• 11
    May

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

[caption id="attachment_2512709" align="alignright" width="300"] The auction for the doll collection, all owned by writer Sidney Sheldon and his wife, features at least 400 lots.[/caption] LOS ANGELES -- The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer...

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  • 10
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Will Articulated Comic Book Art Drive Up Action Figure Values?

[caption id="attachment_2512692" align="alignright" width="307"] The Deadpool Marvel Legends Series 6 action figure in question.[/caption] Will, who lives in Bristol, Tenn., is a regular caller into WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show. He collects 1980s and 1990s toys, especially comic book action figures. His April 21, 2013, call concerned the value of Deadpool, a character...

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  • 10
    May

The Collector’s Minute: Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

[caption id="attachment_2512664" align="alignright" width="240"] Hans Jørgensen Wegner's CH-24, better known as the Wishbone Chair, was one of 100 the designer put into production.[/caption] The 1960 Presidential Debate played a role in this country's history, but it also helped establish a Danish modern icon: the “Wishbone Chair," also known as the "Y" or "CH-24.” It was designed by Hans...

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  • 9
    May

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

[caption id="attachment_2512658" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Images from the newly released “HBO edition” of the long-running "Game of Thrones" card game. This edition is widely available at mainstream, mass-market retailers.[/caption] When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have...

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  • 9
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on Italian Murano Glass

[caption id="attachment_2512699" align="alignright" width="235"] An Oriente vase by Barovier & Toso, Italy, circa 1940. This item is one of several set to be auctioned at Wright in Chicago on June 8.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with at guest, Richard Wright, of Wright in Chicago talks about fine 20th-century. Italian...

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  • 9
    May

German World War II Art Published as Waffen SS-Approved Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2512602" align="aligncenter" width="216"] Postcard A14 “Two Man Post of the Waffen SS,” by artist Gebhardt-Westernbuchberg, was a postcard in the Austellung Deutsche Kuenstler und die SS postcard series, produced in 1944. Numbered on the back (A2884).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2512605" align="aligncenter" width="210"] The German artists and the SS exhibition catalog cover. The postcard series Austellung Deutsche Kuenstler und die...

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  • 9
    May

Michelle’s Antique Road Trip: A Shopping Gem on the Missouri River

[caption id="attachment_2512616" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Jeff’s Architectural Salvage, 291 Welt Street, Weston Mo., sits in the old river channel and an original grain elevator to which riverboats once docked to take on grain sits on his property. The building still has a working seed separator that is original to the building, too.[/caption] I am all about quaint little towns...

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  • 9
    May

Who Watches ‘Mad Men’ Just to Check out the Cool Furnishings? I Do!

[caption id="attachment_2512590" align="aligncenter" width="486"] While most of the world watched AMC's "Mad Men" for the story, Worthologist Bradley Downs watches to see the furniture and furnishing, which, he says, is spot-on.[/caption] I am guilty of this and I am sure many others out there are as well! My wife enjoys the storyline of the hit AMC television series...

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  • 9
    May

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

[caption id="attachment_2512548" align="alignright" width="311"] This 1960 campaign poster “Kennedy for President / Leadership for the 60's,” measuring 44 by 28 inches, brought $2,250 at the Presidential Auction at John McInnis Auction Gallery, held earlier this year. The auction featured more than 700 lots from the estate of the late Dave Powers, a longtime personal friend and a special...

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  • 9
    May

Teddy Bear Hospital: Two Bears Saved from Uncertain End

(This article first appeared in the April 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As the days roll into the spring here in the U.K., the poor bears continue to arrive, it seems the slightly warmer days don’t help their joint problems, unlike us humans. [caption id="attachment_2512676" align="alignleft" width="271"] Jessica, the Irish Tara bear; before was a...

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