Weekly News Roundup: January 17 to January 21

Topping art, antiques and collectibles news are some super superhero items, entry-level car collectibles and a map that showed the way to a big sale.

From The Indianapolis Star:
Superheroes museum items are set for auction

The powers of Superman and Batman were not enough to save a superheroes museum in Indianapolis. Bad news for museum visitors. Good news for collectors. They’ll have a chance at acquiring costumes that George Reeves and Christopher Reeve wore as the Man of Steel. There’s a trove of other Superman and Batman memorabilia, as well.

From The New York Times:
Opportunities at Entry Level of Collectibles

If you don’t have a spare $1 million and up, but you crave old cars, there may be some you can collect. You might check out Silver Auctions of Spokane, Wash. “At the height of the market, the entry point for a car you’d be proud to take to a local show was about $15,000,” says Mitch Silver, Silver Auctions founder. “Now, you can find quality cars in the $7,000 to $8,000 range. Prices haven’t been much lower in the last 10 years.” It might take you a bit more than that to get the collector car of your dreams, but not much. Have a thing for a 1960 Studebaker? You can find one for between $10,000 and $11,000. A ’53 MG TD? You’re looking at between $18,000 and $23,000.

From The Vancouver Sun:
Early Canadian map found in Scottish attic fetches unexpected $318,000 at auction

UPDATE: The pre-auction estimate for the 312-year-old Canadian map that was found in an attic was $125,000. Cartographer John Thornton’s map confounded estimators by fetching almost $320,000. It had collected dust for decades behind water tanks and was discovered when items in the Scottish estate were being appraised.

From Courthouse News Service:
Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother sues funeral home and auction house for selling the assassin’s casket

UPDATE: Robert Edward Lee Oswald is unhappy that his brother’s first coffin, the table on which he was embalmed and funeral records of their mother were sold at auction for $160,000. He is taking his displeasure to court where he is suing Baumgardner Funeral Home and the Los Angeles auction house that conducted the sale. He’s basing his suit on invasion of privacy and that because he paid for the casket, it belonged to him.

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