• 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

[caption id="attachment_2514389" align="aligncenter" width="225"] An example of a 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox that sold on eBay in 2007 for $450.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514390" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The interior of 1920s Leonard’s Polar King icebox.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label...

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

[caption id="attachment_2514380" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring will be sold by RR Auction on Oct. 24, 2013.[/caption] As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to...

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  • 22
    Jul

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) [caption id="attachment_2514373" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hermann-Spielwaren commemorated the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen Elizabeth with this bear.[/caption] Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

[caption id="attachment_2514360" align="alignright" width="300"] The early 19th century Federal “D end” table just left the leaf hanging until needed. Two such ends could be placed together with the leave raised, supported by the other table.[/caption] Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded...

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  • 22
    Jul

Christie’s Education Launches Six-Week Course on ‘Andy Warhol and the Business of Art’

[caption id="attachment_2514351" align="aligncenter" width="449"] “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” — Andy Warhol[/caption] NEW YORK – Christie’s Education New York will launch a unique new course this fall, “Andy Warhol and the Business of Art,” an introduction to...

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  • 19
    Jul

Auction Report: Carved Jade Chariot Blows Past Estimates in South Florida Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514289" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This white jade figure depicting a chariot and riders streaked past its pre-sale estimate of $300 to $500 to realize $40,210.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A Chinese hand-carved white jade sculpture galloped past its pre-sale estimate and sold for nearly 100 times its expected price at an auction sponsored by Elite Decorative Arts. The...

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  • 19
    Jul

Sundblom Painting, St. John Estate Headline Summer Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Original oil painting by Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) titled "1914 Kentucky Derby" headlines the Atlanta sale.[/caption] ATLANTA — An original oil painting by the renowned magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) is the expected top lot at the Summer Estates Auction planned for Aug. 4, by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The...

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  • 19
    Jul

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514343" align="alignleft" width="245"] Lot number 241, an “Extremely Rare Extra-Grand-Sized German Mohair “Petsy” Bear by Steiff with Family Provenance,” carries a presale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It is expected to be the top lot in the July 28 “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken” auction hosted by Theriault’s.[/caption] Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy,...

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

[caption id="attachment_2514239" align="alignright" width="300"] This set of antique cabinet cards shows the outlaw Jessie James.[/caption] Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn't—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read:...

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  • 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 [caption id="attachment_2514324" align="aligncenter" width="216"] An image of a Qílín as depicted in the Ming Dynasty work Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會), compiled by Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思義).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514325" align="aligncenter" width="243"] A modern-day digital art version of the Qílín.[/caption] All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has...

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