Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Nov. 28-Dec.1, 2011
In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we wait to see how high an Action Comics #1 will sell for, a pre-mouse Walt Disney drawing surfaces at auction and a dress once belonging to the late Amy Winehouse fetches $68,000 at auction. . .
A Million-Dollar-Plus ‘Superman’? Rare 1938 Comic Expected to Fetch Record Price
By 7:26 Wednesday night over the New York metropolis, Superman may be flying higher than he’s ever soared before. The Man of Steel is up for auction, and Wednesday night’s winning bid could be a record north of $1.5-million. A rare 1938 Superman comic book was put on the block Nov. 11, and with less than 20 hours to go, the auction/consignment site ComicConnect.com and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, expect the book—Action Comics #1—to fetch a record prize. (As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the top posted bid—though not yet officially authenticated, of course—was $1.552-million.)
New York Times
Works by Disney, Before He Started Mousing Around, Are for Sale
Long-lost works by Walt Disney are suddenly sprouting like the bits of a chopped-up broom brought magically to life. An early cartoon drawing by Disney, dating from the early 1920s before Mickey Mouse was a gleam in his eye, will be among the items for sale at a two-day auction in Reno, Nev. The drawing, titled “Fill Up My Can,” depicts a cigar-smoking man in a derby hat and bears the prophetic if not rib-tickling caption, “Develop your sense of humor and it will develop you.” (Fans will also notice that Disney’s autograph hasn’t quite developed its signature flourish.) The drawing was previously owned by Disney’s sister, Ruth, and is expected to sell for between $35,000 and $50,000 at an auction that starts Tuesday at the Atlantic Casino Resort.
Amy Winehouse Dress Fetches $68,000 at Auction
A printed chiffon dress worn by the late singer Amy Winehouse for the cover of her chart-topping album “Back to Black” has sold for 43,200 pounds ($68,000) at auction. The hammer price, minus buyer’s premium, was 36,000 pounds, still well above pre-sale estimates of 10-20,000 pounds, said a spokeswoman for Kerry Taylor Auctions which specializes in high-end vintage fashion.
Bedford Today (U.K.)
Sniffing out the Stories Behind Antique Treasure
A journalistic couple from Ravensden have taken their love of a good story to whole new level, by opening an antiques dealership with a difference. Andy Watts and Kathryn Holloway met on the eve of the first Gulf War waiting for the last flight out of Riyadh to arrive at Heathrow Airport so they could cover the dramatic events. Andy as a photographer for the Times newspaper and Kathryn as a television news reporter. The couple fell in love and had two children, but after glittering careers in the media it is their shared love of French antiques which has led them to open Bon Chic Bon Genre at the Antiques Centre in the grounds of Woburn Abbey.
New Mexico Daily Lobo
Career Paths: From ‘Picker to Proprietor’
Christian Dimery started out as a “picker,” someone who buys and sells antiques as a hobby, in 1987 while he traveled across the United States. He now owns Christian Dimery Antiques and Oddities, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Morningside Drive in Nob Hill. “I got a job at what was then Morningside Antiques in this same location (as his current antique store),” he said. “I intended to be a park ranger, I really did, but the owner said, ‘You don’t need to be working for me, you need to be working with me,’ so I became a partner.”
The Record (Kitchener, Canada)
Sports Collector Turns Passion into Business
Kevin Ivory is like the boxer who gets knocked down, but keeps getting up again. Perhaps it’s appropriate that he’s now running a business called All-Star Sports Collectibles. He’s survived recessions, employers going out of business, competition trying to put him out of business, mall restructurings, difficult landlords, a legal battle with a franchisor, break-ins and even the theft of $40,000 from the safe at the last business he ran. “You get beat up, but you’ve got to get back up,” says the 52-year-old Toronto native, whose varied resume includes stints as an aircraft worker, flight attendant, furniture salesperson, video-arcade owner and used goods salesman.
These Collectibles Won’t Make You Rich
It’s tempting to think that all those baseball cards you have stashed in the attic will one day provide you with a comfy retirement. Think again, though. Many popular collectibles are far from the best path to wealth. At Yahoo! Finance recently, Jason Notte reviewed several categories of popular collectibles, pointing out how “completely worthless” they can be.
Antiques Trade Gazette
Seize Your Chance to Beat SCAM Guides
SCAM guides have struck yet again, but finally the European Commission has launched an investigation and wants to hear from victims about their plight. The deadline on submitting your views on the subject is December 16. Submissions are published so keep it simple and factual. Although the questionnaire is quite long, many of the questions are optional, so it need not take a long time to complete. The latest attempts to con art and antiques dealers have been made by Expo-Guide, an organization purporting to be based in France but in reality operating out of Mexico, and the Valencia-based European City Guide, which is also back to its old tricks, even targeting ATG directly.
Christie’s Sees Tepid Wine, Modern Art Sale in Hong Kong
Growing caution among Asian buyers led to a tepid start for the autumn Hong Kong sales of global auctioneers Christie’s, which failed to sell all lots at a three-day wine sale and a contemporary art auction. While the wine sales, which consisted of mixed lots and a private single-owner sale, recorded a slightly better-than-expected HK$64.70 million, the lackluster results in the first two days of the auction were unexpected, said Christie’s head of wine sales, Charles Curtis.
Pennsylvania Auction Owner, GM Face Federal Fraud Charges
An auction owner in Pennsylvania and his general manager are in some hot water after federal prosecutors charged the pair with committing fraud against charities. William Stake, owner of Gettysburg Auto Exchange, and auction GM David Burk face charges of “operating and conspiring to operate a scheme to defraud charities who used the Gettysburg Auto Exchange to sell vehicles donated by private individuals for charitable causes,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said in a statement Wednesday. These charges follow an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Harrisburg office.
Star Local News
Junking the Trend: Antique Markets Thrive on City’s East Side
One’s junk truly is another’s treasure, and “X” marks the spot in McKinney. TreasureSpotters, the city’s newest antique market, is now open for business. Located just east of downtown, off Virginia Street and along the railroad tracks, the monthly market provides another local destination for “junking.” “For all of us, once a month isn’t enough,” said Rick Stricklin, TreasureSpotters owner and a vendor at the more established Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market, also on McKinney’s east side. “We wanted to do it twice a month, we just needed a place.”
Auction House Bonhams & Butterfields Sets up Shop in D.C.
The great thing about Washington, Martin Gammon says, is that there may be a Himalayan art collector or a rare manuscript aficionado living next door to you. “Washington is really one of the cultural capitals of North America,” said Gammon, managing director of auction house Bonhams & Butterfields’ new office in Georgetown. “There are such diverse collecting groups, ranging from rare maps to Greek, Pakistani and Native American art.” Bonhams, the largest auction house after Christie’s and Sotheby’s, opened in the District last month to cater to the area’s collectors, diplomats and museums. It is the only major auctioneer with an office in the area.
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