• 3
    Sep

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

The antiques business began in July, 1886. At least, that’s the claim made by author Jonathan Gash in his book “Paid and Loving Eyes” (Penguin, 1993). Gash is the creator of the Lovejoy character, a roguish antiques dealer whose escapades are recounted in more than two dozen novels and 71 BBC television shows. I enjoyed […]

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  • 3
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder

It seems the dream cars of my childhood, the late 1950s to ’60s Ferrari, are always out of reach, with ever-increasing values. I have, alas, come to the realization that one will never be parked in my driveway. One of my favorites—a 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder—was not only famous as a race car, but […]

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  • 3
    Sep

It’s No Joke When it Comes to Steiff’s Vintage Teddy Clown Bears

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: It’s like the circus has come to town when one of these rare […]

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  • 3
    Sep

Collectible Posters from the 1969-70 ‘American Invasion’ of the U.K.

The Beatles were at the vanguard of the “British Invasion” of America in the 1960s, a movement that embraced a slew of British bands that included The Rolling Stones, The Animals, the Dave Clark Five, etc. Memorabilia from this period is well collected. However, there was a two-way flow of talent back across the Atlantic […]

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  • 30
    Aug

A Serious Case of Mistaken Identity Finally Revealed

中國出口銀器: 一個被錯誤辨認已久的身份終於被揭露了 There is no such maker as Kan Mao Hsing! This article is focuses upon a long-running case of mistaken identity of an important Chinese silversmith who has never been given the recognition he is rightly due. To understand why and how this happened, we need to remind ourselves of how the world first […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Auction a Slam Dunk for Hoops Collectors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Each year, basketball’s finest gather in Springfield, Mass., to honor the hardcourt superstars chosen for Basketball Hall of Fame induction. Together with the enshrinement and reunion dinner, there’s another exciting event that has become a tradition during the high-spirited weekend of honors: Grey Flannel’s Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction. This year’s […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Antiques and More from Dante’s Down The Hatch in Atlanta to be Sold Sept. 21

ATLANTA – Items and equipment from Dante’s Down the Hatch—the iconic Atlanta restaurant and nightclub that stood for more than 30 years in the fashionable Buckhead section of town—will be sold on-site, at 3380 Peachtree Road, on Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 9 a.m. (EST). Dante’s recently closed its doors, having fought unsuccessfully to have […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Footsteps of Buddha: Sotheby’s to offer Items from Exhibition of Buddhist Art

NEW YORK – Coinciding with the auctions and events of Asia Week in September, Sotheby’s is presenting Footsteps of the Buddha: Masterworks from Across the Buddhist World—a selling exhibition—offering an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs to view and bid on pan-Asian Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the ancient regions of Gandhara, Nepal, Tibet, Korea, […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Huge African Ivory Elephant Tusks to Headline Crescent City Auction Gallery Sale

NEW ORLEANS – A pair of enormous mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, a large and unusual Peruvian silver box weighing a staggering 12 pounds, and a pair of 18th-century Russian icons will all share top billing at a two-day multi-estate auction planned for Sept. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s showroom […]

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  • 28
    Aug

8-Gallon Blue-Banded Crock Scores $4,200 at Red Wing Collectors Society Auction

RED WING, Minn. ― An eight-gallon Red Wing blue-banded pantry jar was the top item in this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society’s Convention Auction on July 11. Thanks to its good condition and the fact that the eight-gallon size is quite hard to find, it drew an impressive $4,200 gavel price. The RWCS celebrated its 36th […]

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