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Weekly News Roundup: October 18 to October 22

by WorthPoint Staff (10/20/10).

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find pricey cover art, a bat, medal and a discarded draft.

From The Washington Post:
‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ cover art snares $155K at auction

Never underestimate nostalgia. Heritage Auctions figured that the original art for the classic “Charlotte’s Web” jacket may not have been more terrific than $30,000, but, as Charlotte said, that didn’t “make a particle of difference.” Instead, artist Garth Williams’s graphite-and-ink cover went for more than five times the estimate. Pigs and spiders rule.

From The Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times:
1968 Olympian Tommie Smith, known for gloved Black Power salute, to auction gold medal

Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos won gold and bronze in the 1968 Olympics 200-yard dash. Taking the podium to receive their medals, they raised their arms in the Black Power salute. An international uproar ensued because it was deemed the athletes had politicized the Games (it was a simpler time). Smith is selling his medal at auction next month with bidding starting at $25,000.

From The Associated Press via the San Jose Mercury News:
Kirk Gibson to auction bat used to hit famous homer off Dennis Eckersley

In more sports collectibles news: It may not have been “the shot heard round the world,” still Kirk Gibson’s home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series was certainly memorable, made more so because he was injured and could barely walk. Gibson, now manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is putting the bat, his helmet and other related items up for sale.

From The Guardian:
Lost Dr Seuss manuscript comes up for auction

Poor young Pete. He wanted to play a sport, but couldn’t decide which one. “I could play baseball … golf … or catch. Or I could play a tennis match. There are so many sports, let’s see … I could bowl, jump hurdles, or water ski.” Pete’s creator decided that the boy was too much of “a schnook” to be the hero of a book, and that’s why Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, abandoned the “All Sorts of Sports” project. But wait. Forty years later, the draft is being sold at auction and could go for $1,500.

From CBS News:
Lady Gaga Buys Back Her Early Recordings From Auction House

Back in the day—before she was a mega-celebrity—Stefani Germanotta, who morphed into Lady Gaga, made some recordings. Fans have been drooling over snatching them up at auction. The Lady, however, preempted them and swooped up the items. Was she nostalgic, or were they really bad?

From The Telegraph U.K.:
Jerry Hall’s art collection sold at auction for £2.3 million

Now that the days of dancing on tables with Grace Jones in Paris and being wed to Mick Jagger have passed, once-supermodel Jerry Hall is getting rid of some pieces from her art collection. A notable one, Lucian Freud’s nude of her when she was eight months pregnant, brought in close to $950,000.

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