Category Archives: Gavels n Paddles

LeBron James rookie card, $270,600, Goldin Auctions

A 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite NBA Rookie Patch Parallel #78 LeBron James signed rookie card, graded BGS NM-MT+ 8.5, sold for $270,600 in an October Legends Auction held by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente baseball card, graded PSA GEM MT 10, fetched $247,230; and Lou Gehrig’s signed […]

Abraham Lincoln signed book, $175,000, University Archives

A copy of the book The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, by the American author Washington Irving, with an ownership signature by Abraham Lincoln, sold for $175,000 in an online auction held Jan. 16 by University Archives in Westport, Conn. Also, a carte de visite photograph of Lincoln, signed by him (as “A. Lincoln”) and […]

Superman movie cape, $193,750, Julien’s Auctions

The original cape worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) sold for $193,750 at an Icons & Idols: Hollywood Auction held December 16th by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, two paintings by Frank Sinatra, one from 1965 and one from 1953, both signed, brought $75,000 and $21,250; Dan Aykroyd’s […]

Patek Philippe watch, $31 million, Christie’s

A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch sold for $31 million at an Only Watch auction held November 9th by Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the most ever paid for a watch at auction, shattering the previous record set in 2017 for a Rolex Daytona once owned by Paul Newman that realized $17.7 million. The […]

Rare 1847 circus poster, $11,400, Potter & Potter

A rare circus poster for Raymond & Company’s Menagerie for 1847 sold for $11,400 at a Circus, Sideshow & Oddities Auction held November 16th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Buffalo Bill’s first Wild West performance program made $9,600; an astrology sideshow banner for The Graysons’ How the Stars Bring Success brought $6,000; […]

Pair of Hamblin portraits, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans

A pair of Sturtevant Hamblin (American, 1817-1884) folk art portraits of a brother and sister from a Bath, Maine family (one shown) sold for $64,350 at an Americana Auction held Nov. 15-16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Stirewalt family paint-decorated box finished at $38,025; a Plains Native American […]

‘Black Cat’ slot machine, $96,000, Morphy Auctions

A Caille Bros. 5-cent ‘Black Cat’ musical upright cabinet slot machine, very rare and in fine working order, sold for $96,000 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held Nov. 20-21 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an oversize (47 inches tall) Coca-Cola leaded-glass display bottle, made in the 1920s by Metropolitan Art Glass Co. […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The late chef Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife sold for $231,250 in an online auction that ended October 30th by Lark Mason in New York City. Also, Bourdain’s U.S. Navy jacket from the U.S.S. Nashville, with a Tony Bourdain patch, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Bunker Hill musket, $492,000, Morphy’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Bunker Hill musket, $492,000, Morphy’s

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A .79 caliber Dutch flintlock musket belonging to Private John Simpson of Deerfield, N.H., used to fire the first shot at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, sold for $492,000 at an auction held October 23rd by Morphy’s in Denver, Pa. Also, a Colt […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Henri Thiriet 1898 poster, $108,000, Poster Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Henri Thiriet 1898 poster, $108,000, Poster Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa 1898 poster by Henri Thiriet, titled Absinthe Berthelot, a rare Belle Epoque design depicting a bustling outdoor café scene, sold for $108,000 at Auction LXXIX (#79), held October 27th by Poster Auctions International (PAI) in New York City. Also, Alphonse Mucha’s 1902 […]