Monthly Archives: March 2006

Ken's Korner: 16th century synagogue discovered in Portugal

Ken’s Korner: 16th century synagogue discovered in Portugal – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Workers renovating a building in Porto, Portugal, on the Atlantic coast, have discovered a 16th-century synagogue. It was built at a time when Portugal’s Jews were forced to become Catholics or risk being burned at the stake. In 1492, Spain […]

Ken's Korner: Topps, NASCAR team to produce ‘Race Day’

Ken’s Korner: Topps, NASCAR team to produce ‘Race Day’ – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 WhizKids Inc., a subsidiary of Topps Company and creator of the games “HeroClix” and “Pirates of the Spanish Main,” has introduced a new game called “Race Day.” It’s the Nextel Cup game of NASCAR racing action. Collectors construct a […]

Ken's Korner: Barry Halper, baseball memorabilia collector

Ken’s Korner: Barry Halper, baseball memorabilia collector – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Until his recent death from complications of diabetes in December, Barry Halper owned one of the most extensive baseball memorabilia collections ever assembled. Halper, a limited partner in the New York Yankees, amassed some 80,000 items. A portion of it was […]

Ken's Korner: Police have no leads in theft of “nun bun”

Ken’s Korner: Police have no leads in theft of “nun bun” – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Nashville police are baffled as to why someone broke into a coffee shop at 6 am Christmas morning and stole the “nun bun,” so named because it bears a resemblance to the late Mother Theresa’s face. The […]

Ken's Korner: Pete Rose signs for tourists at Caesar’s

Ken’s Korner: Pete Rose signs for tourists at Caesar’s – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 For about two weeks out of every month, baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, can be found inside a shopping mall at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, from 11:30 am to 6 pm, signing autographs. It’s how he makes […]

Ken's Korner: New museum chronicles the computer revolution

Ken’s Korner: New museum chronicles the computer revolution – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Inside a former office building in Mountain Valley, Calif. (the heart of Silicon Valley), visiting techies can enjoy the Computer History Museum, with more than 4,000 modern artifacts and 10,000 images, plus assorted manuals, tape and documents stretching 4,000 feet. […]

Ken's Korner: Chicagoans treated to African art exhibit

Ken’s Korner: Chicagoans treated to African art exhibit – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 There’s a special exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago titled “For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Archepohl Collection.” It runs through Feb. 20 and consists of 125 pieces, representing a fascinating cross-section of African cultures: the […]

Ken's Korner: Berry-Hill, under fire, files for bankruptcy

Ken’s Korner: Berry-Hill, under fire, files for bankruptcy – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Berry-Hill Galleries in New York City has been a showcase for top American paintings for most of its 70+ years. But in December, the firm filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court, listing more than 100 creditors and debts of […]

Ken's Korner: Barbie, meet Fulla, the new Arab doll

Ken’s Korner: Barbie, meet Fulla, the new Arab doll – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 Barbie has some competition in the Middle Eastern doll market. Her name is Fulla, and she’s named after a sweet-smelling flower. But that’s not what distinguishes her from Barbie or any other Western-looking doll. Fulla is Muslim, and wears […]

Ken's Korner: Painting bought in ‘48 for $62.50 brings $3M+

Ken’s Korner: Painting bought in ‘48 for $62.50 brings $3M+ – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – March 2006 A painting that an Illinois schoolteacher bought in 1948 for $62.50 has sold for more than $3 million at Christie’s in New York. Frank Holland, then the chair of the art department at North Shore High School in […]