Weekly News Roundup: September 6 to September 10
In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find the automotive future in the past, an infamous party crasher’s dress and more Michael Jackson auction controversy.
From USA Today:
A 1931 Detroit Electric car heads to the auction block
As the old saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun. Case in point: electric vehicles. People living in Brooklyn in the 1920s and ’30s fondly remember electric delivery trucks. And then there were the Detroit Electric cars. The first Detroit Electric was manufactured in 1907. Some drivers preferred them because, unlike gas cars, you didn’t have to crank—a shoulder-wrenching task in the early years—to start it. A 1931 Old Sparky was up for auction last weekend. The beautifully restored blue vehicle comes with tiller steering and a passenger seat that swivels.
From The Washington Post:
White House crasher Michaele Salahi to auction off dress she wore to state dinner
Groan. Will Michaele Salahi’s 15 minutes of fame never end? That sari-like, red lengha worn by the she half of the couple who thought it was a good idea to attend a White House state dinner without an invitation will be auctioned. Michaele Salahi, now the hated one on (groan) “The Real Housewives of D.C.,” is apparently keeping a promise to put the dress on the block and donate the proceeds to charity. It’s thought it will go for between $2,000 and $3,000.
Michael Jackson auction ‘not against his wishes’: report
Another auction of the King of Pop’s memorabilia, another controversy. Julien’s Auctions will be selling some 100 Jackson items in Macau. The singer’s former lawyer is protesting, calling the sale an “outrage” because his client “never wanted this material to be auctioned.” Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien’s, fired back that the lawyer is “only seeking publicity.”
Bonhams to Sell Elvis Presley’s Mercedes-Benz 600 in December
Lucky for Bonhams, no one is protesting the December sale of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s Mercedes-Benz 600. Elvis gave the car to a friend who later sold it. Expected sale price? From $200,000 to $310,000. The rock star probably paid more in the range of $20,000. Other owners of the 600 included John Lennon, Hugh Hefner, Aristotle Onassis and yes, Fidel Castro.
From The Boston Globe:
Worcester auction has historians and collectors abuzz
Andrew Haswell Green (1820-1903) accomplished a lot in his life. Considered the 19th-century Robert Moses, he was instrumental in many New York City projects—Fort Washington Park, Riverside Drive and Central Park. He worked for the consolidation of the five boroughs into one city. He battled the corruption of Boss Tweed. And with his downtime, he collected. Did he ever collect. A copy of George Washington’s will. An 1810 letter from James Madison to James Monroe. A virtual trove of artwork, handwritten letters, toys, you name it. After he was shot to death, Green’s vast collection was passed from family member to family member and was never uncrated until after the death of his great-great-grandniece last summer. The items will be auctioned over four days this week and are expected to fetch $1 million, if not more.
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