, the West was calling out to the adventurous, and a migration of post WWII families we heading to California.