• 17
    Jun

World’s Most Valuable Stamp Sets Fourth World Record at $9.5 Million

A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana has become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—realizing nearly 1 billion times its face value. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta sold for $9.48 million on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York. It entered the auction with an estimated sales […]

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  • 17
    Jun

Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record

Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is expected to fetch between $10 and $20 million Tuesday evening at […]

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  • 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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  • 23
    May

Norman Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie’ Hits a Home Run at Auction

NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of American Art. The auction overall realized $64 million. The work, which had never been offered at auction, was painted in 1957 for the March 2nd cover of The Saturday Evening […]

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  • 21
    May

Huge Menagerie of Steiff Stuffed Animals to Highlight Julia’s Toy, Doll and Adverts Sale

FAIRFIELD, Maine – A menagerie of 125 Steiff stuffed animals from the collection of Chuck and the late Cathy Steffes—any of which could easily be the crown jewel in any Steiff collection—will highlight the upcoming Antique Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction to be held June 13 at James D. Julia, Inc. Billing itself as possibly […]

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  • 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation of artist Jeff Koons’—for $28 million Wednesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York City. The brilliantly colored sailor man is posed with his impressive, cleft chin jutting out, his right […]

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  • 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation of artist Jeff Koons’—for $28 million Wednesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York City. The brilliantly colored sailor man is posed with his impressive, cleft chin jutting out, his right […]

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  • 15
    May

Self-Taught Sam Doyle’s Painting of his Grandmother Soars to $204,000 at Folk Art Sale

BUFORD, Ga. – When Sam Doyle sat down with a few cans of house paint and a piece of rusted tin roofing, he could have never thought that the hour or two he spent painting a picture of his grandmother holding a newborn infant would ever mean much to anyone other than himself and maybe […]

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  • 13
    May

Globetrotting Geologist’s Jaw-Dropping Estate Sale to Draw Serious Collectors

Having run estate sales for 20 years, Rachel Fitch knew immediately that this one was going to be different. A retired geologist who had worked in at sites around the world wanted to sell off most of his possession, which includes antiques and collectibles from the jungles of Brazil to the hinterlands of China and […]

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  • 1
    May

28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The square, emerald-cut sapphire weighs 28.18 carats and is one of the finest sapphires ever to appear at auction, described by the American Gemological Laboratories […]

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