Monthly Archives: April 2006

Ken's Korner: Dodo fossils found on Indian Ocean isle

Ken’s Korner: Dodo fossils found on Indian Ocean isle – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 Collectors of fossils, dinosaur bones and the like will be interested to learn a mass grave of dodo birds — the first to be found since 1920 — has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island […]

Ken's Korner: Casino’s latest buy: ‘Captain Kirk’s’ kidney stone

Ken’s Korner: Casino’s latest buy: ‘Captain Kirk’s’ kidney stone – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 GoldenPalace.com is well known for buying up the oddest of the odd in online auctions, like that half-eaten grilled cheese sandwich bearing an image of the Virgin Mary ($28,000); and a cane supposedly possessed by the […]

Ken's Korner: Boston Red Sox, Doug Mientkiewicz disagree over World Series ball

Ken’s Korner: Boston Red Sox, Doug Mientkiewicz disagree over World Series ball – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 The Boston Red Sox broke one of baseball’s longest droughts in 2004, finally winning the World Series for the first time since 1917. The last out of the final game was recorded when […]

Ken's Korner: ‘Wacky Packages’ art sets Topps Vault record

Ken’s Korner: ‘Wacky Packages’ art sets Topps Vault record – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 For years, the original artwork for one of the “Wacky Package” stickers issued in 1973 hung on a wall at Topps headquarters in New York. The Captain Crunch cereal parody sticker, “Cap’n Crud…Tastes Cruddy Even in […]

Ken's Korner: Maryland buys former slave’s home for $1M

Ken’s Korner: Maryland buys former slave’s home for $1M – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 The state of Maryland has paid $1 million for the deed to a home and former slave’s cabin in Rockville, Md. The cabin was once the home of Josiah Henson, whose story was the inspiration for […]

Ken's Korner: Trial of Hecht and True continues in Rome, Italy

Ken’s Korner: Trial of Hecht and True continues in Rome, Italy – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 The trial of Robert Hecht (an American art dealer charged with trafficking in illegally excavated antiquities) and Marion True (the former antiquities curator of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles also accused of having […]

Ken's Korner: Books bound in human skin? Yes, it happened!

Ken’s Korner: Books bound in human skin? Yes, it happened! – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 Here’s a true but slightly unsettling fact: the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, R.I., has three books in its collection that are bound in human skin: an anatomy text from 1568 and […]

Ken's Korner: Elvis auctions straight from Heartbreak Hotel

Ken’s Korner: Elvis auctions straight from Heartbreak Hotel – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 A pair of auctions for Elvis Presley memorabilia are in the works, each one prompted by distinct and bizarre circumstances. In one, a British traffic court clerk who pocketed cash collected from parking meters in Lincolnshire over […]

Ken's Korner: Up to 50,000 Wisconsin quarters have an error

Ken’s Korner: Up to 50,000 Wisconsin quarters have an error – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 As many as 50,000 of the Wisconsin state quarters made at the Denver Mint in 2004 have a flaw and may be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars each. The flawed coins appear to […]

Ken's Korner: Map suggests China may have discovered America

Ken’s Korner: Map suggests China may have discovered America – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 An 18th-century reproduction of a map dated 1418 that suggests a Chinese fleet sailed to America decades before Christopher Columbus has gone on display in China, refueling the debate over just who did discover America. The […]