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Great Collections: April 2017

Great Collections: April 2017

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Lamps An amateur poet, Dr. Neustadt wrote a sentimental poem entitled “The Choicest Lamp” that he included as the preface to his landmark 1970 publication, The Lamps of Tiffany. The Choicest Lamp We passed a

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa-1870 American carved polychrome wooden minstrel figure of “Jim Crow” (or “Daddy Rice”) sold for $157,950 at a Winter Feature Sale held Feb. 11-12 by Thomaston Place Auction

Collecting with Jeff: April 2017

Collecting with Jeff: April 2017

Team Mascots By Jeff Figler From Fredbird to Bernie Brewer, the Slider to the Phillie Phanatic, mascots have been a relatively new and entertaining innovation to Major League Baseball. Although Max Patkin, a former minor league player, was known as

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Holland & Holland shotgun, $43,050, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A cased Holland & Holland Royal Grade two-barrel shotgun hit the mark for $43,050 at a Firearms Auction held Feb. 24-26 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Tiffany 18kt gold dresser set, $21,250, Rago Arts & Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Tiffany & Company 18kt gold dresser set once owned by pop art icon Andy Warhol sold for $21,250 at a Great Estates Auction held March 17-18 by Rago

What’s Selling on eBay: April 2017

What's Selling on eBay: April 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,521 (19 bids, 3 bidders): Victorian 1870s silk boots – court dressmaker Madame Elise. An extraordinary pair of red and blue silk boots with turmeric yellow ribbon lacing, bells and gilded heels-made to match

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Lou Gehrig-signed card, $49,450, Weiss Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1934 Goudey baseball card for Lou Gehrig, signed by the Yankees’ slugger and with a JSA certificate, sold for $49,450 (a record for that year and card) at

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Marc Chagall figural drawing, $16,250, The Woodshed Gallery

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A sanguine drawing on white paper by the Russian-born French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled Village Berger Descending (aka Dream of the Dance), sold for $16,250 in an internet-only

Publisher’s Corner: April 2017

Publisher's Corner: April 2017

A World Affair with Glass by Maxine Carter-Lome I hope I am not alone in loving the new PBS mini-series, Victoria, a romantic dramatization of a young Queen Victoria at the rise of her monarchy and through her courtship and

Antiques Peek: March 2017

Antiques Peek: March 2017

And the Winner Is… by Jessica Kosinski Human beings have always had a desire to prove something to themselves and to others. That desire to learn, grow, and succeed is what has driven us throughout history. It is also what