Author Archives: Maxine Carter-Lome

Grahame Sydney painting, $64,350, Thomaston Place

An oil on linen painting by New Zealand contemporary artist Grahame Sydney (b. 1948), titled Cook House, Home Hills, sold for $64,350 at a Global Tour Auction held Feb. 28-29 and March 1 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a rare 35-star flag from the 1864 Lincoln and Johnson presidential campaign brought […]

What’s in a Name? Sascha, Marc, and Sometimes, Matthew

Rooftops irregular plate by Sascha Brastoff, 10-1/2” longest side, $75-$100

Story and photos by Donald-Brian Johnson In the world of mid-twentieth-century décor, it wasn’t enough for a designer to be a household name. What sold everything—from dinnerware to dishwashers to draperies—was exactly the right household name. That name had to be exotic, but not so exotic as to frighten away customers. It had to suggest […]

Great Collections: Assembling Only the Best: The Pedro Correa do Lago Autograph Collection

Pedro Correa do Lago

Assembling Only the Best: The Pedro Correa do Lago Autograph Collection From June 1 through September 16, 2018, what is considered “one of the most comprehensive autograph collections of our era”* was offered on display at the Morgan Library in New York City. For anyone who missed this once-in-a-lifetime display of some of the most […]

Comic Character Collectibles: Despite the Virus, Heritage Scores Impressive Total

The cover for Frank #1 from Nemesis Comics (1993), a short-lived imprint of family-friendly longtime comic book publisher Harvey Comics.

Despite the Virus, Heritage Scores Impressive Total An eclectic mix of original art by some of the most influential artists and major keys in superhero comics was offered on the first day of Heritage’s Comics & Comic Art Auction. Their significance and prestige pushed the first day total to $5.1 million and underscored a three-day […]

Judy Garland arrangements, $30,599, Nate D. Sanders

Hundreds of orchestral arrangements owned by the late singer Judy Garland, including classics such as Over the Rainbow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Judy at the Palace and I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, sold for $30,599 at an auction held Feb. 27 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. The arrangements were primarily used […]

The Fostoria Glass Company: Staying Flexible with Solid Glass

1904 Fostoria Glass Company Catalog lamps and vases

by Mary Sue Lyon, director, Fostoria Glass Society of America   The Fostoria Glass Company began operations in Fostoria, Ohio in 1887 where natural gas was offered at low cost to attract new industries. That rate was very short-lived, and the Fostoria Glass Company moved to Moundsville, West Virginia in late 1891. Fostoria existed as […]

What’s Selling on eBay: April 2020

Note: because the original photo from 2008 was not printable now, it was replaced with this photo of the same lobby card from Heritage Auctions, HA.com.

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod It is with sadness that I announce that Deborah Abernethy passed away in February from an illness. For more than a decade, she has diligently given freely of her time to make “What’s Selling on eBay?” a fun feature and an informative read for thousands of collectors and antiquers. […]

Comic Character Collectibles: April 2020

Acclaimed artist Todd McFarlane brings his creator-owned character Spawn together with Marvel’s top-selling Spider-Man, the character that propelled him to fame, on the golden anniversary edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

Spider-Man Meets Spawn to Celebrate Overstreet’s 50th by J.C. Vaughn   It has been mentioned more than once in this space that 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. It’s a rather singular event in the history of price guides simply because its founder, author, and publisher Robert M. “Bob” […]